We recently had the pleasure of photographing a stunning Friesian cross warmblood called Spirit. Here are some of our favourites from the photo-shoot:
A somewhat belated “Happy New Year” to all followers of our blog and welcome to our clients old and new. You may have noticed that our website has had a bit of an overhaul. It’s still a work in progress but we hope you like what you see so far!
Exciting things are happening in the Horse Photographers world right now. I think it’s fair to say we have been noticed!
A bit of a corney title to this post? Maybe! but not without a little justification. Firstly and still ongoing at the moment we have been noticed by a company who are wanting to market some of our images in the form of everything from bespoke limited edition glicee prints through to greeting cards and postcards. In addition to this they have hand picked us to appear on their website specialising in equestrian art – specifically photography – along with only 5 other photographers world wide. We are incredibly excited about this. We have already supplied a range of photographs for online “photo essays” and are looking forward to seeing these “go live” very shortly. In addition to this plans are afoot to have an exhibition of our images at either the Royal Mews or Royal Household Cavalry in London – if this all comes together we will be delighted so please keep everything crossed for us!
Secondly we are appearing as a major article in the March issue of “The Countryman” magazine – which is a national magazine focusing on people who work and live in the beautiful English countryside. We can’t wait to see this in print. In addition to this the Dalesman and Cumbria magazine (part of the same group) have also expressed an interest in featuring any suitable pieces we may have for them which showcase as the name would suggest the Yorkshire Dales or the landscape in and around Cumbria. Hopefully we may have a couple of creative portraits already under our belt that these two titles may be interested to feature – so keep watching this space and we will announce if anything is about to appear!
Lastly for now but one which we are most delighted by, we have been noticed and given an interview to Equitrekking.com. A little information about Equitrekking:
Now showing in the UK on Horse and Country TV, Equitrekking is the Emmy Award-Winning Public Television travel series that takes viewers horseback riding around the world with local people to experience history, culture, nature and adventure. Hosted by Darley Newman, Equitrekking is distributed in high definition to PBS stations in North America through APT (American Public Television), the Public Television lifestyle channel, Create TV, and on international networks in over 65 countries including Italy, Turkey, France, Japan and Russia. Equitrekking.com, a perfect companion to the show, has been online since 2004 and features everything visitors need to research and plan their travels, including articles, the popular Equitrekking Vacation Guide and video clips.
You can view our full interview with Equitrekking by following this link: Equitrekking Interview. Please take the time to register with them and leave a comment if you enjoy the article. Enjoy!
Andy & Sharon
We recently had the pleasure of photographing Sarah and Elphin her beautiful Warmblood both indoors and outside. Sarah is struggling to narrow down her picture choice – so am I – so I thought I’d show you all the full selection we presented to Sarah to choose from. Enjoy!
Boy have we been busy lately.
I thought I’d just share with you all a few of my favourites from recent creative portraits. In this instance pictures really do speak louder than words so I’ll shut up!
I do hope you like them as much as we do. We are almost fully booked for the remainder of the summer months now. If you are considering a Creative Horse Portrait by The Horse Photographers please email us without delay to secure your booking. firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you! Who know it could be your horse we’re showcasing on here next!
I had a picture in my minds eye. It wouldn’t go away and I knew we had to try to create it. The picture I wanted was set in a woodland with bluebells and a little girl with her pony. I knew of the perfect spot but it was privately owned by a hotel and although we photograph a lot of weddings in this particular hotel I didn’t think they would permit us to use the grounds so using the power of the Internet and social networking I put the word out that I was looking for a special bluebell wood location for our next portrait.
Someone came forward via Facebook to say they knew of a spot which could be suitable. They had kindly found out who owned the woods and arranged a meeting with the landowner. The location was perfect! Now the hunt was on for the pony or horse to “star” in the creative portrait. Again word was put out via the blog and Facebook that we were looking for suitable candidates. Meanwhile the hotel had said there was no problem using their grounds – what it is to be a respected photographer on their books! So we now had two suitable locations. I will post a You Tube of the second creative portrait in the next few days.
Having gone through those who applied we chose a horse for the hotel shoot and a horse and pony mother and daughter for the other location. We had a design consultation with the pony and horse at the location and checked out all the spots within the woods to see which would be most suitable. We also looked at access into the woods for the horse. Having secure the best route in we needed to check this was OK with the owner since it was via a sheep field!
Everything was cleared, the weather forecast was checked, I arranged an escort to hack over to the location with the horse and pony as the mum was a little worried about doing this with just someone walking leading the pony (which she had arranged) and we were good to go.
This is the picture I had in my minds eye:
An awful lot of planning went into this creative portrait which included a lot of running about and meetings on our part but I honestly think the resulting photographs are worth it.
Here is the final selection of pictures as presented to our client, including an extra photo at the end of Tiggy and her own Gay who kindly hacked across to our location with our clients.