Four seasons. One ranch. Free range shooting, with the main goal being to capture the ranch in its true state in each season. Images would be used for promotion of the ranch and it’s product, as well as for the ranch owner’s family keepsake.
My rap sheet for photography is wide and varied (holler incredible community and that ever golden old-school “word of mouth”!). Book deal (A Subtle Revelry), cover photo (USA Today), billboards (Vail Resorts), magazine and blog features (including Tahoe Ascent, Free People, and Artfully Wed), website content, brand campaigns, sponsored travel for brand content, and local to international weddings. BUT, this shoot assignment is hands down one of my favorite to date.
I grew up in a ranching/farming community. My family raised beef cattle and quality feed for horses and cattle. The majority of my friends either actively ranched/farmed or at least had a few acres and some animals. College was funded by training horses, “wrangling” cattle for local ranchers, and driving tractors. So being asked to photograph a ranch and it’s essence was like being asked to photograph home…. a small piece of me. xx
So pen to paper, and in classic Hemmingway fashion (except with a glass of wine vs a glass of whiskey), I started writing. I didn't re-read or look back until I had finished. Until, finally, the last period drawn, I looked up. I could breathe.
The good, the bad, the ugly. I wouldn't want one without the other. Because, honestly? Without the one, we wouldn't know the other.
They wanted somewhere close. They wanted home...
Let’s start here: It was hot. Sweltering. Sweating under the gear straps, salt building up on the brow and upper lip kind of hot. And the bugs. Everywhere. Little black gnat billows that rose up from the sand with every step. Then that rotten egg smell, permeating, before we even opened a car door…
College was funded by training horses, “wrangling” cattle for local ranchers, and driving tractors. So being asked to photograph a ranch and it’s essence was like being asked to photograph home….