Below are some of the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Ride the Sky Equine Photography.

Have a question that isn’t listed below? Send me a message and I’ll get right back to you!


FAQs #1: Where is Ride the Sky Equine Photography located?


Ride the Sky Equine Photography is based in the southeastern Tennessee area. I photograph throughout east and middle Tennessee including the cities of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Crossville, and Athens.

And, since I am on the border to Georgia, I also photograph in the north Georgia area including Ringgold, Dalton, Rome, and Athens. I can also be found in Alabama occasionally. Particularly around areas such as Ider and Huntsville, Alabama.

Throughout the year, I also make trips to various parts of the United States for select equine and equestrian projects.

If you aren’t located in those areas mentioned above but would like to know when I might be near you, join the herd or send an email.


FAQs #2: What do I wear? How should I prepare for my session?


First of all, don’t worry! Your photography experience with Ride the Sky Equine Photography is designed to be a fun and hassle-free experience for you and your horse!

Once your session is scheduled, you and I will spend some time planning out your session. During our consultation, you will receive your Welcome Kit jam-packed full of good information about things like this.

We will figure out everything including how to prepare both you and your horse so that we can have a very fun, laughter-filled, incredible time together making rich, emotional images that you are going to love for a lifetime. No worries!

But, if you like to read, you can check out these blog posts for some tips!

How do I plan my outfit for an equestrian portrait session

Makeup tips for equestrian portrait sessions

You can also always head over to the Ride the Sky Pinterest Boards for more inspiration.



Allyssa Rennebu, Mustang Liberty and Trick Trainer, standing with her BLM Mustang Horse, Raven in Manchester Tennessee



FAQs #3: Where do horse photography sessions take place?


Most of my equestrian sessions take place where the horse lives and where he or she is most comfortable.

But, that is not to say that we can’t mix it up! If you have something in mind, we can probably make it happen. It’s always an option to trailer somewhere else.

However, if you are wanting to relocate just because of a “lack of beauty” at your horse’s current location, don’t! You will be amazed at the beauty we can find and create together.



FAQs #4: I want to have a Photography Session with Ride the Sky Equine Photography. How far in advance do you book?



In order to offer exceptional personal service to my portrait clients, I only offer a limited amount of private equine portrait sessions per month and often book up 5-6 months in advance.

For those individuals interested in private equine portrait sessions, it is best to reach out as soon as possible in order to have the best opportunity to work together during your favorite season of the year.

In addition, it is important to note that fall is the busiest time of year for me as a horse photographer.  Everyone loves those fall colors!

If you are interested in booking a photography session specifically for the fall season, please don’t wait to get on the calendar. In fact, here’s a blog post about 7 reasons why you should book your fall equestrian portrait session in the spring.

I do offer some other special opportunities throughout the year that are specialized.

However, due to the high demand for these events, these opportunities are not announced via social media. They are only available to members of the Ride the Sky Herd which you can join here or on the bottom of every page of the website. 




Girl and Friesian Horse in Fall


FAQs #5: My horse is really sick. Is it too late for pictures with him?


Losing a beloved animal is a traumatic experience for all involved. I am so sorry that you are going through this difficult time.

For those individuals who have a terminally ill horse, I will do my best to accommodate immediate and urgent needs.

You can reach out regarding your specific situation relating to your terminally ill horse here.



FAQs #6: What happens if my horse misbehaves or won’t stand still?


Although this is a common worry among horse owners, it really isn’t something you need to worry about at all.

Having been around horses my whole life, and being a professional horse photographer for many years, I am experienced working with many different breeds and temperaments of horses – from hot stallions to feisty mares to the most chill of geldings.

With patience and flexibility, you will be sure to get images that you will love no matter how goofy your horse is being!

But, if you want a little more in-depth answer, check out these blog posts of common questions I get asked:

What if my horse won’t behave during his photoshoot?

Should I band or braid my horse for his photoshoot?

Should I clip my horse for his photoshoot?



Black Background Portrait of Paint Horse and Quarter Horse in Western Tack



FAQs #7: What if I don’t want to be in the photographs?


I photograph a lot of horses by themselves including headshots and liberty shots in the field.

Even if you are camera shy though, I always recommend that you at least consider being in some of the images with your horse.

After all, you two share quite the bond. And, that, my friend, is worth celebrating and cherishing.



FAQs #8: What types of payments do you accept?


I accept cash, check, or credit card payments. I do also offer short-term payment plans for select clients.






FAQs #9: Is equestrian and equine photography all you do?


No! As a matter of fact, I also photograph pets – though it’s probably about 75% horses and 25% pets.

Ride the Sky started as a purely equestrian and horse photography business but over the years has expanded to include pet photography in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.

I only take images with animals though. So, I won’t shoot your wedding but I would be happy to do a photography session of you in your wedding dress with your horse or pet.

I don’t photography families by themselves but throw in your horses and dogs and I’m your girl!



FAQs #10: Can I have my senior pictures taken with my horse?



In fact, Ride the Sky specializes in Equestrian Senior Portraits!

To learn more, I suggest you take a look at this post: The Ultimate Guide to Equestrian Senior Pictures in Chattanooga, TN.

You can also click here to learn more about getting your senior pictures taken with your horse.


More FAQs


I hope you have enjoyed this post of FAQs about Ride the Sky Equine Photography.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out and ask! You can reach me here or leave a message in the comments.

You can also check out this page of FAQs on the Ride the Sky Equine Photography website that has even more questions and answers.

Betsy Bird of Ride the Sky Equine Photography spends her days doing insane things to make horses look at her. Clearly, she’s desperate for attention. When she’s not celebrating the stories of the amazing horses in her clients’ lives, she invests time and energy into perfecting her equine photography skills and growing her business, hanging with her favorite rescue dog, Nitro, and planning her next big adventure. She also tries to spend some time educating and entertaining her fans and potential clients by blogging and posting on social media about whatever catches her fancy at the moment. 

Betsy is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The CPP designation is held by fewer than 2,000 photographers nationwide and is a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry, and professionalism. Ride the Sky specializes in on-location photography for equines. Ride the Sky also has the option of bringing the studio to the stable. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Ride the Sky Equine Photography works on location in Tennessee, North Georgia, and beyond.

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