For our second location and part to this series, things got a little more serious. No more colorful bikes, puppies, or being doubled over in laughter. A cooler, calmer, and more sultry tone settled onto the set – and this is the result:
Meet Marissa. This girl and I met in Madrid, Spain when studying abroad together back in 2012. Once back in the states a year later, we became roommates and have been friends ever since. Marissa is one of the most fun loving and kind people I know. She is my blonde soul sister and I was sad to lose her to the land of the stars, also known as Los Angeles. Luckily we still get to see each other somewhat regularly. On her most recent trip down to San Diego, I asked if she’d like to model for me. Not only did she say yes, she ended up with a four legged prop. Remember Carlos? He decided to make a guest appearance… and what a blast the three of us had!
Elizabeth goes by Ellie. My fully name is Gabrielle and I go by Elle. Elle & Ellie. Ellie & Elle. No matter how you say it, it makes for a confusing cousin dynamic. However, one dynamic that’s never confusing: I stay behind the camera while she, and everyone else I have the pleasure of photographing, poses in front. So when my cousin was coming down to San Diego for a belated birthday weekend and brunch, I offered the best present I know: perfect Instagram material! (That’s only kind of a joke…)
So happy birthday Ellie! May you enjoy each and every day as you count down to 21!
And then there was Ethel who wanted to join us…
In part one of this series, Mia and her horse Pickens were the stars. But after Pickens decided he was done being a model, we pulled out of Mia’s first ever horse. Leo is now owned by another woman at the barn which made it easy to do a portrait session of Mia all grown up and the horse she used to do the little bitty jumps on. Leo is a funny character. He used to be a racehorse, which is something most of us find hard to believe. Leo likes to go as s l o w l y as possible, all the time. And his version of being “wild” is a tiny hop in the air and then he breaks into what would be a normal canter for most horses. But this quirky personality is why everyone at the barn loves this gentle chestnut gelding.
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with horses. I’m one of those people who never grew out the “I want a pony” phase of life. So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite subjects to photograph is people with their horses. There is something about the bond between humans and horses that is unparalleled. Example A: the beautiful Mia and her horses Pickens and Leo.
Part one of this blog post is all about Pickens – a small horse with a BIG personality. We spent much of the morning laughing as he refused to stand still or conveniently block Mia’s face with his own. He also decided to channel his inner racehorse and dance the whole walk back to the barn. But between his silly moments, we were able to capture some stunning shots.
A few months ago I had the honor of photographing the senior portraits of a girl I’ve known for many years. I met Sabrina through horseback riding and have maintained a great relationship with her and her family since. I have been the family’s babysitter, tutor, and photographer for almost eight years now. We have spent time together here in San Diego, she visited me in Madrid during my year studying abroad, and we both happened to be in London last summer. So to now see the oldest daughter thriving in college makes me a very proud unofficial big sister. Sabrina, you are gorgeous inside and out and I can’t wait to see all that you accomplish during this next chapter of your life!
This email correspondence between two new neighbors may be one of the funniest things I have ever stumbled upon. Mr. Thorne, you deserve an award.
Disclaimer: I am not the author of this hysterical correspondence. I am simply sharing something I find funny that I believe should be read by all. There was no copyright infringement intended. Find the original here.