So way back before I even started blogging, one of the first blogs I read was She Moved to Texas. And I remember clicking through all of her related articles one day, and stumbling upon this one, regarding tips for portraits with your horse. I really liked this article and thought that if I ever started blogging one day, I'd like to do my own spin on it.
As you may have noticed from the photos on my blog, I love photos of myself and my horse. I spent years lusting over images on google, and later pinterest, and always thought of what I would do if I got photos done of Mollie and myself. A few years ago I got friendly with a girl who took absolutely fabulous photos as a hobby. As a fellow horse back rider, her favorite subjects were horses, and lets just say Mollie and I were willing participants :) Here are a few things I've learned along the way.
|I like photos where my horse looks good|
|Not my favorite outfit because the shirt was too billowy :(|
3. Practice: This sounds kind of silly, but it isn't a bad idea to practice standing around with your horse. Not only did my friend at Knoopdawg Photography take my photos, but I also "assisted" her on many other photo shoots and there was nothing worse than a horse and rider that were awkward on the ground. If your horse can't stand on a patch of grass without dragging you all over it, that photo you wanted in the pretty field with your horses head in your arms probably won't work out. Make sure your horse is comfortable with the various locations you plan on shooting in, and isn't a total tool when asked to stand still.
|Not what we were going for Molls....|
|Fuzzy winter horse is fuzzy|
6. Have fun: Corny as all get out, but have fun when you're taking these photos and enjoy the moment. It sounds cheesy but when I'm standing out there with Molls getting our photos done it really causes me to reminisce about everything we've been through together, and that's part of why our photos mean so much to me.
|Sometimes candids are the best :)|