One of the most common questions I get asked is what to expect during an equestrian or horse photography session. If you have reached out to Ride the Sky Equine Photography or are considering it, it is most likely because you really like the idea of creating some beautiful and unique keepsakes of the horses you love and the bond you share with them.
It’s possible that maybe you haven’t reached out because you aren’t sure what all is involved in the process.
Do I have to pose? Do I have to be in the images at all? What if there is no place at my barn to have a photography session?
Or perhaps, you are getting anxious and biting your nails at the thought of choosing your custom pieces. How will you know what you want? What if there are too many choices? How will you ever decide? This is stressful, right?
While there are several different types of sessions – such as at liberty, horse and rider, black background, and stylized, the way I approach each session remains the same.
Hopefully, this post will answer a lot of your questions and make you feel more comfortable with the process overall.
What to Expect Before your Horse Photography Session
First of all, sessions are designed to be a fun and stress-free experience for you. I’ve worked very hard to make it so.
Secondly, by nature, I’m a laid-back, happy-go-lucky kind of person. I’ve always got a smile or a laugh on my face and the fact is, you will too.
So, you’ve reached out. You’re interested in a session. What happens next?
The first part of the process is our consultation. I provide a complimentary, in-person consultation prior to all session bookings.
During this time, usually about 30 minutes, we will go over questions you may have, plan your session, look over the location, and compare calendars to get your session scheduled.
What to Expect the Day of your Horse Photography Session
As my goal with any shoot is to capture the unbreakable bond between you and your horse, the emotions you feel for each other, and the impact that they have on your life, the day of your session is clearly going to be all about YOU and YOUR HORSE.
Any worry is on me, the photographer.
Worried about your horse’s behavior? Don’t be. That’s on me to capture images of your horse in a way your horse feels comfortable.
Stressed about what to wear? Don’t be. We’ll go over that before the session.
Concerned about being in front of the camera? Don’t be. So many tricks up my sleeve to keep you happy and relaxed. You’ll be having so much fun you will forget the camera is even there.
Apprehensive about how to pose? Don’t be. No one expects you to know what to do. As a photographer, it’s my job to guide you.
We will find a way to capture the images that you want in a relaxed and enjoyable way. With decades of experience with horses, and years of photography education, we will make sure that you and your horse are looking your best throughout your entire session.
What to Expect After your Horse Photography Session
After your session is completed, we will schedule your viewing and ordering appointment.
During this appointment, you will see your images and we will work together to design custom art products that suit you.
With a slew of options to chose from, there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s style, budget, lifestyle, and home or stable.
The goal is for you to end up with classical, timeless, and treasured keepsakes of your special horse, the bond you have, and the time you spent together.
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