It’s the morning of your photo session with your horse and he’s all clean and hanging out in his stall munching on some hay, and it’s finally time for you to get ready!
One of the most important things to do is to manage your time. Figure out how long it will take cleaning your horse and getting yourself ready, and add an hour. You might think that’s being over cautious, but it’s for if something comes up that you weren’t expecting. And if you complete everything on time, then you have some time to rest before your photographer arrives.
Let’s just say that you don’t add an extra hour and you’re running behind and you’re not ready when the photographer arrives. Sure, your photographer will most likely wait for you to finish getting ready, but they are scheduled to be there at a certain time to start and a certain time to stop. That stop or end time doesn’t get pushed back if you’re running late. If you’re doing an evening golden hour session, the photographer won’t physically be able to extend their time because the daylight will run out. And even if it’s a morning or afternoon session, your photographer could have another session they will travel to.
Yes, I was one of those horse crazy girls that you might have heard of. I collected Breyer Horses instead of Barbies. I looked out the window on road trips and imagined myself galloping on a horse, jumping over fences, keeping my steed along side the car.
And one summer when I was eight years old after day camp, my mom took me to a miniature donkey farm to meet a pony named Star. He came home with us and I renamed him Stardust, since he was dusty in color and his star was tiny.
Now it’s the day before your session and there’s a lot to prepare so that you can have a stress free night and get plenty of sleep.
It’s time to polish your tack. Don your work clothes and get ready to get dirty. Give all of your tack a good once (or even twice over) by rubbing oil into the leather, shining all your chrome, and don’t forget to clean your bit. Also, make sure to gather up everything you will want or need for your photo shoot, maybe a towel for wiping up slobber, lipstick for touch ups, an extra lead rope, your nice halter, objects to get your horse’s attention (like keys, plastic bag (but don’t scare him with it), toy, whip, etc), and water bottle, and put it all into a bag or bucket.
Like I mentioned in my last post, you don’t want to procrastinate. Set aside the time you need to get everything done before hand. And don’t be shy to ask for help from a close friend or family member if time is running short. And don’t forget, the last thing for the day would be getting a good nights sleep. Once all the prep work is done, then you can get some rest without worry.
Its the the morning of your session and the first thing you want to do is your hair and makeup, but you need to hold off on that because your horse needs some attention first.
There’s a lot of work that goes into a photo session with your horse. But once it’s all said and done, the photos will show that all your hard work was worth it. In order to have amazing images of you and your horse, it helps to get ready in a certain order and to not procrastinate.
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