I met Erin back in 2008 when I started my very first teaching job. We hit it off immediately – she is energetic and excited about life… an easy person to be around and get along with. We quickly became class advisors and during our second year during Homecoming float building, we built our float in a parent’s barn, surrounded by gorgeous horses and the temptation of riding.
Like most women I know, Erin and I shared a love of horses that had been with us since we were little. Erin had ridden more when she was younger, whereas I hadn’t really had much riding experience at the time since this was during my pre-Colorado life. So we oogled these majestic creatures, molded some chicken wire, and built our float. At the end of that school year, I headed west to my newest life adventure and lost touch with Erin for a little while.
As I headed back to Michigan in September for a wedding and a couple of sessions, Erin and I reconnected and she invited me out to a totally magical piece of land where she boards her horse, Hudson. Erin described to me her vision for capturing the two of them, not unlike the vision for these two and I was automatically geeked. I packed up my boots and bag and headed out to meet her and Hudson.
If you’ve ever had a horse (or even if you’ve never) they’re just like your family dog… they just weigh a lot more. Years ago when Erin and I was fawning over the horses during our school activities, she was starting to look at getting her own and get back into her dreams and goals of riding again. Why wait!? I’ll admit, I’m a bit envious of her ability to just head out to the barn and ride anytime she wants, but I know that’s still in the cards somewhere for me. 😉
Erin and Husdon have a beautiful connection. He clearly trusts her and she adores him. They’re more than just horse and rider and it was really peaceful to be there and witness them both up close and from afar. As an Indianapolis Family Photographer I cannot stress enough to people to include their pets in their family sessions – family members are furry, too, and these photos will mean the world to you as time passes and age changes us all. So grateful to have been able to capture these for Erin and Hudson and finally get her some photos of her actually on horseback! Turns out those are hard to take yourself. 😉
casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Family Photographer specializing in couple, lifestyle, senior, wedding and family photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.