Salt River Wild Horses

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This herd of about 40 wild horses has captured quite a bit of media attention lately because of a federal proposal to remove them from their Salt River home near Phoenix. Howard-9179

I felt blessed to spend a few hours with these breathtakingly magnificent animals.Howard-9350 Howard-0408

It’s easy to forget that the Salt River Wild Horses are just that … wild. I got this closeup using a 100mm lens, which means that I was very close to the horse, who had approached me. Within a few minutes, the horse got bored and moved on.

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Most of them have deep gashes and cuts, evidence of their power and strength. They fight. They bite. They jostle for dominance. They are pure beauty.

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If you are interested in more about the debate surrounding the Salt River Wild Horses:

TOP 10 BEAUTIFUL SALT RIVER WILD HORSES

Salt River horses destroying habitat, environmentalists say

And most recently, this disturbing news:

SALT RIVER WILD HORSE DOTTY SHOT TO DEATH, FOUND FLOATING IN CURRENT

Newborn Portrait

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IMG_6017-Edit-3 I love taking pictures of newborns. I am simply in awe when I am around them. I speak softly, as if I am in the presence of something pure and holy, and perhaps I am. IMG_6830-Edit

Ava Marie was 12 days old when I captured these pictures.IMG_6031-Edit

I’m a newborn photography newbie; this is only my third session. I do know that I want to photograph many more babies. IMG_7101-Edit-Edit

Sitting Pretty

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Portrait of Elle

Portrait of Elle

Looking at this portrait, you might see a cute and sweet little girl sitting quietly on a stool. But look more closely. Look at the expression in her eyes and mouth. She is toying with the photographer (me), wiggling and striking silly poses.

I  captured (literally) this shot of my 5-year old granddaughter Elle during a rest break for her mom, my daughter-in-law, who is due to deliver my 5th grandchild at the end of May. One second later, she was moving again. I attempted to get Elle and her little sister Juliet to give me one of those precious shots of older siblings lovingly kissing mommy’s tummy or giving mommy a hug, unfortunately, I didn’t get a single shot in which both of the girls are looking good because they were in constant motion. (Mom looks great in every shot.)

I will post maternity shots in a few days, in addition to newborn shots of Elle’s cousin.

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