Friday, September 20, 2019

Giving back thru Photography

One of the most rewarding things that has happened to me is using my photography and photography gear to “Give Back”.  Doing for others and giving back to a good cause has come to my heart more and more this past year.

I decided to find some organizations to help with my camera, being a HUGE animal lover I thought what better way than reaching out to a few rescue programs to help them find loving homes for the animals they are rescuing.

I reached out to TWO organizations in this area (Wild Heart Rescue in Boyd Texas) and (ShelterHearts in Bowie).  Both are great organizations with loving people with huge hearts doing everything they can to find homes for loving pets wanting a forever home.  I took photos of each of the pets and then they posted them on their site for families to see and hopefully not live without and adopt and take home forever and love them the way God intended when he created these beautiful creatures.

For Wild Heart Rescue in Boyd we did something a little different, we had pet mini sessions, donation only so the families that showed up to have photos taken with their pets made a donation of their choice direct to the Wild Heart Rescue.  It was so much fun and I felt so good helping out a great cause.  We are putting on two more of these this fall November 3, 2019 (this one is full) and November 10, 2019 has a few openings left.  This mini session set will be a little different, we will be creating a Christmas Card for them to share with their friends.
The second rescue program I was happy to help is Sacred Heart from Bowie, I found 
them thru a shared post on facebook and on that post was the dog that would find
his forever home with OUR family.  Ted the beagle/basset mix was a little guy in
the back yard of the shelter, all alone, the saddest face I had ever seen but something
in that face pulled at me and I had to bring him home.  So happy that I found him because
he has made a special place in our family and in our hearts and if I hadn't showed up that
day to photograph and help other dogs find homes, I may not of found him.

If you have a talent, be it photography, videography, graphics, marketing, ANYTHING give back to a good cause.  use your talent to help others, it will make your heart feel so good.

Friday, September 13, 2019

What Inspires Me to Photograph

I don't have the years behind me that a lot of photographers do, but I know I have found what I love to do and it was thru a hobby.  I started out around 2013 by going to Wolfe Camera (out of business now) and walking in to say "I've always been interested in photography".  The man behind the counter handed me a Nikon D40 and a kit lens.  I looked at it and thought "Crud, now what? I have no idea what to do with this".  They offered 6 weeks of lessons to anyone that bought a camera so I signed up and tried to understand the lingo they threw my way (ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed, etc).
Through those lessons, I learned a few things which got me on my journey.

What inspires me to photograph is getting better!  Each and every time I pick up my camera to photograph barrel racing, portraits, weddings, newborns, sale horses, I want it to be better than the last time I photographed.  When I started with Barrel racing photography I discovered "Pixel Worx" Their photos are famous by photographing BBR, I wanted my photos to be that good and I told myself even though my sights were not to go to NFR or BBR World or NBHA World I wanted to be the Pixel Worx or the small arena.  After time I would try different angles, but the barrel racers do love that famous 2nd barrel photo that shows everything going right.

What inspires me to photograph?  Trying new things with new lighting and new angles. You never know what you will get and when your lucky enough to get Multiple NFR contestant Stevi Hillman in front of your camera you know your going to get a good action photo.  Trying new angles inspires me to bring out the most in a photo, a photo should tell a story and draw the viewer in for a closer look.  Thats what inspires me!
What Inspires me to photograph?  doing a great job for the client! When I get a call and someone needs photos for a sale catalog I know that horse has got to stand out from the other photos in the catalog, something I've been working on is my equine sale photos.  I have to bring out the best in that horse in order to draw a potential buyer to the sale or to the seller.  I get inspired knowing that I can bring out the natural beauty in what God Created.  The HORSE!
What Inspires me to photograph? I love to create an image thru my camera for a mom and she falls in love with it so much she will put a 20x30 canvas or print on her wall to show the photo off to anyone visiting her home.  I look forward to each and every session and when someone comes to me with a unique idea I absolutely cannot wait to photograph and capture what they want for their home art.

What Inspires me to Photograph?  Doing my best each and every time I pick up the camera and doing a great job for someone paying me to do what I already love to do. to book your session

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Tips for Photographing Horses

I am no way an expert in the field of Equine Photography and poses, it is something I work at each and every time I am asked to photograph for the owners.  If it's a sale photo, stallion photo or just sentimental photo.

One of the things I require is that the person asking me to come out has a "handler" a person that will help.  Unless you have a world champion halter horse, you have to put a lot of work into getting the horse in the best position to show off what God created.

It's not easy, its hot, its sweaty, its cold, its irritating, but if your going to do a job for a client you want to do a good job.  I apologize throughout the session because their having to bend over, repeatedly and move the horse in the position I am asking them to.

The end result will be so much better than just a quick iPhone photo, when your needing photos like this ask for a extra person to help you.  The photographer can't move back and forth and place legs because the horse will move before she gets back in place and that makes the process so much more slower.  I would recommend having a person hold the horse, one to work with positioning and if your lucky you have a third to get ears up, if not the person moving the legs has 2 jobs.

This allows the photographer to be ready to take that photo before the horse moves.

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