Last week I took my student out to meet a friend and her horse, Nelly. Nelly is a beautiful Irish Draught Mare only 2 years old, so very much still a baby despite her size! She's working on fattening up and toning up those huge muscles and hoping one day to work with children and adults with disabilities. Nelly has a beautiful nature and subtle cheeky personality and it was lovely to see that shine through in her interactions with my friend. They've been together a year now and already you can see a lovely bond developing. Nelly shares her paddock with two other horses, a handsome, stocky, spotty gelding called Peppa who is VERY cheeky and a sweet older mare called Rosie who sadly has some Arthritis, but despite this loves a good romp around the field encouraging the others to chase and play.
We spent a couple of hours with the horses in the exceptionally hot sun that day until Demi, my student started to feel quite unwell, but I'm sure we will be back through the seasons to photograph different environments, weather, and movement including some jumping, lunging and ball play.
The horses were incredibly curious and eager to come see us and discover if we had any tasty treats and didn't mind a good scratch and bit of fuss.
Photographing horses is one of life's little pleasures for me, I could watch them all day. There's a few more beneath the cut of all three horses. Keep your eyes peeled if you like these, they will be back!
To get back into shooting after my hip op, I went out with the husband and did a little night shoot around Nottingham Uni - Night Landscapes are probably my weakest area of photography so it felt like a good time to push myself and work on my technique. I also spent an afternoon mooching around Bulwell with my student and took a few photos. Check them out below!
Firstly, thank you to the lovely Linda Shearman over at Central Canine Scentwork for inviting me and my student, Demi, along to photograph the dogs and handlers at work in her workshop - it was a beautiful day outside as we drove over to Canine Academy at Tollerton in Nottingham and we couldn't wait to get started. It was a great lesson on shooting a moving subject, indoors, working with different speeds and low lighting - a very difficult thing to do and do well. Here are a handful of the photos I've already edited up, there's another card to do, which I will get round to shortly! Have a look and if you have a dog and handler you think would love to attend one of these workshops, pop a comment and I'll get you in touch with Linda!
So last weekend I had booked in my first shoot back after my total hip replacement surgery, and it was a lovely little newborn session with this handsome little chap - oh my goodness he was super and so chilled and I must say, it did make me quite broody (eek!) Little Master Barrett was 4 weeks old in this session, which is considered quite old for a newborn shoot - The best time, if the parents are up to it, is between 2-7 days after birth, mostly because babies are still very small, sleepy and easy to pose. By the time you're reaching 4 weeks your baby is a month old and those sense are in overdrive - awake longer, very curious about the environment around them and testing out those arms and legs gross motor skills - all of which can be challenging to get those poses most parents desire. That's not to say it's impossible, as you can see from this shoot we managed quite well and this little chap was a star.
We did do the shoot over two days because he was more awake, this was to make sure we had a suitable amount of images for mum and dad, but it did also allow me to capture those beautiful eyes open, curious and expressive, which is a real treat!
This was a great shoot to get back into work though exceptionally tiring due to the heat, long hours and physical demands of set-up and cuddling a beautiful newborn, but 150% worth every minute - who wouldn't love their job when you're working with little sweethearts like this? Check out some more images from the shoot after the cut - it's worth it!
Kids parties are always a LOT of fun and this one was double the fun and no exceptions! Harley and Preston are brothers and though they are 2 yrs apart in age they are only 2 days apart with their birthdays in March - Wow! They also have a baby sister born at the very beginning of the month too - March is a busy month and highly celebrated in this family. The kids all had a wild time with the party games, dance music, slush machine, HUGE buffet and massive bouncy castle that were on offer, there was a lot of singing, dancing, bouncing, running and general merriment and lovely to see kids from age 2-12 playing together and enjoying themselves. I must say though, I've no idea where kids get all their energy, by the time I was finished I was ready for my bed - I'd like to think the kids were too, but probably not and think I'm just getting old! Happy Birthday to Harley and Preston!
Wow! What a shoot yesterday. Cold, blustery and more than a little damp, plus the added chaos of it being in the city centre where Christmas Shoppers are out in quadruple figures made for some interesting traffic and parking negotiations, despite that I managed to only be 8 minutes later than agreed. Hooray! This was my first foray into Graduation Photography and I must say, thoroughly enjoyed it. I take great joy in challenging myself and I do love a good fun portrait shoot and I found this shoot to be just that. It was a quick affair as requested by my client and just as well as everyone may have frozen stiff if it had been too long but everyone was in fine spirits and much banter was had by all the family and myself.
Time flies when you can laugh and joke and encourage a relaxed atmosphere, it evokes more natural poses and smiles and a feeling of warmth and satisfaction when you look back on the images produced. I hope my client feels that too when she browses through her completed gallery as well as fond memories of the day and the years of hard work to get there. I was delighted to be asked to do this shoot as it's only 8 days now until my operation whereby I will be out of action for a number of months whilst I recover and will miss my craft horribly, though I do plan to work on some personal projects.
Let me finish by saying an ENORMOUS congratulations to Miss Sherriff on her degree and graduation; what an achievement!
This newborn shoot has been the light in a very bad time - I was struck with flu and so incredibly ill and just now starting to feel better. I'm exhausted, but no long sick and contagious and was able to meet this handsome little man! What a treat!
I find it wonderful and amazing that each baby I meet is so completely individual despite most of them being barely 2 weeks old and having experienced much the same things in their short lives. Some babies are content being held by anyone, others are not, some need their teddies, some prefer swaddling, some like none of it. Some prefer to be naked others protest this loudly. It makes for an exciting challenge each and every time but one thing is always certain, I will ALWAYS get SOME photos no matter what mood your baby is in and if they do not want to co-operate at all on the day we can always re-arrange for a day or two later and try again - we don't want unhappy stressed babies after-all. Baby Javed wasn't too keen on me or my camera, but with much gentle coaxing, plenty of cuddles from mummy and daddy we did manage to capture these little beauties.
Emma Osborne is a Photographer from Glasgow who now lives in Nottingham with her husband, daughter and 3 Siberian Huskies.