|EPNet Member Profile - Kasey Mueller|
|Rare Air Photography|
124 S. Loomis Street
Naperville IL 60540
|Available Services: Advertising/Commercial, B/W, Digital, Event/ Show, Editorial, Farm, Portrait, Stock, |
|I have a passion for capturing memories for equestrians at all levels of the sport,their fans and their sponsors. Every Horse Trial, Pony Club outing, Horse Show, barn shoot or portrait sitting, is still an exciting adventure for me. I am one of the lucky few- I truly love my job.
I have spent my entire life around horses. From my first pony – a nasty Shetland named Sheila who was purchased at a livestock auction to help keep the weeds at bay. I grew up riding any horse that I could find, exercising Fox Hunters in their off season, brood mares and cow ponies. When I was fourteen used all of my savings to buy my first horse, Cookie Monster, and began competing in local Hunter/Jumper shows. Since my teens, I have had a very rich and versatile horse life that has included Jumpers, Cutting and Reining horses, Vaulting, and Driving. For the last five years, I have thoroughly enjoyed Eventing my Palomino Morgan, James Blonde.
My photography career has been as rich and diverse as my riding experiences. I have used every manner of camera and I am old enough to remember all of the dark room and film techniques that I learned in my youth. In college I minored in Graphic Communication, and spent all of my time in every photography class that I could possibly take. Digital photography has revolutionized my perspective- but I still occasionally go on Black and White photo shoots with my trusty old Pentax Camera for fun.
For over ten years, I have photographed horses and their people, capturing the adrenaline and the partnership that is so evident in competition of every kind and at all levels. While competing my own horse has immeasurably enhanced my life, I am always torn between the desire to ride, and the desire to take pictures.
My clients vary- from media outlets, Associated Press, On-Line Multi Media (Eventing Nation and PRO Riders, USEA and USEF), to Professional Riders' Websites, Equestrian Product Catalogs and print magazines.
If you notice a photographer outside of the ropes on cross-country shouting “Great Ride!” after a horse and rider negotiate a tricky question, it is probably me!