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Meredith + Casper {Fasion}

I'm not sure anyone knows how MUCH I absolutely LOOOOOOOVED horses growing up, except my family.

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 falls dismounts.  I was too embarrassed to "giddy-up" it before peddling away, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't mentally whisper it to myself each time I'd pedal away. I spent most nights falling asleep planning out how I was going to own a horse in Tokyo, Japan...which would meld into some of my weirdest and best dreams. I loved horses...still do.

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!


Lauren Truelock said...

These are GORGEOUS!!!!!! I LOVE the last one! Awesome awesome!

Britni said...

My fave is the one where she is leaning against the horse and you caught him flicking his tail straight up. Seriously- ridiculously cool and interesting to look at. Looks like it was a really fun shoot, the shots are all gorgeous!

Emilia Jane said...

Just ahhhhhhmazing.

leah said...

oh my. i totally did the jump rope bike thing!! sometimes if i was pretending i was in the olden days, i would pedal really hard and then sit "side saddle" (did i just admit that?!) i knew we were kindred spirits! beautiful images!

leslie ringger said...

wow. just… wow

Daveana said...

I used to pedal real fast and then stand on the body and pretend to be the horse dancer and do different poses while not holding on. Not sure how I didn't get injured doing that, but my bike was a horse on multiple accounts.

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