Essence Captured Blog

December 15, 2019
Return to Freedom 2020 Calendars

Lori Sortino's images are featured in February and October in the 2020 RTF Calendar. Only a limited number of RTF’s gorgeous 2020 calendars remain -- get yours before they're gone! 100% of the revenue from the calendar will go toward the care of the 465 wild horses and 51 burros at RTF’s California sanctuary locations.

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December 1, 2019
December 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for December 2019 "Amante in Black and White" This is Amante, a beautiful stallion with a mane the often covers his eyes.  He is so much fun to photograph and he's a lot friendlier than many of the stallions at Return to Freedom, so we can get a little closer to him than to […]

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November 1, 2019
November 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for November 2019 "Peace" This is also one of Running Bear's mares.  I wasn't able to get her identified, so I've just titled the photograph "Peace" because she seems so at peace, even with her ears perked forward and looking at something.  It's truly a peaceful feeling to know these wild mustangs live […]

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October 1, 2019
October 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for October 2019 "Redbird and Bonita" These are two of Running Bear's mares.  They are from the Sulphur Springs Herd, which is "one of the few to be able to claim direct Spanish Heritage. The pure Sulphurs are of Spanish origin, based on phenotype and blood-typing. Many have distinctive dorsal and leg striping, and resemble […]

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September 1, 2019
September 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for September 2019 "Corazon (Cory)" Cory is a beautiful bay stallion with an expressive face and small white blaze on his left forehead.  We were photographing three stallions running in this field, and Cory decided to pause and look around... and then he looked right at me.  🙂 This image is currently printed […]

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August 12, 2019
August 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for August 2019 "Handsome Max" There is so much to love about Max.  He can look so different depending on the light and the weather.  We had done portraits of him in the barn a couple of days before this, and his mane was brushed and straight.  His coat looked darker in the […]

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July 1, 2019
July 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for July 2019 "Beauty in the Mist" We were up on the hill in Prefumo Canyon.  The weather was misty and rainy and gave us great light.  The main hung heavy from the dampness.  This image is a place winner in this year's California Mid State Fair Professional Photographer Competition, in the Horse […]

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June 1, 2019
June 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for June 2019 "Haloka" I just completed another week long photo safari at Return to Freedom in May!   This image features Haloka, a Choctaw Paint.  The Choctaw Indian Pony was an integral part of Choctaw tribal culture, spirituality, and heritage. This tough, small horse lived through struggles and tragedies with the tribe, and […]

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May 1, 2019
May 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for May 2019 "Grace in Motion" This image features a bay and a palomino running through the dust while the sunlight filters through.  This image was taken on June 27, 2018 at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary location in Lompoc, in California's Central Coast region.For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, visit […]

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April 1, 2019
April 2019 Mustang Image

Featured Image for April 2019 "Sunset, Moonrise" This image features a bay mare at sunset and moonrise.  We were headed back to our cars in the Kaboda, traversing hills and following a dirt road when we came across a few horses standing peacefully watching the sun set.  And behind them was the moon, rising up […]

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