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Long Live Cowboys and The Dryhead Ranch

Last year Kimberly Beer and I co-hosted a Winter Ranch Workshop in Livingston, Montana but that ranch was sold so we went looking for another location this year and landed on the Dryhead Ranch. Thanks to Jennifer and Kristen Cerroni our first retreat at the Dryhead Ranch in Montana did not disappoint! The Dryhead is a four generation working ranch tucked in the eastern slopes of the Pryor Mountains, deep in the heart of the Crowe Indian Reservation. There is Iris, the matriarch of the family now in her 90’s, still working the office taking reservations and doing the books. Then we have Jennifer and her daughters Kristen and Jess. Jessie and her husband, Jake have four kids, who kept us entertained all week. Maddie, Cassidy, Howdy and James are always hard at play or helping out on the ranch with chores. Jackson came as a guest a few years back but is learning the ropes from Jake on his summer break from college. Lara was our chef extraordinaire, keeping us fed well all week and helping out with the cattle. Kristen’s boyfriend, Braden came out to help on branding day. So all in all, it’s a family affair!

James, Howdy, Maddie, Jess, Jake, Cassidy, Jennifer and Kristen

The kids were a never ending source of entertainment and great photography subjects!

 My co-host Kim Beer is not only a fantastic photographer and teacher, she’s a marketing guru too! Be sure to check out more of her work on Facebook at Kim Beer Photography

It was such pleasure to watch the cowboys of the Dryhead hard at work. We even got to watch Jake put the first ride on a youngster, he’s so good with his horses the colt took everything in stride.

So wonderful to be around a family that honors the land, the stock, the wildlife and God.

The cowboys and cowgirls of the Dryhead Ranch.

On a working ranch there’s always something that needs doing. From fixing fences to gathering, sorting, doctoring, branding and tagging the cattle.

There are horses and lots of them. Each morning the cowboys would bring the cavy (riding string) of about 65 head in and in the evening they would take them back out to pasture for the night.

The ranch also has a breeding operation of Quarter Horses, each stallions runs with their group of mares and foals. These foals are being raised for future ranch horse prospects.

Kim and I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone at the Dryhead that made this year’s retreat a success.

Thanks also, to those who joined us this year: Hilary, Christy, Pam, Rhonda and Greg!!!

Well that’s it for now….yep, we are planning to make this a yearly event. Dates for next year are July 23-28, 2020!

Interested in a cattle drive vacation? Be sure to check out the Dryhead Ranch website for more into!

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Iceland Baby

Well my 2019 Iceland Equine Photo Tour is in the books! What a fantastic time was had by all attendees, the staff at Skalakot AND myself. The week before leaving for Iceland I guess I was a little stressed out, not sleeping enough or taking care of myself. So I left home feeling a bit under the weather, unfortunately it only got worse once I got to Iceland. However, thanks to a wonderful group and our fabulous head horse wrangler, Sanne, we were able to get to every shoot I had scheduled for the week. Thanks to Chef Robert at the farm we dined on the most delicious Icelandic cuisine all week. I’m not sure which was a bigger hit our main courses or the decadent desserts he lavished us with. He even made the most beautiful birthday cake for one of the ladies in our group, I think he heard through the grapevine that chocolate was her favorite and he did not disappoint!

Yes as always we had babies! Of course, we had to spend some time with these little ones and their moms. We even had the treat of a newborn while we were at the farm!

We kicked off the week at Irafoss (foss is Icelandic for waterfall) with the herd but I decided to try something different. I wanted to have one horse (hopefully a cooperative one) to stand in front of the waterfall alone. Luckily with the help of Sanne we were able to accomplish my wish!

Once we discovered this beautiful boy, Frank (aka Blue Eyes), became our favorite model. Not only was he gorgeous but he had two blue eyes AND was extremely cooperative!

Then there is the Lupine, yes it’s literally everywhere! Did you know that Lupine is not native to Iceland? It was brought in to control erosion and grew out of control. It sure is pretty and when you put a horse in it, then that quote “Horses make the landscape more beautiful” by Alice Walker is so true. The bird life in Iceland is abundant, although the Arctic Terns weren’t happy with us for disturbing them. 

We did make our annual trip to the Glacial Lagoon and Ice Beach but while the gang headed out to explore and photograph I tried to get some rest. A nice warm rock on the beach was the perfect place to take a nap! On our way back to the farm that afternoon we stopped at this beautiful cascade right by the side of the road. I couldn’t resist, even though I’ve photographed it several times it still calls to me.

Of course, I love Iceland in color but some scenes are so dramatic they speak to me in Black and White. The Black Sand Beach of Vik or a group of horses running in that iconic landscape.

As always I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jóhanna and Mummi, the owners of Skalakot along with their fantastic staff. Sanne always gives us personal attention and no matter what we ask for it’s always granted. #onemoretime is a photographers motto because we will always ask to see if it’s possible to do that again! 

So many more fabulous images from this tour but I will leave you with this one as it’s one of my favorites and something I always wanted to try but just had to find the perfect models.

Our lovely head wrangler, Sanne with our horse model extraordinaire, Frank. Yes, their eyes really were that blue!

If you think you might like to join me in 2020 please send me a message.

I’d love to share “my Iceland” with you!


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Fun in the Sun – St Augustine Workshop 2019


Oh my goodness, what an absolutely fantastic group of eager photographers, models, helpers and horses we had at our second annual St Augustine Workshop in February! A huge THANK YOU to my friend and colleague, Cara with Fast Horse Photography, who really knows how to get the right people together for a workshop. For a crowning touch the perfect hair and makeup was expertly designed by Kira and Nikki with Onsite Muse Florida for our styled shoots with models and horses at the Florida Agricultural Museum, Whispering Pines and Crescent Beach.

Who knew we would have a Pegasus show up for the beach shoot! Cheryl Burton Carl with her horse, Kid Carousel was game for anything and didn’t disappoint! This gorgeous Fantasy Image designed by Fast Horse Photography

We added on an additional shoot Friday afternoon at Whispering Pines, thanks to Maci and Erica for posing for us with their horses at this beautiful private barn. The attendees were treated to a quick session on Light Painting. This beautiful image is brought to you by Jean Kirby of JBKPhotography, it was Jean’s first time light painting!

Saturday morning everyone was up and ready to head over to the Florida Agricultural Museum where they have different exhibits that are great for use as backdrops for portrait set-ups. Thanks to Margaret, our badass Mounted Shooter with Gracie, Chloe and her two mounts, Jewels and Dewey, Camie and her barrel racer, Katie and Jana with her Paint Pleasure Horse, Beaukoda. It was a hot one but thankfully the Dairy Barn made a perfect cover from the sun!

Sandy Hebert brought her two Friesian Mares, Sylke and Silana. Sandy’s horses have brought her a tremendous amount of strength over the past year so we were blessed and honored to have her join us for the workshop!  Amy Talbot brought her trick mini, Chanel and sweet, little Maelyn was happy to pose with her! Of course we had our wild and crazy girls Camie with Katie and Ilana with Uno for the sunrise beach runs.

The beautiful, styled shoots on the beach with models Kate in her evening gown and faux fur and Kirstin, our mounted archer were like a fantasy shoot!

YES!!! We will have another St Augustine Workshop in 2020….so stay tuned! But in the meantime head over to my Workshop Page to see some brand NEW LOCATIONS JUST ANNOUNCED! PhylisBurchettPhoto Workshops

All Images Copyright 2019 by PhyllisBurchettPhoto, LLC – Fast Horse Photography, LLC  –   JBK Photography. Please do not use with out the photographers permission.

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