Photography by Lauren Anderson Photography
Meet Jordan. She is Beauty Revived.
There seems to be so many people these days who say their best side is their backside, or their front side, or left side, or right side. Jordan knows her best side is her inside.
Growing up around horses, Jordan learned that what really matters is responsibility, a strong work ethic, dependability, and reliability. In essence, character. She also learned how to meet the needs of those that depend upon her. After all, the hay doesn’t get in the barn by itself, the horse stalls don’t clean themselves, and the rest of the chores don’t complete themselves. None of this was learned from staring in the mirror.
Horses became a way of life for Jordan. She spent countless hours riding, taking lessons, attending clinics, and doing all kinds of horse activities. Because she became a very competent equestrian, others looked to her for guidance with their own horse related struggles. This is where Jordan’s inward beauty really emerged.
Jordan has been involved with a bareback equestrian drill team for over 5 years. At the age of 16, through a rigorous competition, Jordan, and her gray 5 year old mare, Boone, was selected to be the queen of her drill team. The queen is responsible for meeting the needs of the team, including mentoring the younger club members, over 30 of them. Jordan was able to exhort the other team members to excellence, all while proving to be a role model that the team could look up to. She spent countless hours encouraging, instructing, and mentoring the team, both in equestrian skills and life lessons.
Since the team spends many days and weekends together from March until September, there is no pretending to be one thing and being another. The younger team members had access to Jordan full time during performance weekends. Her genuineness was on display at all times. She never failed the team because every encouraging word, every pat on the back, every kind gesture, came right from Jordan’s heart.
In addition, Jordan gives herself away through her volunteerism at the local children’s hospital. She has said her favorite part is working with the pediatric unit. Jordan was recently asked about her time spent at the children’s hospital, and what she hopes to do with her life. She responded, “It did not take 500 hours of volunteer service at St. Luke’s Hospital to discover that I was put on this earth to help and serve other people. But after many experiences in the pediatric playroom with cancer victims, the peds unit lured me in, locked the door, and threw away the key. Every patient deserves to experience what I did; running free through the woods. No responsibilities. No worries about life or death.. My heart is forever stolen by each and every kid, and my drive is to one day help just one of them get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creations.”
Because of this inspiration, Jordan is currently and aggressively pursuing a career in the medical field. As a senior, she is already a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and is presently working on her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license. She works a part time job as a CNA and maintains a 4.0 GPA in hopes of advancing her ambitions in the medical field. Jordan’s life has been touched by the kids who don’t have the health to live a “normal” childhood and she is laser focused on using her talents to help them.
“Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends”. And that is Jordan’s beauty.
About the Photographer
I’m Lauren! Equine portrait photographer based in Logan, Utah. I’m a full time mom, with one wild toddler and the best husband around. I’m a California born, Utah raised country girl addicted to the beautiful and simple things in life. If I’m not taking pictures or spending time with my family you will find me riding horses (usually with my family!). I grew up showing horses and competing in rodeo. I am lucky enough to own my dream horse, a big dark palomino named Copper. He has taught me so much, and is always willing to be my model for new ideas and test shoots! I love every aspect of the equine world, and love photographing it even more. The bond between a horse and human is something indescribable, but if you have it you know it. I truly believe Winston Churhill’s quote that says: “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”.