Photography Articles

VIDEO: Lee Smith on Timing, Feel, and Pressure

August 28, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I have been trying to say “yes” to more opportunities (especially learning) for myself, something that I haven’t really done since having kids. So when I saw that Lee Smith was going to be at the first Art of the Cowgirl event in Phoenix, Arizona, and a friend and fellow mother of young’uns asked if […]


Open Range

July 2, 2019
Jolyn Young

Acclaimed photographer John Langmore’s latest photo book, Open Range, far surpasses all expectations of quality coverage of the working cowboy and his lifestyle. Langmore has long photographed ranches around the West, some of which he worked on as a cowboy in his younger years. His work is known worldwide for accurately depicting the American cowboy at work, […]


A Recap of Art of the Cowgirl

June 17, 2019
Jenn Zeller

Ever since the first Art of the Cowgirl teaser video was aired, I had been intrigued and wanted to attend. Imagine my excitement when those plans met up with good fortune, and Tammy Pate offered me the chance to assist her with the event. Even though it meant a very busy weekend, the Inaugural “Art […]


Photographing a Profile: Positioning the Horse

May 23, 2019
Savanna Simmons

When posing a horse’s profile to shoot for a horse sale, sale ad, stud flyer, or other reason, I find that positioning a horse with the front foot nearest forward, and the hind leg nearest back, and the two off-side legs in closer. This flatters the horse and doesn’t create anything that doesn’t exist, conformation-wise. […]


Photographing a Horse Profile: Positioning Yourself

May 15, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Photographing a horse for sale or standing at stud, that sort of thing, can be a little mystifying, but when you break it down a little, it can be pretty easy to show a horse’s best attributes. I try to represent the horse as best I can with what he really is. I think it’s […]


69th Annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale and Drawing

May 9, 2019
Savanna Simmons

With a nod of the head, a bucking horse slings himself out of the chute as spurs reach for his shoulders. He takes one big jump to the left, ducks his head and bucks back to the right. The cowboy slumps into the dirt at his feet to the left, before jumping up and retrieving […]


Good Horse Gone Gray

April 16, 2019
Savanna Simmons

There comes a time when your good horse goes gray, his walk begins to slow and his back shows a sway. His wise old eyes grow cloudy yet they still have that shine, just as yours do when you think back on his long life with pride. The years in which you gave to me, […]


Featured Photographer: Allison Williams

April 12, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Allison Williams is my neighbor and one heck of a young photographer. She is the middle child of JD and Lisa Williams, younger sister to Clayton, older sister to Larkin, and she just recently picked up the camera and started shooting the daily happenings at Four Three Land and Cattle, which her dad (pictured below) […]


“Dear Cowgirl” by Adrian Brannan and Giveaway

April 4, 2019
Savanna Simmons

This winter has drug on. Is it just me? Or most of us? Or us of all? I grew up in Wisconsin winters; I should be used to this, but this one, it’s wore me down. It’s finally spring, and we still have threats of snow tomorrow. I spent the cold months wandering the house […]


Cowboys Documentary Coming Soon

March 29, 2019
Jolyn Young

Watching the snorty wildness of a sagebrush bronc ride. Smelling the caustic aroma of a midday roll-yer-own swirling on the breeze. Pulling a baby calf with your bare hands and praying it draws breath. These sensations are ordinarily the private domain of working cowboys, but country folks and urbanites alike will soon be able to […]