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I shoot horses. Happily.

I’ve been at this job long enough now that there are times I just don’t mind saying “No”. In fact, to stay sane and grow as an artist it’s just plain necessary. And then there are times when the answer is irrefutably “Hell yes please!”. The great folks at Moore Equine just presented me with an opportunity of the latter persuasion which I think produced some one of my finest work ever.

The assignment was pretty much this: “We love what you do. Can you please come do it for us?”

Seriously, how often does that happen?

After a bit of schedule & budget juggling (hint – you can get a great price if the shoot starts tomorrow) we settled on a 3 day shoot. Turns out Western Canada’s biggest equine vet operation is rather busy in the fall and we needed to catch all the principal vets in as wide a range of action as possible. So often I’m under the gun to produce everything in an instant – it’s basically one of the things that distinguishes a pro from a lucky amateur. But the opportunity to learn each environment and experiment was extraordinary. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that most of the strongest images came from the last day.

In general we live a rather blessed existence. We drop in on people’s lives for a while and get a range of insight that’s downright fascinating while making a good living in the process. Even so, there are still only a few times each year that I get to do a job that utterly fulfills me professionally, personally and creatively. Definitely beats working for a living. Now contemplating changing the blog URL to ishootbeingshappily.com …

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