I spent last weekend in Utah’s self-proclaimed Cowboy Country, Sanpete County. My reason for the visit was a photography clinic that I was teaching along with Ann Torrence. The two of us were invited to take part in the Sanpitch Cowboy Expo due to Ann’s connections she made on her Highway 89 book project.

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For the free clinic we taught photographers of various skill levels some of the methods for capturing great rodeo photos. Even though the clinic had a fairly early start time of 7 a.m., over 25 photographers attended. In the session we had the rodeo arena to ourselves to photograph the 6 horses and riders who volunteered to model. Unlike a lot of afternoon/evening rodeo events, the morning light was fantastic for shooting. It was really cool to be up close and personal with the subject in this environment.

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It was a great weekend and I really enjoyed getting to meet and chat with the photographers that attended. In addition to locals, there were shooters from as far away as Ogden who made the trip. All of the models (horse and cowgirls alike) were so gracious with their time and never seemed to tire of posing for the group.

Anyone who has ever taught can probably attest to the fact that by teaching you increase your own knowledge. I know this is the case when I share my limited photography skills. I look forward to continuing to teach these types of clinics in the future.

(All photos © Nicole S. Young, All Rights Reserved)