After two fun-filled shoots with Liz and Vicki last year, I was invited back to The Rising Sun – this time to photograph for Abbie and Jessie. Abbie had been gifted a photo shoot voucher for her 21st by Susan (who we had also had a wonderful shoot with last year!) and decided to organise a group booking with Jessie for a yard shoot day!
Once Abbie and Marty had finished playing model for the morning, Jessie was next to go with her lovely young man, Monty. Monty is a 19 year old ex racer – he retired from racing as an 8 year old and had 4 years out before enjoying a quiet life with his previous owner. Jessie learnt to ride as a 5 year old and has loaned horses since, but Monty is the first horse she has officially owned – so is kinda special!
Jessie has been working on re-schooling Monty in the time she had had him – their favourite thing to do being pleasure rides. Monty loves a good gallop - that’s no doubt the racer in him! However, you would not believe it during our shoot – he was so laid back and was extremely obliging while we played horse hokey-cokey getting him in position for all the different shots. He stood like an angel and did everything asked of him throughout – what a super star!
On the yard, we spent a bit of time capturing some studio-like black background images in a stable doorway, before making our way down the track for some more posed pictures! We spent the majority of the shoot capturing in hand bonding photos of the two of them. Monty just wanted to cuddle in throughout, and Jessie had quite clearly been practicing because she required no guidance what-so-ever! The two of them were so natural!
We captured in hand photos down the track, before heading round to the freshly cut and bailed crop field for some posed photos by the bails and the gorgeous blue flowers surrounding the field. Then we headed back to the yard to pop Monty’s tack on and round up the shoot with some ridden photos in the school.
Thank you ever so much for having me to come and photograph for you all – I had a wonderful time back at The Rising Sun, and look forward to watching your progress with your gorgeous boy!
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