Equestrians: Horses and Riders

Latest Update: May 1, 2014 UPDATE:  READ THIS FIRST!

There are many thousands of photos of equestrians and horses in action in my portfolio, including hundreds of finished photographs of Fox Hunting, hundreds more of Hunter-Jumpers, hundreds of Team Penners, and literally thousands of finished photos of Rodeo action. There are too many to put on this single web page. Contact me if you wish to see more.

You may also see 900+ recent photos from my ongoing travels as part of my current Equestrians Project.  To see those photos, simply visit my facebook profile page and view the timeline photo album.  You will see many photos that will later be in my books. While you are there, send me a facebook friend request too.

This page on this site contains only 250+ photos and is edited or changed every few days.  The 250+ photos shown below are only a small set of examples and they are posted here while the design and layout of this page is further developed and sizes of photos tested etc.  Many of the smaller photos shown below may be enlarged by clicking on the smaller images.  The text is provided here to help you find answers quickly. Please excuse this temporary format. Please note: if you visit this page more than once, the page layout (design) may appear “scrambled” as the page design elements are being changed or modified.  IF the page appears “scrambled” then simply click “CTL + F5″ on your keyboard to clear your temporary memory and then let this page reload into your browser.  This may take about 1-3 seconds but will then show you the current page design and photos.


Steadman’s Equestrian Expedition 2011-2013

I have an original art project (photography and paintings) in current development. This is a long term project that involves three years of work and countless man hours and many miles of travel.

I am currently traveling the USA while working on a personal art project focused on Equestrians (horse, rider, horse and rider) in all styles of riding  (English, Western, hunter-jumper, draft, working, etc.). I am currently in Texas and will be traveling to the other Western states soon.

If you are interested in having me photograph your horse, yourself, your barn, your horse show, your rodeo, your fox hunt,  or your professional equine services, give me a call and we can discuss the possibilities.  I am available for travel to any location, globally. Private commissions (for portraits or documentary style photography) and commercial assignments are welcomed.

From March 2012 to May 2014 I will be in Texas focused on the horses, riders, and cowboy-rodeo-ranching-showing styles of horsemanship there. I now have over 1,000 Action Portraits finished in my Signature Style in separate portfolios (not on this website). I am also working on the research and illustrative material for several special books I will create related to equestrian subjects.

I started this project in January 2011.  This project is a long term project for me and has already created a beautiful set of portraits and art.  You can read  detailed testimonial letters from clients on this site. Just look for the Equestrian Testimonials red button on this site.
While visiting areas with horses,  I am available to make beautiful portraits and art based on the horses in that area.  The horses and/or riders do not need to be “show winners” to have a beautiful and extraordinary portrait. I am interested in riders from ALL riding disciplines, riders of ALL ages, and horses of ALL breeds and ages. Some of the best of these will be included in my future books about Equestrians (it will include both horses and riders) and possibly in future art exhibits.
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You only see the Tip of the Iceberg!

What you see on this page is just the “Tip of the Iceberg” when it comes to the styles of portraits and images Steadman has made and is going to make for Equestrians in the future.
Here are a few examples of the various styles of portraits of Riders, Horses, or Horse & Rider.
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - "Cowboy - Gus"

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – “Cowboy – Gus”

Steadman’s Special Request for You: Tell me your impressions of the facial expressions, personality, and character shown in these Equestrian portraits.

Please take a few moments to look into the eyes of any of the portraits on this page, such as the one above of “The Cowboy” or those below such as “The Competitor,” or  “Blue Ribbons at Six.”  Then go to the bottom of this page and send me your own Impressions (or interpretations) comments of what you sense, see, or feel is shown by his expression in this portrait by using the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this page. Consider what your first impression is of the person in the photo, and how your emotions may have responded, and what thoughts you have of the person’s character or personality.  How does the portrait strike you? What do you sense of the person in the photo? What do you sense of their character or personality?  You do not need to have any “technical” qualifications in photography in order to share your response or impressions.

Have some fun and participate.  Share your thoughts.  Tell the world what you see and feel. Add your Impressions Comments.

As an artist, I am always interested in how my work and these images affect viewers around the world and I would sincerely appreciate reading your sense or impression or interpretation of what you see in these faces in these portraits.

Have some fun guessing what is on their mind or something about them, then write your impressions down in the Reply box below. You can also do this for any of the portraits shown on this page.

Then, after writing your own impressions comment, take a moment to look over the impressions comments already collected in the Global Impressions document linked below.  You might be surprised by what people see in these portraits and how their impressions differ from yours.  I have been told many times that people who do participate in this “expression interpretation” enjoy the experience and sharing their own views to the photos. I hope you will participate too, and contribute your Impressions too.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - "Blue Ribbons at Six"

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – “Blue Ribbons at Six”

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - "Competitor"

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – “Competitor”

Tip: Click on the following Red Button to view a PDF file showing some of the many Global Impressions comments from around the world about the above portrait of “The Cowboy,” and  “The Competitor,” and “Blue Ribbons.”

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian: Gus  (The Cowboy)

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Source:  Gus is a true cowboy  who spent many years riding and tending thousands of head of cattle. He is the subject in the portrait above, “Cowboy: Gus.”
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“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.”

Gus, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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Do you need photos of your horse for Sale Promotion, Marketing of Breeding Services, Show Promotion, Advertising, or just because you love the horse?  I can help you.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Diamonds
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Diamonds
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Diamonds

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Diamonds

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What Impression will your portrait make?

The hundreds of Global Impressions comments seen via the colorful link blocks below are a reflection of what people see in the portraits, art photographs, and paintings made by Steadman Uhlich.

What matters is how people who did not know the people in the photos/portraits/art were moved and impressed by the photos of people and the photos of things and the paintings.

The most common comment heard uttered by literally thousands of SUFA Gallery visitors was simply: “WOW!”

If you are considering purchase of a fine art photo by Steadman, you might hear comments like this from people who admire that photo in your home or office.
If you are considering commissioning a portrait by Steadman, you might hear similar comments regarding your portrait.
Steadman: “I encourage you to read some of the Global Impressions comments so you can see how others see these extraordinary portraits.”
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English or Dressage or Western or Buckaroo?

Q: How can one photographer/artist capture the varied disciplines and styles of riding?
“My Equestrian Project is focused on equestrians (riders or horses) and will go across the various styles and disciplines of riding and horsemanship.  I will make sure your portrait shows you at your best form and with the appropriate moment and style.  I can assure you that I take the time to make sure you get the portrait you want to represent you, whether it is an artistic portrait or a creative action image.  Be prepared for some unusual and uncommon images too.  Read some of the testimonial comments from riders across the disciplines I have photographed.”
Steadman Uhlich

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Do you own or manage a horse related business (for profit or a non-profit)?

Are you a Professional Equestrian such as a horse trainer or riding instructor?

If so, my Visiting Artist Program could have many substantial and very valuable benefits for you. There are so many possibilities or ways the Visiting Artist Program could help you that I would rather speak with you on the phone to discuss them with you.  Call me for a free, no hassle, no commitment necessary, introductory call and consultation so we can discuss how I can help you and your business too. You have nothing to lose, and much to gain.

If you are a professional horse trainer, a vet, an owner of a horse barn, an owner of a tack shop, a horse breeder, an owner of a horse related tour business (e.g. horse guest ranches, dude ranches, etc.), a rodeo promoter, a horse show promoter, a manufacturer of horse related products, a farrier, a horse therapy organization, a horse breed association, a 4-H group, a horse rescue operation, or many other horse related businesses, there is potential that I could help you and you could help your customers (or community) too.  Let’s talk about it.

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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

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Flying

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The Master Horseman: Peter Campbell

I was fortunate to spend several days closely observing and photographing Peter Campbell, one of the renowned American Horsemen.  Peter has a distinguished and long professional equestrian career that includes being a true working cowboy and Buckaroo (a style of cowboy in the American and Canadian West), years managing one of the largest cattle ranches in the USA,  and many years spent training and helping thousands of other equestrians across the USA and Canada.  He has worked with many thousands of people and horses and has a very loyal following of equestrians who literally travel across the USA (e.g. 1,000+ miles) to attend his clinics.  I will post more photos of him and his clinic here later, and will write more about Peter in the future for my books.  Here is a photo to start:

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Master Horseman Peter Campbell

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Peter Campbell - Showing the Way

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Peter Campbell - Fine Tuning

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Peter Campbell - Fine Points

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Peter Campbell - Adding Steers in the Mix

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Peter Campbell - Working Cattle Lesson

Equestrians from across the USA came to this Peter Campbell clinic. There were folks there who had come from Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, and as far as from Pennsylvania.  Many of them had many years of experience with horses, yet they all learned and enjoyed the teaching and the learning. Below are a few portraits I made of some of the folks at the clinic.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buckaroo Donnie

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Roxanne

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Trina

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Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Groundwork

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Graceful

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Young Buckarette (detail)

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Master Horseman Peter Campbell

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Are you a professional equestrian (e.g. competitor, rider, trainer, coach, clinician)?

If you are a professional equestrian and you would like to have photographs that capture your skill, spirit, professionalism, style, and personality, call me.  Private or group photography sessions can yield photos that you will treasure and photos that you could possibly use for your equestrian business too.  There are many possibilities for me to create images that positively reflect you and your business. Whether you may need photos for your training materials, website, promotional materials, book illustrations, book jacket photos, book covers, or other needs, we can talk about what fits you and how outstanding photographs could help you.

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian: Terri Bergen-Smith

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Source: Terri is a serious 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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English:  The Hunter Jumper

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Ready for the Course
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Approach to the Jump
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Eye on the Next Jump
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Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Hot Blood

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an English Style Equestrian: Jamie Haith

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Source: Jamie is a serious English style equestrian. She trains Thoroughbreds that are former race horses as hunter-jumpers.  She has four horses in training now.

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“I met Steadman through the stable where I keep my horses.  He was visiting our area and because I had never heard of him before, I was at first skeptical of hiring a photographer who did not have a local reputation.  That was until I saw his work.  When I did visit his website, when I looked over his portfolio, and when I saw the great photos he made of people I know, my attitude changed and I decided I wanted him to photograph me and my horse. I have been riding horses seriously for 12 years.  I consider myself a hunter-jumper. I have competed for several years.  I also train Thoroughbreds for hunter-jumper competition and own four Thoroughbreds at this time.  I was very impressed by the portraits and action photos Steadman made of three of the professional trainers I know.  Those trainers and other riders raved about his work too.   I chose to have Steadman photograph me in a private session.  I told him I did not want a typical “posed” portrait and I also wanted a photo showing me riding.

Because my horse was acting a bit temperamental the day of my photo session, I was concerned that the photos would not be as good as I wanted.  Steadman assured me it would be no problem for him and he was confident that he could make some special photos for me.   I was totally surprised later when I saw the impressive photographs Steadman had made.

In a word, Steadman’s photographs are “awesome.”

I was amazed that Steadman was able to show my horse looking so beautiful and strong.  He is a handsome horse, but I have never seen a photo of him look this good.  It is art. Some of the photos look so much like a classic painting that I was amazed and proud that it was my horse in the picture.

Steadman showed me the many action shots from the session and I was again amazed.  There were so many wonderful pictures.

He knows what to look for in the horse’s action and he caught it in shot after shot.  Not only that, he also pays close attention to how the rider looks too.   He asked me to tell him my favorites and I just kept saying “that one, and that one, and that one.”  There were dozens of fantastic action photos that each showed my horse looking great.  I was stunned by the quality and by what Steadman had seen with his eyes and captured with his camera.  I kept saying “awesome” and I mean it!

These photos are so exciting to see and they are really impressive and stunning when you see them in large prints. I had viewed Steadman’s website prior to our photo session, but I was not expecting the real photographs to be as impressive and powerful as they are.  You really need to see them in the large prints to understand this.  I know it changed my feelings immediately, and now I can totally understand why his clients rave about his work.

When Steadman showed me his large portfolio prints that he made from our session together, I immediately thought “awesome!”  Each time he showed me another print I was “WOWed” again!

Photo after photo was better than any I have seen before and each one looked like art to me.  These are so different from ordinary event or competition photos.  Since I have been riding for several years, I have had many photos made of my horses and me riding them in competitions.  Nothing I have compares to these portraits and action photos by Steadman.  Steadman’s work is elegant and beautiful and art.

When my mother saw the large photos of me, she was also “wowed” too.  My mother has been around horses all her life too and she was totally impressed by these photos.

Steadman’s work is the best I have seen!  It doesn’t look like any of the photos I have seen before.  It looks like it belongs in an art gallery or art museum.  Seriously!

Steadman told me prior to our session that many of his best and favorite photographs are never shown on the internet or his websites.  In fact, several of my favorites are shown on his website, but my favorite shot is not.  It is true when Steadman tells you that some of his best are only seen in private viewings or when you meet him.  My mother and I are both looking forward to seeing Steadman’s art exhibit or book in the future.

I know that I am very happy with these photos now, but I also know that in the future these will become something I will proudly share with my own family.  Steadman’s photographs really are heirloom quality portraits and art.

I am a very serious equestrian. I am also very picky when it comes to things for my horses and when choosing things for myself.  I look for the best quality for my horses and myself.

I can highly recommend Steadman Uhlich to you because I have seen with my own eyes how he can make fantastic art with anyone and with horses.  You might not think he can do it with you or your horse. I have total confidence he can.  I have seen the results for myself and for several other equestrians I know.  We are all happy we made the choice to have Steadman make his art for us.

After seeing these wonderful photos of one of my horses, I am excited about what Steadman can make for me in the future too.  I intend to have him photograph my other horses too. It is a special experience to have a true artist make art with you as the subject of the art. It is also exciting to be part of his Equestrians Project.

Choose Steadman Uhlich to make your portrait.  You won’t regret it.”

Jamie Haith

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - English Blood

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian: Michele Tetreault-Mertes

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Source: Michele is a serious rider who is studying dressage

“Steadman has the ability to uncover your soul and transplant it onto canvas. Steadman Uhlich has returned equestrian art and portraits to its classical roots with a highly refined sense of style and art.

Initially, seeing Steadman’s unforgettable style in portraits of fellow equestrians, I was overcome with emotion and compelled to commission Uhlich’s work. I was drawn in. I wanted Steadman to capture the same portrait effect for my horse and me.

I am European and have lived in Europe as well. Steadman’s work is reminiscent of old world charm, that of which is not commonly seen in the U.S. Additionally, my home is almost 100 years old and furnished with antiques from Europe.

I wanted a portrait that I could feel comfortable displaying in my home as quality and style are important to me. I did not want a typical event photo from a horse show, as those so often look like snapshots.  I wanted something better and something beautiful for my home.  I wanted art, if possible.

I am so pleased with the portraits Steadman has made for me. There is a classic and timeless quality in his portraits that I know will look good even with high-end interiors. 

Steadman’s finished portraits look better than painted portraits and equestrian art I have seen. They are engaging and facinating, especially in how they look when seen in a large print.

I cannot let time slip by without telling you what a wonderful experience I had! Steadman was very professional, knowledgeable, interesting, lots of fun, and lovely to spend the time with. Steadman made the experience come alive for me. I felt that my portraits became a deliberate and conscious striving to revive antiquity – Steadman was able to partner with me on my vision and enabled it to become a reality.

It has been years since I had a professional portrait made of me. I know that my friends and I tend to be very critical of how we look in photos and I have some friends who have been disappointed after hiring a professional photographer because there were so few good photos. We tend to be very picky!  Well I was surprised when I saw the results of the photo session I had with Steadman. There were so many beautiful photos that were truly extraordinary in their look that I had a very difficult time choosing from them.

With Steadman, it is not a question of whether there will be a good photo from the session. There is more likely to be a unique challenge to choose from among the many beautiful images he makes of you.

Steadman really pays attention to the details when working with you. Steadman set my horse and I up for success by helping me with tips on how to look my best for the photo shoot. But he goes beyond that, as Steadman carefully looks for the very best angle and light for the rider as well as the horse. It shows in his photographs.

I know some of my friends say I look younger and athletic in some of the photos. I was amazed at how these portraits look. Steadman understands the importance of movement in terms of expression as he has spent a great deal of time observing and studying the matter. He discussed the importance of putting weight on one leg vs. the other in pictures, placement of face, and other various positioning of the body.

As a serious rider, and a student of dressage, I had dreamed of having a photo that would show my love for horses, but I also wanted one to show me looking good too. I have seen many photos by other photographers that show the horse looking good, but the rider looks strange, or sometimes with an odd facial expression when riding. I wanted both of us to look good. That is one reason I chose Steadman Uhlich to make my portrait, as I had seen how attractive his other clients look in the portraits he made of them while they rode.

Steadman works very closely with you to find out what you want people to see in a photo of you. He took the time to understand what I wanted to see in my portrait. Then he surprised me and surpassed by highest expectations!

Steadman has the unique vision of a true artist and is able to see the potential in you and he was sensitive to my desires.

I took the time to look through his portfolios prior to our session and I had seen his portraits of other equestrians I know. So, I expected something of the same and hoped my own portraits would be as good.

I know that for some of his portraits of me, I was completely surprised by how beautiful my horse and I looked in the moment Steadman created. 

Steadman doesn’t just copy others or create “cookie-cutter” portraits, like so many photographers do. Steadman really takes the time to create something unique for his clients.

And, as others before me have already said, there are so many beautiful photos in Steadman’s equestrian portfolio that are not seen here on his website.  There are countless photos that each have something beautiful and amazing in them and his action portraits of all kinds of riders are incredible.  I was truly stunned when I saw what he had made for me and others.   Like others, I can’t wait to see his art exhibition and his future book.

Steadman’s portraits of me look unlike anything in his portfolio (prior to his making them of me) and more importantly unlike anything I have seen before by any other photographer. In fact, I was constantly thinking how Steadman’s work looks like something from one of the museums I visited in Europe.

Steadman’s work definitely has a distinctive style and atmosphere that is Art. These are the highest quality contemporary equestrian portraits I have ever seen!

There are always things we want and yet we usually feel a little guilty of spending more than usual on something for ourselves. Let me tell you, whatever you spend on a portrait by Steadman Uhlich is well worth it. It has to be one of the best things I have ever spent money on, because I am so pleased by the resulting portrait.

It is something I will treasure and keep for the rest of my life and I can only say that about a few things that are important to me. People call things like this “priceless” and I know what they mean. Steadman calls his work “unforgettable portraits” and now I fully understand what he means. These are really unforgettable pictures and ones I will keep a lifetime and be happy to share with my friends or family.

Steadman looks for unusual angles and is a master of using natural light.  He sees the distinct plays of shadows and light.  He really sees the light. The results are heavenly.

When I saw his photograph of my horse running at liberty one night, I said “WOW” as I just did not anticipate the photo would look that good from such a dark arena.  It was amazing to see what Steadman saw and my horse looks so beautiful in the photo.  I am totally pleased and pleasantly surprised.

Steadman has surpassed my expectations (I have discriminating taste because to me, most portrait photography seems so commonplace). Again, once seeing Steadman’s work, I became aware that his work harkens back to a by-gone era. Steadman’s development of techniques and artistic sensibilities have created what I consider masterpieces. Steadman is a true artist and craftsman of the highest order.

There is always a challenge in making an accurate representation of two subjects in a photograph. I am overjoyed that Steadman captured the harmony and relationship between myself and my horse.

I can highly recommend Steadman Uhlich to any equestrian of any level or any riding discipline.

The quality of the canvas that I ordered was beyond my expectations.

I ordered a 30 x 30 canvas and it looks like I could reach out and touch my horse it appears so lifelike. Many of my friends and family who have seen it have made commentary that they thought it was a painting as they could see the individual hairs on the horse!

The canvas holds its own above the fireplace and has the appearance of fine artwork found for thousands of dollars in high end art galleries. Steadman captured the essence of my horse and I would highly recommend his talent for hire!”

– Michele Tetreault-Mertes

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The Professional Dressage Trainer

Here is a set of four portraits I created for professional horse trainer Melissa Piennett.  She specializes in English, Dressage, and Hunter-Jumper training.  Three of the portraits are of her and her horse (a very handsome Westfalen or Westphalian Warmblood).  The fourth image (upper right) is one of my Action Portraits of a horse Melissa has trained, “Windsor” another tall warmblood jumping in this shot.  Windsor is a winner.

Equestrian Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - The Dressage Trainer

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian: Melissa Piennett

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Source: Melissa is a serious rider and a professional coach/trainer who teaches dressage and jumping.

“I am a professional horse trainer, specializing in both the dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines. I have been showing and training horses for many years and I am always looking for good photographs of my horses and the horses I have trained.

When we met to look at Steadman’s work of a horse I am training, Windsor, I was amazed at how beautiful the pictures were.

The use of natural light, the way he captured an expression on Windsor’s face I had never seen before, the look on the rider’s face, all of these made the picture truly unlike anything I had ever seen.

In addition, by the time Steadman had cropped it and changed the color to his signature gold tone, the large photo I purchased actually looked as if the horse was jumping out of the wall towards the viewer.

I have been buying pictures of my horses jumping at shows for at least 30 years and have never seen a photograph anything like this. One of my friends said it looked like it belonged in a magazine because the quality was so great.

So I received the prints of Windsor’s portrait, and they so much exceeded my expectations that I hired Steadman to make a portrait of my own dressage horse, Don Camillo.

The first thing Steadman did was to have a meeting with me to discuss what I wanted to see in a portrait of my horse. He listened to me and let me tell him what I was looking for in a portrait of a dressage horse (or a jumper). He explained to me what he looks for in a great portrait, how he uses natural light, and how he sets things up so he has the best chance of getting good photographs. He also told me what to expect on the day of our session, what clothes would probably look best, what I might want to consider in terms of grooming the horse, what tack I might want to use, and what time of day and location we might want for our session.

I admit I was worried about being able to get any usable photographs of either myself or the horse. My horse Don is nearly black and it seems that in every picture taken of him at horse shows he looks like a dark horse-shaped space in the center of the photograph.  In the few show photographs I have seen that looked good of him, there always seems to be some problem with the way I look.

The portrait session itself was remarkably easy, and took only about an hour. I trailered Don to a local barn so that we would have a nice background for the pictures. In addition to the shots we had planned, Steadman took several action shots in an arena of us trotting and cantering. He also took pictures of me alone, and several of me on the ground holding the horse. Throughout the session he gave me directions on what he wanted and made suggestions that ended up creating some of the best portraits.

We met a couple of days later to review the pictures Steadman had taken and to select which one I would get printed.

I was blown away by both the quantity and the quality of the pictures.

The amount of detail, the use of light, the expression of the horse, just everything combined, makes this look like a portrait I would look for in a museum, not a house.

There were 15 other photographs I thought were also exceptionally beautiful.

I am very happy with the portrait I selected. It shows my horse as he looks to me, at his most beautiful. The light on his coat, in his eye, the muscling on his neck, the entire picture looks more like a painting than a photograph.

Some of the other portraits he took of me and the horse together, some of the close ups of Don’s head, and a few of the action shots are so beautiful that I literally can’t stop thinking about them.

I am confident that if you hire Steadman to make a portrait of your horse you will be very happy with the result. I am also confident that you will be, as I was, surprised by something new and beautiful in the horse and maybe in yourself, something you had never seen before.

Steadman is a true artist. As an artist he is able to stand as one outside of your life, apart from it, and find in you and your horse an image of beauty, and truth, that you would, without him, be unable to see.”

–Melissa Piennett

 

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Do you own or manage a horse related business (for profit or a non-profit)?

Are you a Professional Equestrian such as a horse trainer or riding instructor?

If so, my Visiting Artist Program could have many substantial and very valuable benefits for you. There are so many possibilities or ways the Visiting Artist Program could help you that I would rather speak with you on the phone to discuss them with you.  Call me for a free, no hassle, no commitment necessary, introductory call and consultation so we can discuss how I can help you and your business too. You have nothing to lose, and much to gain.

If you are a professional horse trainer, a vet, an owner of a horse barn, an owner of a tack shop, a horse breeder, an owner of a horse related tour business (e.g. horse guest ranches, dude ranches, etc.), a rodeo promoter, a horse show promoter, a manufacturer of horse related products, a farrier, a horse therapy organization, a horse breed association, a 4-H group, a horse rescue operation, or many other horse related businesses, there is potential that I could help you and you could help your customers (or community) too.  Let’s talk about it.

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Horses at Liberty

Horses can look very different when viewed running at liberty or free from any restraints (i.e. without a saddle, bridle, or rider).  It is fascinating to watch them kick up their hooves and take off in a fast run having fun. For some of my clients, these are their favorite photos of their horse showing their spirit, form and beauty.  If you have an interest in a portrait of your horse running naturally, we can make it happen.

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Liberty at Night

 

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Atticus at Liberty

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Gray Goose Flying

 

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian: Renee Hemmele

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Source: Renee is the proud owner of a gray mare I photographed in a Liberty Session one night.  You can see one of the beautiful photos of her horse enjoying some play time up above.

“Steadman’s Liberty At Night session was incredible!

To let Gray Goose just run free and capturing her kicking up her heels and enjoying herself was the best suggestion anyone could have thought of.

Steadman truly captured the free spirit she was that night!

Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent and eye!!
-Renee Hemmele (Gray Goose)

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Legacy Portraits

There comes a time in the life of a horsewoman or horseman when they would like to pass on their love for their sport or simply their love of horses.  I saw this when a young girl came across country to visit her grandmother who drives her horse and cart.  I watched as the girl was introduced to the horse, shown how to drive, and finally given the reins for some turns around the arena.  It was a beautiful natural moment to see, as one shows and shares their love with a child they love. The natural light was just right for this one. No artificial light (i.e. no flash) was used and these equestrians were at this moment actually driving their horse past me (in motion) at a nice trot.  Their expressions are completely natural (not posed) as they enjoyed the ride.  This image is very light in tone, so if you have difficulty seeing the subtle tones (shades of color) on this image, it may be that your monitor or computer contrast is too high.

If you would like to have a Legacy Portrait of your own, I can make one for you that reflects your love for your family and your passion for horses.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Dream of Driving

Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian: Debby Wiseman

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Source: Debby is the proud owner of a Haflinger imported from Austria.  She and her granddaughter were photographed as they were driving by at a trot (see above photo).

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“Having grown up riding, driving and showing horses as a young girl,  it is a thrill that my granddaughter shares my love of horses. Since she lives in another state, our time together is precious and  almost always involves learning something new with our  equine  friends. A day spent together is a memory to treasure.Teaching my granddaughter to drive my horse was a special day for  both of us.  We had not planned on being photographed.

Steadman  captured us on film, as we trotted around the arena—-no posing, no  studio lights, no special clothes.  A truly authentic moment.

When I saw the photograph that Steadman had taken, I could not  believe my eyes.  I saw myself as a young girl, wanting to learn  everything I could about horses; wanting to be like the person who  was teaching me.

The photo looks almost surreal in the softness of the light (which  was totally natural) as one generation passes her passion on to one  following in her footsteps. 

It is not just a photograph; it is fine  art.  It is not just a picture. It tells the story of the closeness  between a grandmother and granddaughter and the joy they have of  being together.

Thanks to Steadman and his beautiful photography, this is a memory  that will not fade…..a treasure that will be enjoyed by our family  for generations to come.Thank you, Steadman.  I can’t wait for you to photograph my beautiful  Haflinger.”
–Debby Wiseman,  Fremont, NE

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Fox Hunting

Fox Hunting is exciting to do and to watch.  It is a test of the skill and courage of the horse and rider in a natural environment requiring cross-country and jumping riding skills.  The hunt may last for hours, so the horses must have stamina to finish the hunt, especially if the hunt involves hilly terrain. Horses and riders may be required to jump fences, negotiate narrow tracks or paths, cross soft ground, cross hard surfaces such as unpaved roads, climb hills, descend hills, cross gullies or shallow streams, and go through a variety of cover (wooded or brush). Here are a few examples of some of my recent work observing and photographing this riding discipline.

As part of my Equestrians Project, I am writing a special book about Fox Hunting.  If you are a member of a Hunt (in any city or state), and you would like me to visit your part of the country to photograph you, your horses, your hounds, and your hunts, contact me.  I am also available for global travel to photograph fox hunts and other special equestrian events.

By the way, no foxes were injured or hurt during this hunt.  Also Note: There are already 600+ different finished portraits (in my Signature Style) of English-Style Hunters/Jumpers and other riding styles and horses in Action in my private viewing portfolios.  Only a few examples are shown here on this page, and some of my favorite images are not shown on the internet.  To see others, contact me for a private viewing.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunt NHH

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Huntsman Calls

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged).

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Emeritus Master of Fox Hounds

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunter Profile

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Masters of the Fox Hounds

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Masters of the Fox Hounds

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunt Huntsman and Whip

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Master of Fox Hounds NHH

A fox hunting club, or “Hunt,” is presided over by a “Master of the Fox Hounds.” This person or persons (there may be a “Joint Masters of the Fox Hounds” as there are at the North Hills Hunt) has experience, responsibility, and a leading role in the the actual hunt. He follows the Huntsman (while the Huntsman follows the hounds who follow the fox) and everyone else in the hunt group (the other riders) follows the Master(s). Follow me? ;)

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Master of the Fox Hounds

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged).

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunt Tally

The above Authentic Action Portrait is authentic (not posed or staged) and was at the moment when one of the fox hunters (one of the Masters of Fox Hounds) was in quick pursuit of the quarry.  When the quarry (e.g fox or coyote) is seen, the hounds and horses get moving quickly in chase.  Here the horse has just run up a rise and come to the point where the rider can see the chase in the field down below.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Whip Fast Pursuit at Fox Hunt

The above Authentic Action Portrait is authentic (not posed or staged) and was at the moment when one of the fox hunters (one of the Whips, or assistants to the Huntsman) was in quick pursuit of the quarry.  When the quarry (e.g fox or coyote) is seen, the hounds and horses get moving quickly in chase.  Here the horse has just run up a rise then down to the field below and is crossing a recently harvested “stubble field” (where corn or maize is grown).  The hounds (and coyotes) were moving very fast (coyotes can run up to 45mph) so the horse and riders had to go fast to keep up.

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged). This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunter

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged).

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunter

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Fox Hunter

One of the things one notices about Fox Hunting, is that it is a good reason for dressing up. The horses are groomed, their manes knotted, the riders’ boots polished and the riders wearing traditional hunt clothes. Of course, after a few hours of hard riding over hills, plunging into water in gullies or creeks, riding through muddy tracks or paths, the horse and rider can show a bit of the other side of Fox Hunting, it is a very active way of riding with horses sweaty, mouths foaming, and dress (clothing) muddied and wet. Still, I find that appealing too. Here is a rider who has just finished riding fast and her horse still looks excited to be in the hunt.

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Excited Horse at Fox Hunt

The above Action Portrait of an excited horse at the fox hunt will soon be available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. This will also become one of my future paintings too. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image, contact me.

 

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Leader of the Pack at Fox Hunt

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged). This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Tally Ho at the Fox Hunt

The above image shows 21 of the horses going quickly up a hill as they follow the Huntsman and his hounds as they pursue the quarry during the hunt.  The hounds were hot on the trail and two coyotes were seen (not shown in this photo) causing the traditional cry of “Tally Ho!” as the chase began.

This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Searching at the Fox Hunt

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged).  In the Western USA, the Fox Hunt often encounters the scent of a larger and faster quarry, the coyote. This image above is one of my favorites from the Opening hunt of the North Hills Hunt, and will become one of my paintings in the future.  This moment shows the Huntsman and one of his “Whips” (or “Whippers-In” or assistant), with the rest of the hunt group following the Master of Fox Hounds just beginning to crest the hill in the background. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. This will also become one of my future paintings too. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Decision Point in Fox Hunt

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged). This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Huntsman Calling Hounds at Fox Hunt

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged).  This shows the Huntsman calling his hounds to him, by sounding his horn.  This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Huntsman Counting the Hounds at Fox Hunt

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged).  This shows the Huntsman counting his hounds as they return to him (after his call seen above).  This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

 

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Hunters Return

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Fox Hunt Heading Home

The above image is an Authentic Action Portrait (not posed or staged). This image above is one of my favorites from my portfolio of Fox Hunt photographs, and will become one of my paintings in the future. The above Action Portrait  at the fox hunt is now available as a Fine Art Photograph (available for purchase by anyone), in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you are interested in having an original signed photograph of this image (that will later be one of my paintings), contact me.

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“You could be in the Pictures!”

If you are interested in having me photograph your horse, yourself, your barn, your horse show, your rodeo, your fox hunt,  or your professional equine services, give me a call and we can discuss the possibilities.  I am available for travel to any location, globally. Private commissions (for portraits or documentary style photography) and commercial assignments are welcomed.

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English Jumpers and Hunter-Jumpers in Action (A small sample of recent work.)

Jumping horses is exciting to do and watch.  It is a test of the skill and courage of the horse and rider.  Here are a few examples of some of my recent work in this riding discipline. There are already 425+ different finished portraits (in my Signature Style) of English-Style Hunters/Jumpers in Action in my private viewing portfolios.  Only a few examples are shown here on this page.  To see others, contact me for a private viewing.

Equestrian Horse Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 6668

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 6871

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 6752

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 6881F

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Jump 6660F

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9452

The following photo shows the horse’s head while the horse was at the peak of its jump!

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jumper 9502 In Jump!

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9342

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jumper 9260

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9412

Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jumper 9384

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9296

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9346

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9312

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9499

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9356

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9410

 

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9349

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9346

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9413

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9442

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jump 9316F

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Infinity A Jump 0439

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Infinity A Jump 0463

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Infinity A Jump 0548

Contact me if you would like to see more photos in this category or if you were at these shows. There are already 400+ different finished portraits (in my Signature Style) of English Jumpers in Action in my private viewing portfolio.  Only a few examples are shown here on this page.  To see others, contact me for a private viewing.

If your club, barn or your group is having a show and you would like me to attend to photograph you and/or others, contact me and let’s talk about the possibilities.

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You could also have an original Action Portrait up to 40×40″ in size on canvas that would look impressive in any home, office, or decor.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Eyes on the Prize

 

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Trail Riders in Action!  Western-Style Trail Riders competing in a Trail Rider Challenge event. 

A small sample of recent work. I now have over 600 Action Portraits finished in my Signature Style in separate portfolios (not on this website). 

Jumping horses is most often associated with English-Style hunters and show-jumpers.  It is a test of the skill and courage of the horse and rider. What you will see below in this section are photos of Western-Style trail riders jumping and maneuvering their horses in a competition.  These jumps may not be in the perfect “English” style or form, but one should remember that these riders are jumping with a Western saddle (and they usually have a saddle horn that prevents or inhibits getting flat or leaning far forward during the jump).  Also of note is the fact that for several of these riders, this may have been their very first jump over an obstacle of this height!  And another point I found very interesting about this event was the fact that the competition included riders with a wide range of ages from 13 years old to 70+ years old!  Everyone who participated seemed to enjoy the challenges to their skills, and I could see many experience a very gratifying sense of accomplishment when they succeeded in the tasks or the challenge.  I could also see how this kind of testing leads to a higher level of confidence in the rider.

Here are a few examples of some of my recent work that shows horses jumping while the riders were competing in a Trail Rider Challenge event hosted by trainer Kelli Paulson.  This type of event challenges the rider and horse to overcome obstacles and perform tasks of horse maneuvering that one might encounter on a trail ride or ranch riding.  Some obstacles are very typical of natural tests, such as getting over a log or across water such as a stream.  Some are more abstract, such as negotiating a maze that has been built on the ground for the test.  Some obstacles may appear to be very simple, but they can prove very challenging to many riders and horses.  Other obstacles or “tests” included going over a metal bridge, going through a line of moving objects, and handling the horse while making sharp turns, circles, or pivots.   Only a few examples are shown here on this page.  To see others, contact me for a private viewing.

Equestrian Action Portrait  by Steadman Uhlich - Trail Rider Jump 1401A

Equestrian Action Portrait  by Steadman Uhlich - Trail Rider Jump Age No Limit

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - TRC Jump 1105

 

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - TRC Jump 1417

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - TRC Jump 1469

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Jumps, Mighty Mouse

The above photo shows Mark Lyon jumping.  Mark won first place in his class in the competition.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - TRC K0845A

The above photo shows trainer and host of the event, Kelli Paulson, demonstrating to the assembled contestants how to negotiate a 30 foot long narrow path that zig-zagged between two lines of cloth that fluttered and moved in the wind.  This proves more challenging than one might expect, as some horses are easily spooked by things that may move around their legs or even touch them as they walk by.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - TRC 1094A

Miranda Lyon is always up to a challenge of horsemanship.  Here she is negotiating the “Maze” obstacle that requires the rider to control the horse through a wooden maze without touching the maze walls.  This can be challenging for some riders as it requires the horse to make sharp turns.  Miranda actually did this “backwards” or in “reverse” through the maze without any touches! It was a clear demonstration of horse control and finesse that was impressive to see.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Judge

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Mustang Bows

This photo above shows a Mustang that was lead by hand through the entire course by his trainer (who had to jog the course to keep up with the other riders).  After completing one section of the obstacle course, the other contestants gave the trainer and horse a round of applause and whoops.  At that point the trainer had the Mustang bow. This horse has been trained for just 3.5 months and will be in an upcoming competition focused on Mustangs and their training.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Gray Going Fast

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Bridge of Confidence

Here trainer Kelli Paulson demonstrates the technique needed to cross an abstract obstacle.  In this case it is a narrow metal bridge.  I call this the “Bridge of Confidence” because it requires the horse to have the confidence to step up and cross an object they may have never seen before.  Surprisingly, this simple abstract obstacle causes more than a few horses to balk at crossing it.  Learning how to guide the horse across is a good skill to learn and increases the confidence of both the horse and rider.
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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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Verbatim Impressions

“What a unique style you have!  All the photos of the TRC you have posted are just beautiful.  I love how you captured the soft look in my horse’s eye as he went over the barrel jump.  He’s normally a spooky little horse, but was having such a good day.  I also liked how you captured the joy or concentration on people’s faces as they interacted with their horse.  Equestrians are a special group of people and have a unique connection with each of their horses.  Thank you for making a special day for me even more special by capturing it in a picture.”

Vickie Thoreson

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“You could be in the Pictures!”

If you are interested in having me photograph your horse, yourself, your barn, your horse show, your rodeo, your fox hunt,  or your professional equine services, give me a call and we can discuss the possibilities.  I am available for travel to any location, globally. Private commissions (for portraits or documentary style photography) and commercial assignments are welcomed.

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Reining

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Lady
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Lope
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner in The Fast Circle
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Proud
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Happy with The Ride

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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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Note: Pat later ordered a large almost-lifesize 40 x 40″ canvas of her favorite portrait and then after receiving it and hanging it in her home sent me the following Verbatim Testimonial Letter.

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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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“Steadman and I talked about the option of making my portrait on canvas.  I decided to get a life-size canvas of my portrait.

I am very happy I had Steadman make my portrait about life-size on canvas and I highly recommend this to anyone who has had him make a portrait of them.  It is so much nicer to see his work this way, as he intends it to be seen, rather than in small prints on paper.  

At first I was unsure if I wanted a big picture of me on the wall. Steadman spent some time, with no pressure on me, to explain how he sees his work and what he knows makes a big difference to his clients.  I listened and thought about it for a long time.  He helped me visualize the different sizes he could make by showing me scale prints up on a wall.  He even came to my home and measured the wall spaces where I was considering having my portrait hung and he gave me advice on lighting and displaying the portrait.  I also considered that if I purchased the large canvas, I would not need to have a special mat or glass or frame made, so I don’t have that additional expense that I would have had if I had just gotten a smaller photo on paper.

When I first saw the canvas I thought, WOW!  I was stunned and literally speachless for several minutes while I looked at it.

I had seen the portrait as smaller prints, but I was not anticipating how much of a difference I saw and felt when I saw the portrait life-size and on canvas.  It is really stunning to see, even if it were not me in the photo.  I know my husband, family, and friends, have been amazed.  I heard the words “awesome”  and “wow” more than a few times. Without a doubt, getting it made on canvas and about life-size was the right decision and one I don’t regret.  It has already made me very happy.

While I had been a little apprehensive if getting a larger life-size canvas of a myself was “too big” for our home, as soon as I saw the finished 40×40 canvas I saw why Steadman had encouraged me to get that size.  It is perfect for just about any home as it looks like an impressive piece of art on my wall. If it were a typical horse show photo, I could understand not getting a large print. This is completely different though, as this is really art.

I love to see my horse’s facial expressions, his eye, his bit, his hair textures, his soft lips, and that is all so beautiful in the canvas Steadman made for me.  

Steadman told me that the larger sized canvases seem to come to life and they are much more impressive than the smaller paper prints. He is absolutely right!

The life-size canvas is like a completely different experience as when I see it on the wall it is like looking into a mirror, but also different from that too.  It gives me a new way of seeing myself, a very positive way I think anyone would enjoy if it was them in the photo. It is hard to put this into words, but I can assure you it is a very positive and emotional experience, because Steadman’s portrait of me really does capture something of my true inner self, something not seen in any other photo or even in the mirror.

I don’t know how he does it, but Steadman has a gift for seeing something deep in a person and then bringing that to view for anyone to see, including the person in the photo. Steadman has the ability to create an amazing reflection of one’s spirit or soul or passion.  

This really is a portrait that speaks to me about my love of horses and is one photograph that I will be proud to show others.

It is also something I know my children like and will be an heirloom one day. In addition to the large canvas, Steadman made several duplicate prints so I would have smaller copies I can give to my family. They all enjoyed these photos and remarked that it was the best they had ever seen of me in photos. That is a very satisfying thing to hear when one reaches a certain age and wants to have a photo that one will be happy to be remembered by in the future.  I know Steadman did this for my Mother-in-Law too, and I know how see felt on seeing his portrait of her.

With the larger sized canvases you really can see more and enjoy Steadman’s art much more.  It becomes something beautiful in your home, and I know it would look great in a home with the highest-end decor. This really does look like a fine original painting on canvas. It looks like something out of a museum or art gallery, but it is me in the picture.  Amazing!

With a small light shining on my canvas, it appears alive and even from across the room my family and visitors remark about how it appears I am standing in the room by my horse.  It is so life-like, and three-dimensional looking and yet it is more than just a photo, it is art too.  I consider it a wonderful example of fine art made by a truely gifted artist.

If you have had Steadman make a beautiful portrait of you with your horse, you really should get one of the larger canvases that shows you about life-size.  If you do, I am certain you will feel like I do now, it is a wonderful piece of art that you and others will admire for many years and will immediately become one of your most satisfying possessions and truly priceless.”

Pat Collura

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Barrel Racing

The following collage shows just a small sample from the many Authentic Action photos I have made at horse events where horse sports like Barrel Racing are part of the show.  I have photos of riders from the highest level professional rodeo riders to small town amateur contestants.  Each shows the grit and determination of the rider along with the power, speed, and agility of the horses. Unfortunately the low resolution required for posting so many images on the internet reduces the apparent quality of the images.  The original photos are of very high resolution and very high quality and can be printed to very large sizes (e.g. 40×40″).  They are “magazine double truck” quality.  While I am traveling the western USA, I enjoy seeing events such as this, so if you are involved in this sport, I encourage you to contact me and invite me to your competitions in the future.  As I am traveling, I may be able to attend your event too.

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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Barrel Racing

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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Barrel Racing

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Special Professional Services for Equine Facility Owners and Equine Service Providers  (Barns, Trainers, Service Professionals, Vets)

Do you own or manage a horse barn or do you provide professional equine services?  Are you a trainer of horses or people?

How are the images (photos) and public “image” (e.g. your website or promotional materials) of your business helping you?  Or, could they be hurting your business image?  I can help you improve your “Image” and your images (photographs) too.

I can help you promote your barn (or services), help you with high quality photos of your facilities, help you with web site designs you can easily manage and update yourself, and help you with creative visuals and creative ideas that will distinguish your business.

To learn about my experience helping others as a professional consultant, see the About Steadman Uhlich page for my professional background. Through that page you can read hundreds of Verbatim Testimonials from the many people I have helped improve their image, improve their marketing, and get the results they want.  You can also read 60 Verbatim Testimonials Quotes from Professionals I have helped.

Horse Barn Promotional Image by Steadman Uhlich

Horse Barn Promotional Image by Steadman Uhlich

Want to see more examples?

There are 350+ examples of my other work on this website and in my online portfolios (links found elsewhere on this site).  As for equestrian portraits and art images, there are many beautiful and striking (and unique) images that will NOT be shown on the internet until my book on the subject is published.  On this page you will find just a few examples of a few of the styles I will be making this year as part of this project.
These small images represent just a few of the many and varied styles I have developed specifically for this art photography project.  Some of my many styles are “Classic” and “Timeless” and “Avant Garde.”
You should see these yourself as large prints and if we meet in person, I can show you numerous prints and large examples. They are truly beautiful and many are extraordinary and some truly unique.
They cause people to say “WOW!”

 

Steadman’s Suggestion

“My suggestion to any prospective client: Spend a few minutes and read some of the Global Impressions comments (found via the colorful link buttons below) to get an idea what people around the world see, feel, or sense about the character of the person in the picture when viewing these portraits. For example, there are numerous comments from around the world regarding one iconic portrait, “The Cowboy,” found on via the red link button below for the Global Impressions document about The Equestrians.  Take a minute and read what people around the world saw in that portrait image and others in this new series.

Many of my earlier fine art portraits and fine art photos in my other collections of art photography have been published in magazines (in feature articles about my art, and as covers) and even as the front cover image for a national art magazine (in which I was the subject of a feature article about my work/art).  Just be aware that MOST of my best images will NOT be seen on the internet (even in my online portfolios or on my own websites) as I reserve them to be published later in books or magazines or as art for sale.  Again, there are many beautiful images/photos/portraits I have already made as part of my Equestrian Project that are truly “stunning” and beautiful and have caused people to say “WOW!”  Yet,  they will NOT be seen on the internet or on my websites.

MOST of my most unusual and special (creative and different or unique) images and many of my personal favorites are not shown on my websites or on the internet (anywhere) until I have published them in a book or magazine or as art.

Those are reserved for private viewing during a consultation with my clients and prospective clients.  As an example, my website only shows about 6 small thumbnails of my flower images.  Yet there are 200+ striking and unique art images being prepared for a future book on the subject.  The same goes for my collections “Art of Cars” and “Art of The Ocean.”  Hundreds of beautiful and original images are in those collections too, yet only a handful of thumbnails are shown on the internet on my site.

In short, only a fraction of my best work is visible to the public via the internet.”

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Fine Art Photographs for Sale: A Very Special Limited Time Opportunity

On the Promotional Cards shown below are a few examples of my Fine Art Photos (“Moonlight” and “Ghost Horse” and “Buckaroo Racing the Sun” and “Hot Blood”) that are now available for sale for the first time.  These are now available and custom printed in many sizes including on canvas up to 40×40″ as shown in the Promotional Cards.  If you would like to have a copy of these prints for yourself, or if you know of someone who collects Equine Art, please contact me or let your friends know.
Equestrian Art by Steadman Uhlich - Buckaroo Racing the SunEquestrian Art of Horses by Steadman Uhlich - Hot Blood
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Equestrian Horse Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Hotblood Jumping  Equestrian Horse Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Draft Jumping
Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Jumping Paint  Equestrian Art by Steadman Uhlich - Searching at the Fox Hunt
Equestrian Art by Steadman Uhlich - Tally Ho at the Fox Hunt  Equestrian Art by Steadman Uhlich - Heading Home at the Fox Hunt
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Steadman Uhlich’s Silver Series Fine Art Photographs

I am beginning a new series of fine art photography of horses I call my “Silver Series.” This series is special in that the images will reflect a variety of finishes I find appealing that are different from my Signature Series Gold Tone look.  I will post a few of them here to give you an idea of how these fine photos look. The silver border around the images denotes this series.  Each one is custom printed to the size and finish the client desires, and many can be made very large (some up to 40×60″ or even larger).  If you, like me, are a fan of classic Black & White photography, my Silver Series will have something for you.  Some of the Silver Series will also feature specially toned photos too in a range of classic tones use in Black & White photography.  If you would like one of these images for your own, for your home or office, please contact me and we can discuss sizes and prices. One note of warning, viewing fine photos like this over the internet is usually a poor way of seeing the photo qualities.  This is because the internet and computer monitors have limits on the tones/shades of gray and lack an ability to show some of the very beautiful tones and textures one would see in the real physical prints. These small web photos you see below are low resolution and also compressed for internet viewing.   I assure you that these photos are of high quality and reflect fine Black & White photography.  Also be aware that it is highly likely that your computer monitor contrast will be showing you a photo that may appear either too dark or too light in places in the images.  The real physical prints at larger sizes show amazing textures and details that really must be seen at large sizes.
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Equestrian Horse Portrait Art Photo by Steadman Uhlich - "Storm"  Equestrian Horse Portrait Art by Steadman Uhlich - Fast Exit, Dark Horse
Equestrian Horse Portrait Art by Steadman Uhlich - Fast Approach  Equestrian Horse Portrait Art by Steadman Uhlich - Fast Exit
Equestrian Horse Portrait Art by Steadman Uhlich - Gray Cloud  Equestrian Horse Portrait Art by Steadman Uhlich - Takeoff Power
Or simply forward this page link to your friends or tell them through your own email or via Facebook Like. Here is another Special Limited Time Opportunity (#2): As I have just released these Fine Art Images, the prices are at an introductory level and will soon increase substantially. This is the very best time to get one of these collectible photos at the lowest price possible.  While I am in your area, you can also see a large print in person prior to purchase.  And if you have an interest in having “Art” especially created for yourself (i.e. showing your horse), please give me a call so we can have a complimentary consultation where we can discuss what can be done for you.
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Visiting Artist Program: Highly Valuable Opportunity for Any Equestrian

I also have another Special Opportunity (#3) that could mean you could get a custom created portrait of you or your horse or a family member absolutely free or at a substantial discount!  Only a few of these are available per city, so call now while this opportunity is available! The value of this Special Opportunity varies, depending upon a few factors we can discuss.  You can learn more about this by reading  the page I have written about my very special Visiting Artist Program. Click the button below to read more about this Special Opportunity. Several equestrians have already taken this opportunity and you can read their Verbatim Testimonial Letters to understand something of how you might also benefit. This is available for any location around the USA.  So, even if I am not currently in your city, state or region of the USA, I strongly encourage you to read the page about my unique Visiting Artist Program and consider this special and very valuable opportunity. It may be only a matter of a few days, weeks or months before I am in your city, state, or location.  Don’t miss this “once in a life-time” opportunity!

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You could have an extraordinary portrait of yourself or your horse.  You or your horse may even become “Art!”

If you are a equestrian, cowboy, horse breeder, or horse lover and you have a beautiful horse and want your horse to be “ART” in the future, contact me. Your horse does not have to be a show winner to have a portrait that will cause people to admire it and say “WOW!”   If you want to have an original portrait of you or your horse, contact me. I will travel to your location to photograph the horse or you. This is a limited-time offer.

I am not talking about making typical horse photos (the kind you see on most websites and in horse magazines) nor typical ‘rider with horse’ photos made by most photographers or friends who have a camera. This won’t be the kind of photos you typically get by professionals at horse shows or riding events.

You now have a great opportunity to have something truly extraordinary and more creative. Something that will be unique and much more memorable and of higher value. Look at the quality and creativeness of my portraits of people and you should understand I am talking about making horse portraits that are just as extraordinary. WOW portraits.

I am talking about something very different that will get viewers to say “WOW” when they see it in your home or office. Photographs that may become part of an art collection, may hang in art galleries or even museums some day, and will likely be part of a special future show of my work. These photographs may also be the basis for future paintings by me.

I want to create some beautiful, striking, ‘Art’ images. The “pose” or composition for my Art Series will be strictly the “artist’s choice.” However, more traditional horse ‘poses’ may be included too if you need something for shows or for your scrapbook or conformation or business purposes.

ALL work will involve you paying a fee. This is not an offer for “free photography.”  However, you will be getting something truly unusual that will be the envy of all of your friends who ride or have your breed. Whether you have an Appaloosa, Arabian, Morgan, Lipizzan, New Forest Pony, Paint,  Palomino, Belgian, Clydesdale, Shire, Thoroughbred, Pinto, Mustang, or others, you will be able to have something unusual, beautiful, and unforgettable. Something you will treasure for a lifetime and that will get admiring comments from your friends and other people of the horse.

Summary: These are just a few of the beautiful Equestrian Portraits (of horse, rider, or horse & rider) created by Steadman Uhlich.  Below you will see just a few representative examples of some of his many styles within this Collection.  Notice that some images are in full color, while others are in classic Black and White or a toned variation.  Again, what you see here is just a small sample of the work and possibilities for you.

All portraits are made to the desired finish and size for the client.  For example, if you want a full color conformational portrait (of the entire body), that can be made.  If you want a Classic Black & White portrait, that can be made too.  If you want an “Art” image made of your horse, that can be made too. The possibilities are many.

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Equestrians in Training and Equestrians Training Horses

Portrait of Dressage Equestrian Practicing by Steadman Uhlich
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Saddlebred Training
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Saddlebred Training
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Reiner Training
Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Reiner Training

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Warming Up

 

 

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The Buckaroo and The Buckarette:  Extraordinary Horsemanship

I have had the good fortune to observe and get to know Mark and Miranda Lyon.  They are two extraordinary horse trainers who focus on what is known as “Natural Horsemanship” in the traditional style of the Californios Vaqueros.  I will post more about them soon, as I continue to study their style and methods.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buckaroos

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buckaroo Racing  the Sun

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Eye To Eye

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Mustang Eye To Eye

The above photo shows professional horse trainer Mark Lyon slowly approaching a true Mustang (wild horse) that he has just roped and will begin to train.  He is reaching out and slowly approaching the wild horse.  In these first few moments, the trainer will establish eye-to-eye contact, communication, and control of the horse.  The communication and control comes from the subtle motions of his hand.  This Mustang had not been ridden and while he was anxious and wary and bucking vigorously only minutes before, after being roped, the trainer’s subtle and consistent motions, gentle manner, soothing voice, and expert training had him “in saddle” within hours. It was an amazing display of horsemanship!

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Flying (Detail)

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Buckarette

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – The Buckarette

Miranda Holaday-Lyon is a two-time National Champion  and 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.”

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Hot Shot

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buckarette Riding Fast (detail)

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Buckarette Riding Fast (detail)

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Happy Buckarette (detail)

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – The Happy Buckarette (detail)

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Workout (detail)

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – Mustang Workout (detail)

The photo above shows Miranda Holaday-Lyon (The Buckarette) giving one of her new Mustangs a workout.  Mark and Miranda are experts at training horses and their professional work with raw “green” Mustangs (truly wild horses) is remarkable and admirable.  Watch this space for more to come soon.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Approach

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buckarette Shooting By

The above Action Portrait (detail shown of full length portrait) shows Miranda riding by (at a canter speed) and shooting one of her two six guns as she practices and trains her horse to travel her target course at speed while the shots are fired.  This is Cowboy Mounted Shooting style and the targets are shot while riding at fast speed over a geometric course requiring fast turns and skilled horse handling.  This particular horse has only been trained for 3 months and this is only the second time under gun fire.  Six shots, six hits!  Miranda is a crack shot and some day I expect to see her in a Western movie made in Hollywood.

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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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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang's First Jump

The above photo shows the first jump for this Mustang being trained by Miranda.  This mustang has only had three weeks of training so far and was a true wild Mustang captured by the BLM.  It was amazing to see this horse transformed from completely wild and raw to working and riding under saddle and even jumping in just a few weeks!

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Jump at 3 Weeks

The above photo shows the first jump for this Mustang being trained by Mark (a different mustang from Miranda’s).  This other mustang has only had three weeks of training so far too and was a true wild Mustang captured by the BLM, along with Miranda’s.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Mustang Jumps, "Deets"

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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

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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 Reining 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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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

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich : J P Forget

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The Pinto Show

I observed a Pinto horse show and enjoyed seeing the many riders in the various events.  While the indoor arena was very dimly lit (by dim bulbs) and seemed very dark to my camera, I got some Action Portraits that should give you a sense of the event and the riders.  Other shots were taken outside (it was a beautiful blue sky day) as the riders warmed up their horses, waited for their turn in the arena, and prepared to compete. I am only posting a handful of images here, but there are many that can be seen in a private viewing portfolio.
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The young woman above was not only one of the nicest people I met at the show, she was also a dedicated competitor who ran in several events such as barrel racing, pole bending, and others.  I was impressed by her great attitude and winning spirit.

Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian

Note: In this letter, Crystal refers to “Tandem Twins” which is an Action Portrait only shown in a Private Viewing Portfolio at this time.

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“Steadman Uhlich’s photos are like stories.  They allow us to see the grace, feel the integrity, and discover the emotions that each picture portrays.  Each picture swallows you into that exact moment.  You not just see who and what is in that picture but your emotions are pulled in as if you are right there. 

His pictures are not like any other pictures you have seen; they are rare and true.

Words cannot express what you feel, you must experience on your own the amazing talent that he beholds.

Tandem Twins  is a breathtaking picture.  I barely even know these two horse dare devils but I literally almost cried when I saw the picture.  The beauty and young spirit just entangles your heart.  The no fear and love of horses was captured perfectly by Steadman.  This picture was not just a picture but a representation of youthfulness, joy, and the bond of sisters.”

Crystal Johnson
Nebraska Pinto Association Member (and one of the show’s competitors)

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The above Action Portrait was made while the horse was flying past me at high speed while competing in a dimly lit, indoor arena.  No flash was used to make this photo.
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The above Action Portrait was made while the horse was flying past me at high speed while competing in a dimly lit, indoor arena.  No flash was used to make this photo.
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At the Pinto Show there were many classes of competition.  Here are two of the horses entered in the Miniature class who were heading home at the end of the show.

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A Private Photo Session with Steadman

While I am working on my fine art and documentary photography project, I am also available for Private Photo Sessions with Equestrians.  What follows are a few examples from a Private Session with a young rider (a high school senior) who was a pleasure to photograph as she rode, jumped and handled her horse. If you would like one of my Unforgettable Equestrian Portraits of you or someone you love, give me a call and let’s make it happen. It can be fun and the photographs can be priceless. No two photo sessions will be the same, as I see everyone as individuals.  A Private Photo Session can yield a range of expressions and actions and portraits that show the facets of your personality or your relationship with your horse.  As you will see below, some of the portraits can also show only the person.

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

The above photo is a close-up detail from a larger portrait showing the rider on the horse. This is not a posed photo. This photo was made at the moment she was riding past me. The smile is authentic, the color of her hair is really that red, and the sky and clouds were really there.  It was a beautiful moment to see her naturally “sunny” smile.

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa, Sparkling Smile

Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Melissa, Flying Fast

What will people see in YOUR portrait?

Here are some verbatim and unsolicited written quotes from the people (adults and teens) who know the girl above (Melissa) and what they saw and wrote about these photos:

“OMG these are amazing!”

“These are sooooo cool!”

“Beautiful pics.”

“Great Photos.”

“All amazingly beautiful!  Love the action shot!”

“WOW! These turned out great!”

“Beautiful pictures.”

“Wow! Beautiful!”

“These are absolutely gorgeous pictures!”

“These look like the cover shots for a CD jacket. They are beautiful!”

“Awesome pictures!  Absolutely beautiful!”

“WOW! I agree with all..beauty! And very unique pics, I love them!!”

“Beautiful photos! I want to have my senior pictures retaken…”

 

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“You could be in the Pictures!”

If you are interested in having me photograph your horse, yourself, your barn, your horse show, your rodeo, your fox hunt,  or your professional equine services, give me a call and we can discuss the possibilities.  I am available for travel to any location, globally. Private commissions (for portraits or documentary style photography) and commercial assignments are welcomed.

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The Professional Rodeo

As part of my Equestrian Project, I am studying and photographing all aspects of horsemanship for my book and future art exhibit. One of the most exciting horse riding disciplines for many is Rodeo bronco or “bareback bronc” riding. I will post a few of my finished images from the World’s Second Largest Rodeo, Omaha’s River City Rodeo (PRCA Million Dollar Tour rodeo). The photos you see below are just a small sample from my own large collection of hundreds of Fine Art photographs I made while at this rodeo and that can be purchased in various sizes and finishes.  If you would like to purchase a print of any size, contact me to discuss your preferences. If you have a favorite bronco rider (bareback or saddlebronc) or bull rider who was in the Omaha rodeo and you would like a unique photograph of your favorite rodeo star, contact me. Many of these action photographic images can be made up to 40×40″ in size on canvas and they would be very impressive in any home or office or  art collection (museum, private, or corporate).
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Equestrian Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Faceoff
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Equestrian Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Bronco
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Saddle Bronc Bucks
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Equestrian Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Top Bollocks!
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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Bronco Riding
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Bronco Riding
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Bronco Riding
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Bronco Bronco Back Breaker
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Expressions
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Flying Fringe
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Cojones
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Bronco Apogee
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Roping Partners
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buck

Take Five!  Fast Action: Five shots in five seconds!

The following five Action Portraits are of the same rider on the same horse, riding in the Bareback Bronco event at the Rodeo.  These five shots were made in just FIVE seconds as the horse exploded from the chute and began to buck.  The action was fast and the motion violent.  It was amazing to watch the young rider hanging on through this. He is a real professional (PRCA) rider who has a right to swagger when he walks! Fine art photographic prints of this series (all five shots to be displayed together) or individual photos can be made in many sizes and are available by contacting Steadman.
Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Take Five Seconds 1
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Take Five Seconds 3
Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Take Five Seconds 4
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Bareback Bronco Flying
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Buck for the Crowd
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Head On Bronc
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Bareback Sideways
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Busting Out
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Equestrian Action Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Busting Out Saddle Bronc detail

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The Amateur Rodeo

As part of my two-year long Equestrian Project, I am visiting and photographing various horse sports for my multiple book projects. I enjoy watching rodeo sports and will include local small town or amateur rodeos in my Project, because there are so many people involved on a local level. I have already photographed multiple “small town” rodeos and have hundreds of finished images ready for my books.  While there are many exciting and beautiful photos of local rodeos in my portfolio already, I continue to visit rodeos and to add to my portfolio.  If you host or manage or run a rodeo, contact me and let me know about it and I may be able to visit your rodeo too.  As this single page on my site is so long and large, I am only going to include a few photos here. Contact me if you wish to see more.

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“You could be in the Pictures!”

If you are interested in having me photograph your rodeo, your horse, yourself, your barn, your horse show, your fox hunt,  your ranch, or your professional equine services, give me a call and we can discuss the possibilities.  I am available for travel to any location, globally. Private commissions (for portraits or documentary style photography) and commercial assignments are welcomed.

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Team Penning

As part of my two-year long Equestrian Expedition, I am visiting and photographing various horse sports for my multiple book projects. One exciting sport that involves teamwork, cattle, and quick responses from both riders and horses is the sport of Team Penning. The goal of this sport is to move three cattle into a pen that is at the other end of an arena. Sounds easy? It is complicated by the fact that the three cattle are part of a small herd of 30 cattle in an arena. So they must be “cut out” from that small herd and maneuvered to the other end of the arena and then into the small pen there. Next challenge: the successful teams have to do this in less than a minute…some times much less (e.g. 34 seconds).  Next challenge: some times the cattle have last minute changes of mind and decide to go back to the herd. It looks like a lot of fun and also looks like a challenging sport. Teams of riders are mixed with men and women together (and even youngsters) competing in different levels. I enjoyed watching and was pleased that the experienced riders in this event enjoyed my photos of their sport, with some of the leaders saying they were the best photos they have seen of their sport. I look forward to seeing more of this sport as I travel this year. If you are hosting such an event, let me know and perhaps I can visit your event too.

Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Team Penning - Penning Pursuit

Team Penning involves fast action as the horse and rider move quickly to get to the target cattle (there are three steers with the target number mixed among and hiding as best they can among 30 very similar looking cattle in the arena) and then to separate them from the herd, and then into the pen in the other end of the arena. This requires intense concentration, multi-tasking, and quick response from the rider and horse. It also means keeping an eye on that target steer!
Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Team Penning
This sport is called “Team Penning” and good teamwork is essential. There are three target steers (hiding as best they can among the 30 steers in the herd) and three riders who must work together to get the target steers “cut out” from the herd and then moved down to the small pen at the other end of the arena…and all of this must be done in 30-60 seconds! The action is very fast, and the situation is fluid (as cattle rarely want to stay alone and away from the herd…so they usually attempt to return to the safety of the herd)…and this often requires fast turns and coordinated movements with riders sometimes crossing paths very closely.
Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Team Penning Team Work
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Some sports require quiet in the competitive arena. Team Penning is not one.  Team Penning competitors are very vocal as they shout a little “encouragement” to their steer/cow as they suggest it move along to the small pen at the other end of the arena. So, in many photos, you will see the rider with mouth open as he or she whistles, shouts, yells, calls, and makes all sorts of noises to get that steer moving as quickly as possible. One rider last night caught my attention too, with what sounded like a real “war cry” that pierced the rest of the noise at that moment.
Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Team Penning Encouragement
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The sport of Team Penning requires the cow horse to move fast in short distances, stop on a dime, and turn like the head of a cowboy seeing a pretty cowgirl. As the rider gets close to the steer or cow with the right number he or she needs to cut it out of the herd (where it seeks the safety of numbers) and get it away from the other cattle. This is all happening fast and the cow horse has to sometimes get in the herd and make a quick turn itself (as shown here). The cowboy focuses his attention on the cow in question, but occasionally takes a look at where he and his horse need to go and what is happening with the rest of his team. Remember, the team is timed, and winning teams do this event in less than 40 seconds! The cow horse usually keeps his eye on the steer too.
Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Team Penning Penning Turn
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Here is another Penning photo showing one of the members of the three rider team cutting out the steer with the right number (the 30 steers each have a number on their sides, with three steers in each herd having the same number)…to move him to the pen at the other end of the arena. The team has to get all three steers in the small pen in just a few seconds (30-45) to be competitive. I like the look on this horse’s face as he eyes that cow!
Equestrian Action Portraits by Steadman Uhlich - Team Penning

I was able to spend the time to photograph this horse event over several days because of the generosity of my hosts in my Visiting Artists Program. Any equestrian or art lover can participate in this program and there is no requirement to provide a place to stay.

You or a friend could participate in my Visiting Artist Program and benefit regardless of where you are located (a small town, small ranch, big ranch, or in a city).

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The Rodeo Queen

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Queen 4th of July

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Rodeo Queen and Rocky


Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Rodeo Queen Profile

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – The Rodeo Queen Profile

 

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Rodeo Queen Test

Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich – The Rodeo Queen Test

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Rodeo Queen Pattern Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Rodeo Queen

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - The Kiss

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Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich Paint Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich
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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian.

“A friend of mine introduced me to Steadman Uhlich at the barn where I ride my horses. I was in a rush at the time of our photo session so Steadman took beautiful pictures very quickly and was easy to work with during the whole experience.

Steadman used the natural light at the barn and did not use a flash so he would not spook my horse. I appreciated that, and my horse appreciated his offerings of treats!

The session was convenient for me, as he did not need much time. He had a vast variety of Artist’s Choice prints to show me, and I was surprised at the fresh, intricate detail in his work. Several friends of mine were immediately interested in pictures for themselves.

My friends thought the portraits with me and my horse should be in a Ralph Lauren ad.

I framed the portraits and I will always treasure them, as I love my horse. He even captured one where my horse is kissing me with her eyes closed! The larger images were so detailed they looked almost life-like. All in all the experience was well worth it.”

–Caitlin, Horse Trainer

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Portrait by Steadman Uhlich
Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - 62 Years of Love

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Horse Portrait of Gray Mare by Steadman Uhlich
Equestrian Horse Portrait by Steadman Uhlich - Appaloosa at 2 Years
Equestrian Portrait of American Quarter Horse by Steadman Uhlich

Equestrian Portrait of American Quarter Horse by Steadman Uhlich

Detail of Equestrian Portrait Relaxed AQH by Steadman Uhlich

Detail of Equestrian Portrait Relaxed AQH by Steadman Uhlich

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Portrait of Equestrian with Palomino Horse by Steadman Uhlich

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Verbatim Testimonial Letter from an Equestrian.

Thank you sooo much for everything you have done and the hours and talent you have dedicated to just lil ol me! I feel like a celebrity! My thoughts on photos: at first the photo you sent me took me aback because I was expecting something much different and my monitor didn’t make it look like is truly was, but once I was able to review them later, I was able to look through my own eyes, and I was truly amazed at what I saw!

No one has ever been able to capture “me” at my best…ever. I have never trusted anyone enough to see me through a lens. But with you, at first I was nervous, and then towards the end I just was enjoying you and the session and you were so funny and I was with my dream horse, and life was good, and you captured that!

And I think in the end, those photos and the one that you picked are some of my favorites! As I have said, you are brilliant, and I feel humbled that you are willing to share your talent with me. God bless you.”

–Erika

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Western Pleasure Riding

Portrait of Equestrians Western Trail Riding by Steadman Uhlich

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Summary: The comments below are verbatim quotes from the father of one of my subjects in my current project, Equestrians.

These portraits were done while I visited them as part of my Visiting Artist Program for 2011.

For this particular Host-Client, I have created a set of unique and extraordinary portraits and images of his daughter, her horse, and his daughter with her horse. Most of these images 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.

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

To Whom it May Concern: “In the last 14 years that our daughter has ridden horses and competed, we have taken thousands of photos of our daughter and had many professional photographers take her picture as she performed in countless horse shows or competitions.

Steadman’s photos, taken both at our barn’s arena while our daughter practiced and at our home are unlike any that I have seen before.”“Steadman made his artistic portraits of our daughter in a small space in our house, yet the photos look like they were made in a large studio. I am amazed at how he does it. I have a nice DSLR camera and I take lots of photos of my daughter, but he was able to capture something else and something new and unique.”

“Some of the most interesting and unique images Steadman made are not shown on his posters or his website. He told us about this prior to photographing our daughter, and I did not really understand at the time. Now I understand.

You really need to see these for yourself. It is amazing to see how a single photo session can yield so many different looks and expressions and how he uses his artist’s eye to make something special for each person. He made some pictures for my daughter that I am sure she will use for years because they are elegant and striking. These are not ordinary portrait photographs.”“It was a real honor that Steadman selected one image from our daughter’s session to create a work of his art using our horse as the model. He told us that was something he had as a goal and I just did not anticipate the image being so beautiful and surprisingly different. I have photographed that horse many times and I never saw this and I have not seen anything like it from any other photographer or artist. We are very proud it is one of our horses. It is not just another portrait, it is art.”

“Steadman also made some incredible photos of my daughter practicing in a large dark indoor arena in the dead of winter. I don’t know how he did it.

It amazed me that he did this without using any flash at all, so he would not disturb the horse and rider. He just used the natural light that was available to him. The photos are beautiful and natural looking. When I first saw them, I said “WOW.”

“I highly recommend that everyone who loves horses take advantage of this chance to get something special by Steadman. These are not just snapshots and they are not the common event photos we see at every competition. We have seen many professional equine photographers as we have traveled the country to competitions, including the Nationals, the Colorado Horse Park, and the Kentucky Horse Park, and these photos Steadman has made are unlike anything I have seen before.

These portraits Steadman will make of your horse and the rider are going to be something you will not regret buying. These stand out from the crowd. Steadman Uhlich and his art are definitely “World Class.”"

“He definitely has a different approach to working with people and horses. I now know why so many people have trusted him to make something special. It is rare to find someone whom you can trust so much and still be surprised at the outcome and have your expectations exceeded.”

“As a parent of someone who loves horses and has competed locally, regionally and even nationally for years, and as an owner of multiple horses, I know that it is smart to invest in quality. I cannot over-emphasize the high quality of what you will get if you hire Steadman to make a portrait of you or your horse.

We know that our horse will be a part of our family for several more years and we are prepared to spend what it takes to care for that horse and to help our daughter get where she wants to go in competition. With a portrait by Steadman, we will have a beautiful, extraordinary, and lasting reminder of that horse and our rider’s beauty. These really are heirlooms in the making. Without a doubt, he is worth it.”— Dr. M.W., Omaha, Nebraska (name withheld to protect privacy)

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Here are a few examples of the portraits and art Steadman made with this one rider at a Host family:

Portrait of Equestrian with Horse by Steadman Uhlich: Sugar Portrait of Equestrian by Steadman Uhlich: Dressage Competitor

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Second Example of Visiting Artist Program Results for a Host Family

Verbatim Testimonial Letter from 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)

Here are some of the images made while Steadman was hosted by Pam B.:

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What Impression will your portrait make?

The hundreds of Global Impressions comments seen via the colorful link blocks below are a reflection of what people see in the portraits, art photographs, and paintings made by Steadman Uhlich.

What matters is how people who did not know the people in the photos/portraits/art were moved and impressed by the photos of people and the photos of things and the paintings.
The most common comment heard uttered by literally thousands of SUFA Gallery visitors was simply: “WOW!”

If you are considering purchase of a fine art photo by Steadman, you might hear comments like this from people who admire that photo in your home or office.
If you are considering commissioning a portrait by Steadman, you might hear similar comments regarding your portrait.
Steadman: “I encourage you to read some of the Global Impressions comments so you can see how others see these extraordinary portraits.”

Want to see more examples?

There are 350+ examples of my other work on this website and in my online portfolios (links found elsewhere on this site). As for equestrian portraits and art images, there are many beautiful and striking (and unique) images that will NOT be shown on the internet until my book on the subject is published. On this page you will find just a few examples of a few of the styles I will be making this year as part of this project.
These small images represent just a few of the many and varied styles I have developed specifically for this art photography project. Some of my many styles are “Classic” and “Timeless” and “Avant Garde.”

What about Sizes?

I can make your portrait in many sizes even up to the size of a billboard.  Here is a page where you can see a scale drawing of some of my most commonly made sizes.

Size Matters Page

You should see these yourself as large prints as only then will you get a sense of the textures and details only seen in larger prints I make.  If we meet in person, I can show you numerous prints and large examples. They are truly beautiful and many are extraordinary and some truly unique.

They honestly and regularly cause people to say “WOW!”

Detail of Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

Detail of Equestrian Portrait by Steadman Uhlich

 

Steadman’s Suggestion

“My suggestion to any prospective client: Spend a few minutes and read some of the Global Impressions comments to get an idea what people around the world see, feel, or sense about the character of the person in the picture when viewing these portraits. For example, there are numerous comments from around the world regarding one iconic portrait, “The Cowboy,” found on via the red link button below for the Global Impressions document about The Equestrians. Take a minute and read what people around the world saw in that portrait image and others in this new series.

Many of my earlier fine art portraits and fine art photos in my other collections of art photography have been published in magazines (in feature articles about my art, and as covers) and even as the front cover image for a national art magazine (in which I was the subject of a feature article about my work/art).

Just be aware that MOST of my best images will NOT be seen on the internet (even in my online portfolios or on my own websites) as I reserve them to be published later in books or magazines or as art for sale. Again, there are many beautiful images/photos/portraits I have already made as part of my Equestrian Project that are truly “stunning” and beautiful and have caused people to say “WOW!” Yet, they will NOT be seen on the internet or on my websites.

MOST of my most unusual and special (creative and different or unique) images and many of my personal favorites are not shown on my websites or on the internet (anywhere) until I have published them in a book or magazine or as art.

Those are reserved for private viewing during a consultation with my clients and prospective clients. As an example, my website only shows about 6 small thumbnails of my flower images. Yet there are 200+ striking and unique art images being prepared for a future book on the subject. The same goes for my collections “Art of Cars” and “Art of The Ocean.” Hundreds of beautiful and original images are in those collections too, yet only a handful of thumbnails are shown on the internet on my site.

In short, only a fraction of my best work is visible to the public via the internet.”

 

1 comment to Equestrians: Horses and Riders

  • Renee Hemmele

    Steadman’s Liberty At Night was incredible! To let Gray Goose just run free and capturing her kicking up her heels and enjoying herself was the best suggestion anyone could have thought of. He truly captured the free spirit she was that night! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent and eye!!
    -Renee Hemmele (Gray Goose)

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