It was amazing day last October when Hollie Mae and her crew of models, stylists, hair and makeup people and my crew of photo assistants, digital techs and animal wranglers all met for a day of high fashion shooting down on the farm.
Our first shot was with our lovely model, Kelly was with six Irish Wolfhounds that were provided by my good friend, Beth Renstrom. Our poor model was outweighed by at least 6 times by the 4 dogs she was holding. It is amazing she was able to hang on! Although it didn't make it into the spread, I still really like it.
We next moved to the cornfield for the beauty close up. I discovered photographing people alone is much easier than photographing them with animals. At least people understand what you are trying to do.
We next went to the barn where Kelly our model posed with Hank, my Cheviot sheep. We had to keep shooing my many cats away as they wanted to be in the shot as well.
We moved to the interior of my 100+ year old barn and shot Kelly with a beautiful swan named Sundra.
Sundra was an old pro at his as she had recently modeled for Hotel Bel Air - Los Angeles photo shoot.
By then, our star animal model had arrived. An incredible Friesian horse named Jupiter who is owned by my friend, Andi Carter. Everyone was amazed at how this very big and spirited horse behaved like a perfect gentleman for Kelly our model.
We then did some shots of Kelly walking down the road with Louis, our sweet elderly Morgan horse. I love how the fringe on Kelly's clothes mimics the horses mane.
By now we were losing light and we quickly grabbed our pony Dixie to pose with Kelly for our last shot.
All in all it was an amazing day and I am thankful to Holly Mae and her crew and to mine, Larry Hunt, Heather Byington, Michael Karns, Kevin O'Brien, Suzie and Molly Goossens, Elizabeth Hoey, Hannah Rivard, Sarah Slater and Cory Avery for all their hard work in making this happen.
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