Laura and Donna, co-founders of Whoa Snap, first met Dani at a barrel race. We were impressed with her riding ability, her beautiful horse, Stella and Dani's beauty. She looks as though she could be part Native American, the way she wore her jet black hair in braids. We had an idea. Let's do a photo shoot with Dani and her horses in the style of Western Art! Dani poses as our Indian Princess, using both horses, Stella, the bay and Grace, the chestnut. Dani's mom, Donna, assists in the shoot and Laura's daughter, Christine, tags along.
As luck would have it, Dani's parents own the prettiest piece of property, not far from Farmville, VA. The natural setting is perfect for our shoot with Dani On top of that, we were blessed with wonderful weather the day of our shoot. It was like the perfect storm. All of the factors that make a great shoot were in place. Please enjoy these images. Bring them into your home as appreciation of beauty, heritage, and earth.
The silhouettes that we have designed will make wonderful and unique gifts for your horse lovers. We have created several silhouettes for you to choose, and then we customize the image by adding your text to make it special. You can use an inspirational quote, your favorite bible verse, a name of a person or name of an award or event, a special date or a special greeting. Then we print your personalized artwork on metallic paper, which adds a touch of shine to your art. Find them on our Portfolio Page.
I was blessed to participate in a real branding of 300 calves in Montana. I was so impressed by the talent and work ethic of the ranch hands, both men and women. The youngest was a teenaged girl about 14 and the oldest gentlemen was 90. You could tell he was doing this all of his life and had no plans to quit. The way it worked was first, the whole herd, all 300 mamas and their babies were corralled. The entire process was done by cowboys on horses. Then the mother cow was escorted out by a gentle horse, but the baby was not allowed to follow. A cowboy at the gate stood guard so that the baby could not pass. Once all the mothers were out, they stayed very close to the corral and waited to be reunited with her calf. Each calf was then roped by the hind feet and dragged to a spot outside of the corral for branding, vaccines, tagging and males were castrated. Two teams went to work on each calf immediately and each task was performed in unison. The calf was only tied down for about 5 minutes. Then it was released to go find its mother. And with 100% certainty, each baby reconnects with its biological mother without any help from the ranchers. Amazing! In this photo, the mothers inspect this calf to see if it's hers.
I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT MY TRIP OUT WEST TO DEER LODGE, MONTANA! I BROUGHT WITH ME A DEAR FRIEND WHO ALSO RIDES AND WE ROUNDED UP BLACK ANGUS AND I PHOTOGRAPHED THE WHOLE THING. THE PEOPLE WERE WARM AND GENUINE, THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS, EVEN THE ROCKY MONTAIN OYSTER, AND THE WEATHER WAS AWESOME. FROM RAINY TO BRIGHT SUNNY AND 80, TO SNOW...ALL IN 5 DAYS. WHAT I AM MOSTLY EXCITED ABOUT NOW IS THE IMAGES I CAPTURED. WE WILL BE CREATING A NEW PORTFOLIO SOON. ~ DONNA
Whoa Snap was chosen to be the official photographers for the VHF in Doswell, VA at the Meadow Event Park. We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to watch the events unfold through our camera lenses. We will have a display booth, but we will be busy documenting the event. Also stop by the Silent Auction, we have donated a portrait package. See you there!!