Aaand Sleep!

#equinebusinessalphabet – letter Z – zzzzzz time to sleep! z-alphabet

Firstly – a big thank you to Rose Lewis for setting the blogging challenge that has been the equine business alphabet. No, it hasn’t taken me 26 days, but we’ve made it to Z, and learned a bit along the way!

I’ve learned that blogging every day, is just not something that is going to work for me, and is hugely tough. I’ve also found it very interesting coming up with content, but moving forward I will be blogging twice a week maximum, except weeks where I have multiple shoots to share! This way you can all know more of what to expect from Laura Fiddaman Photography blogging.

I am totally ready to get my head down so that I can bring you more blogs, more information, and more fun – what would you like to read about?

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017

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Yards – on location

#equinebusinessalphabet – letter Y – Yards

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When you book a photoshoot, it’s completely up to you where we capture your images. Obviously I’m not going to turn down a day at the beach, or in some lovely woodland, but often the easiest and safest place is at your own yard.

Your horse is quite literally at home on the yard, and where there is familiarity, there’s usually more relaxation, and less spooking. You may think your yard has nothing special to offer in the way of backdrops, or you may be lucky and have some stunning scenery. Either way, I can assure you that there are spots we can create some beautiful photos.

Open fields, hedgerows, wooden fencing, gates, walls, doorways… These all give us opportunities. The one thing best avoided is electric fencing, and unless absolutely necessary I will try to avoid shooting in an arena. There are some situations where photographs being caught in an arena make sense, eg; ridden dressage etc. if this is what we are shooting! As with all photo sessions booked, you will get a telephone consultation before the day, so we all know what to expect, and what we are looking to capture on the day.

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017

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X-citing!

#equinebusinessalphabet – letter X – eXciting!

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There’s nothing more I love to do, when I’m not with my little family or my own cheeky horse, than seeing you all enjoying your horses. Photoshoots are great fun, and despite my nerves (gosh, I really want to get those images for you!) I get so excited about being able to share the fun of a shoot with you and your special neddies.

If you have any questions or would like to book a shoot, pop me a message and I’d be happy to tell you more!

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017

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Useful links:

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What to wear

#equinebusinessalphabet letter W – what to wear!

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So, I have couple of very useful graphics to help you choose colours that will work with your horse – the first is based more towards showing, but gives you a basis to work from! If you have a cow pony, like I do, you’re best to go with whatever their dominant colour is.

What you wear can make a huge difference to your images, and I would recommend block colours rather than intricate patterns. A pattern can draw the attention of your eye in a photo, and detract from you, your horse, and even the scenery. Of course if you go for an all out glam look, then this might be just what we’re after, but that’s a bit of a different kettle of fish! If you want to go ballgown, then I am SO up for that – just remember to bring your flats for the walking to and from location 🙂

Most people are happy with a smart casual look, opting for a jeans, smart top and jacket combo with some nice accessories, perhaps changing their top and shoes, before changing into a dress for a bit of variety (and depending on the time of year!) If you have any ideas, then you can always contact me to bounce them off me, or we can try a themed shoot!

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I hope this helps you a bit, but of course these are for guidance and if you have a favourite outfit that’s not listed against your horse’s colour, we can always borrow someone else’s horse that matches 😉 (joking, joking!)

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017

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Viewing your images

#equinebusinessalphabet letter V (nearly there at last!  – viewing your images after your shoot.

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I may have mentioned before, that I am not a salesperson (yay for you, perhaps not so much for me!) and therefore I do not arrange a post-photoshoot follow up appointment with you to go through your images, and upsell. Any purchases are entirely your own decision, and you will be able to see samples of the products before I leave you after your photoshoot so you can be sure of the quality you are investing in.

Your preview images will be posted on my social media pages within 72 hours of the shoot (usually sooner, but sometimes it can be a tight schedule), and the final gallery will be edited and the link emailed to you within 21 days. Any final touch-ups (i.e rein/lead rope removal/BW version etc.) can then be requested, and you can order from here on!

Bookings now being taken for Spring/Summer 2017

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Using your images

#equinebusinessalphabet letter U – using your images!

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So we had a blast on the day of your photoshoot, your gallery has been edited and you’re browsing through your photos. What’s going through your mind? Do you have an idea of what you would like to do with your images? In this digital age, so many people have thousands of photographs that very rarely get looked at just a couple of days after they’re taken. Gigabytes of cloud storage, full of memories that have been captured yet still forgotten about.

I would really urge you to consider what you would like in print, whether this be prints that you can frame, canvases, art blocks, or perhaps a folio that you can stand on the mantel. I’m not a sales person, that’s my sister’s bag, so I’m not going to pressure you into buying a huge package of images that you don’t want, but please don’t let this occasion pass by without getting value from it. That value comes in the form of tangible pieces of my work that you get to admire and enjoy every day for years to come.

I take my product sourcing very seriously, and have recently been focussing on finding the best canvas product for you. Good news – I’ve found it! I really believe that sourcing handmade is worth every penny, and the value clearly shows in the final product.

So, with a thick 38mm quality pine frame,  380gsm 100% cotton that’s hand stretched, and corner wedges to ensure stability and durability as standard, what’s not to love? I was also very impressed with the “mirror” effect on the sides of the canvas, they add the perfect finish to your image.

There are other products available, and I will continue to review these regularly to ensure you always receive the best quality outcome. I will have these with me at your shoot so that you can see the products and know what you will be purchasing.

Now booking for March & April

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Trust

#equinebusinessalphabet letter T – Trust

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Us horsey people are a bit mad, really. For any “normal” person, a 500kg+ animal pinning its ears back would probably prompt an urge to turn and run. Equestrians are more likely to roll their eyes, and tell said beastie to crack on and behave!

People often speak of their horse of a lifetime, and it’s amazing the bond that we build up with these amazing animals. The trust that we place in them is huge, and can be one of the most rewarding relationships!

Whether your horsey friendship is just blooming, or whether you’ve been partners in crime for years, I aim to capture the love you share.

Quickfire Questions

Quickfire Questions.png#equinebusinessalphabet letter Q – some quickfire questions about myself!

1. What’s your philosophy in life?

You only live once, count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else’s. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own.

2. What’s the one thing you would like to change about yourself?

I’d like to be able to function better with less sleep!

3. Are you religious or spiritual?

I’m not religious, but I do think there’s more to this world than meets the eye.

4. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

Quite introverted except for certain situations… Road rage anyone?

5. What’s an ideal weekend for you?

Family, horses, food, friends… In any order! Love a meal out.

6. What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex?

Is it any different to same sex best friends?

7. Do you judge a book by its cover?

I always try not to, but I’m only human. Everyone has their story tell – that’s what I’m here to do!

8. Are you confrontational?

Nope. Hate confrontation.

9. What are you most thankful for?

My little girl being healthy, and my husband being beyond patient and letting me have my horse of a lifetime.

10. Do you believe in second chances?

Yes. I got one after my DVT, and it’s made me appreciate life so much more.

11. Do you have any pets?

Yes – 1 horse (Rio – welsh D x) 2 guinea pigs (Coheed & Cambria) 2 cats (Baby & Mary Jane)

12. What’s your favourite colour?

Purple.

13. Dream holiday destination?

I really want to visit Borneo and the Maldives. I’d also love to take Jim to Australia with me, I didn’t manage to climb the Harbour bridge 8 years ago and it would be amazing to be able to do that with him ❤

14. Hot or cold?

Hot.

15. Books or magazines?

Books.

16. Tea or coffee?

Tea. White with 2. The one time I had coffee I had heart palpitations and felt so sick!

17. Marshmellow or flake?

Marshmellow.

18. Night in or night out?

Generally I’m quite happy having a night in snuggling up on the sofa, but the odd night out here and there don’t go amiss!

19. Canon or Nikon?

Nikon!

20. Town or countryside?

Countryside. I love being out in the country, and would love to one day move out to a little village somewhere!

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Life Goals

Letter L – Life Goals #equinebusinessalphabet

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What better day to reflect on what I’d wish for in my life than Christmas Day?! Merry Christmas to one and all, I hope you are all having a wonderful day and eating and drinking plenty!

Recently in one of the facebook groups I am a part of, we have been encouraged to think about our goals for 2017. I struggle with assessing myself and putting the pressure on, but what I’d really love to do is have the time to spend with my little girl as she grows up, whilst photographing you lovely people with your gorgeous horsey pals.

2016 has been a big year of change for me, and in 2017 I’d like to make all of this change a positive. I’d like to balance my family and work life better, especially now that we have this precious young lady to nurture and bring up, and I’d like to be able to balance that with a job that I’m passionate about.

If you’d like to book a shoot for 2017 please see the links below for more information.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas, and I’d love it if you shared some of your Christmas Day tales, gifts, and traditions! Have you been for your Christmas hack yet?

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(not quite) Kisses

Letter K – kisses on your equine shoot #equinebusinessalphabet

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Just a quick little insight on puckering up with your horse on your shoot. We’ve all seen (and probably done intentionally!) duck face posing when you’re out having a laugh and take a selfie, but that’s possibly not the look you’re after for that 20 x 30″ canvas in your living room. I would suggest that when you go in for these poses you don’t exactly pucker up, but more give the impression of a smooch!

Get in close to your horse, make contact with their velvety soft nose/head/neck, but maybe leave the face scrunching at the gate!

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