This Page Last Updated March 10, 2012
This is a temporary place holder for an introduction to one of my newest projects. This current project (now in development) is focused on the equestrian sport of Foxhunting or the Fox Hunt.
A Note About Quantity of Images Shown Here
Only a very few photos will be shown here on this web page, from my extensive portfolio of hundreds of finished (edited in my Signature Style) images. Some of my favorites will NOT be shown on this site nor will they be on the internet until published in magazine articles and my future book on the subject of foxhunting.
If you are a member of one of the Hunts I have photographed and you want to see more photos from your hunt, give me a phone call and I will give you access to private online viewing albums for your Hunt.
I strongly suggest reading the Equestrians Project page on this site to get a broad overview of my current tw0-year-long Equestrians Project. The Equestrians Project page has over 225 photos showing examples of my work in the various disciplines of riding.
If you are a member of a foxhunt and would like me to visit your area to photograph you, your horses, your hunt, or your hounds, contact me so we can discuss what can be arranged. I am available for global travel.
Also, read about my unique Visiting Artist Program, as it may bring you and your Hunt additional benefits.
A Note About Quality
Please NOTE: All of the photos seen on this website have been greatly reduced and are “low resolution” files that are as small as possible in file size for display on the internet. The original photos are very high resolution and very sharp photos with amazing “WOW” details (e.g. amazing textures and details are seen such as individual hairs or eyelashes on horses). Most of the photos I make can be made into very large and still beautiful photo prints (e.g. 40″ x 40″). All of the photos I make are “publication quality” suitable for a high end glossy magazine full-page or double truck spread.
North Hills Hunt – Omaha Nebraska
There are hundreds of photos of the North Hills Hunt shown at this time only in private portfolios.
Fort Leavenworth Hunt – Fort Leavenworth Kansas
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Fox Hunter Whipper-In who is also a Veterinarian and who served as my host for several weeks
Source: Dr. Lucy Hirsch, DVM, is a Whipper-In for the Fort Leavenworth Hunt, the last remaining hunt sponsored by the U.S. Army. She is also a horse owner ( of several horses) she keeps on her 30 acre ranch, a long-time competitive trail riding equestrian with many years in the saddle and over 10,000 miles ridden in competitive trail rides. She hunts twice every week during the winter fox hunting season, regardless of the weather. I was her guest twice (I was invited back after my first stay) for a total of several weeks as I traveled in the Kansas City area while photographing the three different fox hunting clubs or “Hunts” based there. We spent many hours discussing horses and hounds, fox hunting, equestrian sports, horse and hound care and animal medicine and cooking. She loves horses, hounds, fox hunting, the thrill of the chase, and animals (she raises chickens too) and has two new puppies and two cats. She is an extraordinary equestrian, an excellent cook, and someone I am very happy to have met during my travels and study of foxhunting.
I am Lucy Hirsch DVM, a whipper- in to the Fort Leavenworth Hunt. I am writing this letter of introduction for Steadman Uhlich.
Steadman is a photographer, but that word does not come close to describing him. He is an artist, specializing in portraits, who uses photography to capture the images he works with.
He has taken an interest in foxhunting and foxhunters and is on an odyssey covering the western half of our country gathering images and stories, and character studies. The plan is for these to become a book and art exhibit. This journey is to build that portfolio.
We have a unique opportunity to not only be part of this project but to benefit from the opportunity to have incredible art made that we are part of!
He took an amazing shot of Stephanie Wilcox-Carter , our huntsman and a master calling in hounds in the driving rain after a great run. By the time he was finished with the picture, it captured the spirit of real die hard foxhunters . When people look at it on my wall I will be able to say” I was there!”
I normally hate pictures of me, but Steadman wanted to do a portrait of me for his portfolio, so I stood where he told me to. Now I have a great portrait that I actually like!
My point is that hosting Steadman at your hunt is a win + win situation. He needs our help to make this happen, and we get an opportunity to get art made about us doing what we love.
Steadman was a house guest of mine for a few weeks. He is a very thoughtful guest, when I came home from work the dishes all had been done, he gratefully accepted my invitation to share our meals , eating whatever I set before him. When he left he cleaned the bathroom he had used well enough to pass my mother’s inspection, and changed the sheets on his bed and did the laundry! He spends most of his time either shooting pictures at hunts or for commissioned portraits, at the lab making prints, on the computer tending to his photos, or showing his work to potential clients. He is a very interesting conversationalist. Because I hosted him , he was very generous, making me a nice portfolio of photographs for the amount I was able to offer him.”
Lucy Hirsch, DVM
Fort Leavenworth Hunt
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Fox Hunter Whipper-In
Source: Alissa Harris is a Whipper-In, one of the honorary staff of the hunt who helps the huntsman during the fox hunt. She hunts every week, regardless of the weather, during the winter hunt season (October to April).
“To Whom it may Concern,
My name is Alissa Harris and I am a whipper- in for the Fort Leavenworth Hunt. I first came in contact with photographer Steadman Uhlich when I was foxhunting at an away hunt in Iowa.
Steadman was braving a cold windy day to capture the exciting hunt. Steadman was professional, friendly, and had an admirable vigor for gaining knowledge in all that is equestrian. After the hunt I was able to see some of Steadman’s work at the breakfast. To say I was impressed with his work would be an understatement. The canvas pictures he had displayed were incredible.
Steadman has the ability to capture a moment in time that immortalizes not only all the vivid visual details at that moment in time, but also all the emotion. Seeing his work you can feel the excitement, the focus, and the thrill of the moment. His pictures are not just images, they are works of art.
Steadman has the ability to not only capture a great image but also tweak it into a work that is original and has his own artistic flare. I myself can attest to his work because after meeting him at the away hunt another master and I decided having him out to our hunt would be a thrill in itself so we could be included in his project. Not only were we included in his project but many of our members were extremely happy to have the opportunity to have such stunning images of themselves and their hunt available for purchase. Many of our members our now proud owners of new wall art.
Our hunt was very happy to have Steadman out with us and welcome him back at any time as he is very respectful of the hunt community. Steadman is aware of the sensitive material that may occur during hunting, even if the material may be just a lash that is dropped down, and if a group would like a photo to not be published due to overly sensitive groups such as PETA, Steadman will respect those wishes.
I purchased prints from Steadman and was very pleased with the quality. I do have to say the canvas print I purchased was something I was glad I did not let pass by. The detail and texture in the Canvas truly is not something one should miss out on. All the details on a canvas print come alive.
The picture I purchased on canvas of my paint horse and I hacking the hounds in with the huntsmen during a downpour is now one of my most treasured items of all time. The picture reflects the light of my horse’s kind eye and captures the intensity of the hounds.
Do not miss the chance to own art that will last a lifetime, check out this artist and you will not be disappointed.”
Mission Valley Hunt – Kansas City Missouri
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Fox Hunter
Hi Steadman,It was nice to see you again Saturday at the hunt. I hope you got some good photos on a lovely, mild January day!You are always so professional with your quiet demeanor around the horses, hounds and quarry. That is so important in the hunt field when the unexpected can send horse or hound in unexpected directions!I only wish I had the camera to take a picture of you bunched up in the tall grass with your camera focused on the huntsman, whips and hounds moving your way and accepting the wet tongues of 8 couple of hounds!All good things,Patti Gnau
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Master of Foxhounds
Source: Sandy Longan is a Master of Foxhounds, one of the top leaders and a prestigious position within a highly respected fox hunting Hunt (club) in Kansas, Mission Valley Hunt. She is also a horse owner ( of several paints), a long-time equestrian with many years teaching hunters and jumpers and has many years as a horse show judge. She hunts every week, regardless of the weather and leads one of the “fields” or groups during a hunt. After spending several hours with her while at the twelve hunts I photographed that were hosted by her Hunt, and while traveling together to distant hunt “countries” (territories), we got to share our mutual passion for fox hunting, horses, and art. Sandy is also a painter (artist).
To whom it may concern:
I wish to introduce Steadman Uhlich, a wonderful photographer who has spent three months in our area doing portraits and working on a book about Foxhunting. Many of our members have purchased portraits of themselves and their horses. These are unusually beautiful and in fact not your “run of the mill” photos.
1. Steadman has followed our hunt on foot and in vehicles twelve times (twelve hunts) and at no time did he disturb or interfere with the conduct of the hunt. Our huntsman, Jim Beisel, has had no problems with Steadman being close to the hunt as it moves across the country. Steadman has even helped the huntsman when he observed where the quarry went and he also helped retrieve some hounds. Steadman usually follows the hunt on foot, where possible.
2. Steadman does not use a flash and is quiet and uses good etiquette when in the field observing the hunt. Members of our hunt were impressed by his quiet professionalism during the hunt. He did not spook the horses and while he does follow the hunt as closely as possible, he does not intrude. It is also obvious he has carefully studied fox hunting and he is aware of our protocol and terminology.
3. I and several other masters have spent several hours in discussions with Steadman where I asked him about his plans for his Fox Hunting book project. Steadman is a friend of the hunt and has a very positive attitude about hunting and hopes his book will present a positive view of fox hunting. He is in fact enthusiastic about fox hunting as a sport and has even spoken on the radio, when he was interviewed about his book projects, about the positive aspects of fox hunting. He also spoke very favorably and shared his enthusiasm for fox hunting in a recently published three page magazine article about his work that appeared in Better Horses magazine.
4. I have seen hundreds of Steadman’s photographs of our hunts, several of Steadman’s large photos made on canvas, and eight large canvases were displayed at our annual Hunt Ball, where they were admired by our members and visitors. It is clear that his photos are different because he has an artist’s eye for his subjects. They really do look like paintings and they capture the passion we hunters feel about our sport. I think any hunter or hunt would be proud to be a part of his future book and I think the photos reflect nicely on our sport. Members and masters who ordered prints or canvases were all pleased by the prints and Steadman delivered them in a short time.
5. Steadman has been a house guest of several masters, whips, and members of hunts. Everyone attests to his courteous nature, honesty, and trustworthiness, and that he is a good guest and a friend of the hunt.
Steadman would like to attend other hunts and get more material for his book as well as offer the opportunity to make portraits of your members. Please extend him an invitation.
MFH Mission Valley Hunt
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Fox Hunter who served as a host for ten days
To Whom it May Concern:
I served as a host for Steadman Uhlich as part of his Visiting Artist Program and he was a guest in my home for about 10 days.
Steadman turned out to be a very nice house guest. He is trustworthy and I left my house and cats in his care when I left on an out of state business trip. The cats were fed and the house was clean when I returned. Steadman even thoroughly cleaned the bathroom and the linens prior to leaving, so he left my house as clean as he found it.
I have received, as a gift from a friend, some large prints of some of the photos Steadman made of me and my horse while we were participating in a fox hunt. Steadman made many beautiful photos of our hunt members in the field. While it’s always fun to see photos of yourself, it’s even more valuable when they’re done by an artist with a unique perspective and touch.
Mission Valley Hunt
Cloudline Hunt – Celeste Texas
The Cloudline hunt is a “private pack” hunt, meaning the pack of hounds is owned by the huntsman. I had a very nice time visiting this Hunt and enjoyed staying as a guest of the Huntsman on her ranch and meeting “The Colonel.”