Saturday was a busy day for everyone at the MMSC. Now that the horses had arrived on campus and settled themselves in, it was time for official pictures! For the people, that meant an early morning. By 7am, everyone (Melissa, Susanna, interns, and volunteers) was there and ready to work.
By 10am we had all 10 horses bathed, brushed and looking their best. Just in time for our photographer, Mathea Kelley. Photographing professionally for about five years, Mathea never went to school to learn this trade. Instead, she taught herself, picking up bits of knowledge here and there. Currently, Mathea takes photos of foals at racing barns, big equine events (the Breeders’ Cup and the World Equestrian Games), and, of course, this semesters batch of horses at the MMSC.
I spent a good portion of the afternoon with Mathea and Melissa as they took pictures of the horses. I learned a lot about what to look for when taking composition shots of horses. After the last baby had been photographed, it was time to do afternoon barn chores and turn the horses out for the night.
Needless to say, everyone was ready for a nap by the time we were finished!