The most important preparation is to wash your horse thoroughly and clean any tack prior to your session. Small cuts and scrapes on your horse can easily be removed in photoshop, but mud, dirt or a dusty coat cannot!
Plaiting and hoof polish is optional but recommended for Fine Art sessions as it will provide an elegant, polished look. Neither are necessary for outdoor lifestyle photographs where the most important thing is the relationship and connection.
A comprehensive Client Guide that covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your session for you and your horse will be sent to you when you book.
Don’t worry we will still get lovely photos.
If your horse is high strung or spooky, it’s a good idea to do some groundwork in the days leading up to your session so that your horse will stand still by your side for just a few seconds at a time.
If your horse is stabled, riding, lunging or paddock exercise several hours before the session is also recommended.
Other than your horse and yourself, it is a really good idea to have a friend on hand to help get your horse’s attention especially to hold them if you are including more than one in your session.
A nice leather halter or clean show quality bridle is highly recommended for your horse’s portraits.
I allow time in my calendar each month in case the weather is bad and we need to reschedule your session.
Absolutely! I frequently photograph dogs (plus I have 5 border collies of my own) and also livestock such as cattle, sheep and goats for my private and commercial clients.
I have been a child and family portrait photographer for many years and continue to offer these services, particularly to rural and equestrian families where the main focus is their shared love of horses and equestrian activities.
No you don’t, but you certainly will want too when you see the beautiful photographs from your session.
Ready to frame prints start at $185, albums and collections range from $740 – $2495. Most clients budget for $650 to $3000 for a custom artwork and digital collection that perfectly suits their needs. Take home layby’s and credit card payments are available for your convenience.
I am based in Boyup Brook in the south west and Popanyinning in the Wheatbelt and travel regularly to private and commercial photography clients throughout Western Australia.
The session fee includes travel to Perth, Bunbury, Boyanup, Donnybrook, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Pemberton, Collie, Darkan, Kojonup, Katanning, Mt Barker, Albany,Williams, Boddington, Narrogin, Cuballing, Pingelly, Brookton, York and surrounding rural communities.
Australia and worldwide travel is also available.
This is the one question I get asked the most! The short answer is whatever you are comfortable wearing, however once you book your session I will send you my comprehensive client guides that contain everything you need to know about preparing for your session which includes What to Wear, styling advice and everything else you need to know so you get the most out of your session.
I will also go over all the details and answer any questions over the phone during your Planning Consultation before your session.
Believe it or not, the majority of my clients ask this question!
Of course you don’t ‘have’ to be in the photos, but I really encourage you to be in at least a few of them, after all, these photos are about your special relationship and the beautiful bond you share!
I have many years experience helping people to relax, have fun and look their best in front of the camera. I will gently guide you through the session and encourage interactions with your horse that are authentic and natural to you.
Premium weekend vacancies book out 4-8 weeks in advance depending on the time of year.
Weekday sessions including commercial projects can usually be booked in 2-3 weeks depending on your location. To secure your preferred session date it is recommended you book and pay the session retainer as soon as possible.
Natural Light Outdoor Sessions: The most beautiful golden light occurs in the last 1.5 hours before sunset. This is known as the ‘golden hour’ and is when I prefer to schedule outdoor sessions.
The light is also beautiful in the first 1.5 hours after sunrise.
Black Background sessions: Can be scheduled at any time if full shade from a shed, stable or covered arena is available
There is flexibility in timing if we are using portable studio lighting, depending on location and what you want your final photographs to look like, we will discuss this in detail when we plan the details of your session.
The final number of images will vary depending on the type of session, number of subjects, subject co-operation on the day and other factors.
Outdoor lifestyle sessions usually have 60-80 final images to choose from.
Studio black background sessions have a limited number of poses so usually have 10-20 final photographs per horse to create your artwork order from.