About an Equine photo shoot with Mark Beaumont
Some information about your Equine Photoshoot…..
Before the shoot you need to groom your horse to a standard that you are going to be happy with, and please bare in mind the lighting and detail that my camera will capture will uncover any half hearted grooming! But its entirely up to you, I know if my own horse was polished to super model standard it wouldn’t be him, he always a bit (very) scruffy! Of course if you're going to be in the shoot too, don't forget to bring a clean change of clothing just in case your horse decides to have an impromptu snort after a mouthful of feed, (we’ve all been there!)
When I get to your yard we’ll have a chat and go say hello to your horse, I’ll then have look around for any suitable locations if you haven’t already got anywhere particular in mind.
For the studio type shoots we ideally require a large enough indoor area, but it can still be done entirely out side, it just depends on the weather. Obviously we cant shoot in the rain with the flash, apart from the potential electric shock the rain drops show up very clearly on the final image, which is not ideal, unless we’re going for the “wet look”. 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 in the wind, 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 I need to get the studio set up. It takes about an hour to get it all up and do a few tests before we can slowly introduce your horse to the set up, though its great if your horse is nearby whilst I’m setting up to see it being done before hand.
I take my time as there’s no pressure of time constraints and i’m quite happy for you to do the same and slowly get your horse accustomed to the lighting set up before we think about firing off the flash. Though in my experience 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 time!
Below is a little time-lapse video I put together e few years ago which gives some idea of the studio set up.
If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch either with contact form here or by phone.
Equine studio photoshoot from mark beaumont on Vimeo.