A Few Tips on Photographing Your Horse
A lot of you have asked me the best way to get those great photos of your horse so I thought I’d give you a few basic pointers to hopefully help you when the opportunity arises.
When photographing your horse there are several things to keep in mind and you can get great photos of them. Whether it be to advertise a horse for sale, or just for your own enjoyment, these points will help you get the results you want.
Position your horse to where his profile is in direct light. Don’t try to get in too close and use your lens open at a wide angle. This distorts the horse’s body parts nearest to you. The best lens distance is 100m or more. Back off to about 30 feet and then you can zoom in. This is best even if you don’t have a zoom. And you will have extra room around the horse for framing, or cropping.
Make sure your horse is standing with all their fee visible. This also gives them balance. Look at the background. Lots of times just stooping lower to take the shot will give you a much better picture by eliminating unwanted objects from the frame.
Your horse’s expression is very important and we love the pictures with the ears up and alert. It’s best to have someone “get ears” for you. You can do this with a piece of crinkly paper, (like a peppermint rapper) or grass thrown in the air, or a quick noise. DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE TACTICS MORE THAN 2 TIMES!!! Horses (and other pets) become desensitized to sudden noises quickly and will ignore your pleas for that special pose.
When you go for a close up headshot don’t face your horse into the sun. They are just like us and don’t like the sun in their eyes. (And that makes it much harder to get their ears ) Again, don’t get too close. Their head will look distorted.
Wait until your horse is relaxed…. No ringing of the tail, bobbing of his head. Don’t get in a hurry.
Then, as we all know, some of the best photos are unexpected!
Have fun with it. With digital you can shoot all your want till you get that shot that’s best.
And, if all else fails,…… Call me!
I recently had the pleasure of photography my friend’s family. That in itself is not a significant event. But the fact that it was a duplication of a session of 10 years ago is. My friend has a 1972 totally restored Corvette. I was allowed to use it in my sessions with seniors. (Which certainly made a good prop!) Over the years, the Corvette has come to memorialize her late husband.
The family 10 years ago.
And as you can see below, the family has grown, but the Corvette is still a big part!
Now the children and grandchildren love cruising around in this classic! It was an honor to capture these moments for them. Maybe I’ll repeat the process in another 10 yrs!
Nothing is more rewarding than to capture images of my clients for their special someone. Julie is a friend as well as client that I’m fortunate enough to photograph yearly, and sometimes more. She and her husband have a ranch in Fulshear where they ride and train team sorting/penning and cutting horses.
This year she has commissioned me to do an art piece from some of the images I captured back in October on her ladies ride. Of course these here are the only ones I can share at this point, since the others are a Christmas surprise!
Stay tuned, I’ll debut the final product right after Christmas. And by then I’ll be working on that Valentine’s piece we’re planning!
Janet Kendall and Donna Schilling have been together for 10 years living their dream. Janet runs her own specialty moving business, staging model homes, traveling all over the state. Donna, a retired Houston Police officer, now spends her time running the ranch.
They raise cattle, horses and miniature Australian Shepherds.
At any time you’ll see colts, calves and puppies lounging around during these warm days.
< Their goal is to raise and produce all the feed to sustain their cattle business.. Although no longer in the show arena, the horses are used to work the cattle.
A few select mare’s are bred to the ranch stallion, Rock’s Top Gun, (or Gunner) who has retired from the show ring.
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