As I mentioned previously, I’m catching up on blog posts for past clients. I photographed Phoebe and her pony, Rosie, back in November last year near their home in-between Pulborough and Storrington, West Sussex. We were really lucky to pick a day that turned out ok in the midst of a week of non-stop rain (just like the rest of winter turned out to be!).
I photographed Phoebe’s birthday party earlier in the year, so was honoured to be asked to photograph her with her star pony, Rosie.
Rosie was an absolute star as she perhaps wasn’t entirely in the mood for a photoshoot, but dealt with the occasion admirably. She ignored planes and gliders (you could see the runway for the Pulborough Gliding Club from the field we started in), inquisitive sheep and the strange man pointing a camera at her…
In fact, the only way I could get her to put her ears forward was by rattling my secret weapon for the day, a tub of cashew nuts.
It’s perhaps worth pointing out that I’d remove the sheep in Photoshop if requested, but in the context of this little story, it makes me laugh and reminds me of the fun we had on the photoshoot.
The site we had at our disposal for the shoot was great, as we had the South Downs off in the distance and a nice mix of open fields, trees, tree stumps, gates and lanes to use as back drops – all the things that can add to a nice varied photoshoot and give the client plenty of images to choose from.
The last photo I’ve included in the blog post is probably my personal favourite of the day (although many of them capture the lovely bond between Phoebe and Rosie) – the sweep of the lane through the image, the autumnal feel to the trees with the leaves on the ground, the closeness between Phoebe and Rosie, and Rosie has her ears forward as she knows she is getting close to her home field and can hear her companions calling to her.
As always, a huge thank you to the stars of the shoot, Phoebe and Rosie for making the shoot such fun, and thanks to Pheobe’s Mum and Dad, Fiona and Chris for asking me to do the shoot – always a pleasure to work for wonderful people!
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