Kirstie Marie Jones grew up on the back of a potbelly pony in West Linn, Oregon.
“A feisty bay pony with a potbelly taught me everything I know about people, and almost everything I know about myself,” she said. “She was cunning, naughty, and wickedly smart.”
“Razzy taught me everything. We did events ranging from dressage and jumping to showmanship and team penning. She would barrel race, trail ride, gallop down the beach, and horse show all day long. That pony was worth her weight in gold.”
After she graduated high school, Kirstie packed up and moved to Fort Wort to pursue her college education.
“I earned a scholarship to ride horsemanship for Texas Christian University’s women’s equestrian team,” she said.
While pursuing her finance degree, Kirstie also learned to ride and show reining horses. It was also during this time that she discovered a passion for photography.
“A few of my roommates had nice cameras and I loved to borrow them. I had no intention of becoming a photographer, I simply knew I liked nice pictures and wanted them for myself,” she said.
During her senior year of college, she bought herself a fancy camera for Christmas, and the rest is history.
"While I was home in Oregon for Christmas break, I practiced with my new camera by taking pictures of the horses in my parents’ front pasture. I realized horses were the only thing I wanted to take pictures of because they were the only thing that mattered to me,” she said. “I started calling my friends and asked them if I could take pictures of them with their horses and I was hooked.”
“I had a passion for trying to capture the bond between a girl and the horse that meant the world to her.”
This immeasurable bond between a girl and her horse was undoubtedly sparked by her own equine soulmate.
“I had a once-in-a-lifetime horse. An equine soulmate who was my entire world. I had to sell my show horse when I left for college and a huge part of my heart loaded into that horse trailer with him,” she said. “From the moment that I picked up my camera, my only passion has been to capture the love between a girl and her horse. Moreover, to show the relationship between a horse lover and the horse that changed her life.”
In the spring of this year, Kirstie was able to take her passion for photography full-time, and isn’t looking back.
“I built my business on the side for four years while I was an investor relations associate for an asset management firm in Dallas, Texas,” she said. “In the spring of 2017 I was able to take my photography business full time! It has been an incredible experience.”
Kirstie’s photography expertise is treasured across the country, with customers ranging from the West coast to the East coast. She also distributes content to over 35,000 Instagram followers.
After receiving several inquiries on her social media pages, Kirstie decided to add a learning component to her photography business, KMP Learn.
“Several years ago a good amount of my social media followers were budding photographers with plenty of questions,” she said. “For months I tried to answer everyone’s questions individually. When I realized many people had the same inquiries, I decided to dedicate a space to answer frequently asked questions to help those who were asking, and anyone else who stumbled upon my page!”
In the future, she would like to offer online courses, e-books, and workshops to other photographers. However, her current focus is on her customers.
“Right now, my heart and focus is on the women and horses that I get to photograph,” she said. “I want to provide them with the best experience possible.”
Kirstie truly embraces her passion, and when asked about her favorite shoot… well...
“I could never choose a favorite. Just thinking back over the past four years has me naming about 100 sessions that were incredible,” she said. “I often leave a photoshoot completely invigorated on an emotional high -- sometimes I can’t even fall asleep that night!"