One thing I've learned from the photographers I've worked with is that photography is far more art than science. I mean yes. There is a formula to catching "sport" images and knowing the right moment to capture a horse in motion for the different disciplines and eventually, sure, anyone can learn it.
|angsty. dramatic. courageous.|
|equally dramatic corgi|
And see, good candid photography is capturing the subject as they are, not as you want them to be.
I've met a handful of other blogger horses this year and attempting to photograph them has been such an interesting challenge. They are all very cool horses in their own ways, but not one of them is like Courage. I met Hampton first, so let's look at him first.
With Karen, he's this amazing, larger-than-life, confident, suave character. The two of them make each other better.
And then there's Roxie.
She's an entity unto herself. Fiercely independent. Brashly opinionated. Utterly fearless. Her relationship with her mom is almost more a mutual respect thing or a meeting of equals than some sort of horse/human thing. They are kind and sensitive and hilarious, but they are their own horse (/person) first.
Even capturing Roxie in motion was tricky--the "conventional" motion shots didn't capture her right. Reducing her to a series of angles and math problems completely missed what she is. This shot is completely the wrong moment for your average warmblood or thoroughbred, but I love how it catches the lift in her stride, the wide open space, and her focus on her job.
Another tricky horse to shoot is Gatsby. He is really more of an overgrown puppy than a horse. I mean. I can dress him up and pose him just so and try to make him look like Courage.
|hm that's a no|
But one look at the photo, and it's just not him. He was definitely the most challenging in terms of learning his personality in order to capture it.
|so not how courage would have used this light|
When I stopped imposing what I wanted him to be, I found who he was all along.
|this is them|
Gatsby is an unconventional guy and he has an unconventional relationship with his mom. They're silly and authentic and completely unlike any pair I've worked with before.
Zoe is new to me. She's a whole different horse is so many ways.
|HAI OTHER Z BIRD|