15 Jun 13 Horsing Around

26th June 2013
A friend from work asked me if I’d like to take some photos of his daughters horses and as it was a subject I’d not attempted before I was keen to have a go.

The weather forecast for the day was a little dubious but as it turned out everything was fine, generally overcast but with some sun breaking through.

As I say I’d never photographed horses or anyone riding them but I had looked at some equine photographers web sites so I did have some ideas about what was required.


Sarah however was a natural and knew how she wanted to pose with the horses.
Unfortunately you can’t instruct a horse on how you would like them to stand, so as with all animals it’s a bit hit and miss as to the shots you may get. Just like humans they blink and move their heads just as you press the shutter button.

Sarah & Faith

The hardest part of the shoot was trying to get a shot of the two horses running together which we did quite a few times. I did get some passable shots but I wasn’t 100% happy with any of them really. They didn’t run at the same speed and sometimes they veered off at different angles so not something you have a lot of control over in an open field.

Ted & Faith on the Run

Last but not least we did some shots of Sarah riding Faith in the manège it seems that they ride around the edge of the area so the fence is always going to appear in the shot.

Sarah & Faith

Although they haven’t made a decision on which photos they want, overall they seem happy with how things went and the shots that they’ve seen.

Composite of Ted & Faith together

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