A Modern Southern Belle

I couldn't believe my eyes when I pulled into the gates at beautiful Two Tales Stables in Ridgeville, SC. As I followed a long, winding, wooded drive down to the barn, almost immediately a doe crossed in front of my car. Before reaching the first of Two Tales lush pastures, I saw the cutest white cottage to my left and just beyond that, a sprawling white southern home situated beside a sizeable pond. A gorgeous barn sat just past the house, the kind of barn I always dreamed of as a horse crazy young girl.

As I pulled up to the barn, I saw a pretty blonde in bellbottom jeans grazing her off-track Thoroughbred mare out front. Reagan immediately had a dazzling smile and sweet demeanor, and I knew I was going to love working with her.

I wanted to start out with some shots of Reagan's mare, Dora, in the bridle so we headed to the barn to get things situated. While we chatted about how Reagan and Dora came to be a team, I took in Two Tales' immaculate barn aisle. Everything was neat and in its' place. I have no doubt it's a very enjoyable place to visit for everyone who boards there.

Reagan and I headed out to the driveway to get some shots coming down the drive, under the beautiful moss laden trees next to the pond, and in the green grass next to the barn's front paddock. While I was photographing, Reagan told me that she teaches kids' riding lessons at Two Tales, and that she is studying dental hygiene at Trident Technical College. I was delighted to hear that she was a former FFA member at Ashley Ridge as well. Ms. Reagan obviously has stuff together and is doing an awesome job working toward her goals. I have no doubt that she will achieve everything she sets out to do, both in her career and as an equestrian.

Even though the temperature was wonderful, we unfortunately didn't have the beautiful golden hour light and scenic sunset that I had hoped for. Nevertheless, I was able to get some gorgeous silhouette shots of Dora and Reagan in the barn aisle.

Since Dora had a bout of colic the previous weekend, we didn't take any shots of Reagan riding this time around. But I absolutely can't wait to take some in the future-Reagan was an excellent model, and she is just as beautiful on the inside as her appearance is on the outside!