Minnesota Horse Expo

Since I've moved to Minnesota, I plan my schedule around the Minnesota Horse Expo in April. I've consistently gone for the past three or four years now, and enjoy going every year. This year I had some of my work on display with Big Shoe Ranch and Oak Hill Stables, featuring some of my favorite pictures to date. 

I always revel in being with "my people", sharing in our love of horses. I always have my camera within arms reach when horses are involved, and enjoy photographing others as they experience the happiness horses can bring. 

I usually make my rounds through the horse barn, seeing any new faces or breeds. I get most excited about the drafts horses, especially Ben the Boulonnais. I also spend some time wandering through the other buildings looking at all the vendors, as well as watching performances in the coliseum. By the end of the day, I'm ready to grab some donuts and head home to begin loading and editing pictures. 

End of the Season

I'm nearing the end of my season, which is bittersweet. I love the summer months outdoors, spending my evenings with my clients and creating together. However, this time of year allows for a shift in my focus. During these cold months when I'm not out shooting, I'm working on ideas for the new year, the business side of my photography, as well as working on some personal projects and hobbies of mine. I currently have a long list of projects I want to accomplish, which encompasses anything from drawing, to creating more pottery, to creating an equine inspired leather bag, and tackling a few personal photography projects. I still take a few winter sessions for both weddings and equine, and enjoy the challenge of photographing in the cold and snow.
I'd love to hear what your favorite thing is during these winter months, so leave me a comment below. 

 This is from one of my recent sessions and is for a personal project I'm working on. 

This is from one of my recent sessions and is for a personal project I'm working on. 

Favorites from 2016

Somehow its the end of December, and I don't like it. 

Before I started working retail, the year never really seemed to fly by. Now all of a sudden, the new year is almost here and I'm wondering "where did my summer go?" Despite feeling like I've been in a time warp, I've been looking through all the photographs I took this past and reminiscing of all these wonderful moments. I'm thankful for the new friends I've made and for the love and support I've had. 

2017 is new and scary. I'm terrified to enter the new year, having not accomplished nearly all that I wanted to. However, it's time for change. Time to focus on the good, focus on new opportunities, and be excited for everything that can happen with the new year.

My appreciation for this past year cannot be put into words. To everyone who supports me, and those of you that I have been lucky and honored to work with, thank you. Here's a look at my favorites from my 2016.