A VISIT TO
PHOTOS BY George Kamper
The weather toyed with us. Clusters of nimbus clouds hovered over Wellington, Florida, on the morning of our visit with Jennifer Gates at Evergate Stables, her home base during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Rain, seldom idyllic when staging an outdoor photo shoot, requires a bit of ingenuity and resilience, and, on this particular day, assistants poised with umbrellas stood vigilantly at the ready.
“Come in,” I hear from several voices inside Jennifer Gates’s home, where she is wrapping up with our hair and make-up artist. Jenn, in mid-conversation, tells me she has selected a few outfits for our photo session. “Feel free to go through my closet and see if you’d prefer something else,” she says. Really? As I worked my way through the racks of options, I recognized an eclectic mix of brands and styles that reflected someone who was both playful and grounded, yet comfortable venturing outside a comfort zone. Her easy demeanor and upbeat tone was indicative of how things would go—rain or no rain.