Finding the best time

There are several factors to consider when scheduling an equine photo shoot. Key considerations include the purpose of the session, the time of year, and the time of day.

The purpose of the session can significantly influence its timing. For example, if you want to capturing the enchanting innocence and curiosity of a new foal, time is of the essence. You wouldn't want to wait too long and miss these precious early moments. Equally, if you're commemorating a beloved equine friend before saying goodbye, don't wait too long. While you want to cherish their memory forever, it's important your horse still has enough energy to participate comfortably in the session. Alternatively, your photo shoot might be a celebration of a successful show season, a self-indulgence, or an opportunity to create heartfelt Christmas cards for loved ones. These circumstances grant more flexibility in timing.

The time of year is another key aspect. I predominantly photograph horses from March to October when they are without their winter coats and look the most smart. During the winter months, my focus shifts to 'end of life' sessions, special winter sessions, as well as some regular sessions with fully clipped horses. Apart from these specific instances, the rest of the year doesn't really matter.

However, one factor that's crucial across all scenarios is the time of day. Optimal lighting conditions can make the difference between a good photograph and a great one. To achieve the best results, I schedule sessions a couple of hours after sunrise or before sunset. This time frame avoids the harsh, unflattering shadows that midday light can cast on your face.

In conclusion, when it comes to scheduling an equine photo shoot, there is no reason to wait. Regardless of your purpose or the time of year, capturing your horse's charm and grace is always worthwhile.

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