What happens on the day of your equine photo shoot?
On the day of your equine photo shoot, I imagine you'll be making all the last minute preparations before I arrive. We would have already agreed a date, time and location, so use the time before to get your horse looking nice and clean!
Remember I don't use photo shop, so I can't edit out any poo stains or muddy patches, and preparing your horse like you would for a show gives your final gallery that extra wow factor.
When I arrive you're welcome to show me around your yard, or I'll have a quick scout of the location myself to see where the best places to position you and your horse will be. It's worth asking your yard owner where they will be happy for us to use during our photo shoot - you never know, they might just let you go into a different spot for a photo that is normally out of bounds!
Once I've said hello to everyone, we will start taking photos. In between we can change from head collar to bridle, or tack up if you'd like some riding pictures. Don't forget you can also have a couple of outfit changes if you like, too! It's really just a case of having a chat, moving around and doing a few different poses along the way. Don't worry, nothing super model-ish, just you and your horse having a cuddly moment together and I'll be there to capture it!
Photo shoots normally last between 1 - 2 hours, but I don't really time them because some horses get bored easily, and others want ridden photos as well which takes a bit longer, but it really is down to you and what you would like. I'll always ask if you can think of anything else before we finish, and once I get home, I'll start combing through the images and putting together your final gallery.
Your photos are usually ready within 5 days of your photo shoot, so you don't have to hold in the excitement of seeing your images for too long! More on what happens after in a separate blog post.
It's really an occasion to get excited about - It's all about having fun and making lovely memories, so don't be worried about it. It's definitely something you will LOVE doing and at the end you will wonder why you didn't have a photo shoot with your horse sooner!
Lunar Photography, Equine & Dog Photographer in Derbyshire