Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Stoecklein Photography Workshop! ~ Part One
"Every photo needs to tell a story"
David Stoecklein

I had the opportunity to attend a photo workshop with the AMAZING David R. Stoecklein! It was a great weekend! I learned so much!

What is a Stoecklein photography workshop?
A small class of students gets one on one time with world famous photographer, David Stoecklein! Back light, shooting manual, Lightroom3, and more! I knew nothing....so I had LOTS to learn! Team roping, Branding, Ranch Roping, and Running Horses were just a few of the scenes that we had the oppurtunity to shoot! It was AWESOME!

The students in the class were amazing! Larenda, a Red Angus rancher from Montana. Cassie, a race track accountant from Washington. Last but certainly not least, Darrell Dodds, veteran photographer and Western Horseman publisher!
What a great group of people! THANK YOU to everyone for all your help! Couldn't have been part of a better group of people! I was definitely the novice & they were all so helpful!

Thank You to all the amazing models! The Zollinger family, Mike Seal, John Spencer, Boedie Evans, Taylor Stoecklein, numerous shaggy dogs, and a lone fox! Handsome, handy and so photogenic! THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to David & the entire Stoecklein family! Not only do you learn photography, they are amazing hosts! Delicious home cooked meals and they make you feel right at home!

Here is a link to some of the delicious dishes we enjoyed throughout the weekend!
  1. Cheesy Card Game Chip Dip ~ http://rodeotalesgypsytrails.blogspot.com/2011/11/cheesy-card-game-chip-dip.html
  2. Just for You Sweet Pea ~ Sugar Snap Pea Appetizer: http://rodeotalesgypsytrails.blogspot.com/2012/01/just-for-you-sweet-pea-sugar-snap-pea.html
  3. Treat Your Taste Buds - Tomato Salad: http://rodeotalesgypsytrails.blogspot.com/2012/01/treat-your-taste-buds-tomato-salad.html
Here are a few my pics from the weekend.

Brett Zollinger Brand

Dave & I are standing in the same spot & he asks me if I got the shot. Scrolling through my camera....I see that I got it! I GOT IT! I GOT IT! .....and I proceeded to SCREAM that! (Those of you who have ever seen me get a strike bowling....you know exactly what I mean! :)
Dave is pretty sure that his hearing is damaged for life!

Ok, this was WILD! We had just finished up shooting the branding. Someone spots a fox just outside of the round pen. Dave says.....Go crawl out there & take some pictures Mindy.
OK! I army crawled out super close to this fox! It was crazy!
I was so close I had to zoom out!

At one point Dave asks how me settings were....I said I don't know.
What does it look like? I replied....It looks like I'm too close to a fox!

I would highly recommend these workshops for ANYONE! Here is a link to more info: Stoecklein Workshops http://stoeckleinphotography.com/workshops/

Also check out WESTERN HORSEMAN for Darrell Dodds's article
"Looking for the Light" where Darrell shares his Stoecklein Workshop experience
February 2012 Issue, page 79

THANK YOU for traveling the gypsy trail with me today!
To see more of my adventure take the trail to:

"What Story Are You Trying To Tell" -
Stoecklein Photography Workshop Part 2


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