Horse photography shoots: how to prepare and what to expect

Your horse photography shoot

So, what happens on a horse photography shoot? Here’s what you can expect.

The start of the process is a phone consultation where we can discuss exactly what style of equine photography you would like, book a date and then talk through the potential locations for the shoot. You can read more on the benefits of investing in a unique, artist photographic study of your horse here.

I have a mobile studio which I bring with me – a background and some lights that I can set up in an indoor school, barn or in stables. This is how I create my stylish portraits, using lighting to highlight the form and essence of your horse.  You can see my portraits gallery here.  And I also work using natural light for occasions such as action and ridden shots in fields or on a beach. My equine shoots generally last 2-3 hours including set up time.

Preparing your horse for their photoshoot

Other than grooming your horse, you’ll just need to choose a bridle or headcollar for him/her to wear. Leather headcollars are usually best as they always look stylish.

Horse photography shoot: On the Day

It’s a relaxed, informal and fun experience. I’ll start by getting to know you and your horse and then take a look at the locations we’ve previously discussed. Then I’ll start to set everything up for the shoot.

Every horse reacts to being photographed differently. Some are very bold and show off for the camera, some are shy and a little reticent. Some take the lights and background in their stride while others need some time to get used to it. When I work with my mobile studio, I set everything up first and then introduce the horse to it. We start very slowly, just getting the horse comfortable with it, then we do some test shots and once he’s fully comfortable we start the shoot.  We go at the pace that your horse is comfortable with, and take breaks when needed.

After Your Horse Photography Shoot

Following your horse portrait photography shoot, I’ll carefully edited the images before presenting them to you. You can expect to choose from between 30-40 images from each equine portrait photography session.

I offer a choice of beautiful framing options to perfectly suit horse portraits in both contemporary and traditional settings, including stylish wood and metal frames, and aluminium, acrylic and art block artwork, and I have a range of samples that I can show to you. Or if you prefer to frame the finished images yourself, I also offer fine art prints in a range of sizes and papers.

I hope that’s given you an idea of what to expect from a horse photography shoot but please do get in touch if you’d like any more information.

Fine art photography portrait of a Lusitano

Irish Draught horse photography fine art portrait

Irish Draught horse fine art photography portrait

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