Monday, August 5, 2019

A Professional Photo With Your Heart Horse

Do you have a beloved photo with your heart horse?  I have many that I like a lot, but I've never had one taken professionally.  My daughter has told me for years and years that she wanted one taken with her heart-horse, Cowgirl.  She even wanted her senior pictures with her, but it didn't work out.  Her photographer was a bit of a flake.

But recently, her friend, who is just starting out in photography, offered to do the honors.  They all converged here at our little ranch last Saturday.


I guess I should backtrack just a second to say that we had been working with Cowgirl and smoke bombs.  Yes, smoke bombs.  My daughter thought it would be rather magical to have a few photos engulfed in colorful smoke.  No easy feat when horses are scared to death of smoke and fire.  But we did our best to desensitize her beforehand. 

When it came time, Cowgirl didn't do anything crazy when they were let off, but she wanted to turn and face them, whereas the camera was on the opposite side.  I assisted in several photos to hold Cowgirl, and I hope to show you very soon the photos that correspond.


My daughter is very elegant, a quality she got from her grandmother, not me.  Where I am a jeans and boots gal, she is a long and flowing dress gal.

Seeing her and Cowgirl together, though, melted my mama's heart.  My daughter was going through a tough time when she found Cowgirl as a weanling on Dreamhorse in 2004.  She had endured her parent's divorce, the death of her previous horse, and a few other things.

She still had Red, our horse who lived to be 37, but she wanted to raise a baby, and she was very determined.  I wasn't as keen on her raising a baby at that time, but she saved up just enough money to buy the palomino horse she found (all by herself on Dreamhorse) which turned out to be Miss Cowgirl.

I consented and made her a deal that she had to pay for the horse and earn half of the keep--to include training, feed, board, etc.  And, upon graduation from school, she was to assume 100% of her keep.  The other part of my deal was that I'd only pay half of her training IF my daughter participated in all of it with the trainer.

She did it, and here they are still together after all these years.


Cowgirl has such a love for her.  Horses know who their people are.

We don't have the pictures from the photographer yet, the ones above were done on my phone, but she did send her a picture of a picture that she'll be developing.


I'll share the finished photos with you when she gets them.

It has made me think that I need a professional session with my own heart horse before it is too late.  I want to do this same thing with Cowboy.

Of course, I'll be wearing jeans and boots if I do.

Have any of you had professional photos taken with your horses?


10 comments:

  1. I have not had professional photos but I would love to. Those are going to be stunning

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    1. I hope you do it. Those would be beautiful photos of you and Carmen.

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  2. I always wanted to o do a photoshoot with Gamby, but I procrastinated too long. Ava and I don't have the same bond that I had with my first horse, but I definitely want to get good photos with her - in case the unthinkable repeats itself.

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    1. Yes, it's one of those things that sounds good, but it's tough to make the commitment and actually do it, and then it's too late.

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  3. No, I have not had professional pics taken with Koda. Infact I hardly have any photos of Koda & I. Just a few phone pics that I cherish, taken by my hubby on the trail. Unfortunately, he isn't my heart horse so it's doubtful I ever will. I've always wished for that bond, but Koda puts up with me and I love him for it. I've thought about trying remote shooting again (using a tripod) with all our horses. It's not even close to the same. I have however been on the other end of the camera, and it is very special to shoot loving interactions between a horse & their person! Interactions are one of my absolute favorite things to shoot!! SO hard to find people that understand the value, or are willing to make the effort. As long as you have a photographer that fits your hope, you will definitely not regret having photos taken. Smoke bombs? Wow, that's ambitious & unique. I bet those photos turned out cool. I can't wait to see the pics of Cowgirl & your gorgeous daughter (I love her hair!!). Your's too, with your boy. If you decide to have them taken. Please do share!

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    1. It seems like photographers rarely have photographs of themselves, but it sounds like this is your thing! I'll share the smoke bomb pictures today when I blog.

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  4. Your daughter is lovely! Can't wait for the photos!
    I have never had a professional photo done of me and a horse, I'm always on the other end of the camera. But this post makes me think I should get me and Beamer done.
    Horses, to my experience, are ok with smoke especially in bug season. Beamer will stand right over a smudge pot and bask in the smoke. Those should be some interesting photos, especially with coloured smoke.

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    1. Yes, you should definitely line up a photo shoot with Beamer. I'm aiming for the end of August/early September for mine.

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  5. I've never had professional pictures taken ever of myself or me with my horses. I'm usually on the other end of the camera. I don't photograph well but I do wish I had more than one or two pictures with my heart horse Erik. I've only a few and they aren't great.

    Your daughter is gorgeous and the pictures should be beautiful. Can't wait to see them, especially with the smoke bombs. That will be awesome.

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    1. I don't have many professional photos either (senior photographs and one set with my husband), and I also do not photograph well. I'm a "blinker" they say. Whatever! LOL.

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