Most guys, like me, need a purpose. We need a function in life, and we need to feel that what we do is important.
When my wife obsessively took up the sport of eventing, it quickly became apparent that during the weekends away at competitions, there’s a lot of down time. Yes I can pick hooves, fetch water, shovel poo and have soothing words at the right time to calm nerves but ultimately there’s not a lot of action for me for the 48 hours away that culminates in Lauren actually competing on her horse for 12 minutes of each weekend.
I know Lauren is grateful that I’m there to support her, but come Sunday night, there’s not much sense of achievement for guys like me and all the horse husbands out there.
Fortunately for me, at about the same time as Lauren started competing, I took up photography. I quickly discovered these long weekends were perfect opportunities to practice my photography – it was win / win. I get to come along support my partner (earning brownie points) AND practice my hobby at the same time.
Little did I know how much I would love it. The challenge of getting great equestrian photos takes time, patience and a lot of feedback from riders! But the feeling I got from riders loving my photos was amazing. After a while they actually loved my photos – they loved them! Bringing a smile to someone’s face from a photo you’ve taken is a very special moment.
All of a sudden I had a purpose, I was being asked “Andy, can you take some of me?” and I felt one of the group. I felt a connection and I felt needed.
Then came the problem. The more photos I took, the harder it became to distribute them when I got home. I sent some photos by email, some by facebook. But, I’m sorry to say, most photos ultimately never made it out of my computer. Yes, some of you, will never see your memories that I captured ever again.
This actually annoyed me. It frustrated me so much that I created a global solution for this problem. Now all photographers at the events have an easy place to put their photos so that everyone could grab their memories. Photographers earn money from selling the photos towards that next bridle, rug, pony or entry to the next event!
But I’m not alone and this is not just a bloke thing. You know people like me parents or partners of riders. People who take photos at your events but you never get to see them.
Get them to join GeoSnapShot and be part of the community photography solution and keep them coming to support you at your events.
Founder of GeoSnapShot.com and still supporting my partner at Events!
GeoSnapShot.com provides a global mass community-based photography platform where any photographer can upload and share or sell their photos. Event organisers can request photographers for their events using GeoSnapShot.