A Beautiful Cowgirl with a Beautiful Soul
Last November, I met a beautiful cowgirl, Elaine Kelley. I had set up at a local barrel race where I had a Holiday portrait mini session area for the contestants. Elaine quickly grabbed my attention as she had her cute tiny pup, Winny, in a purse! Anybody that loves their dog so much, I know we will get along.
Elaine is a fellow barrel racer that competes at SEBRA rodeos, Bull Ride Mania and also Penn Ohio and IBRA shows. Her list of accomplishments are huge!
2011 Cowboy Up Youth Rodeo 1-D Pole Bending Champion
2013 1-D Pole Bending Champion Armstrong’s Arena
2013 Friday Night Lights Series Champion
2013 Bullride Mania Barrel Racing Reserve Champion
2014 Bullride Mania Barrel Racing Iron Maiden
2014 IBRA National Finals Qualifier
2015/2016 Sundance Arena Winter Series Barrel Racing Reserve Champion
2018 Bullridemania Barrel Racing High Money Earner
2019 POBRA Open Barrels 2-D Top 5
2019 POBRA Adult Barrels Top 5
2019 POBRA Open Poles Top 5
2020 Arena Record Willow Creek Stables
Elaine is also an Equine Nasal Strip Ambassador.
Her horses were simply beautiful. Elaine made my job easy, as she was a natural and comfortable in front of my lens. I was able to see how much she loved her horses and the bond that they share. It is my favorite part of my job, seeing those connections.
We did a few wardrobe changes, which I loved Elaine's colorful style! I always send a "Session Planning Guide", that states neutral colors as only a suggestion to my clients when they prepare their outfits for the shoot. Elaine was worried as she had more colorful clothes. I want my clients to be themselves over anything and I feel her colorful style was just perfect!
She brought out a beautiful cremello, Hollywood Freckle, to join the fun as well!
His eyes were so unique!
Of course, we had to get Winny in more of the photos as well!
Elaine's boyfriend, Jon O'Neil (otherwise known as my assistant for the shoot, using my "ear getter uppers"), also got in a few shots
I have a few prompts that I like to use with couples to get those natural smiles together. (but I'll keep those secret for now, so that I don't ruin the fun with other clients).
I love every one of Elaine's images! I couldn't be more excited to share them all with her!
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