A brief insight to how I got into horses…
I’ve been very fortunate to have grown up with animals all my life. I got my first pony, Trooper, at a fairly young age. Trooper isn’t your usual first pony – he’s a very cheeky 13.2hh strawberry roan Welsh cross. I think it would be fair to say he taught me how to stay on! 15 years on at the age of 24, he still enjoys going out for hacks around the village lanes. Growing up, I also had riding lessons at a local riding school where I learnt to ride properly and how to jump. I had lessons for 8 years before getting my second horse, Daley!
Daley is a 15.3hh Welsh D x Connermara/Thoroughbred/Arab gelding who I do a bit of everything on! I ride both horses just for fun and love every aspect of riding and caring for horses!
Animals have always been a huge part of my life. As well as owning horses, I also own 8 pygmy goats, 2 pet sheep whom of which I bottled reared and are now 8 & 10 years old, 2 kittens and a collie puppy (It may be a bit chaotic at home sometimes, but I love every minute of it!)
So, how did I get into photography?
I’ve always been interested in cameras from a young age. As a child I used to film my horses in the field and get someone to video me riding, edit the footage and produce videos to which I would upload on to You Tube. I loved the equestrian community on there and the support I was given. I was keen to improve; I learnt more about cameras and different angles and techniques to produce better quality videos. I gained a following of 1.2k subscribers on You Tube which was so lovely to see people enjoying my videos and watching my progress over the years!
As I became more interested in this hobby, I saved up and upgraded my small little camcorder for my very first digital camera which I took everywhere with me! I loved being able to just capture the moments to reflect back on over the years. It was from then that I started getting more in to photography, I loved how each photo could tell its own story and that’s where my passion rapidly grew.
I started taking photos of anything I possibly could; my horses and pets being my main subjects in front of the camera! At GCSE, I took media where I was able to incorporate my photography in a lot of my work and after enjoying it so much, I jumped at the chance of taking photography at A-Level! This is where I really started developing my enthusiasm for the subject and also got my first full-frame DSLR! Studying photography really allowed me to explore and learn different photographic techniques including the chance to develop film and enlarge my own prints in a dark room which was super cool, although sent you a bit crazy if you spent too long down there! Studying photography also gave me a lot of opportunities including having my photos show cased in exhibitions and placing in competitions.
One of my proudest achievements that I have achieved within the field of photography includes one of my photos being shown and evaluated on BBC Spotlight. You can watch the video here:
During and after finishing A-Levels, I worked for an equestrian events photography company for two years which was a great experience and I loved every second of it. Due to not competing myself, I loved that I could still be a part of the competition world by being right in the thick of it all and get to photograph some great riding events in the South West.
Since then, I’ve now decided to take the plunge and go out on my own, which is a little daunting but I’m looking forward to my new adventure ahead! I’m currently photographing events at local shows, which I love. I am lucky to be able to photograph some lovely friendly riding clubs who are very welcoming; it doesn’t even feel like I am working because we all have so much fun and it’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves!
As well as event photography, I also love doing portrait sessions, whether it be equine or canine! It’s nice to be able to work closely and really get to know the subjects I am photographing, it allows for a more detailed story and relationship between the subjects to be captured. I love that I am able to produce photographs that people will be able to keep and look back on forever so they will never forget that moment.
I like to take my camera with me wherever I go, I’m never seen without it! You never know when that perfect moment is going to happen and I like to be prepared for that. Below I have attached some of my other work as aside from equine photography, I also enjoy landscape, fine art and product photography.