10 tips to get the most from your horse photography session


Specialist horse portrait photographer David Wagstaff-Myers has tips for getting the most out of your horse photography session.

  1. Make sure you and your horse have had a good meal prior to the photo session. Good moods make for better photographs.
  2. Your horse will have to be posed and positioned for the photographs. Usually the person the horse is most familiar with is best to do this. Alternatively make sure an assistant is present to help with positioning.
  3. Bring some of your horses favourite edible treats to the session, especially treats that make a noise when shaken to help capture your horses attention and turn the ears.
  4. Choose a photography location that has a spacious and uncluttered background. You may be restricted to where you can photograph your horse but finding a location with a simple and attractive backdrop will improve the photographs dramatically.
  5. Planning in plenty of time makes for a stress free and productive photography session.
  6. Make sure your horse is immaculately groomed prior to the photography session and pay particular attention to brushing the mane and tail.
  7. The weather in the UK can be unpredictable to say the least. Although we photograph horses in all weather conditions, pouring rain will make for poor pictures and isn't great for our equipment. That said, dark and looming clouds can add great depth and detail to photographs. We also think snow and frost make for excellent photo conditions. If the weather has been rather wet a relatively mud free photography location is preferable.
  8. No other distracting events should be planned either prior or after the photography session.
  9. Choose an attractive head collar that is in good condition. Alternatively it might be possible to photograph your horse without a collar.
  10. Relax and have fun! Your attitude towards the photography session will reflect in your horse and the finished product.

If you have any further questions about our horse photography session please contact us