Get them ready for the show

Commissioning art portraits of your horse is an investment, and to make sure that you get the best out of your photos starts with the preparations. I recommend that you think of it as going to a show, and prepare them accordingly.


The most important thing is that your horse is clean - you want it to sparkle from head to hoof. The best thing is to give them a bath the day before your session, and before I arrive at your yard, give them a very thourough groom.

It is up to you if you want your horse's mane plaited or not. For the art portraits, I think a plaited mane looks really nice but it is not required - and if we are having a more casual session where the relationship between you and your horse is in focus, a loose mane is more appropriate. If you're not used to plaiting, it's probably better not to, and we will capture your horse's natural beauty.

If you are not sure what you should do when it comes to the turnout of your horse, I'm always happy to advise, so just ask.


After spending all that time getting your horse ready, don't forget about your tack. You might think it's a small detail, but I can promise you that dirty tack will stand out in a photo where everything else is beautiful and polished.

My recommendations is to have a black or brown leather bridle and head collar, plain or blingy is up to you and your taste. If you don't have a leather head collar, it is fine witha smart head colalr in neutral colours like black, brown, olive/dark green or navy - the same goes for leadropes. We probably won't use your saddle, but just in case, clean it as well and when you clean your bridle, don't forget the bit!

Most of the times, I photograph horses in just a bridle or head collar, but if you are a dressage rider and want to bandage your horse's legs, that's absolutley fine.


If your horse tends to be excitable and normally doesn't want to stand still, consider either exercising them or turn them out a bit before your session. Some exercise can take the edge off and make the experience more enjoyable for them. The happier and more comfortable your horse is, the better they will perform in front of the camera.

Ultimately, the preparation for a photo session is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your horse and ensure they look their best. So enjoy the process and get ready for some fantastic, memorable portraits!

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