The most important preparation is to wash your horse thoroughly and clean any tack prior to your session. Small cuts and scrapes on your horse can easily be removed in photoshop, but mud, dirt or a dusty coat cannot!
Plaiting and hoof polish is optional but recommended for Fine Art sessions as it will provide an elegant, polished look. Neither are necessary for outdoor lifestyle photographs where the most important thing is the relationship and connection.
A comprehensive Client Guide that covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your session for you and your horse will be sent to you when you book.
Don’t worry we will still get lovely photos.
If your horse is high strung or spooky, it’s a good idea to do some groundwork in the days leading up to your session so that your horse will stand still by your side for just a few seconds at a time.
If your horse is stabled, riding, lunging or paddock exercise several hours before the session is also recommended.
No that is perfectly fine, 99% of all dogs I photograph outdoors are on lead for their sessions, I use the magic of photoshop to remove the lead and handler during editing.
For safety, all dogs and pets coming to our farm studio must be securely on the lead before exiting the car.
Depending on the dog or pet, the lead may be removed inside the studio at the photographer’s discretion.
Yes I do. Horses and dogs are the primary focus of my work, but I love to include their human family in their sessions.
I have trained under some incredible portrait and family photographers including Sue Bryce, Julia Kelleher and use these skills in my personal branding work with horse, pet and rural business owners.
Indoor studio sessions for dogs and small pets are not affected by weather (unless it’s a really bad storm, then we will re-schedule).
Outdoor lifestyle and horse studio sessions are dependent on the weather, so I allow time in my calendar each month in case the weather is bad and we need to reschedule your session.
Other than your horse and yourself, it is a really good idea to have a friend on hand to help get your horse’s attention especially to hold them if you are including more than one in your session.
A nice leather halter or clean show quality bridle is highly recommended for your horse’s portraits.
Absolutely! I’ve been a professional pet photographer for nearly 20 years, and while horses and dogs are my specialities, I regularly photograph livestock such as cattle, sheep, poultry and goats for my private and commercial clients and have also worked with cats, reptiles, rabbits and deer.
No you don’t. The print credit included in the session allows the option of choosing the products that best suit your needs. There is no obligation to spend more, but if you do choose to, generous savings are offered the more you spend.
Take home layby’s, payment plans and credit card payments are available for your convenience.
* Unless stated otherwise, prints and digitals are purchased separately for Mid-week Artisan and Group Day session fees.
Premium weekend vacancies book out 2-3 months in advance depending on the time of year.
Weekday sessions including commercial projects can usually be booked in 2-3 weeks, longer for on location sessions that require travel.
To secure your preferred session date it is recommended you book and pay the session retainer as soon as possible.
My studio is located at our farm in Boyup Brook in the south west, however I travel for private lifestyle horse photography sessions and commercial photography assignments throughout Western Australia.
Dog photography sessions are only available at my studio as a knee injury prevents me rolling on the ground and kneeling as much as is required in a full outdoor session.
I do take some shots outdoors in the studio garden so you get the best of both worlds.
Of course you don’t ‘have’ to be in the photos, but I really encourage you to be in at least a few of them, after all, these photos are about your special relationship and the beautiful bond you share with your horse or dog!
I have many years experience helping people to relax, have fun and look their best in front of the camera. I will gently guide you through the session and encourage interactions with your pet that are authentic and natural to you.
This is the one question I get asked the most! The short answer is whatever you are comfortable wearing, however once you book your session I will send you my comprehensive client guides that contain everything you need to know about preparing for your session which includes What to Wear, styling advice and everything else you need to know so you get the most out of your session.
I will also go over all the details and answer any questions over the phone during your Planning Consultation call before your session.
Natural Light Outdoor Sessions:
The most beautiful golden light occurs in the last 1.5 hours before sunset. This is known as the ‘golden hour’ and is when I prefer to schedule outdoor sessions.
The light is also beautiful in the first 1.5 hours after sunrise.
The benefit of working in a studio is that we can schedule for any time of the day or evening for dogs and small pets.
Studio sessions for horses are ideally done early to mid morning or mid afternoon, but can be held throughout the day except during summer.
The final number of images will vary depending on the type of session you have booked, number of subjects, subject co-operation on the day and other factors.
Outdoor lifestyle sessions will usually have 50-60+ final images.
Studio sessions usually have 25-30 final photographs to choose from and create your artwork order from.
If we combine some outdoor locations with your studio session this will add another 10-15 photographs.