What is takes to be an Equestrian Photographer
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!
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 :)
Choosing what products to offer:
Ensuring you've got the right kit:
If you have any questions about anything you've read above, feel free to pop me a message:)
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