Dressage and Driving
Well hello there spring!
After the beautiful Freddie, we had a brief in hand shoot with another of Anna's gorgeous horses. The normally compliant Favita really wasn't feeling it this particular day, preferring to stand and go to sleep instead of making herself look alert (Goes to show how relaxed Anna's horses are!). We worked to get a handful of shots, without boring Favita too much, before moving on to Willbury, a handsome young training livery that Anna has in her care to start under saddle. We began with a few ridden shots, Anna working him in slowly before showing him off in front of the camera. During this short time, he put up with the camera clicking away loudly, and myself rolling around on the floor to get the most impressive angles, this was one extremely tolerant young horse!
Training livery, Willbury. Ridden by Anna Brown
Things don't always go to plan! Willbury telling us that he didn't like the top yard.
In between changing horses, I took the chance to capture a few moments which really showed the calm atmosphere of the yard, moments of peace between Anna and her horses, Amy taking the time to groom and care for all them, a way to really express the feeling of what it's like to be on this lovely yard.
Amy Tomkins giving Favita a good grooming
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
So that's what I did. I learned on the job, and it was a fabulous experience! This was a huge learning curve in the art of driving and how the events were run. It was indeed a challenge as I initially struggled to get the right angles and timing from the places I had to stand, but as a photographer you must work with what you are given. By the end of the day, I had 2000 images to work my way through (Which can be found here), I was exhausted, but had enjoyed a truly unique experience, met some wonderful people, and was working on planning my attendance at some of the summer driving events.
The joy of photography is that you never know what lies around the corner and in what way it may push your abilities, testing both your creativity, your equipment, and push you to solve the ever tricky question of getting the right shots to satisfy both your client, and yourself with potentially limited resources.
As we move into April, I'm setting my sights on yet more dressage, and also assisting the outstandingly talented Steve Wall for a one day event at Lincomb Equestrian, as well as assisting to shoot a spot of polo! Like I said, you never know what's around the corner.
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