Originally, Lennie Phillips went to school to earn a degree in culinary arts. But, while working at the University of Montana as a Sous Chef, she decided to earn a degree in business management. It was that degree that brought her to the Meyer Company Ranch. Every day, Lennie goes to work at the ranch surrounded by the most amazing landscapes and beautiful animals. And, that’s where it all started. She bought a camera a few years ago, started taking pictures and the rest is history. If you like what you see on our blog, check her out on Facebook or at lenniephillipsphotography.com.
Q: Has photography always been your passion?
A: Horses were my first passion. I always loved taking photographs, but I never pursued it until the last few years … it can be an expensive "hobby".
Q: Who are your mentors?
A: My horse, Arapaho - Seriously! If I could have half his patience, trust, ability and intelligence I'd count myself as a lucky person.
Q: How long have you been working on the ranch?
A: 11 years
Q: What do you love most about working on the ranch?
A: The flexibility and the variety. Plus, I get to work with my husband every day and ride horses for my job.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: SUNY Cobleskill for A.A.S. in Restaurant Management & University of Montana for B.A. in Business Management
Q: What’s your dream job?
A: To photograph and document the western lifestyle
Q: What’s the worst job you ever had?
A: McDonalds, I lasted 2 weeks before I quit.
Q: Do you like to cook?
A: Yes, but not professionally any more.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not on the ranch?
A: I'm always on the ranch, but I like to ride horses and photograph in my free time.
Q: What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
A: Getting to work on the ranch. No two days are the same. Oh … and winning the 2010 Western Cowman Magazine photography contest where I got one of my pictures on the front cover of the magazine was pretty exciting.
Q: Do you like to travel? If so, where do you like to go?
A: Yes, I'm game for just about anything and any place at least once.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: One dog and 5 horses.
Q: Do you have a favorite snack?
A: Right now it's homemade pumpkin protein bars. However, chocolate anything is normally good.
Q: What is your newest obsession?
A: Weight lifting and eating clean
Q: Are you on social media?
A: Facebook - which is pretty good seeing as cell phones don't even work at the ranch.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Crab legs and Meyer Ribeye Steaks
Q: What else should we know about you?
A: I'm living the dream.