Today I delivered this portrait of Lindah Miles and her three daughters, and I think it’s such a gorgeous equestrian portrait. The girls are triplets, but fraternal triplets, and so much fun to work with.
We actually did this portrait at Ivy Gate Farm, which is Mary Morrison’s barn down in San Juan Capistrano. We found just the right spot on the property to do the portrait, and it really feels like you’re in The South, and not the south of Orange County!
What a pleasure it is to capture such lovely ladies and horses in an art piece they will love for decades.
Here is another image from the sample portraits we’ve been doing. This one is of Brianna Reid. Both April and I were inspired by how Brianna’s blonde hair so beautifully contrasted with her blue blouse. I love the illustrative feeling to this painting.
Remember film? Back in the olden days, I was a wedding photographer when there were no easy-to-use digital cameras. The challenges were completely different, and few people dared to be photographers. We typically shot between 180-200 images at an entire 9 hour wedding. We had to plan ahead, to think carefully and to know before we even clicked the shutter exactly what the end result would be. Things were so different then
Those years of experience shooting weddings launched me into what I hope is a lifelong career in portraiture. From the very beginning I’ve been blessed. I’ve had incredible opportunities to create innumerable portraits of people all over the world.
And, I get to do what I love most. My passion is for families: especially families with grandparents, little children and everyone in between.
I also love the equestrian world that has welcomed me so graciously. I’m experiencing an intensely creative time of doing individual portraits. Some of these are young children and “soon-to-be adult” young men and women. I’m collaborating with April in painted portraiture.
It’s a time of great experimentation that’s based on years of experience with you, my kind and trusting clients.
It may be time for you to update your portrait. Heather Hawkins and her family came back last year and we created this gorgeous portrait. Wouldn’t it be fun for you to have something equally interesting – and beautiful – made this year? I hope to hear from you soon.