Astrid was the winner of Hoof Beats
photo competition, Professional division 2008. Congratulations!!
Thors has inspired me to become a better photographer
with her fantastic work. With her feedback on my own
photos I have learnt a lot about both horses and photography."
Astrid Engevold, Norway
has inspired me to become a better photographer
through her beautiful photography. With her
feedback on my photography I have learnt a
lot of both photography and how a horse should
look in a photograph. Part of my past knowledge
of the US Harness racing have come through
me looking at Monica Thors photography. She
has given me both negative and positive comments
so that one can be determined to become a
better photographer. With Monicas help did
I win the photo contest in Hoof Beats 2008.
Monica, Thank you for helping me become a
Monica har inspirert meg til å bli en
bedre fotograf med sine flotte bilder .
med hennes feedback på mine foto har
jeg lært mye om både hest og fotografi.
Endel av min viten om amrikans travsport og
avl kommer gjennom bildene til Monica Thors.
Hun gir bra tilbake medlig både positiv
og negativ, så man må strekke
seg for å bli en bedre fotograf. Hun
hjalp med i forbindelse med fotokonkurransen
i Hoof Beats, Monica tusen takk du hjalp meg
til å bli en vinner.
Astrid Engevold, Norway
Click here to see some of Astrid's work
In this age of the internet and instant access to
information, aspiring photographers can seek instruction
anywhere. When I made the commitment to raise my photography
skills to the next level I knew I would need an instructor
and lessons from a true professional. My interest
has always been in capturing the performance horses
in action and their impact they can have on a persons
life. I knew I needed guidance from a professional
that saw not only my desire for perfect equine images
but also understand my passion for horses. Monica
was that person. Through her mentorship and lessons
I have taken my anxieties and self doubt and put them
into a positive energy. At every level of instruction,
Monica is enthusiastic, candid, constructive with
criticism and above all else, supportive. In the first
10 lessons with Monica I believed I saved hundreds
if not thousands of dollars. Monica was quick to point
out how to select the right camera, suitable lenses
and how to select a professional photo finishing service.
Her expertise is graciously shared and was much appreciated.
The price of the lessons has been repaid 10 times
over in new business. I would highly recommend working
with Monica for anyone hoping to become a better photographer.
Click here to see some of Sally's work
"Monica has been a great
help to me in starting my business "Sees The
Moment" photography. She has advised me to obtain
excellent camera and computor equipment , to enable
me to turn out a top quality product. She has also
made me aware of using a high quality proffessional
lab to process prints, and that has indeed been a
big asset. In the first few months of business I have
been published in The Harness Edge, Trot, and Canadian
Sportsman magazines , all top shelf Canadian publications.
I advise anyone who is interested in equine photography
as a business or hobby, to take advantage of the resourses
Monica Thors offers."
Sees The Moment Photography
Click here to see some of Ann's work
My name is Lucas Wallin from
Sweden and I am 16 years old. I came to USA to study
US harness racing as a student in Monica Thors stable.
She has 7 harness horses that she trains and owns.
Monica is as you know one of the worlds best harness
horse photographers. Monica took me to all races
, to breeding farms when she was photographing stallions
and to different other photo shoots. In the beginning
I was happy to just observe and and learn, but slowly
I thought it looked like so much fun that I bought
my first ''real '' camera ( Nikon D 40 ) . It was
Monica and her son Matthew that helped me to pick
out what camera to buy as I did not know how to
do that.Monica even had a lesson in how to fill
out all papers , warranties etc to make sure I was
covered with paper work.That took us hours to do
right. Then Monica decided to teach me all she could
because she could see how interested I was in photography.
Monica took me to all breeding farms, races and
other shoots. Even though I was here to learn about
the horses, we had the time to take good care of
horses and same time do all photography, sometimes
we had to get up at 2 am and clean stalls and take
care of horses to get to a photo shoot and or take
horses to their fields for their paddock time after
the races at midnight because Monica always put
her 7 horses first , , but it was all worth it.
Monica always took the time to in the minute detail
explain for me what to do and never gave up until
I got it. I am very grateful for her being my teacher.
Since day one with my new camera, Monica was always
there to teach me new things, new angles to look
for, new ways of shooting. Monica did all she could
to make me a good photographer and for that I am
really happy. If you see my photos now I hope you
remember that I could not take any photos at all
before I got here and now Monica says that my photos
could be published anywhere they are that good.
Monica got me a press pass at The Meadowlands so
I could learn how to take photos at finishlines
and winnercircles. That was such a great experince
for me as I have been dreaming of being at The Meadowlands
and now I even got to take photos, wow .What makes
Monica such a great teacher is that she is really
honest about my photos and she will tell me wheter
they are good or bad and how to improve each photo. She always take her time to teach me new things.
She has a lot of patience. She gave me a chance
to become a photographer. Thank you for everything.
She even worked with me as a person and took the
time to explain how to make choices that work for
me as a person, that is another thing that I will
bring with me for the rest of my life , she likes
it when we care of each other in the stables and
takes time to do that and talks about everything
that comes up so we can all be comfortable Tack
för allting / Lucas Wallin 16 years
Click here to see some of Lucas' work