Jan 23 | L.A. Equestrian Center

So here begins my journey into the world of photography. A Canon Rebel T2i in hand with the 50 mm f/1.8 lens (rented of course), I traveled to L.A. on my first practice shoot. I haven’t picked up a camera, a semi-pro dslr at that, in well over one year. My last photography class was approximately one year ago. My last lifestyle session with a friend and her significant other at the time was over a year ago. To say I was nervous was an understatement. I had made an appointment with Katja to join her at her stables so that I can practice shooting before my real family portrait session 3 hours later that same day! Crunch time! Time to feel the pressure.

Luckily the day at the stables was relaxed. Katja welcomed me into the stables with open arms and showed me around her part-time gig. After meeting and greeting all the horses at the stables, I understand why Katja loves her trail guide job so much. These horses are such gentle creatures and so beautiful.

In addition to being a guide, Katja is also an awesome baker. Luckily, or unluckily, for me I get to taste test all her creations on a weekly basis! Check out her blog for recipes at www.petite-indulgence.com.

The young lady below is named, Alana. She is such a sweetheart. I timidly asked her if she would be my model for a few minutes. Surprisingly Alana agreed and off we went to the back of the stables with stacks of hay to shoot a mini portrait session. I say that she is definitely a natural and very comfortable in front of the camera.The horse below is named, Happy. Katja tells me that Happy loves to be scratched.