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Don’t Wait

Don’t Wait

I would generally describe myself as a fairly confident person. I’m not perfect, but I have a lot going for me. I don’t think I’m ugly and I don’t mind meeting new people. For the most part, I can put my best foot forward and tackle challenges. My Achilles heel if you will, is my weight. When I see myself in pictures, half the time I crumble inside and think really poorly of myself. This is something I’ve been working…

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Equine Photography Tips III – Timing Under Saddle

Equine Photography Tips III – Timing Under Saddle

No matter what kind of camera you have or what it’s set to, arguably the most important aspect of equine photography is timing.  Perfect exposure and clarity doesn’t mean anything if you catch the horse looking like a donkey when they are really a 10 mover… and that does happen!  Timing is everything. Those of you with DSLR cameras are going to have an easier time with this one.  That’s because the lag between when you click the button to…

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Equine Photography Tips II – Settings

Equine Photography Tips II – Settings

Last week in part one, choosing a camera, my photography advice was pretty limited to those who were willing to shell out big bucks for a semi-pro or pro camera and lens. Don’t worry, I realize that not everyone wants to throw a few thousand dollars at a set-up. Today I will be going over general settings information that anyone with a camera can benefit from (at least I hope so)! ISO (International Standards Organization) Settings Confession – I had…

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Equine Photography Tips I – Your Camera

Equine Photography Tips I – Your Camera

I post a lot of pictures on this blog, and often get comments asking questions about what kind of camera that I use and what settings, etc.  Equine photography is something that I really enjoy doing now as a hobby, although I did briefly shoot events and private sessions professionally in North Carolina. The trek from newbie with a low level digital SLR (single lens reflex) to a competent local pro photographerwasn’t quick or easy.  I’m also not saying I’m…

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Photography Friday – Friesian Carriage Horses

Photography Friday – Friesian Carriage Horses

There is something really appealing about European carriage horses to me.  I’m probably making a blanket statement here, but as a general rule they seem better bred and better cared for than the average American carriage horse.  Of course, there are exceptions to this! These Fresians caught my eye several years ago when we were traveling in Berlin.  Berlin is not my super most favorite European city, especially for photography, so shooting these guys made me smile. And now to…

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Photography Friday – The Big E Saddleseat Show

Photography Friday – The Big E Saddleseat Show

I have a confession to make. I think Saddlebreds are gorgeous. I don’t want to own one. I don’t want to ride one. I don’t want to get into an argument about how the trainers may or may not be “abusive”. I just think they’re really pretty. I also think these photos, taken at the Big E fair in Springfield, MA are also kinda pretty. The lighting is a bit challenging in that arena, but I managed to get a…

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Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit 2

Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit 2

This past Saturday I spent another day at the horse show cheering on friends and taking pictures.  Each summer circuit show has a special Saturday night class, and this weekend was the jumper classic.  It’s a big deal to us with a satin obsession, because they award giant beautiful neck ribbons. And who doesn’t want to win giant beautiful neck ribbons? As always, it was nice to observe the horse show from a spectator’s point of view. Some horses just…

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Photography Friday – Raleigh CDI Dressage

Photography Friday – Raleigh CDI Dressage

Though we all know I’m a hunter/jumper girl, I appreciate pretty much any kind of horse show with quality horses and riders.  So when my local fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC hosted a major dressage show several years ago – I checked it out. I really think hunter/jumper shows could do with a few more flags in the background.  It makes for a nice photo backdrop! Also, how do you dressage riders get your boots so shiny? Dude, seriously. How?

Photography Friday – Saratoga, NY Horse Farm

Photography Friday – Saratoga, NY Horse Farm

I visit my friend in Wellington, FL every year and stay at the luxurious farm she works at located in Grand Prix Village… but that’s not her only residence throughout the year.  Years ago when I lived in New England, I visited the farm’s summer location in Saratoga, NY. Saratoga is a cool, artsy little town with a lot of horse history and the farm is not too shabby either!

Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit I

Observations from CTHJA Summer Circuit I

The only better thing than showing at our local Summer Circuit is hanging out with barn friends and taking pictures all day. Another plus to this is that I can leave at will, and am not stuck at the Expo center for 4 days in a row.  That is a long, long time to be at the Expo center in Austin.  If you haven’t been there, you just have to take my word for it. For some horses, there is…

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Photography Friday – Arabians

Photography Friday – Arabians

Once upon a time I was a poor college kid (or recently out of college) with a little equine photography business, and I took my first paying farm call.  The owner wanted some pictures of her saddleseat bred Arabians trotting liberty for a sales ad.  Being young and fresh, the horses offered up a lot more galloping and trotting but it sure led to some beautiful photos. Even though arabians aren’t “my breed”, these are still some of my favorite…

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Go Go Pony Show

Go Go Pony Show

It’s safe to say that I have horse showing on the brain. I spent my day with Jen and Echo (aka Baby Race Horse) at an itty bitty schooling show an hour southwest of Austin. It was an… er… interesting show (I will say there were beautiful jumps and plenty of areas to school that was awesome for competitors), but Echo was a rock star and had a great confidence building learning experience. I played photographer, groom and try to…

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