It was teetering on ridiculousness.
From covering my closet walls in calendar pictures, to practically memorizing the movie National Velvet, to reading the Black Stallion books...my "cool" meter was buried in zero...but I didn't care. I'd tie a jumprope around the handlebars of my little pink bike mimicking the reigns on a horse and would insist on steering my bike that way. To answer all of the concerned mother's thoughts out there, yes, it was even less safe than it sounds...but I mastered it after many
The funny thing is that I've probably only ridden them 5 times and have been thrown 3 of the 5. My right palm used to bare a scar of triumph from one of the throws, and I may as well have had a trophy, I was so proud of that thing. Needless to say, horses don't love me as much as I adore them...and it also makes me really admire people that ride. This is probably why I jumped on the chance to shoot Mere and her horse, Casper.
Mere has ridden for years and rode Casper in competitions. However, this white beauty is retiring to become a trail horse (I think I just made that term up), and so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do a shoot of the two.
Three of us photographers/friends shot this Lana Del Rey inspired shoot...and I have to say, it was such a fun experience to be shooting something off the tracks from what I'm used to. It feels good to do something different as it serves like a reset button to my creative excitement. And yes, the fact that a horse was my main subject may have had a lot to do with it. :)
Mere, thanks for letting me be a part of this shoot. You earned major cool points with my 6 year old self!