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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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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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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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