Back in July 2012 I asked if Jess and her 2 horses would model for me. Her new horse Doris had just arrived for her birthday and she and her mum, Jane, shared Dobbo between them.
Although I can talk endlessly about the love that is so very clear between Jess and both her horses, I want to talk a little about locations and outfits in this blog post.
Now, when a client calls to book a shoot with me we have an initial chat about what they would like from the shoot and who will be included. This is not the pre-shoot consultation, that happens a little later, a week or two before the shoot date, either by phone or Skype. One of the reasons this is so important is to discuss our locations, outfits, timings and any questions they may have.
Many clients have a few questions in their head, but are not sure how to ask them, for example:
- What happens if it rains on my shoot day?
- What happens if my horse/pony is really naughty?
- What outfits should I bring
- How many outfits am I allowed?
- What should my horse be wearing?
- Should I plate my horse?
- Should I have a groom to top up the hoof oil?
The pre-consultation is one of the most important parts of the shoot. This is truly a once in a life time experience and these images I create for you are timeless pieces. These are the images that are hung in your home for decades to come so you can look back and remember that cheeky pony, or that one special horse (and we all have them). If you don’t get the outfits and location right then you’ll kick yourself.
The outfit choices
I suggest filling your boot or tack room full of your favourite clothes and accessories and I will help style the outfits to the location on the day. Of course, if you are lucky enough to keep your horse at home with you then I can be released upon your wardrobe!
If you check out my Equine Photo Shoots page you will see lots of suggestions of outfits here.
Your chosen location
My first answer to anyone who questions the location of the shoot is always ‘at home’ if you can. This doesn’t have to be your house, but it needs to be ‘home’ for you and your horse. Some of you are of course lucky enough to keep your beloved horses at home so we have the run of your stables and sometimes the gardens, but for most this includes where you spend probably 50% of your time, your livery yard. Having the images taken at the home of your horse adds to the authenticity of each shot. Its to remember where you spent those hours, your horses stable, field and the walk that you take daily with them. These are the memories you want to capture forever.
Now, coming back to the gorgeous Jess and her two horses. I have included a small selection of the images in the video above, showing that thinking about your location and outfits adds the extra sparkle to complete the set.
Music by: The Piano Guys