This is not a goodbye, this is a thank you.
I've decided to put out my 4th type of Equine Portraiture right away, since I am going to be busy filming two new videos in August and the second one is going to be pretty darn special.
It is called 𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗡𝗘 𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗘: 𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗛.
Senior horses are the best teachers, and terminally ill horses are the most courageous fighters.
When your horse ages or becomes sick, you often feel like you are grieving alone and it's understandable to worry about what lies ahead.
During these times, horses require extra care, love and attention to avoid serious health concerns. While they may not be as young and healthy as they once were, nothing would make you happier than seeing your horse enjoying life by merely just being a horse and spending time with their friends.
Give the gift of love to your senior or ill equine partner by showing them your appreciation for everything they have done for you.
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One of the challenges when choosing a specific time of day to work in is that you won't know how well that sun will set, or if you are working in the morning then how well that sun will rise until it actually happens. There is a reason why landscape photographer's will often have to make numerous trips back to the same location, because some days they just don't get the kind of light that they are looking for.
The sunset in our photo shoot with Brenda Dyck-MacMaster and her boy Fynnigan was just average, it wasn't terrible but it was far from spectacular. Clouds came in just as the sun would start to go down, then minutes later those clouds were gone and all of a sudden our nicely lit location was too bright, so then we would have to move to another location. This just goes to show you just how quickly the sun moves and when on a larger property you have to move quick to get to your new optimal spot.
The lighting was just never, what I would consider to be breathtaking and that was because the peak of this one sunset was actually when we all had gone home for the night and I was driving off the property. But hey, this is just a prime example of how you can't predict how a sun is going to set or rise on any given day.
This is why when I book my sessions, I always show up 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time, so that I can walk the property and find the absolute best spots and angles to work from.
All in all, I felt that it was still a great outcome. I just would have loved if the sun came down a bit sooner, so that we could have worked in that magical light because it sure was stunning, as I watched the rich oranges, reds and yellows softly stream across the pastures when leaving the property.
It was a pleasure working with you and your boy Brenda and I hope you enjoyed your experience!
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Just wait until you see what I have planned at this barn coming up very soon. This includes showing a side of my brand that nobody has seen before and something that I've been wanting to do for quite some time, so I am very excited!
Here's just a quick pic taken with my phone.
Here is #5 of my Top 10 favorite images so far in 2019.
It was quite the experience heading out to the desert in Dubai for this picture. Even though looking back now, I probably shouldn't have done it since the air was so bad and I do believe that this day was a big contributor in the severity of my illness. Once we got to the open it got extremely windy, so that sand was kicking up right in your face and I'm sure (even though I tried my best to avoid it) that I inhaled some of it.
This was by far the most difficult environment that I've worked in, mainly because I was not well, the thick polluted air and the jets and planes going by what seemed to be every 30 seconds, which created for lots of noise and activity in the air. And when you are out in this kind of setting with a pack of four other Arabian horses, you have to factor in their patience and ability to withstand this kind of wind, noise and activity in the air.
Each time I see this picture, the first thing I see is the gentle touch of this woman but I also see the happiness that this horse gives her when they are together. And that is what makes Equine Portraiture so magical, being able to see the connection and expressions between horse and human is a sight to see and being counted on to capture those absolute best moments in it's most organic form is the best feeling in the world.
For those of you who have senior horses, share and post a picture of them! :)How long have you had them for? I love seniors, in my opinion they are treasures, phenomenal teachers and they have a lot more to give than many realize.
Over the past year and a bit, going through my experiences with horse owners, lovers of these incredible creatures have allowed me to see quite a few partnerships and the different ways that each of us connect and communicate with these majestic animals. Each and every time that I am out there, I learn something new and that is just one of many reasons why I absolutely love what I do.
Because of this, I would like to continue expanding my Equine Portraiture service as my goals are to:
1) Have my images reach an even deeper and more emotional level.
2) As we all know, horses are the most special and forgiving animal's in the world who always live "in the moment." They sense, learn and experience many great times throughout their lives but many also endure everyday struggles, as it's just an element of life and a part of owning any animal.
So I am proud to say that I have a new (third) type of Equine Portraiture on it's way very soon! And by offering this, overtime it will add an element to my portfolio that we currently do not see.
I know that many of you were very much anticipating my photo shoot in the desert photographing riders during a sunrise. There was huge potential for this scenario, it's just unfortunate that things unfolded the way that it did. Nothing terrible happened, things just didn't go as planned. Here are the few images that I captured in the short period of time.
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