Western Life

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Western Life

Written by Ryan McGehee

January 6, 2022

It was that time of year.

The time of year when the rancher had to bring his cattle out of the high country to his property in the low country.

The snow was going to start flying. Feed would become scarce in the mountain pastures.

Risks to the cattle would be increased.

He was glad that it was later than some years.

Feeding the herd of cattle hay through the winters becomes a very costly endeavor.

The hard work, the grit of the life necessary to be in the ranching business shows through.

Capturing that in a project like this is my goal.

Rounded up and loaded into the stock trailers they had been transported down to his property in the valley.

Now the cattle were gathered into one place, it was the perfect time to do the needed wellness checks, and do the branding on the new calves that had been born in the last little while on the mountain pastures.

I was brought into this project by one of the owners of Ride N’ Rope as she was testing a new pony during the Rocking VS branding to see how it reacted.

We do their promo shoots when they have horses ready to find their new homes.

With a photo shoot like this there is no script.

Pre-planned shots are rare.

I work to find the feel and emotion of the event.

There is more to a roundup and branding than cows and horses.

It is a feeling, a mood.

The hard work, the grit of the life necessary to be in the ranching business shows through.

Capturing that in a project like this is my goal.

Working around the ever moving action, the animals, cowboys and cowgirls without hindering their work.

It is a dance of sorts to stay out of the way while being able to take the viewers into the action.

Ever changing conditions, ready to move at a split second, I have to keep my head on a swivel while constantly adjusting for the shot.

I love it.

Do you have a company that caters to the hard working men and women of the USA?

That is my specialty. Let’s work together.

Give me a call and let’s make something wonderful.