After a morning of shoots in the sun, my day continued with a shoot at Rachel Davison’s yard. I met up with Rachel and her gorgeous boy Phoenix, who her mum had bred and gifted to her for her birthday surprise. I often see Rachel and five year old Phoenix competing at Lane Farm in the dressage and jumping looking very smart, however this time they looked beautifully natural for their shoot, bonding round the yard.
They have the most beautiful spot where Rachel’s mum runs her riding school and breeds horses. We were very fortunate to have free run of the yard and had so much scenery to play with – we were spoilt for choice! Rachel looked gorgeous (as ever!), her hair was glistening in the sun and she looked wonderful in a black blouse with her smart white trousers. Phoenix had been well pampered and was equally as photogenic, so they made my job very easy!
For all Rachel has a lot of photos around the house from competing, she doesn’t have many casual photos of them round the yard, so jumped at the opportunity of having a shoot when she won her voucher in a raffle. We started the shoot on the lawn by the house, and worked our way round to the drive, over the bridge and down by the stream. At each spot we captured a mixture of poses. Having owned him all his life, Rachel and Phoenix had the most beautiful bond which shone through in all the photos.
We headed back to the stable block where we captured some photos with the dark stable behind, so I could create some studio-like black background photos. We then rounded up the shoot with some family photos where Rachel’s mum stepped in too. It meant a lot to Rachel to have her mum join us, as they are very close and her mum had bred and gifted Phoenix to Rachel. I loved capturing the family portraits – they made for a beautiful photo!
Thank you very much for welcoming me to your gorgeous home. I hope you enjoyed your shoot as much as I did!
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