Equine Photography, Riding Lessons & Pony Parties
Creating memories through photography and horses.
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Creating memories through photography and horses.
About me, photography wise:
Hey guys, I'm Tara- The one behind the camera. Allow me to introduce myself and share a little about how I got here.
I founded FurgPhoto in 2021, shortly after I had to say goodbye to my beloved my Border Collie, Furgi.
Photography has always been a passion of mine, especially in college. I earned a BA from SCAD-Atlanta, Majoring in Visual Communication: Advertising. When given ad campaigns, I rarely found stock images that were appropriate for my rendering of the assignments. I decided to make my own pictures to use and purchased my first camera. Seven years later, I'm photographing more than ever. I absolutely love to capture horses, children, and any lifestyle-type image. I've done just about everything from newborns to landscape, weddings to as many dogs that I could fit in a frame. I try to make each and every photoshoot entertaining.
Now, about the horses!
I began riding when I was 5 years old. Nothing structured or polished, just raw grit you could only learn from great horses, that took care of their rider. I give that credit to my cousin. We would take the horses out on trails for picnics and ride in the local parade, given any opportunity. I began learning horsemanship and riding, one day at the time... my favorite was to pick out their hooves.
On my 8th birthday, my parents gave me my first horse. My Aunt gave me the best first horse-owner gift anyone could ask for- a step stool that doubled as a tack box. She included handwritten note cards, tied to each piece of tack to explain the purpose of each piece. I spent hours studying each word.
I started off and ran barrels, poles, and anything else I could convince my horse to perform. My urge grew and I wanted to learn more. I went to camp in 1996, where I would learn about hunt seat riding and jumping- at that point, I wanted to know anything about everything. I learned how to trot and canter without stirrups, what an egg butt snaffle was, and how to not only show my horse, but how to braid my horse, and prepare her (or him), for the show ring. I also learned that if their water bucket wasn’t clean enough for me to drink out of, it wasn’t clean enough for them.
I will humbly tell you that horses helped me through the hardest teenage years. My horses were always there for me. The work always had to be done. When it would be easier to stay home and lose myself to a screen, I chose to work so I could be with my horses. I have ridden under talented trainers and amazing horse men and women, each one teaching me valuable lessons. The demanding work of horses, riding, and caring for them, enabled me to channel my energy into a sport, later in life, I would learn, could save me.
Horses are more than just a child’s dream. Horses possess the potential to help an “outcast” have a friend, and even make other friends they wouldn’t meet without that connection. They enable the physically challenged to have a sport. They possess the ability to give your child a sense of self. I passionately believe that horses, “know when you know” and “know when you don’t". You can hug and horse and they immediately understand everything you cannot verbalize. They sense energies and act/react to that. I will tell you that they know if they have a professional on their back or if they have a child on their back. My goal is to share my childhood dream and help others discover horses, in the way I remember.
Safety is my number one priority and fun is the next! I hope you will consider allowing me to teach your children everything I know about these amazing animals.
When you purchase from a local, small business, like FurgPhoto, it helps support families and I am truly and deeply grateful for the love and appreciation you all have so graciously shown to mine! I'm thankful to be able to share my passion with everyone, in hopes I can help commemorate your special moments.
If you have questions or comments, please reach out! I'd love to hear from you!
Edits for most sessions are completed 2-3 weeks after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed sooner, a rush process fee will be charged.
I understand that things happen. I never pack up before the scheduled end time, and I won’t be in a hurry when the time is up. Instead, I will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like me to stay, charges will be added by the half hour.
Editing includes touch-ups, such as removal of blemishes, removal of bags under eyes, removal of fly-away hairs, etc. Custom editing is anything that requires extensive, custom work in Photoshop such as removing entire objects from the scene, changing the size and shape of body parts or other objects in the scene, adding objects to a scene and other custom work. I will charge hourly for the custom edits, as the time required varies, depending on the complexity of the project.
“Touching up” is my typical post-production ritual. I usually only edit the best images and images chosen to purchase. See the question below for clarification.
Yes, according to which package you selected. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections.
I have a unique style of photography that is ingrained from years of study and practice. I like to consider my style a photo journalism base, with a classic spin of timeless recognition of your event. I have been inspired by my love for horses and the beautiful moments in life that you want immortalized. I love seeing the story of the subject through the camera. It gives such a unique angle and shows your beautiful moments through a different lens.
Yes, until you purchase the image. For example, if you choose the package with 15 edits, you purchase 15 pictures with the price of that package. Additional images are available to add to any package. You are free to post and share all watermarked images/proofs. Once you purchase the image, you are free to upload and share as you wish.
A seasonal shoot is a themed photoshoot event, booked in 15-minute increments. You and your family have the stage for the entire time and can have as many pictures taken within the scene as you would like. I will send you all the images and let you choose one to have edited and sent in hi-resolution.
No. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, out of focus shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may decrease the quality of the job.
If you book a seasonal shoot, I will send all the possible images available to be chosen for your one edit-of-choice.
Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.
Under Georgia law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 4 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.