I love the idea of a photoshoot with my horse, but I am really self conscious and normally hate having my photograph taken.
My approach to photography is very relaxed. I want everyone involved to have fun. I will gently guide you with regard to positioning yourself and your horse to create natural and beautiful images which show both of you in your best light.
I will take a range of photographs, including some with only your horse.
I will never ask you to pose in a way that you feel uncomfortable or awkward, and as horses are cheeky and unpredictable, we usually end up having a giggle.
I am worried that my horse won't stand still to pose for pictures.
I am a horse owner myself, and understand that some horses are real fidgets. I am very patient, and have a few tricks to help your equine friend concentrate at the right moment. Not all images will be static anyway. As long as the owner has the right attitude, all horses can be photographic stars.
Where will the portrait session take place?
My style of photography is 'environmental portraiture.' This means that I create pictures which make use of my subject's immediate surroundings. I can come to your yard (or home, for children or pets other than horses) or we can meet at a convenient location such as a woodland, beach, park, etc.
How long does a portrait session with you take?
This varies for each individual and can be affected by changes of clothing / location, the attention span of the subjects, weather, and various other factors but as a guide I like to leave about 1 - 2 hours for each session.
What should I wear?
We will discuss clothing when I call to arrange your session, but really this is completely up to you. You should wear something you feel comfortable in, but if you want your finished images to have a particular look, or have something specific that you would like to wear then I am happy to offer advice. I do have a small range of dresses and accessories which I can bring to the portrait session if you wish.
I am happy to incorporate a couple of changes of outfit if you don't mind getting changed on location.
I ask clients to do their own hair and makeup. Keeping makeup fairly natural is generally best, but again we will discuss this when arranging your photo session.
I have seen some pictures I like and have some ideas of my own about how I would like my images to look. Can you incorporate these into the session?
Of course! I always love to hear clients ideas and will always work with you to try out any ideas you have. They may not always work , depending on how co-operative your horse is feeling, and the locations available to us, but I am always happy to try. If you have been inspired by any specific pictures you have seen, poems, stories, objects, please bring these along if possible.
How do I book my portrait session?
Fill out the contact form on the 'Contact' page of the website. Give as much detail as possible as this helps my creative process and enables me to better plan for your portrait session, ensuring you get the type of images you were hoping for.
Once I have received your contact form I will call you to discuss details and availability. a non - refundable deposit of 20% secures your session.
What happens if the weather is really bad?
In the run up to your booked portrait session I will keep an eye on the weather.
Generally a few showers are not a problem as we can work between them and this sort of weather can produce some really dramatic skies and lighting. Sometimes a very wet morning can turn into a beautiful afternoon, so it may be necessary to be a bit flexible with regards to timings.
With this style of photography we obviously are working at the mercy of the elements, and in the event of torrential rain or gales it may be necessary to reschedule your photoshoot for another day. In this event I would contact you first thing and we would make an assessment together and agree on the best plan of action.
When can I see the pictures from my session?
It takes about a week to go through your images and select the best ones, and make slight adjustments.
Once your portrait session is complete we will arrange a time for me to return so you can view digital copies of the images. At this viewing you can choose your two favourite images to be printed or we can discuss whether you want any larger finished products.
For clients who live a long way away it is possible for me to upload your images onto a password protected gallery for you to view online, although these will have large watermarks across the so it is generally better for me to visit you in person.