Equine Art Noire Sessions

 

 

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I fell in love with photographing and creating the dark background images years before I started my business. It took all distractions away and brought focus to the details that enchant us as horse lovers. From a child the eyes have always drawn me in, captivated me. I used to think of them as the ocean, an endless depth of beauty. I saw a part of me and all that I dreamed of becoming reflected in their eyes.

 

 

 

 

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” I have looked into the eyes of many animals. Each time I get a special feeling. A feeling quite different from human eye contact. It is a unique feeling. It touches my heart and affects my soul ” -Anthony Douglas Williams

During my sessions, wether there is 1 or 16, I get to learn a lot about their personalities. I love the many expressions they have, especially the silly ones, and how their individuality shines.grover-8

Then there are the magical moments. McLovin’s mother passed away last year, Jill was someone you’d never forget. She was always full of smiles and funny stories, she had such a warm kind heart. Sara had decided that she would like a session with Mac so she could hang his portrait in her home with her other favorite horse. On the day of his shoot I was taken back by how gorgeous he is. Tall.Dark.Handsome oh yeah and DREAMY. He posed like a super model. Feet firmly planted turning his neck from side to side. It was strange though, just the way he kept turning his head left. It wasn’t till I got home and started culling through the images that I noticed this light reflection in the perfect shape of a heart on the right side of his neck. It wasn’t on allmclovin-raw the images but too many to ignore. I don’t know about you but I’m a firm believer in signs from loved ones passed. So I sent Sara a text with the picture showing her my edited version but also the raw file just so she could see that I didn’t transpose this onto the image. Funny thing is she felt there was something different and that Jill had to have been there ❤ both of us in tears.

 

The Equine Art Noire Sessions are like a glamour shoot for your horse while creating beautiful and memorable Art for your walls. All my shoots whether it’s a portrait session with human and horse or just horse, they all touch my heart in some way or another. Through my lens I seek emotion, love and connection. This may seem crazy (because really, I don’t normally like to make people cry) but some of the biggest compliments I’m paid is knowing that happy tears were shed when my clients look at their images. I want to not only capture emotion but evoke it as well.

The path of being a Photographer and a business owner is no easy road but at the end of the day my soul is happy. I get to follow my dreams, pursue my passion and touch hearts…Life.Is.Good.

Not to mention I get to smooch, snuggle and love up on some pretty amazing animals ❤

To learn more about Aullmyn Photography and the Equine Art Noire Sessions or to book your session today email me at wendie@aullmyn.com or fill in the contact form below

http://www.aullmynphotography.com   224-430-1490  wendie@aullmyn.com

Soul Awakening

Wow! My first blog post! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and though I love to talk, I suffer from writers block big time. However after I finished editing La Prieta’s  gallery I felt an overwhelming need to share a glimpse into my soul. This shoot was an opportunity for me to freely express my passion as a creative. I sent Luis a text message asking if I could use his beautiful horse as a model for a sunrise shoot. This meant me getting out of bed at 4:45am and anyone that knows me knows I’m really not a big morning person but when it comes to photography and horses I’m all over it! I was incredibly grateful that Luis was so willing to entertain my vision. He had given her a bath, braided her beautiful mane and La Prieta, I believe, was feeling like any woman would after being treated to a day at the spa….simply beautiful.
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I arrived at Brookwood at 5:30 and was pleasantly greeted with the sound of nickering horses coming from the barn and a cup of perfectly sweetened coffee thanks to Luis. La Prieta was being affectionate towards me which quite honestly was new for us, on previous occasions I was given a bit of the cold shoulder. She has this air of elegance, striking beauty and nobility that I’m so drawn to, not to mention I have a thing for Friesians from the first time I saw Hokan Thorn riding Bold Contender in the show ring. It was still a little hazy and the sun hadn’t rose just yet but we headed down the long driveway to the pond. It was as if she was a super model, changing up her poses by a shift of the head and a look from her deep expressive eyes. She even got into it showing off her spanish walk, I was elated….fascinated!

My love for horses I believe began as a toddler when my father would ride with me bareback on his friend’s horse, Heather. Truly, he complained all through my years of riding hoping I would out grow this “phase” but to no avail, I mean it was his fault after all right?  Horses became my healers after I lost my mother at the age of 9. I remember  spending hours sitting in my horse’s stall watching her eat, talking, sometimes crying and she’d nuzzle my head and face gently comforting me. Going to the barn was my therapy session, they couldn’t get me talk about my mother in the school counselors office, I was angry, withdrawn and hurting but the horses made all those feelings vanish. You see for me it’s never been about the sport, I’m not a  competitive person … nor athletic, it’s always been about the animals…they soothe my soul.LP-26

As the sun began to show its glorious light we headed to the paddock where I could photograph her unbridled beauty. I got myself into position while Luis set her free. She floated across the paddock like a dancer, creating music with the earth as her hooves covered ground and  I watched as the golden light filled the steam coming from her nostrils.    She.Was.Breathtaking.    I was simply mesmerized, captivated….enchanted by her beauty.

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“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.” ~Sharon Ralls Lemon

 

This session was an opportunity for me to shoot for myself, what I call soulspiration. Filled with sun flares, blurred images, and dark silhouettes. Each image being my canvas that I poured my artistic vision into allowing me to let go and just absorb myself in that moment. Truth is I dreaded finishing the gallery because for days now I’ve found myself immersed in it. A dream world.

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Being a photographer, it can be a real challenge to find your voice in the industry. Often I find myself getting caught up in my own insecurities. Am I good enough? Do people like my work? Will I fail? and so much more. I find I’m ever changing, always growing and forever learning new things.. especially about myself. During this session I had a soul awakening. I realized that in pursuing my dreams, combining my passions and sharing my story that I have found my voice. What I lack in words I emote through images, each one carrying a piece of my heart with it.

Yours truly,

Wendie E. Aull

Aullmyn Photography

www.aullmynphotography.com

 

“A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” ~Pam Brown

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A very special thank you to Luis and La Prieta for such a beautiful morning and for giving me the opportunity to express myself through my lens.

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An unspoken moment of love and gratitude between us. Photo Credit and many thanks to Luis for capturing this moment.

 

 

Please feel free to contact  Aullmyn Photography, We’d love to hear from you!!