As an equine photographer, I have been fortunate enough to witness countless magical moments between children and their equine best friends. But one of the hardest parts of growing up as a young equestrian is the fact that you'll eventually outgrow your dear equine friend. It means having to say a bittersweet goodbye and welcoming new friendships into your life, friendships that promise exciting adventures and countless memories yet to be shared. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Claudia and being introduced to her sweet Connemara pony, Monkey and here's a little sneak peak to what we go up to on her equine portrait session in Dorset.
Setting the Stage for a Dreamy Equine Photoshoot for Children:
Picture yourself in a storybook setting—a stunning Connemara pony surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of Dorset's rolling hills and the pops of autumnal colours from the vibrant trees. We picked Claudia's yard near Wimborne for the setting of the photoshoot where Claudie's new pony was starting to feel at home. We arrived early morning where the sun was just beginning to come out behind the beautiful leafy trees.
The Girl and Her Pony: A new and exciting friendship:
Let me introduce you to our stars, 15 year old Claudie and her adorable young Connemara pony, Monkey. Claudie is an experienced and a talented young rider, having had great success in the past racing in the Shetland Pony Grand National. She now enjoys show jumping as well as competing in the showing arena (having recently competed at HOYS). Monkey and Claudia have only know each other for a short amount of time, but I think you'll agree they are fast forming a special bond and Monkey is very much part of the family already. I love the these relaxed equine photoshoots for young equestrians give them a chance to take time out of their busy competing schedules and school life and can enjoy spending time with their ponies and to celebrate just how far they've come. Claudia shows lots of behind the scenes of her life with her wonderful ponies so if you're interested in following along with Claudia's journey, find her on Instagram @claudiagrovesequestrienne
Thinking of booking your own equine photoshoot for your children and their ponies?
Equine photoshoots for children offer a magical window into the extraordinary bond shared between young hearts and their amazing four-legged best friends. As a horse and portrait photographer, I am humbled to have been a part of their timeless connection and privileged to preserve their cherished memories through the art of photography. If you're looking capture the beauty and wonder of children's equine relationships through my relaxed equine photography sessions I'd love to hear from you. Plus with Christmas just around the corner (yikes I know, it can't be that time of year already?!) this could be the perfect meaningful gift for your young equestrian. Q. Where are you based? I'm based in Dorset but I do travel within a 2/3 radius so please do get in touch to see if I travel to your location. Q. Where do the equine photo sessions take place? The sessions usually take place at your home or yard but if there's a special location to your family we can meet there. If you can ride at a beach local to you, this is always a stunning backdrop for photographs. Q. What happens if the pony misbehaves or can't stand still? I love to find out all about the pony and children in our pre-photoshoot consultation. It's a good way of getting to know a bit more about how to tailor the photoshoot the ensure it's relaxed and fun. Having said that, we know that working with ponies that things often don't go to plan and that's ok. Sometimes we need to switch things up if a greedy pony would rather be eating grass and posing for a picture! Q. What does my child need to wear? You'll receive a getting ready guide before the photoshoot with lots of helpful tips on preparing for your session. I usually tell clients to prepare 2/3 outfit for the children which a comfortable and make them feel like themselves! Q. How can I book? You welcome to give me a call on 07850037159 and drop me a message via my website www.bethchisham.com or firstname.lastname@example.org I'd love to hear from you and we can get a date in the diary! Q. What happens after the shoot? After the session I'll carefully select and beautifully edit the very best images and you'll be invited to view your gorgeous child and pony photos and picture your very favourite to framed in a beautiful large wooden frame ready to stunning images for you to enjoy in your home. You are welcome to purchased further prints and digitial images. Any other questions? Please do feel free to get in touch for a chat!
Beth Chisham Equine Photography Specialising in relaxed photoshoots for children and their horses and ponies. Based in Dorset Tel: 07850037159 Email: email@example.com www.bethchisham.com