Even though I have put my focus towards photographing people over the last year or two, equine photography will ALWAYS be my favorite! Combining the two and doing portraits of horses with their owners is my ultimate photography happiness. Over the years, I have learned some tips and tricks to getting the best out of photographing your horse!
One of the most important parts of photographing horses is having the correct angle. Keeping your camera lens around shoulder level with the horse will keep their legs from appearing disproportionate. The same goes for shooting head shots as well. No one likes a lens full of horse nose!
Always have something enticing with you to get the pricked ears and interested expression everyone wants in their photos. Any kind of treats work well, but peppermints or anything that has a wrapper are extra helpful! For horses with a shorter attention span, try crinkling a plastic bag or shaking a small container with coins in it to get them more engaged!
3. CLEAN UP
Always start with a clean horse! Mud and dirt can ruin an otherwise good photograph. Make sure all your equipment included in the photograph is also clean! They are all important parts of creating a great image.
4. KEEP IT CLASSY
Having a cheap nylon halter can ruin a photo. Use a leather halter or, even better, a bridle! Leather lead ropes are also a good choice. If you choose a cotton lead rope, use one that isn’t a bright overwhelming color. Stick to neutrals that don’t distract from the horse.
Find a non-distracting background. When it comes to farms, there is always plenty of distracting elements! Avoid electric fence lines, jumps, buckets, etc. Trees and fields are usually available and always a great go-to.
Now go out and have fun photographing your horses!
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