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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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Iceland Equine Tour 2014

On The Tidal Flats

This year was my second trip to Iceland where we stayed at a horse farm in the south to photograph the stunning scenery and it’s famous inhabitants, the Icelandic Horse. Staying on the farm provides both a taste of traditional culture and the chance to experience the Icelandic way of life.

The Icelandic Horse has been pure bred in Iceland for 1000 years, no imports are allowed into the country. The horses endured strong winds, rain, snow, hurricanes, minimal feed, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes to survive. These hardships have created a hardy, intelligent, gaited and friendly horse that we have come to love.

Iceland experiences a rather mild climate for a country on such a northern latitude, yet weather patterns are known to be volatile, conditions changing frequently. During the summer months, Iceland never reaches full darkness, and in northern areas a Midnight Sun can be seen. Iceland’s stunning landscape provides areas of geothermal activity, mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.

In June there is an eruption of blues and purples and the landscape is alive with color. The Lupine plant was introduced to fight soil erosion. It is not native to Iceland but grows very well there, it’s highly toxic to horses but they must know this as they don’t seem to eat it.

We arrive during foaling and breeding season and the yellow flowers carpet the landscape. Of course when in Iceland don’t forget the sheep….these cute little guys were being bottle fed and thought perhaps I was bringing the milk wagon!

The foals are adorable….so curious and friendly! We can look out our window and see babies playing on the hillside. Each morning before breakfast we are in the fields right outside our door to spend time with these wonderful inquisitive little guys.

As if the iconic Icelandic scenery isn’t enough, the farm owners and staff go out of their way to make our stay memorable in every way. The hospitality, accommodations, the food and of course the horses will keep me coming back every year! Thanks to Mummi, Jóhanna and everyone at Skálakot for taking such wonderful care of us, you can visit the website for the farm here at skalakot.com. I almost forgot to mention that they offer horseback riding at the farm as well….the best way to see the landscape!

Our focus was the Icelandic Horse….it was after all an Equine Tour but there is so much more to see and do while in Iceland. The birding is fabulous, I so want to go back when I can dedicate more time to photographing the bird life in Iceland. In June you have almost 24 hours of daylight, the light is stunning so you never want to sleep. In the winter from September to March you will be on Aurora watch.

The weather is as diverse as the landscape…..waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, lava cliffs, black sand beaches, hot springs and geothermal areas with bubbling mud. The terrain will include rocky lava fields, jeep tracks, single track trails, dust roads, grass fields, soft sand, wet sand, rolling hills, hard lava cliffs as well as some river crossings. Prepare for everything if you go, I promise Iceland will not disappoint you.

 

Big thanks to Mike Porter, Joan Davis and Heather Swan for joining me this year. If you’d like to see more of their work please visit and flatlandsfoto.com and libertyshots.com. For more info on my 2015 tour to Iceland please send me a message! More images from Iceland are on my website at phyllisburchettphoto.net/iceland.

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