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Me & Gracie- Kai York Inspired Shoot

For the last 3 years I’ve wanted to shoot with a female bodybuilder & a horse. Kai York has been my favorite photographer since I downloaded Instagram in 2013. I've wanted to do a shoot inspired by his work, but with my own flair, adding a horse. After many failed attempts with several models, I decided to just do it myself.

From 16-19 years old I was a competitive bodybuilder. I competed in the figure division & won quite a few overalls (first in my class then first against all the firsts). I'm not sure if I have what it takes to go to those extremes again or to compete against the figure girls nowadays, but I will always love the gym/non competitive bodybuilding! Just like riding & showing horses, bodybuilding has had a huge impact on my life and helped shape me into the person I am now. The reason why I wanted to do this shoot so badly was because it combined all three of my passions: horses, bodybuilding & photography.

I’m pleasantly surprised with how well these photos turned out (I had high expectations after dreaming about a shoot like this for 3 years) & very thankful to have a friend like Blake who was able to help me execute this vision! Now- for 2022 I'd like to finally make this shoot happen, where I'm behind the camera & not in front!

And of course I had to get a few branding photos with my camera while I had my hair looking nice!


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