Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Day in the Life of an Arabian Horse Breeder Photo Shoot - More on the Second Weekend

When I had pictures taken riding my Arabian horse, Scandalous Legacy, I had a particular picture in mind. I showed that picture to Johnny Johnston before we actually shot the pictures and I really hoped that we would get "that picture."

While I still haven't been able to get the proofs printed up yet so I can actually tell lay them side by side to compare, I already know that I didn't get the picture that I wanted. But I also have to admit that it has nothing to do with Johnny Johnston.

When the disc arrived and I viewed what we had on the computer, the first thing that struck me was....................well, it was me. All I see when I look at myself in those pictures is the thirty pounds I have been trying to lose and way more wrinkles than I remember seeing in the mirror. The picture I wanted for advertising of my horse going on a draped rein gets lost on my harsh criticism of myself.

Whether or not I'll be able to get over that, I don't know............but I'm seriously thinking about joining a gym and getting my body into some kind of shape. I may not be able to control the wrinkles but I can sure do something about the flab. But for now, I'm really glad that Johnny Johnston insisted on taking some pictures of me standing with my horse. While I'm not happy about the wrinkles in those, at least I don't have to look at my flab.

After we finished with these pictures we went on to photograph Scandalous Reflection. The first of those pictures we took with the horse wearing a halter and that's where the trouble started.

Rose had told us ahead of time that if we wanted halter pictures to be sure the horse knew " Whoa!" I guess in my mind halter pictures meant of poses for showing halter not a horse in a halter. The point horse didn't know "Whoa!" when he was confronted with all kinds of props to get his ears. Getting head and neck shots of a horse that won't stand still is frustrating at best.

I think that Johnny Johnston showed great restraint in dealing with the situation. That translates to he didn't bite my head off because my horse wouldn't stand still............but he did try to "teach" my horse "Whoa!" by screaming at him and jumping in his face. He says it works for him, but it sure didn't work for me. I think Reflections was totally unimpressed.

To be continued..........

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  1. I think most of the photos are very nice.

    I'm having trouble looking at myself in photos, lately, too. I try to crop off as much of me as I can! You might consider wearing black jeans next time with the black shirt, since black is a "slimming" color. ;)

  2. OM Gosh MiKael, I wish someone had been taking photos on the quiet of him in action, I would pay money to see him doing this LOL.

    I can tell you that yelling and getting in a horses' face when it doesnt want to co-operate never works in my experience. I have had very impatient owners to shoot for and their agression with their unco-operative foals or older horses makes me mad and hard to keep my cool.

    This is a difficult profession and like with children horses are unpredictable, and I also know what you mean by that split second making or breaking a horse photo. It can be just the way the eyeball is directed or an ear might be slightly more alert that can make it stand out from a dozen others that look exactly the same when you first look at them, but that slight alteration makes it jump out at you. I love the feeling when I get those shots, sometimes you can feel it as you shoot it, that is even better.

    Don't be so hard on yourself, you look great and have more than enough to deal with without worrying about your weight. You do more than enough exercise already to rule out going to a gym, I dont know if you are a fast food junkie or not, but maybe just a slight change in your diet will do it for you. That said, I think you look fabulous, but I know I feel like I lok like an old hag with my hair tied back when I see myself in photos LOL.

    Looking forward to the next instalment. ((((Hugs)))))


  3. With all you do, I don't know how you could find the time or energy to get to the gym! You'ld think riding/working with all those horses, doing stalls, other maintenance would be more than enough. But, I have the same problem.

    As Lori mentioned, no matter how much exercise we get, our metabolisms do slow down as we age. It might just take some small changes in diet to make a big difference. I found that not putting butter on the scone or muffin that I have with my morning cup of tea, replacing white potato with a sweet potato several times/week and switching to whole wheat, higher fiber breads helped me to drop 15 pounds. It took a long time, but I didn't feel deprived, still had my scone in the morning, just cut out the butter.

    But, really, you look fine and Legs looks great.


  4. I think the pictures look great. You look fine too, a little extra flabbage and wrinkles comes with the territory. It's a sign of maturity and wisdom. Too bad pictures don't show the inner beauty in all of us older gals.

  5. OH you are too hard on yourself! I think you look great and the pictures are good! I too agree that I don't like the way I look in pictures either, but I'm starting to get over that! I'm too critical of myself!

    Looking forward to wait you have for us next!!

  6. That's a really good photo of you, so don't be so hard on yourself. Mostly, I notice how much you care for your horse when I look at it and how proud you are of him.