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!
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..
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...
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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!
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.
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.