Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ft Stanton Pioneer Endurance Rides - 2011...New Mexico

There is a magic about these trails.  Ft. Stanton is our favorite endurance ride to 
attend, and we've been to a lot of rides in a lot of places!  Ride and Ties are also
popular here all week, and we sure enjoyed watching those folks torture themselves!

Maybe it's because it's our annual "vacation"...you know, the one where you return home
more tired than when you left!  The one where you reunite with so many friends
for an entire week.  The one where you cry when you see a friend's horse going down
trail after the friend has passed away... you get the picture.

We also participate each year in the Ft. Stanton St. Jude's Children's Hospital fundraiser...

  We hope to reach $10,000 or more this year alone.  The past two years
have been huge for fundraising from a relatively small group of competitors.
Michael and Julia Elias from Horses Dacor organize the St. Jude's fundraiser.  

This year, we again offered portraits for donations.  

As always, we hope to see everyone there next year.  We'll be back at these trails
for the 2011 AERC National Championship Rides in August!  Come volunteer, 
or join us for some great trails with excellent ride management, Roger and Sue Taylor!

Here's a sneak peak at part of the first loop for the Championships!

Until next time!    Linda

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Heirloom Photos...

The above photo, I believe, is an example of an heirloom type
photograph.  The kind that is ageless, and represents a relationship
or a moment in time.  The kind you want to just sit and think up
a title for...the kind your clients want to keep to remember a
special relationship.

Here is the same photo before it was edited.  Still a good photo that
represents a relationship, however, I think in some cases, the addition
of the sepia or black and white less saturated tones adds to the "story."

Next time you're flipping through recent photos you've taken, try changing
the "tone" and change the feel of the photo!

On another note, I am offering pet photos (with or without family) for the
month of August for a special cause...www.animalvillageNM.com
will be the recipients of half the proceeds from August portrait sessions.

Call now for your appointment.  If you haven't visited this Alamogordo, NM
no-kill shelter for animals, you are really missing out!  They are doing a fantastic
job of saving lives!


Until next time...Linda

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 4th of July !!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

For those in New Mexico, please consider donating the money you would have
spent on fireworks to your local volunteer Fire Department and take a tour
of their facilities while you're there.  Your kids will love it and you'll be
teaching them responsibility during this time of drought. 

Until next time,  Linda