Black Background Shoots
My black background photographs have become well loved recognised - so much so that the demand for mini sessions specifically for black background shoots arose.. The dramatic studio-like portraits are created using only natural light, along with careful positioning and angling of the horse.
Photographs from the shoot will be edited and displayed online for you to order. There are a variety of different sizes and types or print including: mounted and canvas prints. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.
There are two packages on offer - the Black Background Shoot, or the Fine Art Package. Please see below for the details of each.
Want to make a day of it? If there are 3-10 of you on the same yard, there is a £10 discount per session.
The shoot price must be be paid in full to secure your chosen day. Payment also confirms you are agreeing to the terms and conditions which will be sent to you at the time of booking.
This price covers a 20 mile round trip from Reading; (Berkshire, RG31 6SR) photoshoots outside of this region will be charged additional mileage at 40p a mile.
A BLACK BACKGROUND SHOOT COSTS:
What To Expect
To create the black background portraits I require access to a stable, barn or indoor school. Field shelters may also work, but I will ask questions about the location before the shoot. A building with three sides and a roof is all that's needed. The larger the "opening" on the front of the area the more variety we can add to the portraits. However, a stable usually does the trick! You can read more about the process here.
During the shoot, we will work through a variety of different poses. Some people would just like head and shoulder portraits of their horse, whilst others would also like me to capture some more abstract, or arty poses, allowing their horse to bend, and stretch (with plenty of food bribery!) to create some beautiful pieces of artwork.
Your horse should be clean, well turned out and your preferred choice of tack should also be given a once over ahead of the shoot. There is time during the shoot to swap and change headcollars to bridles, and if your horse is sensible and the location allows, some "naked" shots can also be captured.
It's also particularly helpful to have an extra pair of hands on call during the shoot to get the horses attention. This allows plenty of scope when it comes to positioning and posing the horse, to get the best results. Every colour of horse can be photographed in this style - I've had people worry that their dark bay or black horse won't stand out, I promise they will! In fact, in my opinion, the darker the horse, the more striking the portrait.
I also offer a discount for a multiple booking on the same yard.
Fine Art Package
Over the past few years, my black backgrounds have become a signature style and highly sought after. One of the first shots I'm asked to capture at any shoot, is usually a "black background" portrait.
I've been developing a style that captures not only the character of the horse or pony in front of my lens, but also, a way to create a piece of artwork, slightly different to your typical portrait. A client asked me last year to recreate a similar piece she'd seen in a gallery in America, but she wanted it to be of her own horse. We set to work to produce a beautiful, abstract image of her horse that was printed on to a gorgeous box frame, which now hangs pride of place in her home.
This led me to put together a Fine Art package:
These mini sessions will create a bespoke piece of art, with your horse as the subject. From their soft expression, to the whiskers on their velvet nose, the whorl of hair between their eyes; these shoots are about those tiny details that makes your horse, yours. In addition, the more traditional head shots and portraits will also be taken.
Manipulating the natural light around them to paint a photographic fine art portrait; capturing the form, markings and soul of your horse - capturing not what the camera sees; but what your heart sees.
The shoot includes a 30 minute shoot and a beautiful box-framed print in either: 30" x 30" square, or as a landscape or portrait 40" x 24". You will also receive 5 matt 12x8 prints from your shoot. The cost, excluding travel charges are £310. Extra images are available to purchase too.
I will join you on your favourite dog walk to capture your dog (or dogs!) in a setting they are familiar to; in a range of portrait and un-posed shots as they enjoy their walk.
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Capturing the relationship between horse and owner is my main passion.
Character, personality and admiration shine through each image.