A Photo Shoot 2 Years in the Making

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am avid at setting goals and redefining them as I approach the final product.  Well, this latest shoot took me almost 2 years from start to finish.  It was a shoot I had longed for, one I dreamt about and spent many hours imagining how I would photograph it when the day came.

About 2 years ago, I figured I would put it out into the world and see what I could get for a response.  I posted onto Facebook that I was looking for a white horse to photograph.  Now this mostly was the inspiration for a styled Indian wedding shoot where the Indian groom rides to the ceremony site via a white horse.  But in addition to that, I simply wanted to photograph a horse, in all its glory, regal and poised grace.   A friend of mine who works in the equine dentistry field referred me to a gentleman who runs a local equine group.  We friended each other on Facebook, I sent him an email, and no response.  Nothing.  A little discouraged, I knew the right time and the right person would come along so I ventured forward.

It wasn’t until over a year ago that I was shopping one evening at Town Square here in Las Vegas that I saw a new attraction at the outdoor shopping mall.  From a distance I saw a horse driven carriage, and lo-and-behold it was being pulled by a white horse!  I ran down the street trying to find the name of the company and quickly saved the info into my iphone.  I was so excited!  I found their website and within a day I had sent my first email to Horse Around Town.  A meeting was quickly set up with Maribeth, the owner, and we talked for a couple of hours on our ideas, even recruiting the waitress to model for us.

Fast forward to a year later, Maribeth had unfortunately lost her original horse Darby, but soon acquired her rescue horse Duke.  We talked some more, passed around ideas, and had to rescheduled 2 shoots due to weather and scheduling conflicts.  Eventually the stars aligned and below is what has taken my dream almost 2 years to come to fruition.  I’m so excited and happy to share with you my little idea that blossomed into a full-on 10 person photo shoot on location.

Horses provided by Horse Around Town, owners Maribeth Saffron & Jason Speer, Horses: Duke (Percheron Morgan cross) & Kommissar (Belgian Draft), Horse Handlers: Molly Pesis & Carly Gordon, Models: Suwasit and Charlotte Madden, Hair/Makeup for Charlotte: Makeovers by Brandy, Photography Assistants:  Marissa Girard & Adam Silversmith.

Here’s Charlotte and Duke.


Next is Suwasit and Duke.

You are gorgeous Charlotte!

And here she is with Kommissar.

Suwasit looking fierce!

Kommissar and Suwasit made a great team too!


I love these 2 images in black and white.

Thanks to everyone for a job well done!

And don’t miss the slideshow below for some fun behind-the-scenes images too.


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Fueled by equal parts Earl Grey tea and passion, I spend my days capturing the kinds of images that make you stop, smile and ask time to please slow down. I believe in real moments and heartfelt conversations on the front porch. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together. I believe in images that are itching to be printed, placed in beautiful frames and hung on walls for years to come. 

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