Several Different Looks Same Photoshoot

I thought today I would share one photoshoot that took on several different looks during their 1.5 hour photoshoot. Believe it or not, you can achieve so much in that time. Selecting outfits is all so exciting and all part of your photoshoot experience. I’m there every step of the way to help guide you and together we can pick out some fabulous outfits. Importantly, and this must not be forgotten though in all the excitement, the outfits you choose to bring along, you should feel comfortable and confident wearing.

My top tips for selecting your photoshoot outfits.

  1. Make sure your outfits are clean, ironed and look great. Same goes for footwear they need to be clean
  2. Ensure outfits fit – one very important factor here
  3. Horses tend to slobber – so select outfits that you won’t mind getting slobbered on
  4. Pick a selection of outfits that reflect your own personality. If you don’t wear tweed for example, then don’t bring it
  5. Bring along some accessories – they change the appearance of the look with little effort in an instant
  6. Don’t forget a selection of footwear that will go with your selection of outfits you are bringing to the yard
  7. Not everyone wants to wear a big flowing dress such as a ball gown/wedding dress. That’s perfectly fine. Jeans are pretty awesome to wear
  8. One of your outfit selections could be your riding attire – again it’s not for everyone but there is some fabulous riding wear gear now that ooze that WOW factor

Let’s check out Hannah and pony Merrylegs different styles from the outfits we collectively chose. This were all fitting to Hannah’s wonderful personality and go really well with the surroundings. I do love that she threw in a long flowing skirt into the mix. It was a November photoshoot so very much an autumnal vibe going on (and yes it’s my favourite time of year). Although this November is proving extremely wet and making photoshoots somewhat challenging!! I’ve a number of photoshoots over the next two weeks so I’m really hoping the rain cloud goes away – on my shoot days in any case. So this collection is seasoned to Autumn naturally. I will share lots and lots of photoshoots throughout the year and many variations in outfits.

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If you would like to commission me for your horse/dog session, then please get in touch via email to tracey@tmsphotography.co.uk

Pricing starts from just £395.00 which includes a beautiful piece of framed wall art. Perfect for a Christmas gift too for that special someone!

November is finally upon us

Wow, where has this year gone? I’ve been exceptionally busy with photography and editing that I’ve not even had time for a holiday! Today is Bonfire night… it’s a bit of rainstorm where I’m currently sat, so I’m hoping the rain will subside for the local displays later this evening. With that, I’ve managed to escape my hometown to enjoy a week away in Wales. The weather has somewhat been wetter than I can ever remember but that hasn’t stopped me enjoying some much needed time out. I did bring along some photography work to be getting along with during times where I wouldn’t be doing much. As I enjoy doing what I do, I don’t mind at all editing those wonderful horse photos. It kills a few hours anyway then as the rain stops, so do I and go and stretch my legs. When it’s been clear skies here, the sky has lit up with millions of stars and a Milky Way or two – darker to the human eye but it was certainly there. I’m pretty sure if we had a telescope or Astro tracker with a camera attached, I’d see just how beautiful it actually was.

So the point to this post is firstly to say – if you’re having fireworks over the weekend and you have neighbours with pets or live more rurally and there are neighbouring farms close by – don’t forget to be kind and drop by to just let them know. This gives people then the opportunity to be prepared adding in extra comfort to their animals to prevent a lot of distress, make provisions to make spooking less when it comes to livestock/horses so that everyone can have an enjoyable evening. Being prepared will prevent a considerable amount of unnecessary accidents of our beloved animals.

The second point, is to share some horse/pony photoshoots that took place in November 2021 and why Autumn is just the perfect setting to book in. The reasons why:

  1. Horses looking exceptionally smart ow they’re clipped out
  2. Golden yellows and oranges plus those deep red colours of the leaves on the trees
  3. That beautiful hazy sunshine
  4. Sunrises and sunsets are an added bonus as the timings are so much more accommodating than the summer
  5. You can pull out those fabulous sweaters and accessorise with scarves, pom pom hats and autumnal jackets –
  6. Dogs are much cooler now when out walking as the temperature has dropped
  7. All the greens are now just as they should be
  8. Not being pestered by flies of any kind – now that is quite an added bonus!!
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
a boy and his pony in the New Forest
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photoshoot in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK
equine photography in the New Forest, UK

If you would like to book me for your autumnal photoshoot, then please drop me an email at tracey @tmsphotography.co.uk (space is deliberate for bot purposes – please don’t leave one).

Photoshoot sessions start from £395.00 inclusive of a 16″ framed and mounted print.

The Winner of the Ashby Show – ‘Win a Photoshoot’ Competition 2022

Back in July 2022 I was exhibiting my photography at the fabulous Ashby Show. A show that for 3 years couldn’t go ahead because of the pandemic – but finally, it arrived and it was truly a hot day, so it’ll be a memorable one that’s for sure.

At the show, I ran a competition to win a photoshoot worth £395.00 – yes that’s correct – £395.00. This all included a photoshoot experience with your horse/dog or both, a consultation prior to the shoot day, outfit advice, the photoshoot and post production work, in person viewing and lastly, a beautiful framed print. The lucky winner of my competition was Sally Brothwell, based locally in Warwickshire. We set a date to have the photoshoot – (the first one was rescheduled due to high winds and storms) but we did finally get to do it on a gloriously hot and sunny evening. Lighting was challenging but there were some fabulous spots to help us get the images we wanted. I specialise a lot in black backgrounds and this I know was top of Sally’s list for must have shots. Her barn was simply perfect for the occasion.

This is what Sally had to say about her experience after finding out she’d won my competition.

“I am the sort of person that doesn’t ever win anything, when I entered Tracey’s competition at the Ashby show it didn’t once cross my mind I would actually win, I took her business card so when I finally got round to booking one of these photo shoots I had a copy of her details as I was very impressed with her portfolio.

I have been thinking about having a photoshoot with my older horse Rambo for about 5 years ( I have a pinterest board to prove it) and it’s just not happened, partly time, partly circumstance, and partly the fear of embarrassment in front of the camera. 

Rambo was my first horse and we have had some interesting experiences and some serious highs. He has basically taught me to ride over the past ten years and given me all his good and bad habits. He has now pretty much retired, and I have a 4 year old youngster who has some big hooves to fill.

Tracey kept in touch in the week running up to our shoot, keeping a close eye on the weather.

After one of the driest summers on record our first date had to be rescheduled due to 90% rain and thunderstorms. We arranged for the following Friday and woke up to a perfect crisp late summer morning. We had good sunshine and perhaps a little too much wind, but I knew Rambo was generally steady in all weathers and as we later found out, good gust of wind can make a brilliant photo.

Tracey arrived late afternoon. I had prepared the horses earlier that morning and I had done my make up and readied two outfits. We had a nice cup of tea while discussing some ideas and then Tracey and I had a whizz round the property scouting out locations. The rain we had had the week before had turned quite an arid backdrop into a lush green. I also really wanted a dark background for some shots so a barn opening was well utilised.

Safe to say any fear of being in front of the camera disappeared once we started, a sneaky sloe gin before Tracey arrived may have also helped. Between wrangling and positioning horses and Tracey’s gentle and patient cues I was really enjoying myself. I am sure when looking back at the photo’s I will be reprimanding myself for not thinking “posture, smile, hair volume”. Ha! Its maybe worth have a friend on the side-lines shouting this at you.

I do think however that they are all going to be incredibly natural photos, Tracey’s movement from place to place kept both me and the horses engaged. Bracken my 4 year old was kept occupied by my lovely friend and was a menace at points but again Tracey was patient, kind and very understanding of the limitations of a wired 4 year old.

The shoot lasted just under 2 hours I think, it flew by, although I was quite tired by the end of it. I cannot wait to see the outcome of Tracey’s hard work. I would love to work with her again, perhaps this time with my working Sprockers and perhaps Bracken when she as finally earned her stripes and can stand still for longer than 3 milliseconds.

There are certainly going to be some tough decisions when it comes to picking a couple of my favourite shots to put up on the wall.”

Here are a few previews of Sally’s photoshoot with both Rambo and Bracken.

Would you like to book in for your photoshoot experience? I have limited availability for November (which is perfect for the autumnal colours).

Tracey @ TMS Photography

Ashby Show 2022

So last Sunday being 10th July, I was exhibiting my work at Ashby Show. Due to Covid restrictions of the last two years, the show hasn’t been able to run. Finally the day came and it was so good to be back there and seeing so many people visiting. I arrived just before 7.30am to set up my stand to display my finest prints in gorgeous frames along with a photo slideshow of images over the past few years. Why am I telling you this I hear you ask? Well for me it was just great to be back at the show and chatting to lots of lovely animal loving people. I was situated in the shopping marquee and it did get rather hot but there isn’t much we can do about the weather. So next time, I’m thinking of taking my stand outdoors. Would it increase footfall? I’m hoping so especially if it is warm and sunny like this show was. It will also give some additional room for people to enter and have a good look around as well has engage in conversation. I plan to have some additional products/prints to purchase as well next time, along with a better selection of printed cards. The only reason I opted for indoors on this occasion was purely because the gazebo I did have actually got trashed in a freak wind storm at a different show in September 2019. So I definitely need to invest in something a lot sturdier, just in case.

I also ran a ‘win a photoshoot competition’ which proved very popular with lots of entrants. The lucky winner was drawn on Monday morning and notified accordingly by text and email. I also had a promotional show offer on which also received a lot of interest. That offer has now expired but all the entrants of my competition were sent details on how to claim it. It was a steal at just £195.00 which included a beautiful 16″ print mounted and framed.

Essentially for me, exhibiting at Ashby Show has helped me engage in many conversations with lots of people and also meeting new suppliers and chatting with them too. It’s all good for business and I really cannot wait to do the winner of my competition’s photoshoot. It really is exciting to win something!

Thank you to everyone who came and said hello and also to Ashby Show for putting on a great show for 2022 (even if I didn’t get to see much of it). I’ve only heard great things about it from friends that attended.

Here’s the equine slideshow, I had on display at the show. Credit must go to E J Lazenby for a selection of the images within the slideshow for setting up the photography day with the Atkinson Action Horses with Ben doing a little Peaky Blinders and some classic dressage moves and horse display & Kat Pickering – as the girl in the cape.

The Dog Slideshow from photoshoots in the last 12 months

Thank you to everyone that stopped and especially to my family for coming to support me and bringing my much needed juice to quench my thirst as I had left it behind! I can’t wait to do my next show!

If you would like to have a chat about either an equine or dog photoshoot, please get in touch. You can contact me via What’s App on 07974 646287 or drop me an email at tracey@tmsphotography.co.uk

Peaky Blinders with Ben Atkinson

A few years ago now going back to 2018, I once again attended a photography day with Atkinson Action Horses organised by talented equine artist and fine art photographer, Jane Lazenby of E J Lazenby. This was my second visit to photograph Ben and his beautiful horses. It’s always a fantastic day out and I usually come back with thousands of images. Still to this day, I’m going through them when time permits to edit and share them across my social media platforms.

So, I thought for the first time ever I’d blog a little segment of one part of the day as it fitted in with what I’m watching on Netflix at the moment and currently working my way through Peaky Blinders. Having never watched a single episode until now, I’m getting quite into it. I’m sure I will fly through each series but for now it’s one episode per night. As not to waste such an opportunity, I’m sharing these images of Ben portraying Thomas Shelby as I’ve felt inspired to do so and it fits perfectly. Back then I’d only heard of the Peaky Blinders and hadn’t a clue what all the hype was about, so I went back through them and edited them as close as to the filmic colourings of the original Peaky Blinders series. It’s quite an art as the lighting at the yard where I was is vastly different to what you and I see onset via our tv’s, naturally. I’ve done it as near as can be with some tweaks and adjustments along the way.

Just a small fun fact, Ben’s horses were also stars in this drama, how fab is that!!

I love attending photography/workshop days. It allows me to be creative and chat with other fellow photographers and I sometimes learn a thing or two. I can’t wait to share more with you all very soon but for now, here is Ben as Thomas Shelby! If you would like a themed photoshoot with your horse(s) then get in touch as I absolutely adore photographing and styling them.

For more information about having an equine photoshoot, just drop me an email at tracey@tmsphotography.co.uk

Sneak Peek Equine Photoshoot in the New Forest

I’m so excited to share this little sneak peek of one pretty awesome photoshoot in the heart of the New Forest. I really cannot wait to blog the rest but for now I’ll just share these.

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How amazing do these two look? Look at the lush forest greens and sunshine. Not forgetting how beautiful Charlotte looks and her handsome boy, Ollie. A fab few days training with the Training Barn ladies. They arrange the most fantastic photoshoots for us delegates to articulate our craft and strive for continuous development and mastering the art of equine photography.

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horse photoshoot in the new forest
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I have so much to share so please do keep coming back to check the blog out. If you’re interested in having an informal chat about an equine photoshoot, then please do get in touch. I travel across the UK and beyond for private client horse commissions.

What happens if it rains during my photoshoot?

A great question. With all the best laid plans in the world, the weather is something beyond anyone’s control sadly. I’ve very recently done a couple of photoshoots where the weather was overcast but dry. My client and I checked various weather apps as you do and it all looked ok. Chance of precipitation was minimal….. that word MINIMAL. So guess what, you head off out and start the session. Everything is going so, so well. The sun pops out there are dramatic looking storm clouds in the distance, there’s very little breeze, it’s all so wonderful.

What the heck happened next?

All of sudden out of nowhere comes the rain and it’s not just drizzle, it’s a little heavier than drizzle so you carry on, I mean we won’t melt away will we? Thinking it’ll pass over you just crack on keeping taking those photos. The rain starts to become more persistent what do we do?

Options:-

  1. For horse sessions, head to the barn/stable block concentrate on some dark background shots until the rain eases
  2. Again for horse sessions, head into the indoor school (if there is one) carry on the session there
  3. Horse and dog sessions, take shelter underneath some nearby trees (if any)
  4. Take to a field shelter again if one available – rustic looking wood can be a great backdrop to use
  5. Crack on, as the session is almost done anyway and you both agree you don’t mind getting wet – this is definitely more for the dog owners – we walk our dogs 365 days a year. It’s going to rain on many of those days! My client of only yesterday, wanted to carry on, she didn’t mind so we did until the rain got so heavy it was pouring off us both and we were drenched!
  6. Abandon the photoshoot altogether and reschedule for another time(there may be impracticalities with availability etc)

I’ve generally taken options 1, 2, 3 and more recently 5.

Ok, so getting wet through and still have portraits done isn’t for everyone and I get that. So it’s not one I’d suggest doing really unless it’s absolutely necessary or you’re an all weather person who goes out in all weathers for walks and you just want to carry on. Surprisingly, it can actually create some stunning photos. As a photographer working outdoors in all weathers, I’m quite used to getting wet. During the warmer months it really isn’t too much of an issue as you dry out quickly. The lesser warm months then you’re left cold and damp which isn’t at all pleasant.

For outdoor dog sessions, I’m usually dressed for crawling around the mud and wet grass anyway. Horses not so much, I’m usually in jeans or leggings!

So, a photoshoot in the rain can look pretty epic, so let’s take a look at some examples where we’ve stayed outside or the client has taken shelter (yes I’m still out in the rain). If I’ve learnt anything from yesterday’s rain shoot, it’ll be never trust a weather app again hehe!

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A Little Before and After Post

I’ve just finished editing a horse where I needed to do quite a lot of post production work to remove a few things from within the frame. These can be very easy and quick to do and other times, not so. The image I am sharing today was not the easiest of the edits as this one involved removing some human elements too around a bending horse and therefore redrawing a little section of the horse’s clip line.

Most of the time a photo session doesn’t involve a lot of photoshop work as it’s always best to get in right at the time of the photoshoot. Sometimes the shot is just the perfect moment and definitely worth taking and therefore, to get the image how I want it to look, takes a little extra work (I’m truly ok with this). I’m sure you will agree it is so worth it. If there is one thing I love about my job as a photographer is to create a little something extra. It’s such a beautiful image of the horse, I didn’t want to bin it, so I chose to work on it and produce the finished images shown below. This is very much taken with natural light where the barn entrance was perfect for these dark background images.

So here we go – yes I’m so sorry this is such a short post…..

Before – the original

After – just the plain black background

human arm and finger plus the lead rope removed

Version 2 – snow on black background

Snow added for a Christmas feel

Which is your preference? Snow or no snow? I think they both look great. Let me know in the comments.

For now that’s it and I look forward to sharing more before and after posts very soon.

Tracey x

Winter Style Guide for your Equine Photoshoot

Hi, thank you for stopping by. I thought I’d put this blog post together to highlight that winter is not all doom, gloom and mud, there is light and much beauty to having a photoshoot during the winter months.

So, to help you decide if you’re still sitting on the fence about booking a photoshoot for you and your horse during the winter season I’ve put some style ideas of simple outfits that help create beautiful images. Obviously the weather is a huge help here and the bright days are a godsend and make for those extra special photos because, let’s face it, glum days just don’t cut it.

So let’s start with some sunshine….. the look here is very simple and most of us have a winter coat that looks pretty awesome to wear and have photos taken wearing it. It has to be said, many shoots we were blessed with the most spectacular sunshine…. It does happen!

Then we have the more casual look jacket which works perfectly to coupled with jeans or smart jodhpurs and boots.

Next we have another casual look which is a jumper, sweatshirt and or Gillet worn with jeans or jodhpurs.

Then there’s the beautiful wraps and capes that can be used as well and look so elegant.

Next we have the Tweed – now not everyone is a Tweed fan but if you are, then check out these looks. They work so perfectly well!

The last kind of winter jacket is the faux fur….. another fantastic look!

Then we have the skirts, the frocks for elegance and dare I say, the wedding dress!!

With any outfit you can complement it with various accessories such as scarves, hats and jewellery. So there we have it, some great ideas for winter stying and looking fabulous for your winter photoshoot. Are you still sitting on the fence?

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