Sabrina contacted me months ago and asked if I would consider doing a post-wedding session with horses. Uh, yeah, sure, why not? I’ve never done anything like that before. I had images in my head of idyllic photos of them riding into the sunset like cowboys. That’s way up there on the kitschy scale and we all know I secretly love kitsch. So I headed out with my trusty helper Lexa and drove about 250 km to a tiny town whose name I have forgotten, somewhere on the river Weser.
Wow, was the weather actually going to cooperate? Indoor photos aren’t an option with horses, so we had booked two dates to be on the safe side. We lucked out with the first one – sun, sun, sun. Once we got to the stable, I got to meet Püppi and Monty, an Arabian mare and a Shetland Pony. The groom had warned me about Monty. “He’ll eat anything, especially lens hoods, if you get too close.” Oh dear.
The car was jam-packed full of equipment. Reflectors that were big enough for horses. Flashes to light up the whole pasture. Of course I’d planned all that without knowing horses, since it turns out they definitely don’t like things like reflectors and start bucking as soon as you point a flashing thing at them. So we were going to have to do it without any special equipment. Those stubborn nags darling ponies turned out not to be the most cooperative of creatures. Eating grass is much more interesting than having your picture taken. Their heads were always down. They were never standing where they should be. Only after I got out the fish-eye and rubbed Monty’s nose with it did he pay any attention to me. What was that about eating anything?
All in all it was really hard work, but also really nice. Photos of animals are a special challenge. You just have to adapt to them and can’t expect too much. I had a few ideas that I couldn’t do and ended up cutting a lot more photos that I usually do. But hey, who cares? Now I have great kitschy post-wedding trash the dress photos with horses and you guys know who Monty and Püppi are.