Sage in the Saddle

A Photographic Tribute to Silver Cowgirls

“Sage in the Saddle” is a deeply personal photo essay project born out of not just a love for photography, but a profound passion for the ranching lifestyle and telling the stories of those who are blessed – and hearty enough – to live that life. Beyond the iconic imagery of cowboys riding into the sunset, this project is a heartfelt endeavor to honor the often unsung heroines — cowgirls over 50 — whose lives are intricately woven into the fabric of cattle ranching and who have weathered the challenges of ranch life with grace and determination.

My dedication to this project goes beyond the lens; it is a commitment to helping these women tell their stories and safeguard the legacy of ranching for generations to come. Through the lens of my camera, I aim to capture the authenticity of the ranching experience. My hope is that each photograph will show their dedication, and be a testament to the harmony between tradition and the ever-evolving landscape of ranching.

“Sage in the Saddle” isn’t just a photo essay; it’s a collaborative effort to empower these cowgirls to share their stories. It invites viewers to peer into the lives of these women, and witness the spirit that has shaped their journey, and to appreciate the impact they have made on the landscape of ranching history and their communities. This project is a tribute to their commitment, and a crucial step in preserving the rich tapestry of ranching heritage for the generations yet to come.

All photo essays, with their accompanying stories, are posted on my blog, and will serve as education about animal agriculture and a cherished way of life,  helping people get to know the faces of those who put food on their table.

Nominations for your favorite Silver Cowgirl are now open!

Nominations are currently open for those living in the South Eastern Washington, North Central Idaho, and North Eastern Oregon areas.

If your nominee is outside those areas, please feel free to submit your nomination anyway, as we do travel and can potentially plan a trip around a visit to your nominee!

Feel free to nominate yourself!

Nominate a Cowgirl

If you or your nominee…

  1. Is involved in a cattle ranching operation in the areas listed above
  2. Predominantly uses horses to work their livestock (but if they don’t ride any longer, that’s okay, too)
  3. Is willing to spend a couple of hours with me and allow me to follow them around with my camera

… please consider nominating them using the form below!

All accepted participants will receive their suitable session images at no cost, as a thank you for allowing me to tell their story.

If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please contact that person and ask their permission before nominating, so they are not caught off guard when I reach out to them.