Sonoma Horse Park – Photography Installation

June 23, 2016

Early this year I was invited to be the Guest VIP Artist at the Sonoma Horse Park. During the summer months, the park hosts 7 show jumping competitions over the course of 7 non-consecutive weeks from May to September. And during these weeks, my equine photography artwork is displayed throughout the park.

The show is free to attend….you’ll find me in the VIP area where some of my work is displayed. Come join me for a glass of wine and take in one of the Grand Prix shows!

It’s thrilling to be in this environment with so much buzz and activity. I don’t consider myself a traditional ‘show photographer’ per say but photographing the horses and the horse/human interactions at the event certainly lit a spark within me. Everywhere I look there’s eye candy…beautifully groomed horses and riders. The connection each rider has with his/her horse makes me hold my breath. To see what I’ve been photographing while on-site the past few weeks, click here.

But getting back to the photography installation… this is your official behind-the-scenes look at how the artwork installation all came together. I’ve posted the images of the final installation first, followed by the action shots of the frame construction. Consider this your sneak peek into my creative process!

ALL ART IS FOR SALE. You can contact me at 415.596.3646 or email tara@arrowoodphotography.com to inquire about specific prices.

For more information about my equine photography, feel free to visit my website. And if you’d like to speak with me about scheduling a portrait session for your horse, please reach out! My photographic journey with horses has no limit. I welcome the opportunity to document your horse’s story.

To build the custom frames, I recruited help from Dan Shultz and my husband Travis Pynn. Dan is an amazing furniture designer and one half of the dynamic duo/husband and wife team of Waterlily Pond Floral Artistry and Event Design. (Natasha is the other half and a wonderfully talented floral artist in her own right!) We share a studio in San Francisco.

The photography installation consists of custom frames built over the course of 5 days. Each frame was built from scratch, customized to the size of the print. The 6-ft wide frame is made out of old barn wood, with two english saddles. The two 8-ft wide frames have birch trees as the decor. The prints are all custom-sized in the frames. Eighteen 30×40 metal prints hang throughout the park and we’re printing even more!

All prints are printed on metal and are UV protected, thanks to Blazing Editions. Since the show is an outdoor installation, prints needed to be weather-proof and able to endure high winds and the sun for seven weeks. With all of our planning and attention to detail, I’m happy to report that the installation went smoothly (but it did take an entire day and a 20-ft box truck to install)!