No light? No problem!

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Sometimes low light in a stable or barn doesn’t allow me to get all that detail, especially when I’m photographing a horse with no head collar who is free to move around their stable and is interacting with their owner, it’s not a barrier however as these images can prove to be some of the most intimate and beautiful ones taken. Check out Poppy and Patsy, a little easier as Poppy is a grey, but this treatment can work for all shades!

I’ve included some ones of Laura and Jasper these were taken right at the end of the shoot, I’d pretty packed up when I saw Jasper being so lovely with Laura, but there was very little light and he’s quite dark anyway, I fired off some shots not expecting much but I think you’ll agree they look fab.

Happy Halloween!

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I love shooting in the Autumn, the colours are breathtaking and the low light (but still warm days) are a dream for a photographer and we can get in just before coats turn too woolly!

I’m a bit of a pumpkin carving fanatic, I use the excuse of having children but my 15 year old twins aren’t really the reason I do it anymore! So I’ve ended up yet again with orange hands and back ache carving pumpkins and of course way too many sweets in the house! Happy Hallowe’en everybody!

Pinterest – Plotting amazing things for your shoot!

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I’m inviting you to head over to my Pinterest page, I’ve been collecting ideas for clothing, colours, accessories and plaiting ideas for your horse’s mane and tail. As well as images of some of our Fine Art Products to get you thinking before your shoot with me or to ponder afterwards

Girls go crazy for a sharp dressed man

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I definitely photograph more women than men, a lot more… so it was exciting when a client of mine contacted me after her shoot expressing a wish to buy a friend a photo shoot voucher for his birthday (HIS birthday!).

Tim got in touch after his birthday and explained that he was getting some outfits made especially for the shoot and could we wait until they were ready and the weather was a little better. No problem!

Tim was very much worth the wait, together with his amazing wife Jane and Mungo his very handsome horse they were waiting for me at one of the friendliest yards I’ve been on. Just outside Horsham, Bridge House Equestrian, has lovely facilities and a relaxed friendly atmosphere Jane and Tim were very much at home. We started off getting some of my popular black background shots and then moved onto to some in hand shots in a very pretty wooded area, we also did lots of riding shots in the school with Tim wearing his new outfit.

I had such a fun time with this great couple and their fab boy Mungo, I hope it shows in the images here.

So come on Surrey boys! Time to let yourself shine like Tim did.

Superstar Bailey shows us why he has a fan club

nicky blog image1nicky blog image2I was approached by Nicky for a very special shoot with two very special boys; Ben, Nicky’s delightful four year old son and Ben’s best friend Bailey, Bailey is a 34 year old gentle natured, beautiful gelding who has been with Nicky for 31 years! Nicky wanted some images of Bailey with herself and with Ben as a special Birthday gift for her Dad.

Bailey and Nicky’s mare, Goldie are based at a fab yard in Ripley where I’ve shot before so I knew the yard was pretty and they had some great fields we could wander around in with a beautiful Surrey backdrop.

Seeing tiny Ben with great big Bailey was just delightful and Bailey was ever so gentle with him, allowing himself to be lead around by Ben, never being cheeky or rude.

Capturing special relationships is what we are all about and sometimes a photographer just needs to just step back and observe rather than dictate to clients what they should be doing, which is how it worked on this shoot. I’m sure you will agree that Ben and Bailey are the cutest couple.

The shoot didn’t end there however, I got a call from Nicky asking if I could do some shots of her brother Ed with Bailey, I was more than happy to oblige (and I get to spend more time with Bailey, right?).

So there we have it, lovely long term relationships captured, memories gained, birthday gift sorted (and let’s face it there’s no harder person to buy for than your Dad!) and of course not forgetting new friendships made.

I love my job!

Jean and Roly the double rescue miracle

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Jean won a shoot with myself by winning the veteran’s class at Brockwell Park Dog Show this Summer. We met up near where Jean lives, she chose the spot as she had seen some lovely wildflowers growing in the pretty little park and thought it would make a nice backdrop for the photos, as you can see, she wasn’t wrong!

Roly, a Chihuahua Yorkie cross has had quite a traumatic life. 17 years ago Jean and a friend were walking down a busy dual carriageway, they saw what looked like a small bag in the middle of the road, they looked closer and thought it might be a kitten, they braved the traffic and went to the creature’s aid, it turns out it was a tiny newborn puppy. Jean’s friend took him home, he was very small and weak but they nursed the little chap back to health and that is where Roly lived for many happy years.

Then more tragedy struck, Jean’s friend became ill very suddenly and passed away, her family took Roly to a local kennel to give him up for adoption as they didn’t want him. Worse than that when Jean found out and asked them to sign him over to her, as the two friends had always agreed that Jean would take Roly on if anything happened to her friend, they refused. Jean searched all the local kennels and vets in the area and finally found him, since then Roly has been with Jean and the two regularly go to (and win!) dog shows all around London.

This little double rescue dog is so happy and content with Jean, it’s obvious the two are the very best of friends.

Jean decided she wanted lots of prints from the shoot and got a pack of our card mounted prints with a vibrant red border which will go perfectly in her living room.

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Patsy and Poppy

Patsy runs Barnfield Riding School, not very far from where I live and in fact we got together when I met a lady putting leaflets for the School through my door, it was for a fundraising evening for the RDA at Barnfield. I offered them a voucher for a shoot for them to auction at their fundraiser, as it happens Pasty herself bid on it and won it.

Patsy and I met up beforehand to go through what’s involved in a photo shoot, chatting with her it was obvious that she was wanting to do something special for her shoot. I put her in touch with a costume hire company that a few of my clients have used; Complete Costumes, the quality of the outfits they provide is amazing, it’s all done online and by post, and I’m sure you will agree Patsy looks stunning in her outfit.  We chose it as we felt it had a Victorian riding feel to it and the colours would work well with Poppy. Patsy got herself a hat and wore her regular riding boots, I supplied the underskirts (I have an whole box of goodies that can help on a shoot!) and we were ready to go!

Meagan and TJ

It was the day people had been waiting for for months, it was all over the television and the radio, special programmes were planned, people were mobilised, children were excused lessons in school so as not to miss it and the whole country stood still and waited.

I arrived at the yard in Essex at about 9am, Meagan and her friend were there, the sky was grey and dull and the temperature was getting noticeably colder. Meagan went to get TJ, a gorgeous (and huge!) dark bay and we set off up the track to get to the woods and fields where we were going to shoot.

Something was definitely strange, the light reading on my camera showed it getting darker and darker and we weren’t even in the woods yet, we knew what this was… The Solar Eclipse! Unfortunately (and rather predictably) the south of England was nestled under a lovely thick blanket of cloud so all that happened was that the first few shots of Meagan and TJ looked rather gloomy, what an anti climax!

Unlike the solar eclipse, my two models for the day were far from being a let down. Meagan’s boyfriend Ellis had booked the photo shoot as a birthday treat and Meagan, who is a riding instructor, had chosen to stay with the one outfit for the shoot, she chose black jodhpurs with black riding boots, a fab top with striking blue and white hoops on the arms and black gloves, Meagan has gorgeous thick dark hair (almost matching TJ’s coat!) and even when dressed in riding gear she looks amazing.

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It was lovely strolling around the beautiful Essex countryside with these guys but the weather stayed resolutely grey for the whole morning. It didn’t matter though, both Meagan and TJ looked fab and the flat grey light brought out the subtle tones in TJ’s coat really nicely and made both of them really “pop” out of the surroundings.

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I really enjoyed doing the shots of the two of them back at the yard with the black background when they were having “a moment” together, really sweet.

 

Kayla and Tia

We were hoping for a lovely unseasonably warm December morning when we convened at Hookwood House stables, no such luck, it had been distinctly chilly when I left Kingston but the chill was nothing compared to the bitter cold that greeted me as I got out of the car at the yard in the beautiful Surrey countryside, Tia bless her had been bathed and brushed and was looking gorgeous and chestnutty.

Kayla was hiding in the warm tack room which had become Jo’s personal salon as she curled and brushed and applied foundation and lip liner making Kayla look far too glamorous for a chilly yard on a frosty morning.

For her first outfit Kayla chose a gorgeous sleeveless blouse that was a lovely periwinkle blue and matched it with slim leg trousers and black heels. The blue contrasted beautifully with Tia’s rich chestnut coat.

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Kayla did so well, her reward was that her next outfit had sleeves! She chose a (much warmer) sheepskin jacket and pale jumper paired up with black jeans. The yard at Hookwood House is lovely and we had lots of choice wandering around, Tia was a star obediently following Kayla (and keeping her warm!)

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The last shots we did, Kayla wrapped up even more for (I don’t blame her) and while lovely floaty summer dresses are great, the boots, green jacket and soft pale scarf Kayla wore looked just right for the ridden shots.

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Katherine and Kitch

We were so unlucky with the weather, we are most certainly going to carry on with this shoot when we have warmer sunnier days, I felt so bad for Katherine, after weeks of cancelling and rescheduling (it goes with the territory of being an equine photographer in the UK!) We decided to go for it, Louise arrived super early at Katherine’s house and when I arrived she was looking great, Katherine’s horse, a chestnut TB called Kitch is stabled along with a couple of others on site so we were able to set out quite quickly, which as it turned out was very lucky, Kitch was looking awesome Katherine had spent the previous evening braiding his mane and he had the blingiest bands I’ve seen.

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For the time of year the countryside was looking particularly green, we had lush grass and green hedgerows but the sky was a leaden grey and getting darker by the minute!

Kitch being a true TB was lively and alert but as is always the case with any horse I’ve ever photographed they never want to look in the direction you’d like them to at the time. Thankfully we had a not so secret weapon, in the shape of Katherine’s Mum, Jackie. There were some hilarious moments when Jackie was leaping about in the hedgerow waving high vis vests in order to get Kitch to look in the right direction, once again I owe a parent a massive thank you!

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The weather did beat us in the end and we didn’t get to do an outfit change as Kitch was getting shivery and cold so I will definitely be back to get some more images of this great couple and hopefully next time, I’ll manage to get a shot of the elusive Jackie, leaping about in the hedges with her tell tale calls and impressive display of high vis plumage 😉

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