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Quarantine Questions - Sophie Harris

I love Sophie's style of photography - she seems to capture the mood and atmosphere of an event so well. Sophie does portrait style shoots as well as editorial and commercial work; it's so clear she's passionate about what she does and knows her subject so well. Plus she's an all round lovely person! (I also know how much she loves me pestering her at shows haha!) Sophie has worked at some of the biggest shows across the world for some great clients and has had her work published in Horse and Hound and magazines like Noell Floyd.

How are you spending lockdown and what are you most looking forward to once it's lifted?

I am attempting to be productive in lockdown, updating my website, working on longer term projects and trying to improve my writing. In reality all of that has been intermixed with reading, learning outside of my business and all of the house jobs we’ve been putting off. I am also lucky to still be working at a local stud a couple of days a week. I can’t wait to ride again, to be photographing at big events again, to see my friends and celebrate the various birthdays we have missed due to the lockdown but most of all I am looking forward to the outside world feeling safe again. 

How long have you been photographing and what's your go to lens?

I have been a professional photographer for nearly 3 years. My go to lens is my 70-200 f2.8, I use it for almost everything from portraits (though I do also love my 50mm f1.8 for portraits) to sports photography.

What photo are you most proud of? 

There are so many photos I love for different reasons its impossible to choose just one but my first ever commission was for the British Grooms Associations Grooms Minds campaign. The campaign went viral and published in most UK equine magazines. It is a project and set of images I am very proud to have been a part of to this day.

Who would your 3 dream dinner guests be?

David Yarrow, Roger Federer and Jacinda Ardern (and basically every 5* rider ever!!)

What would be your dream commission?

I would love to photograph the Olympic show jumping and eventing, following an individual or team to capture the action in the arena but also behind the scenes. Aachen, the World Cup final and GCT New York are also pretty high up on my list.

What's your favourite show to attend?

Olympia has always been my favourite show, I attended every year as a child/teenager and have been an accredited press photographer there for the last 3 years. 

….. and a question for me!

If you could own/ride any horse, past or present, who would it be?

I think that's quite easy - probably Valegro! I'd love to know what it feels like to sit on a horse with that much power but also ability and intelligence. I've had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with him over the years and he's just such an incredible horse. But I also think I'd be quite nervous of the prospect too!

And then secondly (I don't think I've quite got the bottle for it anymore!) I'd love to sit on Thistlecrack, Altior or Sprinter Sacre and get to experience what it feels like soaring over those fences. I guess that's where part of the reason behind my Legends project comes in to it all to - the incredible highlights these horses have given us over the years and the impact they've had in the equestrian world.

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