I met up with the lovely Sian and her very handsome Appaloosa x Shire, Leo, on a sunny day in August. Sian had been gifted a photo shoot voucher and decided to claim it during the Summer while Leo was just 3 years old, in the hope to have several more shoots as he matures and progresses! When I arrived, Sian had spent the morning bathing Leo and he was sparkling!
In the lead up to the shoot, I had seen lots of photos of Leo popping up in my newsfeed on Facebook. In all the photos he looked like a gentle giant, and sure enough he was just that! He stood at 17hh with such presence, but had the sweetest nature and just loved the attention (and the camera)! This made my job capturing his and Sian’s bond very easy!
We began the shoot in the doorway of the stable block, where we carefully positioned Leo in front of the dark barn in order to create that studio-like effect, which allows me to produce the black background photos! He stood out wonderfully against the black background (thanks to the earlier grooming efforts!). We then made our way out and about, picking out some favourite spots around the yard for those in-hand bonding photos.
There was a gorgeous crop field, which had recently been cut, that we were allowed to photograph in. This offered us a beautiful view, a nice grassy track with a hedge to the side, and some trees at the bottom for sitting under. Then we made our way back up to the yard where we were spoilt for choice with scenery too. We rounded up the shoot on the yard where we had a wooden fence to sit on and some stones which worked beautifully in the background of more bonding photos!
Thank you for inviting me to meet your handsome boy – it was lovely to finally see you both in person after seeing so much coming through over facebook. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you both!
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