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I Love and Need This Spotted Pony

I Love and Need This Spotted Pony

Okay, so he’s not a pony but I love him anyway. His name is Little Indian, and while part of me cringes at how that could be perceived as rather insensitive to indigenous people… I do have to say he’s adorable. These pictures were taken at the HITS Thermal Grand Prix last weekend. One of my friends was showing in Coachella (I am so confused if it’s Thermal or Coachella or Desert or what) last weekend, and I went out to…

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An Evening at Retama

An Evening at Retama

Though I’ve never been someone to manically follow careers of race horses and make sure I watch every single stakes race on television, I do appreciate horse racing. I’m a fairly terrible track photographer, but find horse racing so visually fascinating that I never pass up an opportunity to go with my camera. When a friend of a friend had a few horses running in the Saturday night meet, I jumped at the invitation to shoot some races before it…

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Difference Between Local Shows and AA Shows

Difference Between Local Shows and AA Shows

Last week, Diary of a Horse Obsessed Girl wrote an excellent blog post about the differences between local and rated horse shows. Since she has a lot more horse show experience than I do, I can go ahead and tell you that her post will be way more informative and accurate than this one. So go read that if you want to know the nitty gritty. This post however, is more about pictures and silliness.  Since I haven’t actually shown rated,…

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Pin Oak Preview

Pin Oak Preview

It had been a really long time since I had taken images I was happy with at a nice horse show.  With the heritage Pin Oak Charity Horse Show a mere two hour drive away, I decided to trek out this weekend in search of some AA pony time. And I found ponies, literally. Also junior hunters, adult jumpers, and some AO/junior jumpers.  All the pretty horses essentially. Being me, I tried to take a series of photographs to turn into…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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″…

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