This is a passion I have for capturing the true working cowboy & the western lifestyle through the lens & stories. This is a lost art & a dying breed of the working man. As technology has begun to take over, many little things have been taken for granted. It's about riding for your brand, the loyalty in a handshake, and the power of a man's word. Most of my photographs have been taken off horseback capturing the "working" cowboy during their normal everyday life. They're not posed, They're not staged, just raw and real through my experiences during sunrise on the back of my horse riding through green pastures.


A lot of you don't really know the story how I really began this little hobby so I thought I would share, I bought a camera a few years ago but I lost all inspiration.. so it sat and collected dust.. Then 2012 the year from hell hit.. I started it off by finding out the man I thought I was going to marry was leading a double life & had a baby on the way, then two weeks later I had bury one of my best friends who was killed in a tragic car accident, not long after that my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer, only to attend another funeral & bury one of my hero's , my good horse almost died of colic, my niece went into the ER for Pneumonia, and then we received the news that my mom's brain tumor had returned...I was a mess.. The pain was to much to bare.. So I found myself just needing to get away, so I started driving backroads.. I realized that God won't give you anymore than you can handle, but at this point I was about to break.. until I stopped to noticed the way the sun cast a soft glow upon the open fields, how rain drops held onto the barb wire, how fresh a horses's breath is in the early morning, how your horse's mane softly blows in the breeze, and how the smell of horse hair makes everything ok for a moment. I found the beauty around me.. I finally found some inspiration.. the only way I knew how to control the pain was from behind the camera finding all the beauty in simple everyday things that people take for granted. You see it's not about "pictures" it's about the memories you make of the life you're living, and the ones you love in it.



Thank you for stopping by & getting to know the girl behind the lens. Feel free to sign the guest book, shoot me an e-mail, or find me on facebook!
Sincerely,
Laine Smith