As some of you know I had been living in the UK since January and while I was there I was able to photograph some amazing people and places. By far the highlight of these sessions was this fantastic, fine art equestrian photo session in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire. I have owned and loved horses for most of my life, so this high end equestrian photo session was a perfect fit!
Charlotte has several eventing horses but her favorite is Geronimo, also known as "Bennie" and so we started the photo session with the two of them in the woods.
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Here are a few more photos of Charlotte and her horse shot through some ivy to add that soft romantic effect. I often photograph through things to add a little mystery to my portraits, but this is the first time I tried it on equestrian photography.
I also climbed up a ladder to capture a few photos from above. This angle is quite interesting for fine art portraits and horses and also adds a little something different to the entire portrait collection.
Here are a few more photos we took before heading out to the fields for a different look and some conformation photographs of "Bennie".
While we were out in the fields, "Freddie" the family pony posed for a portrait and we also photographed some of the other horses that were enjoying the lush grass and mild English afternoon. While I was waiting for Charlotte to take Bennie back to the barn I caught a quick photo of one of her other horses "Felix" as he trotted by. Obviously with the fly net and background not really an equestrian "portrait", but what a beautiful mover he is!
We then gave the horses a break and moved into one of the barns for some fine art portraits of Charlotte and her brother Sam and their dog "Frazzle". It is so easy to get a studio look without all the studio bother, these photos were all taken with natural light inside a box stall.
From there we visited one of Charlotte's other horses Warris. He reminded me so much of my old Irish Hunter "Pudge". I have always been partial to grays, so I was happy we were able to take a few photos of him.
Then Charlotte changed her clothes, tacked up Bennie and got ready to do some jumping photographs in the outdoor school. Her good friend and fellow eventer Hannah also joined the fun with her horse Rum. Because both girls are so active in the eventing competitions they have quite a few jumping photos so this time we tried to get a slightly different slant on it all, but I could not help but take the straight on jumping shots now and then, especially since both girls seem to be having so much fun and laughing so hard.
I also took a few photographs of the "ring dogs" who watched the horses jumping and chased after Hannah and Rum a few times.
I snapped off a couple more photographs of the girls jumping and having fun before we called it a day. This entire session was about 3.5 hours and Niki, Charlotte's mother ended up with about 100, fully edited images. Please contact meif you might be interested in the same experience as I am very close to GMHA and sessions there are great fun, or I would be happy to travel to your stable if you prefer.
Fine art equestrian photo sessions available throughout all of New England from May through December and in the Carolinas from January through March.
If you live in the UK or further afield and would like a fine art portrait session there, families can get together to share the travel expenses and we can schedule the sessions accordingly.