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  • Writer's pictureAshley Chapman

Most Common Questions for Equine Photography Sessions

Equine photography is a beautiful and intricate art form that captures the majestic beauty of horses and their unique bond with humans. As a professional photographer specializing in equine sessions, I often encounter a range of questions from clients who are eager to capture these special moments. Here are the eight most frequently asked questions and their answers to help you prepare for your equine photography experience.

1. What is the best time of day for an equine photoshoot?

The golden hours, just after sunrise or before sunset, provide the most flattering natural light for equine photography. The soft, warm tones can enhance the natural beauty of the horses and create a magical atmosphere in the images.

2. How should I prepare my horse for the photoshoot?

Your horse should be well-groomed to bring out its natural shine and beauty. This includes a thorough brushing, mane and tail combing, and cleaning the hooves. It’s also important to ensure your horse is fed prior to the session to avoid any discomfort or upset during their regular feeding time. If you’d like to add any special tack or accessories, have them ready and clean as well. A content and well-prepared horse will contribute to a smooth and enjoyable photography experience.

3. Can I be in the photos with my horse?

Absolutely! Capturing the relationship between you and your horse can add a personal and emotional depth to the photographs. Coordinating outfits with your horse’s tack can create a cohesive look.

4. What if my horse doesn’t behave during the session?

Patience is key in equine photography. I’m experienced in working with horses of all temperaments and will take the time to ensure your horse is comfortable. Treats and breaks can help keep your horse engaged and cooperative. If there is anything in particular you are worried about, such as a section at the venue you really want photos taken and your horse is nervous in that area, it’s a good idea to acclimate your horse to the environment. Take a few days before the shoot to practice taking your horse there. This will help them feel more comfortable on the day of the shoot. For instance, if it is near the stable block and your horse isn’t stabled and used to the area, just take them there and practice some sessions prior to the shoot. This preparation can make a significant difference in how your horse responds during the session.

5. How long does an equine photography session last?

Typically, a session can last between 1-2 hours. This allows enough time to capture a variety of shots and poses without rushing, ensuring a relaxed experience for both you and your horse.

6. What happens if the weather is bad on the day of our shoot?

Weather can be unpredictable, but don’t worry. Overcast days can provide even lighting, and we can reschedule if the conditions are unsuitable for photography. Remember, some of the most dramatic and beautiful shots can come from less-than-perfect weather days.

7. How do we choose the location for the photoshoot?

The location should reflect the personality of your horse and the style you’re aiming for. Whether it’s at your stable, a favorite trail, or a scenic open field, I’ll work with you to select the perfect backdrop for your photos.

8. When will I receive the photos from our session?

After the session, each image is carefully reviewed and professionally edited. You can expect to receive your gallery of images within 2weeks. If you need a few images sooner for a special occasion, let me know, and I’ll do my best to accommodate your request.

I hope these answers help you feel prepared and excited for your equine photography session. Remember, these sessions are all about capturing the essence of your equine companion and the special bond you share. If you have any more questions or are ready to book your session, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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