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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.

 

 

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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.
 

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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Cowgirls, Horses, and Working Vacations

If it seems like things have been quiet here the past two weeks, you’d be right.  I had plans for a long overdue vacation with a wonderful group of my closest friends at a beautiful state park in Indiana, and thought that I’d be posting on here and Facebook while I was gone, but the remoteness of our location meant that we had no cell phone or internet service.  For the record, it did make me twitchy now and again, but eventually I was able to get over it and enjoy the old feeling of being completely disconnected from social media.  I’m not in a hurry to try it again, but it was refreshing in it’s own right!

 

But back to my vacation: picture a few days of fun and relaxation with your besties.  One of my very best friends (and sometimes photo assistant extraordinaire) has another friend who lives in the area we were visiting.  That amazingly beautiful young lady contacted me a while back on my Facebook business page (HERE: http://www.Facebook.com/LauraAdamsPhotographicArt) to inquire about a photo shoot and how to schedule it on my next trip down there.  We touched base a few times, exchanged e-mails and FB messages, and made plans to get together when I got down there.  Flash forward to Easter Sunday, and she arrived for her photo session.

 

She’s stunning.

 

AND…

 

…not only is she stunning, but she showed up with a wardrobe that would make any stylist for a western living magazine envious.

 

JACKPOT!!!

 

Oh, what I would have given to have had more time to work with her while I was down there, but we had some pretty specific images we wanted to capture during our session, and our time was limited.  During her shoot, we were able to create some fantastic images of her with her barrel horse, Buggs, and her sweet little Jack Russell Terrier, Skip (doesn’t he have one of the sweetest faces ever?)  We practically had the place to ourselves, and she is sooo gorgeous, she even had someone stop by our shoot to ask what magazine she was being photographed for!

 

I know I don’t say it enough (insert sarcasm there, because you’re probably sick of reading me say this), but I LOVE what I do, and helping people capture moments in their lives with their loved ones is by far the best part of it.  Combining my vacation with a little bit of work was a lot of fun, and I’m always happy to consider travel to a destination to help YOU capture your moments, memories, and loved ones!

 

I’d also like to send a huge shout out and loads of gratitude to my photo assistant for this session.  She always makes things easier for me while I work, and her never-ending support and constant encouragement are appreciated and cherished more than she will ever know.

Heidi with her barrel horse, Bugs, and Jack Russell Terrier, Skip.

Heidi with her barrel horse, Bugs, and Jack Russell Terrier, Skip.


Another Reflector Example by Michigan Professional Photographer Laura Adams

So a few days ago we discussed using reflectors and other lighting equipment around horses (see the post by going here: http://bit.ly/1iJ2ZUZ ).  In the mean time, I came across another shot that is a good example of how interested horses are in lighting equipment.  This Andalusian mare also really wanted to touch the reflector and check it out in great detail.  The reflector in this shot is big enough to light a horse, so just because it’s bigger doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be more frightened of it!

 

Another example of how to using lighting tools and modifiers when working with horses, by Michigan professional equine photographer Laura Adams of Laura Adams Photographic Art in south east Michigan, serving Ann Arbor, metro Detroit, Detroit, Manchester, Saline, Chelsea, Jackson, Lansing, Howell, Brooklyn, Tecumseh and Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, and Lenawee counties in Michigan.

Another example of how to using lighting tools and modifiers when working with horses, by Michigan professional equine photographer Laura Adams of Laura Adams Photographic Art in south east Michigan, serving Ann Arbor, metro Detroit, Detroit, Manchester, Saline, Chelsea, Jackson, Lansing, Howell, Brooklyn, Tecumseh and Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, and Lenawee counties in Michigan.

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“I’m Ready For My Close Up!!!” How to Introduce Light Modifiers to Your Equine Sessions | By Michigan Equine Photographer Laura Adams

Horses have been a major part of my life for longer than some of you have been alive, and I’ve been obsessed with photographing them (and everything else) since I was a child.  So as a photographer combining the two, I have a lot of experience introducing my four-legged friends to things that may otherwise seem scary.  In fact, it’s often more difficult for me to convince horse owners that their horse(s) will probably be pretty curious about some of the things I work with than it is to convince their horses to be curious about them.  One of the tools I use most often are reflectors, and I have them in various sizes from handheld to full equine body size.  They are usually on spring-form frames that pop open, bend, and twist in a variety of ways, and they do move in the wind.  Sure, in the right circumstances they really could be scary to a horse, and while I wouldn’t really want to come across one in the woods on the back of my horse, from the ground, horses seem to be really, REALLY interested in them.  So interested, in fact, that there are some lip marks and horse schmooze on several of them because some ponies just can’t not touch them.

 

Take this Standardbred mare, for instance – she was so interested in this reflector that she kept gravitating towards it and was compelled to touch it.  She walked up to it several times, sniffed it, pushed it, touched it – she couldn’t stay away, and I’m pretty sure if we’d have handed her the handled she just might have carried it around for us.

How to Introduce Light Modifiers to Your Equine Sessions | A tutorial on how to add lighting to your equine horse photography sessions by Michigan professional equine photographer Laura Adams of Laura Adams Photographic Art based out of the Ann Arbor Washtenaw County area.

How to Introduce Light Modifiers to Your Equine Sessions | A tutorial on how to add lighting to your equine horse photography sessions by Michigan professional equine photographer Laura Adams of Laura Adams Photographic Art based out of the Ann Arbor Washtenaw County area.

So, how do you  get a horse to accept such scary lighting aids?

 

It’s actually pretty simple.  I always start with it away from the horse.  If you snap one of these babies open unexpectedly next to a horse, you WILL be chasing it into the next county.  You’ll only make that mistake once (I promise), and good luck getting it close enough to the horse to be useful.  Ever.  So open it far enough away that the horse doesn’t perceive it as an eminent danger.

 

Open it in an area where the horse isn’t confined with it.  If the horse feels confined or threatened, there goes your session.  Everyone, handlers, photographer, lighting assistant(s) need to be calm and approach this scenario as if it’s perfectly normal for people to walk around with reflectors, soft boxes, strobe equipment (whatever).  If the handlers are nervous or apprehensive, the horse will pick up on it.

 

Take your time and make the introduction the one part of your work that isn’t on a time frame.  An extra five or ten minutes right here will make or break your session.  Lighting your images takes them to a completely different level, so this is a really important step for creating amazing images.  Relax and take your time here!

 

If the horse is interested in the equipment, GREAT!  Let the horse look at it.  If the horse wants to step closer, allow it.  If the horse wants to touch it, feel it, sniff it – allow it – so long as the horse isn’t fearful of it and it doesn’t pose a danger, let them investigate.  I’ve had this take less than ten seconds, and as long as five minutes, and to date, I’ve not had a horse that’s minded any of it.  The secret sauce is in the introduction!  If the horse is fearful, go back to the first step and start over.

 

If you’re using any kind of studio lighting equipment, always, always, ALWAYS sandbag everything.  You don’t want to ruin your shoot by a soft box being bumped and turning into a kite with a little bit of wind (and your expensive light attached).  Have a large enough area to comfortably work in and make certain your set has obvious and expansive enter and exit areas.  A horse isn’t likely to try to run over top of you or your equipment, but they will knock over anything in their way if they’re convinced something is going to “get” them.  Do not let that happen.  Ever.

 

Adding light to your sessions will take your photography to an entirely different level.  Practice with your own horses first to find your own way to add these tools into your work comfortably.  Having good, solid horse-handling skills is critical if you’re photographing horses, and a working knowledge of what makes them tick, their anatomy, and how to light them to flatter their beauty are essential to the job.  Good luck!!!