Apr 11, 2010

She shoots horses, does'nt she? (Click here to read story)

Unexpected blessings is the only way I can describe this. Thank you Marsha Brown, Steve Boggs and the Weatherford Democrat. And of course, my friend Jeff Owen, who used my camera to take this image!

Apr 4, 2010

New Horizons & World Champions

Its been a long time since my last post, my goodness. The winter here in Texas was incredible with a record snow fall, ranch life, and yes, photo shoots in the snow.

I am very proud to announce I am working for the newly purchased Parker County Today Magazine. Marsh Brown and her husband Steve are a great team. I have worked with Marsha for over 5 years. I am thrilled to contribute to our hometown magazine for and about Parker County and its diverse people. AND PCT is owned and created by Parker County people!!!

In January we showed our Gypsy Horses for the first time. We took two, "Molly" aka ACR Diamond Girl, and Image Setters Johnny Ringo. Just showing up was the highlight of our year, as showing at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a long time dream of mine. The entire experience of prepping your "baby", the hours of grooming, training, dreaming is worth it. The people who have never met a Gypsy Horse, their expressions, the smiles and the horse hugs to the little ones were the best part.

Nov 10, 2009

Photo a day challenge

Myself, and other equine photographers have taken part in a "Photo a Day" challenge. What fun, each day a new "word" is given out, and the challenge is to portray that in a photograph. Think its easy, it is! The hardest part is just getting out and doing it. Try it your self, and see what you come up with, be imaginative.

1) HAIR - The Beas ~ My Gypsy Vanner

2) ENVIRONMENT - Twilight

3) BLUR - Forgotten Water

4) LEGS Go for the Gold

5) TEXTURE Heartwood

6) BEHAVIOUR Miss Behaving

7) CURVES Old Iron

8) WATER Twilight Water

9) EYES EyeCandy

Sep 22, 2009

Extreme Portraits

I don't recommend this kind of shooting for everyone, lets face it folks, its just plain stupid to photograph someone during a really bad lightening storm. I have always wanted to do a portrait of my husband to show his strength of character. Somehow this just fits him. For those who wonder, it took about 40 times to get this one. No photoshopping in the bolts. I did however lightly enhance the color and contrast. the light source is a hand held flash unit, and the camera is mounted on a tripod. Thats it.

Sep 8, 2009

Senior Guys in Texas Rock!

What can I say, Texas Guys Rock. This is from my senior session yesterday with Troy, who brought his horse and dog to the shoot. We ran out of light, as clouds came and we lost the last 30 min of daylight, but still came away with some very cool images. Every time I do a session, I look for that special image that shouts, Magazine Cover! Troy had more than a few. Check back in the next few days for more from this awesome guy.

Aug 21, 2009

I Love you means Forever

This last week I had the extreme honor to create the first professional portrait for a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. When I got the call, I heard an anxious voice on the other end. Seems that the need was TODAY, and could I be there for them in order to make a newspaper deadline. It seems there are times when "time" needs to stand still and we need to follow our heart. The love story of Virginia and Clint is incredible for many reasons. Their commitment to God, to each other, and their family. So yes, I dropped everything I was doing and met them in Fort Worth at the Botanical Gardens. We only had an hour to closing, and the wonderful man at the desk offered up any place in the gardens for this special moment. It seems we all came under the spell of the Petrey's. Divine Intervention also played a role, as I had known Clint for years, buying hay out of his truck off the side of the road, or loading it from his dusty barn with my husband. But as with many rural farms, we never get to meet the spouse's. Virginia found me from the phone book, not knowing my connection to her sweet husband. After agreeing to help them, I asked for her information and that's when it became a project of my heart, again. Coincidence, or Divine Intervention... no matter how you explain it, this was meant to be. We had so much fun, and it was wonderful to renew old friendships, laugh at the hot days beating away his pesky donkey from the inside of my truck. Virginia and Clint are like a couple on their honeymoon, so committed and so much in love. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life and to capture your love....forever.

Jun 22, 2009

Equine Promotions

I love creating promotional products for horse shows from my photography. Don and Deb Stone had me out for a farm call, and this is the resulting banner, stall door graphics for their stalls. When space is of a premium, I work to create advertising that helps you stand out.