We met the Bertke's from a wonderful referral from their friend Nicole. Referrals are the best because someone believes in our work enough to trust us with caring for a friend. At LDE, we really do get to know our "customers" who quickly become great friends. Lauren and her husband Eric both serve their community as part of their job. Lauren answers 911 phone calls for Pasco county and dispatches life saving advice or care from her phone during the midnight hours. Eric is a member of Pasco's EMT team. Kennedy is their beautiful, intelligent sweetie of a daughter. These parents are very proud of her and rightfully so. Kennedy is learning to manage the family horse and we met them at their boarding facility for their family portraits with the horse included. The Brooksville farm is so gorgeous and the perfect spot for capturing some images for them to enjoy for their lifetime. We so appreciate all that this family provides for the community. Without their dedication and expertise provided in a spirit of service to others; the world may be a darker place. When you are in distress, it is people like the Bertke's that come to your aid. This can be very stressful on a person and family, but the Bertke's have a wonderful sharing spirit and warmth that you just enjoy your time with them. Thank you Bertke's for your dedication to others. It was wonderful to be your family photographer. Please enjoy!!!!
Bryan and I headed to the Florida Fairgrounds on a Sunday morning at the end of the week to peruse around. We saw beautiful photography and art. They were selling wine and breaking down agriculture booths. Bryan loves the animal exhibits and so do I. I own a Paso Fino gelding and loved to see the Paso show. They also had a drill team skill being judged. The photo below is Bryan being photo bombed by a goat.
After the fair, Bryan and I too a walk later in our community. He rode in a cart and enjoyed every second of it. :) He was asked a few neighbors if they had chips for him. LOL Lucky for me, they just laughed and played along. What a fun day.
Have you ever wondered if you were born during the wrong era? I had the opportunity to meet and photograph a great group of folks that compete at Ranch Sorting. It was necessary on Ranches to sort the cattle that needed branding. Now it is still used on larger ranches, vacations and for sport. Although it is competitive, the riders are so wonderful to one another. The cattle naturally want to stay with one another so they do not take kindly to be sorted away.
This group quickly made me feel welcome and talked to the judge about getting me a prime view so that I could get some quality captures. My spot was in the middle of the arena with the judge. We were protected from the horses and cows by some metal fencing. The judge did warn me at one point about a calf she was concerned about jumping the fence!! I did get some dirt "splashed" on me either from horses spinning or cattle attempting to leave the situation quickly.
There were a lot of lighting challenges because the arena was dark with the bright Florida light. It was great for the riders because it was pleasantly cool without the Florida sun beating down on them while they compete. All four pens had different lighting needs and I only had a few seconds between one heat before the next one began (for the most part).
It was a wonderful day and I was invited to bring Mike and try my hand at sorting. We sorted a very long time ago at Nemacolin Woodlands just for fun. Our first two heats were not that good at all because Mike kept looking back at me as if to say -you are sure that I can chase the cattle?? Yes Mike... please. Chase the cow. By the third heat, he was on it and we had some really great runs that night. I look forward to meeting up with this group any time. They remind me of the folks from my wagon train days that I miss very much!!
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with Love, Larissa