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EPNet Courses
Pro Challenges
Equine Ideal Contest
EPNet Trial & Photog Request
Winter Workshop in FL
Colorado Cowboys/Horse Drive

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What’s in store for 2009?

Winter Workshop in Florida
Gabriele Boiselle will be returning to lead two workshops in Ocala, Florida in March. Here is your chance to work closely with one of the world’s leading equine photographers whose passion and love for horses and photography shines through in her work.

Read more about it.

Colorado Cowboys
and Horse Drive

We will be back in Colorado for more great photo ops at the Sombrero Ranch and the Great American Horse Drive. Scott Trees will lead the shoots and Lightware and Fine Print Imaging will be joining us again with demos and workshops. Don't miss this mix of fun and education and the chance to shoot this one of a kind event and some truly amazing photos.
Read more about the Spring Workshop and register now!

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2008 In Review Issue
January 2009

EPNet Courses
EPNet offered some excellent courses that were well attended by enthusiastic participants. Course leaders saw improvement as attendees grew by leaps and bounds and enjoyed teaching as much as the students enjoyed participating!

Peter DeMott’s Advertising and Promotion course had students reading some excellent resources and using the new information they learned to apply to their own businesses. The feedback from their colleagues was invaluable.

Carien Schippers led the Basics of Equine Photography course where participants worked on weekly assignments to better understand the fundamentals for taking successfully consistent horse photos.
"You gave a wonderful, concise and fun course. Your input was always clear and pushed us to try harder and different areas."
This course will be offered again in June, ’09, don’t miss it!

Scott Trees rounded off the year with his DVD-based “Business of Equine Photography” course, changing the focus from photographic skills to how to develop and manage a successful enterprise. From making contacts to keeping records the IRS will approve of, Scott's course was a thorough discussion of the other half of making your equine photo business work.
"You have given great tools to use to manage and organize a well run equine photographic business."

These courses and more will be offered in 2009!


Members participated in our monthly assignments as well as fun shoots and came back with some spectacular work to share! Photos were uploaded to forum albums where other members could then leave comments, critiques and tips.

Photo by Susan CarterAssignments covered such topics as Humor, Creating a Business Card, Relationships, Conformation, The Horse in Action under Saddle, Scenics, Fine Art, Photoshop Before and After and more.

Photo by Beth OsterkampIn addition to the monthly assignments there is now an area of the forum devoted to ongoing assignments that cover such topics as photographing the trot and gaited breeds, planning for portraits, Silhouettes and Digital Paintings.

Photo by Barb YoungOur fun shoots included The Equinox in Black and White, May Day, End of Summer Light, Autumn Colors and The Summer and Winter Solstices. Some truly amazing and inspiring work resulted from these assignments.

70 photos from all over the world were entered for our Winter Solstice Photo Project, always a popular event. Pro members Kim Cook and Kim Kuhlman took top honors with their dynamic photos depicting horses in the snow.

Pro Member Challenges

Photo by Lynne GlazerThe Photo Challenges of one word concepts for the EPNet Professional members are always fun, usually challenging and sometimes surprising! Challenges for 2008 included macro, wind, and 1/30.

Visit our Image Showcases to see more photos from our recent assignments, courses and challenges as well as photos from our workshops and members’ best of 2008.

A list of Assignments and Shoots scheduled for 2009 has been posted on the forum.

Equine Ideal Online Photo Contest

Many great entries from around the world made this the most exciting Equine Photo Contest so far. View some of the top placing images.

Photo by Sarah AndrewBest of Show Professional:
"Pas de Deux"

Congratulations to
Sarah K. Andrew of New Jersey

Don't miss our next Equine Ideal Online Photo Contest! 2009 Call for Entries will be coming soon!


In 2008 EPNet offered four great workshops. In February we met in Ocala, Florida, in April in Colorado, Saratoga Springs in June and Pennsylvania in October.

From photographing cowboys to top level dressage horses, EPNet workshops are led by top equine photographers. Going to a workshop gets you outside your comfort zone and immerses you in a world of potential and possibilities and new horizons with the chance to meet people that love horses and photography. Come grow with us!

Bookmark our Events Page to keep up to date with all our happenings!

Winter Workshop with Gabriele Boiselle
Our Florida and Saratoga Springs workshops were lead by German photographer Gabriele Boiselle. Boiselle is well known for her photos of free running horses that are widely published around the world in books and calendars. She will return to Ocala Florida for another workshop in March of 2009. Don’t miss it as you will be inspired and motivated after spending time shooting with Gabriele at some of Ocala Florida’s premiere equestrian facilities.
"Gabriele was an incredible instructor. Her enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. Her passion for capturing the horse's essence is in her very soul and she wants equine photographers to convey the importance of the beauty of the horse in their images. She gave us many exercises to do at home that would help us become better photographers."

See more photos from the Boiselle Workshop or even better experience it this year for yourself.

Colorado Cowboys and Horse Drive
In Colorado we enjoyed the hospitality of the Sombrero Ranch and a hard working but fun loving group of cowboys and cowgirls, learned from EPNet member leaders Scott Trees and Paul Peregrine of Lightware, Kate Dardine of Fine Print Imaging, Larry Padgett from the Center for Fine Art Photography and Nikon rep Ron Taniwake with loads of Nikon gear for participants to try out. We also had access to a Sony SnapLab photo printer for printing out photos for our models. The workshop ended with a crowd of cowboys, cowgirls and friends joining us to view and comment on the photos that were produced and viewed via a projected slide show. Being able to review the work with our models was a great way to end the workshop and share the fun that everyone had during our photo sessions.

Photo by Carien Schippers

Following the workshop the three day Horse Drive kicked into gear, an experience like no other! Photographers were driven in trucks to photograph the herd as it moved from their winter range to their home base ranch in Craig.

“For those who stayed for the Sombrero Horse Drive, the sheer beauty and spectacle of hundreds of horses being rounded up in the early morning sun and being driven 60 miles was second to none. Photographic opportunities were in abundance and it was challenging to photograph such a visual feast.”

If you missed this event in 2008 don’t despair as we are doing it again this year! Until then, you can enjoy these photos.

Fall Workshop
Popular wedding and portrait photographer Betty Cooper once again lead the fall workshop, this time in south central Pennsylvania. Our hosts at Clark Farms provided a spectacular setting for us to photograph a photogenic group of cowboys and cowgirls working Quarter Horses and Angus cattle.
“Wow, what a weekend! I can’t remember when I have had a better time with such congenial and talented people. It was a fabulous experience from start to finish. Todd and Tammy could not have done more to make our stay comfortable and memorable. All the friendly, cooperative and good looking models gave us the thrill of a western experience with genuine talent and ease.”

Photo by Carien Schippers

See more photos from the Clark Farms shoot.

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