Steadman Uhlich’s Visiting Artist Program 2012 & 2013
Here is an example of a very easy way you can benefit greatly by participating in something unusual and have fun too:
Host me in your city or help me or facilitate my travels to your area or while I am in your area.
Valuable benefits for all who participate and help!
This simply means helping me to travel to your city or area and helping me visit and learn about your part of the world OR helping me while I am in your area. I like to travel, I like to meet interesting people, and part of my goal for 2012 & 2013 is to see more places while making more beautiful art and photographs. In fact, that is what I am doing right now as I travel the USA. In fact, look down below in this page and you will see just a few of the many beautiful photos and art I created while a Visiting Artist on a ranch in Nebraska, while the Visiting Artist at a large equestrian center (i.e. a very large horse barn) or while a guest of equestrians and others (some who have no horses at all) in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. There are many others examples (photos and art) not shown on this page or website. In all cases, these hosts received very valuable benefits while hosting me or helping me (facilitating my travels) while I was in their area.
How does Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program work?
One very easy way to help is to provide a place for me to temporarily stay while I visit your town/city/state. Perhaps you have a guest room in your home, a spare bedroom in your condo, or a guest house, or a lake house or a beach condo, or another kind of lodging. Perhaps you have an RV. Or a yacht on a lake, river, or ocean. Perhaps you have a pied–à–terre in the city or another city. Perhaps your company has a corporate lodge or condo at the beach. Perhaps your Manse has a guest room. Or perhaps your Cloister has an empty cell. Or perhaps you have a time-share condo or privileges you could use. All kinds of lodging will be considered including tipis and yurts.
Five Important Points to Remember:
1. A Host does NOT have to have me stay in their home (though that is also possible and has been done very successfully as shown in the Testimonial Letters below).
2. I am flexible and open to many possibilities. For example, a Host could rent a place for short term stays or book a hotel or motel room for a period of time. Or provide access to a guest house or other facilities.
3. The value I return to the Host will always greatly exceed whatever they may spend on my accommodations or meals.
4. There are also many ways you can help me on this project that do not require you to provide a place to stay. See below.
5. There is NO requirement that a Host own a horse. A host may or may not have a horse, just as they may or may not ride horses. In fact, a host does not have to have any connection to horses at all.
This last point is an important point that is often misunderstood, so I will explain a bit here.
I have been hosted by individuals and families who do NOT own or have a horse. On the other hand, I am frequently hosted by equestrians who have not only horses, but also families. In those cases, the host benefits as I often photograph the people with whom I stay, and those portraits do not have to include a horse. For example a family may have a rider in it, but there may be others (such as young children, spouses, grandparents, siblings) who do not ride horses. There are many possibilities for how a Visiting Artist Program Host may benefit, and this is one of my favorites and one of my hosts’ favorites too.
If you can provide a place to stay OR support that reduces my travel expenses, in return I will generously compensate you with a significant discount on a Portrait Session or Portrait Portfolio or a piece of art. The size of the discount can be significant or even total, depending upon a few factors we can discuss on the phone, at no obligation to you.
This benefits you and me and is a “WIN + WIN” for the both of us. Depending upon the length of the arrangement and support, you may not have to pay anything for something beautiful created just for you. The rewards to you may be valued up to several thousands of dollars at very little expense to you too (if you have the place/space/room).
The stay could be as short as a few days, or as long as several weeks or even months, but the length of time is ALWAYS determined by YOU and how long YOU wish to provide support. In this way, I have stayed as a guest at modest homes, condos, ranches, beautiful lake houses, horse barns, bunkhouses, lake-side camp sites, and even million dollar homes. Don’t think this has to be at some resort location either. I am interested in seeing all kinds of places and creating images from the people and places I visit. I have received invitations from locations as varied as Paris France, a horse ranch in Wyoming, a horse ranch in Texas, and Dublin Ireland, among other locations. But don’t think I am not interested in small town America or small towns anywhere. In fact, part of my interest is in seeing variety and that means ALL kinds of places, including small towns, big cities, farms, ranches, etc.
My goal is to see more of the USA and the world, while meeting interesting people from all walks of life. That means any place that is different and new is potentially interesting to me. I am interested in meeting people from all walks of life. Small towns, big cities, farms, ranches, and a variety of locations and places are all good as I enjoy the variety and travel. Whether you live in the snowy North, or the wide open West, or the hot sunny South I may be interested in visiting your area. One of my recent trips involved staying on a ranch in Nebraska and I was truly enjoying the cold weather and snow. I am low impact, good company, an interesting conversationalist, trustworthy, and provide a stimulating and creative experience for you while you support my creation of art in your location.
While it may be something unusual and new for you to have a “visiting artist” in your home or staying at your property, it is something that patrons of the arts have been doing for hundreds of years. It has a long and honored tradition and many of the most famous artists did this (e.g. Da Vinci, Van Gogh, O’Keefe).
Call Today and Discuss the Possibility
You can learn more about this by simply giving me a phone call. We can discuss how this might work for you and how it has worked for others in the past, with no commitment from you until you are completely sure it is something you would like to try. I can assure you, you will get something beautiful (most say “priceless”) from the experience.
For those with “No Spare Room” (no place to stay): Another Way You Can Benefit by Helping Me as a Local Knowledge Expert or an Introduction Source or a Facilitator
As part of my Equestrians Project, I visit horse barns and horse events (demonstrations, horse shows, rodeos, parades, cowboy gatherings, etc.) as I travel. I appreciate folks who can help facilitate my travels by telling me about the local scene (local knowledge of the horse scene) or by making introductions to people they know or by guiding or by taking me to the things and places and people to see while in their local area (town, city, state). There are many ways to help this way, and each person who helps gets a valuable benefit and may create a new friendship too. If you would like to help, but cannot serve as a host (e.g. you cannot provide a place to stay) just let me know what you might be able to do to help support my Equestrians Project. It may be as simple as you telling me about a local horse event I should try to see. Or invite me to accompany you to a horse show or event or Pow Wow. Or introduce me to your friends at a party, picnic, dinner, or event. Or tell your Facebook Friends about my work and encourage them to visit my website to see and learn more while I am traveling in your area or theirs. Or take me with you on a cattle round-up or to watch calf branding on your ranch. There are countless ways to help me and help yourself too. I am open minded and flexible, and I have many ideas I could also share with you when we speak. It all starts with a friendly phone call. Let’s talk about it.
Another Way You Can Benefit
I enjoy learning and I also enjoy teaching others. You can also learn from me as I can also provide on-site tutoring on art and photography to you or a member of your family. For example, with one Patron I visited, I taught him how to use simple techniques to improve his own photography of his children. We even made a very special 20th anniversary present for his wife using photos he made using simple techniques that created special images. With another host, I tutored her on making better photos for her work as a journalist. All of this was done on their schedules, when they were available.
How Involved Do You Want to Be?
Your involvement with me can be minimal or more involved. It really is up to you. I have stayed at places where I was accepted as “part of the family” and at other places where I was a guest who had minimal contact with the family who provided the place to stay. At various times and with different Host Families, I have been a part of host family birthday parties, host family holidays, host family dinners, and host family fun too. So, it really is up to you. I can guarantee you that my interest is in producing things that are unusual, unforgettable, and beautiful. Our time together (and how much time) is really up to you.
Some Other Benefits
Some of my best Art Patrons have done this and become close as friends during the time we spend together. It is designed to enrich both of our lives with a new and different experience and beautiful art as a result too. For those hosts who have families, they have often told me that the portraits and photographs I make of their families are “priceless” and the best they have ever had and things they will treasure for a life-time. If you have any interest in this, I invite you to read some of the hundreds of Testimonials on my sites regarding my character, results, and read some of the ways others have trusted me before.
Results and Verbatim Testimonials (a few examples)
Now look at the other art image below, “Moonlight.” That image was made while I was visiting another location and while working with the horses owned by another Host-Client who participated in my Visiting Artist Program. This should give you an idea of what can be done while benefiting both the artist (me) and you. I encourage you to consider this opportunity this year while I am traveling. You do not have to be wealthy to enjoy the arts or the benefits of providing a Visiting Artist with your support.
Here is another example of a portrait of a horse I created for the horse’s owner, another one of my Host-Participants:
And for another family who helped me travel to another state to see a horse show, I made this Action Portrait of their daughter jumping:
And for another Host Family I made this portrait:
And yet another Horse Portrait for a Host Family:
And a Host received this portrait of his Grandparents.
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.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from the Parent of an Equestrian Subject. The parent was also a Host 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)
Here are a few examples of the portraits and art Steadman made with this one rider at a Host family:
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 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)
Third Example of Visiting Artist Program Results for a Host Family
Verbatim Testimonial Letter. The writer was also a Host Participant in Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program.
To Whom it May Concern,
I have known Steadman Uhlich since I first walked into his Art Gallery in 2006. I became one of his Patrons after that. Since then he has made a number of portraits of me and members of our family. The portraits of my children, and the ones of my wife and myself are the best we have ever seen.
I also had Steadman stay with my family at our home while we served as Hosts in his Visiting Artist Program in Fall 2010. At the time he was preparing for his 2011 travels out West.
It was a joy to have him in our home for several months.
In short, I trust him. I have found him to be at all times a completely honest person who thinks of others with compassion. He also has a god-given talent to create something beautiful or distinctive for his portrait clients.
He’s a lot of fun to be around, we miss him! I highly recommend the Visiting Artist Program with Steadman Uhlich!
Over the weeks he stayed with us, I have seen and talked with Steadman for many hours, spent time getting to know him and his art and enjoyed our time together. We shared meals, stories, and deep beliefs. He is a man of good character, honest, and trustworthy.
As a guest at our home for several weeks, Steadman was good with my five kids, offered to tutor them in art and geography, and he even befriended our dog and walked him and fed him and the cat while we were traveling. He also got along well with my brother, in-laws and my father too. He was a quiet house guest as he was always working on his computer projects and writing his book and editing his websites.
Since I am interested in photography, Steadman was good enough to give me private lessons on lighting, exposure, composition, use of the camera and techniques. He even helped me create some very special photos I made as gift for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. He helped me by explaining very technical things in laymen’s terms and by demonstrating what could be done. He also encouraged me to take the pictures to learn by doing with his guidance. He really helped me gain confidence in making photos using ambient or natural light and making portraits of my family too. My wife and I have 5 children and we take a lot of photos.
I love photography and I was able to learn much more with Steadman’s help than I would ever learn on my own! The tips and tricks that I learned about photography will stay with me for the rest of my life. In addition, he took pictures of my family, that I am just not able to capture, that are truly a treasure!
When it came time for me to purchase some new camera equipment, Steadman helped me select the camera gear and get a very good selection of equipment and at a very good price too.
Steadman also visited my business and assisted me in photographing my staff for our website photos. He showed me simple ways to use ambient light and how to create fun and expressive photos of my staff that serve our business well.
When Steadman left our home to begin his travels, he left behind gifts for all of us, including very special photographs of my family members, and a strong friendship. We keep in touch and enjoy seeing his photos as he travels. He is a friend.
I encourage others to participate in his Visiting Artist Program as you will be surprised what he can do for you too. I have complete confidence he will make beautiful and priceless things for you too.
I have seen hundreds of his photographs and portraits in his art gallery and in his portfolios. Each one is unique and so many of them cause us to say “WOW” and be amazed by the image. His portraits of our children have a special place in our home and always fascinate our visitors because they are so different and yet they each capture something of the personalities of our children too. Highly recommended!
—Dr. B. B., Birmingham, Alabama (name withheld to protect privacy)
Fourth Example of Visiting Artist Program Results for a Host Family
Verbatim Testimonial Letter. The writer was also a Host Participant in Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program.
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 (name withheld to protect privacy)
Do you own or manage a horse related business (for profit or a non-profit)?
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.
Visiting Artist Program Benefits Professional Equestrians Too!
The following two Testimonial Letters are from two professional equestrians (they are a husband and wife and each is a professional horse trainer and each has been a national champion equestrian competitor) who not only commissioned portraits of them, but will also serve as hosts (providing a place to stay and other support) while I am in Texas. We met in Nebraska. Read the following two Verbatim Testimonial Letters to see how my Visiting Artist Program can help a professional equestrian or horse related business. You will see the opinions of two professional equestrians and two champion equestrians. How I might be able to help you, if you too are a professional equestrian, is open to discussion. I encourage you to call me to discuss the many possibilities during a friendly and no-pressure introductory conversation.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian: Mark Lyon
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.”
“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.”
Note: There are many interesting and visually striking photos of Mark Lyon and Miranda Lyon. Some of the best and my favorites are not shown on this page, this website, or the internet.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian: Miranda Holaday-Lyon
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).
“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.”
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!
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Professional Equestrian and the Host at a Horse Clinic
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.
“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.
Steadman’s 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 or clinics, 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.”
Horsemanship, Trail Obstacles & Problem Solving
Clinics, Lessons, Training
Here are some of the images made while Steadman was hosted by Kelli Paulson:
Examples of Photos Steadman Made for a Visiting Artist Program Host Family (A case where the primary subjects of the portraits were NOT equestrians.)
While I am traveling the USA for my Equestrian Project, I frequently stay with local hosts (individuals or families) to learn about an area of the country I have never seen before.
There is no requirement that a Host have a horse. A host may or may not have a horse, just as they may or may not ride horses.
I am frequently hosted by equestrians who have not only horses, but also families. In those cases, the host benefits as I often photograph the people with whom I stay, and those portraits do not have to include a horse. For example a family may have a rider in it, but there may be others (such as young children, spouses, grandparents, siblings) who do not ride horses. There are many possibilities for how a Visiting Artist Program Host may benefit, and this is one of my favorites and one of my hosts’ favorites too.
Below are a few examples of portraits and documentary style photography I made for a recent host who had a horse, and a teenage equestrian, and two younger children, and a big dog (a favorite pet).
The above photo shows a young girl who has just had a birthday present given to her, a new bicycle. The photo shows her taking it for a ride for the first time.
The next photo shows the youngest member of the family (the little brother to the girl above) who just at the moment pictured has just started riding (for the first time) a bicycle. He was a bit wobbly on it, but in those first few minutes he was also beaming with pride and joy and fun. A very special moment captured. All smiles are genuine and authentic to the moments.
These photos come about after some time establishing a bond or relationship with the family members, and that only happens when people get to know one another. Instead of the pressure some kids feel to perform, pose, or “smile” in a photo session (e.g. at a photo studio), this photography becomes “fun” for the kids and yields memorable, or what I call “Unforgettable Portraits” (TM) for the family. These moments are not staged, they are real moments in the child’s life, captured in a documentary style, as they live. It is one of my favorite ways of creating portraits for my hosts and for my own work as an artist.
The range of expressions you see are natural to the person in the photo, and what I call my “Natural Expressions” (TM) style of photography and portraits (whether photos or painted). I look for those moments where the personality and character show. For example, the photo below is not a “posed” portrait, as it is just a moment when the subject/child happened to be looking at her younger brother, while she was sitting at the top of a large slide, while she was having fun. It is real and authentic and natural expression.
The youngest child dreams of being a fireman. Though being a cowboy is also on his list too.
The photo above shows the little girl who is a very confident wakeboarder, even at her young age. She impressed me with her enjoyment of the wakeboarding, her spirit, and her confidence.
The above photo shows the three children in this family looking at some colorful Koi fish in a small pond. It is not a posed photo, and simply captures the real moment, as it happened.
The above portrait of the young girl was made at the time when “the corn is brought in” or “harvest time” in Nebraska.
The above portrait is one of my favorites showing this child skipping down a long country road behind her home. She is having fun, the smile is authentic (natural expression) and she is literally “off the ground” as she skips (at this moment).
And now two photos showing the horse owned by the family. These were two portraits I made of the horse they owned. The first photo is an Action Portrait showing the horse jumping in a competition.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Family with a Horse and Young Children
Source: Angela was a Host participating in my Visiting Artist Program.
“Dear Potential Host Families or Clients,
I had seen Steadman Uhlich’s posters around the Elkhorn, NE area with good intentions of giving a call to inquire. The pictures on the posters and cards were very beautiful! I just didn’t take the time to call and make a connection until I saw how he captured Melissa’s (our horse trainer) personality in a single shot! It was at that point I knew I wanted to learn more about his current Equestrians Project.
After visiting Steadman, viewing his extensive list of accomplishments /portraits on his website, and a discussion with my husband we thought “WHY NOT?” participate in the Visiting Artist Program!
We do own a horse, so capturing his magnificence was the first reason at least for me! The second was to see what more would come out of a professional photographer actually living with us! Just for the record, we have a very busy household with three children; ages 15, 7, and 5 with so many life moments that happen each and every day!
Steadman was there to capture each one of the kids’ unique personalities in a photograph that we will cherish forever! Not only were they beautiful photographs, but fine pieces of ART! Things we will display proudly on our walls and look at with great admiration!
Steadman has an incredible talent and eye for capturing something different than most photographers!
The one thing I would want to make sure potential hosts/clients realize is that if they decide to have Steadman photograph them, their family, or horse – that they will not be disappointed! What he is ultimately able to produce will greatly surpass your expectations without a doubt!
During the time Steadman stayed with us he became a good friend and part of our family. Our intention was for him to stay with us for only a couple weeks, we grew quite fond of him and truly enjoyed getting to know him on a more personal level the two months he stayed with us.
Steadman was a considerate, helpful and trustworthy individual that I can assure you will be the “perfect house guest”!
So if you are considering participating in his Visiting Artist Program, I can honestly say you will regret NOT taking advantage of the opportunity to know him on a personal level and have him create stunning photographic art just for you!
We wish him the best as he embarks on the next phase of his journey to create unforgettable photographs and art of equestrians. We cannot wait to see the results and will be first in line to support whatever results – perhaps a coffee table book or a gallery exhibit!
Thank you my friend for sharing your God given talents with me and my family!
Until We Meet Again,
Angela Davidson & Family”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host who does not own a Horse
Source: Paul was a Host participating in my Visiting Artist Program.
“To Whom it May Concern,
I am writing to you regarding Mr. Steadman Uhlich. I have known Steadman since early this summer, as we initially met while he was a house guest at my daughter’s residence in Waterloo, Nebraska.
As we had numerous opportunities to interact during this time, my wife and I had the opportunity to develop both a personal and a professional relationship with him, and eventually invited him to be a guest at our residence in Elkhorn, Nebraska, while he pursued his interest of creating artistic photographs of equestrians in our area.
Steadman was a guest at our home for eight weeks, and we have enjoyed viewing his recent prints of both equestrian events and family members, as well as the opportunity to share conversation with him on numerous occasions over dinner.
He conducts himself in a very courteous and gentlemanly manner, and as such has been an exemplary house guest.
In essence, I would like to communicate to you that Steadman would be a welcomed house guest with anyone that would choose to invite him in and have an opportunity to get to know him, and also to observe him as he pursues this generous endeavor of traveling the country looking for equestrian photo opportunities with the intent of creating truly unique art that will be timeless for all to view.
Here is a portrait I made of my most recent host (in my Visiting Artist Program). He is a very kind and gentle man who rides a Harley, cooks like a top chef, and has big heart and great soul. He is a very loving husband to his wife, a compassionate father to his kids, and a good friend to many. If there is an art to being a good person, he is a master at it.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Cowboy Church Pastor (the church was a host, three times)
Source: Frank Slaughter is a co-pastor of a very dynamic and exemplary “cowboy church” called Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack Missouri. He is also a horse owner (several paints) and he and his wife have a ranch with several horses they breed, show, and ride. He is also a very talented musician and singer and often leads the assembled church members in songs of praise. After spending several hours with him in discussions over the several days I visited his church, I can say I admire his character, his ministry, and his passion. He is a very friendly fellow and a good leader of Christians. To see some of my portraits of this cowboy church’s membership, visit the Open Range Fellowship facebook page and look in their photo album, where you will see numerous examples in my Signature Style.
“We here at Open Range Fellowship have been Blessed to have the professional Photographer and Artist, Steadman Uhlich, spend time with us over the past few weeks.
Steadman stayed and has attended four of our services and spent many hours at several of our event/volunteer training days and is compiling photos and info for a book on Faith in the west and the Cowboy Church Movement in America.
Steadman stayed for a week as our church’s guest at the cabin owned by one of our members. She wrote: “It has been a pleasure to serve as hosts to Steadman Uhlich. Please welcome him into your home as he continues his great journey.” He was a good guest, he kept the cabin clean, and he is making several gifts for them in appreciatino for them providing him a place to stay while he worked on his project at our church.
Myself and co-pastor Dave Putthoff have both spent several hours with Steadman talking about cowboy church, our mission, our church’s history, and our outreach ministries. We are confident that Steadman’s goal for his Cowboy Church Project is a good one and will benefit churches and spreading the Word. We are a Great Commission church, and Steadman’s work shows a positive view towards our faith, and on a local level, our church and ministry.
Steadman has provided us with many photos we can use to further our mission and to show what our ministry and our church has to offer. He is giving us, at no cost to the church, original digital files we can use for our brochures and our website too.
It is not the quantity of photos that make Steadman’s gift to our church special, it is the quality of the work.
Steadman’s photos of each of our members and pastors have greatly impressed those who see them because his photos are special. His photos really connect with people. I know, because the photos he made of me and my wife have already received numerous very positive comments from others who see the real person in the photo.
These are not just ordinary studio photos or snapshots and they are not glamour shots or ordinary church directory portraits. Instead, these are made by an artist with a camera. These are so different it is hard to compare them to common photos.
Steadman’s portraits reveal something of the person he sees. I know Steadman’s portraits show some of the character and the warmth of personality that I see in our church’s members. What’s more, many members said they were the best photos they had seen of themselves, even those where they are on horseback.
Steadman also created (with our prior approval) a very special Testimonial Portrait photo session that included over 25 of our members giving testimony. This is part of his cowboy church book project.
Steadman’s portraits of our cowboy and biker members along with others show our church’s diversity and they are outstanding portraits of these people I know so well.
They look like they ought to be in a museum because his portraits are timeless looking. Everyone who saw them said “WOW.”
I highly recommend that your church allow him to do his Testimonial Portrait session for your church too as it is not only important for his book project, but it is a great benefit to the church members and the church’s mission to give testimony. We were not sure what to expect, but I can tell you that Steadman has a way of making something creative, beautiful, meaningful and valuable to us. Steadman will need a little logistical and communications support from you to make this happen so you can get your church members to participate before a service. Take it from me, don’t miss this chance to see something special of your church members. The people who participated in this had a great time doing it, and their portraits are really special, with some saying they now have a real “heirloom” photo to pass on.
Steadman is also sensitive to special needs we have and has made photos that show some of our members and why they like cowboy church or why they attend a church rather than being outsiders.
He has also offered his professional advice as a marketing and image consultant on how we can use photos more effectively to enhance our mission’s outreach to our community. His advice and suggestions for what we can do within our budget is another benefit of allowing him to spend some time with you and your volunteer leaders. For example, he spent several days observing and photographing one of our outreach ministries and has created a large number of photos they can use to communicate our mission to the general public.
His photos were made in some challenging conditions too. Without disrupting our service, without using a flash, and without spooking horses in a relatively dark indoor arena, Steadman was able to make some outstanding photos of our church service and our members doing equine related activities in the indoor arena. He captured the member’s expressions, passion and the action of the moment.
While Steadman’s work is really world class and of the highest quality, he is making his prints and services available to cowboy church members at greatly reduced prices so they can be affordable to most. He is even giving us many photos that cost us nothing but may be very useful and valuable to us as we use them in our public communications. And, he is making all this happen with no prior commitment from anyone to buy anything at all. There is no sitting fee, and there is no pressure to buy.
I was a member of the ministry staff at a large traditional church before helping to found this cowboy church. I have seen typical church directory photos. Steadman’s work is completely different because he sees people differently and he uses his skills differently. He has his own style that our members found very appealing.
Myself and several other members of our church have also bought photos from Steadman, after seeing his finished work. While we all know the economy is weak, money is tight, and we all have countless snapshots of ourselves, we all saw something special in these photos Steadman made of us. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit his website, so you can see his work yourself, but I can also tell you there are some spectacular photos he made that he is not putting on the internet until his book is published. Those photos are really special!
Steadman is truly a “man on a mission” but to keep his travel costs low so he can do this long-term project, he asks that a church provide him a place to stay for a few nights while he is in the area doing his work which involves many hours of work on his part. That place can be as simple as a place to put his bedroll or a bed at a member’s house. In addition, he will need to speak with the pastor and some members, who he will want to photograph too. He will attend a service, visit with members or pastors and seek to show others something of your Christian community.
Steadman’s work involves taking pictures during a church service too. I know that may be of concern to some churches, but I can assure you he does it discretely, does not use a flash at all during the service, and is hardly noticeable. When I was giving my sermon, Steadman was taking pictures of the service and our assembled members. He did not cause a distraction at all. Our members felt comfortable having him in the room during the service, and while he moves around to get the shot, he is not a distraction or a problem. He also respects the people. He has shown me many photos he made of our night-time services, and they are better than those made by other professional photographers from the newspapers who have visited us on occasion. He has the skills of a photojournalist and the creativity of an artist.
I know that myself, my co-pastor Dave Putthoff, and the members of our church were glad to have Steadman visit us, and glad to have him spend time with us, and we feel that helping him on his mission is also helping our mission to spread the Good Word.
He is a very respectful Christian man and we were happy to put him up and spend time answering question about how we at Open Range Fellowship do Cowboy Church!
I encourage you to help him if you can and to support his Cowboy Church Project if you can.
Our whole Fellowship will be praying for Steadman, his journey and his book projects.”
Pastor Frank Slaughter
Open Range Fellowship
Lone Jack, Missouri
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 feature 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 (a Whipper-In) who is also a Veterinarian
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 packet of photographs for the amount I was able to offer him.”
Lucy Hirsch, DVM
Fort Leavenworth 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
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Cowboy Church Member and Leader
Source: Linda is a leading member (as a Outreach Ministry Leader) of a very dynamic and exemplary “cowboy church” called Open Range Fellowship in Lone Jack Missouri. She is also a horse owner (several ) and she and her husband have a ranch with several horses, donkey’s, cattle, and a cute little dog named “Scout” who rides in the lap of her master when he is driving his tall John Deere tractor around the ranch. She is a good leader of Christians, knows horses, rides Western or English, and is passionate about spreading the Good Word of Christianity. She loves her cowboy church too and helped me understand something about the appeal of a non-traditional church environment. We spent a few hours discussing ministry development.
“To the Next Host Family,
It has been our pleasure to serve as the hosts to Steadman Uhlich. Please welcome him into your home as he continues his great journey.
We have long since lost those adventurous men who seek to give us a photographic view of all that is Equine and all that is Western.
Thank you for sharing your creative eye and photographic talents with us.”
Linda Grimmet -Lone Oak Farm – Lone Jack Missouri
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Barrel Racer who served as a host for 60 days
Source: River is a former bull and bronc rider (women’s rodeo), a serious barrel racer, and an exemplary “cowgirl.” She is also a horse owner (several ) and she has two chihuahua dogs who follow her everywhere and watch from her truck when she rides at her ranch. I was privileged to spend two months as her guest in a small Texas town, Tioga (population 580). I photographed River when she competed in the Iron Cowgirl Contest.
“To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter in full support of Steadman Uhlich, Artist and Photographer.
What distinguishes Steadman from other rodeo/western photographers is that he has a remarkable vision and talent for uniquely capturing the beautiful, powerful bond between people and their horses.
He also successfully captures the spirit of rodeo–a signature American sport that, sadly, is quietly fading from our culture.
Steadman creates soul-stirring images that range from a cowboy on the verge of being flung from his saddle by a raging bronc to an amusing panorama of spectators soaking in the glitz and din at a small town rodeo.
As I was viewing his photos of bronc riders I felt myself drawn back into “that” world. In my twenties, I travelled to various “all-girl” rodeos throughout Texas and Oklahoma riding bucking bulls and broncs. Steadman’s photos made me re-live what really goes on during those teethclenching rides. Instantly, I felt nostalgia and a little envy for those who choose to live wild, determined, and free.
When I saw a recent photo Steadman took of me competing in barrel racing, I didn’t recognize myself. First, I identified my horse and then thought, “Hey, that’s me!” That day I did not do well with my horse, and I was pretty down about our performance. After seeing Steadman’s photo (weeks later), I saw things differently. I saw a powerful athlete churning up the ground and a balanced, composed rider amid that chaotic turn.
Consequently, success to me is not just about a fast run and a check. It’s about the beautiful journey: doing the work, taking chances, moving through rough days, and not giving up.”
River J. Burton
More Examples of Portraits I Made of My Hosts
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Couple Who Hosted Me for Three Weeks
“If you are so blessed to have the opportunity to host Steadman, you should take the opportunity.
He is one of the most considerate guests I’ve ever hosted, always asking politely and making sure he is self-sufficient in his daily needs.. He is full of wisdom and creativity. We never lacked for conversation. I so appreciate him dealing with our small menagerie of animals including two not-so-hypoallergenic cats.
An absolute joy to have around.”
“Steadman is such a positive person to be around.
He’s low impact, highly knowledgable, and incredibly friendly. He’s an excellent photographer and adventurer and will gladly share his art with you. We were fortunate enough to have him stay long enough that he was able to take some professional photos of us during his stay.
He’s a delight to be around and livens up any conversation, room, or home.
If you have the ability to host him, do it!
He might even teach you how to make some amazing stir fry!”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Couple Who Hosted Me for Two Weeks
“Steadman is a thoroughly interesting and friendly character and a most amiable guest.
He is non intrusive, knows how to take care of himself, and is an excellent conversationalist.
To say that he is considerate would be an understatement.
We have fully enjoyed his company, his stories, his views on art and life, as well as his outstanding photography.
Any host would be lucky to have him as a guest and for those that are lucky enough to host him for a longer period, he makes it a point to leave an exceptional, personalized artistic memento.”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Weeks
“What can I say; Steadman is an interesting man. A professional turned vagabond, he has been all over the country and the world. He has great stories from his artistic journey touring the US photographing various horse riders and cowboy/western culture. He is very good at what he does. He even took some seriously professional pictures of me and my dog. I’m a lot younger than he is, but he was still willing to hang out with me and my friends and grab some food and beer.
Steadman is a very low impact guest. He stayed for a total of three weeks and was never a bother to my two roommates and I. Great experience overall.”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Nights
“Steadman stayed with me for a few nights during his travels through Texas. Unfortunately I was unable to spend that much time with him as I was working, but the little time I was able to spend with him was very positive.
Steadman is a great guy who is very passionate about his photography. He is a honest and dependable guy with “old school” values. His trustworthiness and kindheartedness fits in great here in the south.
He was very clean, respectful, and a very “low impact” traveler. He was a pleasure to be around and is welcome to stay with me anytime that he needs a place to crash
Good luck in your travels/books Steadman!”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Two Nights
Steadman stayed with me for two nights. Steadman has had many interesting experiences which he shared with us. He loves to cook and had a lot to talk about. He was very generous to gift me with a Wok and kindly teach me how to use it! He is also an extremely talented photographer.
I think I was fortunate to have such a kind and easy guest.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Two Weeks
Steadman stayed with us over a few weeks before the winter holidays this past December. He has lots of stories, and is eager to share them. He helped keep the kitchen tidy and the fridge stocked. He spent most of his time with us working on his computer, and he was overall a fairly low-impact guest.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Weeks
Steadman stayed with me for three weeks (over two occasions).
This has been a treat.
Steadman is helpful, easy to get to know and most comfortable to be with.
His wide areas of interest make him a delightful friend to talk with.
He will be welcome here anytime.
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Nights
“Steadman was a wonderful guest and is very respectful of the host’s privacy and belongings.
He is on a fascinating quest – photographing all sorts of amazing subjects throughout the western portion of the US.
The stories of his travels and the people he has met make him the most interesting of guests.”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Nights
“Its been a while since I had such a good conversation with someone.
I had lots to learn about from Steadman and he gave me lots of inputs on photography. He is a great conversationalist I’d say.
It was a pleasant experience hosting him.”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Nights
“Steadman was a very polite guest.
He even cleaned when he left! He is doing an interesting trip across the US of photography for several books.
Host him if you can!”
Verbatim Testimonial Letter from a Host Who Hosted Me for Three Nights
“Steadman was a great guest. He does everything possible to be a low-impact guest. Is very respectful of ones lifestyle/traditions etc.
I would certainly give a positive recommendation to anyone who has the opportunity to host him.
He is very intelligent and open to listening to others point of view and ideas.”
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.
Want to see more examples?
They cause people to say “WOW!”
“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.”
Testimonials & Comments from a Wide Range of Very Satisfied People
These are just a few of the many Testimonials about Steadman Uhlich’s help to others through advice and consulting and objective comments about his photography and art. There were countless more not shown here.
Art Gallery Visitors
There are 140 Verbatim Testimonial Quotes you can read from Art Gallery Visitors who saw Steadman’s Art and Photography in an Art Gallery. These quotes are from people who saw his work up close while it was hanging in an art gallery at full size, often at “Life Size.” While you are able to view hundreds of photographs on this website or in Steadman’s online portfolios, you are only able to see these are low resolution and small sized images. The real photos Steadman makes are generally much larger than what you are seeing online. In some cases these photos are up to 5 feet tall! Others have been 10 feet wide! Even his portraits are generally life-size and so most are seen larger than you can see on your laptop or computer. In addition, the high resolution prints are amazing for the amount of details seen, the sharpness of details, the textures, and some even have amazing optical illusions that astounded art gallery visitors. So, if you will read some of these Art Gallery Visitor comments, you should get an idea of how someone may respond if you display a portrait or fine art photograph that Steadman has made for you, whether it is in your home or office. It is highly recommended that you read over these comments, because these people have actually seen his work at the sizes he recommends and displayed as he suggests.
Global Visitors and Global Viewers of Steadman’s Art and Photography
There are also verbatim comments and impressions from Global Visitors to his Studio website or others who have seen his work via the internet and who left their impressions of his work. There you can see literally hundreds of comments from viewers who were impressed, moved, and “stunned” from over 50 countries around the world. To read those comments, go to Steadman’s Old Studio Site and look at the comments beside the photos on each of the first 50 pages of that site. Those portraits have been called The Global 50 Favorites, but they were made and called that prior to Steadman’s trip across America.
Global General Impressions of Steadman’s Portrait Work
The following link is to a page which shows just some (31) of the many comments (hundreds) that Steadman’s portrait photography has received from viewers around the world. Many of these verbatim comments are from experienced photographers, many of which are professional photographers themselves. These comments are just the “general impression” type and are only about Steadman’s portrait photography, which is only one element from his larger body of work as a photographer and artist (painter). Global General Impressions of Steadman’s Portrait Photography
Steadman’s Portrait Clients and Patrons
There are also testimonials from Steadman’s Studio Clients who have actually hired him to produce artwork or portraits for them. To read those comments, simply click Testimonials About Steadman Uhlich: Client Comments.
Art Patrons and Hosts (Hosts in Steadman’s Visiting Artist Program)
You can also read full length Verbatim Testimonial Letters from Patrons and Hosts who hosted Steadman while he is traveling in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as part of his unique Visiting Artist Program. Those letters also give insight into not Steadman’s ability to create beautiful portraits or art for clients. They also give you verbatim comments on his character and trustworthiness. In many cases, Steadman was a guest of these hosts for several weeks (up to 4 months) and so the clients or hosts got to spend many hours with him. They saw him in many hours of social interactions, working with members of their own family, working with others in public, and as a professional artist focused on his subjects. They also got to know him from many hours spent together eating meals, traveling, visiting, and sharing stories.
Steadman’s Former Partners and CEO Level Contacts (Management Consulting Career)
Prior to beginning his career as a professional artist and fine art photographer, Steadman was for years a very successful and truly unique high-level management consultant working for two of the largest Big Six global consulting firms. His contact level was the Chairman, CEO, and other “C Level” contacts of some of the largest global corporations. He worked as a unique “Partner in Charge” of an innovative program for the largest firm. The following link will take you to a page where you can see 60 Verbatim Testimonial Comments from many of his partners (whom he helped) and some of his CEO contacts. 60 Testimonial Quotes by Former Partners and CEOs Regarding Results, Professionalism, Creativity, Consulting Skills, and Experience
Photographers Steadman has Mentored
There are additional testimonial letters from photographers around the world that Steadman has mentored. To view a few of these, visit Steadman’s PhotoMentors site that is focused on teaching and educating people about fine photography. There is a Testimonials category there with many verbatim testimonial quotes about Steadman and several verbatim letters from photographers he has mentored or helped. Steadman has had remarkable success in helping photographers (both new and experienced) learn how to see their photos in a new way and how to improve their own work to reach their own goals. He gives very practical advice in the form of his Simple Suggestions that any photographer can follow. And his style of communicating with and advising people on both abstract and technical topics has won praise from the people he mentors.
200+ Photographers Steadman Helped
There are 200+ Verbatim Testimonial Comments from Photographers Steadman Helped. These verbatim comments were unsolicited and publicly published by the writers on a highly regarded internet photography forum where Steadman helped photographers from around the world (amateur and professionals) improve their photography. Many of these comments were in an unusual, unsolicited, “Tribute to Steadman” (prompted by someone else) that thanked him for his service and helpfulness to the global online photography community.
44 Photographers Who Bought from Steadman
There are even testimonials from other photographers who have bought from Steadman in the past: Testimonials from 44 Photographers who bought from Steadman. There are Verbatim Testimonials from 44 photographers who have bought many thousands of dollars of photography equipment from him, online. If you have any doubts about buying anything from Steadman, you should read what they say about the accuracy of his descriptions of what he sold them and their high satisfaction with the entire transaction process.