Now that I have
the NSA and PETA’s your attention, saying I will shoot your horse is about as ‘racy’ as I’m going to get this week.
I’ve got stuff to do, y’all.
Sadly, none of it includes horses.
Unless someone left a pony in my laundry pile, the next few days will involve a modicum of the mundane, snuggling with a dog that snores like a trucker and spending
days some time getting my paperwork in order.
It’s been piling up because…well, because I’d rather do anything besides organizing paperwork.
Digression alert: I thought technology was supposed to save trees, make our lives easier, the skies bluer and our water cleaner. I have internet access and an email inbox filled with much too muchness, so what explains all the paper that still shows up in the metal thing at the end of the driveway?
At least online, it’s mostly stuff I signed up for, although sometimes I can’t remember why. There is a lot of junk in my digital inbox as well, but digging through the clutter I found this nugget of gold:
You don’t usually email me? How about never, except for this one time, Beyonce. Now that we are email buds, how about you send me some cash?
And back to our story…
A couple of months ago, I successfully avoided dealing with chores by hitting up a horse show and shooting riders on their mounts. I wanted to learn how to capture beautiful creatures in constant motion, instead of filing receipts and folding underwear.
I adore horses, but they are a challenge to photograph. There is always something twitching on a horse. Always. The faces on the riders as they run the course are priceless. And twitchy. Sometimes, they are just as antsy as their mounts.
Anywho, horses are usually pretty chill around me – people? Not so much. Point being, it was a blessing to find several of both species who trusted me to shoot away.
I shared a couple of the photographs with my talented and sweet friend, Courtney Price, who encouraged me to share them with you.
Here we go:
I cropped the riders faces out and there were some important proportions lost as a result, but I think you’ll still get a sense of what you can’t see (lots of pretty girls).
The brain is good about filling in holes like that.
I may be using a few of the photos in my show house space.
I started off goofing around, trying to avoid dealing with housework or paperwork, I can’t remember which…probably both…and ended up learning a lot about equine photography, rediscovering an old passion in a new way.
I had the best time and hope that shows in the photos. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to shoot more horses in the future. It was fun!
I put together a handful of action shots, with riders cropped Ichabod Crane style, in a shortish video. (I hated to chop off their heads. Next time? Photo release. Lesson learned, Life.) They aren’t great, and are in no particular order, but it’s easy to see how much I learned between Day 1 of the shoot and Day 2. Too bad the event didn’t last 4 days.
I coulda been a contender.
One last thing: Did you know Modenus is naming their Top 100 Interior Design and Architecture Blogs for 2014? Worldwide goodness, y’all. Live the Fine Life is on the list and you still have time to vote for your favorites I mean this blog. (Either voting or nominating – I can’t remember which one, off the top of my head – closes March 1.)
Gallop on over and exercise your constitutional right to vote:
…And let me know if you did, so I can thank you with a proper whinny.
Email me if you want me to shoot your horse, tell me about your dream horse or how you horse around to get out of doing mundane tasks and I’ll give you a virtual apple. The comments are where the action starts jumping!