What happens after my shoot?
I will then edit your photographs at my studio and you will be invited round for a personal image viewing session. Following this you will receive the link to your images on my protected members-only gallery page on my website. Most shoots are edited and on the website within a week, however, at busy times of the year this can change.
How many pictures do you normally take?
I take on average about 300 pictures. These are then whittled down to the best images of the day and fully edited to the highest standards. Most people end up with over 60 photos to choose from. The rest are deleted.
I’m not local to you can you still do my photoshoot
Yes, it’s not a problem I’m happy to travel! The first 40 miles of travel is included in your package and additional travel is charged at 40p a mile. Costs can be split you want to arrange group photographs. For example if a pony club wants to hire me for the day.
May I change outfits?
Absolutely! I normally recommend 3 outfits. Some clients have even dressed in their wedding outfits to have their portraits with their pets taken! Though please be aware that expensive clothing could get dirty outside and I am not responsible for damage to your clothes. Overall, you should wear something you feel comfortable in. Just remember to think safely when choosing your outfit- sensible shoes should be worn to protect your toes from hooves if you’re having an equine shoot! And riding hats are recommended.
What should my horse/pet wear?
Horses can be turned out as though they are going to a show. I think they look smartest in a leather bridle or headcollar. (Please don’t forget to give the leather a quick wipe down prior to the shoot!) Nylon headcollars don’t always look great! Please have your saddle handy (and clean!) if you are wanting mounted shots but aren’t happy bareback. A neutral coloured lead rope or one to match your outfit is advised if your horse will be wearing a headcollar. If you and your dog want to wear matching jumpers or coats, I’ll happily photograph that too.
Where should I have my photos taken?
Most commonly I photograph horses and their owners where the horse is kept. If you have another location in mind, such as at home, woodland, horse-friendly parks, or the beach I’d be happy to photograph there too! One thing to think about is how much is going on in the background? Lots of fencing, muck heaps, stationary objects can often make a photo look very distracting and harder to edit out. Family and dogs are often shot at home or in a favourite location of yours.
What if I own more than one horse/animal?
If you are lucky enough to own more than one horse, dog cat or another animal, I am happy to photograph you with them individually as per a normal photo shoot. I can then photograph you with both/all of your animals. However time with each animal will be less than if you were having an individual horse photographed, so that we can fit everything to the session time.
Can my partner and children be in the photograph too?
Of course! Pets are part of the family so I am more than happy for other members to be included. I’m very flexible in my approach to this. I’m happy to split the time between taking a few shots of you all as a family and then a couple with the people individually with the pets. Special requests can usually be accommodated for so please get in touch!
I don’t want to be in the photos!
My approach to photoshoots is that they should be enjoyable! I am relaxed and patient and treat everyone as an individual. If you really don’t want to be in the photos, please take a look at the black background mini shoots. My style of photos are very natural, I aim to capture you enjoying your horse! The focus of the shoot is to capture the relationship between you and your horse so don’t miss out on the chance of capturing those memories you will treasure forever! You don’t need to be a model to make the most of the shoot: I will guide you through how to stand and where to position your hands to make the shots look as beautiful as possible so that you don’t even need to look at the camera so you won’t know you're having your photo taken!
How do I pay?
I ask for a 50% deposit prior to your photoshoot. This can either be paid via bank transfer, cash, or card payment the remaining balance is payable the day before the shoot unless you wish to pay in full in advance. The deposit secures your booking date.
What happens if it rains?
I always contact people a few days before their shoot to check if they have any last-minute questions and to confirm details and locations. If the forecast doesn’t look promising, I will contact you to see what you’d like to do, albeit us chancing the shoot or rescheduling for another day. If you turn up at the yard on the day of your shoot and your horse is lame/unwell please contact me at the earliest opportunity you have and we can re-schedule your shoot for another time.
Can I share the photos on Facebook?
You may share the link to your photos/blog post on Facebook. You can purchase low-res versions of your photos for you to share on social media. (They aren’t good enough to be printed) Images cannot be lifted off my website and shared on social media! I upload a handful of favourite images to my business page on Facebook. You are welcome to share these photos/set them as your profile/cover photo but you mustn’t remove the watermark. When sharing my photos you must give me credit for them as I hold the copyright to the image.
I only have access to an arena; will that be ok for a photo shoot?
Whilst arenas don’t make the ideal background, I do understand that some horses will not cope well in an open field so can be the safest option to use under the circumstances. I enjoy the challenge of working in an indoor arena/barn because I can be more creative with the available light, doorways and openings. Alternatively your yard would be good for photos. Most yards have gateways, fences, hedge lines and some open space to work in. However if you really don’t think your yard is suitable, I’m happy to photograph you at the arena.
How long after the shoot can I buy my prints?
Prints can be purchased as soon as I’ve sent you the link to your gallery. I will keep all of your available images on an external hard drive so you can order more whenever you want.
If people want to buy me prints as a present, can they?
Absolutely! I can either provide them with a gift voucher to give to you for a specific amount or specific item/package of items. to order your photos as a gift.