I’m sure you’ve got some questions and I’d be delighted to speak directly to you about them, so please do contact me at your leisure. I’ve created an overall blog on some of them here 5 Common Questions, however I’ve dropped in few of my most frequently asked questions below too.
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Can I book in advance?
Yes, of course. If you have a specific time of year that you love the most, or a special date you’d like to celebrate, then let me know about it and I’ll endeavour to get you in then. However please be aware that certain months are always in high demand and often require quite a few months notice to secure.
My Yard isn’t the prettiest.
Well let’s be honest I reckon the vast majority of us horse owners don’t keep our horses in a stunning set of stables with post and rail paddocks, but please do not worry about this. There’s always a spot or two at your yard I can work with, you’ll be so surprised. We have the ability to head to your favourite hack location too. Our countryside is full of fabulous backdrops.
What should do to get my horse ready?
Let’s have a really clean horse ready for when I arrive. So groomed/bathed and shiny and neatly turned out. Don’t forget to oil those hooves too. You don’t need to plait if you don’t want to as ideally your photos should reflect your lifestyle with your horse, but if he spends a lot of his time plaited for competition or you really want some fabulous turnout pictures then plaits are great. We need a good clean head collar (preferably leather) in a plain colour and his tack clean too. If you want the best from your horse, including tips on how to keep him settled and happy, then I really recommend a read of this blog of mine here: Happy Horses create Happy Photos .
What can I wear?
Oh gosh, I get this a lot and it’s always one of the first things I think about myself on special occasions like this. My honest answer is wear something you are comfortable in but I’d recommend that you consider things that you wouldn’t normally wear around your horse. If all your pictures of you together currently have you in plain riding gear or competition gear then go for something else! Clients generally love to wear good fitting jeans/trousers with a nice pair of leisure boots or shoes. If you team this with a nice shirt, maybe a shawl or cardigan then this is a great basis to work from. Dresses are popular if you want more of a relaxed feel and I always think maxi dresses always look fab. I’d always suggest steering away from big bold patterns just because they can draw the eye within the photo at times and distract from the overall picture. We can discuss specifics at any point.
Can I have more than one horse in my session?
You definitely can! The only stipulation is it is only one handler/rider per session. So if you own 2 or 3 horses then this is no problem. However if you want your sister or mother in with her horse too, then I’m afraid those are separate sessions, but we can discuss this in advance and tailor multiple sessions together and I’m happy to work out better session fee in these circumstances too.
Can I include my dog in my equine photoshoot?
Sure, we can have your dog feature in a few pictures with your horse, no problem! Please be aware that if you’d like more dedicated images of your dog then my canine specific portrait sessions are available at just £50 for the session, so we can always simply add this session to the end of your Equine photoshoot.
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