Friday, August 25, 2017

A Girl and Her Horse: Molly Kate and Nike {Lucas, TX Photography}{Lucas, TX Horse Photography}{Horse Photography}

Molly Kate and Nike, like most girls and their horses, have established a sweet bond.  Nike is boarded at a barn in Lucas, Texas - about a 20 minute drive from Molly Kate's house.  Every time Molly Kate comes out to the barn for a visit, Nike tenderly approaches and the sweetest of greetings ensues.  It's precious!

Molly Kate and Nike make a beautiful pair!

Nike recently suffered a minor accident, so Molly Kate wasn't able to put a saddle on him during our session or show off their barrel riding skills.  Instead, she and her mom loaded him up in their trailer and we headed off to check on their new property. 

Molly's mom Jamie drives the same car as my sister-in-law.  I'm not sure Laura purchased the towing package when she bought her car, but I'm having fun imagining her pulling a horse for my two adorable nieces, Madeline and Ellie - though they are too young yet to ride.

When we arrived to their property (a lovely new subdivision going up further east into Lucas), the tall grasses were beautifully lit by the quickly setting sun.  The skies had been overcast all day long, so I was pleasantly surprised that the sun decided to peak out long enough for me to capture this beautifully back-lit portrait of Molly Kate and her Nike.

Enjoying a change of scenery, Nike explored the property and helped himself to some tasty treats.  Molly Kate did her best to keep him focused and cooperative for their photo session - a tricky task to say the least!

That's more like it, Nike!  (Notice the grass in his mouth!)

Something on the property, or perhaps some distant weather approaching, spooked Nike.  Molly Kate had to work her magic to get him settled.  She's a natural!


By this time our golden sunset light was quickly fading.  We finished up with a few shots over by the pond.  So pretty!

I wasn't about to use flash and spook Nike any further, so this next shot took on a more dreamy, old-time-western feel.  I actually prefer the subtle blur the higher ISO (and moving subject) created in this image.

This last image is my favorite!  I love the movement and depth the open doors and the path of light lend to the image.  So pretty!

Thank you Molly Kate and Nike for allowing me to capture your special bond!  This session was a dream come true!

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