Shooting with Jennifer Gates


The weather toyed with us. Clusters of nimbus clouds hovered over Wellington, Florida, on the morning of our visit and shoot with Jennifer Gates at Evergate Stables, her home base during the winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Rain, seldom idyllic when staging an outdoor photoshoot, requires a bit of ingenuity and resilences and on this particular day, assistants poised with umbrellas and overhead silks stood vigilantly at the ready! Shooting on a cloudy day can help create an overall soft lighting, and if you have the right gear and know how, can allow for beautiful natural feeling of light.

Equestrian Living Magazine commissioned us to photograph Jennifer, the 23-year-old daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, who is the eldest of three siblings. She is a highly accomplished show jumper who has earned countless awards and garnered recognition as she has worked her way up into international gran-prix events.

Jenn perfectly balances between maturity and youth, seems destined for success no matter what direction her life takes her. Guided by what could be described as an authenticity compass, she appears to be comfortably headed on a winning course.

Such a pleasure to have worked with Jennifer Gates for the cover and beautiful editorial featured in the latest EQ Living. A true professional and beautiful person. Looking forward to the next time we have a chance to work together!

George Kamper