Gypsy Mare Studios-Feature


In my photography journey, I’ve found that viewing other photographer’s works of art and following their own blogs or websites has been really influential in shaping my own craft. I love seeing how other people see horses in all their grace, beauty, movement, and personalities. I recently found this photographer through Facebook and immediately fell in love with her work.

Gypsy Mare Studios belongs to Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor, who is an artist in every meaning of the word as she is a photographer, painter, drawer, AND an official Trail of Painted Ponies artist from the green, beautiful area of Pennslyvania! Looking through her photography for the first time, I really saw and felt her mastery of the craft. She truly has a gift for capturing the unique moments in life.

She has loved photography since she was in high school and even took classes in the darkroom. Yet,  it wasn’t until July 2011, when she purchased her first DSLR.  That’s when her love for photography was reignited. “It’s literally all I can think about and keep me awake at night!” says Jennifer.  The tools of her trade are her Canon Rebel T3i with various lenses, the zoom and macro lenses getting the most use.

When asked what her favorite subject to shoot was, it was an easy answer. “Horses are of course my favorite thing to “shoot”. All other animals come in a close second. I also love to garden and there is always something blooming in my backyard to take photos of. Living in scenic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it’s always fun to shoot landscapes with cows, barns or the Amish.”- Jennifer

Whether it be an old, weather beaten barn, an Amish farmer plowing his fertile soil, or dew drops clinging to the leaves of a lupine plant, the skill and care taken to produce these works of art is evident. Keep in mind, I’m not even talking about the horse photos yet. As soon as you make it to the equine photos, prepare to be blown away. Looking at the photos she’s taken, it’s clear she understands horses. The pictures have a wonderful color quality to them and a depth that’s reached further than your computer screen. Looking into those photos makes you feel like you are looking in the soul of that horse whose photos she’s captured. It’s breathtaking and beautiful. I’m posting only a small few of my favorites from her site, but be sure to check it out and follow her on Facebook!

This is definitely an artist I’m going to keep my eye on. I can already tell I’ll be learning and pulling inspiration from her photos. Please check out her sites and let her know what you think!

Gypsy Mare Studios

Gypsy Mare Studios Etsy

Gypsy Mare Studios Facebook

Gypsy Mare Studios Blog

Gypsy Mare Studios Flickr

Hope you enjoyed it!

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
Robert Frank

Jess

 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED! DO NOT USE/TAKE/UPLOAD WITH OUT EXPRESS PERMISSION FROM GYPSY MARE STUDIOS! There are plenty of links here to contact.

Sommer Wilson Photography – Feature


Generally, I spend my free time either editing photos or perusing the vast expanse of deviantArt for hours on end. Sometimes I eat. Maybe take a potty break. Anyhoodles, the other day I was creepin’ the DA equine photography section, ooo-ing and ahh-ing, clicking the favorite button, and usually leaving a comment or two, when I happened upon Sommer Wilson’s Zeeplease page. Immediately, my eyes were drawn to the gorgeous portrait of a paint gelding. The composition of the photo is really something special – crisp, clean white stands boldly against a dark background, and subtle shadows down the horse’s neck give the image incredible depth.

This piece told me I had to see the rest Sommer’s gallery. I wasn’t disappointed. Portrait after portrait, Cross Country photos, candid captures, and many moments from the Kentucky Rolex…Behind these images, I see an artist with a passion for the horses she photographs and a love for the sports to which they commit themselves. Beyond the fire, she has a wonderful eye for balance and composition, making her work something to admire.

The following are merely a few of my favorites from Sommer’s portfolio. But please don’t let this small selection stop you from checking out her entire gallery. You’ll be glad you did.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED! DO NOT USE/TAKE/UPLOAD WITH OUT EXPRESS PERMISSION FROM SOMMER WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY! There are plenty of links here to contact.

Check out the fantastic gallery and let her know what you thought!

Sommer Wilson Photography

Sommer Wilson Photography Facebook

Sommer Wilson Photography Flickr

Sommer Wilson Photography deviantArt

Here’s a quote to get you thinking!

“A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Jess

 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED! DO NOT USE/TAKE/UPLOAD WITH OUT EXPRESS PERMISSION FROM SOMMER WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY! There are plenty of links here to contact.

Ello!


Welcome to the Jess B Photography blog! I hope you’re ready for a party, complete with streamers and balloons (no cake, though…sorry). I’ve decided to enter into an exciting and new (at least to me) venture and conquer the world of blogging. I had intended on jumping in with both feet. Full throttle. Guns blazing. Pedal to the…well, you get the gist. That is, until the depth of this new project truly began to sink in. Eeek! Really, I eeek’d. The blogosphere is a place I’ve always admired from afar, mesmerized by its patrons’ lyrical wit and deadpan humor. Their ability to create a whole new world from the written word is a talent with which I was not graced. C’est la vie. I’ve been told everything gets better with practice. So, that’s what I’ll strive for: reaching out to those who love photography with an occasional stab at comedy.

This project’s purpose is to give me an outlet to share my travels with my Nikon, capturing everything from the recently-bloomed cactus in my front yard to the exquisite horses that grace my presence. I take my camera everywhere (yes, everywhere), so photos will always be in the works. I also love to promote others who excel in equine photography and will be spotlighting these artists on a regular basis.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting and rewarding journey. I hope you’re all looking forward to taking the trek along with me!

Before we end, here’s a quote to get you thinking.

 “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
― Ansel Adams

I’m off to edit some photos from a recent shoot.  Be on the look out for a sneak peek!

Jess