PREPARING FOR YOUR EQUINE PHOTOSHOOT
Before every shoot you will receive a free consultation via phone or video call to discuss details. On the day of the shoot when I arrive we’ll have a chat, possibly over a cuppa and discuss any final arrangements. If required I will set up my studio equipment and have a last look around for any other suitable areas.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY HORSE?
I suggest if possible you bath your horse, either in the morning or evening before your photoshoot. Any head collars or tack should also be clean and ideally in black or brown leather, don’t worry if you do not have a leather halter I have one that can be used.
HORSE AT LIBERTY
For a “Horse at Liberty” shoot I require a safe area for your horse to run free, preferable somewhere with as little background distractions as possible and where your horse feels most relaxed. Or if you would prefer you could horse take your horse to a nearby location and allow them to run on a lunge line.
FINE ART / HIGH SPEED EQUINE
To achieve the fine art look (Black Background) I do not necessarily need a large area to work in, it could be achieved by using a shaded area around a yard or in a field. However my studio equipment is fully portable.For high speed studio shots I ideally need an indoor school, but it could be achieved in a smaller outdoor area.
IF I AM PLANNING TO BE IN THE PHOTOS, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
I am happy for you to wear whatever you feel comfortable in and reflect your personality. However, I do advise clients to wear casual clothing that’s quite neutral as opposed to the latest fashion, which can easily date the photographs. I also advise clients to stay away from striking patterns, spots and brand names as this can distract the eye and take the attention away from faces.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD ON THE DAY OF MY PHOTOSHOOT?
The weather can be unpredictable so if it is just showers forecast we would continue as planned and aim to dodge the showers. On a windy day we can continue and just find some sheltered spots, we can maybe use the wind to our advantage. If the weather looks too bad we may need to postpone.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY HORSE MISBEHAVES OR WONT STAND STILL?
I will be patient and flexible to work with even the most highly strung horse. I will not expect them to do more than they are willing and if we need to take a break this is also fine. The most important thing is for you to relax and enjoy it.
WILL THE FLASH SCARE MY HORSE?
In most cases I would try to use natural light but for fine art, high speed and studio or dramatic location a flash is required. I have found that after a few moments of receiving treats around the equipment the horses tend to forget its there so don’t worry.