When I pulled into Emma’s driveway, I immediately fell in love with the tree-lined driveway and knew this would be where some of her photos would be taken. Tree-lined driveways are always my favorite, they are scenic and I find it easier for the model to handle their horse. With the lack of grass, the horse won’t be so tempted to try to eat. Emma and her horse, Jax made me think of National Velvet. Emma has some Elizabeth Taylor qualities, mostly her big beautiful eyes and Jax could easily double as The Pie.
I have know Caitlin since my horse judging coaching days. I did her Senior portraits and she has been one of my equestrian models several times. I very excited to do her engagement session, especially since she wanted her & Anthony’s e-session to be with her horses. The red dress she wore looked so good against the early fall colors.
Lucky’s owner Christina had me out to do some equine portraits of him, she was rather proud of her horse, as she should. She used the session for 2 reasons, one for fine art portraits and some conformation photos to help promote her farm. I tried to give her a good variety of shots, including equine headshots, black background, conformation and some artistic backlight options.
I am honored when I get asked to senior sessions when I did the graduates other sibling. I did Lexi’s sister a few years ago at the same location. What I like about the Adriatica is I can do many different shoots there and I always find new spots. It was unseasonably cold, very humid and rather windy the day we did her senior pictures, so we tried to find spots that she was blocked from the wind. Something I always allow is for my seniors to bring friends to be included. Friends are part of your high school memories so why shouldn’t they be included in your senior portraits.
We took Claire’s senior pictures at one of my favorite locations, Stone Creek Park in Flower Mound, Texas, I love this spot as it is always a little different. The water levels are always changing and it gives it a different appearance each time. It is one of the few water locations I know of that I am not worried about snakes. It is a very popular location which keeps the snakes away. We did several outfits in the water and then when it got to dark we move to the lawn area. She worn a dress from my collection, that I thought would look lovely in the setting. The rocks can be very slippery and Claire found one, she slipped and fell,. She didn’t hurt herself or get her hair or makeup wet, but the bottom of the dress was pretty wet. I told her since it was wet she had to options to stay where she was and sit in the water with the dress one or change. Her eyes lit up and was all for the sitting in the water. I applaud her because I know that water was cold. I had rubber boots on and I could feel the coldness as i stood in the water.
This was my 2nd time to work with Magnus and 1st time with Maddie. Second time with Magnus as I photographed Maddie’s older sister for her senior portraits with Magnus a few years earlier. Love Maddie’s style and even though it was warmer than it should be for the time of year we took her photos, she stuck it out with some wonderful fall fashions and her letter jacket. When i say warmer, I should say hotter and the humidity was horrible. I believe the heat index was 106 that day. We took photos in a turnout area where she boards Magnus. She found a cute little fenced area to change clothes since my dressing tent would of been a sauna. Near the end of the session I walked over to the area she was changing as the light was great there. I was horrified when I realized it was covered in poison ivy! I am the type that gets it if the wind blows my way. I asked Maddie if she gets it and she said she never has, whew!. I was still worried about and asked her during her order session a couple weeks later and she never got it. Double Whew!!
Sarah & Designed To Be Good “Frazier”! Frazier is Sarah’s former horse, but his current owner was nice enough to allow her to use him for her senior portraits. They both were a dream to work with. Right before I arrived for the session a storm blew through. When I pulled up there was a beautiful rainbow. Knowing the rainbow wouldn’t last long, I I barely introduced myself a started photographing Sarah with the rainbow in the background. It only lasted a few minutes, so when it was gone we did more formal introductions and started the rest of the session. We had to watch the weather carefully as storms where all around us, The wind started to pick up, but we found a great spot surrounded by cedar trees and it made a great windblock.
Brandalyn attends Clarendon High School, but haul several hours to have her senior session done at the beautiful Grey Horse Ranch in Wildorado, Texas. She brought 3 of her horses, one that she recently won a AQHA World Youth Championship. Not only is Brandalyn active in her horse activities, she is also active in golf, basketball, FFA & 4H. Not sure when she sleeps! We were able to incorporate all her talents, plus her dog all in one photo.
For the past 6 years, I have been doing Christmas Wreath Session in the North Texas Area. I did more this year than ever before. When I 1st started doing these sessions, I used an actual wreath that we put over the head. Believe it or not most horses had no problem with it. The problem with the wreath was, it was hard to put on a few horses and I did not like the way it laid on the shoulders on smaller horses, as it was one size fits all. Also if the horse but their head down, the wreath would slide down. I switched to garland a few years ago and now have 4 different ones. I use premade garland from Balsam Hill I thought about making my own, but by the time i bought every it would of cost the same as buying one already made. Plus I am not very crafty. I also added black back ground with out the wreath as an option.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!