Visiting The Farm - Gloomy Day Adventure | Albuquerque Photographer Kat Oswald Photography


My daughter is spirited (to say the least).  She is strong-willed, adventurous, wild & free.  There is a fire constantly burning inside of her and I see it as she dances around the house, sings at the top of her lungs, jumps off furniture, races her tricycle around the kitchen, or runs back and forth chasing her brother with a plastic bat or a dart gun, he is 9 years older than her yet she calls the shots.  

Her laugh is infectious and her smile will absolutely melt your heart.  Despite having her own kind of crazy trademarked, she has a tender side.  She sweetly says, "Come here My Little Darling, I have a secret…"  and she proceeds to tell me softly in my ear, "I love you Mommy.  You are my best friend in all the world" only to seal those sweet words with a kiss as she holds my face in her toddler hands.

 To say that she marches to the beat of her own drum does not nearly say enough about her passion for life and her vibrant energy.  So, when I took her to visit family in California, I was worried to see the weather turned from sunshine to gloom, rain, and wind.  You see, like a wild animal she is not meant for captivity and despite the December weather giving us chilling winds, gloomy sky and cold rain, I knew we had to go to the ranch to let her run.  All morning she asked to see "her" horses and feed "her" chickens.  I tried to explain how it would be miserable outside, but she had her little heart set on visiting the ranch as she persistently told me that all she needs is boots to jump in muddy puddles…  

After visiting a second-hand store and getting her some rubber boots, we went to the ranch.  A place where I spent many years, rode many miles on horseback, and built many memories…  

It's an awesome thing to watch my daughter build memories of her own, on the ranch that I spend many childhood years roaming around...

Young child feeding a carrot to a horse on the family ranch in California
Toddler holding a chicken at the ranch | Kat Oswald Photography
Toddler blowing bubbles in an open field on the ranch, on a cold gloomy winter day in California | Kat Oswald Photography
Toddler portrait outside on a cold gloomy December day in California | Kat Oswald Photography
Toddler playing in puddles with her grandmother | Kat Oswald photography
Toddler and her Grandma jumping in puddles at the family ranch in California | Kat Oswald Photography
Toddler playing in a puddle on a gloomy day | Kat Oswald Photography
Farmhouse Kennel | Kat Oswald Photography
Enormous tree on family ranch | Kat Oswald Photography

And to think… these beautiful memories were almost missed simply because I though it was too gloomy, wet, muddy and cold to be outside.  It turned out to be one of my best memories with my daughter.  She fed and pet the horses, then squealed as she chased, fed and tried to catch the chickens.  Next stop was jumping in muddy puddles with Naama (grandma) before playing with the ranch dog and blowing bubbles in the field.  

 This trip back home to Cali was soothing to my soul.  It allowed me cherish a moment I was ready to dismiss and opened my heart to once again be wild & free myself.  

"When Life Gives You Rainy Days, Wear Cute Boots & Jump In The Puddles."


Albuquerque, New Mexico portrait photographer Kat Oswald specializes in photographing women and those they love.  Her focus is photographing women in a way to showcase their beauty, to help them feel empowered, to document them and their loved ones, and to create heirloom legacy pieces for generations to enjoy.  Exist in portraits - for those who love you so....  Because you are truly a beautiful soul - fearfully and wonderfully made.  

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