Cowboys for Cancer Research invitation

This is my second year of shooting the Cowboys for Cancer Research (C4CR) invitation photo, and this year I was given a little more control and time in setting up the shot.

When I was given the spurs, I was blown away at the detail and beauty. The metal work was done by Kim Parkey and the leather work by Harper’s Saddlery of Farmington, NM. These guys are true artists in every sense of the word. I think anyone can appreciate the skill and dedication put into creating each piece.

Here are a couple of ideas:

Cowboys for Cancer Research Spurs

Cowboys for Cancer Research Spurs

Another idea:

Cowboys for Cancer Research Spurs

Cowboys for Cancer Research Spurs

I wanted to make sure that the detail can be seen in each element (leather/metal), without one detracting from the other. My other goal was to make sure the background or any other props didn’t detract from the spurs themselves. At first I thought the wool blanket might be too busy, but looking at the shots now, I think the reds and pinks gave the leather a nice color and helped give contrast to the silver. I also like how the bear has a splash of color in the second sample.

The hardest thing about this? Trying to prop the them up—they have a tendency to want to lay flat. Nothing a couple of DVD cases and an OxyClean bottle couldn’t fix! In the end I had a couple of dozen keepers with various backgrounds and materials under the spurs.

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