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?

International Dog Day 2021

Helloooo, it’s been so long since my last blog post. Oops! I’m just about ready to go to sleep then it dawned on me that I haven’t celebrated today’s International Dog Day!

So how many of you have dogs? I have two. They’re Beagles aged 15yo, so doggy pensioners. In their heads they think they’re still only 5. They both still love walkies, although Alfie is arthritic so can’t have too long out. Monty on the other hand, can and is able to walk for miles. what are your dogs favourite things? Mine dogs favourite things is definitely eating, sleeping and walking. Ooh and sniffing – how could I forget that bit?

To show my love for dogs out there, I have selected a few different breeds. If you have a dog, please drop me a comment!

Lagotto
Shizhu X
Springer Spaniel
Wire Haired Hungarian Vizsla
English Pointer
Siberian Husky
Dalmatian puppy
Rough Collie
Black Labrador
British Bull Dog
Red/Irish Setter
Beagle

My Why & Why I Love What I Do

To some this may be a bit of waffle and utterly pointless but I’m ok with that. I don’t find writing about myself easy. I think that’s because I don’t want to focus attention on me but actually I do want the focus on what TMS Photography does which I’ve been the proud owner of since setting it up back in 2013. Since school I had wanted to work with animals so this really is a great compromise on the career choices I had back then.

Going back in time a little bit, I actually although didn’t realise my photography journey began very early on I’d say when I was around 15 years old with a camera that had film in those days. I went out to a country show and photographed the showjumping. From then, I didn’t really do too much photography with animals as I was away from the horse world and sadly didn’t have access to a camera. Horses have always been my obsession (for want of a better word) since I was around 2/3 years old pestering my mum for a little Shetland pony that I could keep in the back garden. I didn’t get to own my own horse until well into my twenties and worked hard to be able to finance the continuing expense. Eventually I started photographing event horses back in 2009 in all three disciplines and it was from that moment I began my incredible journey to eventually becoming a full time equine photographer. Dogs followed shortly after.

WHY?

Well the first thing is for the love of horses and of course dogs. Going deeper its the ability to go right into the soul of the horse or dog. Every animal has character and personality and yes I do photograph this it’s one of the key things I do. There is a much deeper hidden part of the horse/dog which I love to bring out in my photography work. I understand both the photography element taking a picture from bringing a vision to life and the more complex characters of working with the horse or dog. It is this understanding that helps create those beautiful moments between horse and owner or the observations of dog behaviour and its personality, as this is a key factor when photographing dogs. Connection is key with everything. With connection you have emotion which is exactly what I want and hence my WHY. It is this connection I want you to feel when you see the final images, even better when you see them in print!

Why Should you Book a Photoshoot with TMS Photography?

Like us, our pets aren’t going to live forever and a photoshoot is not for everyone and if you are happy snapping your pet on your own camera/phone then that is perfectly fine and you must keep going and improving and I can give you some tips for that, on another post, just let me know!

So what makes TMS Photography different? TMS Photography provides an overall photography experience be it from first enquiring to after when the photos are ready to view, prints ordered and delivered. I am here for every single one of my clients going over how the shoot will run, addressing concerns from awkwardness in front of the camera, dogs that won’t sit, cheeky ponies to the weather. I am basically making this a fantastic once in lifetime opportunity (for some) and will always offer the best reassurance I can from my own experiences being a horse and dog person. I will always give 110% to everything I do and together with the client, it becomes a rather exciting journey. Not only that, it is my style of photography, the post production and the final product offerings that people want. I’d like to say it’s my charming personality (I doubt that and I am a nice person) but yes you do need to be able to connect with people who are buying into your craft and style. The key thing with a photoshoot is that everyone involved has a great time with little or no stress whatsoever, as this really does reflect in the images once back home. Connection, the bond, personality, emotion, character and a little creativity is a really important part of the experience I offer. Believe you me, I am just as nervous before a photoshoot just like you! Although mine is more excitement and wanting everything to be just about perfect – which nothing ever is but I do try very hard!

The photoshoot itself is all about creating long lasting memories. A brief moment in time frozen just as it happens and it may be that something so special that may just never happen again. Let the story unfold and the magic happen. Powerful imagery that not only tells a story but evokes emotion and a strong connection. Another thing too is that we may live in a digital era but nothing can replace a photograph/s that sit eloquently in beautiful framing which is then put in its pride of place within the home etc. A photograph that will last decades and continue to tell a story for generations to come inspiring so many conversations and imagination. I just love this job.

So there you have it, there’s my WHY….

The Important Bit

The Investment is always a concern but honestly, if you want to do it, just do it, it will become priceless at the end of the day. My collections start from £125.00 to £595.00 all inclusive photoshoots with at least one product for you to enjoy and proudly display wherever. Remember, it’s not just the click of a button, it is so much more beyond the photoshoot itself!

If you would like to receive some further information about a photoshoot, then please do get in touch where I will be more than happy to discuss everything in much greater detail. My direct email is tracey@tmsphotography.co.uk

What is my WHY?

“I couldn’t be happier with the photos Tracey captured of me and my horse best friend of 9 years! I’d never had a photoshoot before so wasn’t sure what to expect but Tracey was very professional and made me feel at ease from the moment she got to the yard. I couldn’t recommend her enough to anybody wanting some high quality photos of or with their animals”. Lisa & Rebel

National Pet Day April 2021

April 2021 is National Pet Month raising awareness to all those that devout the time to look after their pets! I myself have two Beagles, Alfie and Monty who are both are in their senior years at the ages of 15 and 14.5. I have an Irish Draught horse called Ollie who will soon be 13 and I’ve owned him since he was four. Over the years I have photographed a lot of dogs and horses and just love animals. Always have done from around about three years old, where I just wanted my own little pony and many dogs.

So with National Pet Day, I thought I’d share a few photos of the fabulous pets I’ve photographed over the last year or so to brighten up a rather dull cold Sunday! Hopefully some of these will make you smile inside. I’d love to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has trusted me to capture the personality, bond and memories of their precious pets be it horses or dogs.

Dog photography-jack-russell-derbyshire
Equine photography in Derbyshire
Spanish Pre horse
Welsh Collie Noodle
equine photography in Staffordshire
Boston Terrier photo by TMS Photography
Lizard
Fox Red Labrador
staff in the peaks

Mother’s Day – Sunday 14th March 2021

It’s that time of year once again as Mother’s Day fast approaches on Sunday 14th March 2021. I don’t know about you guys out there but my mum is so difficult to buy for. Being nearly 70 she pretty much has a lot of things and she really isn’t into the whole spa/beauty thing or the bright lights of a big city. Her wardrobe is fit to bursting and she is fussy with food. So doesn’t leave much to choose from, so I do have to think out the box a little still getting something that she’ll appreciate.

Many mums I’ve come across in my line of work are huge animal lovers and will have a dog, a horse or both! So with this in mind, I’ve created a little Gift Certificate perfect for those fab mums out there! This is simply about giving the gift of memories. There really is no other gift more real that will keep your mum smiling every single day.

So what’s the catch? None it’s a one time offer just for Mother’s Day. Here are the details:-

It’s a full one hour photoshoot at the yard or location of choice within the Midlands area or I can suggest suitable locations perfect for dog portraits. It includes three 8×6″ prints as standard ready to frame all nicely gift wrapped. A private online gallery where your mum can view and select her prints with an option to purchase more or upgrade to a print package. All editing is included as standard. All this for £85.00 an incredible offer as it’s a saving of £85.00.

To enquire about purchasing an E-Gift Certificate for Mother’s Day, please drop me an email at tracey@tmsphotography.co.uk

Harry – Fox Red Labrador’s Photoshoot in Derbyshire

Today, I thought I’d share my photoshoot that I had back in January 2019 with the gorgeous and extremely handsome Harry. I’ve done a good few photoshoots with Harry the Fox Red Labrador.

This time we decided to use the woodland area at the back of Bretby Hall – formerly an Orthopaedic Hospital but was converted many years ago now to prestigious apartments (which look stunning). The path eventually leads to a bridlepath which I’ve ridden along countless times over the years.

There is a mixed bag of lighting and challenges but for action photos outdoors, it does offer a varied amount of backdrops and little paths still within the main path that are perfect for a dog to explore. It does get extremely muddy though and once on the bridlepath you have to be aware of horse riders taking their precious steed for a much needed canter up the hill. It’s not a place I would regularly do a dog photoshoot and haven’t done one there since. It was an exploration of new areas for an outdoor photoshoot that would be good for your dog. With horses around and some livestock in the adjoining fields, it’s not the best but ok for a one off!

So here is Harry’s two winter photoshoots – the latter one was done when I took him out for a walk in the snow!

If you would like to book your dog in for a photoshoot, please drop me an email at tracey@tmsphotography.co.uk

Pricing starts from just £125.00 and all my packages offer a product of some kind!

National Golden Retriever Day

Today is as the title suggests, National Golden Retriever Day. I’d love to know how many of you out there, have or have owned a Golden Retriever?

Back in January 2019 I had the honour of photographing the very beautiful Belle. Only a youngster at the time think about 9 months old and a very much loved family pet but exceptionally well trained. All I can say about Belle, is that she was so graceful to photograph the session consisted of a variety of shots which did include some nice sitting/lying down shots. My clients often want a mix of posed and natural and there is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. Wherever possible I just let dogs just simply be dogs and leave them to explore their surroundings. As a dog photographer, I have to be pretty quick.

As it is National Golden Retriever Day, I thought I’d give you all a little fact about myself in my younger years. When I was 16-17 years old, I used to show Golden Retrievers at County level. The day before involved many hours of bathing and grooming the dogs going to the show, too high standards = show standard. I was just a mass of wet threw hair monster by the time I had finished. There were 3-4 dogs to get ready. Back in the day, I showed what I call a Honey coloured Retriever (similar colour to the Labs we call Fox Red), as he was a darker Golden colour in comparison to the standard light Golden ones. Sadly, the judges never really took to him, yet he was just so stunning with the most striking head he just never got placed – that’s the joys of showing!

I’ve also included a few images of a Golden Retriever working out in the field as you don’t them too often, well I haven’t in any case. First off thought, please do watch the short photo slideshow of Belle.

working golden retriever

Speckle, Riley & Errol – Outdoor Dog Photoshoot at Battram Woods

Catching up with a little blogging this afternoon before the weekend starts. I’m trying my best to keep up the whole writing thing.

So, I met with Speckle and Riley up at Battram Woods which is near Ellistown one frostyish December morning back in 2018. The sun was out shining and it was just a great morning for a dog photoshoot. I had never been to Battram Woods before so Laura kindly plotted out a suitable route to follow with me just simply snapping away. A little bit about Speckle and Riley. They are both English Pointers bred for Showing rather than working in the field as gundogs. Both have a bouncy happy go lucky personality and it was massively important to me to capture this. Both dogs were not interested in posing, which is fine they just wanted to explore this place and that involved lots of running around, sniffing and going into the undergrowth as that’s what dogs do. They do this instinctively as their noses are extremely powerful. So I just photographed them naturally just being dogs. With some dogs that’s perfectly fine. I get that not all dogs want to sit and pose beautifully which is why I love a mix of photoshoots. Makes everything so interesting and different. As every dog is different and for some, the posing element isn’t really important. A dog’s unique personality is what makes the photos memorable.

It was fun, challenging photoshoot which I thoroughly enjoyed. After I had finished the photoshoot, I then asked if we could do some of Errol the Whippet as he was in the car waiting patiently for his little runaround. Oh my, what a cutie but wow he was fast!

I know that Speckle has recently become a mum as well, so congratulations Speckle on the birth of your puppies (albeit getting to be several weeks old now) – not that she can read any of this but Laura can.

Dan the Wire Haired Hungarian Vizsla – Photoshoot

I know it’s been a while since my last blog post – and I keep meaning to blog more frequently but have failed dismassly and I have sadly ran out of excuses, so I won’t make any. Now I am unable to go out on photoshoots, I will blog more. It will be on my content schedule. Yes I am actually making a monthly content planner so I don’t forget things and remain focused! There I said it so now you’ll be able to hold me accountable for this.

So on a cold January Saturday afternoon, I thought I’d share this fabulous photoshoot I did back in December 2018 with Dan, a very handsome Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla. Dan is a trained working dog out in the field so I definitely wanted to capture on camera, some element of this, so the photoshoot was geared up for natural shots of Dan exploring the ins and outs of the bracken and the woodland. I was really pleased when Dan’s hooman mummy brought along an already dead pheasant (so please don’t be alarmed). So we used this right at the end of the photoshoot just to finish off. There are few photos of Dan’s friends that came along too, including a very young whippet just out for some fresh air really but ooh so cute!

I met Dan and Steph up at Beacon Hill Country Park – I do love it here. It has lots of places ideal for a photoshoot – particularly in December as the cattle have been moved so the dogs can run off the lead in the open area. Even if the cattle are there, there are still many surrounding pathways to walk around. Just in case you wish to venture off and explore Beacon Hill Country Park, please note that you do have to pay for parking as with most country parks and it’s not overly expensive to be fair.

Here’s a short photo slideshow of Dan’s photoshoot:-

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