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From the Lens of Mark deFabry

In each edition, Cowboy Lifestyle Network features a talented rodeo photographer who deserves the opportunity to have her or his work showcased to a national audience. In this edition, we feature Mark deFabry of deFabry Photography in Reno, Nevada. Mark deFabry has an eye for photography. He’s got a passion and appreciation for the western lifestyle. Mark was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in San Gabriel, California. He had an interest in photography starting from a young age and soon discovered that he loved it. Mark had the opportunity to shoot photography at some professional football games in Los Angeles, the Rams versus the Raiders as well as horse races at the San Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Mark eventually moved up to Reno, Nevada where he received an opportunity to shoot photography at the Reno Rodeo where he came to fall in love with the rodeo sport truly. Mark’s been doing photography for about 40 years and has been a photographer at the Reno Rodeo for about 13 years. From all aspects of capturing the western lifestyle, the love and the passion are there. 

“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” -Napolean Hill


Old School – I loved the gathering of cowboys and their expressions. The anticipation of the rider hitting the ground where he ultimately walks away unscathed.

“Every obstacle is an opportunity to become a stronger version of yourself.” -Unknown 

My eye was drawn to the cross as he rides with faith and thinking of his upcoming ride.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -Les Brown

The worn fingers, with chalk and tears of this glove, are of sentimental value. This glove has been along the journey of the rider’s highs and lows.

“Saddle up and follow your dreams.” -Chris LeDoux

I loved capturing his facial expression to the motion of the fringe on his chaps. Pictured, Kody Lamb

“Dedication and commitment are what transfer dreams into realities.” -Unknown

Cowboy up – I’m always amazed the riders’ competition is always there to help them out and root for them. It’s the cowboy lifestyle. His fierce expression and intense focus say it all. Pictured, Kaycee Feild

“Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” -Unknown

Amberley Snyder is an inspiration. She inspires others to work hard and overcome obstacles in pursuit of what they love to do. Her smile says it all. To hear her story you should watch Walk. Ride. Rodeo. Pictured, Amberley Snyder. 

“Hold the vision, trust the process, be relentless.” -Unknown

From his expression of the grinding of his teeth to fellow riders cheering him on. It’s truly a friendly competition. Pictured, J.B. Mauney

“True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” -Paul Sweeney

Going for it – as soon as that gate opens it’s game on.

“You don’t follow your passion. You take it with you.” -Mike Rowe

I loved capturing the intensity of the rider to the pick-up rider assisting him to safety. The focus is on all eyes including the horses.

“No matter what knocks you down in life, get back up and keep going. Great blessings are a result of great perseverance.” -Unknown

This shot captures the adrenaline and intensity of the rider getting back to safety with the help of the bullfighter. Captured by Mark deFabry

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This article was created for the Summer Issue of the Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine which was released in early July. You can catch this article and many more by checking out the full issue. For more information on Cowboy Lifestyle Magazine, visit the website here.

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Howdy, I'm Megan deFabry, I grew up in Reno, Nevada & I now live in Austin, Texas. I'm very passionate about digital marketing and journalism, especially within the western industry. I have a love for agriculture, rodeos, country music, and maintaining the western way of life!

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