Planning your equestrian portrait photoshoot

Portrait shoots are designed to work around you and your horses. Once a date is confirmed, we can plan exactly what you would like to take away as memories. Whether that's by phone or email, bringing your ideas to life really sets up a great session. We can talk through the venue which can simply be where your horse is kept or at a different location, maybe some local woods or the beach. Just as important is what to wear, how to get the best from your horse, photographing more than one horse, and even if you're looking to include your dog or children etc.

Outlined below are some helpful points:

1. Shoot Costs - I often spend up two hours with your and your horse and am happy to travel within a 30 mile radius of Petersfield (thereafter I will add 45p per mile to your invoice). The standard session fee is £75.00. I also offer an in hand, one horse 45 minute 'quick shoot' for £50. These fees are payable in advance by bank transfer and non-refundable. Thereafter three image options are available:

  • Gold - £150.00, to give 50 images on a USB, plus two 10 x 8, two 8 x 6 and five 6 x 4 prints
  • Silver - £100.00, to give 25 images on a USB, plus two 10 x 8 prints
  • Bronze - £75.00 to give 5 digital images, plus one 10 x 8 print

2. Images - I take around 200-300 photos, from which a selection will be edited and of the best uploaded to a personal gallery and password protected for you to view at your leisure. I aim to get an initial review within 10 to 14 days. There are numerous print options available in addition to the packages above.

3. Date/Time/Weather changes - As ever with the English weather, it can be difficult to guarantee it won't be raining. Ahead of the day, I will get in touch to confirm exact timing and venue. If you think you need to change these, do not leave it to the last minute as I often have more than one shoot on the same date.  If the weather looks as though it's going to work against us, we can reschedule.  Likewise if you get to your horse and discover it's ill or lame, let me know immediately.  These things do happen, but as much advance notice as possible is helpful.

4. Turnout - It's important to look smart and that goes for your horse and tack as well as you. There's no need to be in breeches if you don't want to be, but be you as that is what will make you most relaxed. Think ahead a bit as to whether you want to be photographed riding/jumping/bareback etc so we have a plan in advance.  If you want to plait your horse, feel free to do so; it'll look really smart in the photos. Likewise if you want to have a change of clothes, feel free to do so, but think about what you want to wear and if it will go with the setting, the colour of your horse etc.  You don't want to be lost in the photos. Be aware that a decision to ride bareback or without a protective helmet is done at your own risk.

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions - [email protected]