There are lots of subjects I like to photograph, they usually involve underwater photography, beautiful models or frolicking dolphin but if I had to pick one type of photography, it would probably be EVENT Photography. There are lots of events we attend around the country trying to capture some memorable photographs that we hope will last a lifetime and make people smile years from now when they look back at them.
The Rock Bottom Experience has become one of my absolute favorite places to sit behind a camera, and it is a total experience to take it all in. It started 10 years ago simply as a weekend of Chuck Wagon Racing. Since then, it’s grown and grown. The Chuck Wagon Races are still there, but they’ve added dozens of other events to sit back and watch. It’s now multiple days long and attended by thousands of people.
For those who have the A.D.D, (I fully admit I do) there is something going on at all times and if you aren’t even into the events, just the ranch itself is breathtakingly beautiful. It offers some eye candy for just about anyone and for all ages. There is beautiful camping, some with electric hook-ups, but most is boondocking at its finest. There is a beautiful creek to take a swim, lounge beside or water the horses. Action events which include but are not limited to Bull Riding, Cowboy Shooting, Bronc Riding, Mutton Busting, Barrel Racing, Chuck Wagon Races, port-a-potty races even Mule Races that involve a big hill with a 90 degree turn at the top. In the arena there is Mule Jumping, Roping, Riding and Racing and some of the best food we’ve had in a long time. Each night we’d listen to a live band in the outdoor party area where most of the cowboys and cowgirls would congregate to talk about the days activities.
The Fowler’s, the family that hosts the event go out of their way to make sure everyone enjoys themselves and enjoys their property. How many folks do you know who spend a month working from sun up to well after sun down to make sure everything goes off as smoothly as possible. Then again, how many folks do you know who host a party for a few thousand people in their backyard?
Our time spent here was awesome! We got to enjoy time with folks we haven’t seen in a few years. Got our fill of horses, camping, photography and drinking. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I always get a tad bit nervous going into a big event wondering if we brought the right gear, if we’re going to get good shots or if we’ll live up to what was expected of us by those who hired us to shoot the event. I can’t imagine how nervous Cindy was, she hasn’t shot in years, her change in eye sight (over 40 eyes) has made shooting almost unpleasant for her up till a month or so ago when she finally broke down and admitted she need glasses. Once she got those prescription readers, which allows her to wear them all the time, no more of that annoying moving them up on top of the head and then back to the eyeballs to see what she needs to look at… After 15 minutes of holding a camera again she looked at me and said, “I’m excited, I can actually see what I’m doing!” Numerous times did she nail the shot that I missed, so having her along as a part of the team again really made a huge difference. And it was great to see her smiling from ear to ear behind the camera again.
As we left the arena and had taken time to go through some of our photos, both of us smiled knowing we accomplished our goals of making this an event to remember through photos and memories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did making them.
If you attended the events or want to see many, many more images from the event, here is a link to our various galleries