Something to Celebrate …

One thing I’ve come to realize over time is that I’m not particularly good at blowing my own horn. My background is in public relations, but it was always about promoting or celebrating someone else. One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn over the years is how to celebrate my own achievements. So, here goes …

We have a WINNIE!!


EQUUS Film Festival 2018 WINNIE Award for
Best Equestrian Photo Journal
*Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry*

A year ago I took a chance on my first gallery exhibit in Toronto and 10 days ago, on my birthday weekend, I collected my first artistic award in New York City.

The video photo journal is linked in the menu. It’s short. If you have a moment, please check it out. It represents the beginning of a new chapter in my creative life … and is a gentle celebration of women who work behind the scenes to keep the equestrian world humming.

As a woman-of-a-certain-age finally able to pursue my passion for fine art photography, let me just say this … you’re never too old to dream. Never too old to learn how to celebrate your own achievements.

Age is, after all, just a number.

Thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

EQUUS Film Festival here we come!

Mane Tamer

“The Mane Tamer” … one of the images featured in Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry



I am excited to announce that Unsung Heroines of the Horse Industry, a video collection of equestrian images celebrating women who work quietly in the background of the horse world, has been officially selected for EQUUS Film Festival 2018 under the category “Equestrian Photo Journal ~ English.”

Lunch time

“Supper Time”

This work was adapted from a photography exhibit created earlier in the year for the Urban Gallery’s “Women at Work” show during the ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto this past May.

The EQUUS Film Festival takes place in New York City and I’m thrilled to be able to attend.

Links to both the trailer and full video on YouTube are available in the menu of this blog.

I am grateful to all who have made this possible, and to you, my small legion of followers on this blog, for helping me to find my courage as a photographer.

As always, thank you for visiting …



©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks





“Barn Mavens” at Urban Gallery, Toronto

Time to engage in a little shameless self-promotion …

I’m thrilled to announce that six equestrian-themed images from my series Barn Mavens will be on display at the Urban Gallery, one of 200 official venues in Toronto, during the ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival next month.

The theme of this exhibit is Women at Work, and in my showcase I’m pleased to feature two of the knowledgeable and hardworking horsewomen of Santerre Show Stables in Mono, Ontario.

It is such an honour to have my work presented, along with three other talented photographers, at this exhibit during this international event.

If you’re in the area feel free to stop by and soak up some creativity.

Thanks for visiting …


©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks


Invitation WOMEN AT WORK at URBAN GALLERY May 2018.jpg


No Fly Zone

Dust Storm

Flashback Friday …

Shakespeare had just been put outside, freshly bathed and sprayed with a specially formulated natural fly repellent, when he decided my efforts were just not good enough. Within moments of being released, and to my dismay, he dropped to the ground at his favourite rolling spot and gave himself a delicious dirt bath, creating his own no fly zone.

Look closely and you’ll see a toothy grin and an expression that seems to say, “Don’t worry, mom, I got this.”

I wasn’t smiling … or was I? (Hmmmmmm …. )

Thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

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