These are not dogs

You are not on the wrong website or blog.... these clearly are not dogs but I did get to photograph them recently. I had a blast and this is what I created one Saturday morning just on the outskirts of Charlotte NC.

These horses Velvet, Dixie and Mellie live on a beautiful piece of land in northeast Charlotte. I loved every minute I was with them. Being in the presence of these amazing creatures on a beautiful morning as the sun came up was incredible.

In some ways, photographing horses is a lot like photographing dogs:

  • You have to know how to use your camera.
  • You have to know how to take action shots.
  • You need to use the lighting to your advantage.
  • You have to know how to edit the photos.

In other ways, photographing horses is very different from photographing dogs:

  • Their size means you'll need to adjust the lens you use and your distance to your subect.
  • The methods used to get a dog's attention most likely won't work with a horse.

Earlier in the year, I was on the South Carolina coast and I was able to meet and photograph Nala on the beach. She is a rescued horse living the life on a sprawling farm just steps from the beach.

Another excursion I'd like to do again is seeing the wild horses on the Outer Banks. I'd never been to the Outer Banks before so I really didn't know what to expect when I was there in July. To find the horses, you must have a 4x4 vehicle so we went on a tour to see them. 

We did see lots of horses (we weren't guaranteed to see any.) I learned a couple of things: wild horses like to eat... a lot. Almost every time we saw them, they had their heads down and were eating. Also... trying to photograph horses in a moving vehicle is hard. Really hard. 


If you are in the greater Charlotte area (or any drivable distance for that matter), I would love to photograph your horse. If you live outside of this general area, please inquire about BARKography Travel Sessions. They can include horses too!

Every time I get to type "I photographed horses", it's going to make me happy!