Nothing creates that catalogue look better than a well turned out horse and owner. Hopefully by now you have chosen a location for your shoot, so how are you going to turn your horse out?
Don't worry, I have you covered. Meet Amelia →
(my super talented groom and wonder woman!!)
Here are some of her top tips for getting your horses shoot ready!
Bathing prior to a shoot will remove dirt, dust and excess grease. Make sure you scrub thoroughly through manes, tails and hooves. If you don't have hot water, then a good hot cloth is the next best thing (especially in colder weather)
TRIMMING + TIDYING UP
Depending on your horses breed, and the look you are wanting to go for, here are some areas to pay particular attention to:
• MANES + TAILS - pulled or plaited manes and tails give a classy look to any image (BUT don't forget the bridle path and don't use scissors!!!)
• FEATHERS - well trimmed feathers really define the horses legs
• CLIP - if it's clipping season, try clipping 2 or so weeks prior to your shoot, so any harsh lines have time to grow in for a more natural finish. Make sure small cat hairs are taken off under the chin and over the body
• HOOVES - after a good clean, add a splash of hoof oil to give them a healthy glow
• EYES & NOSE - these areas may require a wipe over before your shoot to remove any dust, dirt or food - this is not a good look in close ups!