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.
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.
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.