I met Arran and Mark a couple of years ago at the National Dressage Championships. Arran wanted an Equine shoot for Mark’s birthday as a surprise. I went up to their lovely home and had a fantastic day with them both, photographing Mark and his stunning black horse.I realised that Arran has a great skill in equine phycology. It is truly amazing what he achieves through his knowledge, patience and skill. We agreed that Mark and Arran would come down to the New Forest where we could photograph some of these magic moments. We had a lovely sunset shoot at my home and the next day we boarded the ferry from Sandbanks to Studland and spent the morning on the beach. Arran asked me if I would like to ride Oakley and I am still smiling from ear to ear. He is so beautiful and and to witness a horse truly connected to their owner is a wonderful thing. It is times like these I know why I love to photograph these amazing animals and how fortunate we are to have their love and trust.
Click here to have a look at some or Arran’s amazing work with horses.
I was overwhelmed when I heard the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) had awarded me South East Photographer of the Year at the end of 2012 from my image ‘Sounds like Thunder’. It was taken in The Camargue in southern France last summer. I was especially pleased that this image was the reason behind the award because it is one of my favourites that I took in France. It was a pleasure to experience the amazing horsemanship of the gardians of the Camargue horses and it was thanks to them that i was able to capture such a powerful shot.
After all my years of hard work, this is exactly where I want to be, and hope I can keep up the good work!
Throughout 2011 and 2012, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to various countries across the globe in order to photograph horses. It was definitely worth it as the results were constantly fantastic. There’s something quite special and different about the behaviour of a horse in its natural environment, which I feel was reflected in my photography. It was thanks to these beautiful animals that I was able to present my fine art portfolio to the BIPP who awarded me my fellowship which was one of my proudest moments as a photographer!