‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the farm, the creatures were stirring—for Jasmine was charmed! I am utterly delighted to finally bring you the full-on, crazy family frolic I had with the Kerrs on Christmas eve. Pixie and Freddie, the family’s pony and horse, were a total treat to shoot, but it was those two crazy girls, Hannah and Erin, that really did me in. Not only are they high-energy, crazy, horseback-riding maniacs, but when they were finished jumping the horses—they ran the jumping course themselves. Yes, they were that kind of nuts, and it was ridiculously fun. David and Rebecca, you’ve got two crazy-awesome girls on your hands. Not to mention horses!
This shoot was an especially lovely opportunity. I am not a winter person (understatement of the year) and tend to loathe the notion of going home for the holidays. For me, this lent me a special perspective on how winter can be magical, dreamy, and full of wonder. I usually get caught up in all the slush and ice and –20° and blizzards and end up wanting to just hibernate the season away. This special excursion gave me the chance to see winter from a much lovelier light.
Super-highlights of the day for me were getting to see how the stables are run (for example, they deliberately keep a variety of animals roaming freely in the stables, in order to keep the horses from becoming skittish), getting to trek around in the snow with the horses in tow, and watching the girls egg each other on in their craziness—especially, what they refer to as, “BOO-YAH!”—a cow-roping-kinda dance move that only they can pull off. Kudos go to David and Rebecca for being able to keep up with the little munchkins.
Without further adieu—it’s time for a horseparty. There are a LOT of images below—but who could resist sharing these gems?