I meet in person with all my clients in advance of their equestrian portrait sessions. During that meeting, I always ask clients if they have any questions about their upcoming session. Almost without fail, I get the question, “Do I need help with an equestrian portrait session?” In other words, they want to know if they should bring a friend or family member along in case some extra hands are needed.





Do I Need Help with an Equestrian Portrait Session?



It’s always a good idea to plan on an extra pair of hands for your horse photography session. It is even more helpful if you plan on posing with your horse. 

I do frequently have an assistant with me – though not always. However, she has certain photography-related tasks to do and isn’t always available for holding horses or checking makeup.

I never turn down extra hands. It never hurts to have some extra eyes making sure that manes are smoothed down, noses are clean, drool is wiped away, ears are up, etc.

If your session involves multiple horses, consider bringing a person for each horse. That way each horse has a person to hold them when they aren’t being photographed.

Cowgirl and Horse in yellow field

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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