Amy Thompson Art
About: Berkshire Equine Artist and Photographer
Hello, welcome to my website; my name is Rose Lewis and I am a creative, motivated, highly ambitious artist and photographer - who really loves horses! I live in Berkshire with my family and "herd" of animals. Being around horses all of my life means I know what other horse owners love. I “know horses,” it’s not just the owner that needs to look nice in front of the lens, and by reading a horse, you can make a lovely image, become beautiful. I think that’s one of the most crucial things when it comes to photographing horses.
My business began several years ago, initially just offering a pet portrait service, in graphite pencil. Since then my appreciation for all forms of art, including photography has grown. After learning some initial skills in my A-Level photography course, my passion and interest in this field developed. In the Summer of 2014, when my A-Levels were completed, Daydream Equine Art became "Daydream Equine Art and Photography." Photography has been an interest of mine for a number of years; taking photographs of friends and their pets and our own family pets on holiday. I first started to realise my enjoyment of photography through my A-Level photography course. My course covered a variety of subjects and it allowed us to explore photography in a unique way, encouraging us to look at the world and most importantly, light, in a new way. My photographic skills and editing knowledge grew as I began to take photographs, particularly of horses, in my spare time.
Photoshoot with In The Stirrups Magazine at the Household Cavalry Barracks
Worked with Stephie Horrocks to cover Royal Ascot for GBRI
Valegro retired at Olympia and my images were used worldwide, notable in Charlotte Dujardin's "Girl on the Dancing Horse" autobiography
A trip to Holland to photograph international dressage rider Madeline Witte-Vrees
3 year long commission with The Horse Trust to photograph their retired service horses
Several visits to Windsor Castle to photograph the Royal Procession ahead of Royal Ascot
Worked closely for many years with Piaffe who manage many top riders across the UK and abroad including Charlotte Dujardin
Regularly attend the biggest shows in Europe including Olympia
Images used commercially for many notable brands including: Absorbine, Saracens Horse Feed, Back on Track, Flying Changes, Eqclusive, Kingsland and Roeckl.
Published images in national and international magazines
I've been around a variety of animals for as long as I can remember. Often commended for the way I patiently work with each animal I photograph, I don't rush or stress the animal out; if they're not happy with something in particular I will adapt to change the situation. I am a relaxed, sympathetic and calm photographer who takes time to set up each shot and I always keep the animal's interests at the forefront of any photograph. My huge love of horses and understanding of such wonderful creatures allows me to capture those memories you will proudly display on your wall; be it a portrait or photograph. So much time, effort (and money!) goes in to your wonderful pets, I guarantee you will treasure the photographs that I take, forever. Being a horse owner myself I am aware of so many little details and tricks that often are forgotten, this is what helps make my photographs stand out.
My photographs show each animal as an individual, capturing their personality, character and the incredible bond between them and their owners. Our four-legged friends aren't around nearly as long enough as we'd like them to be, but, be rest assured to have some perfect memories of your pets if you commission me to photograph them. My inspiration from all that I do is because of my best friend, my pony. Dolly was the cheekiest, loveable pony with the biggest heart and character you could imagine. She wasn’t a world beater by any stretch of the imagination, but she was and is my whole entire world. I sadly lost her last summer but the lessons she taught me, opportunities and friends she opened me to, the confidence she gave me lives on through my business today. I was fortunate enough to have tonnes and tonnes of photographs of her throughout the 9 years we were together, I’d hate for anyone to be left without the captured memories that I have and that gives me the drive and determination to continue with what I’m doing today. I hope that my love and appreciation of horses shines through in everything that I create.
In 2015 everything sprung to life: Whilst still accepting portrait commissions, I was in-undated with shoots, travelling all over Berkshire and Hampshire and further afield to areas including: Gloucester, Kent and Wiltshire. I was living my dream - sharing the stories of others through my photographs. One of the highlights of 2015 has to be travelling to the Hyde Park Barracks with Natasha and Ben from In The Stirrups Magazine to photograph the Household Cavalry! It was an experience I won't forget and I'm excited to continue working alongside In The Stirrups Magazine in the future. 2016 was definitely a year not to forget! I was invited to join Stephie Horrocks to cover the Royal Ascot for GBRI. My commercial client list began to grow further and further, as well as being invited to photograph the Olympia Horse Show - in particular we focused on the retirement ceremony of Valegro. 2016 saw me work with and photograph a number of my equestrian idols - which still seems very surreal. My portrait client list continues to expand with many inviting me back on multiple occasions to shoot for them again, as well as recommending me to their friends and families.
2017 was an incredible year, from visiting Mount St John Stud in Yorkshire with Absorbine, to the overwhelming coverage of my images at Olympia. This has led on to commissions I could have only dreamed of - namely: Horse And Country TV using one of my images of Valegro as the front cover to the DVD titled: "Valegro's Farewell - A Tribute to a Wonder Horse." My image of Valegro was also published in Charlotte Dujardin's auto-biography: "The Girl on the Dancing Horse." I've worked closely with many of my idols, as well as taking my little business internationally, to Holland (with Belle Equestrian) to photograph renowned stallion Charmeur with rider: Madeline Witte-Vrees. A trip to Scotland to visit KA Equestrian has left me wanting to travel much more next year, with the demand for portrait shoots spreading nationwide. I have been accredited to all of the top events again this season in the eventing and dressage sphere. The Horse Trust have been a pleasure to work with over the past few months. I spent a number of days at the centre over the summer working with the staff to product a calendar featuring their retired service horses for 2018. But above all of this my love and passion for equine portraiture has grown once more, with several months completely booked across the summer, the demand for sessions continues to increase, which I couldn't be more thrilled about!
It was a total fairy tale day in late March, 2018 - I was invited to the Royal Mews to photograph the Master of the Horse and his mount, Ola. As well as photographing the State Harness and other pieces of tack for the Master Saddlers at the stables. I was then invited to Windsor Castle to photograph the behind the scenes preparation, ahead of the Royal Procession, at Royal Ascot. In addition, I also took portrait photographs of the grooms and their mounts, on the lawns, with Windsor Castle as the backdrop. I also had the honour of photographing a number of events organised by Piaffe/We Are Levade, including Charlotte Dujardin's only 2018 UK Masterclass at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, and Carl Hester's UK Masterclass at Mysercough College. I have an exciting project to work on throughout 2019, focusing on the equine legends of the sport. And as usual, I'll be finishing 2018 off with a trip to London Olympia to photograph the Grand Prix dressage for an ever-growing client list.
2019 was just as exciting! With many wonderful portrait shoots with some lovely horses and their owners - i travelled up and down the UK working with some great brands and attending some of the biggest shows. It was once again an honour to work with Piaffe as well as the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. I continued to work with Charlotte and Carl and their sponsors, which is always a treat, as you can imagine! Olympia once again was the closing show of 2019 for me - a total whirlwind year but it felt very exciting working closely with a show that I've grown up following. Maybe most importantly I launched my Legends project and shared the first few horses that I've had the pleasure of documenting.
Capturing the relationship between horse and owner is my main passion.
Character, personality and admiration shine through each image.
These shoots continue to grow in popularity, the 30 minute sessions use only natural light to create a timeless studio-style portrait of your horse.
Each client is treated as an individual - from a global brand to a small business or professional, I strive to create innovative, creative and eye-catching images to show off your work, services and products.