Well, I’m behind on blogging, and thought I would start by posting this personal session. This is my beautiful sister Hayden- I’m the oldest of three. Our baby sister Lauren, who is just as beautiful, is the brains of the bunch- she made it all the way through vet school! Anyway, one thing we all have in common is our love for horses. We got some great rain the first of the year and I had always wanted to get some shots of someone running horses through water in our bottom coastal. What better models than my sister and my favorite horse EVER- Sprat! He’s one of our stallions we raised and stand here at the ranch. Then she got on Leo, a son of Sprat, we raised. So excited to finally share these with you!!!
Category: Cross B Cattle Company
Sorry to take such a long hiatus from the blog, but once Thanksgiving hit, I warned you I wouldn’t be around much! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a good start to the new year. And fair warning… this post is a little wordy, but it may have to last you a while again, so it’s worth the read :)
We didn’t have to travel much this year, so it was nice to be around some on the weekends. Had a great Christmas filled with joy and togetherness. Henley turned five earlier in December, and got a new horse for her birthday- “Rosetta.” You will have to check out the slide show of pics from her big day here. Then after Christmas, Lane turned 16 and got a new car- Tony and Lane’s mom surprised him and I hid out in the bushes being Lane’s personal paparazzi until the big reveal- he should get used to that considering he wants to be Mr. President one day, you know. Pics of his big moment can be seen here. Last weekend, Carson had the first of several stock shows this season. He had a great show, sold his goat in the sale, and ended up with Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Female with one of his little Red Angus heifers, “Mulberry.” He won his first buckle and was all smiles for a few days. Read the whole story here about his weekend and the wonderful friends a family who came to support our young showman!
On a personal note, not many fancy New Year’s resolutions here… I am going to make a better attempt to journal more and spend more time in the Word. I want to spend more quality time with my kids, and document more with my family. I am going to try to take better care of myself- drink more water, take better care of my skin (sunscreen!), and of course exercise more. I want to have more date nights with my husband. Tony is such a wonderful supporter of anything I want to do, and I fall more and more in love with him every day. And of course, make more time to ride, my first passion in life. Basically, just get my priorities right.
As for this business, I feel truly blessed by the friendships and contacts I have made. I have really enjoyed the people side of my work- portraits (especially the HS seniors!), commercial, etc., but I’m really ready this year to get focused back on the equine and livestock side of things. I have always felt like I have a good balance between the two, which keeps me creatively fresh and not too burned out. But I’m ready to tilt the balance back to my horses and get more into the cattle side of things. Since we have “re-branded” our marketing this past year to include our registered Red Angus herd as well as the Quarter Horses, I feel especially drawn back. You can visit the newly redesigned “blog site” for Cross B Cattle Company that Colleen of Equine Essentials has worked so hard on. I’m going to try to connect more with people on our website through the blog like we do as photographers- updating with current fun pics and information to keep you coming back for more
I have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful marketing company, Green Tent Design and Marketing, to create a new logo for me. Within the next few weeks, I’ll reveal the grand “re-branding” of Cross B Photography, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we’re hitting the stock shows, I’m getting back to the barn on a regular basis, and shooting a few sessions in-between!
Henley introducing her new horse “Rosetta” to her pony “Chaps” on her birthday…..
Lane turned 16 and got a new car…
Carson and one of his show heifers “Mulberry” that will keep us busy over the next few months hauling to stock shows…..
A few weeks ago, a fellow photographer friend Lauren Clark asked me and several other ladies to join her in a new farm blog adventure. We all have some sort of experience to bring to the table. Here’s a little bit about it in her words:
“I started this blog to create a resource of information on living life to the fullest in the country and out in nature. I believe that people were happiest when they lived on farms surrounded by their families working the land together. My grandmother still tells me stories like this of raising their own food and the fun times they would have as a family on the farm. One story she always tells me about is when she was baptized in the river behind her house and the entire community came to swim and eat watermelon with them in celebration. When did we lose this? Was it when children were put in front of televisions instead of sent outside to play, create and use their imaginations? When we all moved into suburban houses surrounded by malls and fast food restaurants instead of having our own land to take pride in? This blog is for those people who dream of living life a step back or two in time, into the old ways of living off the land and being kind to the earth and the people you love the most.
In this blog you will find inspiration in all of the different contributor’s posts through tips and tricks, photo essays, DIY ideas, recipes, healthy living and fun farm facts. Read up and enjoy!” -Lauren
Soooooo…. go check out Farm Revival and bookmark it so you can keep up with all the fun infomation coming your way!
Well, I have officially earned my first cover with Erath County Living Magazine!!! I had the pleasure of working with some great people to help get images for their ads in the magazine, as well as submit a few photos for consideration in the magazine. They chose this pic of Carson and Cookie as well as a few others inside. It is a great publication- very high quality and has great stories and pics of our Erath County. Thanks to the editor Treva and the publisher Jay for using my image, for I’m sure there were many other great ones to choose from by other local photographers. You can pick one up at the Chamber or other local businesses.