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!!!!
The next few weeks, we went out to the horse farm to visit. I took some macros of bugs and some horse portraits. I caught my horse taking a little nap.
Whatta year!! SO GRATEFUL. We had a wonderful time. We learned a lot. We upgraded equipment. We had so much fun meeting so many new people.
Thank you so much for your love, support and friendship. I enjoy sharing your happy moments and I look forward to sharing some new projects, mini sessions and printing options for next year with you soon!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Alicia and I met in Land O'Lakes when I was first boarding Mike (my Paso Fino). We would ride our horses weekly and catch up on our goings on and it was delightful. And I miss it tremendously. This year, Alicia and her husband moved to Dade City and have a beautiful farm where they are raising dogs, cows, donkeys and horses. This year they celebrated 10 years as a married couple!! It is so gorgeous just like Alicia. This was my second visit to the farm because the first time I came to visit and photograph it was dismal outside. But this time ... I will let the photos tell you the story about her love for their farm.
I love horses. These photos were taken before work one morning when I was feeding them. I have enjoyed photographing them for a long time. I have been published in Equs and North Carolina travel for the state for my horse/equine photography. Horses are not a challenge for me and it is fun to capture their beauty.
Enjoy these of my Paso Fino gelding, Miguel del Cumbre. Whiskey, Wyatt and Pride are quarter horses on the farm with Miguel.
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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