When I was getting ready to publish my first horse book, In the Reins, I was in search of the right photographer who could capture the perfect author photo for the "About the Author" pages in my novels. It was very important to me to work with a local photographer who knew horses as well as the Arizona landscape. Every author needs a good bio photo, and I knew that mine had to include my horse, Sissy, because she was the inspiration for the lead horse in my horse book series. After some research, I contacted Melanie Elise Photography to schedule a photo session. And the rest is history!
Melanie captured the perfect pictures during our photo sessions together, and they are now featured in my novels, In the Reins and Cowboy Away. Both books are available on Amazon in paperback & ebook! Since then, Melanie and I have been on a lot of adventures together.
Recently, Melanie invited Sissy and me to participate in her Introduction to Equine Photography Workshop. In a just a few hours, attendees learned about appropriate equipment for taking horse photos, shooting in manual, the best lighting, proper striding, how to show off a horse's best features, and more. Melanie even taught a short section on capturing great shots with a cell phone.
I’m lucky enough to be a Melanie Elise Model so Sissy and I occasionally get to participate in creative equine photo shoot ideas that Melanie comes up with! I am proud to be featured on Melanie Elise’s equine photography website, too. I made this behind-the-scenes video from our spur jingling time together.
A big thank you to Lauren Hyre and Kim Weston for sharing their pictures from the seminar so I could include them in the video. The coolest part was I really got to ride Sissy (bareback!) into the sunset during the workshop. Happy viewing!
Introduction to Equine Photography Workshop
Are you planning or preparing for your own equine photo shoot in 2018? Gallop over to my blog post called, "Equine Photo Prep: Tips for YOU and your HORSE" for some solid pointers on how to make sure your session is a spur jingling success!
Want to work with Melanie Elise Photography?
Melanie Elise Levy is an international award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, AZ. She's an avid equestrian and lifetime pet owner. Melanie's work has been featured on book, magazine and catalog covers; her images grace both commercial and private walls worldwide. She enjoys teaching and shares her extensive Photoshop and photography knowledge in seminars and online courses.
Melanie first picked up a SLR camera at age nine and has been shooting events, promo images, and portraits professionally in Arizona since 2002. She specializes in equine, pet, portrait, nature, and fine art images.
Visit Melanie's website here: http://photos.melanie-elise.com/about.html
Melanie takes terrific pictures and has a wonderful sense of humor! I am proud to use Melanie Elise Photography's images for the horse fiction books that I pen.
You might also like this behind the scenes video ...
This fun, little flashback goes behind-the-scenes of my very first author photo session with Melanie Elise Photography for my book, In The Reins. I'd never had my makeup professionally done inside of a horse barn before! On the day of this photo shoot, my first horse book was still unpublished, and I was an author just beginning to fan the flames of a flickering dream. Today, it jingles my spurs to share that In The Reins is an Amazon Bestseller and has won the EQUUS Film Festival Best Western Fiction Literary award.
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Carly Kade writes for anyone who loves horses, handsome cowboys and a great romance. Creative writing makes her spurs jingle!
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