Horse Photographer Interview – Billie Hutchings

So LovableName
Billie Hutchings

Website & places you can find my work online
My Book: Little Books Cliffs Mustangs
Flickr: tawasi73
Colorado Magazine Online: Saving Wild Horses

Where I am
Western Colorado

Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I have lived in western Colorado all my life.

I only recently (within the last 4 years) have gotten into photography. I am by no means a “photographer”, I take pictures that sometimes turn out nice!

Grulla Paint Stallion

When did you take your first picture?
Only about 4-5 years ago. I have always loved looking at photos, but never really took any of my own until recently.

What kind of camera do you use?
I have an Olympus E-510 and I usually use the 70-300mm lens.

Mustang Profile

If you could pick any camera (regardless of price) what would it be?
I like my Olympus and the camera really doesn’t have so much todo with the photograph, it is the person behind the camera and what they see.

What made you first start photographing horses?
I follow and document the wild horses on the Little Book Cliffs horse range and I needed photos for my ID book. The more I watched the horses, the more photos I wanted of their actions/interactions and moods.

Wild Horses

Most of the photos I take are of wild horses so there is really no posing or setting up scenes, what you see is what you get. There are rarely any second chances.

I have loved horses all my life and in high school rode quite a bit and even was in a few rodeos, barrel racing and such.

Your favorite horse breed?
All horses are great, but of course, I love the mustang best. They are a very hardy breed. They are also one of the most misunderstood breeds.

Family Portrait

Is there one place in particular that moved you with inspiration?
The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Herd Management Area. The horses are beautiful and it has some amazing landscape too.

What effect do you think the Internet will have on art and photography in general?
Good and bad influence. Good – you can get your work out there and set up web sites, etc. to showcase and even sell it.

Bad- those souls who feel it is okay to steal others work and claim it for their own.

Back Off

Has it had an effect on yours?
I love using FLICKR because of all the comments and suggestions I can get. It really helps.

Also, just looking at eveyone else’s photos gives me new ideas. There are so many talented people out there.

Which one is your personal favorite image?
I don’t really have one favorite. One might be a favorite because it is a good quality photo, but another may be one of my favorite poses or favorite horse or just a special event at that moment.

True Love

More to Come

Thanks to Billie for answering the interview and sharing her photography. Be sure to check her website for updates about her latest images.

Also stay tuned for more interviews with horse artists and photographers.

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8 Comments on “Horse Photographer Interview – Billie Hutchings

  1. Bob Price

    I love the horse pictures. I never tire
    of watching horses. “Horses are good for what’s inside of a Man.” Your pictures bring me very close to the horses. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  2. Billie

    Thank you for your kind comment Bob, I really appreciate it. I am glad you enjoyed my photos. You are right, they ARE good for the inside!! They really have a calming effect, that’s for sure!


  3. Alan Blaydes

    Billie, I do hope you don’t mind, but I’m using some of your photos in a school project, with full credit to you, I just thought they were great and picked them out from the mass of pictures availible.

    Thanks Alan

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