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Pet Photography - Horsing Around

Lesley O'Donnell - Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Marita with Muffin and Shadow

One of the things that I just love about the work I do is meeting new people who introduce me to places I have never been before. On the spot I have to make decisions about where and how to photograph them. I need to see the light and pose them in a flattering way while at the same time getting their attention or capturing a magic fleeting moment of connection. The more subjects in the photo the more challenging this can be. 

Last week I headed out of the city to a beautiful horse agistment property in Upper Beaconsfield to photograph a 32 year old Appaloosa named Shadow with his 20 year old thoroughbred companion Muffin and their owner Marita. We were blessed with a warm, calm day and I loved every minute of being in the country setting. It made me feel so content and carefree and I welcomed the break from my usual inner city environment.

Marita's mum joined us on the property and was an invaluable assistant. Photographing two or more animals together is not the easiest task. Horse owners prefer their charges to have their ears forward so that they look alert and handsome. If they don’t they can look like donkeys. Coaxing two horses to be alert at the same time is a challenge and I am sure that Muffin saw it as a game. He caused us much laughter as he seemed to deliberately put them back or have each one facing in a different direction.

Annie commented on 12-Aug-2011 09:49 AM
What a lovely pair they are and how did you get them to prick up their ears both at the same time? Wouldn't think Shadow was an old horse from that pic. Wish I carried my age as well.Keep it going.

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