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Emma and her horses senior portrait session (Dayton senior portrait photographer)

Emma is a lovely girl who shows horses in 4H and other venues as well. She has been an equestrian for some time and Lynn, her mom, showed me a portrait they had from when she first started with one horse. Could I get a similar portrait of her now with the same horse?

It was not difficult at all to get some really nice pictures with this very photogenic horse and rider.


Here are some of the other horse portraits we took along with some we did with her alone at one of the Dayton area metro parks.






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Gorgeous Senior Portrait Keepsake Album

Dana is a lovely girl that I photographed in the fall

senior portrait with horse  Dana by old farm equipment at historic Carriage Hill Farm  full length pose with horse

 After talking with her mom, we decided to create an album

I am working with a graphic designer to custom design each album and the albums are leather-bound with photographic pages. This is not a press printed product with the standard book pages, but each page is printed photographically onto photographic paper. I also go ahead with additional things like full color correction on every image.


I have one sample album from another senior, but I will also be ordering a studio sample of this album to show people. Dana’s mom reminded me that I had pictures of Dan riding her horse at a local horse show last year. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to include some of those in the design of the album? Yes, of course it would.


Below is the link to the album. In order to look, you will have to enter your name and email address, but please do NOT use the comment feature on the online display of the album. Click on the link or the photo below and take a look, then come back to this blog and make any comments you want to make here.


Click on the picture below or this link to see the custom designed pages: Dana’s Album  Then come back here and click on the comment button on this blog.

Dana's Album

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Dana and her haflinger (Dayton senior portrait photographer)

We started with Dana’s frisky haflinger

Dana rides her haflinger almost every day according to her mom. We met for her senior portraits at the horse trailer parking area at Carriage Hill Metro Park in Huber Heights, Ohio. A couple of stable buddies were there for a short ride, so Dana’s horse was pretty frisky. We did not have any problems though and her horse perked his ears frequently as he heard the other riders just down the path.

Senior portrait with horse

I’m only sharing a few images as Dana’s senior portrait sneak peek which I also shared on Facebook. 

senior portrait with horse

After shooting with the horse for a little while, Karin, Dana’s mom took the horse back to the stable so that we could explore the Carriage Hill park for places for more portraits. Just looking at Dana with her little haflinger made me think of how much fun she must have riding him almost every day. I think they have a blast together.

full length pose with horse

 We found some nice spots at the Carriage Hill Visitor Center where history is reenacted every weekend. There are fields plowed by man and horse and many other displays and activities for the family, especially families with kids. But, today was a weekday evening and we were just looking for nice spots to pose Dana for her senior portraits.

Dana's on location senior portraits

Dana by old farm equipment at historic Carriage Hill Farm

Dana's senior portraits at Carriage Hill Farm

Karin helped by holding a reflector for me for some of the pictures throughout the session. It always helps to have mom or a friend along to help out. There are many more pictures which Karin and Dana will get to choose from for Dana’s enlargements, perhaps an album, and gift prints for family and friends. 


This is a typical “walk through the park” portrait session. It makes for more relaxed and comfortable posing and conversations to relax my subject. Dana had one more outfit that we also photographed, but I usually only show 3-4 images in my sneak peek images.


To schedule or discuss your interests in a senior portrait session, just pick up the phone and call me at 937-478-6222, or you are also welcome to use the contact page or my email: peter@photosbypdemott.com



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Greenstone DLSC Dressage show June 16 2012 portraits and tests

Dressage show at Greenstone Stables in Dayton Ohio

One thing that I really appreciate about Dressage shows at Greenstone, it’s all the trees around the main arena providing cool shade for riders, horses and spectators. I would encourage some of the other riding centers to plant a few fast growing maple trees for shad around their outdoor arenas. It’s really nice on a hot sunny day to be able to find cool shade.

Senior portraits and farm call sessions

I spoke to several people about their desire to schedule a farm call session for some portraits of them with their horses. Both farm owners and mom’s on senior students chatted about their needs with me. Several were at Trails End Equestrian Center which is a local session. I live just two miles up the road from Greenstone so really anything in the Dayton area I consider a local shoot (If I have to drive too far the session fee goes up to cover the cost of my time and fuel).

VOTE for me to come back to more shows

I fit these shows into my schedule when I don’t have endurance rides to go to with my wife and I don’t have senior portrait or farm call sessions scheduled, BUT if I spend most of a day shooting and taking portraits at a show, the participants can VOTE for me to come to their next show by placing some photo orders. If I spend most of a day at a show and everyone just wants to look at their portraits online without placing any orders that is pretty much voting that I not come back too soon to that facility. So if you want me back, encourage your friends to buy something and place your order as well.

Portraits and Tests are in order of go

The images and portraits are in the order of the day. As I said, I missed some folks early in the day (before 11am), but there are over 800 pictures to look through and some people have different portraits from several times throughout the day. So if you find yourself, don’t forget to continue through the gallery to see your second test and perhaps the second time that I took some portraits of you.

Greenstone DLSC Dressage Show 6-16-12 Gallery and proofs

Jennifer during a quite moment, this horse's first test at Greenstone  Black arab at Greenstone DLSC Dressage show 6/16/12  Greenstone DLSC Dressage show June 16, 2012 horse and rider portrait  Greenstone DLSC Dressage show horse and rider portrait by Peter DeMott

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Creative family poses, creative senior portraits, creative equine portraits

Great examples of portrait photography posing and ideas

I’ve been having fun on Pinterest over the past month or so gathering examples of creative family poses, creative senior portrait poses and even creative equine portraits. On Pinterest when you re-pin something it always takes you back to the original pin and usually it shows you the originator of the actual image. If I pin something directly from another photographers web site, I always add the name of the photographer in the comments section under the photo. I think this is only professional courtesy as I do not want anyone to think that some of the images were taken by me.

At the same time, I have many of my own images represented on my pin boards. Images that are my own always have “© Peter DeMott, www.photosbypdemott” right on the image in a non-obtrusive way. If you are a photographer and you rely only on the meta data on your image your images could be doing a little more work for you. Place a logo and web address on your images when ever you place them on the internet period. It is only wise.

Creative family portrait poses:


Family portrait posing idea gathered on pin board on Pinterest

Creative senior portrait and senior pic poses:


Creative senior portraits on Pinterest pin board



Creative posing for photographic portraits

Here are some lovely equine and horse and rider poses for photographic portraits:


Equine portrait posing and horse and rider portraits

I hope that you will visit my Pinterest boards frequently as I add new portraits almost daily. Almost all of my boards are about portrait photography and better posing and learning about photography as well. Please leave a comment here if you enjoyed your visit to my pin site. Much appreciated.

Also, if you are in the area of the photographers that I have pinned as examples, please schedule a portrait session with them to take advantage of their talent to create lasting mementos of your family, your children, and your equine companions and pets. Have fun on Pinterest.

If you would like to see all the images that have been pinned to other people’s pin sites from my web site:


Peter DeMott Photography pins on Pinterest

Peter DeMott Photography • Dayton area and SW Ohio • Portrait and equine photography • 937-478-6222 • Contact Peter DeMott

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Photography of Gymkhana Series at Faustman Ranch near Fairborn

I had a great time meeting lots of folks at the Gymkhana Series at Faustman Ranch on May 19th. Here are a couple of the portraits that I took while I was there: (these are in the numbers around 3600 to 3700 image numbers under the pictures in the gallery, not the numbers above the images)

Do you love your horse?


Do you love the challenge of competing with your horse?

Gallery of photos from Faustman Ranch Gymkhana event May 19th: 



Friendly folks and a great time can be had with your horse at Faustman Ranch

Ray Faustman welcomed me as did many riders who said there had not been a photographer at the events there in the past. Ray announced me several times as I would show him some of the images I was getting. I also handed out lots of postcards and business cards to participants as well as parents and at least one other barn owner that I had never visited. Hopefully after I cull out many images, there will be some great ones that everyone will enjoy from the event today (May 19th, 2012).

Now is a great time for horse and rider portraits at your farm or stable

Right now, while the weather is not too hot and when everything is green is a great time for farm call photo sessions with you and your horse. Seniors who want their horse to look as good as they do for their senior portrait session should consider hiring a photographer who has a specialty in equine photography. Fee free to call me with questions, ideas, or to schedule your photography session. Peter DeMott Photography 937-478-6222

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