Finally Rural Life Get Noticed

I was so excited with the Dodge Ram commercial because rural life is finally getting some attention. Just as we have all watched hundreds of commercials, videos, television shows, photographs, centered around urban living in this modern world, Dodge came out and  changed it up and showed us what country people are all about Yepee!!! (visualize me jumping up and down now) I was thinking I was the only one in the world that got it, but now the rest of the world saw in prime time what it takes to be a farmer,  thank you Dodge!

Farmers, ranchers, country folks, unite. We have been noticed again and we warmed their hearts. That is our best quality. So be proud and celebrate.

In case you missed it do to chores, here is the link

Ram Superbowl Commercial 

Here is one of my contribution to the farmers out there.

Plowing the old way

Taking A Leap In 2013

Leap of Faith - Krabi Thailand I have been studying photography intensely for the past five years. I had the time and opportunity when I first moved to Belgium because I was not qualified to get a "real" job there due to lack of language skills and adjusting to learning the culture. I knew I needed a craft, something I could do that would give my life or should I say my career life some value. I chose photography because I love to find the beauty in the details of what otherwise would be a mundane scene.

Like all new photographers I tried every thing. Started out with landscapes, which I do still enjoy but something was missing. I was starting to get bored.  I felt there was something else I needed to photograph. I tried, to do  portraits and gathered  family and friends, but I know this is not for me. I just do not feel comfortable telling people how to stand, turn their heads, and please not say cheese. I did not want to orchestrate the photograph I want to capture it.

My daughter-in law with her daughter

It wasn't until I went to my first draft horse plowing event in Belgium that I found the passion  that I felt was missing. I am drawn to horses and rural living,  Horses because I know them so well and they have been a big part of my life. Rural living because I have always loved living out away from the crowd. Photographing this draft horse plowing a field with this man who was doing it for the last time was a thrill for me. I love hearing their stories and see what others are doing on their farms and with their animals.

Brabant At Work

So here is the leap. I am going to get serious and do the photography I love. Even as I write these words I am afraid of what I am about to do. But I have learned from the past, that being afraid and experiencing fear means you are on to something. If you are not afraid of your dream it is not big enough.

Here is the list of why I am afraid to concentrate my business to horses and rural life.

  1. Because I travel I do not own my own horse  it is not easy to practice.
  2. How many clients could I get with the lifestyle I live by traveling between two countries?
  3. I will have to spend time and money marketing to find my subjects or clients.
  4. The world is moving away from country life and animals and no one will be interested in horses or rural lifestyles anymore.
  5. Can I really get to the level of photography I am trying to achieve?
  6. Can I make a living at creating these kind of photographs?

Now if you are reading this and own a  horse  or live on a back road I am sure you can put my fears to rest because you love horses and rural living as much as I do. But I am coming from the photography business world where you see amazing photographs and feel you will never be this good. I want to aspire to one of the best and it scares me that I may fail.

I could photograph pets, families, weddings, events, sports, etc and maybe carve out a living. But for me there is no passion there and I know I would only be mediocre at best.

So here is my first big leap of 2013. I am going to strive to be a great horse and rural life photographer. I want to make a good living at this so I can continue to grow in my field.

There I said it, now as soon as I press "publish" I must find a way to do this.

Follow me and let's together see what happens. Will this  be a success or will I have to make a new goal next year? I am dedicating one full year to giving my all to this small niche in photography.

I have made big leaps in my life before, which I will share on occasion here, and I have learned that if you have the heart, and desire and get out-of-the-way life will help you find your path. You first job is to fight off the fear that wants to hold you back.

In my next blog I will share my recent leap to get closer to my family. This was "huge"

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The Brabant, A Horse For the Working Man

Brabant At Work I am an equine photographer and one of my favorite breeds is the Brabant draught horse. This horse is tall and massive and made for work, yet has the most docile attitude of any breed of horse I have ever been around. Good thing with the size of their feet and body they could easily be the boss.

I live half of my life in Belgium with my husband who is from here (long story I will get into in later posts) but since I have been here I have taken thousands of photographs of these horses. I am  always looking for the next event or gathering of the men that are trying to keep the tradition of working with horses alive. I seen them plow fields, log in the woods, pull caravans, fish in the ocean, cut hay, and just be the babysitter in the family. Pound for pound you get your moneys worth with these gentle giants.

Recently my husband read me an article in the local paper ( I would have read it myself but it is in dutch) the article stated how the government is subsidizing the farmers who are breeding these horses because their popularity is falling off and they want to preserve this original Belgium breed. They are paying 125 euros  for each foal born. The numbers are dropping today I suspect because of modern life. Computers are a lot cheaper to feed.

This is the governments way of hoping to keep the breed from becoming extinct or low numbers as they did when they shipped many off to the US after the war.

The Brabant comes in a variety of colors from sorrel, bay, blue and red roan, their feet are feathered with long hair, that can cause them problems here in all the moisture and sand.  They use to dock their tails but now they have passed a law against it. Some of the old farmers do not agree, but that is another post.

I ride my bike around our small village and know where every Brabant horse is in the area lives and have taken many photos of them at some time or another.

Photographing horses is a passion I have since I have moved from my passion to owning and showing them.  But I must admit the Brabant along with the Ardennes breed has become my favorites to photograph. I love these horses, and hope to have one in my back pasture one day. That's if  I ever quit traveling.