Photographing horses is a passion of mine. It is the place where time stands still and I can completely focus on my task at hand. When I'm doing that, and in my zone, I see things differently through my lens than the outside world does with their eyes. It can be a magical place, and I'm guilty of always seeing the beauty in these animals and being quite distracted by it, capturing what I see through my lens and translating that into images that are memorable. I take lots of images that are standard for equine photographers: head shots, conformation shots, at-liberty shots, and under-saddle shots, but...I have a really hard time sticking to just the "business" shots when I see something gorgeous happening in front of me.
I was shooting all of the standard shots for a horse coming up for adoption with my friends at NewVocations.org, but when this mare went under saddle and worked the long side of their arena, where the sun was starting to set behind her, giving us this amazing rim light, and she hit the right side of the frame in my camera - I had to get that shot. This is one of my new favorites, because for me, it captured the beauty and essence of the moments when this lovely mare was working with her rider to achieve a common goal. She is going to make a lovely pleasure horse for some lucky person, and I'll always remember her for this shot.
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