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Fall Workshop Review
Winter Solstice Project
Upcoming Online Courses
2010 Colorado Workshop
Members' News
Call for Entries: Equine Ideal
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December 2009 News

Equine Photographers Fall Workshop

Photo by Carien Schippers

In October EPNet members met in Versailles Kentucky for exclusive access to some of the areas most prestigious farms including Winstar, Fares Farm, Ashford Stud, Pin Oak Farm, Vinery Stables, Stonewall Stallions and The Kesmarc Rehabilitation Center. We were able to photograph legendary stallions including Tiznow, Distorted Humor, AP Warrior Value Plus, Fusiachi Pegasus, The Way You Are and Leroidesanimaus. Our days started early in the morning at the Keeneland Racetrack photographing the workouts and activities behind the scenes. There truly were incredible photo ops wherever we turned!

From Shirley McQuillen:
There is something about a group of photographers that creates a camaraderie like no other group of people I know. The people who attended the Kentucky workshop were no exception and I feel like I've made new lifelong friends. The weather was less than co-operative to say the least and it was chilly and rainy part of the time, but when you have the luxury of a true teacher like Shelley Paulson, the weather really ceases to matter. Shelley used the colors and mood of the weather to teach us to see our subjects in a new light and to get great photos in a variety of settings. Her generosity with her knowledge, her workflow, and her ability to engage her subjects is amazing. Her encouragement helped participants find the confidence necessary to capture your subjects true nature. Thank you Shelley!

The best part for me personally was seeing the world I happen to live in through new eyes. There were so many creative people in the group and watching them see the landscapes and horses of the Bluegrass has helped me to look at them in a new way. We photographed from dawn until dark every day. Laughed and chimped and shared the wonder of horses and horsemen that only horse photographers seem to grasp. If you get a chance to come in June don't miss it. If you get a chance to attend one of Shelley's workshops sell everything short of a kidney to get there! Oh but don't let her lend you one of her prime will cost you money!

View the photos from the Fall 2009 Kentucky Workshop and join us in Lexington next June for two more great workshops: one with Shelley Paulson and one with Gabriele Boiselle!

Join Us for the
2009 Winter Solstice Project

Photo by Bev PettitThis project is open to all!
On December 20th, 21st & 22nd we invite photographers from all over the world to participate in this group photo project. Wherever you may be, on one of these days take a photo of the horse(s) in your part of the world, then post it in the photo album on the forum. This project is open to all, but you will need to register at the forum to be able to upload your photo.

View photos from last year's Winter Solstice shoot

Learn more about this year's shoot

Upcoming Online Courses:

Creating & Marketing Fine Art Fhotography
with Rachael Waller
Begins January 4th!

Winter is here, down time for most but in reality it is a great time to create those spring & summer show pieces! There is no time like now to prepare great fine art work that will carry you through and shine. This course will cover all aspects of fine art presentation. Rise above the mundane and make your already wonderful work sparkle with class and style.

Discuss the details and best kept secrets of creating and presenting fine art work to galleries, top notch juried shows and putting the “wow” factor in your clients hands.
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Photoshop Basics and More
with Sherron Shepherd
Begins January 25th!

This course we will cover Photoshop basics and take you to the next level in your Photoshop skills. Sherron’s approach to photography is to treat it as an art medium so, in addition to learning Photoshop basic techniques, she will include tips to help your images be stronger artistically.

Creating artistic images is what will separate you from everyone else and make your images more desirable to clients.
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EPNet Announces 8th Annual Spring Photographer's Workshop and Horse Drive in Craig, Colorado

The Equine Photographers Network announces the 8th Annual Spring Equine Photography Workshop is planned for Craig, Colorado for May 2 – May 9, 2010. This area of Northwest Colorado is known for it’s remote high desert beauty, abundant wildlife, wild horses and working ranches and cowboys. This region is also home to the Outlaw Trail and stomping grounds of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

This year’s event features two exciting offerings: the Member’s Workshop at the Sombrero Ranch, and by special invitation, the opportunity to photograph the 800 horse, 60 mile Great American Horse Drive.

Photo by Carien Schippers

Scott Trees and Carien Schippers will lead the workshop session photographing working cowboys at the Sombrero Ranch for two full days followed by a day of photo and portfolio reviews and guest speakers. NEW this year! By special invitation photographers may go for a two hour trail ride with the cowboys and wranglers on Wednesday afternoon at Sombrero Ranch and enjoy a meal at the ranch afterward. This is the perfect opportunity to see some of the vast back country surrounding the ranch from horseback!

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Member News:

Photo byJennifer MunsonJennifer Munson is the only photographer to be included in the show "Spirit Equus".

View the show at the Giles Gallery on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Opening date is December 6th, 2009. Twelve students will exhibit in the arts of metals, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography.

“Spirit Equus” is a deliberate portrayal of the ethereal character of the horse. In this series, each image was carefully selected because it captured the dramatic expression and movement of the idealized horse.


Photo by Sharon PackerPassings: in November our friend and fellow EPNet member Susan Sexton passed away after battling leukemia. She touched so many lives and was one of the pioneer equine photographers in the industry that many of us looked up to and admired before we started on our own careers as photographers. She left behind not only a vast body of incredible work but many friends and admirers in the horse industry that were touched by that work. We will all miss her!

Susan's long time friend Terri Miller posted a lovely tribute to Susan in her blog

A Call for Entries for Equine Ideal:
Winter 2010 Online Photography Contest

All professional and amateur photographers who seek to capture the ideal image of the horse are invited to enter the 2010 Online Photography Contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers' Network.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2010. Winners will be announced on April 10th. Winners will be recognized on the contest's website, Images are to be submitted in a digital format as per guidelines found on the contest's website.

Images will be judged by professional equine photographers based on: impact, equipment expertise, technical/artistic expertise, light and color, subject matter, creativity and suitability.

The official rules and entry form are available online

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