I often get asked what happens during the equestrian photo sessions. Do you just ride your horse while I shoot away? Do you need to prepare in some special way? What if the weather is bad?
Each session with me is different, and it is tailored to suit you and your equine partner. There is plenty we can do, and it's totally up to you what you'd want to try!
I Can meet you at your yard or we can meet at any other location (did someone say beach session?). When choosing where to be photographed, we'll discuss different factors - can your horse travel, is it fairly well behaved in new places, open spaces etc. Can your horse be hacked out from your yard? What facilities do you have access to?
I am very flexible and anywhere is good as long as you're comfortable. We can create magic without ever leaving the arena! Variety can make it more fun though, and it's advisable to assure the place is safe for us to use.
Make sure your horse is clean, think competition shine but no need for plaits (unless you want them!). If your horse is quite high strung then some light exercise earlier in the day might help them relax. Don't forget to clean your tack, too.
You can have multiple outfits at the ready and change during your session. Anything from smart jodhpurs, casual jeans and tops, to suits and ball gowns is a go! We can have fun with extra styling, flowers and accessories. Closed toe shoes are always advisable, as is wearing a helmet while mounted.
During the shoot
Depending on what you'd like to do, the options are practically endless. You can pose with your horse on the ground, let them loose or on lunge, ride, jump, anything at all. We can use natural light or my studio lighting. Remember, you know your horse best so don't plan to do anything they're not used to just for the photo! Safety is always a priority.
It's always a good idea to have someone with you to help. They can hold the horse while you get changed, assist with getting its ears up or maybe put the jumps up. You can have photos together, too.
You are welcome to include more horses, a family member or friend, or your dog in the photo shoot. Let me know in advance who will be taking part, so we can prepare as well as we can.
Oh, the English weather! While we don't need bright sunshine for beautiful photos, if it's raining sideways and blowing a gale, we might need to postpone. I'll be in touch ahead of our scheduled time and if necessary we'll agree on a new date. There is no charge for rescheduling due to bad weather.
Children and young teenagers should always be accompanied by an adult and never left with the horse alone. If you're booking a session for your child, be sure you can be around at all times - ideally take part to have beautiful photos together!
I hope this answered most of your questions. If there is anything else you'd like to know, just get in touch through the contact page.
I absolutely love photographing horses and I'm excited to bring your vision to life.