Magic Horse Photoshoot.

This was a two hour portrait session capturing Leah and 10 year old Magic at the stables and open fields. Just after midday, the sun was at its strongest, and although this provided a few challenges, (harsh shadows),  it also gave a few surprises and  the strong light was used to our advantage. Being patient and working around the shadows and the full sun, resulted in some nice bleached out shoots as well as some dark contrast tones to the photographs.

Thank you for taking your time and making us feel so confident, beautiful and relaxed. Leah and Magic

The shoot was totally relaxed and although Magic made a canter for it at one stage and trotted back to the stables, he was an absolute star. He is a gentle and calm horse and was quite happy for me to keep snapping my camera around him. Although, there was no real plan for the session but to get some nice shots of Leah and Magic together, I thought on my feet and used the location to dictate many of the photos.

Props are not something I usually use, but this time I brought a large bouquet of flowers with me. The flowers provided another element to the shoot and worked well to add a bit of kitsch and surreal modern photography to the shoot.

There were about 40 photos on the final edit, here are a few from the shoot.

 

Dalmatian Woodland Photoshoot

A different photo shoot for me capturing not one but two Dalmatians out in the country. It was tiring but fun chasing Bella and Jensen around trees and fields for nearly 3 hours with their owners Dave and Leslie.

The weather was fantastic, the sun was just peeking through the clouds giving rise to some great light and shadow shots. The Bluebells contrasted beautifully with the black and white colours of their coats as did the long green grass and light wood bark of the trees.

I was hoping they may have tired throughout the shoot, so I could get some creative, laid back posed shots, but there was no stopping these two, they were on a mission.  Forever full of energy, sniffing everything insight, picking and running off with litter, and barking and chasing other dogs, all closely followed by me, trying to get a good shot with my camera, it was all great fun. There was an instant when Bella and Jensen were frantically chasing each other at full speed through the trees this resulted in one of my favourite shots.

Dalmatians

Bella and Jensen are two amazing Dalmatians full of energy and fun not stopping still for one moment until they are bribed with a piece of sausage!

A challenging experience, both Dave and Leslie were great luring and bribing Jensen and Bella into various poses. They hid behind trees and ran down hills and through trees, while I mostly crouching down or running with them could anticipate the shot. No fancy props in my camera bag, just my full frame Canon 6D with a 24-70mm lens and Black Rapid strap http://www.blackrapid.com no flash was needed.

Photographing animals while they are moving is never going to be easy, but you have to go with the flow, watch their personalities and be very patient. I experimented with many different camera settings, but in the end I just went with a fast shutter speed and kept shooting, shooting and shooting.