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Engagement Photos (with your horse)!

Engagement photos with your horse can be a beautiful moment and family and friends are sure to love.  Photo by jyweddings.com

For the horse enthusiast, there’s nothing better than having both loves of your life with you when engagement photos are taken. With a little bit of effort and planning, engagement photos with your horse can be a fun and creative way to capture all the love that’s in the air.

Sharing a few quiet moments with your horse can make any day better.  Photo by DianaRush.com.

Sharing a few quiet moments with your horse can make any day better. Photo by DianaRush.com.

To help avoid frustration and get the best photos from the day, here are a few tips to help the process. During such an exciting time in a couple’s life, it can be easy to overlook details. Noble Life is here to help get ears perked and big smiles.

1. Assess your horse’s temperament and begin planning a couple months out if he’s the nervous or anxious type. Get him used to different sights and sounds on the property where you’ll be having your photos taken with daily walks. Practice standing for a few minutes at a time. A calming supplement on the day of might also be handy if you think he would benefit. Even a horse that is generally mellow might be jazzed when the day arrives and the photography equipment is out, so introducing him to different stimuli can be helpful.

2. If the photo shoot with your horse won’t be on your property, check with the property owner and let him/her know the date of the photo shoot and go over any details.

3. A halter and lead rope might lend a casual feel to your photo shoot but a bridle will help give you more control. Just make sure to clean the tack you’ll use ahead of time!

To a horse owner, the barn aisle may not be the first place you think of for a great photo, but the natural light and silhouettes can make for a stunning image. Photo by jyweddings.com.

To a horse owner, the barn aisle may not be the first place you think of for a great photo, but the natural light and silhouettes can make for a stunning image. Photo by jyweddings.com.

4. If your photographer understands the language of the horse – great! If not, explain to your photographer before the session what a great photo of your horse should look like. Sending examples can help inform too.  Ears everywhere and mouth wide open isn’t exactly going to make the cover of any equestrian magazine and probably won’t make for a great engagement photo no matter how cute you and your significant other look.

5. On the day of, make sure to let any non-horsey photographer know the basic safety rules of being around horses.

6. You know your horse best. If you feel a certain pose might not be comfortable or puts someone in a compromising situation don’t hesitate to suggest a modified version or something entirely different.

7. Capturing the authentic bond between you and your horse can be tricky. Sometimes doing the mundane tasks can help ease nerves and capture that perfect shot since it helps relax you and your horse. Try brushing your horse, scratching his favorite spot or simply hugging him. Sometimes the perfect image results!

8. Be prepared for the big day. Make sure to bath, groom and clean anything the day before so you don’t have to worry about it when your session arrives.

While riding tandem isn’t usually an option for most couples – a carriage pony makes it possible. Photo by www.melaniemauer.com.

While riding tandem isn’t usually an option for most couples – a carriage pony makes it possible. Photo by www.melaniemauer.com.

9. Have a friend at the ready to help if needed during the photo shoot. You know for when your horse nuzzles you right on your back and leaves a slobber trail? Having someone there that can help you out when those inevitable instances happen can be a true sanity preserver.

10. Enjoy the day! There will be a lot of details to keep track of but during your time in front of the camera try to make sure and enjoy! The photos will be something to treasure for many, many years.

 

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Based in Lexington, KY, Katie Shoultz's lifelong passion for horses and farm life inspired her to open the doors of Isidore Farm, a premier hunter/jumper facility in the Bluegrass. She is involved in several equine organizations and usually has a cup of coffee and dog by her side.

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