Browsed by
Category: Equine Photography

My Equestrian Scavenger Hunt

My Equestrian Scavenger Hunt

Originally I pictured this post being full of items deep from the trenches of the internet, but then some awesome bloggers were WAY more creative than I was to begin with and did a stellar job with all of their own photographs. Braymere Custom Saddlery took this idea to my favorite 1:9 scale world, and I cooed over the photos like a small child.  Then Carly from Poor Woman Showing won at life with the amazing Bobby, and Sprinkler Bandit did…

Read More Read More

31 Photos Prior to 31

31 Photos Prior to 31

After doing my 30 before 30, I decided a year long birthday challenge was something fun to add to my yearly blog goals. However, I didn’t want to do another horse bucket list this year. Therefore, I asked readers to help me come up with photography ideas that they would like to see on the blog. It was fun reading everyone’s suggestions! I took all of them to heart, and added some of my own as well. Some were modified…

Read More Read More

How to Use Professional Horse Show Proofs on Social Media

How to Use Professional Horse Show Proofs on Social Media

Rant alert – one of my biggest pet peeves is to see people willy nilly posting professional show proofs on Instagram.  Yes, they’re of your horse who’s adorable and amazing.  Yes, there is almost always a way to save the picture from the photographer’s website.  No, that doesn’t make it okay to use. I realized a while ago, that many people just don’t know that this isn’t okay.  While the world of photography and social media has a lot of…

Read More Read More

Photography Friday – Horses of my Past

Photography Friday – Horses of my Past

I’m out gallavanting with my mom today during her annual Texas visit.  Mostly, we’re trying to stay warm because it’s COLD here for November.  I haven’t taken a ton of new pictures lately, so here is a “Photography Friday” of horses I have owned, leased, or ridden in the past… no including Elvis since there are a zillion pictures of him on this blog already. Obviously, I’m not the one riding since I’ve taken these 😉 There are many more,…

Read More Read More

How to Take Black Background Horse Photos

How to Take Black Background Horse Photos

There’s a not-so-secret trick that equine photographers keep in their bag of tricks.  It’s striking and classic, and makes people go “oooo” and “ahhhh”.  What am I talking about?  The “black background” shot. It’s one of the most impressive pictures you can take of your horse, but it’s also one of the easiest.  There’s no special lighting or big black backdrops we set up behind the horses… the trick is a barn aisleway or door with the light shining in…

Read More Read More

Photography Friday – Fairgrounds Race Course

Photography Friday – Fairgrounds Race Course

I don’t consider myself a horse racing aficionado by any means, but I can’t help but love watching horse racing in person… and photographing it!  In honor of the Preakness tomorrow, I decided to post some of my favorite horse racing pictures. These were all taken at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.  I haven’t been to many tracks, but I was so impressed with Fair Grounds each time I visited.  The place is impeccably clean.  The tack…

Read More Read More

Death of the Equine Photographer? Part II

Death of the Equine Photographer? Part II

Last week, I wrote about some of the struggles I faced when I shot horse shows professionally.  There was a lot of great discussion in the comments, some surprised and some understanding.  As with anything though, there are two sides to the story.  Today I hope to talk about the competitor’s needs and frustrations with equine photography as it stands today. Believe it or not, just owning my fancy camera setup does not mean I get good quality photographs from…

Read More Read More

Death of the Equine Photographer? Part I

Death of the Equine Photographer? Part I

If you’ve ever been to a horse show at almost any level, there’s a good chance that you’ve experienced an equine photographer.  They come with all different levels of equipment, professionalism and skill.  The good ones are a rare mix of photography skills, equestrian sport knowledge and an artistic eye.  The business of equine photography seems to be in a strange and dangerous place right now.  Photographers complain about rising costs, stolen photos, and fewer orders while show goers complain…

Read More Read More

WEF – Maclay Big Eq

WEF – Maclay Big Eq

I bet I wasn’t the only one who didn’t really know that “big eq” and the Maclay Medal Finals was a really big deal before the Horse Power  TV series on Animal Planet.  Since I didn’t grow up showing on any type of hunter/jumper (or any) circuit, I had no idea of the big eq world. Even when I did figure out the big eq existed, the classes weren’t usually big in NC and we don’t even have a decent 3’6″…

Read More Read More

WEF – In Search of Color!

WEF – In Search of Color!

I am a total sucker for a colored sporthorse.  That doesn’t mean I don’t love my plain bay Thoroughbred, but if it’s flashy… I adore it. Bonus points for spots. Triple bonus points for palomino.  One day… one day I will have a palomino hunter, and it will be beautiful. Anyway, WEF is a sea of bays.  Even a chestnut or a gray stands out among the grays, but I did find some color few and far in-between.  I’m sure there’s a…

Read More Read More

WEF Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

WEF Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

For each week during the Winter Equestrian Festival, there is a “Saturday Night Light” class that is open to the public and hosts a big show jumping (usually) or occasional hunter class.  These vary in difficulty and prize money, and every year I’ve previously visited I’ve been lucky enough to go for the $500k WEF Finale Grand Prix… which is massive and filled with the best of the best. This year I went during week 10 instead of 12, and…

Read More Read More

WEF – The “10” Hunter

WEF – The “10” Hunter

You see it in ads all the time.  “Horse is a 10+ jumper”  “This one is your hack winner!”  “His trot is totally a 10”.  Those kinds of descriptions usually describe pretty nice horses. One of my favorite things about going to WEF and watching the hunter ring, is that you don’t really hear those phrases.. you see them.  You see them everywhere, because I’ve never been to a place with more nice horses in one ring. Say you’re chillin’ at…

Read More Read More