Tips for Your Photo Shoot

Here’s some tips that will help make your session its very best…

Conformation, Portraits & Candid…
No matter what type of shot you’d like to capture, it will look it’s best when the subject looks his or her best. So…

Proper Grooming will ensure that a horse looks its best in pictures. Consider grooming the animal the day before. Some horses have a limited amount of patience, and extensive grooming on the day of may leave the animal with little patience left once photographing begins.

• In the warmer months it’s a good idea to have fly spray on hand. This will keep the animal’s tail from constantly swishing, and add sheen to the coat.

• If the day is windy, consider braiding the mane or tail. This will help keep them in place and add an attractive element to the photograph.

Find a good background…Locate a part of your property that will make for an attractive background. Avoid areas with clutter, highly-trafficked roads or power lines. A flat location is often best, but a slight rise is OK too. In this case the horse should stand facing uphill.

• If the animal is to stand on grass, mow the area so that the height of the grass will not cover the horse’s hooves. Also keep in mind that posing on grass may add to the duration of a session, as horses love nothing more than eating grass.

• Use a halter and lead line that is simple and complimentary to the horse’s color.

Notice the track of the sun… Most shots will be taken outdoors and the track of the sun is always important. You never want to shoot into the sun, unless a silhouette is the goal. The ideal position is to have the horse pointed toward the north or south, so that when it turns its head he/she will be looking toward the sun.

The best time for photographing…is in the early morning before 10 am, or in the late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky.

• Unless it’s an overcast day midday shooting is not recommended. When the sun is directly overhead horses  look heavier than they really are, and the images will have too much contrast and tend to look flat. On overcast days the clouds will disperse light evenly and good results are possible.

• It is not recommended to take shots around the time a horse is normally fed. Interrupting feeding schedules can make horses anxious and uncooperative.

Good grooming, an attractive background, and photographing at the right time of day are all elements that when combined provide for excellent results.