Pamela Mougin at Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
Vail, CO, Colorado
Portrait photographer Pamela Mougin will be at the Vail/Eagle Valley Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the Eagle County Fairgrounds this weekend.
Mougin will display her recent series of horse and human portraits featuring Mitch and Peggy Brasington’s Salt Creek horses.
Human and horse pictures actually pair well together, said Mougin.
“Both are amazing subjects,” she said.
Mougin, known for her bold, innovative, portraiture and black-and-white images, transfers her images onto many materials including canvas, cloth or tapestry. Then, she subtly hand-paints them with oils, adding a new dimension and art.
She prefers one-on-one relationships with her subjects and takes an unusual approach to her photographs by frequently doing a client’s makeup, hair and wardrobe for the shoot.
“I’m not just taking a simple photo and going, ‘there you go,” she explains. “I put a lot into each and every session I do.”
In addition to the originals, Mougin will have one-of-a-kind artists proofs available. She also accepts commission projects.
Before turning her eye toward horses, Mougin was already familiar with sports-related subjects. With her specialty in portraiture, she has worked with famous folk such as Eddie Murphy and Sheryl Crow. She has taken pictures of athletes, such as boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and past 1998 Indy 500 race winner, Eddie Cheevers.
She created the covers and photos in both the Denver Nugget and Denver Bronco Cheerleaders 2004 calendars. Photographing the Bronco’s horse, Thunder, was one of her early equine assignments. That picture, horse’s mane blowing in studio-created wind, was featured on ESPN and Fox Sports.
Her average work is 40-by-40 inches. One image is seven feet long. Many of her clients are NBA players. “They’re 7 feet tall, and their houses are huge.” She tends to create all of her work on a large scale. “I don’t know how to do anything small.”
Mougin, along with the Salt Creek ranchers Mitch and Peggy Brasington, whose horses are prominently featured in her work, plan to donate a portion of the sales of her photographs to a yet-to-be-announced charity.
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