I live northwest of Fort Worth, so I serve the DFW Metroplex, and am available to travel to other locations by special arrangement. I have lived around much of the United States...east coast, west coast, the desert southwest and now Texas.
I manage to mix a need for order with a strong bent for creativity. I’m drawn to an eclectic mix of activities...I love reading, riding horses, martial arts, yoga, whitewater rafting, hiking, and of course, photography. I'm equally comfortable mucking stalls as I am running a board meeting. Go figure.
Way back in the mists of time, a.k.a. when I was in high school, I seriously considered becoming a nature and wildlife photographer. Ultimately, that was not the path I chose, but the love of photography was always lurking in the background.
I would pick up a camera from time to time, and for the most part walk away frustrated that what I saw in my mind was not what I was able to recreate in the photograph...but I finally decided it was way past time to align my vision with the reality of the image. A long-awaited trip to Europe pushed me over the edge - I told myself to suck it up, and get it done…
The animals I've shared my life with have influenced who I am today and while I certainly have some photos of them, I don't have any that really capture their personality and that I truly enjoy gazing at… It would be an honor to work with you and your four-legged so that you won’t be able to say that…
I'm married to a wonderful man who understood early that he was marrying me and my horse. LOL.
As you can see, I started early...what fun to have this old photograph! Ultimately, I settled on combined training as my discipline, although I’ve ridden Western, and other English disciplines, namely, hunter/jumper and dressage. These shots are from the cross-country portion of some of the competitions in which I participated.
I had the pleasure and pain of sharing more than 22 years with a smart, stubborn and huge-hearted mare named Jetsena. Her name meant an affectionate term for a brat, and boy, did it fit. She taught me so much about love, growth, pain, responsibility, the honor of caring for her, shared accomplishments as we learned together, frustration and sorrow when she struggled with health issues. Over five years ago now, she let me know it was time to let her go, and I still miss her. At the same time, we had a great life together and I still am grateful that I took care of her, and not me, when it was time to let her go.
Hard to believe, but for years, I was dog-less, but I was eventually successful in convincing my husband that life is just flat out better with dogs. Easier, no. Cleaner, certainly not. But the joy they bring...and the constant reminder to take joy in just about everything. I mean really, how many people can go for a walk in the same park day after day, and be excited about the adventure every time - just like it was the first?
We rescued an Australian Cattle Dog [Savannah] and she was only with us for a few weeks before her health issues got the best of her. It took a while, but we eventually rescued Indigo from a shelter in East Texas, and we three have been together for quite a few years now.
I named my business in honor of everything our four legged companions add to our lives.
So, by now it is certainly no secret - I have a major soft spot for animals...and a love for photography.