Tag Archives: Horse

Just like the old days

11 Sep

When I was younger, I spent hours on end out at the barn.  I was able to relive this a few weeks ago when shooting some photos for fun.  Chelsea and I wanted to shoot some pretty horse fashion photos with our great photography friend, Henry.  I’ve seen so many beautiful ones out there and I had in mind soft images at sun down but then we ended up with some crazy photos during twilight as well.  It’s best to have the crazy ideas and then try to just put them to life.  Sometimes you get what you want.  Sometimes you get more.

My friend from the barn, Lynn, was so kind to let us use her beautiful horse Amante for the shoot.  He was such a trooper and for a few extra cookies behaved extra well for us.

I took a broken bracelet and made a hand piece out of it!

Keeping the talent happy 🙂

I don’t know what it is about horses but they are just amazing.

Then the sun went behind the hills.  Here’s Chels with Amante.  She was really good with him considering she has no horse handling experience.  She’s very calm and he really liked her.  I have a few exceptional shots of her and him that we will post on I.F.L.

I love this one.

It was a full moon.  I can’t believe how light these photos came out because it was pretty dark out by this point.

This was so fun to play around with lighting and exposures out at the barn.  It’s definitely more challenging working with an animal but we were lucky to have a very well behaved horse with us.  I also love that no matter how crazy my ideas are, Chelsea and Henry are always game to help make them happen.

 Chelsea and I have recently decided to put all of our shenanigans out there in a new blog, IFL Blog.  It’s more stories and musings than just simply photos.  However, we do keep up with the photos as well.  I can’t tell you how hard I laugh sometimes at the things that end up popping up on that blog and the things to come.  It’s been keeping us busy and I’m excited to keep it going!

Times like these

28 Aug

This weekend was extremely productive for me.  I caught up on some much needed rest and I worked on another blog project I’ll be taking part of soon.  I can’t wait until it goes live, it’s such a cool and funny blog with other creative outlets.  It’s so fun working with other people.  I love combining ideas and seeing things from a different perspective!  Anyway until then, below is one of the photos my fabulous photographer friend Henry shot for the new blog project.

I also shot some fashion photos of the beautiful Chelsea that came out STUNNING!  I can’t wait to share those as well.  Have a great week 😀

This is my kind of love

17 Dec

Spotty and I have been spending more time together and it’s amazing how caring animals can be.  I am really starting to love this guy 🙂

New man in my life? How to make positive changes

7 Dec

OK, so the title of this post is a little mis-leading but there is truth to it.  I’ve been in love with horses since I was a little girl and have done everything in my power to be involved with them.  I’ve worked with a lot with people’s horses who have behavioral issues or just need a tune-up every now and then.  I do horse photo shoots for people. I’ve horse sat, I’ve shaved horses for people in the summer when they haven’t shed their winter coats yet.  Working with other people’s horses has fulfilled my horse love to an extent but there has always been a piece missing since I had to put my horse down 4 years ago.  I’ve realized recently I need the companionship and bond back with just one horse.  That trust building and working together to achieve something.  That bond after a long training session of just enjoying the open rolling hills together.  That enjoyment of each others company even though you may not be able to have verbal conversations the way you would with another human.

So… enter Spot!

This is the new “man” in my life 🙂

I’m going to be working with him 3-4 times a week out of my choice and not for money.  For pure happiness and enjoyment.  The opportunity had never really presented itself but if it had, Spot would have been my first choice to work with.  He’s sweet and extremely talented.  We will learn a lot together and he will now probably be making regular appearances on my blog.

Do you have a hobby that makes you happy?  I’d love to hear!  Also, make sure you always keep it in your life.  It’s so important to not lose the things that make you happiest.  Just look for the balance and don’t always sell your soul for money 🙂  Someday, I’d eventually like to have a horse therapy center where people going through a hard time can come and heal while learning how to care for horses.  It’s amazing what these animals can give you once you learn to trust them.

Also, I’ll be very busy these next four or so days.  I’m shooting one of our big concerts on Friday with Mumford and Sons, Jane’s Addiction, Young the Giant, Bush, AND FLORENCE!!!!  Can we say my dreams have come true?!?!  I might not post much until next week but do come back next week as I will have MANY great photo posts to come.  It also reminds me to look at your blogs because I really do LOVE reading your posts!


The sun is setting on earlier afternoons

4 Oct

Lately there have been some magnificent sunsets and I thought I’d share some of the photos I’ve snapped of the cloud patterns and interested rays of light I’ve seen in the afternoon.

A horse on the hill admiring the last bits of glowing sun for the day.

The opposite view of the horse.

I love the contrast of blue skies and orange hills.

The sun starting to set.

There was a bird hovering above the highest mound.

The last picture of this particular sunset.

I love vibrant, natural lighting.  I also kind of have an obsession with sunsets, could you tell?!  🙂  I did a photoshoot for someone on this night and I can’t wait to post the pictures from it.  They came out amazing with this lighting but I will post after they see their pictures first.

My Saturday ride

18 Sep

I hadn’t been to the barn in about two weeks with all the wedding festivities so yesterday was my first day back and wow did it feel good to get back in the saddle.  I’m feeling the soreness today though.  You forget how many muscles you use riding (even though many who do NOT ride, beg to differ).  Today my back, shoulders, thighs and more are feeling the burn.  Above is a mare from my barn who I rode yesterday.  I took her out on the trail first to just get out of the arena.  If you ride dressage you know how much time you spend in a dressage court and how nice it can be to get out sometimes.  I’m spending today lounging and recovering but I’ll be back in the saddle on Tuesday 🙂  I’ll try to take some more photos then of the horses.  They are the most beautiful animal, I just can’t get enough.