Winter time in Pacific NW is a slower time for horse photographers. Though I do love photographing horses and their people with the wintry look of bare trees in the background, adding to the overall pastel feel of light blue or gray skies and pale yellow or tan grass on the ground (snow is much rarer, but it could happen) most people don't want photos of their horses in furry coats. A shame, I think they look all velvety and cuddly and a big chunk of our lives each year is lived in the winter time. The light is soft, so great for saturating color and eliminating shadows and the humans look pretty nice in their down and faux fur hats. That is, if you can find a day where its dry and not too cold!
This is the time of year that I reflect on my business, how I did last year (mandatory for me and the IRS) take a look at what business decisions worked and which didn't and resolve to improve on the weak areas. I also take inventory of my equipment and send in any that could use repair, cleaning or a tune up. So far I have upgraded my older desktop computer and added a few more 4TB hard drives and finally moved on over to Adobe Creative Cloud. It all represents a considerable investment but that's business.
Its also a period of ideas. What sounds interesting for 2016? For me, its travel of course, starting to get organized for my trip to Iceland. Also some travel to Nevada and California including meeting with a group of photographer friends that I love to shoot with at our friend April Visel's workshop in the Spring in S. CA. Some sexy naked stallions will undoubtedly be in front of our lenses. I have more roving reporter editorial assignments and some farm calls for portraiture that are also sounding great.
I am resolving to make a separate easy to see all in one place price list including farm call fees available on my website. I am determined to update my website with new photos. I have been so lax about that and am now feeling a bit embarrassed about how out of date it is when someone asks for the url.
I also resolve to follow through on getting some special projects started that have been percolating in my brain for awhile. There, I said it in public. Now I must follow through. Stay tuned for those!
I would also like to do one workshop this year, before things get too wild and crazy with travel for everyone. I will have a description of that once I come up with a date. Feel free to drop me a line and ask to be added to my workshop email list.
Currently, I have an article and photos published in the January issue of Flying Changes Magazine on the Equus Film Festival in NYC.
Next month in the magazine, as kind of a part two, I report on my tour of the stables where 80 of the New York City Carriage Horses reside and work.
Now I must get back to work!