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This summer I had the opportunity to work with Birds of a Flower based in Woodstock, Vermont on a beautiful wedding.  Their work is so gorgeous and I was super excited when they asked me to participate in a collaborative fall shoot that involved the cutest little four-year-olds and Icelandic ponies.  I was certain that I’d need to rely on my experience photographing horses previously and my bag of tricks for the little ones.  However, it turned out that none of that experience was needed.  These two girls are the best of friends who love riding horses and the horses couldn’t have been more gentle.  The stone wall, nestled under trees adorning bright yellow leaves, was decorated with complementary florals, creating a magical place for the girls to romp and play with their ponies.  The day was so much fun and full of laughter.  Although I’ve never even been on a horse, it makes me want to be a little girl again and have a pony party for my birthday. I hope it does you too!

This collaboration was featured over on Beyond the Wanderlust.

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I’ve saved this post for a snowy spring day to brighten my mood when I’m tired of winter weather.  Last summer I spent a 12 hour day at Ohana Family Camp documenting what it is like to be a camper from breakfast time to roasting s’mores at night and everything in between.  It was hands down my most exhausting job to date, carrying around equipment for 12 hours straight, but was also one of the best days I’ve spent working.  During those twelve hours I was taken very good care of by the camp staff and at the end of the day I wish I could have been a camper there. It’s definitely a camp that should not be overlooked when planning your next family vacation. There’s lots to do and at the same time plenty of time to relax do your own thing.

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This weekend was a regular weekend packed with things to get done with scheduled play time  in between because it was such nice weather.  One of the items to check off our list was to get summer riding gear for my daughter, so we headed to our local tack shop which was having their annual tent sale.  There was lots of bustling going on with lots of great deals.  We got the gear we needed and as I was checking out I was completely caught off guard when I caught site of their catalog.  I mean, I knew all about the catalog that was coming out but I was so distracted with my list of things to get that it had completely slipped my mind.  It was surreal to see my images in print right there on the cover.  I think I may have done a little shriek as the wonderful ladies at the counter were very quiet, maybe waiting to see if I’d notice.  The catalog is beyond beautiful and I love the layout.

The owner of Strafford Saddlery Shop, Annie Penfield, had contacted me to help her create images for a catalog for her tack shop a while back.  Her vision was to create images that showed her products in use, not just the product itself.  Annie only offers products in her shop that provide the highest quality and the most comfort for both rider and horse.  Her shop has operated in the heart of Vermont for more than two decades and her shop’s philosophy is that they tell it like it is, not sell it like it is because if they don’t like it at the shop, they don’t sell it.  It was important to capture all products from blankets to protective fly sheets, as well as bridles, apparel for eventing and safety products for the tiniest riders. (Do those little models sporting the kids’ apparel look familiar?  Well, let me say it didn’t take much convincing to get them on board with this photo session.)

This was such a great project to take on and I couldn’t be more appreciative that Annie came to me for her photography needs.  It was so much fun but also challenging at the same time.  I say challenging because, although I’m from the thoroughbred state of Kentucky, I am actually really afraid of horses or let me say I was afraid of horses.  I’ve never even been on a horse but taking on this project has made me so much more comfortable and appreciative of this beautiful animal.  So much that I dare say I think I could ride one now.

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When it comes to rustic chic Michelle Boleski, owner of Petals Floral Design in White River Junction, Vermont has it down.  She wanted professional photos of her work and when I showed up to photograph her displays for this wedding at Lareau Farm Inn, I fell in love with her style.  She pulls together the most beautiful elements found across New England to make weddings look amazing and she has attention to detail as you can see from her work.

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If there is anything that has helped create balance in my life, it’s yoga.  I started yoga a little over a year ago in an attempt to heal a chronic running injury called piriformis syndrome.  I was streaming videos online through YogaGlo and really loved the flexibility I gained through the online classes.  I also loved doing yoga in the comfort of my own home as I learned the basic poses. It was very convenient but I reached a point where I wasn’t sure if I was doing all my poses correctly so I thought it was time to seek out a class.  Mighty Yoga was a new studio opening in Hanover, New Hampshire with an already established location in Ithaca, New York.  When I talked with Heather Healy about their services it turned out they were looking for services I offered.  Since taking classes at Mighty Yoga I can say that yoga has become even more important in my life.  The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and provide detailed instruction no matter what your level of practice is.  If you’re looking for a place to practice and be inspired by others I highly recommend checking them out.  You won’t be disappointed!

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I just love this family and was so excited when I was asked to take photos of them on their farm.  They are good friends of ours and the session couldn’t have been any more organic or easy.  They operate the only organic Guernsey processing facility in the US, make the-best-ice-cream-ever, do great things for our community and are raising four incredible boys.  So happy to be able to capture these images for them.

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