Horse Whispers by Esprit Photography in Saskatoon

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   October 18, 2011 15:46

Developing Esprit Photography has been an incredible journey for both myself and my wife. We have both had an interest in photography since we were young, and several years ago now, it turned into more than just a hobby. We have done many photo sessions ranging from weddings to commercial recording artists. Photographing animals was something that we had always wanted to do, especially working with horses. There is something awe inspiring in the beauty of a horse, and when we had the chance to work with Horse Owner Today, it was the perfect opportunity.

One of our favourite types of photo sessions is taking portraits out in the country - gallivanting around finding the perfect location with beautiful, natural light! The Horse whispers session was really a combination of the perfect setting with beautiful, natural light. We couldn't have asked for a better surrounding with beautiful horses and models! Below are a few samples from this photo session, you can see more on our website in our Horse Whispers Blog Post.

In the future, we hope to do a lot more work with animals, especially horses. We love natural photo sessions in the country - what a beautiful setting! You can keep up to date with our latest projects by "Liking" our Facebook Page here!

Esprit Photography - Saskatoon Luxury Portraits
Esprit Photography - Saskatoon Luxury Portraits
Esprit Photography - Saskatoon Luxury Portraits

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Today's Sound

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 2, 2011 21:44

 

 

 

 

Tell www.HorseOwnerToday.com how long you been playing music? When did your career start to take off?

I began playing music when I was fourteen years old. I grew up on a small farm just outside of Archerwill, Saskatchewan. My mom had kept a guitar in her closet for years and one day I started teaching myself to play and sing. My career started to take new direction when I met producer Steve Fox from Nashville, he gave me the opportunity to record my first CD “The Road Ahead” in Music City as well as the sophomore album “Spin 6-PAK Vol.1”. It was a great experience and it helped me take the next step in my career by making new connections in the music business.


www.HorseOwnerToday.com would like to know about your accomplishments – albums, awards, recognition outside of Sask. etc?


2005 – “The Road Ahead” was released


2006 – SCMA Rising Star Award, SCMA Album Of The Year Award

2008 – “SPIN 6-PAK Vol. “1 was released


2009 – SCMA “Single of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, “Entertainer of the Year”, “Backup Band of the Year”, “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Album of the Year”
⁃ Opened for Aaron Pritchett, Emerson Drive, The Oakridge Boys, Michelle Wright, Doc Walker, and Gord Bamford
⁃ Invited to perform at SXSW Showcase by Country Line Magazine in Austin, Texas
⁃ Top ten finalist for the 2006 CCMA Chevy Truck Rising Star Award in
⁃ Showcased at the 2009 CCMA’S in Winnipeg
⁃ “Spin” won Song of The Year at the Independent Music Awards in America
⁃ Cover story of the Country Music News
⁃ Grammy Award winner Randy Kohrs recorded my song “Quicksand” and made it the title track to his new CD. He as well performed it on the Grand Ole Opry.
⁃ Ellen featured a birthday song I wrote for her on her website


2010 – Releasing 3rd Album “Get Loud”
- Filmed and released first music video “Rolling Back To You”
- Awarded 2010 SCMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year”



You wrote a Happy Birthday song for Ellen that was featured on the front page of her website. Where did you come up for the idea for this? What was your reaction when you saw it on the front page? Did you hear from Ellen’s staff or get a response from them in any way?

I had gotten the idea from my publicist Irene Carroll. She was contacted by Ellen's people that she was looking for the best Canadian birthday wish so she mentioned to me that I should write Ellen a song. I sent Irene the song about an hour later. We shot a video of me singing the song and uploaded it onto YouTube. I then contacted my fan base to test out the idea of “six degrees of separation”. Well I guess it worked it was about four days later Ellen posted my video on the front page of her website I was so excited. I never did hear from the staff but it really was an honor having a video on her site! 


What role has social media played in your career?
Social media has been a huge tool for me as an independent artist. I use it all the time. It's great to be able to log in and chat with your fans one on one, post videos, and let them know what your up to in a matter of seconds. It has been a huge learning curve and continues to be but I am very intrigued by the Internet and it’s amazing capabilities. We live in an age where you do not really need a major label deal anymore to have a very successful career. With a great database and a strong online presence it gives independent artists a chance to compete with the major label artists on a much more level playing field. I see it playing a huge role in my career for many years to come.


What advice would you give other young artists starting out?
The one thing I would tell them is to have a plan. I recommend writing down on paper your five-year goals. Where you see yourself in five years and what do you have to do to get there. The old saying is “If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail”. So if you really believe in what your doing and want to build a career make a plan.


www.HorseOwnerToday.com would like to know what your plans for the future – tours, etc?
2010 is shaping up to be a very busy year. I just finished recording my new album, which will be released this June. We filmed a video for the first single “Rolling Back To You” which was just released to Country Radio and television networks across North America. We are performing at the Calgary Stampede, Craven Country Jamboree, Havelock Country Jamboree, Manitoulin Country fest, and many more across Canada this summer. I am working on putting a fall tour together of about 25 shows and then we are planning a 2010 Christmas tour that will start mid November. A lot of great things happening this year and I am really thankful for it all.


What role has public funding played in your career?
As an independent artist it is often a struggle financially to do tours, albums, websites, etc. Public funding such as the Sask Arts Board has helped me tremendously. Without the help from organizations like that it would be almost impossible for independent artist to build a career in the music industry. I feel so fortunate that we have organizations such as the Sask Arts Board helping us do what we as artists love to do and that's create music.



If music is what you love to do go for it. Life is way to short to do something that makes you unhappy. Believe in yourself and stay true to what's important to you...Codie Prevost

See you on the road,

Codie Prevost
www.codieprevost.com
www.myspace.com/codieprevostmusic

 

 

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Skin Care - The Importance and Reasoning Behind It All!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   January 24, 2011 18:33

Cleansing is an essential step in having vibrant healthy looking skin. Cleansing helps to remove all dirt, oil and impurities from the surface layer of our skin.

Choosing a cleanser depends on your skin type.

  • Do you have rosea, psoriasis, allergies or other skin problems?
  • Do you have dry to normal skin or combination to oily skin?
  • Do you want your cleanser to exfoliate?
  • Do you want your cleanser to freshen?

How do I cleanse?

  • Choose an appropriate cleanser for your skin type.
  • Wet your face with water or a damp facial cloth.
  • Apply your cleanser in an upward and outward motion, avoiding the skin around the eye area.
  • When finished thoroughly remove cleanser with damp facial cloth.

Moisturizing hydrates your skin, keeping it firm, helping to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers.

Choosing a moisturizer depends on your skin type.

  • Do you have rosea, psoriasis, allergies or other skin problems?
  • Do you have dry to normal skin or combination to oily skin?
  • Do you want your moisturizer to include sunscreen?

How do I moisturize?
Apply moisturizer using an upward and outward motion.

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Today's Looks - Cowgirl Finesse

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 30, 2010 13:22

The story behind Cowgirl Finesse.
My family went through a series of tragedies with my sister being killed in a car accident, then I lost my first son then my brother being killed by a drunk driver then my best friend lost her battle with cancer.  I needed to overcome the overwhelming grief and loss and needed to find my passion.  I come from a big ranch in southern Saskatchewan and have a passion for the western lifestyle, rodeo, ranching, shopping and all the pretty things that go with it. 
 
The business plan came to me in a dream and I called my sister the next day and asked her what she thought, she thought it sounded great then I talked to my husband and he gave me my wings!   The next nite I dreamt the name!! I did a full year of research to make sure I wasn't copying anyone elses idea and found it a great niche in the market.  I went for it researching products and creating my own lines and working towards many personal goals I set for myself.
 
It's been 4 years of business now, its reached far beyond any dream I could've ever imagined.  I've had so much fun, met so many wonderful people and learned so much, it truly has been a rewarding experience.
 
We've launched our luggage line and some of my purses, next thing is the kids line to be released first of july and have many more great things on the horizon!!

What changes have occurred in fashion within the last several years?
Bling has always been part of fashion but has really taken the forfront of the fashion arena in many areas.  We have seen the bling belts and purses do amazing, everyone seems to love it!  We do have hand painted items for those who aren't into it as much and have blossomed into many different areas of the western world.  We now carry clothing, have our own kids line, our own luggage line, tack, accessories and and many other things.

What will be HOT this fall?
Hot this fall is more of the same, bright colors, lots of bling, tack with paint and bling, high fashion jeans, with lots of embellishments, rich colors and awesome accessories.
 
Join the fan club link on our page to receive 10% off and if you respond to this add receive 10% off  - only 1 coupon used per purchase. 

Nicole Bazley, Owner
Cowgirl Finesse Ltd.

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