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Bellow are guides with recommendations on how to prepare for black background and horse and rider sessions with suggestions to make each session go by smoothly and for the images to come out as best as possible!

WHAT'S THE SET UP?

I don’t shoot with any artificial backdrop or lights. The session is done with natural lighting from the entrance to a barn aisle or indoor arena. Everything is edited out using Photoshop. 

RECOMMENDATIONS: Area next to the entrance clear of objects to have the widest opening possible. Sweep or rake the area as clean as possible. 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY HORSE?

For the best images, the horse should be as clean as possible. I recommend them to be show-ring ready. They will be shot typically in a bridle with the reins removed and a lead rope attached to the bit (which will be edited out in the final image). Simple metal snaffle bits are recommended for the best overall look. Flashes can be on or off, just depending on the look you are going for! For Western horses with curb bits, I usually recommend a show halter for some poses as well as full tack options. Bellow is a list of recommendations for getting the best images possible: 

RECOMMENDATIONS: 

- Entire body brushed and dirt free
- Completely dry
- Green spots removed
- Mane and forelock brushed straight
- Nose, mouth, and eyes wiped clean (bring a rag!)
- Hooves painted
- Bridle wiped down and clean
- Bit shiny and wiped
- Braided (looks stunning when possible!)

I also highly recommend that a second person be there (besides you/the handler)! I sometimes don't have assistants on my trips and having a second person to help crinkle peppermints and get their attention is highly advised to make the shoot go by smoother!

CAN YOU EDIT THAT?

I am fairly skilled when it comes to editing in and out things. For all horses, I will remove any scratches, scars, or knicks on the horse’s face or body. I want to present the horse’s best possible appearance. However, if the horse or tack is dirty, unkempt, or presented poorly I will not do any extensive edits without an additional editing fee. For the best result, follow the recommendations above. 

If you have any extensive edit requests, please let me know during the session. 


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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?

Depending on the package, if multiple outfits are offered I would greatly encourage it! I’ve had clients wear
everything from a dress, sweater and jeans, or even show clothes. I always recommend wearing whatever you are most comfortable in and what will be easy to handle a horse with. High heels and wedges are discouraged, especially if we will be walking around in dirt or grass. 

I always highly recommend having your hair and makeup done professionally if you are able to, but it’s not required. 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY HORSE?

For the best images, the horse should be as clean as possible. I recommend them to be show-ring ready. The images will be taken primarily in a bridle, but if you have a nice leather halter and chain we can switch into for some shots it is also recommended. Simple metal snaffle bits are recommended for the best overall look. Bellow is a list of recommendations for getting the best image possible: 

RECOMMENDATIONS: 

- Entire body brushed and dirt free
- Completely dry
- Green spots removed
- Mane and forelock brushed straight
- Nose, mouth, and eyes wiped clean (bring a rag!)
- Hooves painted
- Bridle wiped down and clean
- Bit shiny and wiped
- Braided (looks stunning when possible!)

I also highly recommend that a second person be there (besides you/the handler)! I sometimes don't have assistants on my trips and having a second person to help crinkle peppermints and get their attention is highly advised to make the shoot go by smoother!

CAN YOU EDIT THAT?

I am fairly skilled when it comes to editing in and out things. For all horses, I will remove any scratches, scars, or knicks on the horse’s face or body. I want to present the horse’s best possible appearance. I can also edit any face blemishes or dirt/spit that may occur during the shoot.  However, if the horse or tack is dirty, 
unkempt, or presented poorly I will not do any extensive edits without an additional editing fee. For the best result, follow the recommendations above. 

If you have any extensive edit requests, please let me know during the session.