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Let’s Collaborate!

Collaboration

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” ~ Babe Ruth

I’d like to take a few moments to talk about collaboration. We all know that marketing strategies and branding are needed to survive in order to “make it” in
today’s business world. Collaboration, not only with businesses but with our peers can help further our professional career and enhance our personal life as well.

I recently teamed with three wonderful equine business models: Weaver LeatherThe Cavali Club (an equestrian lifestyle box) and WARHorses (Women of Age Riding Horses). I was lucky because they contacted me but you can find a business close to home that is in your genre to do some promotional work for. What about a local western store, feed shop, farrier or equine practitioner that might need new images for their website? Do they have a big social media presence? You can work out payment in the form of trades or reduced rate for the exposure. I listen to podcasts and sometimes guests that are on spark my interest for a collaboration. I know it’s hard to put yourself out there sometimes (believe me I know). Whatever your dream, don’t talk yourself out of it!

If you’d like to collaborate with another photographer there are lots of ways to do it. You could create something together. Perhaps you both have ideas for shoots/images but need help completing the idea. Maybe you both need new head shots or images of your family, you can trade services. There’s #followfriday where you can share another creatives IG/FB or website.

Braided Halter from Weaver Leather

Or you can do what I’ve done and collaborate with my fellow photographers in the form of workshops! Cara Taylor Swift and I host our St Augustine Workshop together. Kim Beer and I are headed west for our ranch workshops. Charlotte Detienne and I will be co-hosting the Southern Cross Guest Ranch Workshop in November.

I’m also excited to say I will be teaming up with Michelle Martin Randolph to do a Winter Draft Horse Workshop in Utah next year!

We all have such different experiences and visions. It’s great to share ideas and good just to think outside the box if you’re in a creative rut.

Got an idea you need help with? I’d love to hear about it!

Now let’s get down to the business side of things, I’ve got a couple of fantastic resources to share with you: 

1. The Contract Shop is running their mid-year sale starting tonight, Monday May 27th and will run until Thursday May 30th at Midnight ET. This is where I get my Equine Portrait Contract from and believe me it’s a great one, covers all the bases. You can save up to 40%! To be more specific, 20% off courses, 30% off workbooks, and 40% off contract templates!
Head over to – The Contract Shop

2. Podcasts are a great informational resource for your growing business. If you need no nonsense help with growing your IG account, starting a blog, selling your work or just how
to deal with life as a creative this podcast is made for you. Check it out: The Creative Chaos Podcast with Jenna Martin

That’s all for now if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Trainer to the Stars (Equine Stars that is)

L O O K ….. PhyllisBurchettPhoto has a new BLOG Post and it’s all about us and her trip to New York!

In March I had the pleasure of heading to New York to photograph for Cari Swanson at Windrock Farm. My friend Suzanne joined me so we spent a day in the city being tourists before heading to Amenia to visit Cari. The last time I visited New York City was right after 9/11 St. Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church was still adorned with flowers, cards and momentos to the fallen.

After September 11, 2001, St. Paul’s became the site of an extraordinary, round-the-clock relief ministry to rescue and recovery workers for nine months. Though the World Trade Center buildings collapsed just across the street, there was no damage to St. Paul’s, earning it the nickname “the little chapel that stood.”

After our brief visit to the big city we took the train up to Wassaic, New York where Cari picked us up and took us to her farm. What a beautiful drive, rolling hills and gorgeous countryside. 

Cari and part of her “tribe”. Five Icelandic Sheepdogs Storm, Loki, Röskur, Rune and Freyja

I met Cari years ago when she was working on a movie set that was filming at the Burge Plantation in Mansfield, Georgia.  Thanks to Facebook we’ve stayed in contact and when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance to head to New York to work with Cari and her horses.  Cari Swanson is the owner of  Swanson Productions. They provide specialty horses for film, television and commercials including carriages and wranglers as well as instruction. Cari is a Horse trainer, Riding Instructor, Producer and Author.
Visit her website at http://cariswanson.com/

I wanted to shoot horses in the snow and boy did I get to! We had some gorgeous models that gladly showed their stuff for us under gorgeous blue skies the first day.

Paint Mares, Lily and Dreamer

Listo and Merlin, Lusitano Stallion and Gelding

                                                                   

The light was stunning, “Novelisto” owned by Ashley Slack Waller.

These two images were taken back to back but with the help of Photoshop we can make them look warm or cool. Which one do you like better?

I took lots and lots of images. Horses rearing and horses being goofy. All total the first day I think I shot over 2500 frames.

Lisa Oberman sent some of her beautiful custom tack for us to use. El Sueño Español check it out on Facebook.

This is the gorgeous Morgan Stallion, Rosevale Leggo owned by A Horse Drawn Affair.

We did portrait work with Blaze and Bond for promotional use too. These guys are veterans in the film business.

We even brought horses in the house!

Always trying to be creative, what can I do different with rearing horses? Cari had this great Carousel horse in her house so why not put it in a composite with Listo!

Cari is amazing with her horses, they respect her and respond to everything she asks willingly. Thank you Cari, we enjoyed our time at Windrock Farm and can’t wait to come back!

The horse knows….
He knows if you know….
He also knows if you don’t know.
~ Ray Hunt

Stay tuned plans are being discussed for a workshop at Cari’s farm for 2018.

On our way back to the city we stopped in Hudson, New York to photograph the Dr. Oliver Bronson House. This hidden gem is a challenge to be able to visit due to limited hours —- but if you love architecture and historic preservation, you won’t want to miss the experience. The house is centered around a grand spiral staircase that winds it’s way through the center of the house.

Well that was our world wind of a weekend of fabulous photographic opportunities, wonderful fellowship, yummy food and meeting new friends.

Thanks to all who made this trip possible!

 

 

 

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Happy New 2017!

Whether you are a professional or an amateur, I think we have all found ourselves in a rut at one time or another photographically.  A new year is a great time to explore ideas and inspiration to help spark creativity. So I ask….What is your goal for your photography this year? Personal projects are one of the best ways to grow as a photographer. Pushing yourself to try new things or seek out new subjects can only help you to grow photographically. Here are a couple of great photography challenge projects to consider this year:

  1. START A PHOTO A DAY PROJECT
  2. SHOOT WITH A THEME IN MIND
  3. SHOOT OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
  4. LEARN A NEW SKILL

Think beforehand about what you want to accomplish with your images and then go out and work toward that goal. MY GOAL is to create images with more impact so here are a few things to think about when you go out to create YOUR images:

EYE CONTACT

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 EXPRESSION, BODY LANGUAGE OR BEHAVIOR

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EMOTION

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COMPOSITION – ELIMINATE DISTRACTING ELEMENTS

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Of course these are just a few of the things we can do to create more impact in our images. So I challenge you and I’d love to hear about your goals this year…but remember to keep calm and GO PRACTICE!

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