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, it is 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 feisty Government line Morgan owned by a police chief who failed to convince her not to panic and rear under saddle. 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 I watched him become 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 shoot many beautiful horses in the US as well as in Canada, France and Portugal. Tony Stromberg, Rita Fernandes and Katarzyna Orkzesik-Mikolajek have been the most influential and supportive to my growth as a photographer.
Having these varied experiences around horses, learning the movement and their expressions has developed my devotion to the spirit of the horse. Let me share this magic with you.