Winter’s embrace can turn even the most ordinary scenes into breathtaking works of art. When the backdrop is a snowy countryside in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with the warmth of the evening sun magic is bound to happen. Such was the case when I had the privilege of photographing Joanna and her RSPI chestnut mare, Morning Star 55 (“Siri”), for their horse + rider portraits at Norwegian Hill Farm.
February in Wisconsin isn’t exactly known for being “photoshoot weather” (at all), but that didn’t deter Joanna and Siri from braving the frigid temps to showcase their remarkable partnership. The snow-covered landscapes added a sense of peace and tranquillity, turning the entire scene into a picturesque winter wonderland.
Joanna was the epitome of vintage charm. With an emerald dress, and her hair and makeup impeccably styled, she stood out like a character from a classic film against the snow, exuding grace and sophistication. Siri was poised and elegant with her beautiful chestnut coat complementing the evergreens around her.
This session was not just about capturing a stunning moment in time; it was a commemoration of the deep bond between Joanna and Siri. It was a celebration of their partnership, their trust in each other, and their years of training and companionship. These horse and rider portraits will forever serve as a reminder of the warmth that can be found even in the coldest of winters and of the enduring connection between a true horsewoman and her horse.