family preparing their horses for a photography shoot

Iowa City Farm Photo Shoot

From time to time we at Lara Grauer Photography are known to take our show on the road to do remote photo sessions outside of the Seattle area. On Tuesday we found ourselves well beyond the beaten path down a long gravel road about 40 miles outside of Iowa City, Iowa for a family photo session for a client that Lara has been working with for, gosh, over ten years now.



I like to joke about how I’m not really a city guy and not really a country guy either, kind of a delicate suburban chap with adventurous outdoor tendencies. I gotta say though, this is an amazingly beautiful place to live.



I know Lara will see this shot and I’ll likely never hear the end of it about the lighting, lol. Ah well.

Honestly, this was one of the most fun shoots I’ve been on, and just when I thought it couldn’t get more picturesque, they called in their horses. Well, they didn’t “call in” their horses, all they had to do was whistle and they came.



I call my dog fifty times and she only ever responds if I go to her and tap her on the head. To be fair, she’s a 14 year old Aussie with selective senior hearing but man, having these horses come at a whistle was darned cool for this suburban guy.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, they even had a bunch of baby kittens. And when I mean baby I mean wee tiny little small kittens that were only a few days old, and absolutely the most adorable little things I’ve ever seen.



Tee-hee, look at that little fuzzball!

I think this might have been one of the most challenging shots, when Lara was trying to capture this guy in his favorite tree.



For me, the coolest part of what we do is the adventure of it all, meeting cool people and capturing them in their element, where they’re perfectly comfortable and happy. It’s tough to think of it as the middle of nowhere when you find real joy, love and happiness at the end of that long dirt road.

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