Learn to take great photos


About Us
We are real people and we really teach these courses one course and one student at a time. Yes, it is the Internet but there is nothing automated about our teaching. There are two of us that teach these classes together. Our names are Christina Handley and Laura Cotterman. Christina lives on a working farm in Ontario with her husband Boyd, their three Belgian horses and their dog, Dingo. Laura lives in Virginia with her farrier husband Mark and various horses, dogs and cats.

Our work is widely published in equine and lifestyle magazines, catalogs, calendars and advertising campaigns. We both shot horse shows professionally for a number of years. After we met at a photography workshop in 2005 our mutual interest in the world of equine photography led us to work together on a variety of assignments. In the past three years we have gotten more involved in teaching, commercial work and art photography interests.

So, when you ask us a question, you get a real, personal answer from a working professional photographer.

Instructor: Christina Handley
Christina Handley Christina Handley is a full time professional freelance photographer with a career spanning over 12 years. She specializes in natural/available light photography. Christina is recognized world wide for her unique horse, agriculture and people lifestyle images. Christina regularly accepts assignments for commercial and editorial work.

Christina has also photographed many local and top level equine events throughout Ontario, Quebec and the north east United States over the past 12 years. She knows what it takes to be successful in a tough and ever changing event business.

Christina lives on a working farm in Ontario with her husband Boyd, their 3 three Belgian horses and their dog, Dingo.

Instructor: Laura Cotterman
Laura Cotterman Laura Cotterman is an award-winning professional freelance photographer located in Virginia's hunt country. Laura specializes in on location contemporary and environmental portraits of people and their pets. The pets she captures goes well beyond dogs or cats, horses are her niche. Laura has been in and around the horse business for 30 years breeding and training race and sport horses, she has a remarkable ability to capture those perfect moments. She loves shooting people in their own natural surroundings, making them feel comfortable and relaxed and thereby capturing their true spirit and connection with their animals.

Laura lives in Delaplane with her husband Mark who is a farrier serving the hunter/jumper clientele in the Middleburg area.

Besides being a photographer Laura is a web programmer and a business and marketing consultant.

Christina and Laura's stock images are represented by and available for stock licensing at Christina Handley Stock, Alamy and Masterfile agencies. Some of their clients include: Horse Illustrated, Petsmart, Horse Sport, United States Equestrian Federation, SmartPak, SSG Gloves and Back in the Saddle. Their photos grace the covers of numerous equine and lifestyle magazines throughout North America on a monthly basis. Their photos also appear regularly in countless articles, catalogs, calendars and other advertising campaigns.
Stock photos: www.christinahandleystock.com

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Learn To Take Photos is an online photography school run by professional photographers. Our online photo courses are fun and motivating.