Michelle Tennyson's love for the arts began when she was a child. From age 4 to 14 she studied dance. In her teen years she began singing and playing guitar for senior citizens in long term care facilities. She also loved writing poetry. Through all these years she always felt a close bond with her animals. Her cats and Arabian horse were always an inspiration and she loved photographing them.
Having a love for horses Michelle competed in the horse show world. Riding her Arabian horse Takara, they were voted Region 11, Top 5 in three divisions and with her American Saddlebred Fire One, she was voted "Top Ten" Saddle Seat Rider in the United States at the United Professional Horseman's Cup in Kansas City, Missouri, at the American Royal.
Michelle studied Religious Education in college and loved photographing the beautiful ceremonies of the church seasons such as Christmas and Easter. After working in the Church for many years she began to feel a longing to turn again to the Arts. She began soul searching and started to see a common thread through all of her life; she loved taking pictures. Michelle began to see a way to combine all of her life's interests, talents and experiences (including 30 years with horses) into one field; the field of photography. And so her new journey began.
Since then Michelle's horse photography has been published in major publications such as: National Horseman (American Saddlebred's), Stepp'in Out (Gaited horse's), Northland Arabian Horse Directory, Driving West, Horse Of Kings (Andalusian, Lippizan's and Friesians), Quarter Horse Journal, The Chronicle and the cover of the Internationally circulated; International Arabian Horse Association Magazine.
Other publications include Missouri Life, Rippling Waters (Iowa History), KC New Homes, Arabian Horse Times (Most Beautiful Baby Contest) and her original print "Three Stallions in Motion," was the winner of the KCPT Channel 19 Art Auction in 2001. Her peers honored Michelle's photo, "Arabian Spirit", with first place at the Equine Photographers Network 2003 Art Show in Phoenix Arizona.
Combining all of her talents into one medium has been a great combination for Michelle. Through this she is able to share her love for people, animals and photography. Those who view her work (including her wildlife and fine art photography) have shared that they have been inspired, encouraged and truly touched by Michelle's view of the world through her camera.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and a Certificate in Horticulture. She is a native of Iowa and now resides in Missouri with her cats, dogs and the Arabian horses of her dreams.