I remember reading once, from famed photographer and lover of his famous Weimaraner dogs, William Wegman, about how as his dogs aged, he became more intent on capturing their images. I don’t recall his exact words, but he went on to describe how he tried to capture their expressions so that when they were gone, he would still be able to remember every sweet detail. While I have many photos of my Buddy, I often wish I’d adopted the same attitude and taken more photos as he grew older, that I could cherish now.
If you have a horse person in your life, and you’re stuck for a Christmas gift idea, please consider a photo shoot with someone who specializes in equine photography. There are countless professionals all over the world who can create amazing images of your loved ones with their loved one, and it’s a beautiful way to immortalize them. Give them the gift of stopping time, so whenever they want to look back, they can in full color (or black & white!).
In a brief search, I was able to locate one where I live, http://www.certifiedimages.com photography by Kristin Martin. Kristin was, and likely is still, a familiar face on the Ohio Quarter Horse Circuits, who took her love of horses and branched out into photography.
Another well-known Ohio equestiran and photographer, Sally Shaffer, of http://www.sallyshaffer.com and Autumn Lane Farm in Thornville, OH, creates stunning images of horses and people. She’s largely known for her work on race tracks and in the Standardbred world, but she has all the talent needed to give you lifelong memories.
I got to meet Barbara Jenkins last year at Quarter Horse Congress, another life-long show gal. She began http://www.barbwireproductions.com to help people capture their favorite equines and moments. You’ve likely seen her work in publications like the Equine Chronicle or the Congress program.
If you or whoever you gift a session to isn’t sure where to start, I found a great article here offering a timeline of what to do and how to prepare, so you make the absolute best out of the opportunity, https://www.carlykadecreative.com/blog/equine-photo-prep-tips-for-you-your-horse
As much as we’d love them to stay with us forever, at least we can invest in photos that will stand the test of time. Our memories will get fuzzy over time, but pictures always last.