Cowboys and Cowgirls are Beautiful

This page is dedicated to all of the Cowboys and Cowgirls I met as I have traveled.

While most of these men and women and children you see below as Cowboys and Cowgirls are Americans, not all are.  That is the great thing about the “Cowboy” or “Cowgirl” persona, it is truly international.  I have met cowboys from Australia, cowboys from Mexico, both cowboys and cowgirls from Canada, and cowgirls from Europe.

I titled this page “Cowboys and Cowgirls are Beautiful” because that is how I see most of them.  Both men and women, teen and child, they all have something beautiful about them.  For some it is their appearance, for others it is their character, and for some it is their talent.  I enjoyed meeting them all and these images (and many more) will forever remind me of their spirit and personality.

What you see below is just a very small sample of some of my many portraits of cowboys and cowgirls and a few of my Authentic Action Portraits. 

You can also see 182 portraits of people I have met in the American West, by visiting my online Portfolio West. It too shows only a sample of my entire Portfolio West, but it is a larger sample than is shown on this page (below).

There are many more in my Private Viewing Portfolio. If you would like to see them, simply call me to arrange a viewing.

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Cowboy Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

The portrait above “The Cowboy” is one that has gotten many interesting comments from around the world when it was briefly posted publicly on another site.  If you are a cowboy or cowgirl and would like a portrait that really captures “you” and will make a strong impression on viewers, I highly recommend reading these comments from viewers from around the world. They are commenting on what their impressions are of the person in the photos.  Click on the following red button “Global Impressions” to see a PDF document showing some of those comments:

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What did the Cowboy himself think of this portrait?

Here are a few Verbatim Testimonial Comments from the subject of the portrait, that is, the man in the picture, or “The Cowboy” himself:

“Steadman went to work on what he had envisioned in his mind.

While not knowing me personally, somehow he was able to capture me, the real me.

Anyone who views this image, views a story. I see the story of my life in these pictures because it is a true reflection of who I am.

Thank you Steadman.

When Steadman showed us the portraits, we all got extremely quiet. We all sat around the table and just could not believe how wonderful the pictures looked.

I would dare anyone to have a portrait done by Steadman and not use the word WOW to describe their initial thoughts.”

Brian (The Cowboy)
Omaha Nebraska
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Cowboy Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Cowboy Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian: Mark Lyon

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Source: Mark Lyon is a Champion Equestrian, Full-Time Horse Trainer, Exhibitor, and Coach.  He has a unique sense of the horses, his training skill with horses is “amazing” and he has an infectious smile along with a distinctive style. He is a true “horseman” and an authentic “buckaroo.”

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“I recently met and got a chance to work with Steadman. I saw what he had done for another professional horse trainer I respect and I could see Steadman had the skill and talent to make some very high quality and creative photos that would add value to my website and my business marketing as a professional horseman.

At our first consultation he told me that many of his best and favorite photos were not shown on his website.  I thought “Sure” with a bit of cowboy skepticism.  Then I saw his large portfolio loaded with his large photo prints and I immediately saw  what he meant.  He was right, many of the photos that he has in his print portfolio that are reserved for private viewing and later publication are really amazing and so unusual and creative that they must be seen to be believed.  In fact, my favorite photo of the other trainer is not on his website or Steadman’s, and my own favorite photo of me is also not going to be shown on either Steadman’s site or my own site until his book is published in the future.  But, I can wait for that time to come when I can put them on my site.   In the meantime, I have other photos from Steadman that I can use online that are also outstanding and are already getting my clients, my students, my prospects, my friends, and my professional peers to say “WOW.”

The photographs Steadman made for me are fantastic!

I am very glad I made the decision to participate in Steadman’s equestrian project and I recommend other horsemen and equestrians do the same. I know you won’t believe the photos he can make of you, till you see them yourself.

He surprised my friends and he surprised me and my wife, with his artistic vision of us as equestrians.

I was very impressed with the quality of photos I saw him make, as they were so good I couldn’t believe they were of me and my horse…

The photos Steadman made look like they belong in a high-end art gallery, the clarity and depth and creativity of each one seemed to make the subject jump to life!!

As a professional horseman I have seen lots of horse photos both at shows and in professional magazines and none of those compared to what I saw Steadman make. Period!

Steadman’s use of light, creativity, artistic “eye” and knowledge of the subject made the ordinary become extraordinary!!

He took time to get to know and understand me. He even studied my traditional style, my gear, my business needs, and my personal taste.

He has an eye for the details that matter to me and he is committed to not only making creative portraits, but also committed to authenticity.  That was important to me too.

Then he was able to catch my personality on film and it was like I was looking at me captured in a moment in time always in the perfect angle, looking at the picture, something seemed to draw you in.  It was also like being transported back in time, it was so lifelike.

I thought the photos Steadman made of me were incredible. They are art and they really do make people, including other equestrians, say “WOW” when they see them.

My partner Miranda and I often work with green horses, colts, problem horses, and even wild Mustangs.  It would be an understatement to say that Mustangs are not commonly considered the prettiest of horses by most horse owners. Steadman sees something different in each horse and has made some amazing photos of our Mustangs while we are training them. Steadman captured our Mustangs’ raw energy and wild spirit even as we are in the process of breaking and training them.  He also made these amazing photos without using any flash and in very challenging conditions for photography.  I know something about photography, and it was impressive to see the results of his creativity and work.

As a professional horse and rider trainer, the quality and creativeness of these photos are invaluable to me as it is so important to get my personality across to my prospective customers. His photos of me and my wife and partner, Miranda,  had that “WOW factor” that will catch the attention of our intended audience and market.

Steadman prepared us for the photo session with tips and advice on all kinds of things that would make for better photos of us.

Steadman’s photos really captured the spirit and energy of the horses.

His use of natural light made the photos grab your eye and his knowledge of the subject made taking photos so easy.  He was also very flexible and easy to work with.

He really understood what I was looking for in different photos and had some great ideas to get that look that set his photos apart from what I was used to seeing.”

- Mark Lyon, Professional horse trainer

Note: There are many interesting and visually striking photos of Mark Lyon, some of the best and my favorites are not shown on this page, this website, or the internet.

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Cowgirl Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Cowgirl Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Cowboy & Cowgirl Couple Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian: Miranda Holaday-Lyon

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Source: Miranda Holaday-Lyon is a two-time National Champion and a Reserve World Champion Cowboy Mounted Shooting Equestrian. Not only does she know her six guns and horses, she also has real ranch experience, cattle experience, competitive show experience, AND she breaks Mustangs and trains colts! She is a real “horsewoman” who also has “Hollywood looks!” She is a very impressive “Buckarette.” She is a true “horseman” and an authentic “buckaroo” (and yes, she is a woman but so good that others use the masculine term as a sign of admiration for her skill).

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“As a professional horsewoman I am always looking for positive experiences and the beauty of life. Steadman captures those special moments and brings them to life. He has proven to study the movements of a horse and he knows how they are going to look at a certain moment in stride and he captures them when they look their best.

Steadman looks deeper into a moment than any photographer I have ever met to see the true story behind the photo.

I love to see things in their natural state the way they were originally intended to be without all of the fake ideas that people try to put onto them. Steadman sees those natural beauties and natural lighting to make a picture a true moment captured at the right time. He does not use artificial flash, yet his pictures have beautiful natural light in them. Just like they say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and Steadman photographs IS the TRUE picture.

I have seen many pictures in my career from professionals all over and in magazines. I have never liked everything about a picture until Steadman showed me some of his photos. He captures the true moment and has educated himself enough about what he is photographing that he knows what the true professionals in that discipline look for.

He respects our status as equine professionals and yet he also showed us ways we could improve our use of images to market our services. He listened carefully to us and then he offered many suggestions for ways we could make better photographs that would impress our market and show our unique skills and style.

Steadman has proven to be a true professional that really does a fantastic job at getting me the pictures I want. He understands what kind of photos I want and need to express myself to my customers. He also has captured photos that I have always wanted for my album, but they are just such top quality that I couldn’t put them in an album but instead want to put them on the wall. He has high standards and he really has the drive to do the best job possible and be the best that he can be while pleasing me and being flexible for my busy schedule.

I can also highly recommend Steadman to other horse professionals and horse trainers. He has given us many ideas that will help us improve our marketing and promotion of our services. Steadman has a sincerely friendly manner of coaching us on using photos to tell our story to other equestrians. He has also made wonderful photos of some of our students that have caused them to say “WOW” too. He really knows how to use photos to help professionals when creating a business image or brand and he gave us lots of advice on how to leverage our strengths.

I also noticed that Steadman is able to make fabulous portraits of riders of all ages, all levels of experience, and whether they ride English or Western.

So often horse people get so deep into their disciplines that they think they have to have something that is seen as special to their riding style. Few people want to cross-over.

Steadman showed us that he has the discerning eye that can see the essentials for any discipline, and the talent to use those things in an artistic view of that discipline.

I know some riders may think that only riding pros, top competitors, or champions will look good in photos like this. Well, I can tell you I have seen Steadman make wonderful photos of riders who are not pros and even of riders with minimal experience, including rookies and novices. Steadman’s photos of horses look fantastic, whether the horse is a show winning champion, or a raw Mustang we just got from the BLM. His photos of our Mustangs in training are very impressive too. He even captured excellent photos of our Mustangs’ first jumps.

Steadman not only makes the photos I always dreamed of having, he also creates images I did not imagine. As I see it, that is the real reason why hiring an artist is very different from hiring a typical photographer.

We all want to hire someone who will make a good photograph, but it is much rarer when you find someone who really sees YOU and what you do as a subject worthy of art. Steadman’s creativity shows in the way he SEES things, how he imagines the horses in a composition, and what he observes of riders. When you hire Steadman to be your photographer, you are really hiring an artist to make photographs or art with you in it.

It is a distinction that makes all the difference in what you will see in the final picture you get from him. I know I expected him to make photographs of me, but I was pleasantly surprised and totally impressed when I saw that he made photos that others see as fine art of the highest quality.

I was also impressed when I saw the amazing detail and quality of some of his large art photos. These photos were as big as large paintings, some were actually life-size, and they looked like they belong in an art museum.

I know I was not alone when I said “WOW” when I saw these. Then as he showed us large photo after photo, I kept saying “WOW” and “Awesome.” Steadman’s art photos really grab you and are stunning.

I know other clients of Steadman have already stated this, but I think it is important for you to know that what you are seeing on his website is just a small part of his work. There are many more beautiful photos that are not on his site, including some of our favorites, and even the photos shown on his website are usually just a small part of the original picture.

Steadman also created some portraits of us that do not show a horse. These are some of our favorites and they really are extraordinary photographs that look like they should be in a museum.

I also saw watched Steadman create portraits of a married couple who are in their eighties. He captured expressions that show their love for one another and he quickly got them to act natural. His candid portraits of that couple are beautiful and show such warm emotion.

I am also impressed by his artistic skill and his unique vision for the art photos he makes. We have seen Steadman make photos that look like some of the best Western art we have seen and some look like paintings one would find in a museum. That my husband Mark or I happen to be the person riding the horse in the photo is amazing to us and it gives us a fantastic and unique experience as we see ourselves in a true artist’s artwork. You won’t know that feeling until you have it happen to you when Steadman makes some art with you in it. It is a real treat that will last a life-time. I know we are both proud to have been a part of Steadman’s Equestrian Art Project too.

One of Steadman’s art photos of my husband has already sold as a large fine art photograph to an art collector. This was thrilling to both of us too. It is hard to imagine how it feels to be seen in a work of art that unknown people want to buy because they see it as fine art. I always knew my husband was a work of art, now I have the proof!

I am from Missouri, and there we have the saying “Show me.” Steadman has really shown us there can be a vast difference in the higher quality and true originality of photos you will see of you, if you hire or commission him to create your portrait.

We have seen Steadman make wonderful portraits of riders, portraits of horses, and truly original action photos that are unlike any we have ever seen before. I highly recommend him to other equestrians, as I know he has really made my husband and I very happy we commissioned him to make things for us.”

Miranda Holaday-Lyon

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Note: There are many interesting and visually striking photos of Miranda, but some of the best and my favorites are not shown on this page, this website, or the internet.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang's First Jump

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Cowgirl Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Cowgirl Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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The Western Reiner Performance Horse Competitor

Reining is known as “The fastest growing equestrian discipline.” People of all ages are finding reining to be an exciting and exacting performance discipline.

Sherman Tegtmeier is a Multiple World Champion Reining Horse Trainer, Exhibitor, and Coach.

Portrait of Equestrian Western Reiner Traveling by Steadman Uhlich
Portrait of Equestrian Western Reiner Traveling by Steadman Uhlich

Tip: Click on the smaller photos shown below to enlarge them.

Note: There are many interesting and visually striking photos of Sherman, but some of the best and my favorites are not shown on this page, this website, or the internet.
Most of the images for the following client are not shown on this site or the internet on purpose, as they are also intended for inclusion in a future book on my work.

Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian.

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Source: Sherman Tegtmeier is a Multiple World Champion Reining Horse Trainer, Exhibitor, and Coach. He has spent the past 20 years dedicated to training and showing reining horses. He serves as President of the Central Plains Reining Horse Association, a NRHA Affiliate.

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“All I can say is ‘Stunning’! As a professional Reining horse trainer and long-time competitor I have seen more than my share of great equine photographs, but Steadman’s work is more than photos, it is art! I get a monthly publication with all of the best horses in the industry, the owners spare no expense in the portraits and designs in the ads for their horses, but not one of those pictures even comes close to the quality or magnitude of the creations of Steadman.

I met Steadman while he was in Omaha and instantly I knew that I wanted to have him do a portrait for me after seeing his work.

I was very impressed by the candidness and natural feel of the pieces. He captured the horses and people as they were having everyday moments and caught the natural beauty of his clients. While I have had action shots and “candids” done before, none of them had ever had the look that Steadman’s work had.

Steadman came to my barn and took photos of me while I worked, the ease of the session was unlike anything I had ever done before. In previous photo shoots, I had to pose or do things to get my horses to look just right. With Steadman I just rode & worked like I normally would. He took pictures as I did my thing, then he made the adjustments necessary. I was simply amazed at the swiftness in which Steadman had my portraits ready for me to view and order. I am used to waiting weeks to get photographs that I have taken at the shows I attend, but Steadman had my work done in a matter of hours. The images were so clear and sharp, it seems as if I could reach out and feel her mane in my fingers and smell the sweat on her skin.

I didn’t know that action shots could have the quality that Steadman produced. It was incredible the number of different shots that he had taken, it captured every aspect of myself & my horse.

When I saw the photographs he took for me, they brought tears to my eyes as he captured not only the horse I was mounted on, but the very essence of her mother, one of my most prized show horses. It was like stepping back in time and seeing her mother all over again, the way I remember her, young and strong, not the old horse she is now. I never had a portrait done of that mare, but this photograph will allow me to always have a keepsake of her, even though it is her daughter we shot the photos of. I was sincerely amazed at the raw emotion I felt looking at the portrait.

He also got a wonderful candid of my seven month old son and me. I hadn’t commissioned Steadman to take that shot, but he did it on his own and now I have a piece of art of my son that I will forever treasure. I hope that someday my son will come to appreciate the beauty of the moment we were sharing that Steadman captured.

I can’t express enough that his work isn’t photographs as it is art. The emotion of the animal is captured in his work, you can sense the power of the horse and feel what they are feeling. The images draw you in and make it seem as if you are right there. Even people that aren’t horse enthusiasts would have to appreciate these pieces for their quality and uniqueness.

There is no denying that Steadman’s portraits are artwork.

Steadman asked many questions about the look I wanted to have in my portraits, the head carriage and body position that is desirable in the reining discipline. He was not afraid to admit that he was learning about the different areas of the horse industry and was very willing to take suggestions for what I found preferable. It was nice to have someone that was truly interested in my line of work and valued the knowledge I had to impart. I feel that we both left the experience richer than when we entered it.

I am impressed beyond words at the magnitude of the art that Steadman produced for me. The work is priceless to our family and will be an heirloom to pass to our children. I fully believe that Steadman’s art will become more and more valuable as the years pass. I would encourage everyone that wants a piece of their own history to commission a portrait by Steadman. I entered this wanting a portrait, but walked away with timeless art.”

Sherman Teigtmeier, Omaha Nebraska

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Cowboy Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Cowboy Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Cowgirl Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian

Kelli Paulson is a highly regarded and widely admired professional equestrian, and a Purina Regional Ambassador who hosts Trail Rider Challenge events around the Midwest. She invited me to attend one of her TRC outdoor trail events to see how Trail Riders work with their horses. It was a fascinating day as I watched many riders encounter challenging obstacles and practical tests of horsemanship.

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“Steadman Uhlich recently attended one of my Trail Rider Challenge events, where he photographed many of the contestants completing trail obstacles. Steadman asked if he could shadow me on the course while observing and photographing the contestants. I agreed, because I had seen some of the creative portraits and action photography that Steadman had made of other trainers and riders.

“Steadman Uhlich recently attended one of my Trail Rider Challenge events, where he photographed many of the contestants completing trail obstacles. Steadman asked if he could shadow me on the course while observing and photographing the contestants. I agreed, because I had seen some of the creative portraits and action photography that Steadman had made of other trainers and riders.

I have had other photographers photograph our events before, and I have been photographed several times too.

When I saw the photos, I was amazed by Steadman’s finished Action Portraits. He captured the contestants in a way I had not seen before. His photos made everyone from beginner to experienced look like a million bucks. He captured the heart, soul and passion of the horses and riders.

These photos are the most artistic and expressive equestrian photos I have ever seen… “WOW.”

The photos are art gallery and museum quality! If I saw them in a gallery, even if I didn’t know the rider, I would want to buy several. The amazing thing is, I am in some of them. I never knew I could look like that! For the record, I have an art degree and have done lots of photography…and I am impressed!

I have been riding horses for 36 years. My first training job was 21 years ago. I have been a full time professional horse trainer, instructor, clinician and horse event planner for 6 years. In all of those years I have seen thousands of photos of horses in action, thousands of photos of riders with their horses, and hundreds of photos of me with my horses.

No photographer has ever captured us like this. I couldn’t believe the softness, lines, feel and emotion of the photos. Steadman’s Action Portraits are captivating. His work is completely different from the other equine photographers out there. His photography is art, not just a photo.

These are not typical horse show or horse event photos.

If you host horse shows, you should take a look at Steadman’s work. It is a unique opportunity for your clients to have a beautiful photo that is art! I highly recommend Steadman for your next show or a photo session at your barn.

His photos show the action of the horses as they encountered the obstacles on the trail course. Steadman has a talent for not only picking the right moment in a jump or movement, he also creates a portrait that truly looks like “Art.”

I know when I viewed the many finished Action Portraits he made that day I was stunned to see all of the riders looking so good in the pictures.

Somehow the riders who where just out having fun that day, where captured in timeless, beautiful art.

Steadman knows how to capture more than just the moment in the photo. He captures the experience, the confidence, and the human and horse expressions so well.

His compositions of his portraits are really striking as the horses appear to leap off the wall or seem to be in motion.

I also had the opportunity to visit with Steadman in a private viewing after the event. He showed me hundreds of photos he made based on his work with jumping horses and I was thrilled to see what he had done for my group. I lead groups of trail riders. Some of our group has never jumped before. Steadman captured more than a few “first jumps” that day and those photos are spectacular. The riders in my group were also thrilled to see the photos of them jumping. We really were impressed by Steadman’s work. Steadman also showed me a number of photos he made that really tell a story in pictures about what happened that day. Viewing his portfolio of the event was like being there.

Steadman also has an eye for what is important to show regarding horsemanship. I was impressed by what he sees in the horse’s action and the interaction with the riders and the subtle signs of good horsemanship too.

I was impressed when Steadman showed me how large some of his Action Portraits can be made. Like most riders, I have bought small 8×10 prints of myself from horse show photographers, and those usually end up in a drawer and forgotten. Steadman’s work is very different and exciting. His Action Portraits make me want a very large one on canvas to hang on the wall as art!

If I had to describe Steadman’s equestrian photography I would use these words: Art, elegant, beautiful, stunning, unique, masterful, world-class, wonderful, and a good reflection of natural horsemanship…

The creativity of his work shines through as you look over his portfolio of his Equestrian Project. These are not ordinary photos of horses or riding.

Given that he is photographing equestrians from many disciplines of riding, I was impressed that he has made so many beautiful photographs of so many different people and horses in such a short time. Looking at his portfolio, one would think he has been a professional equine photographer for years and years.

Steadman also understands how photos can be used to help a horse professional market their services. He offered me many valuable suggestions. This group of photos represents a new way of presenting my image to the public. He is helpful with his suggestions on how to incorporate the photos into my marketing efforts. I will be working with him in the future to develop my own portfolio of marketing images.

Steadman and I have spent over six hours in focused and friendly conversations about helping my business and my clients reach their fullest potential. I have looked at hundreds of his shots, and seen hundreds of his finished Action Portraits of equestrians. He showed me large photos, the size of a door, which look wonderful and are of high quality. You need to see these photos to fully appreciate the quality of his work. He has created striking photos of both English and Western riders. He makes fantastic portraits of equestrians from seasoned professionals, to rank beginners, to women in their 70′s, to teens and kids.

I am excited to be working with Steadman. His photos are beautiful images that can help me, my students and my clients document and celebrate their passion for horsemanship with outstanding photographs. Steadman knows how to use photographs to tell a story in an authentic manner that reflects my passion, my style, and my personality.

Steadman is a real artist, not just a photographer. He understands people in a rare way. He is professional, personable, honest and friendly. I am confident that he can deliver something beautiful and special to any horse or equestrian. I believe he could help any equestrian get the most special photos of them they have ever seen.

Steadman’s Action Portraits will be the most memorable and beautiful photos many of my clients have ever had.

If you are a serious rider or a horse professional or trainer, I strongly suggest that you have Steadman make a portrait of you. I am confident you will be thrilled, as I am, to see what Steadman can make for you. I can immediately see the high value these photos will have as I present my professional training services in the future.

I was also amazed that he was able to do this without depending on flash or bulky equipment. In fact, he was hardly noticeable as he walked the course, the riders and horses did not notice him. I have given Steadman an open invitation to attend any of my events in the future, and I can’t wait to see what he makes next in his Equestrian Project.

I am thrilled to be a part of his Equestrian Project. He and I have had a long discussion on what makes for better horsemanship, and I admire Steadman’s desire to create authentic images of equestrians. From what I have seen, his project will be world-class and something any equestrian would be proud to be included in. It looks like a wonderful “once in a lifetime” opportunity to me, and I believe it will be the same for you too.”

Kelli Paulson

Horsemanship, Trail Obstacles & Problem Solving
Clinics, Lessons, Training
402-889-6042

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Reining

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Lady
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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Lope
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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner in The Fast Circle
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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Proud
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Cowgirl Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an award winning Reining Equestrian: Pat Collura

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Source: Pat Collura is a very serious Reining competitor and while relatively new at the sport, she has already won “Rookie of the Year” at a major competition and has a wall full of trophies and awards in this sport.

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“When I first met Steadman, he explained to me that he was working on a special equestrian art project and he thought I would be a good addition to his project.  I was a little skeptical when he told me that he is able to capture both people and horses and create with his artistic talent a beautiful portrait that is unlike any others. I have been competing in the sport of reining for a few years and for the last year I have been had what I consider “The Horse of a Lifetime”, and I really wanted a wonderful picture of him to hang in our family room.

Before the photo session, I had assumed that I would prefer an action photo, because most portraits I have seen of a horse and rider just standing still seem dull to me. I was completely surprised when I saw the standing or still portraits Steadman made of me and my horse because I loved them! Even my children loved them.

Steadman made a portrait that shows me and my horse with only the head and shoulders. Steadman assured me that he saw something beautiful at that moment when we were outside.

I was stunned to see this picture of me and my horse looking so good. I just did not anticipate how good Steadman could make me look.

I now know why people choose Steadman as their portrait artist. He is able to see things in a moment we all may consider ordinary, yet his ability to capture something of our personality and soul is extraordinary.

As a mature woman, I suppose it is natural to expect to see some lines and wrinkles on a portrait and, like any woman, I suppose I was concerned about how I would appear in the photos. Yet I was surprised to see my portraits did not emphasize any signs of aging at all and instead I don’t even notice them.

Steadman is a master with light and shadows and I am very pleased by how I look in the portrait photographs. I highly recommend Steadman to riders of every age, but especially to mature women.

Steadman took such care in our photo session to capture the most wonderful photos that depict so many different aspects of this sport.

I am a serious competitor and I want my photos to show my horse looking good, but I also want to look good in action. Steadman made that happen when he made his action portraits of me. Not only do these photos depict the graceful and beautiful movements of the horse, they also are great of me.

I am totally impressed with his artistic talent.

My husband and I were so pleased by Steadman’s portraits of me that we also had Steadman make portraits of my mother-in-law, who is 85 years old. She wanted a special portrait to give to her family and while she had been photographed by other professional photographers in the last year or so, she had never been satisfied with how she looked in those photos.

Steadman made a wonderful set of portraits of her that capture her natural expressions along with her natural beauty. The portraits look so good that they even surprised my husband’s mother. She loved them!

When looking at the photos, it is like one is looking at her and having a conversation with her. So natural and so her!

She also appreciated the time Steadman took to let her feel comfortable in front of the camera. She told us it was a lot of fun for her and she was very pleased by the portraits he made.

My husband’s siblings all enjoyed the photos too. We all agree that this was a very good thing to do and we are so happy we chose Steadman for this special portrait session.

He really understands mature people and the elderly and he helped us with many suggestions to make the experience a special one for all involved. If you have an elderly parent, a mature spouse, or if you are mature yourself, you should see what Steadman can do for you and your family too.

I highly recommend him.”

–Pat Collura

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian: Terri Bergen-Smith

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Source: Terri is a serious Western Style rider who studies and practices Natural Horsemanship methods.

“Why Steadman? Why this photographer as opposed to many other people behind a camera who have an eye for setting up a shot? That is exactly what I asked myself when my friends began raving about a new photographer in town, a guy who was traveling to equine events and taking pictures for some project.
I am a lifelong horsewoman who also has an interest in art, and am not easily impressed.  I glanced with a jaded eye at some of the postings on Facebook and had to admit, there was something going on here. Even so, I did not look further.

While attending a clinic given by master horseman, Peter Campbell, this photographer gentleman shows up and unveils a portrait he had taken of a young woman on a horse. I have seen arguably 1000’s of portraits of young women on horses.

This particular one took my breath away. There was something about the way Steadman captured the movement and grace of the horse, the matching fire and beauty that they shared that created a true picture of their unique relationship.

That is what makes the difference. Many people can take really nice pictures of horses and people. There is skill involved as neither are easy subjects.

Across the fine line of  “enjoyable” and “memorable” is the ability to capture a time in space moment that presents an under the skin feel of both the personality of the person, the horse and what they have going on between them at that very and exact moment.

I have since viewed many of Steadman’s portraits and they all to a one share that gift, the ability to see beneath clothes, hair styles, cosmetics or the lack of, to the soul of the human being and the certain joy we horse people have in our interaction with our horses.

Even when the moments reflect strife or conflict as in the rodeo shots, there is still a high passion for life that can only be shared by the photographer in order to be so truly reflected in the consistency of his work.

I am honored to have been a subject of Steadman’s and am looking forward to being in front of that lens again, as many times as he will have me!”

Terri Bergen Smith – Horsewoman and Horse Trainer

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Cowboy Church Pastor who is also a Singing Cowboy

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Source: Frank Slaughter is a co-pastor of a very dynamic and exemplary “cowboy church” called Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack Missouri.  He is also a horse owner (several paints) and he and his wife have a ranch with several horses they breed, show, and ride.   He is also a very talented musician and singer and often leads the assembled church members in songs of praise.  After spending several hours with him in discussions over the several days I visited his church, I can say I admire his character, his ministry, and his passion.   He is a very friendly fellow and a good leader of Christians. To see some of my portraits of this cowboy church’s membership, visit the Open Range Fellowship facebook page and look in their photo album, where you will see numerous examples in my Signature Style.

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NOTE: The original letter was long and detailed. What follows are some short excerpts.  The entire letter can be found here: http://www.steadmanuhlich.com/artist/visiting-artist-program/

“We here at Open Range Fellowship have been Blessed to have the professional Photographer and Artist, Steadman Uhlich, spend time with us over the past few weeks.

Steadman’s photos of each of our members and pastors have greatly impressed those who see them because his photos are special.

His photos really connect with people.  I know, because the photos he made of me and my wife have already received numerous very positive comments from others who see the real person in the photo.

These are not just ordinary studio photos or snapshots and they are not glamour shots or ordinary church directory portraits.  Instead, these are made by an artist with a camera. These are so different it is hard to compare them to common photos. 

Steadman’s portraits reveal something of the person he sees.  I know Steadman’s portraits show some of the character and the warmth of personality that I see in our church’s members. What’s more, many members said they were the best photos they had seen of themselves, even those where they are on horseback.  

Steadman’s portraits of our cowboy and biker members along with others show our church’s diversity and they are outstanding portraits of these people I know so well.

They look like they ought to be in a museum because his portraits are timeless looking.  Everyone who saw them said “WOW.”

The people who participated in this had a great time doing it, and their portraits are really special, with some saying they now have a real “heirloom” photo to pass on.   

His photos were made in some challenging conditions too. Without disrupting our service, without using a flash, and without spooking horses in a relatively dark indoor arena, Steadman was able to make some outstanding photos of our church service and our members doing equine related activities in the indoor arena.  He captured the member’s expressions, passion and the action of the moment.

Steadman’s work is completely different because he sees people differently and he uses his skills differently. He has his own style that our members found very appealing.

Those photos are really special!

I know that myself, my co-pastor Dave Putthoff, and the members of our church were glad to have Steadman visit us, and glad to have him spend time with us…”

Pastor Frank Slaughter
Open Range Fellowship
Lone Jack, Missouri

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Reining Trainer: J.P. Forget

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Source: J.P. Forget is a very experienced and knowledgeable  Reining trainer and the author of two books on horse subjects: The Complete Guide To Western Horsemanship and Starting The Western Horse, both published by Macmillan Publishing.  JP Forget is not only an accomplished trainer and showman, he has proven his skills internationally and is an award winning professional instructor and coach. He is a Co-reserve Champion at the World Championship Show in Senior Reining, Co-Reserve Champion at the 2008 NRHA Futurity And World Championship Show in Ltd Open Ancillary and a Top Ten finisher at the prestigious Tulsa Ariat Classic 2009 Futurity.  JP was a member of the 2003 Canadian Equestrian Team Reining. He is a Past-President of Reining Canada and Past Vice-President of Reining Alberta. He served on the NRHA Board of Directors. He currently chairs the Reining Coaching Committee of Equine Canada.  You can learn more about him at his website http://www.jpforget.com

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“Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to view the work of photographer Steadman Uhlich and to work with him as we did pictures of horses in training.

I was most impressed with Mr. Uhlich’s commitment to making just the right shot so both the horse and the rider look their best.

Not only were we able to produce a good number of excellent photos depicting the intricate footwork of reining horses as they go through a training session, and Mr. Uhlich took the time to sit with me and discuss the photos to be sure every detail was as I wanted it to be. Then he went ahead and applied his artful techniques to produce photos with the right composition and finish.

Masterful!”

J. P. Forget

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Barrel Racer

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Source: River is a former bull and bronc rider (women’s rodeo), a serious barrel racer, and an exemplary “cowgirl.”   She is also a horse owner (several ) and she has two chihuahua dogs who follow her everywhere and watch from her truck when she rides at her ranch.  I was privileged to spend two months as her guest in a small Texas town, Tioga (population 580).  I photographed River when she competed in the Iron Cowgirl Contest.

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“To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter in full support of Steadman Uhlich, Artist and Photographer.

What distinguishes Steadman from other rodeo/western photographers is that he has a remarkable vision and talent for uniquely capturing the beautiful, powerful bond between people and their horses.

He also successfully captures the spirit of rodeo–a signature American sport that, sadly, is quietly fading from our culture.

Steadman creates soul-stirring images that range from a cowboy on the verge of being flung from his saddle by a raging bronc to an amusing panorama of spectators soaking in the glitz and din at a small town rodeo.

As I was viewing his photos of bronc riders I felt myself drawn back into “that” world. In my twenties, I travelled to various “all-girl” rodeos throughout Texas and Oklahoma riding bucking bulls and broncs. Steadman’s photos made me re-live what really goes on during those teethclenching rides. Instantly, I felt nostalgia and a little envy for those who choose to live wild, determined, and free.

When I saw a recent photo Steadman took of me competing in barrel racing, I didn’t recognize myself. First, I identified my horse and then thought, “Hey, that’s me!” That day I did not do well with my horse, and I was pretty down about our performance. After seeing Steadman’s photo (weeks later), I saw things differently. I saw a powerful athlete churning up the ground and a balanced, composed rider amid that chaotic turn.

Consequently, success to me is not just about a fast run and a check. It’s about the beautiful journey: doing the work, taking chances, moving through rough days, and not giving up.”

River J. Burton

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Cowgirl who is also the Parent of an Equestrian Subject. The parent was also a Host Participant in Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program.

To whom it may concern:
I did not know Steadman Uhlich prior to meeting him recently after seeing his work. I checked into his background, looked at his online portfolios, read his testimonials, and after discussing this with my husband, we decided to host Steadman at our home as participants in his Visiting Artists Program. I am very glad we made that decision.

We are “Empty Nesters” and my husband and I first met with Steadman and spent some hours getting to know him. He has proven to be a good house guest, good company, and even a good cook. My husband and I have enjoyed many hours of conversations with him and time spent together at horse events and dinners.

I feel we have not only gained things in art created for us, but we have also made a new friend. He is someone you can trust.

Now as our time as his hosts has reached an end, I want to share with you my experience as a Host in his Visiting Artist Program.

Soon after arriving, Steadman arranged a photo session with my adult daughter and her horses. I was present at the photo shoot and observed how he worked with her, the horses and her dogs. Despite the cold weather, the windy conditions, the leaf-less trees and the rather drab surroundings of a typical Omaha winter’s day, Steadman told us the conditions were very good for portraits. I was a bit apprehensive because our horses are in their furry winter coats. I was not sure if those would look good in a photo. Steadman assured us the furry winter condition of their coats would be a positive thing to see in the final photos.

A few days after the photo shoot, Steadman showed us the results from his work. I was surprised by how quickly we were able to see some results from the photo shoot. While I had viewed many of Steadman’s portraits in his online portfolios, I was not prepared for what I saw in the work he had done for us.

First, let me tell you that my daughter has ridden and competed with horses for many years. She rides Western, Rodeo and English styles of riding. I have been around horses all my life and worked with them professionally. I have many photos of my daughter and her horses taken by professional photographers. So I have a good idea of how she and the horses look when photographed by a typical professional photographer.

What did I see when I saw the photos Steadman made for us?

I was completely surprised by Steadman’s portraits of our horses. While I had been present the entire time and had been just a few feet from the horse, I did not imagine the finished portraits would look as they did. My first impression when seeing the portraits was “WOW!”

Putting it simply, these are not your typical horse photos. Steadman’s vision for these horses made them look special.

I had earlier worried a bit that the winter coat furry look of our horses would not look good. When Steadman showed us the final portraits, I then saw how the natural winter coat looked wonderful in his photos. The textures of the hair and mane look so real and life-like it looks like our horse is standing right in front of you and you could reach into the picture to touch his hair. I had also worried some that the harsh sunlight of the day, and the drab leaf-less trees and surrounding land of the season would not look good for the photo session.

I can tell you that the finished portrait and photos look amazing and the background of your barn or paddock is no reason to be concerned.

When I showed the photo of my daughter with her horse to my colleagues at work, other friends, and other horse people, they were all very impressed by the high quality and the expression of emotion shown in the photo.

We have all seen photos of girls holding their horse, but this was a photo that showed us all the joy she feels with that horse. This portrait of my daughter with her horse stands out from the hundreds of portraits I have seen of my daughter’s friends and other riders with their horses. It made me glad I took the step to hire Steadman.

Steadman works well with horses and sees the details of good horsemanship too. Steadman has an eye for details and for the beauty of the individual.

His portraits of my daughter capture her spirit, her confidence, and her skill at handling a horse. When you see the large prints, you can see the details of good horsemanship that make a difference. He captured that in stunning photos that really must be seen large to be fully appreciated.

As Steadman is learning about horses and how to handle them, he worked well with the horses.

As he captures them in action, he never used a flash. Because he never uses a flash, the horses are comfortable around the camera; it shows as a relaxed look in their eyes, in every portrait. His use of natural light in the barn and outside was amazing.

Steadman also surprised us with a unique work of art in another photo. He calls this image “Moonlight” as it shows our gelding by moonlight.

His art photo of one of our horses really looks like a painting.

Steadman showed us a very large print of this and it is hard to describe how impressive it appears when anyone sees the larger print. Steadman also spent the time and helped me consider the best ways to show it in our home, including choices of frames, lighting, location, and sizes that fit our home decor.

Over the many years I have shown, ridden, and been around horses, I have never seen an art photo like this. It is unique and beautiful. It IS a work of art. And it is OUR horse that is now art.

You might see a little version of this on Steadman’s website, but you must see a large print to get a real understanding of how impressive it is.

I recently went to the Nebraska Horse Expo and while there viewed over 100 photos of horses that had been entered in a photography contest. There was nothing there that was as impressive as Steadman’s photos. Even the photos entered and displayed by professional photographers looked ordinary in comparison.

Steadman also works well with kids. Steadman also created very special portrait photos of my two young grand daughters. He captured their personalities and the photos are really beautiful, funny, and touching. These portraits are also unlike any I have seen before.

He created one while working with horses and a young girl, I didn’t think that would be easy. The other portrait was created while working with my youngest grand daughter who is two years old and full of energy. His suggestions for how to make these special portraits have given our family something priceless that crosses generations.

Steadman works well with mature women too. Like many middle-aged women, I was apprehensive about having a portrait photograph of me. Steadman worked with me and my concerns, helped me get the confidence to get in front of his camera, and made the experience fun. He also made me look 10 years younger too! All of this was done in a natural setting that reflects my life and my love of horses.

I recommend you take this opportunity to have Steadman make a portrait of you or your horse or someone in your family, regardless of their age.

Based on my own experience, I am confident the results will pleasantly surprise you and be something you will consider a good decision and an excellent purchase. I believe you can trust Steadman to do as he promises and even that he will probably exceed your expectations.

Furthermore, if you have the means to serve as a Host for him within his Visiting Artist Program, I believe it is a fabulous opportunity for you or your family.

His work speaks for itself, but I must tell you that there are things he makes that you will not see on his website. We saw them created and they are and now we understand the special experience of having art created for us by a true artist.

Steadman created portraits for a friend of mine too. I can also tell you that he has also created four portraits for a close friend of mine who is another client of his. I learned about Steadman after seeing her portraits. Those portraits are also wonderful as they capture the character of her children and husband.

—Pam B., Omaha, Nebraska (name withheld to protect privacy)

Note: There are many interesting and visually striking photos of Stephanie, but some of the best and my favorites are not shown on this page, this website, or the internet.

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Testimonials & Comments from a Wide Range of Very Satisfied People

These are just a few of the many Testimonials about Steadman Uhlich’s help to others through advice and consulting and objective comments about his photography and art. There were countless more not shown here.

Art Gallery Visitors

There are 140 Verbatim Testimonial Quotes you can read from Art Gallery Visitors who saw Steadman’s Art and Photography in an Art Gallery. These quotes are from people who saw his work up close while it was hanging in an art gallery at full size, often at “Life Size.” While you are able to view hundreds of photographs on this website or in Steadman’s online portfolios, you are only able to see these are low resolution and small sized images. The real photos Steadman makes are generally much larger than what you are seeing online. In some cases these photos are up to 5 feet tall! Others have been 10 feet wide! Even his portraits are generally life-size and so most are seen larger than you can see on your laptop or computer. In addition, the high resolution prints are amazing for the amount of details seen, the sharpness of details, the textures, and some even have amazing optical illusions that astounded art gallery visitors. So, if you will read some of these Art Gallery Visitor comments, you should get an idea of how someone may respond if you display a portrait or fine art photograph that Steadman has made for you, whether it is in your home or office. It is highly recommended that you read over these comments, because these people have actually seen his work at the sizes he recommends and displayed as he suggests.

Global Visitors and Global Viewers of Steadman’s Art and Photography

There are also verbatim comments and impressions from Global Visitors to his Studio website or others who have seen his work via the internet and who left their impressions of his work. There you can see literally hundreds of comments from viewers who were impressed, moved, and “stunned” from over 50 countries around the world. To read those comments, go to Steadman’s Old Studio Site and look at the comments beside the photos on each of the first 50 pages of that site. Those portraits have been called The Global 50 Favorites, but they were made and called that prior to Steadman’s trip across America.

Global General Impressions of Steadman’s Portrait Work

The following link is to a page which shows just some (31) of the many comments (hundreds) that Steadman’s portrait photography has received from viewers around the world. Many of these verbatim comments are from experienced photographers, many of which are professional photographers themselves. These comments are just the “general impression” type and are only about Steadman’s portrait photography, which is only one element from his larger body of work as a photographer and artist (painter). Global General Impressions of Steadman’s Portrait Photography

Steadman’s Portrait Clients and Patrons

There are also testimonials from Steadman’s Studio Clients who have actually hired him to produce artwork or portraits for them. To read those comments, simply click Testimonials About Steadman Uhlich: Client Comments.

Art Patrons and Hosts (Hosts in Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program)

You can also read full length Verbatim Testimonial Letters from Patrons and Hosts who hosted Steadman while he is traveling in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as part of his unique Visiting Artist Program. Those letters also give insight into not Steadman’s ability to create beautiful portraits or art for clients. They also give you verbatim comments on his character and trustworthiness. In many cases, Steadman was a guest of these hosts for several weeks (up to 4 months) and so the clients or hosts got to spend many hours with him. They saw him in many hours of social interactions, working with members of their own family, working with others in public, and as a professional artist focused on his subjects. They also got to know him from many hours spent together eating meals, traveling, visiting, and sharing stories.

Steadman’s Former Partners and CEO Level Contacts (Management Consulting Career)

Prior to beginning his career as a professional artist and fine art photographer, Steadman was for years a very successful and truly unique high-level management consultant working for two of the largest Big Six global consulting firms. His contact level was the Chairman, CEO, and other “C Level” contacts of some of the largest global corporations. He worked as a unique “Partner in Charge” of an innovative program for the largest firm. The following link will take you to a page where you can see 60 Verbatim Testimonial Comments from many of his partners (whom he helped) and some of his CEO contacts. 60 Testimonial Quotes by Former Partners and CEOs Regarding Results, Professionalism, Creativity, Consulting Skills, and Experience

Photographers Steadman has Mentored

There are additional testimonial letters from photographers around the world that Steadman has mentored. To view a few of these, visit Steadman’s PhotoMentors site that is focused on teaching and educating people about fine photography. There is a Testimonials category there with many verbatim testimonial quotes about Steadman and several verbatim letters from photographers he has mentored or helped. Steadman has had remarkable success in helping photographers (both new and experienced) learn how to see their photos in a new way and how to improve their own work to reach their own goals. He gives very practical advice in the form of his Simple Suggestions that any photographer can follow. And his style of communicating with and advising people on both abstract and technical topics has won praise from the people he mentors.

200+ Photographers Steadman Helped

There are 200+ Verbatim Testimonial Comments from Photographers Steadman Helped. These verbatim comments were unsolicited and publicly published by the writers on a highly regarded internet photography forum where Steadman helped photographers from around the world (amateur and professionals) improve their photography. Many of these comments were in an unusual, unsolicited, “Tribute to Steadman” (prompted by someone else) that thanked him for his service and helpfulness to the global online photography community.

44 Photographers Who Bought from Steadman

There are even testimonials from other photographers who have bought from Steadman in the past: Testimonials from 44 Photographers who bought from Steadman. There are Verbatim Testimonials from 44 photographers who have bought many thousands of dollars of photography equipment from him, online. If you have any doubts about buying anything from Steadman, you should read what they say about the accuracy of his descriptions of what he sold them and their high satisfaction with the entire transaction process.

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Links to Various Verbatim Testimonial Quotes

Testimonial Quotes by 200+ Photographers Around the World Regarding Steadman’s Helpfulness, Service, and Creative and Critical Eye

140 Quotes by Art Gallery Visitors Seeing Steadman’s Work Lifesize and in an Art Gallery

Quotes by Global Visitors Regarding Just ONE Portrait Project for Just ONE Person: The Pianist

Quotes by Global Visitors Regarding Steadman’s Portraits of Elders

Quotes by Global Visitors Regarding Three of Steadman’s Equestrians Portraits

Testimonial Quotes by Photographers Steadman has Mentored

60 Testimonial Quotes by Former Partners and CEOs Regarding Results, Professionalism, Creativity, Consulting Skills, and Experience

Testimonial Quotes About Steadman Uhlich: 44 Photographers who Bought from Steadman

Testimonial Letters from Patrons and Hosts who Participated in Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program

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