Hey there! So, last week, I found myself cruising down the road to North Carolina in order to give a presentation at the North Carolina Professional Photographer’s Photo Expo 2023 conference.

They invited me to speak about horse photography.

And, you know me, tell me I have a captive audience and 2 hours to talk about horses and I’m off and running.

I decided that the topic would be “Horse Photography for non-Equine Photographers”.

I wanted to create a bridge between non-equine photographers and the wondrous realm of horse photography.

You see, I get it – not everyone’s well-versed in the language of horses.

So, my talk? It’s all about making sure audience members were armed with the knowledge and confidence to venture into this specialized genre when they have an occasional client wanting to include a horse.

So throughout my 2 hours, I discussed everything from:

  • Considerations when working with horses
  • How to work safely with horses
  • How to achieve captivating poses with horses and their humans
  • What gear to use with horses
  • What to look for when culling a photography session that involves a horse
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A Round of Applause and a Tip of the Hat


Before I sign off, I want to give a heartfelt shout-out to the North Carolina Professional Photographers for inviting me to be part of this fantastic event.

The event was a blast, with insightful questions that kept me on my toes.

But the best part?

Connecting with each photographer, one-on-one, sharing stories, answering questions and concerns, and critiquing images. It’s these moments that truly make this journey unforgettable.


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Ready to Ride? Want to Learn More about Equine Photography?


Now, if you’re feeling that spark, that itch to delve even deeper into the captivating world of horse photography, or if you’re dreaming of having me grace your organization or teach a class, here’s your chance.

Don’t be shy, send me a message, and let’s embark on an exciting equine photography journey together.

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. Outside of acting like a total weirdo, she invests time and energy into growing her business, hanging with her favorite dog, Nitro, dealing with her teenagers’ angst, mentoring photographers, public speaking, and planning her next big wheels-up adventure. Betsy is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The CPP designation is held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and is a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry, and professionalism. Betsy specializes in creating storytelling magic for horse girls of all ages. In other words, she enjoys working with fun-spirited clients who need horse portrait photography, equestrian senior photography, and equestrian brand photography. She even throws in some dogs for variety because what true horse girl doesn’t love a great pup too. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Ride the Sky Equine Photography works on location in Tennessee, North Georgia, and beyond.

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