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The snow is sparkling… by Michigan Professional Equine Photographer Laura Adams

The snow is sparkling like a million tiny suns. ~Lama Willa Miller

Our days have been brutally cold, but they’ve come to us bearing some incredible sunsets – which is rather unusual for the lower part of Michigan in the winter. On rare days like this, I sometimes muster up enough fortitude to venture out into the elements for a few moments, armed with a camera, so that I might capture a bit of the beauty that would otherwise go unwitnessed.

Such was the case the evening this was shot. There was an amazing sunset happening just behind a horse pasture, lending an amazing orange-ish red glow to this handsome little chestnut gelding. As the sun spilled out from behind the trees and illuminated his form, I waited for him to pick his head up and look at me. With all of the warm light in the frame, you wouldn’t guess that we had temperatures in the single digits. Being chronically allergic to snow and cold temperatures, I make a habit of not going out into the weather as often as I can get away with it – but capturing magical moments like this does make it worth the pain.

A Winter's Sun

A chestnut horse is lit by the warm light of the sun on a chilly winter’s day in Michigan, by south east Michigan professional horse photographer, Laura Adams, of Laura Adams Photographic Art. ©All rights reserved. http://www.LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com, 2016.

This image is available as a gallery wrapped canvas or a matted and framed fine art print on my web site BY CLICKING HERE, just navigate to my equine fine art gallery, where you’ll find a wide variety of framing options to match an decor. This makes a stunning statement piece of wall art.

©All rights reserved, http://www.LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com, 2015.  This image is protected by US copyright laws.  Images on this blog may NOT be duplicated, saved, captured, screen captured, scanned, printed, right-click saved, modified, altered, used, displayed, entered into competitions, shared on the Internet, shared with third parties, used on web sites, used in publications (whether in print or via the Internet), or otherwise obtained or used WITHOUT the express written permission from the artist and creator, Laura Adams.  Licensing of images for many of these purposes are available through Laura Adams with a contract and for a fee.  Any intent to circumvent the artist’s revenue through use, display, and/or print will result in legal ramifications and violates US Copyright Law. Contact Laura@LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com for purchase, use, and further details.

 

 


Be Fearless by Michigan Equine Photographer Laura Adams

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your #soul on fire. ~Jennifer Lee

 

Don’t be afraid to kick up your heels and make 2016 the most amazing year of your life!

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A beautiful gray horse canters through a forested pasture during a Michigan snow storm, as captured by professional equine photographer, Laura Adams. You can view more of her work by clicking here.

©All rights reserved, http://www.LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com, 2015.  This image is protected by US copyright laws.  Images on this blog may NOT be duplicated, saved, captured, screen captured, scanned, printed, right-click saved, modified, altered, used, displayed, entered into competitions, shared on the Internet, shared with third parties, used on web sites, used in publications (whether in print or via the Internet), or otherwise obtained or used WITHOUT the express written permission from the artist and creator, Laura Adams.  Licensing of images for many of these purposes are available through Laura Adams with a contract and for a fee.  Any intent to circumvent the artist’s revenue through use, display, and/or print will result in legal ramifications and violates US Copyright Law. Contact Laura@LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com for purchase, use, and further details.
 

When Someone is Going Through a Storm by Michigan Equine and Horse Photographer Laura Adams of Laura Adams Photographic Art

When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words. ~Thema Davis

We’ve been fortunate enough this year to have had only one real snow storm here in southern Michigan so far this winter (if you are one of the few who love that kind of weather – sorry – I can’t stand the stuff!), and I made it a point to go out in it and shoot. As much as I hate the cold and snow, I will admit that it IS beautiful while it’s falling, and there is nothing quite so pretty as horses, covered in snow, with snow flakes tangling in manes and tails as they drop from the sky. It can be downright magical. So, I force myself to go out in it, often using the beasts in my own pasture as my models and muses. Every equine in my own barn is sooo over being photographed that my biggest challenge is keeping them out of my face and far enough away that I can actually photograph them appropriately (well, that and getting to get the shots I want, while staying warm, and doing it all in as little time as possible…)

Happy new year to all of you, and may 2016 hold magical moments!

 

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A pony weathers a winter snow storm in southern Michigan. By Michigan equine and horse photographer Laura Adams of Laura Adams Photographic Art.

 

©All rights reserved, http://www.LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com, 2015.  This image is protected by US copyright laws.  Images on this blog may NOT be duplicated, saved, captured, screen captured, scanned, printed, right-click saved, modified, altered, used, displayed, entered into competitions, shared on the Internet, shared with third parties, used on web sites, used in publications (whether in print or via the Internet), or otherwise obtained or used WITHOUT the express written permission from the artist and creator, Laura Adams.  Licensing of images for many of these purposes are available through Laura Adams with a contract and for a fee.  Any intent to circumvent the artist’s revenue through use, display, and/or print will result in legal ramifications and violates US Copyright Law. Contact Laura@LauraAdamsPhotographicArt.com for purchase, use, and further details.

A Public Service Announcement | Michigan Professional Equine Photographer, Laura Adams

Reminder: enjoy our gorgeous summer weather while it’s here with us, winter is going to be back here before we know it!!! #horses #equinephotographer #equinephotography #MIequinephotographer #MI #horse #snow #winterwonderland

Get out and enjoy your horses while you can!  I am in the process of gearing up for my high school senior portrait season to move into full swing, and came across this timely reminder – a horse grazing in a snow covered pasture during a heavy snowfall – and it reminded me to get out and spend some time with my favorite horse (and horses) while we have the chance.  

 

Reminder: enjoy our gorgeous summer weather while it's here with us, winter is going to be back here before we know it!!! #horses #equinephotographer #equinephotography #MIequinephotographer #MI #horse #snow #winterwonderland Get out and enjoy your horses while you can!  I am in the process of gearing up for my high school senior portrait season to move into full swing, and came across this timely reminder - a horse grazing in a snow covered pasture during a heavy snowfall - and it reminded me to get out and spend some time with my favorite horse (and horses) while we have the chance.

Reminder: enjoy our gorgeous summer weather while it’s here with us, winter is going to be back here before we know it!!! #horses #equinephotographer #equinephotography #MIequinephotographer #MI #horse #snow #winterwonderland
Get out and enjoy your horses while you can! I am in the process of gearing up for my high school senior portrait season to move into full swing, and came across this timely reminder – a horse grazing in a snow covered pasture during a heavy snowfall – and it reminded me to get out and spend some time with my favorite horse (and horses) while we have the chance.


Summer Horse Photography by Michigan Professional Equine Photographer Laura Adams

Ahhh, it’s that time again.  Time when we can go outside in just a t-shirt and enjoy warm breezes, blowing manes, and the sweet scent of carrot breath.  It’s also the busiest time of year for me as an equine photographer.  This is when everyone wants sessions of and with their horses – the ponies have (finally!) shed their wooly winter coats in favor of a slick, glossy ones, owners keep them groomed to perfection since it’s also show season, and we can move around without contending with layers of clothing and feet of snow.  It also brings our local, county, and state fairs, which mean opportunities to shoot horses engaged in things I don’t normally get to enjoy.

 

These images were taken during a driving class.  I initially went to take images a friend’s Percherons who were in classes with these Belgians and other draft breeds, and I had a lot of fun admiring the athleticism of these gentle draft giants.  It’s easy for me to feel like a 17 hand saddle horse is big, since I’m around 14-16 hand horses all of the time, but these horses were well into 18 hands and taller – WOW!  That just seems huge, and forget about standing next to one, they definitely made me look tiny.  I don’t mind large horses, but I think I’d have to build a walk-way system in my barn just for general grooming and handling if the draft bug ever bit me!

 

As my calendar fills up during the summer with horse sessions, family photos, and graduation pictures for Class of 2015 high school seniors, I try to remind myself to schedule some time off to just do what I love for the sake of exposing my skills and mind to new environments.  Fairs, horse shows, and clinics are the perfect place to do that, so I’m fitting in as many as possible!

 

Enjoy the rest of our spring, friends…

Driving Drafts by Michigan Professional Equine Photographer Laura Adams

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Sneak Peek at an Upcoming Horse by Michigan Equine Photographer Laura Adams

Hello.  My name is Laura.  I’m addicted to horses and photography.  I have a problem.  A really big problem.  Do you think you can help?

 

I’m a photographer, and I get super excited about my sessions.  So much so, that I have an incredibly hard time sitting on images until it’s time for the big reveal.  Horribly difficult.  To the point that I think I just might burst.  Last night, I struggled with the urge to share a sneak peek with you of an amazingly beautiful mare who will be up for adoption through New Vocations soon.  I confess that I let that urge win, and I’ve posted an image of said horse.  (::tisk tisk, Laura::)  She has a lovely face and a really kind eye – and LOOK at that shiny coat! 

 

I hope that my friends at New Vocations understand my enthusiasm for sharing – and my complete lack of self control when it comes to putting on my equine photographer hat – I just HAVE to show you the lovely horses that they get into their adoption program.  This mare will be available through their Michigan facility, so keep an eye out on their web site for her listing.  I also happen to know that there’s another lovely one that may be available around the same time (ugh – did I really just type that?  It was supposed to just be my inside voice, not advertised on my blog!!!).  I love photographing the horses at New Vocations, and the people who run their Michigan facility are a pleasure to work with.  I will be posting more images once the horses have been listed and are officially available.

 

I really, really tried to keep this one to myself, but I just couldn’t.  My crazy equine photographer addiction to beautiful pictures of lovely horses wins – again!!!

 

Enjoy.

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One for My Fellow Photographers, Four Ways to Get Prospects Returning Your Calls, by Guest Blogger Lana Adams, GCA,CSA

I love to share things with my fellow photographers, and this is a gem!  So many people enter into our business, barely know how to use a camera, and have no business or sales experience.  It’s kind of a disaster.  That is why 80% of photographers are out of business within just a few years (!), and why people are able to find “fauxtographers” out there willing to do a $50 photo shoot that includes a CD (Dear Clients: I do not offer that service.  I have a degree in visual arts, and have invested significant amounts of time, resources, and finances to provide you with amazing photography, art, and products that you will not find anywhere else.  There is a lot of value in that, and I’m priced accordingly.  That doesn’t usually appeal to bargain shoppers, but it does appeal to people who are looking for phenomenal images of their moments and loved ones!)  So, when I first read this article I felt the need to share it with my colleagues – so many people just don’t follow up – and when we fail to do that, someone else gets the job.  Don’t let that happen.  This is brought to you by guest blogger (and my doppleganger womb-mate) Lana Adams, who specializes in motivating people to find and follow their sales leads, create sales opportunities, identify target markets, and increase sales and productivity.  You can find Lana on LinkedIn (http://linkd.in/1h1jv1k) – be sure to check out her other articles on sales tips, techniques, and info, and follow her on Twitter (@LanaA001).

 

 

FOUR WAYS TO GET PROSPECTS RETURNING YOUR CALLS

By Guest Blogger, Lana Adams, GCA,CSA

 

With as many as 50 percent of all sales going to the first salesperson to reach the customer, it’s not only vital that we reply to prospective customers quickly but when we do, we must have a message and strategy in place that compels them to respond. As salespeople, it’s easy for us to blame the customer when they fail to respond to our follow-up attempts or stop returning our calls. “They’re busy”, “They weren’t that interested, anyway”. We’ve all heard the fabricated excuses designed to blame the customer for our failure: as sales professionals, we failed to sound different – be different – think differently – than our competitors’ sales force.

Here are four simple steps to create voicemail and email messages that customers can’t help but respond to:

  1. Think like a customer. What would get you to pick up the phone? Here’s a hint: it’s not the standard and boring “Hi it’s Lana with ABC Company and I’m calling to follow-up with you on your product inquiry. My number is 555-1212.” Yawn. They just got that very same voicemail message from three of your competitors. Your message needs to sound different. It needs to sound energetic and contagiously enthusiastic. “Hi Ms. Johnson. This is Lana with ABC Company and I’d love to learn more about your storage needs and whether our unique and exciting solutions might be the answer you’re looking for. My direct line is 555-1212.” Practice by leaving messages for yourself. Do you sound energetic? Is your enthusiasm for your product contagious? If not, keep practicing until you convince yourself.
  2. Give your prospective customer a reason to speak with you personally. If you tell them everything they need to know (pricing, availability, benefits) in your message, congratulations! You’ve just eliminated their need to speak with you. Instead, dangle a proverbial carrot and pique their curiosity so they’ll want to learn more. Share something of value, something relevant, something interesting — but don’t tell them what they want most, which is likely to be pricing. “Good morning, Ms. Johnson. This is Lana with ABC Company and our storage solutions help homeowners more than triple their storage capacity. I’m excited to tell you how.”
  3. Your message must be brief. Challenge yourself to use no more than three sentences and never, ever, give away your pricing, availability, or other pertinent details in a voicemail or email. If you’re leaving a voicemail message, do so in an environment with few distractions to avoid any hesitations, stammering, or breaks.
  4. Don’t give anything away. Only rookies start offering discounts right away. You don’t know that the customer has a price objection and the customer may not yet know or understand your value proposition. Discounts mean lower profits and lower profits mean less money for everyone. Using a discount to entice a prospect into calling you promises to turn your next conversation into price haggling.

Start building your own library of messages to use with customers based on your pipeline stage and where you’re at in the sales process. Have a minimum of three compelling messages that can be used for each stage and continually build your collection to keep the ones that work best and toss the ones that didn’t seem effective.

Improving the caliber of your messages not only helps you increase the number of customers you’re able to touch but also decreases the chances your prospects will fall off the radar or into your competitors’ hands.