March 28, 2019

Learn how to work that location!

Picture this- you arrive at a yard. All you can see is a flat grass field and an average stable block- and you panic! “Where on […]
March 21, 2019

Posing, posing, posing!!

This comes up time and time gain- many delegates feel like they’re lacking in confidence- you have the perfect horse, owner and location- but just don’t […]
March 14, 2019

Don’t miss those unplanned moments…

Unplanned moments can sometimes make the BEST shots! If you are too busy changing your settings on your camera or fiddling around trying to find a […]
March 14, 2019

Become the director!

We cannot stress the importance of this enough. Over the years, we have become pretty hot on this! It is so so vital that you direct […]
March 14, 2019

Get to recognise natural props

When you train you eye to really see the best of your area, you are already winning! Try and work out how it what you can […]
March 14, 2019

The BIG secret… find a square!

This is something I didn’t even realise was a secret until really recently. I was teaching a group of delegates on location and said to them…’don’t […]
March 14, 2019

Be prepared for your shoot

The most important lesson I ever learned is to NOT be underprepared! I remember when I turned up to one of my first shoots, and halfway […]
December 13, 2018

Kate and Michael, April 2018

We took our delegates to a shoot on location with Kate and Michael. And what a beautiful spring morning it was! We went out onto the […]
December 13, 2018

Lauren and Phillip, April 2018.

Lauren and her partner Phillip modelled for The Training Barn for this gorgeous shoot back in the spring. We photographed Lauren a few years ago, so […]
December 11, 2018

Putting the right people in the right job

Branding – we made a mistake! So we thought we would open up to you guys and let you in on a mistake that we made. […]
December 6, 2018

Fay and Bengal, November 2018

What a GORGEOUS time of year this is!! We recently took our awesome team of year-long mentorship delegates to photograph Fay and her majestic 18 hand […]
December 6, 2018

Emily and Sue, April 2018

Emily and her mum, Sue, modelled for us earlier this year with their horses Charlie and Otto. Their bouncy pooch Murphy joined in too! We spent […]
December 6, 2018

Laura, Cecil and Daisy, October 2018

Another glorious Autumn shoot under our belts. We took our 3 day course delegates to Laura’s yard to photograph her with her two homebred warmblood horses, […]
December 6, 2018

Emily and Steph, October 2018

This was the MOST fun! Arranging to take 2 girls and their ponies down to the beach for a sunrise shoot with our delegates was the […]
December 6, 2018

Sarah and Family, May 2018

This was a real family affair- two sisters, two daughters, a grandchild, 4 horses and numerous dogs, to be precise! The delegates were lucky enough to […]
December 6, 2018

Willow and Tess, March 2018

Theses two sisters modelled for us back in March earlier this year. These lovely girls brought their two ponies- Frosty and Ben, to allow our delegates […]
December 6, 2018

Maria and Corle, September 2018

We were so lucky with the weather this Autumn- September still felt like Summer! We spent a lovely warm morning with Maria and her stunning dressage […]
December 6, 2018

Helena, September 2018

We enlisted the help of Helena, our awesome friend who has worked for Emily since she was 16! She is now off training to be an […]
December 6, 2018

Sarah Kate Coward, June 2018

Phew- hot doesn’t even quite cover it! This shoot was arranged on one of the hottest days of our Indian Summer we experienced this year- but […]
December 6, 2018

Fay and Maria, May 2018

Fay and Maria are always keen to model for us here at The Training Barn. They are fab subjects to photograph as they have a great […]
October 31, 2018

5 strategies to simplify your workflow

By Emily Hancock   Getting your workflow right can be a hard task. As creatives we love to jump from one thing to the other… what looks […]
October 24, 2018

3 Things I learnt the hard way

  By Hannah Freeland   Only YOU stand in your own way Let’s get something straight. No one will ever give you permission to be awesome. […]
October 17, 2018

My 7 Tips for Creating a ROCKING website

By Hannah Freeland   It’s an absolute MUST to have a website. Everyone in business has one, and without this window allowing possible customers to look […]
October 10, 2018

Top 5 things I use for my equine photography business

  Database and management software I use Lightblue for storing clients’ details and organising photo shoots. This is where I create leads, booked clients, shoots, workflows, […]
October 3, 2018

A week in the Life of Emily Hancock

  My life, you could say, somewhat changed following the addition of my two beautiful bundles of joy. I am no longer 100% focused on me […]
October 2, 2018

My Modelling Experience with the Training Barn

I recently volunteered to model for the Training Barn on an equine photo shoot. They had a group of 6 friendly photographers who were keen to […]
September 26, 2018

What does your portfolio say about you?

By Hannah Freeland We all know that the first thing a potential client wants to see is our portfolio of work, but what are they looking […]
September 21, 2018

Why I love Ashley Longshore Art 

  I have followed Ashley Longshore for some time now. I was told about her by one of my business mentors, who said she sells her work on Instagram- and it literally […]
September 19, 2018

My earliest photography memory

By Hannah Freeland I was recently asked about how photography entered my life. I had to really think about this as there was no ‘lightbulb’ moment. […]
September 19, 2018

Why I used to charge £90 for a whole shoot, and I’m not even sad about it. 

By Hannah Freeland   Back in 2006 I owned and ran my own website and graphic design company.     I set it up, trained myself in […]
September 12, 2018

How I overcame my fear of selling to clients

By Hannah Freeland In today’s story, I want to talk to you about how I overcame my throat clenching fear of selling my images to my […]
September 5, 2018

20 Facts about Me 

 By Hannah Freeland   I have loved and ridden horses since I was 2 I have 3 sisters, of which I am the eldest, and they are […]
September 5, 2018

20 things you might not know about me

By Emily Hancock I am a book worm – you will always find me reading when I have 5 minutes I play the piano and sing […]
August 29, 2018

Busy is a decision

  Being ‘too busy’ is not an answer!! By Hannah Freeland I have recently been listening to an inspiring Podcast on my vast travels, filling each […]
August 28, 2018

What’s in my photography kit bag?

By Hannah Freeland    I am sure my Peli 1510 case is unlike most with what is inside…    This is because in the last year I actually […]
August 26, 2018

When your client flies a Zulu tribe to the UK for their daughter’s 21st Birthday Party and you majorly F***k up! 

By Hannah Freeland   I’m not going to lie to you, this still hurts. I was commissioned at age 17 having been recommended by another photographer friend to photograph […]
August 22, 2018

The day a £500 party turned into a deposit for a house!

  By Emily Hancock   I wanted to share with you a rather exciting little event that happened over 10 years ago, and kick started the […]
August 15, 2018

3 Personality traits I’m proud of

  By Hannah Freeland. My connection with horses.   This has been the case since I was 2 years old. I am very quiet and calm […]
August 15, 2018

5 Must-Dos for your Equine Photography Business

We’re sure you scroll through Facebook and Instagram on a daily basis and come across posts that say stuff like “increase your income by 100%” or […]
August 14, 2018

Establishing your ideal client

By Hannah Freeland   Let’s talk about what we mean by ‘ideal client’ This is the ONE client we all hope knocks on our door, calls us in the […]
August 14, 2018

10 ways to grow your database list

First thing’s first- add a sign up form to your website – for those random people who come across your website and want to follow your […]
August 13, 2018

The Business of Equine Photography 3 day course is nearly here!

  We only have a couple of spaces left on this wonderful course so if you are hesitating, but would hate to miss out give us […]
August 10, 2018

Are you a product collector?

 By Hannah Freeland I’m going to paint you a picture, and I want you to admit if this is you.   You’ve been to SWPP, you […]
August 9, 2018

What’s in store for our exclusive 3 day course?

We couldn’t be happier to announce that we have opened up the course dates for the much sought after Business of Equine Photography course! This 3 […]
July 7, 2018

An average week for HFP

By Hannah Freeland    I thought you guys might get a good kick out of seeing an average week for me?   I have left out the numerous phone […]
January 24, 2018

Shoot and Shadow Course – January 2018

Last week I ran the January Shoot and Shadow Course in Buckinghamshire. I met 5 wonderful photographers and had a blast photographing our TOP MODEL Rob […]
January 4, 2018

New year, new you!

  It’s a brand new year, and it is VITAL that you set yourself goals, so that everything you do actually has a purpose, and doesn’t just […]
October 25, 2017

Hello from Hannah Freeland

Hello all you lovely current and future trainees. I would like to introduce myself. You will see on the About Us page that there is a […]
October 17, 2017

Having a trade stand on a budget

To continue on ‘marketing to our ideal client‘, you should now have your best clients bio created. If you missed the last blog post about creating […]
October 12, 2017

Identifying your ideal client

Hi there, Hannah here! When you are creating a marketing plan for your photography business you need to know who you are talking to. Its a […]
October 11, 2017

Online Marketing

Hi there, Hannah here from the Training Barn. I have created this short video on online marketing. I talk briefly about how I create my monthly […]
November 1, 2016

Autumn is here!

I love the autumn time. The smell and colour of the leaves makes me so happy, and from a photography point of view, you literally can't beat the bright, golden-yellow back drop of the Autumn woodland for a seasonal equine photo shoot!
September 13, 2016

10 Top Tips on training with Emily

Equine photographer Leslie Bliss has worked and trained with Emily for a few years now. She has kindly written her top 10 tips on how to get the most from training with Emily, as well as her experiences working in the competitive equine photography industry..
September 13, 2016

Why train with The Training Barn?

One of the Training Barn graduates has kindly written a little blog post about her experiences of working with Emily at the Training Barn. The most important thing in life is to actually enjoy what you do! Read Esther's story below to see how training with Emily changed her outlook on photography...
July 25, 2016

Essentials of Marketing: Tips for Photographers

As a new equine photographer, marketing your photography business may be a hard task- it can become very frustrating since it seems like nobody approaches you. When people think about marketing, they immediately assume they need to have a big budget or a lot of time in order to see any results. This isn't true; however, you do need to be creative so that potential customers will choose your services over someone else’s.
June 28, 2016

Photography Business: Leveraging the Visual in Your Marketing

Even if you're already using Social Media, especially Instagram, to show your photos, you may not be seeing the results you were expecting. Since Instagram is a visual social media network that only allows people to share images or small videos, you might be facing a lot of competition. However, there's always a solution. Better yet, there are always several solutions that can make your Instagram account shine.
June 28, 2016

Creative Careers: Building a Career as a Photographer

If you're just starting to build your career as an equine photographer, you may find things don’t go to plan and that you make a few mistakes- it's just the way things are with all small businesses, so don’t panic! I have compiled a list of top tips that can help you develop your successful equine photography business.
June 28, 2016

Choosing a career: how to retrain as a photographer

With all the technology that is around us, you can see most people taking photographs, editing and uploading them via social media. So, people tend to assume being an equine photographer should be easy. However, making a living from being an equine photographer is completely different. You don't just take a photo, add a filter and make an instant profit! Here's some info and tips you should know about how to effectively retrain as a successful UK equine photographer:
December 10, 2014

The Training Barn Story: Who We Are, What We Do and Why

Photographers don’t often think about the importance of promoting themselves when they’re choosing a career. Most people entering the photography business believe their images will speak for themselves, and – while this is true to some extent – it’s also true creative careers require work behind the scenes. Meaning, everyone who runs any type of business must earn clients.
December 10, 2014

Equine Portfolio Building and Sales Day – Group Training

I had a fabulous day with 5 photographers in my Equine Portfolio Building Sales Day Group Training course. Our wonderful day started with the sun joining us for our morning shoot. Mitch Asher from the New Forest joined us with her beautiful chestnut horse, Zara. Both were fantastic models.
December 10, 2014

The Essential Resources for the Equestrian Photographer

When choosing my career, I did not realise how much difference there would be between the types of photography we can do and the types of resources we need to complete a session. I certainly learned that the preparation for an equine photography shoot can be a bit different for other types of photography sessions.
November 20, 2014

“Mentor Me” Equine Photography Programme – Kate Alford

Last September Kate Alford signed up for the basic photography one day course. Her initial intention was to learn how to use her camera. She decided after the course to continue working with me and signed up for the 3 day equine course. Kate felt both courses covered everything she needed and the content was incredible and a great source of information. She wanted to ensure she did not get distracted by the daily slog as a mother of three children. Kate wanted to push herself forward towards her dream job, so she joined my "mentor me" programme
November 3, 2014

The 5 Most Important Steps to Actually Achieve your Goals This Year

All to often years disappear before our eyes, and nothing much changes, most people start the year with some fly away goals of becoming better and braver and nicer and more loving....blah blah blah…..but I know the majority of creative people have hopes and dreams of becoming more successful in business and developing their creative side beyond their current level, so why is it that years drift by without any real changes?
August 28, 2013

Testimonials from 3 day Business of Equine Photography course

Last week, I had 6 delegates enrolled on the EHP 3 day Business of Equine Photography course, who stayed here in Burley in The New Forest to carry out some intense equestrian photography training!
June 25, 2013

Exhibiting my work

One key aspect I teach the delegates on a training course is the importance of exhibiting your work. Below are a collection of images taken from various shows around the country. Exhibitions are really fun and are so important for getting more of your work in the public eye. They provide a great opportunity to meet some really interesting people too!
June 11, 2013

One-to-one Equine Photography Training course with model Emily

I used Emily to model again for me for a one-to-one Equine Photography Training day, this time with her adorable pony Smugde. We did the shoot across the road from the EHP studio at Castle Hill in the New Forest. Emily is great to photograph and she has a really special bond with her pony which is reflected in the images below.
June 6, 2013

Equine Photography Training Course with model Mark and his Polo Ponies

Mark was one of the chosen models for the 3 day Business of Equine Photography training course held at the EHP Training Barn in may. We photographed Mark and his 4 polo ponies on Wilverley Plain, not too far from the picturesque market town of Lymington in the New Forest.