Friday, April 29, 2011


Ahhhhh, ranch life. It is the kind of thing that we all love or we wouldn't be here. Through the years, our family has been fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know one of the champions when it comes to capturing it with a camera, David Stoecklein. Hanging in our homes and office are many of his works of art from his time on the ranch. Probably none more famous than the grandkids on the fence.....affectionately titled, THE LESSON.

"GIRL POWER" .... 12 year old Amanda Brown drags one to the branding fire. April 2011.

"HORSE POWER"... Myles Brown pulls an Angus calf in for branding/working. April 2011

"HIRED HANDS" ...Good buddies, Waitley Sharon and Ike Brown are high on entertainment value during the branding. April 2011
Fast forward to Christmas 2010.....I was elated to be given a gift certificate from Rob and Peggy to attend one of Stoeckleins Photography Workshops. My niece, Emily McCartney, and I traveled to the Twin V Ranch outside of Weatherford, TX recently for the 2 1/2 day event. What transformed was way beyond our expectations. I have to admit.....although I have had a long time love for the camera.....I have been a self-proclaimed novice....running the camera on AUTOMATIC all of the time. Although I still have a long ways to is with pride that I now have ventured off into the manual settings and found a new found enjoyment of it. David took all ten of us to a different level. We were thoroughly taken care of by the host Saunders family and their friends. I am looking forward to investing more time in capturing the wonderful laboratory of west Texas that we have been blessed with preserving. I would love to hear your feedback on these photos and hope that it will be something that you can find as much enjoyment in the view finder as I have!