It’s a really good idea if we can have a chat on the phone, (or in person if you’re nearby) so Mark can get an idea of the type of images you’d like to capture of your horse. Looking at his portfolio, you'll see there are three distinctive styles; outdoor available light, outdoor available light with added dramatic lighting, and the studio shoot.
For the outdoor shoots we're quite happy for you to box up your horse and go somewhere with a nice view or if we can just find a nice setting around your yard or an area of field, preferably without too much tape or fencing in the way.
For the studio type shoots we ideally require a large enough indoor area, but it can still be done entirely outside, it just depends on the weather. Unfortunately we can't shoot in the rain with the flash, the rain drops show up very clearly on the final image, and not to mention the potential electric shock. The other issue with shooting entirely outdoors is the wind, nothing to do with your horse spooking or flowing manes, but the lights are quite large and tend to act like a sail, which again is not ideal. However we’ve had many successful outdoor shoots, we just need to keep an eye on the weather before we confirm the final shoot day.
If you do have a large enough indoor area (8m x 10m min) then that’s all we need to get the studio set up. It takes about an hour to get ready and do a few tests before we can slowly introduce your horse to the set up, though it's great if your horse is nearby whilst we're setting up to gradually get used to it. Mark will take his time, as getting your horse comfortable is our priority, so there’s no pressure of time constraints. it takes as long as it takes. You’d be amazed at the number of times we've been told by the owner that there’s no way their horse is going to be ok with this, only to find the horse just walks in and takes it completely in their stride!
Some people are concerned about the flash firing, but generally the flash going off is barely even noticed by the horse. Once we’re ready to go the actual shoot will last no more than 20 minutes, sometimes if your horse is a total poser, even less!
On the right, is a little time-lapse video we put together a few years ago which gives some idea of the studio set up.
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A 1-2 hour shoot using available light
Perfect for a horse and rider lifestyle shoot.
A 1 hour shoot using a mix of available light supplemented with studio flash lights.
I'll set up a temporary studio at your yard and create a studio portrait of your horse.