With the magic of the camera, I believe that a photo can allow us to hold a moment with a greater beauty and depth than we could have imagined and lets us keep it in our hearts for an endless time to enjoy. As a photographer, its the partnership of our beloved animals that fuels my passion to capture these forever moments for my clients.
...My past with horses began when as a small child my baby doll carriage was always full of stuffed animals. (My first word was "pony".) Family allergies forced the "no pet" rule so I sought solace reading every animal book in the library. ...And after college I embarked on the serious goal of slowly catching up on all that I missed as a child.
The first was a fiesty Government line Morgan owned by a police chief who failed to convince her not to panic and rear when he tried to ride. When she suffered the loss of her foal, "Westbridge Fascination" needed to become mine and with time and love - we worked it out. A later partnership in an equine business enlarged my ownership to include a CDE pair of magical black beauty siblings and a pair of rescued Percheron drafts siblings. Today my dressage horse, the Cheval Canadian "Du Coteau LaLou Echo" keeps me entranced (and challenged) riding. Sharing Duke with talented riders he became the first of this endangered breed to succeed nationally with 4 USDF All Breed gold medals, many blue ribbons, and several high point USDF show honors.
Through freelance equine writing and photography, my journey has allowed me the privilege to shooting beautiful horses in the US as well as in Canada, France and Portugal. Tony Stromberg and Rita Fernandes have been the most influential to my growth as a photographer. Two shoots that touched my heart the most, never to be forgotten, remain the haunting sad look of our Nation's wild mustangs and burros, disprupted families, waiting in tiny pens at public auction and second, the incredible bond of officer and equine from the Boston Police Mounted Unit. Two days of accompanying the Boston Police through their work day allowed me the photographs and the words to creatively flow. The resulting magazine cover story won a judged national award against over 130 other NHA horse publications. But more important - served to individually honor the officers and their horses during their last days of this historical unit. Through this vital media attention and resulting public pressure each horse was provided with a safe new career. ...Susan Correia