The most expensive photo-session I've ever done

Yes, I rock a good pair of waders. Behind the scenes of a Women and Horses photo session.  With Becky Maticic of New Leaf Acres and Dark Secrets (aka Daisy).  Becky is a certified Egala equine-assisted pschotherapist. She specializes in helping people during times of grief/bereavement, anxiety, and confidence building.

Yes, I rock a good pair of waders. Behind the scenes of a Women and Horses photo session.  With Becky Maticic of New Leaf Acres and Dark Secrets (aka Daisy).  Becky is a certified Egala equine-assisted pschotherapist. She specializes in helping people during times of grief/bereavement, anxiety, and confidence building.

Check your pockets, folks!

My process for the Women and Horses sessions includes a visit to the woman and her horse before the actual photo session is scheduled. I meet the horses, let them get a good whiff of me and treat them with carrots or apples. The woman and I will traverse the grounds looking for great backgrounds and lighting.

This particular session was full of firsts for me.

  • My first session that the woman lived and worked on nearly 100 acres with all kinds of terrain.
  • My first session to explore that terrain in an ATV.  (My first time on an ATV ever!)
  • My first session to lose the key fob to my Prius.

When we purchased the vehicle and the salesperson handed over those 2 sets of keys, he intoned solemnly, "don't lose the electronic key. It's very expensive to replace." 

Panic

So, you can imagine my panic as we returned from our ATV adventure and I could not open the car door! I repeated my "pocket pat down ritual" numerous times. I patted four cargo pockets on my pant legs, two zipper pockets on the sides of my pants, two back pockets that buttoned shut, and two button-shut pockets on my shirt.

I couldn't find pocket dust let alone the key fob!

Somewhere, out there in nearly 100 acres, lay the key fob. Years from now, someone will see a tiny glimmer of silver under the brush and recover my key fob. And, that person will murmur to the fob, "Oh, someone had to pay a pretty penny to replace you."

The Hubster came to my rescue. (Hmm, why can't my car be activated by my cell phone? Someone needs to develop that app.)

The Lesson?

I think the lesson might be, make sure your buttons and zippers are always closed when you're bouncing around in an ATV.  And maybe I should "police" the area around the ATV each time I exit and enter the vehicle?

All's well that ends well...We planned three great sites for our photo sessions. The Hubster rescued me with the second key fob. And Toyota made a bit more money.

Seriously, kids, don't try this at home. Daisy had just stopped; she had been galloping towards me. However, the light was great behind them!  Waders, sweat in the eyes, wet cargo clothes and river water - all the components for a highly fashionable photographer! FYI, Spider Holsters for your cameras make a great belt to hold up your waders.

Seriously, kids, don't try this at home. Daisy had just stopped; she had been galloping towards me. However, the light was great behind them!  Waders, sweat in the eyes, wet cargo clothes and river water - all the components for a highly fashionable photographer! FYI, Spider Holsters for your cameras make a great belt to hold up your waders.

A reminder

You will be able to see some of my equine inspired photographic art during the ICONS art exhibition featuring Rebecca Pearl and her watercolor paintings.  Will we see you at The Artist Angle, 124 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, MD?  The exhibition runs September 2 through September 30.

You can learn more about Becky Maticic, New Leaf Acres, and Egala equine-assisted psychotherapy, here.

There it is

Another week under our collective belts.  Please feel free to share this post and leave your comments here or over on the Facebook page.