on location in marbury park for a Horse and rider photo shoot

This weekend my ‘How to Prepare for a Photo Shoot’ blog series is taking you on a little adventure to find the perfect photo shoot location for YOUR session! There are a few things to weigh up with this, a big one obviously being where is going to look amazing but the other major consideration is how your horse or horses are going to behave in that environment…..! Most shoots happen at my client’s homes or

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a portrait of a grey horse

Following on from the past few weekends blogs I have blog #3 in the series for you today! It’s all about how to prepare your horse for a photo shoot! Although there will probably be less panic over this than preparing yourself I still thought it was an important topic to cover for your preparations for a photo shoot! Whether you own a dressage diva or a hairy little pony they all deserve to shine their

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a woman in an evening dress with her horse

In Blog #2 of my ‘How to Prepare for a Photo Shoot Series,’ I’m addressing what to wear for your Photo Shoot….if you’re a human…. What to wear (Horses!) is coming next week! I know this is a big concern for many people when booking a photo shoot but with a little thought about the look you would like to achieve throughout your shoot, a bit of preparation and maybe a teeny bit of courage

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hair and make up in a stable block

It’s finally the end of January and before we know it the year will be whizzing past us! Over the next few weeks I am going to be running a blog series all about how to prepare for a photo shoot. I thought it would be a good time of the year to run this series as my diary like most other Horse Photographers is steadily filling up as the evenings begin to lengthen and I

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horse and rider photo shoot cheshire

Well here it is, the very last day of Christmas and definitely time to take the tree down! I hope you have enjoyed the blog series so far and it gives me great pleasure to announce Caitlin’s Horse and Rider Portrait Shoot as the final in my favourites of 2016 blog series! There are so many shoots which could also have featured but everyone who had a shoot with me last year is about to

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woman with horse

Christmas is so very nearly over for another year but today on the 11th day of it I am delighted to share with you Chrissy’s equine portrait shoot from last July! I spent a great evening down with Chrissy and her mother and son duo just outside Chester on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year in the North West! In fact it’s been warming this afternoon just looking

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a horse and rider on a photo shoot in merseyside

It’s officially the 10th day of Christmas today and it definitely feels like the festivities are coming to an end….almost time to take the tree down! I am delighted though to share another of my favourite shoots from Autumn 2016. This time it’s Melanie & Jack’s Remember Me Photo Shoot. Part of this shoot was shot at the beginning of September and then due to some slightly unpleasant weather moving in faster than expected the second half

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Mother, daughter and horse photo shoot

Well we’re creeping nearer to the official end of Christmas and I’m guessing lots of you are heading back to work tomorrow which definitely marks some sort of end to the festivities sadly! There are however another 3 blogs to come over the next 3 days as I pick my last few favourite equine photo shoots from 2016! Today on the 9th day of Christmas it is my pleasure to share with you some images

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a sisters photo shoot with their ponies

Firstly I would like to say a huge and very Happy New Year to everyone and hope you all managed to bring it in in style (whatever yours may be!) Mine has involved lots of home made Vietnamese food, bubbly (obviously!), the pub and then some good cycling today! A pretty perfect if low key way to finish off a very busy year and welcome in 2017! Not a horse in sight sadly but I’m sure that will

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I hope everyone has something cold and bubbly chilling in the fridge at this stage in anticipation for the imminent countdown to 2017! Although being honest I’m not the biggest fan of all the hype that surrounds the night itself but I do like the feeling of some fresh beginnings and the excitement of what 2017 could bring! This is partly why I am doing this blog and saying thank you to all of my

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Ok so I know I’ve cheated a little here but there are so many photo shoots from last year that were absolute crackers that I had to sneak another one in somehow! I had such a fun morning with Becky and Ellie last May that I absolutely had to include their shoots in my ‘Favourites from 2016!’ Becky first contacted me back in the spring of 2015 and booked a shoot in for herself and

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Georgie's Horse and Rider Photo Shoot Cheshire

Well the Christmas leftovers are well and truly gone and I for one am feeling somewhat recovered from the indulgences (despite still having half of Belgium to get through in Chocolate!) It is officially the 5th day of Christmas today and I am very excited to share Georgie’s fabulous horse and rider photo shoot from last summer with you on my blog today! This also means that Georgie will be receiving a little belated Christmas pressie

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Kate's Family & Animals Photo Shoot

Today it has been a pleasure to look back through Kate’s Family & Animals Photo Shoot from the end of August this year and pick out some of my favourites! I met Kate back at the Cheshire County Show last summer where she booked me to come out and photograph her and her husband, their three gorgeous children, 4 horses and 2 dogs! It was quite a collection! After a couple of failed attempts due

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Horse Studio Photo Shoot

Today, the third day of Christmas I am delighted to announce that Stephanie & Carol’s horses studio shoot from last  summer has been picked as the next in the series of favourites from 2016! Working in a studio with horses is quite a different set up to how I normally work which is either out on location or in the doorway to a barn or stable in order to achieve the black background portraits. It

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Three sisters and their ponies on a kids & ponies photo shoot

I hope everyone had fantastic Christmas days yesterday and are feeling suitably full of turkey, christmas pudding and sprouts today! I am delighted that Lucy’s three girls Daisy, Lily & Fleur’s ‘Kids & Ponies Photo Shoot’ from back in June of this year is the second to be chosen as a favourite from 2016! The three girls were an absolute delight to work with and despite a slightly damp start to the shoot the weather

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Lucy & Shaaney // Horse and Rider Portrait Shoot // Delamere Forest // October 2016. On the first day of Christmas, CHRISTMAS DAY itself I am delighted to announce that Lucy and Shaaney’s portrait shoot from October this year is the first to be featured as part of my ‘Favourite shoots of 2016’ series! This is a series of blogs which I will be rolling out over the next 12 days to celebrate some of

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A photo shoot in Cheshire with Katie and her Dutch Warmblood Mare

I’m having to travel all the way back to May for this blog post, a whole 4 months ago! What a summer it’s been, not the most ideal weather wise at times I’ll admit but a fantastic one nonetheless with so many wonderful clients, gorgeous horses and fun and beautiful shoots! Katie’s photo shoot with her warmblood Dressage mare was no exception! It was courtesy of the fab Cooke Coach Builders who ran a competition last

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As today, the 19th of August is World Photography Day I thought I would take the time to have a browse through my work from the past few years and choose some of my favourites! It’s been a difficult task I have to admit not to bombard you with hundreds of photographs! There is a complete mixture of photographs here from ones which have won awards for me to ones which represent certain stages of

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horse in a photo studio

I embarked on a new and exciting project earlier this year with the investment in a set of studio lights (as if photographing horses wasn’t interesting enough in the first place….!) and I absolutely love the results! With a great deal of experience working with studio lighting in a ‘human’ studio and having working with horses on film sets with lighting and filled with a lot of creative inspiration I was keen to get my first

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North Wales Wedding Photography

Back in August 2015 I met Claire and Ian and their three adorable children at The Denbigh & Flint Country Show in North Wales. Perhaps not the most likely of places to meet potential Wedding clients but a good place nonetheless! I was delighted when Claire called me and asked if I could shoot their Wedding the following June and we arranged a gorgeous Spring Engagement/Family shoot on Ian’s families farm. You can see more

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Jess with both of her horses

Way back in April of this year (although it was the last day of April so I’m almost into May’s shoots!) I spent a wonderful evening on a photo shoot with the gorgeous Jess and her two fabulous eventers Dotty and Kenya. Jess was a lucky winner of the ‘Portrait Shoot of the Year’ competition that I ran on my facebook page back in February of this year and it was an absolute joy to photograph

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at liberty horse photo shoot

Photographing horses comes with it’s many challenges and obviously depends on the character of the individual horse but photographing dogs is a challenge on a whole different level! When I first spoke to Annette she was trying to decide which of her 4 girls she wanted to use her At Liberty shoot that she won through the ‘Portrait Shoot of the Year’ competition which I ran on my facebook page in February of this year.  Having

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engaged couple by lavender in calderstones park, liverpool

I had the unusual situation a couple of weeks ago of having a photo shoot that didn’t involve any animals whatsoever! It felt rather strange and unusually straight forward! Even with my Wedding couples who haven’t ridden their homebred horse to the church or had their eventers feature in the Engagement shoot I’ve nearly always had animals crashing the party in one form or another. Another of my completely non Equestrian couples last Spring found the

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Way back when (in March!) I had the pleasure of photographing Caroline and her very handsome steed Troy in the stunning Cotswolds countryside. It was a bit of a juggling act arranging the portrait shoot as we were completely at the mercy of storm Katie who was doing her best to wreck havoc! We had to abandon the first attempt as I was on my way past the Cotswolds heading south for Easter Sunday but managed to

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pug on a log

It’s not often that I have the luxury of going just 5 minutes down to the road to a Portrait Shoot but last month I had just that luxury when photographing the adorable Arne the Pug in Sefton Park in Liverpool. I had such a fun morning photographing the little cutie on an ‘At Liberty’ Dog Photo Shoot! I’m so used to photographing much larger animals (even the dogs that I photograph are usually considerably

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I had the pleasure of paying a visit to Amy and her gorgeous Welsh pony Phoebe last month on the very edge of the Shropshire Hills for an Equine Portrait Shoot. Amy was a lucky prize draw winner from the ‘Portrait Shoot of the Year’ competition that I ran on my facebook page back in February and I was delighted to hear when we first spoke that she never usually wins competitions as it’s always

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A woman and her horse

The Easter bank holiday got off to a particularly positive start for me as I thought I’d pop into my local sorting office before hitting the road down South for a weekend of both work and family celebrations. I seem to have a constant stream of deliveries and am well known (sadly!) in both my local post and sorting office. On this occasion though I really couldn’t think what I had recently ordered or could be waiting

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It is always a fantastic day going out with the Cheshire Bloodhounds and the closing meet of the season at the Cheshire Showgrounds on Sunday was no exception! If nothing else I came away from the day with a whole new appreciation for being alive thanks to Charles Finney and his quad driving antics! It was aside from that a hugely fun day and I hope I’m right in assuming that everyone else had a pretty rewarding

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A portrait of Emily Bradshaw and Alfie

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Emily Bradshaw and her very handsome (not to mention talented) steed Alfie last month. It was just days before they both jetted off to Holland where they will be for the time being training and working hard. The Portrait shoot took place on their yard ‘Backwood Farm’ on the Wirral on if I’m being honest here not the warmest day in February!  In fact there was quite a lot of snow

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Walking with a horse and a dog

With the vast majority of my human Portrait subjects being female (I haven’t been keeping track of the animal gender stats!) it makes for an interesting change to be booked to photograph a man and his animals! Sharon got in touch with me before Christmas to buy a Portrait shoot Christmas gift voucher for her husband Huw and as with some early Spring shoots a slight degree of flexibility was required to work around the somewhat moody weather of the

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Engagement shoots are such a wonderful time to get to know a couple before it comes to photographing their big day where the last thing they need to be worrying about is how they’re going to feel in front of the camera. So when Claire and Ian booked me last year after meeting me at the Denbigh & Flint County Show to photograph their Wedding this coming summer and I saw their 3 gorgeous little

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2015 has seen me bravely entering the world of ‘the trade stands!’ which to be completely honest has been a slightly daunting prospect! With the Warrington Horse Show in May and the Cheshire County show last week it has involved a lot of planning, a fair bit of last minute photo framing, quite a few thank you’s to printing labs for turning prints around quicker than usual and to friends for then saving me several trips to Manchester

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Bonnie and Toms Wedding is certainly one I am looking forward to this year and if their engagement session was anything to go by I’m pretty sure it’s going to be an action packed day full of laughter and the odd animal! The evening of their engagement shoot was absolutely gorgeous (if a tad chilly!) and the locations on their farm simply perfect for a relaxed, fun and gorgeous shoot!

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Raincoat, check, sun creme, check, good walking boots, check, t-shirt, check, thermals, check, camera bag, check! I love the outdoors and I love spending so much of my working life embracing it but you just don’t know where you stand at this time of the year! Preparation for all and any eventualities is key I believe!! So with half of my wardrobe packed & emergency supplies to last about a week it was off to Kelsall Hill

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In our pre living together/home owning/feeling very old days my boyfriend and Kieran were housemates in a very quirky (possibly the less said the better!) house just off the delightful Lark Lane in Liverpool. So having known Kieran & Katie for quite a few years it was an honour to be asked last Autumn to photograph their wedding this coming August.

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All season I’ve been looking at the diary and trying to tie in a Sunday out with the Cheshire Bloodhounds but without much luck and before I knew it, it was the closing meet for the season! Luckily my diary conceded this one to me and so I bundled myself off down to Cheshire, camera in hand and ready for another slice of the action. It had been a while having only been out with

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I know I’m a little bit behind the times but seriously where did January go??? It is increasingly and controversially one of my favourite months of the year as it’s so long and doesn’t usually run away with you but this year was an exception to that rule! Before we know it it will be June and then Christmas all over again….

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