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Capturing Timeless Moments: Hiring an Equine Photographer to Capture The Magic Connection With Your Horse

Capturing Timeless Moments: Hiring an Equine Photographer to Capture The Magic Connection With Your Horse

The first thing I wanted to do when I got my horse, was to take as many photos as I could get. Now, I’m no amateur in the photo game – and I know the importance of capturing these special bonds. Preserving those moments, It’s not just a want, it’s a survival instinct, like air or Wi-Fi.

Enter the equine photographer, the Michelangelo of the horse world, ready to turn your moments into a masterpiece. You’ve got to meet Miriam Dudley Photography . I stumbled upon her images online, and my goodness, she’s got the kind of talent that makes you and your horse look like you are starring in your own Netflix series.

So, I did what any sane horse lover would do – slid into her DMs for a Q and A session. Get ready for a front-row seat to the magic captured by Miriam Dudley Photography, because we are about to spill the hay on Home of Horses – where the only thing hotter than the hay is the talent behind the lens!

Equine portrait photographer

Expertise in Equine Photography

Q: What inspired you to start your photography business?

A: I found my love for photography when I was about 8 years old (a little too young to start a business, I guess :)) and got my first film camera from my parents. When with family or friends, I was always the one who had the camera ready, always! When traveling, others walked through the streets while I took photos of beautiful historic doors, interesting houses or little details along the way. About three million photos later and many career steps in between, there was one day when it clicked in my head and I knew “If you can dream it, you can do it.” This was the moment when I finally decided to pursue my dream and do what I love – capturing special moments and creating smiles.

Tailored Horse Photography Sessions

Q: What inspired you to specialize in equine photography, and how does it differ from other types of photography?

A: My love for horses started at a very early age and has grown over many years. I’ve been riding since I was 8 years old and am still actively engaged in the horse world. It is an absolute dream for me to combine my passion for horses with photography and I sometimes have to pinch myself that I am able to call this my job now! How does it differ from other types of Photography?

Well, I think working with horses is like stepping into a different world. Horses are beautiful, large animals, but not to be underestimated. You have to be very patient and mindful at all times when you are working with them. I always listen and give them the time and space they need which is why my packages for horse sessions start at 90 min, taking off pressure for both the horse and owner. I don’t want to create the feeling of rushing through a session and, unfortunately, you can’t tell a horse to stand still for an hour because we’re done after that.

So I would say, the biggest difference compared to other types of photography is definitely a high level of flexibility. Otherwise, there are some other minor differences like my outfit choice. I would never show up in the same outfit for a horse session that I would for a family session.

Of course, you’ll interact with them, you might get dirty, and you might get your feet in the way… things happen. So, I usually wear sturdy shoes when I’m working with horses just to be safe. I also try to make these sessions as natural and uncomplicated as possible (no extra props like additional lighting etc.) as this might distract the horse, but secondly make it impossible as they are constantly moving.

Preserving Memories for a Lifetime

Q: Capturing the personality and essence of a horse is essential in equine photography. Could you share some tips on how to achieve this in your photos?

A: I think it is a huge advantage when you know how to work with horses while photographing them. It is so much easier to communicate with your client when they know that you understand what’s going on. Knowing a horse’s body language is just one important skill to get the best shots. A photo with a horse looks just so much better when the ears are up, the hind legs are not in a “relaxed” position etc. I feel like knowing horses will also give you a better feeling of what looks good and what doesn’t (which angles are best etc.) It is also good to know how to get their attention during a session, which can be hard sometimes but you just have to be patient, creative and keep trying :).

Depending on each individual horse, you can work with little helpers such as a squeaky toy, YouTube videos with horse sounds, or people behind me (the photographer) to wave their arms, etc. There are endless ideas BUT it is crucial to always ask the owner first. They know their horses best and some horses might not be super excited (or maybe too excited) when they hear a dog toy.

Q: Horses can be unpredictable subjects. How do you approach and work with them to get the best shots?

A: The first thing when I arrive for a session is to connect with the owner, watch them interact with their horse for a moment and ask questions. This helps me understand the horse and their relationship better. Getting to know each other is not only important for me to know what I am getting into, but also for the owner to feel more comfortable during our session.

I’ve had sessions when I instantly noticed that the horse was frisky and seemingly irritated. I asked the owner if this is a usual behavior or if anything specific happened that contributed to this behavior. If a horse is extra antsy in general, I am just more careful starting out and see how it goes, or if appropriate, suggest to have them do whatever it takes to calm them down (i.e. lounge them for a second).

Equine art prints

All of my sessions are very relaxed and I am mindful and very patient when working with horses. I usually start a session very easy going by just walking to the photo spot together and letting the horse graze for a second to get them relaxed. I found this the best approach to get started and get the owner and horse settled while I am taking my first candid shots. Later into the session, I will guide the owner through poses by showing them where to stand and what to do. Generally speaking, I would say I am a very responsible photographer and would never just do what I am asked for if I find it too dangerous. I think the most important skill is to be mindful and cautious, and to listen to horse and communicate openly with the owner.

Equestrian lifestyle photography

Q :Lighting plays a crucial role in photography. What are your favorite lighting techniques or times of day for capturing stunning horse images?

A: I am all about natural light. I LOVE shooting with soft or diffused natural backlight like the sun peeking through the trees in the back. If I can influence the time of the day when my clients book me, I always prefer to shoot in the early morning hours or afternoon/evening (golden or blue hour, sunrise/sunset).

Q: Where are you located and how far do you travel to photography horse and riders?

A: I am based in Haymarket, Virginia. Locations within 40 min of Haymarket are included in my packages but I also do travel for an additional fee.

Q: What is the best way for someone to set up a photography session with you?

A: I would love to work with you and your horses. Please contact me personally through my website, social channels or email. I love to connect with my clients directly to understand who they are, what’s important for them and what they wish for their session.

We are thrilled to have Miriam Dudley Photography on Home of Horses!

Conclusion:

In the world of equine companionship, moments are fleeting but the memories are everlasting. Hiring an equine photographer is more than just an investment in pictures – it’s an investment in the preservation of a timeless bond. Through their expertise, creativity, and commitment to quality, equine photographers, can turn your moments into masterpieces that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. These equine photographers, they’re not just clickin’ away – they’re weaving a spell that turns your ordinary moments into beautiful art.

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So, pony up, my friends! Investing in an equine photographer is like investing in a treasure chest of memories. Their skills, their flair, their downright commitment to making your horse-human connection look like the cover of a romance novel – it’s all there. So, grab that saddle, take the reins, and let the enchantment of an equine photoshoot capture the sheer beauty of your one-of-a-kind love affair with your horse. Giddy up, and let the magic unfold with Miriam Dudley Photography,.

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