This photograph was taken at Taunton Vale Pony Club in June 2011 where I was asked to cover the 50 children and their pony camp experience. Rather than doing just jump shots I decided to also do Equine Portraits like this one which proved to be very popular. It was very wet but the organiser luckily had a beautifully lit barn where this shot was taken. The parents were so pleased with this image they ordered a 30x20 inch canvas. June 2011Canon Eos 40D ISO 400, 1/800th at f 4.0 Focal length 32mmLens 24-105 f/4.0 In Lightroom I increased saturation and vibrance
Tilly is a photographer’s gift because she loves having her photo taken. I thought it was sweet the way she’s peering through the mane of her much loved pony.1/320th sec at f/5.6 Focal length 67 mm.Canon Eos 40D Lens 24-105 f4L ISO 400 In post production I increased the Clarity a little and bumped up saturation and vibrance. I also took the exposure down from the white ponies’ mane.
11. HAY BALES
12. HAY BALES
Grey is the 4th child in a family of five. I have photographed the family yearly now both for family portraits and modeling shots. This portrait was taken at their home on Exmoor on the steps of a ruined out-building. I like the simplicity of the shot – the timeless, traditional shirt and the old steps just setting off his eyes.July, 2010ISO 320 Canon Eos 40D Lens 24-105 f/4.0Focal Length 73mm 1/250 sec at F/4.0In Lightroom I increased clarity, saturation, vibrance, and contrast.
Daisy lives on a sheep farm in Somerset and helps her Mum round up their flock on horseback. She’s a totally unique little girl, completely fearless and original. This shot was taken in their farmyard and I just moved her around so that her cowboy hat could act as sun shield. I shot this with my favourite 50mm lens which was the only lens I had for about a year!February, 2010Exp 1/1000th sec at f/1.8Focal length 50mmISO 400Lens Ef 50mm f/1.8In Lightroom added a vignette around edge with gradient tool. In photoshop I removed some chapped skin from around her mouth and nose.
Nell’s family and I went for a walk to a location called Willett Tower, a local ruin in Somerset. Nell is a pensive little girl who is happy to play by herself for hours, absorbed in what is around her. This ancient doorway seemed like a natural spot for her to sit and think.21 April, 20111/100th Sec at f/4.0Focal Length 50mmISO 400Canon 40DEF 24-105mm f4.lPost production –Used gradient tool to darken edges to draw focus in to Nell’s face.
Tilly’s parents have a beautiful old house in Somerset with a range of outbuildings. As they’d just come back from Cornwall, Tilly was brown and I thought this background suited her skin tone perfectly. The pattern of the wall is also sympathetic to the pattern on her dress.July, 2011I/50th Sec @ f4.0Focal Length 35mmISO 400CANON 40DEF 24-105mmIn Lightroom I increased contrast, vibrance, clarity a fraction.
Jess was walking through the elephant grass just before the sun went down. 21 March, 20111/400th sec at F4.0Focal Length 50mmISO 400Canon 40DEF-105mm, f/4.0In Lightroom I added a bit of fill light and gradient tool to darken edges and draw your eye even more to her face.
7. EMILY, TILLY, ARABELLA
Three sisters all in a row. Little Arabella was a reluctant model on this day but eventually, when she saw what fun her sisters were having, she joined in with gusto. I like the way that the little ones are looking up to their big sister. July, 2011Shot at 1/100th second at f4.0Focal Length 24mmISO 400Canon 40DEF 24-105mm f/4Slight crop to foreground and removed a ring to tie up horses from back wall in photoshop.
Tom was helping his parents in the lambing shed on a bright spring day with this amazing light streaming in. He was trying to encourage some of the lambs who had rejected their mothers’ milk to suckle.Shot on 10 February, 2010.1/60th second @ f/2.850mm focal length, ISO 400Canon 40 D with 50mm lens.I decreased exposure a little in light room and adjusted the horizontals in the crop. I also bumped up clarity, vibrance and saturation.
I took this photograph of Lily at her own birthday party which had a cowgirl theme. In a brief lull I took this shot of Lilly in the doorway of the dog house, an old building with lovely ambient light. Oct, 20101/80th Sec @ f/6.3Focal Length 24mmISO 800Canon 40DEF 24-105mm f/4LIn lightroom I darkened the doorway and background to hide a dog bowl!