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cowboys & cowgirls

by Shawni

I got to take pictures of such a cute family a couple weeks ago. They are true horse people. I think the mom and dad even met doing rodeos. Their kids know how to handle a horse like nobody’s business.

And these kids…man oh man check out these eyes!

The only problem was, I just couldn’t stop!But really, can you blame me?We didn’t catch too much of this new sleepy one’s eyes, but I’m sure they’ll be just as expressive as his big brother and sis…lucky for him!He was SO sweet.

And man his family sure loves him.

I hate when I can’t decide between sepia…

…and color…

This is one of my very favorites:

Hmmm…not sure she’s loving all that affection!

Oh wait, this is another favorite. What a sweet cowboy dad with his girl. I love the license plate especially…oh and how she’s reaching up for his hand. Love daddy-daughter stuff.


Kerri February 21, 2009 - 12:12 am

Oh I know this cute family!! I am in love with the pictures you took of them! I am so bummed to hear you are not doing more sessions this year, I was so looking forward to having you take some of our new baby girl this Spring! Bummer! But with that being said, I am so glad you are taking time for your family right now. They need you! You have been in my thoughts!

Jonah and Aja February 21, 2009 - 12:20 am

i like sepia for the one of the boy with his horse. we are going to watch black stallion tonight thanks to your inspiration. You have a great talent shopper.

Sarah February 21, 2009 - 3:11 am

Beautiful eyes!

HELLO my name is Jill February 21, 2009 - 4:42 am

how do you do that with the eyes? I’ve been trying to get that and i just can seem to. What am i doing wrong?? these pictures are just so so lovely.

HELLO my name is Jill February 21, 2009 - 4:42 am

sorry… CAN’T seem to.

Shawni February 21, 2009 - 5:23 am

Jill, I don’t do anything specific with the eyes. I just up the exposure and the blacks in the whole picture and it kind of makes the color pop. I think having a crisp lens and good light is what makes a difference with the eyes.

HELLO my name is Jill February 22, 2009 - 1:11 am

so do you up the exposure in photoshop or while your shooting? I always feel like I’m going to make my subject looked washed out. You pictures never look washed out. I guess I will just have to keep experimenting. thanks for responding to that 🙂

Jessie February 22, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Great Pictures Shawni…are you sure you want to stop? J/K! I am with you on not being able to decide between the Sepia and color. They both look so great and in such different ways! Your so talented!
Love the post on Max and Lucy too!

Nellie February 22, 2009 - 9:54 pm


You are so nice to get back to me already — our mutual “dates” are (I think) Kurt Christensen and Nate Pugsley. Maybe I am totally wrong, and if so, who cares? We moved from Maryland to North Carolina in November, but before that were in the Bay Area while Chris finished grad school. We’ve only been done since June ’05. Chris says hi back.

Hope you are having a good Sunday . . . I feel like much less of a stalker now that I “outed” myself! 🙂

Shannon February 22, 2009 - 10:57 pm

Those are gorgeous pictures!!! I love it!

Eyrealm February 24, 2009 - 4:24 pm

Man, we love these fab fotos! So different with the horses for the backdrop! As you know we kind of have a soft spot for horses too! Amazing color and I LOVE the sepia with the little guy with the gear in the background too! That last one is just a treasure!
Love you! Mom and Dad


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