We’ve been photographing horses for over ten years now, but I still find it hard to summarise in a few words what it is about them that captivates me so much. They are such powerful, majestic and enchanting animals – each with its own personality and beauty. Its always been my passion and goal to try to capture this in images – something about that horse’s beauty and presence, what he or she brings to the world.
So when Kim, breeder from Nadderbrook stud in Devon, visited our stand at a show and showed us some images of her stunning horses, I really couldn’t resist. For starters, you can’t beat a long, flowing mane. Combine that with feathers and some striking colour, and wow, its irresistible!
I really wanted to shoot on the beach, and as Kim is Devon based, we settled on Exmouth as the location. We loved the red, vibrant rock formations and the fact that there were no buildings in sight, just coastline, big rocks and sea. We planned the shoot for early one February morning, and settled on two completely different horses – Marmite, and Maralyn.
Our main model was Marmite – full name McCartney’s Marmite, who is a pure Gypsy Cobb stallion bred by Kim and now 11 years old. He’s just such a beautiful horse, with his flowing mane and tail, and distinctive markings – we were both excited and nervous to capture him as this was such an opportunity! We knew we had to be quick, as there was a window of the right kind of light, and fewer people on the beach, but a little pressure is always a good thing!
He really didn’t disappoint us, with his stunning movement and looks. His only weakness was being a bit of a coward going into the sea and getting his feet wet, which was entertaining – bless him! Having captured lots of images of him in natural light, we pulled out our location flash to capture something a bit more dramatic against the skies!
Next up was ‘Maralyn Monroe’ – she was a one year old at the time of the shoot, and it was her first time travelling, so we decided just to capture a few of her. She was an absolute rockstar – behaved impeccably around dogs, walkers, us with lenses and lights. She literally didn’t put a foot wrong and was so confident and composed for a very young horse. I was fascinated by her stunning colouring – ‘Black Silver Dapple’ – just so unusual and beautiful.
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