Tuesday, December 22, 2009

3rd place looks pretty great!

I received notice yesterday athat one of my pieces was accepted for the Ex Arte Equinus competition by Art Horse Magazine. It was awarded 3rd place in the photography category. Entering was one of my Equigraphic launch activities - I am so pleased! To be puublished in the annual and in the March 2009 issue.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Speaking of Pictures by Jake

Here is another Jake portrait of me from the year after the one of me and Belle. This is my in town steed (and is on the blog of faboo bike shop where I got my sweet Dutch bike.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

And after the work....

Well, more work, but I have gotten out to the barn twice in the last week or so. Erin is thinking she shall return and we are dipping our toes back in the water. Bella is as wonderful and kind and gentle and sensitive as ever. I love her so. She is the one on my About page on the site. Photo by my pal Jake Shivery of Blue Moon Camera.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reveling in a job well done

All the feedback to Equigraphic.com has been terrific. I was advised of just a couple little tweaks, but for the most part folks have commented that not only do they love the imagery, they love the sites look and function.

If you need web services, I highly suggest http://www.tinfoilhat.com

She worked with me to make the perfect site, balancing my strong sense of aesthetics and her knowledge of user experience and web trends to create a beautiful and functional site for a reasonable price. If you are thinking of a site creation or reworking, I suggest checking her out.

If anyone here has any more suggestions, please let me know. Of course if you know anyone who uses horse photography or might benefit from any of my services, please let me know. Marketing, your time is nigh.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Cards! By my talented designer hubby Lee Moyer:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


And, I forgot to mention my trip to NY. I wound up getting to go shoot at the Saugerties, NY show. My niece was riding her 2 show jumping mares! Dana is a talented 14 year old show jumper. I gave her her first riding lesson years ago. That daisy jump really ruffled a bunch of the horses, but 'Rika moved right on out over it. They got 5th in the classic.


I am off to L.A. for a long weekend of teaching and photography with Wendy Rover of Roving Horse Henna (my partner in crime on the henna horse image). We will be presenting our first workshop on building portfolios by collaborating with other creative professionals. We were selected because our work has been making the powers that be in the henna community internationally think things like "upping the game" and "outside the box" and "pushing the creative envelope". I am really excited. Not only do I love working with Wendy, I love traveling, and I also love teaching. I have guest lectured at all levels, from elementary to college. I have judged student competitions. But, this is the first time I am teaching to a an adult community of creatives outside the photography world. I think it might become a specialty. I love learning about others arts and passions, and we have already been invited to teach in England next spring. Oooooh... an international educator!

The web site is almost perfect and it is taking everything in me not to link to the test site right now. I am so happy with it!!!! Watch out world - here comes Equigraphic! Maybe I should be thinking about teaching horse photography : )

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Oh the anticipation is killing me!

I wanted my next post to be a "Ta-daaa!" But, alas, it will have to wait a bit longer.

I am currently in CT with my sister and her family. Thursday, it turns out, we are bound for a hunter jumper show in Saugerties, NY. This was a complete surprise to me. But, when I show up to horsey friends and colleagues houses and they say, "Are you coming?" the answer is always, "You bet!" I shall be posting from that no doubt. I think you all will be looking at my niece and one of her beautiful warmbloods by Friday, if my connection is good.... existant.

On another line of thought, I am often asked what my 2 major sub specialties of photography have to do with one another: horses and performance (theater, dance, etc.). To me it is so obvious - horses are beautiful performers, dancers and models every one of them. As with people, my standards are not that of an exacting industry, but I believe beauty is everywhere. Context, meaning, passion... these all lend their own kind of beauty and power to any image, horse or performance. It is these things that catch my attention, likely more so than a perfect form. Though, those are nice, too. Maybe I'll have some to show you this weekend.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I'm jumping up and down!

Yes, the new site is pretty far along in coding. I think it might just be done by the end of the month!!!!

Also, I will be in the NY area late August and early September. Let me know if you have equestrian photographic needs or desires that I can fill.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


The new portfolios arrived in the early Fed-X drop. It will take time with my living amongst them to appreciate them fully. But, they are glorious, and I look forward to taking them out int he world for all to see. Now, all I need are some business cards to leave in the hands of those with mouths gape, and I should be all good. Well, all good to go pound pavement. Look out equestrian world, Annaliese is on your trail. As it were.

This is, I believe, the oldest image in my book and on the site. This is my pal's 4 year old son at the barn in Maryland where I was a therapeutic horsemanship instructor (NARHA Certified - at the National Center for Therapeutic Riding). Sweet old Fandango was fading here - I was surprised by how haunting his visage really was when I first saw the images. Nasty old white horse melanoma!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Also, an update

The web site has long been in the programmer's hands. I await its arrival with bated breath.

The Equigraphic Portfolio was made yesterday.

The collection of Equigraphic cards is getting made today.

Let me know if you/know anyone who might want/need an email or postcard announcing our launch, please.

Photographed beautiful Andalusian filly again yesterday. 4 months and so big!! Still so pretty, so evidence of that later.

But, first off to support our new farmers market on its opening day. I want them all to sell out of all their yummy stock. Gotta support our local small farmers and reap the tasty in the mean time!


Originally uploaded by compassionateeye
OK, the first horse henna shoot has been declassified by a presidential order. Who else out there has a pale gray they would not mind ornamented? I'll admit, henna lasts rather longer on a horse than a person... maybe once summer is over and many are returning to pasture ornaments and growing out coats.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


The galleries are sorted, sized, retouched, ordered, and have been handed off to my programmer. I am so psyched! Now just to write the dreaded "about", and it is all programming and a little back and forth and ANNOUNCING!!!

Not that all this computer work has kept me from shooting my shiny new camera... Above: today at the parade - The Shiny New Wells Fargo Coach steps off in front of the old US Customs House

Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's a big life out here

I know - tomorrow I finish all my work on the site and the beta should be right after that (there is already an alpha!). I have had some great projects lately, some Equi oriented and some others. Recently I had this great shoot. While it is not equine, I am so excited about it that I felt I could admit that I do actually turn my camera to other beautiful subjects, too.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The foundation has been laid and now it's being framed up

So delighted - after... an entire lifetime of working taking horse pictures, my new web site is being built. The basics will be test ready when I meet with my web guru Monday night. Then the ironing and last details, and I can reveal it to you!!

In the meantime - The Logo.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's been quiet... too quiet...

Well, it hasn't been quiet anywhere in my life but here. I have been crazy busy with lots of fun things like home refinancing, gear research, a couple big shoots (one of them horse related but all cloak and dagger for now), facilities management (what some of us call yard work and spring cleaning when home is office and office is home), and a wee trip up to British Columbia (during which I got exactly zero picture of horses).

One of my key collaborators on another major project has proclaimed May 1 the beginning of his full time work on said effort. OK, that means I need to be ready to put in some serious hours, too. What does that lead to? I have to get this site up post haste! And, so I will. Almost all the gallery images are processed; I have a date with my glorious web designer at www.tinfoilhat.com; and I am pleased with my command decision to cut all galleries back to ten images each. Ha! I can feel it coming together now. I am almost jumping up and down.

Friday, April 10, 2009

My pup

It has gotten so busy around here. I mostly stumble around ina daze, completing things off my list, and looking to it for my next move. Horse time has been little, but in the meantime, here's our dog Lego enjoying the spring morning.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Project Healing Horse

When the army started the Horses Helping Heroes project at Fort Meyer in my home state of Virginia, I was thrilled. I grew up riding at Great Falls Horse Center which had one of the first therapeutic riding programs in the country hosted there. I have been around TR for my whole horse life, and I eventually become a NARHA certified teacher after I washed out of social work proper. My Mom volunteers, too. And she told me about the great program for vets which utilized other service personnel as volunteers and the beautiful caisson horses as the four footed therapists. Of course, like all good therapeutic horsemanship, it quickly worked its magic.

I have been telling the folks at Forward Stride where I currently volunteer about the programs since I first heard of it. Well, I just heard from their Executive Director that they will be one of the next 12 sites to develop a program:

From the site:

Project healing Horse

raises money and promotes therapeutic riding to heal our wounded veterans. At facilities across the country, we honor those who have given so much and we share our love of horses.

Watch our film. Learn about this exciting therapy and how you can help by making a donation.

Totally watch the film!!!!

And, it turns out the gys who produced the film and are working to advance the availability of this program nationally are FROM OREGON (at least that is where the program address is):

Life-long friends George and Don own a company that bakes cookies for horses. Many say they bake the finest horse cookies in the world. It’s not a hugely profitable business. And, although not getting rich, they did discover the wonderful world of horses and the wonderful people who ride and love these magnificent animals. They also discovered the magical bond that exists between horse and rider. They then became national sponsors of a disabled children’s therapeutic riding organization.

While at a therapeutic riding center in Woodside, California, they marveled as a young wounded veteran, who walked with great difficulty, mounted a horse and began riding slowly, then faster and faster, until together they flew around the arena, the veteran beaming from ear to ear. George and Don wanted to share this experience with the world. Thus began Project Healing Horse.

They produced their movie and created this website to promote and raise money for veterans therapeutic riding programs across the country. They hope you will watch. Learn. And donate. And, the next time you visit your local tack store, consider purchasing a bag of Joker’s Treats Horse Cookies™.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I thought of a funny comparison: asking a photographer what camera they use to make great pictures is like asking a trainer what saddle they use to do great training. I think my brain will be running all day with this and all the limitless places it can go (artist/brush, ballerina/pointe shoes, musician/instrument etc.) Good tools are great, but they only take anyone in any field so far. Anyone else going to jump in on this?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Another from yesterday

I can't seem to get away from editing these lovely pictures. The foal just makes me sigh and feel all happy inside. SO, here's another of her.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy day!

I had the joy of going out to photograph, meeting an on line friend and making it a real life friend, and photographed the cutest baby, all at once. Does it get better than that? This is just the first one that caught my eye, they are still down loading. But, I am oh so pleased.

This little girl is a surprise baby, but she makes me feel spring is in the air and that it will be a great picture year. A bad economy has no power to make foals less wondrous!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

OK, last of the birthday posts. This is a self portrait. The henna is by Wendy at Roving Horse Henna. She, too, is a life long horse woman and artist. We will be collaborating soon in another way. She will be hennaing and I will be photographing both an equine and a human model. I think we get to photograph at the beach too. This should be delicious.

Tomorrow should be fun - I am off to photograph a friend's new Andalusian foal. He adopted a lamanitic mare from a herd reduction. Classic case of an unknown 2 for one. I do not think he is sorry one bit.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Busy month

Has it really been so long since I have posted? Well, it is a short month. And in it I celebrate my birthday. With this, my other steed : )

And, my site is being coded as we speak!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Not quite so deep.

This is not from as far back as the picture in my last post, but I do believe it is old enough to have been taken with my D1, or surely my D1H, latest. I am really enjoying the illustration/imaging/fine art part of my pictures these days. This is after years of living with Mr. Photoshop and being sure I'd never find that facility. There is ever more to learn and play with, but it is fun.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Deep in the archives

I got my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic with flipflash when I was something like seven. My first in demand picture was taken when I was ten (good timing is everything - keep that camera handy!). This is the first enlargement that I ever made of one of my images. It was taken when I was 12, I think. It was either on the Instamatic, or perhaps I had graduated to my Minolta 35mm point and shoot. This is Cracker Jack and her first foal. Can you guess her name? Toy Surprise, of course! They were at Camp Friendship in Palmyra, VA. The Riding Camp was run by Davera Ackenbom. I consider Davera my mentor still, and my good friend. She will be featured on equigraphic.com, as will many of her genius horses. Davera is a horse woman, through and through. National champion rider (side saddle hunter!!), trainer, teacher, breeder, and she knows her pups, too. She has a new farm this year. I hope I'll be able to point you to her site soon.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The latest

Last night my talented husband Lee Moyer helped me finish the final retouching on this image from the summer. I said that if a field was going to be overgrown with nutritionless weeds that I might as well put it to the one good use it had. I think it worked out nicely. Props to my girl E and High Pockets, too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I hear the train a comin'...

I am getting so close to the final pool for selecting the first images for equigraphic.com. I might even wake up tomorrow and decide that I am there. Then there is a modicum of retouching, the selection process, and handing it all off to my site builder. I can't wait. This is the fun part. I love it when I get to the point where cutting anything seems folly since I love it all so much. It makes me wish I had feathers to fluff.

On a whole different note, I have very much been enjoying the forums at The Art of Natural Dressage. It's inclusive approach and gentle practices suit me to a tee. I can't wait to get to practicing some of it with Belle. Who I saw this past weekend. And who I love so very madly.

Oh, this Belle and I. Thanks again to Jake at Blue Moon Camera here in Portland for permission to use this glorious photo.

OK, now off to shoot some music, The Knitters with John Doe and Exene of X.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Basic Exposure Recipe

As a photographer, I get questions people of all ages and interests about how to make better pictures. There are many angles from which one can work on their photography, but one of the most devilsome is understanding the basic variables of exposure - what they are, how they work together, and how they effect your options for image making at any given moment. The good people at Blue Moon Camera have made up a handy little exposure chart/recipe card that really explains the interplay of amount of light, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Creative Quarterly, Issue 13

I just received my issues of Creative Quarterly 13 in which one of my favorite horse images received a silver award for photography. It is printed beautifully on a full page. Another silver award image is on the preceding page, also a horse image. Horses rule the day in silver!

Words about pictures about horses

A New Year, a New Blog. Welcome to equigraphic. Soon I will be happy to announce the opening of equigraphic.com. It will feature a collection of my images relating to horses, a personal and visual love that has run through my entire life. Looking back, I remember thinking about specializing in equine photography early in my development as a professional photographer. I thought, "I can't do that! That's not possible!" Well, what's that old saying? Something like, "There is nothing on heaven or earth but thinking makes it so." My love of horses and ongoing involvement with them has lead me to photograph them all through my career. My knowledge of them and photography means that there are many good ones. It is time to jump into that specialty.

I am working furiously on all the images for the first iteration of equigraphic.com. There will be galleries of horses at liberty, at work, solo portraits, portraits with people, horse places, fine art, and a section of other animals, too. It has been a joy to get into my archives and find shots from many states and featuring many wonderful horses and people. Some subjects I know personally, other I know only through my camera fleetingly. But each image fills me with a warmth that declares each time, "You are meant to do this."

Please let me know what you might like to see from this blog. Photography tips/explorations? Links to other artists I admire and/or discover? Horse photography tips in particular? Stories of horses I have known? Links to other kinds of horse knowledge? Tell me your ideas!