"Good Bones" earns accolades at AHP Equine Media Awards

My other American Horse Publications finalist entry, “Good Bones” earned an honorable mention in a class of 28 entries (!!) called Service to the Horse Industry. This is an article discussing research done on stall-bound horses—their bone density is negatively affected by the lack of exercise. It was fascinating and really important research, and i was glad to be able to share it wth American Quarter Horse Journal readers last year. And now, you can read it too!

"Running Wild" wins award at American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards

Well hey there! I am just coming up for air after a whirlwind (and fun) trip to Albuquerque for the American Horse Publications High Desert Media Roundup. While there, two of my articles were finalists in the annual Equine Media Awards. My profile about Mustang Maddy for Horse & Rider magazine placed first in the deep Personality Profile category. I’d like to share it with you below! Check out my Facebook Page and Instagram for snapshots and candids from the trip.

New Photos and Keywords Added to Stock Site

Good morning! I’ve just added 200 images to Abigail Boatwright Communications Stock Photos. Mainly to the Ranching category, but you’ll find new images in just about all of the categories. I also have been working on adding hundreds of keywords to the existing 1200+ images to make searching for the right photo even easier.

If you’re interested, go take a look! Sign up for the newsletter to be notified each time I add new images or with updates. In thanks, you’ll get a coupon for $20 off your first image purchase.

Introducing: Abigail Boatwright Communications Stock Photos

Introducing: Abigail Boatwright Communications Stock Photos

BIG NEWS!

For the first time, Abigail Boatwright Communications is providing equine stock photos in a searchable online stock library. Nearly 1,200 images featuring horses in a variety of settings are now available at stock.abigailboatwright.com.

I drew from more than a dozen years’ experience photographing horses, and my images have appeared on 18 equine publication covers. I specialize in stock breeds such as Quarter Horses and Paint Horses, mainly in western disciplines. My clear, technically-strong images celebrate equine beauty and the connection between horses and humans.

From grooming photos to medical images, equine head shots to training sequences, my photos have been curated from years of editorial and portrait photography to offer content buyers high-quality stock for websites, social media, advertising, blogging and editorial needs. Many of the images have never before been released to the public.

 I’m so excited to finally launch my stock library. My hope is to be able to provide excellent images to a larger audience in a format that’s easy to browse and search.

Abigail Boatwright Communications Stock Photos are listed at two price points—for web and for print—but flexible options are available for any project.

 Go to stock.abigailboatwright.com to explore available images, and subscribe to the stock library’s email list to be the first to see newly-released photos as they’re uploaded. As a thank you, you’ll get $20 your first purchase!

Angel Horse for America's Horse magazine

Every so often, I get the kind of assignment that allows me to tell an incredible and emotional story. It's a weighty responsibility, but I'm always thankful. These kinds of stories are my favorite, and it's an honor to share them with readers.

This is a story about three women, and the Quarter Horse mare that bound them together due to a strikingly similar tragedy in each of their lives. "Shirley" was a healing balm for these moms in their times of grief, and she continues to be an angel in the life of her forever home.

Sherry, Becky and Tracy shared their stories with me and I in turn shared them with AQHA's member magazine America's Horse. The result was a beautiful tribute to a sweet bay mare by the women who love her. The story got an incredible response from each woman's community--more than a hundred comments across their Facebook pages. I've never seen anything like it, but each woman lived through a hard time thanks to Shirley, and their friends knew it.

For Mother's Day, Becky's daughter made a gallery of the article and Becky hung it in a place of honor in her home. It is such a good reminder that stories like this are why I do what I do. Sometimes my work can have a positive effect, both on the sources, and on the readers. It was a privilege to share these women's story. It can be found in the January-February 2017 America's Horse.

Introducing ALBUMS!

I am so excited to introduce y'all to my new albums! I've searched high and low for the perfect album for my portrait clients, and here it is! Each album features an 8x8 leather- or cloth-covered flush mount album in your color choice, starting with a base of 20 pages of images. The pages are stiff and your photos will display beautifully on the archival quality paper. Each spread lays flat for easy viewing, and the cover contains a cameo image.

This album is included in one of my portrait packages or a la carte, and I'm offering this album to all my previous clients, so if you've had a session with me in the past, you can still get an album.

Here are some more photos of my sample album. Ask me about it if you want to see it in person! 

Five Years of ABC!

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Five years ago today I began my freelance career. So much has happened during the last five years that it feels like a lot longer. In all, I've been working in the equine magazine industry, writing and taking photos, for ten years this year. But as a freelancer, I've written a huge amount of articles--I just did an inventory and kind of blew my own mind at the number. 

But for each article, I spend a lot of time planning, interviewing multiple sources, transcribing, writing, editing and taking/editing/writing captions for photos. Each story is a labor of love, and I work really hard to make it entertaining, educational and compelling for the magazine reader. Plus, hopefully avoiding massive editing headaches for the magazine staff. :-) 

This last month was a heavy workload. I was very happy to turn in all my stories, but 24 hours later, as I was driving to visit the gelding I get to ride once a week (My reward!), my mind was planning future stories and contemplating sources. I get so much joy spending time with my children during the day and pressing in to my work when they're asleep and on the days when we have childcare. I'm still jazzed to sit down with a cup of coffee in my office to craft a good story. Especially when I can work in my house shoes and pet my cat sitting on my desk! I love to talk to sources and hear their expertise and tales, knowing it's going to turn into a good solid article. I love when a photo shoot has magic light, pretty horses and everything just comes together. Even when it doesn't work perfectly, when I get the shots I need, it's still a success. And I'm so appreciative of the relationships developed with editors, sources and colleagues. The horse publication world is a niche in the journalism industry. It's been such a good home for me and I'm proud to be able to contribute to these magazines. 

This has been a wonderful five years, and while I don't know what the future holds, it's exciting to plan, dream and work hard every day. At so many points on this journey, I see God's hand. He's provided for me, given me these talents and continually opened doors. I give Him all the glory for anything I've been able to accomplish. Thank you for reading. I do this for you!

 

England Sisters Portraits

This is one of my favorite shoots I've ever done. I photographed Emma and Madeleine in 2014, and again last year, but I haven't published their images yet. The shoot was magical. The day was cloudy, which made the light soft and shadow free. These girls loved their horses and it was a joy to photograph that relationship. I hope you enjoy! 

One of a Kind Feature in Chrome

I pretty much want every single item I featured in this article for Chrome magazine. I scoured the web for beautiful and unique Western-style products and decor, and these artisans did not disappoint. As a bonus, I learned what to look for when choosing leather goods and reclaimed furniture, for example. Have a look--maybe you'll find something you want for yourself!

Here are the web addresses from below:

Will Boedeker Leather

Stephanie Ferguson Boots

Brewster Barn

Treestump

T Bones Custom Creations

David Naylors Interiors

Iron Haus

Kehrberg Leather Art

Western Weddings feature for Chrome magazine

I love weddings. I really enjoyed planning my own, and for a while there I spent many weekends at the weddings of friends. They're such a fun time to get dressed up, see friends and family, eat some good food and have a good time. This article for Chrome magazine was fun to write, as I got to interview some great sources: Wedding planning guru David Tutera, Tara Wilson of Tara Wilson Agency and Julie Neubauer of Yonder Design. I'm so appreciative of the stunning photography--it really made the article. Caroline and Jacob Fusilier's horse-themed wedding was also featured. Hope you enjoy!

High Octane Feed article for the American Quarter Horse Journal

I thought I'd posted this article already, since it was published in the American Quarter Horse Journal in 2013, but I don't think I did! It's January, and many of us (myself included) are trying to eat healthier, so I'm glad to revisit this article. It's really hard to eat healthy at horse shows. The cinnamon rolls at Will Rogers Equestrian Complex are just so delicious, and I know other shows have similar offerings at concession stands. So for this article  I talked to avid Amateur competitor and nutritionist Christine McWhorter, as well as fitness champion Monica Brant--her husband is AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Jewett. Both of my experts have spent many hours at horse shows, so they know the value of healthy food at competitions. I hope you enjoy the article!


Destination Down Under article for Chrome magazine

Australia is an incredible country. Zach and I visited Oz in 2012, and it was life-changing. One thing I really loved about it was the horse culture. We spent some time at a campdraft, among other things, and we had a great time. So writing this travel piece for Chrome magazine was a lot of fun. We got to do some of these things while we were there, but after writing this article, I've added a bunch more activities for the NEXT visit Down Under. :-) Hope you enjoy!

Show Clothes TLC article for the Paint Horse Journal

Proper care goes a long way in protecting your expensive horse show clothes, so I was glad to be able to work with great sources to write this helpful article for the Paint Horse Journal. How do you care for your show clothes?

Saddles and Sweat article for the Paint Horse Journal

This article for the February 2014 Paint Horse Journal was really neat to put together. I interviewed four Paint Horse enthusiasts to learn about their fitness passions. I talked to a cross country runner, a CrossFit junkie (Amanda Ryan--you've met her in other articles, like the January 2014 issue), a p90x warrior and a bikini competitor. I loved getting to learn about why they chose these activities, and how they related to horses. Hope you enjoy!



Fit to Ride article for the Paint Horse Journal

In January and February 2014, I wrote a two-part article for the Paint Horse Journal about rider fitness. "Fit to Ride" explains the importance of being in shape for better riding, and it also shares ways to achieve your fitness goals without going to the gym.

Being healthy, fit and strong is important to me, so I loved working on this article with my sources. I also collaborated with my former Texas A&M equestrian teammate Amanda Ryan for the photos! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Back to work!

October 16, 2015, we welcomed a new addition to our family. Meet Felicity Rose! She is a precious baby girl, and we're so happy she's made us a family of four. I've spent the last 6 weeks adjusting to life with a toddler and a newborn, and while I'm still working on the whole schedule thing, I'm back at work today. The break has been refreshing, and I look forward to creating good content yet again. Here's to good stories, photos and writing in 2016! Thank you all for your support and for your kind words about the arrival of Felicity. I feel blessed to work with great editors and clients, and I'm excited to bring readers more interesting things to read soon!

Contracted Heels article for the American Quarter Horse Journal

Last year, I worked on a series of articles about hooves for The American Quarter Horse Journal. It was definitely a topic that stretched my knowledge in a new direction! Thankful to my expert source! I hope y'all learn something new too. This one is about the difference between contracted and pushed-up heels.

Bits with Dick Pieper for Horse & Rider

I love learning from legends about their favorite pieces of tack. Each one has their own tried-and-true arsenal, and the reasons why those pieces work. I worked with the great horseman Dick Pieper a little while ago for Horse & Rider magazine and we chatted about his favorite bits. Hope you enjoy the feature!

Bedding article for the American Quarter Horse Journal

I love writing articles that can help save readers money. This was an interesting article for me to write for the American Quarter Horse Journal because I spent many years working at a boarding stable cleaning stalls, but I still learned some helpful techniques to make bedding stretch further. I also liked learning about innovative products--it's not all shavings these days! Hope you enjoy!