My sweet friend Courtney reached out about photos because she and her family are moving to Alaska with the U.S. Army, and her gorgeous mare Marley, was staying behind with a friend. So of course, it was a no brainer! I’ve been in those shoes of having to follow your orders, and being forced to separate from your horse (temporarily, but it still sucks!), so I wanted to make sure these were extra special for her.
Marley was sent from Adams, Tennessee to North Carolina to become a mama and spend some time on the local show circuit. We used her black background session to grab a few conformation shots of Marley, then got some beautiful shots for Courtney to look at while they are apart. Normally, I have to worry about people getting chilled during the session, but poor Marley was the cold one for this session! Because she is fully body clipped, meaning no winter coat, we had to rotate between having her blanket on and walking around to stay warm, and standing still long enough for me to grab the shot. This is why I always clear a large block of time when planning sessions. Horses, like people, have moods, get cold, feel fidgety, etc. Having someone familiar with horses, with an understanding on how to best get them settled and focused, ensures that you as their owner get the very best images of your horse.
Black background sessions are 30 minutes long and typically include 5-7 hand edited images. Marley’s session was held at JML Farms. A barn aisle, indoor arena or shaded area are all that is needed for these types of equine shoots, so don’t let the fear of not having ‘good enough’ facilities stop you! I travel throughout the middle Tennessee region and am located directly in Clarksville, TN. Black background sessions are offered at a discounted rate when multiple sessions are booked, making these a great option for barn photos.