Adventures of a Shuttermonkee    

On Equine Photography, Art and Travels with a good dose of meaningless babble

Oregon Dressage Society Championship Show

August 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


I'm gearing up to photograph the ODS Championship Show this Sept 8-9-10.   Mary Cornelius Photography will be there in the Airstream right above the Terrace arena.  My worthy assistant Sharon Fibelkorn is coming up from the L.A. area to help me as she has for so many shows through the years.  

Photographic services are by sign up.   You can pre-sign up by clicking the link at the top of my home page on this site and following the directions which will put you into my Paypal account or you can sign up at my trailer at the show.  We'll be set up on Thursday to take your sign ups!  You might find some sign up forms in the show office.

Help us out during the show by bringing the sign up form to the Airstream.  We get busy and don't always make it down the hill in time to find each sign up paper that is left in the show office.   If you sign up right before your ride and leave the sign up in the office we might not find it in time.   Also, if you ride early before your scheduled ride time,  be sure to let us know!  That goes for scratches or other schedule changes.  We don't want to miss you!


2017 Scheduling fewer horse shows, more other stuff!

May 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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Catching a rare day here and there where the wet weather abates, I have been able to get out and photograph a few horses on location for their owners.  aka Farm Call Photo Sessions.  As the horses are shedding out and looking their best, Farm Call season gets into full swing.  Feel free to contact me for information on scheduling a session.  I also give discounts to groups.

My event schedule is altered this year, as I am trying to incorporate competing with my dogs in Nose Work (scent detection) trials.  As well as shifting my business a bit towards smaller events and more focused assignments for private sessions, journalistic endeavors and doing a bit of work for other photographers.  This year the only show I have scheduled as an official photographer is the Oregon Dressage Society Championship show at DevonWood in September.    I have a few other efforts in the planning stages.  Stay tuned for news on those.

I am open for scheduling private sessions, projects and assignments throughout this Spring, Summer and Fall.  Contact me for available dates.

  PiLeaping into Spring. Pi, a 2017 Sound Equine Options baby (adopted)


My schedule for Events appear to all be clustered in the month of September.

8-9-10  Official Photographer for the Oregon Dressage Society Championship Show  at DevonWood Equestrian Centre.

13   KWPN Keuring at Sonnenberg Farm - Official Photographer

16 American Holsteiner Horse Approvals at Wild Turkey Farm - Official Photographer

20-24 CDS Finals shooting for Official Photographer Terri Miller-Steiner at Rancho Murietta, CA 


Travel to Exotic Lands Morocco

March 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Morocco has been on my must visit list since I first saw Raiders of the Lost Arc.  It was the market scene with all of the colorful carpets, fabrics and spices that lured me in. So, all these years later, I finally took the plunge and signed on for my second venture with Within The Frame Adventures, a photographic workshop travel company.  I had previously traveled with them to Nepal in 2014 and I liked their laid back style of travel, giving you ample days in each area to absorb and learn about what you are photographing.  

So I've recently returned from Morocco where I experienced an amazing amount of art and fabulous architecture.  It was all so colorful and beautiful practically in every direction that I looked that is was overwhelming at times.   I stayed in centuries old Riads in old medinas in Chefchaouen and Fez, rode into the Sahara desert on a camel where we camped in a luxury tent.  

Visited the homes of mountain Berbers a nomadic people who tend herds of sheep and goats and yes, make those famous Berber rugs.  I purchased a few of those beautiful rugs to bring home.  During the entire trip, I met so many kind and caring people but one thing that was made very clear.  Many Moroccan people do not want to be photographed. Some are superstitious about the evil eye while others are just tired of being treated rudely by tourists.  I found that if you talk to them, make a connection with them, then your chances of finding a willing participant may increase.  One thing that we were amused to find is that whenever we decided to get tricky and "steal" a photo of a person, looking at them later, there they were looking right at us.  We were fooling no one.  I carried my "big girl" camera with me with short lenses, but soon tired of carrying the weight of it up and down the steep hills and many stairs of the medinas.   I used my iPhone 7 for many images as well as my "toy camera" a comparatively lightweight Panasonic Lumix with 28-400mm zoom lens.  I downloaded my iPhone photos into Adobe LightRoom along with the others and they are looking pretty decent.  

 Morocco is a fabulous place to visit and explore and I heartily recommend it.  Make use of guides to help you navigate and understand what you are looking.

The inner sanctum of our Riad in Fez.  Riad Laaroussa.  Highly recommended hotel! 


Winter Print Sale 20% Off!

January 23, 2017

  Winter Print sale on select galleries! All galleries in Events/Dressage shows, Breed inspections and private sessions/Farm Calls.

 20% off.    Starting January 25 and ending February 15th.   Use Code: 20%WinterSale

Prints only, does not include digital files or special order work.

Get em while they're hot!  



Updated Phone Cover Offerings!

November 15, 2016

In the Photo Gifts section you will find an updated offering of cell phone covers for iPhone and Galaxy models.   Get you favorite photo from my galleries on your cell phone cover.  I can even personalize your photo with text if you like. 

Contact me if you would like greeting cards, especially for the holidays.  Deadline is soon! 

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