I grew up in Kentucky. So like it or not, horse culture is sort of in my blood. Like a good Kentuckian, I took horse-back riding lessons in the second grade and I make the annual trip home every Derby. (Although, funny enough, I’ve never actually attended the Derby. I, instead, go to the Oaks- more of a local tradition.) And I never miss out on a piece of Derby pie. So when I was approached to make some portraits of equestrian, Ava Collins, at Cavalia Stables in Southwest Ranches, FL, (www.cavaliastables.com) I knew I’d feel right at home.
After the portrait session, I was so inspired by the location (and Ava), I wanted to put together another shoot. I teamed up with kick-ass hair and makeup artist, Mel Paldino (www.melpaldino.com) and amazing clothing stylist, Laura Taylor (www.laurataylorstylist.com) and put together a fun, vintage-inspired, horse-farm themed shoot, with a little circus twist (that was a mouth-full). We found the gorgeous Alessandra Pozzi, of Mega Models and of course, our real-life equestrian/model, Ava Collins, to complete the shoot. I can’t leave out my awesome assistant, Dragi Stankovic, who took one for the team (and didn’t say a word) after stepping, bare-foot, in a red ant pile (ouch!).
And although South Florida has been un-seasonably rainy this November, we lucked out with a beautiful day to shoot!
Thanks to a great team:
Location: Cavalia Stables, www.cavaliastables.com
Hair/Makeup: Mel Paldino, www.melpaldino.com
Clothing Stylist: Laura Taylor, www.laurataylorstylist.com
Models: Alessandra Pozzi (Mega Models) and Ava Collins
Photo Assistant: Dragi Stankovic