Rewind to February 2019. I was preparing for my first solo art gallery, when my husband got the call that would change our lives. The company he was working for when we first met, wanted him back- and this time they wanted him to move to the East coast and run their branches out there. "Wheeling, West Virginia" is where we are going to be calling home.
Being self-employed, it’s hard building your business and getting a good clientele base. The hours I put in making my studio profitable and recognized was now just gone in an instant.The hours I spent marketing to local businesses, the relationships I had built and the money spent on marketing just seemed to be ripped out from underneath me, as my husband got the job offer of a lifetime, with unlimited potential for growth and achievement.
To say I am proud of him is an understatement. But where does this leave me? As he took off across the country and left me with the duties of selling our home, packing up everything and tying up loose ends, he also gave me the freedom to chose what I wanted to do with my business, and where I wanted to go with my life.
He suggested working with horses in some way, because he can see where my passion lies and how important my horses are to me. Every evening when I come in from photographing my horses, riding my horses or just taking care of them- it is clear what my passion truly is.
I remember visiting with clients, and having one mention to me (while going over her newborn photos) “I can tell horses truly are your passion. My husband is a photographer for Target, and he pointed to your work and said “This is her soul right here””. I had to laugh, but it was the truth.
I love photography, I really do. It was a hard decision for me to step away from portrait work and into a role that focuses on Equine photography and weddings. But when I take away everything else, these two niche’s are my absolute favorites.
I remember working with my first equine client. Driving up to the facility, seeing her beautiful huge horse and her standing there waiting for me and how stunning everything looked. The smells of horses, the peaceful surroundings of nature, horses (of course) and this general feeling of “home”.
I grew up around horses my entire life, in fact I am fairly certain my mom has a photo of me on my first horse “Patches” when I was just a baby. So, these sights, these smells, everything around horses is familiar to me. It is home.
Even with the bugs, the horse that didn’t want to listen, the mud and the heat- I was at home. None of that mattered to me, because for the first time in a long time, my soul was truly singing in a portrait session.
You can say I am finding my footing, figuring out where I want to be with my career and taking it to that level. After my art features in Minneapolis, I knew photographing wild horses was something I always wanted to do- and after taking the leap and also photographing horses and their riders- I realized that this is something I could truly cherish and love for many years to come.