It’s a question that is asked pretty often when people find out that I’m an equine photographer: “How did you get started?”
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up around horses like many others did. Instead, my sister and I would go trail riding a few times a year. One time, we got really desperate and attempted to ride one of our grandparent’s steer around our property. Buck was such a saint for putting up with our shenanigans!
It wasn’t until 2014 that I truly got involved with horses. That was the year that I started volunteering at Freedom Hill Horse Rescue in Dunkirk, Maryland as a feed shift member and equine photographer. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I have never had any formal education on photographing horses. Instead, I relied on the training that I have in combat photography (which is the coolest job to have in the military, by the way) and information I found within the depths of Google. Photographing horses and combat are similar in that you don’t quite know what to expect when you first get acquainted. It’s unpredictable, messy, and a ton of poop is involved.
Volunteering for Freedom Hill Horse Rescue has opened the door to many other opportunities: vets, farriers and trainers wanting professional quality photos of them at work and horse owners wanting to preserve memories of their best four-legged friends.
If you’re a photographer, I highly recommend reaching out to a nearby rescue. It’s a wonderful opportunity and the gorgeous photos helps get horses into their forever homes.