Jade is a senior at Gull Lake High School, and she describes herself as creative and resilient. She wanted to feature her horse in her senior session, so we made it happen. She is part of the Equestrian Team, so featuring her horse in her images really reflects who she is. It’s really important to me to be able to capture who you are in your senior session.
Jade did great and had some wonderful images, but we can’t forget the other star of the show – Sam. Sam was probably the best horse I have ever photographed. His temperament was more like a curious dog than a horse. He was incredibly gentle and easygoing. I have never in my life described a horse as “easygoing.” But Sam was so amazing.
I have been in sessions where 3 year olds have acted better than some horses. Horses can be temperamental and difficult, but that was the opposite of Sam. It was like he was curious about my camera so he would face me and point his ears in my direction all the time. That was a gift! (And probably a gift to Sarah too, so should didn’t have to be a horse wrangler for this session!)
It was so cold during her session and it started to snow big fat snowflakes. But none of that mattered because we were in the stable. It’s amazing how just a little shelter makes everything tolerable. It could have been 10 below zero and we would have been fine!
I get a little nervous when someone says they want to photograph with a horse, because I haven’t had the best experiences with photographing horses before. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never been painful or bad. It’s just been, well, like photographing a needy and tired toddler!
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