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January 21, 2018

Light, and how it plays with my subjects is something that fascinates me.  For years I have shot using nothing but natural light.  It was how I started, learned, and loved to shoot.  Using natural light meant that I didn't have a ton of gear that I needed to bring to a shoot, but it doesn't always cooperate when you need it to.  Many a shoot have been spoiled by the light not being what it needs to be.  At its best, natural light has a magical quality to it that can really bring an image to life, and at it's worst, it can leave an image flat and lifeless.  And the biggest challenge with shooting in nat...

July 9, 2017

Of all the shoots that I've done, photographing horses in a herd as they gallop across a pasture has to be one of my favourite.  

I can never get enough of it.  All of that power, motion, and energy is nothing short of mesmerizing.  In fact, there has been more than one occasion where I stopped taking pictures and just watched, caught up in being a part of such a special moment.  

As beautiful as it is, it can also be one of the most challenging moments to shoot.  It's imperative that you think about the kind of shot that you want to capture, and then choose the best lens for the shot that you'...

June 13, 2017

Good news, we're not going to get into a lecture on trigonometry!  But what we are going to talk about is how you can start to think outside the box when it comes to photographing horses.

The easiest thing to do when we have our camera in hand and a horse in front of us is to simply start shooting.  Head on, profile shots, full body shots, we move our lens all over that horses body looking for the right shot.

But how often do you step outside of that pattern and shoot from a position that is different?  How will changing the angle from which you shoot affect the composition of your shots, and how creativ...

January 7, 2017

 As 2016 drew to a close, I thought about what 2017

had in store.  I thought about what I wanted to make happen in this new year, and set some new goals.

I met some amazing new people in 2016, and I learned a few new lessons that really helped me to  gained some new insight as to where I want to take things over the course of this new year.

I'm really excited about my two new workshops for the 2017 season.  India in particular is going to be an adventure that I'm thrilled to be offering!  I think that most equine photographers want images that make their portfolio stand out from t...

August 19, 2016

Special thanks to Scott and Terry for commenting on my images!  It was a real surprise when I saw the photos the I submitted pop up onto the screen, and to hear what they had to say absolutely floored me!  As a long time fan of "The Grid", is was a special treat to be a part of the show!  

                                                 

                                                    (My images start at 29:22 in to the show)...

July 17, 2016

We all at some point in our photography journey hit that bump in the road where we just don't feel inspired anymore.  One day we're out with our camera in hand, as happy as clam, and then bam!  Our drive, desire, and inspiration just seemingly disappears into thin air.

It's happened to me on more than one occasion, and I can tell you from experience that unless you seek out some different ways to find that inspiration, it'll be a long wait before it shows up on its own.

So what can we do when we find ourselves in a photographic rut?  Here's a few ideas that you might find helpful!

Visit some photo sh...

June 1, 2016

I can't say enough about Tyler and all of the staff at the 3 Bars Ranch in beautiful B.C.

It was an incredible week of photography fun that featured some of the most stunning scenery and beautiful horses that I've ever had the privilege of photographing.  

The crew at the ranch went above and beyond to help us get the shots that we wanted, and all of their efforts paid off without a doubt!  From outdoor shoots, to indoor arena shoots with some very energetic young quarter horses, the images that I was able to capture are some of the best to date!  What a great week!  I can't wait until I can get back the...

May 8, 2016

This has to be one of the most important things that I have ever done.  Not only did it make me think about the kinds of images that I wanted to capture in a whole new way, but it significantly increased the number of images that I kept from a shoot!

 

Shooting with a goal means simply this, think about the shots that you want to get, or an area of your photography that you'd like to improve on and then make that your focus on your shoot.

 

If your goal happens to be capturing some images of a horse running, think about how you want that horse running in your frame.  Do you want it running at you, or...

May 1, 2016

  It's been a long process that has been filled with some tough decisions, but it's finally done!  Welcome to the new home of Horse & Hound Photography!

 

Being a long time dog owner, I've often thought about expanding my services to include our loveable K9 companions, but up until a few months ago, I hesitated.  I wanted to gain a firm foothold in the equine photography world and that takes a TON of work.  I 'm happy to say that the efforts have paid off andI'm happy with where things are at right now.  There are some exciting things on the horizon and I finally find myself in a place where I...

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