Why choose Vanessa Kay Photography?
Horses are my first true passion in life, I have loved them as long as I can remember. I have been working with them since I was very small and graduated with a 4-year degree in Animal Science, emphasis on equine reproduction. My knowledge and experience with horses combined with my love for photography and art makes me uniquely qualified to capture you and your equine companion in safety and comfort.
Sessions can take place at your home stable, out on the trail, in an arena, or in the show ring. Signature sessions or “Day in the Life” sessions are the most popular, but Equestrian mini sessions are offered once or twice a year.
What kind of Equestrian Sessions do I most often shoot?
A little about me...
I was THAT kid. My first Christmas gift wish was for a pony. My mom said, it was a phase, and I would grow out of it soon enough. I guess she’s still waiting for that to happen. The first “chapter” book I remember reading as a kid was The Black Stallion in 1st grade. From that point on, when I grew up I was going to be a jockey!
I never did get my pony as a kid, but every year, instead of Barbie dolls and clothes, I got Breyer horses and horse books. I was blessed to be able to help out on my extended family’s ranch in Southern Utah every summer – rolling sprinkler lines, baling alfalfa, and herding cattle. For my 11th birthday I was given English riding lessons and as soon as I was able to babysit and earn some money, every dime went to more riding lessons!
When I got into my dream school (BYU), I began in the riding program and soon was teaching beginning equitation, riding with the equestrian team and eventually was helping manage the stables there. Needless to say, every spare moment was spent at the barn. Feeding, mucking, vaccinating, foaling, training… and of course riding! I graduated with a four year degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine reproduction.
I worked as a Vet Tech for a few years until my children were born, and then I got my “horse fix” by helping out with some local “foal watch,” delivering babies, and teaching some riding lessons. 6 years ago I began leasing a beautiful Arab named Pax and we shared many adventures.
It was only 3 years ago that I was able to finally achieve my lifelong dream of horse ownership. How I was able to “rescue” Nicholas, is a long story in and of itself, and a miracle to me. Truly, in so many ways, he has rescued me. He is my dream horse, and everything I could ever want for in a horse: puppy dog personality, charming, funny, athletic, fast, a very quick learner, and willing to please. Not to mention gorgeous! I am so blessed to have him in my life, and spending time with him is always the highlight of my week!
Meet my boy, Nick
Nicholas. My dream horse. 1st on my lifetime bucket list. In your pocket, follow you around like a puppy dog kind of horse. He’s so athletic, he could excel equally at endurance, dressage, jumping, equitation, liberty- but he thinks he’s a racehorse! If you push his nose, he’ll pop his tongue out at you (if he likes you). Equal parts gentle and spirited, he loves learning new things, running like the wind, any kind of treat and rolling right after his bath. It’s almost not fair that with all of those awesome qualities, he’s gorgeous to boot!