Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography: Blog https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography (Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) Tue, 29 Dec 2020 20:13:00 GMT Tue, 29 Dec 2020 20:13:00 GMT https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u651587840-o34896469-50.jpg Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography: Blog https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog 120 81 End of 2020 https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/12/end-of-2020 Hello Everyone,

How do we even start to describe how our 2020 year went?  With the start of the year hitting us with COVID-19, we all felt the strain when events were cancelled left, right and centre.  We had no idea how horrific the year would be, how many large events would be cancelled and rearranged, only to have our hopes dashed again with a further two lockdowns!

We wanted to have 2020 to be our statement year, with big events planned with our wonderful main venue, Wellington Riding, with an FEI 2* Showjumping competition, followed by the fantastic Premier League, and finishing the year with International Horse Trials, we had our hopes set on really making a statement within the Equestrian Photography world.  Despite best efforts made by the BEF, British Dressage and FEI, two of our main events had to be cancelled this year, it was sad to see all the riders hard work over the last year go to waste, the feeling of not knowing when we were going to be let out to compete again, see our friends and loved ones, and do what we all love to do.

Thankfully the Wellington Horse Trials ran ahead, with it being our first year of shooting an International Horse Trials and trying to calm nerves, we had an absolute blast! 
With so many beautiful new fences put in place by DHA Equestrian, the course set and built by the incredibly talented Adrian Ditcham, and of course not forgetting the entire team at Wellington who made sure everything was as COVID friendly as possible, there were classes put on to cater for every competitive ability, arenas set out in front of the stunning Highfield House for the International Dressage, smiles from all volunteers and a team who we couldn't be more proud to work alongside, not forgetting the fantastic team of photographers and sales unit staff who helped us out during this event, with last minute cancellations, staff breaking ankles the night before the event started (Sam) and a leaking tent, this year was certainly one to remember.

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We then moved onto Cornbury House International Horse Trials, this was a new fixture to the British Eventing calendar, the International Dressage was set in front of the iconic Manor House, the grounds were phenomenal and the fences were built using materials from the estate itself! Flowers and fence dressing were arranged by Mrs Howden and really made these fences stand out!
  We were asked to take photographs of the Howden Family for Hello! Magazine, this was an incredible experience and we were thrilled to see our images publicised in such a well known magazine that isn't equestrian based, we must say a huge thank you to Emily Arundale who took the images on our behalf! 

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We have made the jump to upgrade our onsite printing unit, Terry the trailer has done us a fab job for the last 4 years but it was certainly becoming time to retire the old chap, with our major events finishing for the year, and another lockdown looming we decided that it was the right time to look into getting something new, not secondhand new, built specifically for us NEW!  We cannot wait to see the finished unit, with over 9m of frontage it's certainly going to make a statement at any event, no more crowding in to try and peek at a tablet, we will be able to have screens inside and also outside (perfect for those hot days) and a fixed canopy, so no more blowing away in the wind!

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We wanted to thank every person who has supported us this year, it's certainly been a difficult year to try and stay motivated and positive, for us, doing our job is what keeps us going, seeing all of your smiling faces, our photographs tagged on social media, and general well wishes, it really does mean a lot to us.

Here is to seeing you all in 2021!

Lottie-Elizabeth xx
 

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) Business Colours Cornbury COVID Dressage Equestrian Eventing Fences Horse Trials International Lockdown Lottie Onsite Printing Photography Premier League Showjumping Wellington https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/12/end-of-2020 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 20:12:58 GMT
Photographing Dressage - The Collected to the Extended https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/4/photographing-dressage---the-collected-to-the-extended Hey Guys!

Hope you are all keeping well, I never had myself down as a blogger but since this lockdown has started, I've found myself thinking about my business in a different way, so I thought I would share some thoughts and tricks for shooting Dressage!

Dressage for me is one of the hardest disciplines to really get correct, there are so many different movements and timings that you need to know in order to really make different levels of horses look the best that they can.  Usually for a lower level tests Intro and Prelim, most of the horses and ponies that compete are learning the ropes, and getting used to being inside a dressage arena, often the style of shot that the riders are looking for is what we call the "AA" this is where the two front legs and both hind legs are making identical A frame shapes.

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We often get asked why we don't photograph walk within a dressage test, the main reason is because the horse does not look hugely active compared to trot or canter, the shape that the horses make during walk tends to be long and low (especially for free walk on a long rein) the front legs are always more active than the hind, compared to the movement in trot where the horse is working and active equally behind as they are in front.  For Intro tests and Para tests Grade I and II this is an important part of the test, therefore we shoot the walk element of the test to ensure that competitors get the same amount of shots as the higher level tests.  For the majority of Dressage tests from Prelim - Elementary and even Medium, the trot is an imperative part of the test for the judges to get a good idea of the movement of the horse, a good trot consists of a horse with a good contact in the hand, active hind legs, being responsive from the leg, and working through their back as opposed to being on the forehand.  For a good Dressage shot for normally riders like to see the "AA" as mentioned above, usually when photographing this stride a photographer will be looking at the either the offside hind or nearside front leg, personally, I watch the trot as the riders are warming up around the arena to see how the horse moves,  I always shoot based on the front knee action for levels between Prelim and Elementary, for Medium and above I focus on the action of the hind leg as it's the action of the hind leg coming underneath the horse that we find is most popular with our riders, with the higher level trot there is a lot more action with the hind leg and the front leg is often elevated higher and sometimes the horses point their toes!  For the advanced riders, it's still about the hind leg but also the power coming through the back and shoulders of the horse, often you will see higher level dressage riders choosing a slightly bent leg in front as opposed to a straight leg, a straight leg means that the movement is on the way down on the higher level tests.

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Canter Strides
During a dressage test, the canter elements can really boost your marks, judges look for a balanced, equal and an uphill, powerful movement.  In order to get the best collected canter shot, we follow the front nearside leg whilst keeping an eye on the inside hind, as the hind leg comes through and underneath the horse, the front inside knee comes up and just before it reaches the highest point, that's when we take our shot, the ideal shot we take is almost a "P" shape made with the front two legs, with the offside leg preferably off the floor or just about to be lifted, this creates the elevation motion in the image.  With an extension it's all about POWER! with that hind leg really pushing off the floor and those front legs really elevated, ideally the front inside leg would be higher than the dressage boards with the offside leg not far behind, the inside hind leg coming through and showing some serious power and elevation, the neck needs to be strong and not too high nor overbent, occasionally you can see ripples through the hind quarter - really showing off the muscle!

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The Advanced Moves
When you start to adventure into the highest levels of dressage, PSG, INT I, INTII and finally into Grand Prix, the expectations of horse and rider are enormous and no space for errors, with years building up the horses stamina, understanding, flexion, balance and strength, the riders at these level really are quite outstanding.  A dressage horse of these levels needs to have great elasticity throughout it's body whilst maintaining enough strength to execute the more complex moves such as; pirouettes, half pass, piaffe and passage.  To photograph a half pass movement, as photographers we are looking for the hind leg to cross underneath the horse, an equal balance throughout the body of the horse and for a good rhythm to be maintained throughout the movement, there are two ways of shooting half pass, with the front legs crossing or the hind, for me personally, I like to shoot the hind quarters coming underneath the horse and if possible, for the inside hind leg to be between the two front legs, really showing off the balance and action of the movement. Pirouettes can be done in walk or canter, for the INT II and Grand Prix tests, it is mandatory to do the pirouettes in canter,  the art of the pirouette is that the inside hind leg lifts and returns to the same point, acting as a pivot, whereas the outside hind leg is working in a small circle around the inside leg.  The pirouette is performed in a collected canter albeit slowed down a lot, the outside foreleg crosses over the inside foreleg whilst using their hind quarters to collect and lift, judges will be looking for accuracy of the hind leg and the collection and athleticism in front.  In order to get a good pirouette shot you need years of practise, something that as of yet, we are still learning, however we do know that ideally to take a good photograph, the best timing is when the outside hind is just about to touch the floor, with the horse turning towards you rather than away.  And then we move onto the elusive Piaffe and Passage, two of the hardest movements to photograph as the horse moves a diagonal pair off the floor at the same time, with their knees and hocks flexed, the movement sees the leg suspended for a longer period of time compared to the trot movement.   This is an incredibly hard movement for the horses to complete as they need to maintain balance and impulsion within the movement, passage is completed whilst moving, and piaffe is the same movement but the horse stays on the same spot, with hooves landing in the same spot as lifted. 

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If you have found this insightful or have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email us :)

Love,
Lottie x

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Photographing Show Jumping - Tips & Tricks https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/4/photographing-show-jumping---tips-tricks Hey Guys!

Hope you're all doing well, I thought I would share with you a few thoughts, tips and tricks for photographing show jumping, if you are an amateur photographer and use rapid fire in case you get "THE SHOT" here are a few pointers to get you out of bad habits.

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A professional photographer will have the ability to be able to shoot on single shot during a show jumping round, they will be looking at the style that the horse jumps in - whether the horse is getting deep and cat leaping into the air, if the horse appears green, if the horse has a lot of scope, if the horse is really stretching their front legs over fences etc. The benefit of shooting rapid fire is that you are able to get every part of the horse jumping over a fence, take off, stretching over, on top of the fence, and landing, however, most professional photographers choose not to shoot like this as this means you end up with 3-4 photographs per fence, multiply that by the 4-5 fences you would shoot during a round, times this number by 50-80 riders per class, soon the amount of images needed to be uploaded is huge! Sometimes I like to shoot on burst mode if I am shooting higher level show jumping as I like the different points of take off and stretching. There are some types of jump that you only need one photograph of, such as an upright fence as the horses aren't stretching over and upwards compared to an oxer, normally you would shoot an upright fence in portrait orientation so that you frame the horse better in the photograph, otherwise you risk losing the horse in the frame.

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Selecting the right fence is tricky, you have to take into account a lot of different variables; the course route, where riders may cut in to save time on the jump off, where the timing beams are, are you going to be in the way of another fence if you want to shoot a particular jump, light - where is the light strongest (general rule of thumb, shoot with the light behind you!) what is the background looking like? Is it appealing or is it busy with the warm up, spare jumps, bins, toilets etc.  To shoot a show jumping round we would often select 3-4 main fences, usually oxers and one upright, and we always have a backup fence to photograph, this ensures if one of your main fences gets knocked, horse cat leaps over the fence, or doesn't jump nicely, you've got your back up fence to use so that competitors have the same amount of photos as everyone else.
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It never fails to amaze us how a different angle on a fence can completely transform the appearance.  Normally we would shoot an oxer with a 35° angle as this allows us to see the majority of the fence whilst making the fence look as big and as wide as possible.  For a super wide oxer the horses will be really stretching out over the top of the fence, therefore we would shoot this as side on as physically possible, this gives us a side on view of the horses position over the fence, usually with all four legs really tucked up and powering over the distance. When it comes to shooting an upright fence, we normally shoot headon/slightly off to one side, this enables us to still see the stretch of the horse but also to see the front end of the horse clearly, knees tucked up and ears pricked forwards, these types of shots are usually the more artistic style of photograph that you could expect to see on our website.  Contrast 2Contrast 2 How to photograph fences with Busy/Big Wings
We are super lucky to have photographed at a lot of competitions with Show Jumps provided by Cheshire Show Jump Services Ltd, this company is renowned for creating and having a fantastic array of fences with big, bold, artistic wings, as a photographer we often find that fences that are bright and colourful really help emphasise a photograph. When a fence has large wings/complex wings, this can often impact the angles that we can get, for example the geometric fence below is a prime example of how different a fence can look when the angle is wrong, versus when the angle is correct.  Often with courses 1.00m+ the horses are jumping a lot higher and powering over fences therefore we have more angles to play with, with lower levels of show jumping the ponies and horses can get lost in a fence with large wings, so for the lower levels we tend to shoot them more side on than in front of the fence, avoiding the fences with the huge wings as this often blocks the little 12.2hh ponies zooming around the arena.  A big winged fence can really enhance how big the horses are jumping in the bigger classes, they create an iconic photograph - Royal Windsor's named Show Jump for example. 
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Lighting plays a huge part within event photography, it can quite literally make or break a shot.  The general rule of thumb is to shoot with the sun behind you, this enables the subject to be well lit and balanced.  The most common thing I hear is that because it's bright and sunny this must make for cracking photographs, this can be very problematic, especially for show jumping as you could be shooting in three different directions, with the pace of the riders competing trying to adapt your settings in between fences can be tricky, especially if your fences come up in quick concession.  An ideal light to shoot in is a cloudy day, as this gives us flat light, this means there aren't many shadows and the fences look equally balanced for light.  
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If you have any questions about anything above, feel free to leave a comment below or pop us a message!

Love,
Lottie x 

 

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) Angles Burst Colours Fences How to shoot a fence Lighting Showjumping https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/4/photographing-show-jumping---tips-tricks Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:37:19 GMT
What is takes to be an Equestrian Photographer https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/4/what-is-takes-to-be-an-equestrian-photographer Hi Guys,

During this lockdown I have had a few questions about what it is that is involved in running a business, specialising in Equestrian Photography, so here is a breakdown of how we operate and the work that goes in behind everything you see. 

First of all, you need to be passionate about the job, you need to have a fire in your belly to do the best you can, a willingness to stand outside in all weathers, rain, snow, hail, gale force winds and extreme heat.  An understanding of how a horse moves and understanding of what makes a good shot is hugely beneficial, as a photographer you learn that horses move differently, and the timing may change depending on the type of horse and also the activity.  For example, you would shoot Prelim Dressage completely differently to an Int II/Grand Prix test, as the riders like to see the movements at different times,  for Cross Pole showjumping it's about getting over the fence, for National 1.30m and above, it's about the horse stretching over the fence and sometimes the landing.  Once you've mastered the timing, you then need to make sure that your photo has the correct composition (subject in the middle of the frame) this is hard to get consistently correct, even now, I have my off days where I am wonky slightly, or over to one side of the frame.  Every day is a school day!

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Booking a venue/Booking an event:

This is a very hard thing to do, as you are technically competing against businesses who may already be in touch with that venue, have photographed there previously, or have inside contacts (committee friends, livery yard etc).  I was incredibly lucky to secure Wellington, it all started because I was fed up of working in an office, answering emails, making phone calls and taking deliveries, this wasn't a job for me, I'm an outdoors person, always have been.  So during my lunch breaks I would scour the internet for venues, venues with competitions that would push and progress my business, venues with shows that would enable me to showcase not only my ability, but also the businesses potential.  I came across Wellington's website and thought to myself, if I don't try I'll never know, so I popped them an email, enquiring whether they had a photographer currently, and included an introduction into my company, where I had trained and what I had experience in photographing.   I was shocked when the email came back to say that they did not have a photographer and would be keen to have me and my business as their official photographer and the rest is history :)

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Choosing what products to offer:
What products do you choose to offer to your clients? This took me forever to work out exactly what I wanted to provide to my customers, you have to take into account cost, both to the business and to the customer, popularity of products and where to get stock to produce the products. From doing research on other websites, and seeing what other photographers were offering it was easier to gage what products I wanted to provide.  There are still items that we would like to offer, but we do feel that sometimes, you can be given too much choice and it ends up being an unenjoyable experience as the whole process feels overwhelming.  We like to keep our products simple, clean, easy prices and offer savings on bundles.  Pricing is another thing to consider, think about it this way - if you go into a shop and they're giving away all of their stock, you question why in your head "because it's cheap and tacky?" "because it's no good?" this is why getting your pricing structure right is so important, you don't want to be overcharging as that will put people off, you don't want to go too cheap as people may think your products and images are also cheap, but also remember that trying to increase prices is harder than reducing them down. 

Ensuring you've got the right kit:
Having the correct kit is like buying the right type of horse for your sport, you wouldn't buy a Shetland and expect to jump it round a competitive 1.20m track, nor would you buy a Clydesdale and expect it to win the Grand National against Racehorses.  We choose top level cameras because of the capabilities within the cameras, fast burst modes, greater depth of fields, quality of the images, and the ability to change minor settings so we have more control over the produced image.  We also ensure that we have full waterproofs for our cameras, if you're spending thousands of pounds on a camera, you don't want to risk it getting water damaged!  We are constantly looking at the latest equipment available to see if we could do with updating any of our kit.  All of our team have top end equipment, and for the newer team members who are training with us, they learn on one of our older cameras which we used as a backup. 

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Printing Onsite:
Having the ability to print images onsite is a huge bonus, to not just to competitors, but also to us, as this allows us to see what images are most popular, and also gives us an opportunity to listen to any comments made whilst browsing, if there is any feedback to give to the photographer/s then this is relayed immediately.  Using the most efficient style of printers is another, until I started LEP I had never heard of a Dye-Sub printer - this means there are four layers of colour that are printed onto the photograph, giving you a cleaner, truer copy of the image on the screen, we use Dye-Sub printers when printing onsite as opposed to laserjet as the quality, speed and cost is more efficient.  Part of a onsite printing facility is ensuring that its spacious and easy for customers to navigate their way around, we use tablets inside our unit as viewing screens, as most people now own or regularly use one, we selected 10" tablets so that this maximises the amount of screens we can use within the unit and also the largest screens that would fit comfortably.  

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Stay Safe Everyone,
Lottie x 

 

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) Business Dye-Sub Onsite Photographer Printing Startup Venues https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2020/4/what-is-takes-to-be-an-equestrian-photographer Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:56:55 GMT
Premier League, Horse Trials, Petplan Southern Finals and Senior Home International https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2019/10/premier-league-horse-trials-and-senior-home-international Hello Everyone,

It's been a manic few months here at Lottie-Elizabeth Photography.  

We have been able to photograph some amazing competitions recently, starting with Wellington Premier League.

We were so lucky to have amazing sunshine throughout the competition, the team were incredible during the heat and long days, producing some cracking images!  One of our highlights was watching the man himself, Carl Hester competing Hawtins Delicato, winning the Grand Prix on 76.80%.  We also had the priviledge of photographing the Para riders including Olympians; Sir Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells MBE, and Sophie Christiansen CBE, how truly incredible to watch these riders compete!  We finished the 5 day competiton with just under 12,000 images!

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July was a pretty relaxed month for us, with lots of freelancing for other photographers, shooting at events such as Dauntsey Horse Trials and Royal Welsh - one of my favourite shows to attend as a photographer, the atmosphere is insane in the main arena, often you can hear the cheers and support from arenas at the other end of the showground!  We did have one major event in July, the wedding of Marketing Manager Rachael Corry, the venue was perfect with a local church on the estate, and then we headed over to the most perfect location for a horse mad bride!  The Wellington Horse Trials water fence complex, a stunning bell tent was set up nearby with a live duo playing guitar and singing, fresh canapes served by the water over looking the surrounding fields and beautiful countryside.  

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August started with lots of Junior Camps at Wellington, and ended with their wonderful Horse Trials, we always get excited when it gets to the middle of August because we know it's almost time for us to get prepared for three fantastic days of eventing!  We love scouting out the course a few days before to work out what fences look best - this is often tricky as almost every single fence is a contender! Creating a team plan of who is shooting what fences for which classes, Show Jumping walked the night before the event starts, fences selected, unit set up with rider folders, classes and MISC folders for those cute candids!  We are so lucky to have such a well regarded event secured under our belts, the organisation that goes into this event is immense!  For us, this event is an great way to start winding down our busy season, our team can relax on the cross country course, whilst enjoying the incredible combinations that come flying past, with huge smiles on their faces and ears pricked (the horses that is!) 

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September bought us closer to the end of our season, with lots of local shows, we also covered Jump for Life, held at Addington.  Jump for Life is a charity run event raising money for Cancer Research UK, with classes ranging from Newcomers to 1.35m Grand Prix, Ride and Run classes and also a raffle, this show was heartfelt by everyone involved and those who attended!  Including A.P McCoy who entered the Ride and Run with Poppy Stronge, finishing in a competitive fourth place!  We finished the month off with shooting our first Royal County Show, Berkshire Show, we had full coverage of all rings inclusive of the main arena, where we had stunt bike displays, heavy horse displays, Area Trial Showjumping, International Stairway Jumping competition and loads more!

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And to finish our season we had our busiest month yet, October.  We started the first week with two competitive final, PetPlan Southern Finals at Parwood, and BD Quest Regional Finals at Wellington, we had two teams out during this weekend, with Lottie and Emma at Parwood, Richard, Molly and Adam were based at Wellington over the three days.  Over 10,000 images were taken over this weekend alone, which meant a solid day spent just uploading everything onto the website once we got home!  We then ventured over to Northern Ireland with the unit to photograph the Pony Indoor Championships, with over 20 hours spent driving and sailing, we finally arrived in Londonderry, we then had 4 days of pony Show Jumping from 50cm upto 1.20m and then finishing on the Children on Horses Grand Prix.  Most days averaged out to be 16 hour days, to which I was very thankful of being able to swap with Sales Team Leader, Sam, who came and took over whilst I had a break and some food! We took over 5,000 images over 60 hours shooting!  We then travelled back and arranged for rooms on the ferry for the way home so that we could sleep a little during the trek home, once we got home we then spent the next day and a half uploading and processing orders.  With only a days break inbetween Ireland and the next show, we started to prep for Senior Home International at Wellington.  Home International was a huge show for us to photograph, as the shows changes venues every year, with the first day being the opening ceremony and trot up, we saw all British Dressage Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, divided up into regional teams, each team had their own mascot and theme, in the hope to win Best Dressed Team.  Over the next two days we had four arenas running all day, with three photographers out photographing and two sales team members, this was our busiest Dressage show since Premier League.  Most days ran from 8am - 4pm, with the last day concluding with closing ceremony and presentations, the last day was our busiest, with our unit being rammed to the roof with eager competitors viewing and ordering photographs from 9am, our last customer left the unit at 9:30pm!  This was a fantastic way to finish our season, with lots of lovely people, beautiful horses and happy team mates! 

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Overall 2019 was a pretty big year for us, here's to 2020!

Lottie x

 

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) Dressage Eventing Horse Trials Premier League Senior Home International Showjumping https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2019/10/premier-league-horse-trials-and-senior-home-international Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:00:00 GMT
April - May Photoshoot & Revamp Update https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2019/5/january---may-update It's crazy to think how quickly the year has gone, we are already halfway through May!


Our first 5 months of 2019 have started how any business would hope, busy, busy, busy!  With events from Arena Eventing, to Winter Regionals, to Cross Country Hunter Trials, to British Show Horse Showing Events.

We started with a new Team Member - Lottie's younger sister Emily, having grown up around a horse-mad older sister, Em knew how to handle herself around horses and jumped at the opportunity to come and work alongside her.  It was then time to turn our attention to our onsite printing facility, since starting our venture we have never felt that our unit was "ours" so we decided that we would take it upon ourselves to revamp the entire thing!

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We then moved onto the first photoshoot of the year with the beautiful Sarah and Silkie!  This photoshoot was bought as a present for Sarah at a venue we used to cover a couple of years ago when we first started out, despite the weather causing a couple of failed attempts, we finally managed to wangle a beautiful day, and Silkie's coat shone through! 

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Then it was our sponsored rider Lily Laughton's turn, we really wanted to play with the colours in the yard and nailing the black background shots, we also had the privilege of also photographing Grand Prix mare Bella!

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It does have to be said, we are incredibly privileged to photograph some of the beauties that we do.

 

All for now,

 

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2019/5/january---may-update Thu, 16 May 2019 09:46:37 GMT
Kick off for 2019 https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2019/1/kick-off-for-2019
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We are excited to commence our second official year of trading, throughout last year we trialled a few different things for the business and despite a few hiccups we have found what works for us.  With a set price list for the coming season, renewed contracts with venues and brand new shows coming forward wanting us to photograph for them, 2019 is definitely set up to be an amazing year!

We started our year with 4 days of British Showjumping at Wellington Riding, with over 650 entries this was an incredible turnout for the first show of the year, we loved seeing familiar faces with new rides, but also quite a lot of new combinations coming into the Waterloo Arena.

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With fences from 70cm up to a whooping 1.40m it was a great introduction into the 2019 season ahead, with beautiful fences from Cheshire Showjump Services coming to the end of hire, we are now excitedly anticipating the new 2019 fences from them!  A colourful and artistic fence will always stand out to me as a photographer, especially when the autumnal and spring colours really give it that WOW factor!

LOT07242LOT07242 We then had the Area 43 British Showjumping Show also held at Wellington the following weekend, it was a pleasure to be working alongside Peter Hurley, the fab Australian Development Officer for the South East, the show ran effortlessly with every rider complementing the show on how easy it was to enter, the stewarding in the warm up etc.  It's safe to say that we were amazed by one certain riders "stickability".   And to top off our day, We also have a very sweet young lady who competes regularly at Wellington and also at T & P Equestrian (Another of our Venues) this young lady left us the sweetest message with a polo wrapped inside, after winning her class and her very first rug!

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2019/1/kick-off-for-2019 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:12:37 GMT
Wellington Horse Trials - Thrills and Spills https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/8/wellington-horse-trials---thrills-and-spills There is nothing more exhilarating than hearing that whistle, looking around you, and finally hearing the thundering hooves as the next competitor comes flying over the fence you're stood at.  You cheer them on and run along to the next fence - the water maybe?  Will anyone fall in? Will someone miss a stride and take a flyer over the fence in the water.....

 

Wellington Horse Trials 2018

So this was our first ever horse trials, we hadn't even shot an unaffiliated HT before so to go into the best event in the South East (4 Years Winners) was definitely a challenge.  We couldn't wait to get cracking with the event, some of our team must have walked the course a good 5 times in order to make sure that we had the right fences, right angles and backgrounds would work well.  
  
We arrived on the Friday and set up the sales unit, drove around the course for the 19th time and finalised decisions.  Excitement was in the air and eye of the tiger came on the radio... that was it.. focussed anthem here we come!  Tents were set up - as usual someone had forgot the basics... a bed to sleep on.. so off to Sainsbury we went - airbed purchased, got back to HT Venue, by this time it's dark so having to pump up the airbed manually + tired humans = the longest blow up of an airbed ever!

 

SATURDAY:  First day of the Horse Trials, everyone is in position, radio checks done, and eagerly awaiting the shout on the radio that the first horse has left the start box and the course is now live... 
  "Rider 104 clear over fence 3" the words we had been dying to hear, that meant the next fence would be the one our first photographer was based at.. the water... Normally the water is the place to be sat, where the thrills and spills are most likely to happen... 

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Thankfully all riders were fine and no-one came off in the water, much to the disappointment of spectators!  A relief no less to the photographers, fence judges, riders and horses.

The course was built by Adrian Ditchman - one of the leading course builders in the UK, the course ran with approx. 20 fences with quite a lot of technical questions included.  Wellington has won South East Event of Year for the past four years, and anyone who attended will vouch for how well organised and impeccably ran the event was.  Without all of the volunteers who gave up their days to help at the Horse Trials, including those who went digging in the water for the lost shoe! The event would not be as popular as it is now.


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It absolutely tipped it down from the very start to the very end!  All of our photographers had to take shelter in their cars, with some being more prepared than others...the rain made our jobs very difficult but despite the weather the riders continued to ride, galloping through the rain and battling the winds, it certainly wasn't the right weather for fairweather riders.

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Monday:
All change on the course for our photographers, with a new day came new challenges for all us, with tricky lighting on some of the fences, sometimes a last minute change of angle or fence due to unforeseen circumstances, our team took it all in their stride and carried on regardless, producing some absolutely stunning images and kept the standard high throughout the whole weekend!  A massive thank you is owed to my team for helping out and making our first Horse Trials enjoyable.

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And here are a few of our favourites!
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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/8/wellington-horse-trials---thrills-and-spills Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:45:00 GMT
Wellington Riding Premier League https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/6/wellington-riding-premiere-league Wellington Premier League - June 2018

Have you ever been to a Dressage Premier League?  No?  Let us take you through what it entailed for us, the competitors and the months of planning prior to the event.
Wellington ran the event during the first week of June, with three beautiful outdoor arenas fully decorated with flowers, sponsored cars, sponsorship boards and immaculate arena surface, and their new Duke's Hall indoor arena.  

We were so excited to be photographing this event, we knew that this would be the biggest dressage event we would cover this year and the nerves kicked in.  We spent months deciding on photographers, who would be running the sales unit, what products to provide, who would shoot which classes, how the new uniform needed to look and how to run the business with the new GDPR regulations coming into action.

With 34 classes over four days we knew we were going to have some long days ahead of us, our team were onsite at least an hour before classes started, we of course had to have a Wellington Breakfast (YUM!) we would then have a debrief, radio checks, rider logs taken with us and off we went!  

The weather was beautifully sunny albeit slightly too warm when you are stood out in the sun for 12hr+ a day!  Everyone involved with sheet collecting etc were so lovely to our team, offering us hot & cold drinks throughout the day, this was a godsend when we couldn't escape the arena to get one ourselves.

We were so fortunate to be one of the class sponsors for Premier League, we sponsored the BD 5YO class and what a class it was, so many stunning horses just bubbling with potential!

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We had a lot of varied classes from Para Dressage to Grand Prix, and much to our surprise we were also told about the Gala Games... yes that's right, High Profile Dressage riders took part in gymnkana games against our wonderful Wellington Riding Club ponies and jockeys.  It's safe to say that many tears of laughter were shed during the 5 rounds of games!  

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Charlotte Dujardin came to the Premier League to compete in the MFS PSG class on Saturday Evening, she bought with the beautiful Florentina IV, she pulled out a fantastic score of 78.792%, a staggering 6% higher than the other competitors in the class.   It was such a treat for everyone at Wellington as we didn't know she was coming!

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So all in all, we had an incredible first Premier League and it couldn't have been possible without the team at Wellington who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to get this event to the level that it is.

 

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) Dressage Piaffe Premier League https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/6/wellington-riding-premiere-league Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:04:00 GMT
Winter Regionals 2018 https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/2/winter-regionals-2018 Let it Snow!

Winter Regionals 2018.

The first day of winter regionals, you'd expect it to be snowing right? Oh no, we had beautiful sunshine despite the temperature being far from exotic, we had two outdoor arenas and use of the gorgeous Duke's Hall indoors.  All the ponies had shed their winter coats and they were certainly feeling fresh when they came down the centre line.

We had the music classes indoors and Elementary outside, our sponsored rider Lily Laughton bought her beautiful chestnut gelding Armada Cadillac, unfortunately it wasn't their day and Lily made the decision to retire as Cadillac felt he would be much better suited to doing PSG with his flying changes..

And then came the snow.. As a child we always got excited at the prospect of having snow, as it meant snow day/day off school!  But when you're an adult it means that you still have to go to work, or as in our riders cases, you still have to ride!
  We had to take it in turns as to who shot outside as the temperature had an adverse effect on our cameras, they got too cold and stopped working, so whoever was shooting in the indoor had the upper hand - so we thought.  As the sides of the Duke's Hall are open this meant that the snow got blown inwards towards the spot where we were stood shooting!  So wherever we stood we couldn't escape the snowflakes, despite this, we still managed some stunning snow filled photographs.

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/2/winter-regionals-2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:51:00 GMT
January Kick Off https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/1/january-kick-off Hello Everyone!

Thank you for stopping by my post.
I wanted to share with you how my year has gone so far.  

I can't put into words how incredible the feeling is to start a new year and say, yes, this year is my year and I am running my own business!
This year we have secured our contract with Wellington Riding for the 2018 season, this means that we will be covering the Premiere Leagues, Regionals and the International Horse Trials, the same horse trials I attended back in 2015 and said to my best friend, one day, I will have my own business and cover an event like this.

It just goes to show that you should never give up on your dreams!

We have also started sponsoring a new rider, Nick Edwards, and we couldn't be prouder of what Nick has accomplished this year already:
Parwood 9th January: 2nd in British Novice, 2nd in Discovery, 8th in Newcomers, 1st in Newcomers
Addington 20th January:  1st in Discovery and Qualified for Blue Chip Championships
Parwood 23rd January: 3rd & 4th British Novice, 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th in the Discovery
Bury Farm 25th January: 1st Newcomers, 2nd Discovery, 3rd Open and two 5th places Newcomers!

We have a very busy year coming up and more and more events are requesting our presence, it's a surreal feeling having to turn them down because we are too busy! I have to thank my amazing team, without them I really couldn't have the business I do!

Thank you!

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(Lottie-Elizabeth Equestrian Photography) https://www.lottie-elizabethphotography.com/blog/2018/1/january-kick-off Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:41:54 GMT