If there was any breed to photograph in a glamour style, the Gypsy Vanner comes to the top of the list! Baby doll faces with soft and dark eyes, the longest dreamy manes and tails, and feathery legs. They all combine to make a truly stunning horse, and come in a variety of colors. This one is a gorgeous silver dapple mare, Yente. She is owned by Heavenly Grace Ranch in Yuba City, CA. We traveled there on a very smokey day to photograph some young models, but everyone canceled at the last minute. Since we had come some distance and stayed overnight in our trailer, the great owners of the ranch, Kelly and Pat, gathered up their young ranch hands, found some costumes and did their makeup and hair. For a spur of the moment session, I was pretty thrilled with the results! Alicia and Helen were great little models, as were Yente and Sequoia, the horse models.
I was a wedding photographer for a couple decades before I decided to completely focus on portraits, and spend my weekends camping and with my husband and animals!
But when my good friend Morgan announced her engagement, and told me about her plans for her wedding, I just had to be a part of it! Her Paint gelding, Forest, has been in her life for over 10 years, since he was a yearling, and it was important to her that he play a role in her special day. And he definitely didn’t disappoint, he was a total gentleman, and carried the beautiful bride sidesaddle across the pasture and to her waiting family at the ceremony. We also got some lovely portraits as sunset fell upon the wedding day and the family ranch. Of course, most of the photos I took didn’t include Forest, but I wanted to share the ones that did for this post! It was worth making an exception to photograph this event, it turned out perfectly! There was a threat of rain, and they would have been so disappointed to move everything indoors after they had worked for months to make the ranch an awesome venue, so thankfully it stayed dry and went off without a hitch! Congratulations to Morgan and Colt!
I photographed this attractive and very active family during a school holiday week. That was a rare time where they had fewer practices, games, and events! Molly is the youngest– she performed in Miracle on 34th Street for many weeks in a row this winter! She has also attended theater camp in New York City, is very active in dance, and loves to sing! Nathan loves to play baseball, and has played on a traveling team for some time. Kyra is an avid runner like her parents, and competes in cross country. She is a senior at Reno High!
The Hunsberger parents are very busy too! Kurt is an attorney practicing in Reno, and Dina writes grants among many other professional endeavors. She is also an amazing yogi!
Another family pose