I am currently a photography student in Daytona, FL. I worked
with horses for almost 15 years and am very interested in becoming
involved in Equine Photography. Any suggestions as to how one can
start in the industry? In this area it seems that so many show
managers use the same photographers year after year. Also, do you
have any tips as to how one might be able to make a horse's legs
appear straighter in a traditional standing pose?
Thank you for your time,
First, show managers use the photographers year after year only
because they do a good job, are efficient, dependable and
exhibitors are happy with the photographs that they produce.
There are many, many small shows that do not have photographers
and the show managers of these would generally appreciate
having someone take photos of the horses in the show. Seek these
shows out, and try your hand at the job. It isn't as easy as it
appears, but it is one of the ways that you can learn exactly
what is involved. The cardinal rule that you must learn at the
outset, is to deliver exactly what you promise in a timely manner.
I am not sure exactly what breed of horse you are referring to,
but each breed is photographed in a slightly different manner.
The handler of that horse should be able to control the animal and
stand him up in the proper manner for that breed. Please let me
know exactly which breeds you are interested in and I will show
you the proper pose for those breeds.