Adventures in Fashion: Behind The Scenes of our Fall Photoshoot

Alex Callaghan, the talented photographer behind Callaghan Creative Co. captures three of our fabulous models – Allison, Nancy, and her fabulous horse Rooster, in front of Todd Lemieux’s Citabria airplane.

The September/October issue of Western Horse Review is now on stands, and the team at WHR has been loving all the positive feedback we have been receiving on our fall fashion shoot entitled “Adventurous West.” They say that it takes a village, and that saying is no truer than when you embark on a photoshoot that includes a variety of locations, amazing models, outfits from a wide range of boutiques, a gifted photographer, a talented team of hair and makeup artists, and the staff at the magazine to get it all done. Oh, did we forget to mention houses, horses, vintage vehicles and even a plane? It was an amazing shoot, and we want to share with our readers some of the action that occurs behind the scenes of the final product that is published in the magazine.

Callaghan Creative Co. at work photographing 2017 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, Savanna Sparvier and one of Sally Bishop’s talented horses, Frosty.

Something that we truly enjoy at Western Horse Review is the fact we use authentic true-to-life horse persons as models in our fashion shoots. For example, above is Savanna Sparvier, the 2017 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, who also graced our cover this issue. This young lady is not only beautiful, and kind, but a great ambassador for the Calgary Stampede, as well as a true role model for young women in the indigenous community and beyond. You will also find accomplished and incredibly strong horse women in this feature, including a professional  Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association roman rider and stunt performer, and a FEI North American Junior Young Rider gold medalist in reining, among others.

Wrangling photoshoot horses is no joke. Here is WHR’s own, Sally Bishop, with two of her beautiful horses, Frosty (left) and Mattise (right).

 

WHR’s own, Louisa Murch White, holds Frosty in-between takes.

We are very grateful to the Vulcan Flying Club for allowing us to take over their beautiful facility as one of the locations for our shoot. As you can imagine, it’s not always easy to wrangle horses, humans, and planes to get the beautiful shots we did. Thankfully we had the use of Sally Bishop’s exceptional horses, such as Frosty and Mattise pictured above, and Nancy Pratch’s wonderful Rooster, who were ever the professionals, didn’t bat an eye at a plane taxiing down the runway, and allowed the models to be comfortable and relaxed to get those perfect shots.

Louisa Murch White modeling Savanna Sparvier’s beaded tack. Photo Credit: Liz of The Aria Studios.

There were many funny moments throughout the day, but one of our personal favourites was WHR’s Sally Bishop and Louisa Murch White wrestling Savanna Sparvier’s beautiful beaded tack onto a pre-existing bridle. Sometimes, as you can see above, you just have to throw the bridle on yourself and go with it.

Callaghan Creative Co. capturing a stunning moment of Savanna Sparvier modelling a Janine’s Custom Creation jacket.

Finally, we would remise to not mention the team that pulled it together. Our talented photographer, Alex Callaghan of Callaghan Creative Co., stunning makeup by The Aria Studios and hair by Meagan Peters and Amber Bigplume. A massive thank you to Todd Lemieux for providing the 1960 Chevrolet Apache, Citabria, as well as some of his own modelling skills. To Hailey Stewart who lent a much-needed hand in all areas of the photoshoot. Finally a thank you to Kimes Ranch Jeans, Janine’s Custom Creations, CR RanchWear, Bold and Brassy, Cattle Cait, #NotInMyCity, Classic Rodeo, Cody & Sioux, Paige Leather and Stick and Ball for their amazing fashion contributions that truly made this fall shoot as spectacular as it was.

Louisa Murch White scoping locations, we felt this turquoise antique bench out in the pasture was a great backdrop.

Spectacular Western Weddings Part I

Published in the January/ February 2012,  edition of the Western Horse Review.

BY DAIYNA SAPERGIA & DEANNA BECKLEY

Say the phrase “western wedding”, and many of us get mental images of lace-up Victorian boots and satin fringes. But there is a movement within the engaged couples of the contemporary western world to create a day that bears witness to that which brought them together – the horses that are so important in their everyday lives, the traditions of their western backgrounds and the great, wide open West. We feature three couples who took these elements and created a day burgeoning with western flair, a love for horses and warmth for each other. Here is part one of our Western Weddings feature.

Photos by TJ Photography.

Deanna Paulsen & Jesse Beckley: An old ranch barn served as the ideal backdrop to reflect the couples’ western lifestyle.

Wedding Invitation: Deanna wanted a rustic wedding invite that represented the laid back ranch wedding she was planning. She worked together with a designer on Etsy.com to put it together, and printed them herself.

Venue: Three Bars Ranch – Cranbrook, BC. Colour Scheme. The main color was turquoise – the western world signature color and Deanna’s favourite. The turquoise was adorned with orange and a splash of pink for a very bright and fun color palette.

Grooms Attire: Jesse wore a turquoise Cinch shirt, starched Cinch White Label jeans and Rios of Mercedes ostrich boots. His groomsmen wore black Cinch shirts and Cinch White Label jeans (also starched, of course!).

Wedding Gown: Deanna chose a strapless A-line gown from Mena’s Bridal Boutique, Calgary, Alberta. Shoes. These were Deanna’s “something borrowed”. She chose a cute pair of pink high heels she discovered in her mother’s closet.

Jewelry: Deanna kept it simple with a small bracelet and earrings, while her bridesmaids were adorned with chunky turquoise necklaces that she found online.

Bridesmaids: Deanna’s bridesmaids had the liberty of choosing their own dresses, so long as they were short and black.

Cake: The couple went non-traditional, opting for cupcakes from Craves Cupcakes in Calgary, Alberta.

Flowers: For the bride – a beautiful combination of orange and pink gerbera daisies and orange dahlias in her bouquet, adding a splash of turquoise in her centre pieces with the spider mums she chose.

Party Favors: Guests could choose from an array of sweets and take home goody bags full of all their favorites.

Centerpieces: Deanna used antique turquoise jars from Jesse’s grandmother’s personal collection and filled them with beautiful flowers. Each table was numbered on a chalkboard, using NRHA patterns 1 through 11 – adding a nice reining-related touch.

Wine: The Show, a California made Cabernet Sauvignon.

On each place-setting at the reception was a “Matchmaker” for each guest’s enjoyment, filled with questions and answers about the happy couple. Photo by TJ Photography

For more Western weddings ideas…Check out Western Weddings Part IIWestern Weddings Part IIIWedding Bliss  & Cowboy Weddings