Recipe for the Elegant Equine Collection.
Add one part Friesian Elegant Equine
Add one part Andalusian Elegant Equine
Add one part Beautiful Elegant Equestrian
Add one part Professional Horse Photographer
The results of this amazing photo shoot is the beginning of the Elegant Equine Collection!
Recently I traveled to Reno, Nevada for a photo shoot with Equestrian Ashley Morgan Rhodes and her amazing barn of Elegant equines. In 2015 I created the Windswept Manes Collection from a photo shoot with Ashley and her horses in Florence, Oregon. This year we tried something new. With a vision and a few horses and another spectacular back drop I created the Elegant Equine Collection.
One Part Friesian Elegant Equine.
Xander Fan Ramaker, is a 9 year old STAR FHANA Friesian stallion by Anne 340. Xander even has his own Facebook page with a following of over 700 fans. The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Ancestors of the modern Friesians were used in medieval times to carry knights to battle. It is easy to imagine a strong fierce warrior riding Xander into the battlefield. Xander is drop dead gorgeous! His long flowing black mane touches the ground. His eyes are bright and his black coat shimmers. He is graceful and elegant. Xander is very willing and eager to perform. At one point in the shoot, it was as if there was a magnet pulling him closer and closer to my camera gear and me. Xander likes to be in your space and is a loving horse. His owner, Ashley has trained him well and he’s always willing to please.
One Part Andalusian Elegant Equine.
Lord Arathorn (Thor) is a 10 year old IALHA Andalusian stallion. Thor also has his own Facebook page with a following of over 1200 fans. Thor is also a real crowd pleaser. The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE, is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula. He loves his buddy Xander but is very protective of his mares. Thor is strong, elegant and graceful. Andalusian Horses are known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility. Thor can get pretty fired up as shown here in the Bad Hair Day photo with his mane and forelock flying in the wind. The Andalusian breed has been selected for athleticism and stamina and are often seen used in fantasy movies. He put on quite a show but showed his most enthusiasm when his mares came by the fence line.
One Part Beautiful Elegant Equestrian.
Ashley Morgan Rhodes is a professional Equestrian Model and a Horse Trainer. You can find more information about Ashley on her Facebook page. She got her first pony at the age of 12 and has been working with horses ever since. Ashley has a barn of eight horses and also trains horses for other people. As one might guess, she is a big fan of Game of Thrones. She has an assortment of colorful costumes and of course spectacular horses. Ashley strives to be sure her photographers get the shot they want!
Check back often as I continue to add images and talk about the Elegant Equine Collection. Also, stay tuned for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together a photo shoot.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at Arts Prescott Gallery, in Arizona.