During my pre-session consultations with clients, I am frequently asked exactly how long does a horse photoshoot take? The answer is that it depends. Mostly on the horse being photographed. After all, horses have personalities and moods just like people do. However, there are a few other factors to consider.

Cowgirl and two horses in green field


How Long Does a Horse Photoshoot Take?


I have had sessions that have lasted 30 minutes and others that have lasted 3 hours.

Honestly, the length of time for a horse photography session just depends on several factors.

First, we have to consider the mood and personality of the horse being photographed. Just like people, horses have off days and bad moods. Frequently we can jolly them right out of those bad moods but it does take a little time.

Secondly, I have to consider what I am trying to achieve with the session. For example, if I am shooting for one specific image, like a statement piece to go over a mantel or couch, I might be finished sooner than if I am shooting for a 10-piece wall collage or a 20-page custom album. If we are shooting just the horse for some fine art pieces or we are doing a portrait session of the equestrian and the horse with multiple outfit changes.

Third, how many horses are involved in the portrait session? Each horse added adds additional time to the session.

And lastly, what does the client really want to see in their images? For example, is the client looking for natural images of their horses grazing in the fields or running at liberty? Do they want black background formal portraits? Some of these require more time to set up and shoot than others.

I specifically do not schedule sessions back-to-back as I do not want to rush an animal. Just like people, sometimes it takes a while for the animal to warm up to the idea of posing.

I am also a firm believer in catching more flies with honey than vinegar. There is a lot of sweet-talking, horsey kisses, treats, and scratches. After all, this is their day to be a star, we want them to enjoy the experience.


Cowboy, Dog and Horse on Black Background Portrait


Got more Questions?


If you have more questions about horse photoshoots, make sure to check out our other blog posts including:

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

Questions to Ask a Horse Photographer BEFORE Booking (FREE GUIDE INCLUDED)

Can we Have a Horse Photoshoot in the Rain?

Do I need Professional Photography to Sell My Horse?

Why you Should Take Professional Pictures with your Horse




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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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