Hi, I'm Amanda, the founder & photographer of By The Horns.
I'm a mum to a girl and a boy, Greta & Dudley . My 3rd baby, this little business was launched just over 3 years ago in a small little country town called "Windwhistle", in Canterbury New Zealand.
At By The Horns I offer stylish and most importantly good quality wall art for your home or office. My prints are not curated or stock photos. I take all the photos!
When purchasing from my store, you are supporting a small business.
I have to say that when I was growing up, I did not expect to end up where I am today. Of course, I loved to take photos, but to say I was a city girl is a bit of an understatement.
But it is funny where life takes you.
Often you don’t expect the outcome that you achieve. And when you get there, despite those preconceived notions, you wouldn’t have it any other way.
That is what happened to me. Just a city girl turned farm girl… and loving it!
My Story: From City Girl To Farm Life
As a youngster, I was a city girl, born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. Even then, I was active and creative - training hard as a competitive swimmer and also a part of the Australian version of the “Fame” talent agency.
It is almost a rite of passage for Kiwis and Ozzie’s to head off on their OE before settling down and choosing a career. I was no different.
And like many others, I met a man during my travels. A kiwi, in fact. This led me to head to New Zealand with him so he could keep working on the family farm. It was here that I fell head over heels with rural life. The breathtaking scenery of New Zealand had me well and truly captivated, as did rural living and the gorgeous animals on the farm.
It Began With A Beautiful Bovine
Photography started off as a much-loved hobby for me. It was a way to capture those unique split-second scenes and make them last a lifetime.
The business really began when I decided to create a large wall print for my own living room. An opportunity arose to photograph a stunning highland cow. The resulting animal print became the focal point of the room and my friends started requesting similar pieces.
This inspired me to head out and take photos of other rural animals. That led to a “hobby” Facebook page. Unexpectedly, and very quickly, people started to resonate with the images I was producing. Before too long, and much to my delight, I found myself with a full-time business on my hands.
Now By the Horns has been featured in Your Home and Garden magazine, Avenues Magazine, Latitude Magazine and various blog posts.