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Sharing, Collaborating and Working Together


So what happens when you get together a group of equine photographers who all cover overlapping locations? Jealousy, competition, wanting to avoid each other at all costs? Well, no, not in our case! A few weeks ago I got together with Louise, Laura and Katie - we all met each other through the Small & Supercharged group on Facebook that you've probably heard me mention a few times now?

(above and first image - Katie Mortimore)

We are like minded, enthusiastic and eager to learn and bounce ideas off each other. We all have our own ways of working, we all have our own target-clients, we all have our own style, we all have our own areas of expertise, there's room for ALL of us in this game!

Louise travelled from the other side of Reading, Laura joined us from Suffolk and Katie made the trip across from Wiltshire. Instead of hiding our "secrets" and ideas, we find it far more beneficial to put our heads together. So, I organised a little photography day with some horses and models and we all had a good play around. We were able to ask eachother advice and share our common problems on shoots. We were able to sit back and learn from a distance as each of us directed our models for the day.

So, who were our models for the day? Meet Becky and her daughter Holly who stepped in last minute due to our other model (equine!) sadly being injured. Breeze and Gypsie were waiting on the yard for us when we arrived. After a quick bite to eat, and chatter, Holly and Becky finished grooming the ponies and we were good to go. Whilst we were waiting for the horses, I asked everyone to have a good look around at the location. It's the yard where I kept Dolly, so I know it pretty well. However, it was really interesting to see that everyone had their own preferred places to photograph. I had my "go to places" whenever someone had a shoot at the yard, but, for example, Laura spotted a tree on the lane that I hadn't considered before, and just at the right angle to avoid the pig-pen, you got a lovely view up the lane, with our model able to lean against the tree.

After we all had cuddles from the lovely Goofy who had come over to see us, we all headed up on to the lane. I started off by giving Holly and Becky some directions once the horses were in place. Everyone then grabbed their spot and started snapping whilst I was busy getting the horses ears forward, for a change!

(above and below - Katie Mortimore)

What was fascinating was to see that for several shots I had positioned everyone for, we all climbed on top of each other to get the perfect angle, however on some of them, we all totally spread out and went for different angles completely! Furthermore, once we sat down and edited our images, we had great fun sharing our favourites in a little group we had made on Facebook as well as looking at how different each of our images had come out. From the different editing styles to again, the totally different angling and approach to each of our images.

It was time for a location change and for someone else to take charge. Becky and Holly listened to all of our instructions so well and we did faff around quite a bit between shots, giving each other pointers, mainly. The ponies had so much patience for us, as did our human models!

We shouldn't fear what we