During the booking process, I often get many questions about the photo shoot experience, and a lot of the time it comes with a phrase such as ‘This may sound stupid but…?’ The point of this post is to reassure those that do feel this, that your questions are not stupid at all, and in fact, most clients ask at least one of them. I therefore felt, that the timing of this post was apt, given that we are about to go into Spring and Summer which is when I get the majority of my customers.
So, hopefully, this post will put your mind at ease, and answer some of the questions you may be wanting to ask (and if it doesn’t, feel free to ask the ones you do have)!
The most common question I get asked, is ‘What should I wear?’ and my answer is nearly always the same, and that is, whatever makes you feel most comfortable. Obviously, it would be nice if you wore something slightly smarter (I tend to advise a smart casual look) but if you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, then that will be obvious in the photos, and in all likelihood, your horse will sense it too and either look worried or start misbehaving. I would also advise bringing a change of clothes, maybe a few accessories as well, just to mix it up a bit and give you even more variety within your photos. So, as long as you’re feeling comfortable, and the clothes you choose suit the scenario and photos, etc. I really don’t mind – it’s your photo shoot so you choose. I’ll help as much as I can but the choice is completely yours!
I also often get asked ‘What if my horse misbehaves or doesn’t stand still?’. This is slightly harder to reassure owners, but it doesn’t phase me and shouldn’t phase you either. All horses will get fidgety at some point, it’s in their nature. My best advice is for you to stay as calm as possible and to stay as relaxed as possible. If you do, your horse is much more likely to do the same! And, the photos of you interacting with your horse get some great candid shots and are often some of the favourites from the day!
Lastly, is ‘Do I have to ride my horse in the photos?’ The answer to this is no, the photo shoot is for your benefit, and I will not force you to do anything you don’t want to do. I may ask if you are happy to do something, but if you aren’t comfortable doing so, do say so and I won’t ask again!
I hope this post has been helpful, and as I said above, if there are any other questions, feel free to ask them!