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I am lifelong “horse crazy” girl and equestrian. The horse bug started quite early for me; in utero in fact. My mom would ride her horse while she was pregnant with me and by the time I was born I was begging to be on the horses every spare minute there was. When I wasn’t riding I was drawing and painting photos of horses or writing stories about them.
Having horses and ponies on a farm was a great way to grow up. Most of my childhood was spent racing across the acreage with my sister and friends without saddles or bridles. As much as we enjoyed our horseback adventures, my sister and I were ready to evolve to the world of equine competition. We were introduced to 4-H where over our teen years we participated in many 4-H and open horse shows and country fairs. We were also involved in knowledge based equine competitions; hippology, horse bowl and horse team.
Reaching adulthood led to advancing to yet another level of equine competition. We became involved in saddle clubs and many large show circuits campaigning for high point awards and horse of the titles. The addition of AHA, AQHA and APHA competition was another step in advancing my horse goals.
As much as I enjoy showing horses I began to take an interest in judging professionally. I have been fortunate to have received 4-H judging cards in many states over the years. I acquired great experience and have enjoyed my travels, judging 4-H shows, county fairs, state fairs, open shows. Eventually I had the opportunity to judge a POA show; then the Halflinger Nationals. A few years ago my greatest honor was adjudicating the Arizona Special Olympics Summer Equestrian Games.
I still own Arabians and Quarter Horses and compete at Arabian shows. Traveling and showing and campaigning horses led me to a great understanding of the equine photographic image. Being a lifelong artist who’s favorite subject was horses, I decided it was time to explore the world of equine photography.
I have been fortunate to meet many great photographers that I look up to and am able to call my mentors and friends. I have been able to apprentice under some and work for others. This has allowed me gather experience as an assistant photographer at World Shows and an art director at private and commercial shoots.
These days I travel to do many private farm shoots, equestrian lifestyle shoots, family sessions, senior portraits, engagements and weddings as well as photographing models and commercial work. I still do editorial coverage of special events and some horse shows I serve as the official show photographer.
I would like to think that my nearly four decades of experience owning and showing horses; working for trainers, breeding operations and veterinarians as well as my years judging horse competitions has allowed me to have a greater understanding of what images a client needs personally, with marketing or in promotion.
Please feel free to browse my portfolio and inquire about my photography services. -- Christina Rousseau