2017 North Texas Equine Photography Workshop

The 2017 North Texas Equine Photography was held last May.  Had some great photographers attending and I love the photos they took.  The 3 day workshop was full of some great locations, beautiful models, both horse and human.  We all met Thursday evening for a meet & greet at Barley & Board located on the Denton Square.  We meet at one of my favorite Ranches, XO Ranch,  early Friday morning and photographed a young lady and her horse.  After lunch Friday we returned to my studio for some Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials.  Friday evening's shoot was just up the road and we had the opportunity to photograph a beautiful quarter horse stallion, mare and foals.  Along with a newly married bride in her wedding dress.  One of my equestrian models volunteered her time giving us one more subjects to photograph.  Saturday morning we headed north to Sebastian Petrols Reining Horses and shot some reining horses in action as well as some casual shots.  After lunch we did more classroom work at the studio.  Saturday evening we visited Sergeant Ranch in Pilot Point.  We photographed and Danish Warmblood and did black background photos and some Dressage photos.  The big treat was a half Friesian that was converted into a unicorn!  Sunday morning we had some rain (with lots of lightning) delays so we decided to grab breakfast first.  When the rain passed we went to Cardinal Ranch in Aubrey and photographed some mares and foals.  They put on a great show.  Our last stop was Dryden Ranch and we did some conformation and liberty photos.  I think all the attendees were tired when we were done, but come back with some great images and everyone learn a lot.  Not only from me, but from each other.  I started a Facebook group for them and everyone still keeps in contact giving tips, advice and words of encouragement. 
Upcoming workshops are coming up this fall and spring 2018.  Visit the Workshop page for more info. 
Please enjoy photos taken by workshop attendees
Ruth Gray - Derby Kansas
Caitlin Demura Photography - Terrell Texas
Rebecca Keith Photography - Collinsville Texas
Sweet Sentiments by Lynn Schwab - Cornith Texas
Chelle Ann Photography - Houston Texas

Amie | Senior Portraits | Sanger Photographer

When I arrived at Amie's home for her shoot, she gave me the warmest welcome and a hug.  She was so excited and happy for her session!  We picked out some great outfits from the clothes she had selected.  Amie is a very competitive and talented barrel racer and wanted her horses, Pink, Vegas & Four Speed, in many of her photos as well as one of her dogs.  Hair & Makeup by : Shelia Rybar- Horse Show Makeup Artist
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Brittany Russel | Arizona Equine Photographer | Cave Creek

On a recent trip to Arizona, in between photoshoots I would go hiking,  I discovered Cave Creek Regional Park on one of these hikes and new immediately that I wanted to do a photoshoot their.  I was already talking to Brittany about doing an equestrian model shoot and told her I found a great location.  She brought Halo, a beautiful APHA mare by The Mechanic.  A person walking their dog on the trail stop and watched the photoshoot and told us that was the prettiest horse she has ever seen. 
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Justine & Alexa | Sisters & Equestrians | Senior Portraits | Aubrey Texas

This session was a mixture of several different sessions.  We did Alexa's senior portraits, since her sister; Justine did not have senior portraits done, so we also did some of her.  We also combined a family session in as well.  The location of the shoot was at one of my favorite North Texas Ranches, XO Ranch in Aubrey Texas.  Both girls are accomplished equestrians, one with a little more western style and the other competes in eventing. Alexa had a beautifully marked APHA named Razzle and Justine had a sorrel AQHA named Tyler. 

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Taylor | Class of 2018 | Denton Senior Photographer

Taylor's parents did a great job preparing for Taylor's senior session.  Taylor has had a very successful show career, winning almost every title possible with her Santa Gertrudis and she still has her Senior year ahead of her. While Taylor and I did show photos in her 1st outfit, her parents decorated their cattle trailer with many of the awards Taylor has one.  Including the largest collection of belt buckles I have ever seen.

Kristen, Reggie & Katniss | Equine Photographer | Cave Creek Arizona

I photographed  Kristen and her horses. Real Good Reason "Reggie" and Fancy N My Stilettos "Katniss."  We used her ranch for the photoshoot.  Due to more than normal rain this year the landscape was very colorful and made a wonderful backdrop.  She showed me here arena and some of the best Saguaro Cactus surrounded the edge.  Kristen was preparing for AQHA shows and shows under the guidance of Reid Thomas Performance Horses. 

Katie, Mercedes & Cutie | Pilot Point Texas | Equine Photographer

This was my second time to photograph Katie with her horse, but was at her trainer's new location. We started early in the morning and had some great light, but as the morning went on, it became overcast.  Katie did great and the outfits she wore gave an nice soft look that worked great with an overcast day so it all worked out fine.  Katie will be competing at the APHA World Show this fall under the guidance of Jacque Kennon Show Horses.  
Hair & Makeup by: Shelia Rybar- Horse SHow Makeup Artist,

Hannah | Senior 2017 | Weatherford Texas | Equine Photographer

I photographed Hannah and her horse Inviting Rumors "Shea"  at Dry River Ranch in Weatherford Texas and rides under the guidance of Stephen Stevens and Terry Cross .  Like many spring days in Texas, it was windy and humid. Hannah & Shea where great and handled it will. Hannah will be attending University of Georgia in the fall where she will be part of their Equestrian Team. Hannah asked the photos to show how much she loves Shea.  She made it easy, as they obviously have a great horse-human bond with each other. 

Addy & Jewel | Equestrian Model | Aubrey Texas

Addy is one talented little girl.  Along with her parents, they find ponies at horse sales in the area. Many they are saving from kill buyers and an uncertain fate.  Addy goes on to train these ponies to be safe ridable ponies for smaller children.  She is well known in the area for her skills and is the go-to person for well-trained ponies. 

Lauryn | Senior 2017 | Gainesville

Lauryn's mother & I where friends many years ago, and I won't say how many.  It was great to reconnect with her through social media and was honored when she asked me to photographer her daughter's senior portraits.  They used a friends home that had some perfect locations for backdrops and props.  Even a food truck!  They also has several beautiful Gypsy Horses, we planned on using them in the background, but they decided to join in and be part of the photos.  They couldn't of lined more perfect.  Lauryn is not a horse person and was a little nervous about them surrounding her, but stood her ground and we got some great photos.