I needed to sell my dream horse. It broke my heart but I knew I had to do it. I bought Lacie a month before finding out I was pregnant with Finn. She was everything I ever dreamed of in a horse of my own. She was stunning and came with a heap of personality. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that I wouldn’t get to fully enjoy her right away. Once we had Finn we got creative with the expenses of owning a horse…I moved her to self-care and drove out to the barn every day to feed her and clean her stall. I put Finn in a backpack and mucked the stable with him on my back even through the winter.
When we found out we were pregnant with Rita I knew this wasn’t going to work anymore. It was already a stretch and I never had a chance to ride anymore anyway. She was too nice of a horse to be a pasture ornament so I started the search for the right buyer. I had to price her to sell which was hard and brought people of all sorts out to inquire…I wasn’t going to settle. It HAD to be the right fit. Insert Linsey and Tim. She bonded with my stubborn, quirky mare from the moment they met. I could see Lacie relax around her and Linsey asked all of the right questions. Linsey and Tim owned their own farm in Bainbridge, PA and ran their own 4-H program there. That was reassuring. She also made it absolutely known that it was an open-door policy and I could visit Lacie anytime I wanted to. If I’m being completely honest, I haven’t been out to visit Lacie much at all over the past two years but Linsey graciously sends me photos, videos and updates regularly. It was the perfect home for her. Linsey STILL calls Lacie OUR girl even though she doesn’t need to.
Linsey herself has an interest in photography so it was only a matter of time before I saw their inquiry come through my email. Being farm people, they weren’t put off by the cold temperatures in November and even pushed their session back a few weeks due to some scheduling conflicts. It was the original plan to have Lacie involved in the session but it didn’t happen with her schedule over at Nookside Stables where Linsey is now the barn director and Lacie currently resides. We DID however get a chance to incorporate Bailey, their pregnant cow, into their session. How many photographers can say they did a cow’s maternity session…flower crown and all?! After Bailey relaxed a little eating grass in the hay field, we were even able to recreate a photo Linsey and Tim did for the engagement session: kissing over the neck of a cow! “Always an animal between us!” Linsey joked.
But seriously, they are some of the kindest and most caring people I have ever met. The way they provide a home away from home for their 4-H kids is something truly special. They both have full-time jobs along with running their own small farm AND the 4-H program. I always laugh being FitBit friends with Linsey and my husband, Linsey ALWAYS blows us out of the water on challenges and my husband gets all ruffled, “What does this Linsey girl do anyway?!?!?” Hahahaha!!!! You go girl!!!!
Linsey and Tim, it was so fun to see you two again. You chose the perfect location and I’m so glad we were able to finally get a session in for you two. I hope you love these photos as much as I do. And, because I know how hard it is to wait, there are a few surprises in your inbox RIGHT NOW, so go check! XO – Megan