NEW SKILLS • FRESH PERSPECTIVES • FUN & ADVENTURE

If you …

You love horses and taking pictures

Want to learn how to use your camera better

Want to take your photography to the next level

Want to start or improve your equine photography business

What to travel to to new and exciting destinations

Want to expand your creativity

Would love to meet like minded people that share your passions

You are in the right place!

In this episode, it all begins: Meet the Cowgirls with Cameras, Cara Taylor Swift, Kim Beer and Phyllis Burchett and learn about their backgrounds and their vision for Cowgirls with Cameras. You’ll get a sneak peak at upcoming events, podcast topics, and more.

Be sure to stop by the Cowgirls with Cameras website: https://cowgirlswithcameras.com and be sure to follow us on social media @cowgirlswithcameras. 

The Cowgirls with Cameras Photography Challenge for this episode!

NEW PERSPECTIVE

The #cwcphotochallenge is designed to get you to sharpen your photographic eye and skills. This episode’s challenge is NEW PERSPECTIVE. We challenge you to try photographing things you photograph often from a different angle or perspective. Move your feet, change your lens, Post your challenge images on Instagram using the hashtag #cwcphotochallenge

Transcript
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It's time to laugh, learn and take your photography to the

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next level with your favorite cowgirls with cameras, Cara,

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Kim, and Phyllis.

Kimberly Beer:

Hey there, everybody. Welcome to the

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cowgirls with cameras Podcast. I'm Kim Beer with Kim Beer

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photography.

Cara Taylor Swift:

And I'm Cara Taylor Swift with Fast Horse

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photography.

Phyllis Burchett:

And I'm Phyllis Burchette. With Phyllis

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Burchette photo.

Kimberly Beer:

Welcome, everyone, to the very first

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episode of what we hope are many, many, many, many episodes

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that we're going to bring you about photography and about the

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western lifestyle and horses and all the cool things that we know

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get your adrenaline pumping, and get you up and going and excited

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to embrace the beauty of the life around you. So this

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podcast, of course, is our very first one. And we're very

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excited to talk today about our vision and what cow girls with

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cameras means to us as well as give you a little introduction

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to who we are, we want to start off by telling you you are in

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the perfectly right place if you love horses and taking photos.

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If you want to learn how to use your camera better if you want

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to take your photography up to the next level. If you want to

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start or improve your equine photography business, or you

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want to travel to new and exciting destinations, or expand

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your creativity or meet like minded people that you can

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create a community with that all are passionate about those same

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things. That's what we're here to do. Moving forward, our show

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is going to have a nice format to it, we're going to have news

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and updates topics are going to talk about gadgets and gear and

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software. And every episode, we are going to attempt to bring

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you a challenge that hopefully will push your skills up to the

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next level, we have shows coming up on a variety of topics,

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everything from technical expertise to battling creative

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blues to destination locations that we're going to cover. But

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the first thing we want to do this morning is get you to know

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us a little bit better. And so I'll start with myself. And then

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I'm going to turn it over to my co hosts here. So my name is Kim

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Beer. I've been a photographer since I was about 13 years old,

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I started making money as a photographer around 18. And the

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majority of my business has been focused around horses, and

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definitely animals, people tend to be a little bit extra in my

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photos. So and I have gotten in trouble for that the horse

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always looks good. But sometimes the person doesn't always look

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that great because I believe them to be responsible for

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themselves. So that's a little bit of my downfall there, I

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bring to this group, an interesting mix of skills. In my

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other life. I am a business consultant and strategist. And I

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have over 30 years experience doing that and being an

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entrepreneur. So I bring that particular set of skills to the

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table. And then I also bring in another unique set of skills

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called Gestalt, which is helping people break through the

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barriers that may keep them from achieving their goals. And for

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me that ties really tightly into my vision for this community.

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And my why for being here is that I see people who are

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incredibly talented, and who have all the technical expertise

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in the world or can learn it. And yet they still don't achieve

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their goals because of a limiting belief or because of

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something tied to a trauma in their past that they need to

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clear out and move past in order to reach that beautiful goal

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that they are wanting to reach and are perfectly able to

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obtain. So part of my reasoning for being here is to help people

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get to their goals by eliminating all of those

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barriers that stop them from being there. Alright, that's

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enough about me. So let me toss the mic over to Cara, who's

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going to talk about what she brings in and her exciting

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adventures in photography.

Cara Taylor Swift:

Thank you, Kim and Phyllis. I'm so excited

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that we finally did this. I feel like we've been talking about

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doing theCowgirls with Cameras podcast for a long time. And

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when we first started working together with cowgirls with

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cameras, this was like an idea that was bouncing around the

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back of our head. And then for folks that have followed I guess

Cara Taylor Swift:

all three of us for a little while you know that him and I

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have a podcast called The Business Animal. So we realized

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you can't just have one podcast. So when we started cowgirls with

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cameras, and then we when I joined Kim and Phyllis with

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cowgirls with cameras, we decided we had to have this new

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podcast so I'm super excited to be here and I'm excited about

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the fun we're gonna have this is gonna be such a light hearted

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show, I think compared to some of them out there. And I love

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that because that's what we're all about. So I'm with Fast

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Horse photography. I've been a professional photographer with

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fast horse for probably around seven years now, I'm a wife. I'm

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a mom of a really cute eight year old boy, we had major drama

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this morning around the planet, maybe not planet Pluto, who

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knows we had major drama this morning. So I like to talk about

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my family and how that it affects my photography business.

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Because I know there's a lot of folks out there that are family

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people as well also trying to run a business and be

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photographers. I'm a lifelong horse gal. I've been with horses

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my whole life on my own now and love spending time with horses.

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And when I first decided I was going to shift into photography,

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I thought that I needed to photograph everything. And I

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learned real quick that I didn't care to photograph everything.

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The only thing I ever wanted to point my camera at was a horse.

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So one of the the goals that I had was to prove everyone wrong

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and prove that I could have a successful business and I could

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make money being a photographer that only photographed horses.

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So the way that I have done that, and one of my things that

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I'm really proud of is I've done that by being a full service

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photographer. By being a full service photographer, I work to

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provide excellent customer service. And I believe in

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educating clients around their options and helping with their

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selection. So I work with clients to create beautiful

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finished products, things like prints, wall decor, albums,

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keepsake boxes, and just anything that they can envision

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doing with their images. That's what I hope to do. And I try to

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make the experience a really special one for them. So one of

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the things that I feel like I really bring to cowgirls with

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cameras is my experience with providing that full service

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experience and the sales aspect of that. So I'm excited to be

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here and I can't wait to see where we go, Phyllis. It's your

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turn.

Phyllis Burchett:

Well hi guys, and thanks for having me share

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this podcast with you and the new adventure we have with

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cowgirls with cameras. I'm Phyllis Burchette of Phyllis

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Burchette photo. Kim and Cara are pros at the podcast business

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so I'm a newbie at this so kind of bear with me

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you'll be just fine.

Phyllis Burchett:I been a photographers since:Phyllis Burchett:went full time in:Phyllis Burchett:

and nature photography, there's actually not much that I don't

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like to photograph I have quite a diverse portfolio at this

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point in my life I feel like my purpose is to help to educate

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and serve others and I love sharing my passion for

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photography with you my friends, my clients my fellow

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photographers Hi bring to the group how to create art that

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sells and how to make money selling your images as art I

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hope I can help you with that I'm I have a great passion for

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art and the horses art or even in my nature and wildlife

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photography as well. My passive income knowledge and skills will

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help you do that. Hopefully, you've heard my podcast episode

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on The Business Animal with these two ladies how to step

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your creativity in in camera and in post production. I'd love to

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be able to help you with that I feel like that's one of my major

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skills is how to increase your productivity in those areas. My

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vision for the cowgirls with cameras community is the

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celebration of the Western way of life by documenting it with

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our cameras and experiences to create an environment of

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positivity through leadership and fellowship that will be

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gained by new friends and to share our passion for

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photography.

Kimberly Beer:

That's awesome. Awesome. As you can see, we are

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quite the dynamic trio. And here's the reality of the

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situation, the three of us met through photography, our

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friendships were formed through our mutual love of the Western

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lifestyle of horses and of telling that story through our

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lenses. And we each are very passionate in our own rights.

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But together we have found a whole new level of being able to

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bring things to you, our listeners and to the community

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at large. And for us, I think I speak for all three of us when I

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say this is truly a labor of love, because it's something

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that we want to share because it's impacted our lives in such

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dramatic ways. And with such positivity. I don't know about

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Phyllis and Cara, you guys can speak up here, but I've made

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some of the best friendships that I have ever had in my

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entire lifetime through photography. What about you

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guys?

Phyllis Burchett:

Most definitely, yes, of course. I've

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been in the horse business pretty much all my life. And a

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lot of the people that I was in the horse business with have

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transferred over into photography as well. So yeah, my

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best friends are photographers. Obviously. You too are among

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those best friends.

Kimberly Beer:

That's awesome. That's an honor right there.

Phyllis Burchett:

Now I'm gonna get teary eyed.

Cara Taylor Swift:

Oh, no. I hear that a lot though. Like

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it's really hard, I think as adults to find common connection

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like we could when we were younger. And one of the things

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that I've always enjoyed about photography and the horse

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photography community in general is when I go to events where

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there's other photographers, you immediately find a common

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connection you find a like mindedness and you have

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something to talk about and I have met some of the coolest

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people and become friends with people that in any other walk of

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life I maybe would have never have met and enjoyed spending

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time with and it's just been the coolest thing and I think that's

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what has made me so happy about cowgirls with cameras is this

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community that is being built and how people are finding a

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home there and they're able to really just build friendships

Cara Taylor Swift:

and grow and it's just been so great and I just love it so much

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and of course each one of you guys when I first met you I was

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at such a different level of photography skill and I felt

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like I was meeting famous people you know in the photography

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world. So I'm just so just so happy to have you guys

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Well we all know Phyllis famous. You didn't think

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you get to give scape a podcast without us bringing up famous

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Phyllis

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really hoping that we wouldn't go there.

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So just so you guys know Phyllis gets

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recognized on airplanes people know her name when she walks on

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the airplane and I cannot be more jealous. Not one single

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time in the millions of flights that I have taken. Has anyone

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ever said my name if it wasn't related to Miss Beer you are in

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the wrong seat?

Cara Taylor Swift:

Listen, the truth is, the truth is that she

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probably just had her feet in the aisle or was blocking

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traffic or taking too long get your suitcase up in the

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overhead. That's the truth. That's probably what happened.

Cara Taylor Swift:

Yeah. Could you please find your seat?

Phyllis Burchett:

Go ahead and think that girls, but I know the

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truth.

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Cara? Cara, cara cara? You have been at a booth

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when someone walks up to the booth table, and just oh, oh,

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you're Phyllis Burchette. I've been following you for years. I

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just, I can't believe you're actually here in the flesh. And

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I get to meet you.

Phyllis Burchett:

I don't know how many times I got to have my

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picture taken with my art and a new client.

Cara Taylor Swift:

I have to say, I have to say we're in good

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company. We are in good company.

Phyllis Burchett:

Yes. So we are all in good company.

Cara Taylor Swift:

Yeah. And every time we have an event or

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we go to an event or we're at a vendor show where we're you

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know, meeting people, we're always in good company, like I

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have very rarely met someone that I wouldn't want to shoot

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beside again. So it's pretty cool.

Phyllis Burchett:

We're very blessed to have a great group of

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ladies following us too.

Kimberly Beer:

Yes, we are. We are very blessed for that. But I

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also want to talk to those of you out there that are going

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this is not my experience of the photography world, right?

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Because I will be honest, when I first started shooting, and I

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first started shooting professionally, I didn't come to

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this with a formal education in photography, my degrees are in

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history and English, they don't do a lot to help you use a

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camera, I had a vision that I wanted to create on an image.

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And I knew what I wanted that to look like. But I didn't have any

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idea how to use my camera. I didn't know anything really yet

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about software, I am going to date myself horribly and say I

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used the very first version of Photoshop that came out. So I

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don't know what version we're on. But it was a long time ago.

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But when I first got started in photography, I had questions, I

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remember getting a job where I was going to be able to shoot in

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an arena and I wanted to use strobe lights. And I reached out

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to several photographers, and I could not get anyone to answer

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my questions. Basically, they were like, you know, hey, we had

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to learn it, you go, you go learn it and earn it too. And

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what I want to relay to those of you who've had that kind of

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experience or who've been at a workshop and not felt like they

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belonged. That's not what we're creating here. What we're

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creating is an environment where I don't care what level you're

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at, I don't care if you just unpacked your camera, the

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morning of the workshop, we're going to help you be able to

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understand how to use that camera and get to be the best

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that you want to be in what you're doing. And there's no

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judgment here. There's no backstabby talking behind your

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back or withholding of knowledge. And I hope this

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podcast is a place where you can come dip your toe in the pool of

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knowledge that we offer and when we have guests on that they

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offer, because I want you to feel comfortable with that. If

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your experience is not what we just talked about, about the

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friendships and the joy and the happiness and the sharing, you

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found a place where that actually is the theme. And it's

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our most important held value in this to make sure that that you

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feel welcome and have a safe place to learn and explore. And,

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you know, heck, if your exploration didn't land in the

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place you wanted to no one's going to tell you that you

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shouldn't try again.

Cara Taylor Swift:

When I was first starting as a

Cara Taylor Swift:

photographer, I remember the most challenging part was just

Cara Taylor Swift:

trying to figure things out. And even if you've taken photography

Cara Taylor Swift:

classes, there's not there's no one that's going to sit you down

Cara Taylor Swift:

and say okay, here's how to figure out what you need to be

Cara Taylor Swift:

charging or what you need to get this job done and what kind of

Cara Taylor Swift:

materials you should be educating your clients about and

Cara Taylor Swift:

what kind of products you should be offering. Like, that's

Cara Taylor Swift:

something that you kind of get thrown into the deep end on. And

Cara Taylor Swift:

it can be really scary and extremely costly. When you order

Cara Taylor Swift:

and buy stuff that isn't appropriate for you or you

Cara Taylor Swift:

attend events that aren't, you're not ready for yet, and

Cara Taylor Swift:

you don't get anything out of them. And I think that's one of

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the things that I hated so much. And I was so terrified to ask

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questions and why this project is so important to me, because I

Cara Taylor Swift:

don't want other photographers to feel like I felt when I first

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got started.

Phyllis Burchett:

And to be able to support and encourage others.

Phyllis Burchett:

I think that's a big thing and to lift you up when you're

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feeling down. And we all have all of us even now at this point

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in our careers, we all feel like some days we'll leave a shoot or

Phyllis Burchett:

I know I do at least and I think we've all talked about this, how

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we'll leave a shoot and go, Oh my gosh, I can't believe people

Phyllis Burchett:

pay me to do this. First off, I'm amazed that people pay me to

Phyllis Burchett:

do this, because it's so awesome. And then the other part

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of me is like, oh my gosh, I can't believe somebody paid me

Phyllis Burchett:

to do this. And I feel like I don't have a picture that's

Phyllis Burchett:

worth giving them until I get home. And then I go oh, okay,

Phyllis Burchett:

there's a good one. Oh, okay, there's another good one. So we

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all do the same thing.

Cara Taylor Swift:

We're always learning, we're always growing.

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And sometimes we need people in our corners to say, You know

Cara Taylor Swift:

what, you got this, or you know what, you didn't do a great job

Cara Taylor Swift:

on that project. But let me give you the tool that you need to

Cara Taylor Swift:

move forward. I mean, we all need that sometimes

Kimberly Beer:

We absolutely do. And we all need to break through

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those barriers that keep us from reaching our potential. And

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that's another thing we're here to support you with. I'm not

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sure of any other photography community that's going to focus

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as heavily on helping you with the personal growth that comes

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along with expanding your art. Because when you expand your art

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and your vision, you also expand yourself. And that process

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sometimes takes a little bit of support, and it can take a

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little time. And that's again, we're here for that. So I want

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to talk a little bit ladies about what we envision this to

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look like. I think one of the biggest things that we're

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excited about, because we know what's going to happen at them

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is the events that we are planning to hold our workshops,

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we are looking at holding a little bit different format than

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a typical photography, workshop or retreat, we want these to be

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full on experiences for you where you are immersed in

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photography, knowledge at the track level that you are needing

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at the time, whether you're a beginner or an intermediate or

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an advanced photographer, and also immersed in the lifestyle

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that you are capturing because that is the bottom line to what

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we all do. As photographers we tell stories through our images

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and to understand that lifestyle and to really feel like you're a

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part of it is a key aspect to that. So we have some great

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events coming up. Cara, why don't you talk about our

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cottonwood event that is going to be coming up in August. We're

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all thrilled about that,

Cara Taylor Swift:

Oh, gosh, this is going to be such a cool

Cara Taylor Swift:

event. It's a brand new location. We are just thrilled.

Cara Taylor Swift:

We've already got people registering for it. But we do

Cara Taylor Swift:

have some spaces left. I think we're gonna have 10 shoots

Cara Taylor Swift:

during that week. Is that right, Phyllis?

Phyllis Burchett:

Yes.

Cara Taylor Swift:

So we've got 10 shoots set up that week. But

Cara Taylor Swift:

one of the coolest parts about it is that we will have

Cara Taylor Swift:

education available in the middle of the day for all levels

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of photographer and our hope is that you will grow whatever

Cara Taylor Swift:

level that you're at, you will grow in that experience and you

Cara Taylor Swift:

will grow at that level. So we have a lot planned for that

Cara Taylor Swift:

week. Phyllis, can you talk a little bit about the location.

Phyllis Burchett:

It's a guest ranch, but it's also a working

Phyllis Burchett:

cattle ranch and they have a large cavvy of guest horses. So

Phyllis Burchett:

I think they run about 75/80 head of horses that we'll be

Phyllis Burchett:

able to photograph as a group. And they also are going to have

Phyllis Burchett:

pack mules, I guess that they'll be taking out for hunting at

Phyllis Burchett:

that time. So we'll be able to photograph the pack meals, which

Phyllis Burchett:

I'm really excited about and get to learn a little bit more about

Phyllis Burchett:

packing horses or packing mules. So I'm just really excited

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because we've never been to the location. But the landscape is

Phyllis Burchett:

stunning. The scenery is stunning. It's just the people

Phyllis Burchett:

the family, it's a I think a five generation ranch and they

Phyllis Burchett:

got kids that rope and it's just going to be a great, great time.

Phyllis Burchett:

So it's a beautiful Lodge. And we all be staying in the lodge

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together. So we'll have that community even more so where we

Phyllis Burchett:

can have fellowship and friendship, right there all

Phyllis Burchett:

together and eat together and got a classroom and I'm just I'm

Phyllis Burchett:

super excited. I think Well, I think we all are

Cara Taylor Swift:

it can't come soon enough. Yeah,

Kimberly Beer:

we all are. Yes. Yeah. By the way, Cottonwood is

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in wells, Nevada. We all forgot to mention where we're going.

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Because frankly, we wouldn't care where it was that list of

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things that we just talked about and reason we're headed there.

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And of course we'll find our way there. So we're going to be

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having some other events over the year there. Some things that

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Phyllis and I do together and that Cara and Phyllis do

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together. And we've all kind of mixed and matched doing some

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events in partnership with each other. And Phyllis and Cara, you

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guys do a great event in January called Horses on the Beach,

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which I am going to this January because I am, frankly jelly

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every single time I see the photos that come out of that, so

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I can't stand it.

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Don't bring any of that nasty Missouri

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weather with you.

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Trust me, I'm gonna leave it here in January

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or February whenever you guys are doing that. I know the cool

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thing is is Cara has to time that tide schedule correctly.

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And I'm glad she's doing that and not me because I would

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probably screw that up. So tell us about horses on the beach.

Cara Taylor Swift:

Well, Kim, it's a real thinker. It's a real

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thinker that tide schedule. So I love this event. Phyllis, we've

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been doing this are we on our fifth year now?

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This was our fifth year.

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This might have been our fifth year horses

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on the beach. Yep. So we do. We've been hosting this event.

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It's a fun weekend event that we do where we photograph horses at

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sunrise and sunset over on the east coast here in St.

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Augustine, Florida. We usually have one offsite location as

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well. We've done everything from full fantasy to fully styled to

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just if you can picture just the beautiful silhouettes at

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sunrise. We have horses jumping on the beach, we've had a little

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bit of everything. This event fills up really quickly. As a

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matter of fact, I think it's full for next year. We're

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it's something that folks are interested in, they can reach

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out to us. We've got a cool one day gypsy vanner event that

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we're doing here in Florida in a couple of months. And then for

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those of you I know Kim, you guys have your Kim and Phyllis

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you guys have your Art of the Cowgirl event that you attend

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that I got to hang out at last year.

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The Art of the Cowgirl is a great event and

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Phyllis and I lead a workshop there Phyllis Why don't you tell

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him a little bit about what we do at that workshop because it's

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an interesting thing and this year you got to shoot with a lot

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of the people more than I did

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Art of the Cowgirl is a huge event. It's a

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celebration of the Western way of life and promoting women in

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the western industry. So they have a big event every January

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in Arizona was this year it was at the Horseshoe Equestrian

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Center in Queen Creek Arizona and Kim and I we basically have

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a photography clinic where our photographers the participants

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and us are part of the photography staff that helps to

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supply images to the Art of the Cowgirl for their social media

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for their website for marketing. And it's just a really,

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absolutely fantastic event where women are supporting women. It's

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ranch rodeo the world's greatest horse woman. They have breakaway

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roping, they have working cow horse, they have so many

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demonstrations and presentations going on. Artists Oh my gosh.

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It's just it's so packed full of events and things going on.

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They've got braiding Rawhide clinics, they've got chap

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making, chink change making clinics, they've got boot making

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clinics, they Oh and the working the working dogs to the stock

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dog, they have a clinic for stock dogs and they have stock

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dog trials they have. There's so much they have going on there

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and were there to to photograph and document that and help our

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participants to learn more about the art of photography and the

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business of photography and to guide them in every way possible

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that we can. And then we have a booth as well. We were so

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blessed to have Cara and another great helper Marci from North

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Dakota, which was a participant with us last year at the same

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event in Bozeman. She came and helped with the booth and we get

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to sell our art and have a little meeting place for

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ourselves as a gathering place. So we're very blessed and

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thankful to Tammy Pate for having us do that every year.

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And we're going to be doing another clinic in big timber

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this August. We don't have all the details on that one yet, but

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we will be doing another event there.

Cara Taylor Swift:

I didn't realize that that's gonna be

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really fun. And then don't forget about the Dryhead Ranch.

Cara Taylor Swift:

Did you want to talk about that a little bit?

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The Dryhead is a blast. The fun thing about where

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we go is we make friends with people who live on these

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ranches. And we get involved in their lives. Kristin Grant who

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got us into the dry head we met her at another event. So it's

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just a big train of fun when you hang out with us. Once you get

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on you can just kind of ride until you till you want to get

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off. So we met Kristin and she said I have this great ranch and

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we do guest ranch where people come in. And I love this thought

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if you live in the western lifestyle of the fact that you

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go to their ranch and you pay them and then they let you help

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them work cattle. Oh, we wished it here in Missouri that we had

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a depth of a destination location that people would pay

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us to come and work our cattle with us. But at any rate, it's a

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wonderful location and the family is just awesome. So

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they've got a great little number of children and there's

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Jesse and Jake who entertain us and mom Who takes care of us,

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and there's great food and wonderful photography, they are

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located in the Prior Mountains. So you get beautiful prior

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mountain vistas behind your images. And nothing is more

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entertaining than Jake and Jesse, Jesse is the cowgirl that

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I would want to be when I grow up. So she's pretty awesome. And

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Kristin is amazing. And she just had a little baby. So we're

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excited because we're going to have baby photos this summer

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when we head out there. So it is it's a beautiful place. And it's

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full of friendship and laughter and a lot of really good times.

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So we also have some other events that we're working on in

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the background to bring to people that are going to be

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focused on on again, on learning. And also Cara, I have

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a little vision and Phyllis has joined in on this as well, where

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we want to bring a retreat for photographers where you can get

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some relaxation and maybe a little pampering like spa time.

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And then just some really deep self care, because that's

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something that we have a very physical passionate, either

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hobby or profession, depending on what level you're at. And

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sometimes a little self care would go a long way. So we're

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looking at some locations for that. But we're all very excited

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about this part.

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Don't forget, we're headed to Animal Image

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Makers in April as well.

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Oh, yes, we are, we are headed to animal image

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makers to go hang out with other animal photographers.

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And we will have a booth there, we will have

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a booth there. And we also are working on a

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t-shirt line for photographers, which has been a really

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entertaining project that we are deeply enjoying. And we're going

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to have some of the T-shirts at the AIM booth there and super

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excited about that. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that

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Phyllis also does an international workshop in

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Iceland every year. And we are going to do a future episode of

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this podcast focusing on international photography and

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that particular event. So we'll have a lot of talking about

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Iceland and Phyllis's adventures there. I do want to mention a

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couple of other things that we do have planned that are outside

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of the workshop experience, because we know not everybody

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can attend a workshop and still wants to be part of this

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community. We're working on a membership community where

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you'll be able to join and get access to each other and

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dialogues and online learning and stuff like that, we're still

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working on what exactly that's going to look like if I had my

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druthers, we'd launch it halfway. But Cara is a really

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good individual about reining my crazy butt in on occasion and

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she is got me focused on making it the best it could absolutely

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be for all of us. And so we're going to roll that out. We don't

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know exactly what it's going to look like at this moment. But

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it's gonna be fantastic. When we do get it ready for everyone.

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Right now we do have mentorships to where you could work with one

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or all of us in in that capacity if you're interested in it. And

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we're going to have a lot of community building and online

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learning opportunities coming up that you can participate in

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without necessarily coming to an event. The final thing I do want

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to mention here is we have a line of artwork that is designed

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to be displayed in a barn. So it's made on a substrate that

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allows it to be weather friendly and also cleanable and and be

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able to hang it without being under glass which makes it

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perfect to go in people's barns and we have all contributed are

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in the process of contributing pieces to go into a collection

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that consumers can buy for this particular project. It's called

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it's for the barn and we're excited about seeing where that

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project goes we don't have it completely outlined for the

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future yet but we are working on it Have I forgotten anything in

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that list of stuff that we're up to?

Cara Taylor Swift:

I don't think so. Why don't we move on to the

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weekly challenge?

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Absolutely. So every episode that we put out

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Cara just booked us into weekly our goal to start off oh sorry.

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She's convinced we need to do let's not do weekly weekly.

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Phyllis is a little bit afraid anyway. So it the podcast will

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come twice a month.

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the podcast is going to come out twice a month

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I'm a little afraid of weekly too.

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and every episode that we bring to you we want to bring you a

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I just want to thank everyone for being here

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challenge because part of this is again to build community and

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to get you to explore your strengths and to explore your

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photography. So this particular challenge for this episode to

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and joining us on the very first episode of Cowgirls with

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kick off this series is going to be looking at things from a

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different perspective. Just like we have as photographers as

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people who have led workshops and done photography education.

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We have decided to step into a different place and look at that

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from a different angle. As photographers, we all know that

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stepping over one step to the right one step to the left

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getting on something squatting down, it changes the view of

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what you're shooting, and it tells a whole different story.

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And sometimes that story is something that someone else

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might not have seen. So your challenge for this particular

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episode is to take photos from a different perspective, if you

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would like to share those photos, which we would love for

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you to do, by the way, and we will give you some love on our

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social media. If you would do that. If you want to share them,

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share them on Instagram with the hashtag, #CWCphotochallenge. So

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that's #CWCphotochallenge for cowgirls with cameras photo

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Cameras. We hope you understand this is just a kind of an

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challenge, and please use that hashtag. And we'll be watching

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for those images just from a new perspective. Is your prompt for

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this week. Is there anything else you ladies would like to

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introduction for us. We've got a lot of great things planned and

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add? Before we close this up?

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we hope that you join us you can also join in on the fun online

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we are on Instagram and Facebook at cowgirls with cameras and our

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website is cowgirlswithcameras.com if you

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want to see some of the upcoming events, we have just click that

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Events tab and you'll get some great information right there.

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Don't forget we are currently booking for Cottonwood ranch

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experience right now. I think we have a few spaces left. So if

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you are interested in that, go ahead and hop on and get

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yourself pre registered and then we'll get you rolling through

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that process.

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Or if you have any questions regarding the

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event, please feel free to message either one of us through

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Facebook or Instagram or email

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until next time.

Jaz:

Thanks for listening to this episode of cowgirls with

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