The World of Living with Horses

Interview with Carol Walker (Part 1) by Mikey Dehner

As a professional photographer, what is it about horses that made them your area of focus? 

I have always loved horses as a little girl and I’ve owned horses since I was 12. I’ve done a lot of things in my life from being a psychologist to an owner of a boarding facility.  Twelve years ago I started photographing horses professionally. I chose to focus on horses because I am familiar with them & I have been around them my whole life.

Wild horses are my main area of focus. I have adopted three wild horses which I have been photographing since they were very young.  As a professional photographer I believe it is important to have an area of expertise. I feel that a person that spends six months in Kenya is going to have better photos of Kenya than I would.

Of the places you’ve traveled, what was your favorite shooting experience and why?

Antarctica. It was the trip of a lifetime. I loved the penguins! The land is very dramatic and beautiful. This past year I traveled through CO, WY and MT photographing wild horses.

What is your favorite environment to shoot in? You’ve done portraits, wildlife, followed herds, etc.:

I love shooting in the snow. I love horses running in the snow. One of my favorite things to capture in a shot is a domestic horse running free, with no tack, no rider…I just love that.

How do you spend your time between shooting, editing & related activities?

I spend a lot of time working on the Internet and getting prints sent out. About 15% of my time is spent shooting which is not a lot and it’s my favorite part, spending time with the horses and photography. As a photographer, you have to be flexible &  be able to do many things. I create fine art prints, sell stock photographs, a yearly horse calendar, portraits of people and their horses as well as publish books. I love creating books which you can find on my site www.livingimagescjw.com.

You take a lot of photos – how do you manage the editing process? What do you look for in the “perfect” photo that ends up on a book or on your site?

After I download and look at everything I ask myself: Is that what I want to be in focus? How does the light look? Does the horse look beautiful or does it look awkward? Sometimes you luck out and you get an outstanding image. I probably only ever market 1-2% of my work as fine art prints. If it’s a “good” image I’ll use it in a book or as stock photography.

Mikey

Michaelanne (Mikey) Dehner grew up in Bucks County, PA and took up horseback-riding at an early age. She showed competitively before going to college to pursue a degree in Vocal Performance, focusing on opera and musical theater. Her passion for the outdoors led her to Colorado where she has lived for the past 13 years with her husband and her Siberian husky, Logan. She recently left her job in the outdoor industry to spend more time with her 2-year-old daughter. In addition to riding horses and writing, Mikey is an avid hiker, marathon runner, certified running coach and personal trainer.

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