Photography Articles

Art of the Cowgirl Horsemanship Fellowship’s Journey: Part 1

November 17, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I (Savanna) have been excited about the mission of Tammy Pate’s Art of the Cowgirl event since I first heard about it more than a year ago. I attended the first event as a gift from my family and was immediately in awe of the caliber of talent and artistry. I first rode with Lee Smith […]


American Cowgirl Project – Artist Gabriel Krekk

October 27, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

American Cowgirl Project, Created by Artist Gabriel Krekk For many, there is nothing more intriguing, invigorating, and iconic than the American Cowgirl. The image of the American Cowgirl has won over hearts worldwide when she has graced silver screens and been in books, and magazines alike. In real life, you might have caught a glimpse […]


Fall Works

October 25, 2019
Jolyn Young

Ah, I love me some fall works! The air is turning crisp and cool, the leaves are turning red and gold, and the calves are turning into paychecks. It’s my favorite time to get out on the ranch with my husband and take some pictures. This year finds him day working for the C Punch […]


Q&A with producer of Cowboys, the film

October 14, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Bud Force, co-director, cinematographer, and producer of documentary portrait film “Cowboys” set to premiere Oct. 25 at the Austin Film Festival. I will be attending the film’s premiere at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, and based on just the stills and clips shared on “Cowboys” website and Facebook […]


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 […]