FAQ

Yay! You're booking your session & now have a gazillion questions - no problem! Here are some of the more frequent considerations, along with some handy guides to download.

Yard Session Organisers - please download & read the guide before booking!

guides

location

Your session should be somewhere your horse or dog feels at ease - ideally in a sheltered area with good natural light & not too many distractions! A barn doorway or field shelter is perfect to set up backdrops & lights for studio style portraits - removing yard tools & a quick sweep beforehand is hugely appreciated.

set up

I aim to arrive approximately 45mins before the start of your session to check light & set up. I've found horses in particular quite enjoy watching the process - it gives them the opportunity to settle around the stands & drapes, while dogs are generally more interested in my squeakies!

presentation

When deciding to bath, clip or plait consider the final artwork you'd like on your wall. Wonderful long native manes are a fabulous feature & sport horses or hunters look stunning show ready. Aim to bath the day before & plait well ahead of time to minimise stress.

preparation

Training horses & dogs to be still for a quick count of five really helps to keep the session tension free. Teaching your horse to manoeuvre with a neck rope & back up on command will maximise our posing options too!

subjects

Where you'd like both liberty & bridle photographs to choose from - 'naked' shots are done first to prevent tack lines. I have specialist halters for horses who stand well & very fine show slips for dogs (behaviour permitting) which are digitally removed.

handlers

Bright, neon & dayglow colours should be avoided when handling, since they reflect in eyes & colour cast on coats. Where handlers are being included please advise in advance of any outfit changes, this allows me to allocate addtional time (especially for multi-owner sessions).

editing

I include print(s) & corresponding social media digital(s) with every session. Prints are priced per single subject - where you'd like multiple images composited together, additional fees apply & are quoted prior to editing.

timescale

Summer & festive seasons are exceptionally busy. Since I use professional labs to print & rely on their couriers for shipping I suggest a minimum of six weeks from order (not session date) to get artworks to you.

relax!

Your session should be a source of joy - the chance to capture something precious to last forever-after. Natural behaviours add to individuality & we work together to ensure a fun, relaxed experience.

what if?...

The Scottish weather, so famed for change rarely halts our session (unless blowin' a hoolie!) & I weather watch with an option to reschedule. If it changes on the day, we simply wait for a break in the clouds & enjoy coffee & blethers.