I hope there are some horse lovers here, because the next three days equine photographer @kirstieeemarie will be filling your Insta-feed! Welcome, Kirstie! We’re so excited to have you! . . . I am SO happy to share some horsey images with you all this week! I thought I should start with an image I took very early on in my photography career. I got my first DSLR during my senior year of college, and it wasn’t long before I retired that camera, bought a Contax 645, and went to 100% film. I was planning my wedding at the time and was extremely drawn to the aesthetic of film photography greats like Jose Villa and Erich McVey. I started taking photographs of the only thing that I knew and loved—my pony in my front pasture. This quickly grew to me taking pictures of the one thing that I felt needed documenting—how much a girl loves her horse.
@kirstieeemarie here again with a few tips & tricks should you ever find yourself in a situation where you are shooting horses. First, make sure your equine model is comfortable. Horses are extremely expressive with their eyes, and a worried eye is a strong indicator that your horse is stressed out (and probably won’t be very cooperative). They might need to go for a walk, eat some grass, see another horse buddy to calm their nerves or get lots of pets to settle down and relax a bit. Second, always make sure their ears are forward. Always. I have an assistant come to every shoot of mine and their sole job is getting the horse’s attention. Noises, motion and food work very well to get a great expression on the horse’s face.
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I (@kirstieeemarie) am still deeply inspired by film wedding photography, and one thing I love most is how much connection there is. I kid you not, I actually get most of my posing ideas from engagement photography. I just—you know—replace a handsome man with a handsome steed :).
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@kirstieeemarie here for day 2 of the PV Takeover!! One of my favorite parts about living in Texas is the spring full of wildflowers! Nothing depicts the brevity of life quite like a bluebonnet flower. Their beauty is mighty, but their season is short. Just as the bluebonnets can be fleeting, so can a horse’s mood. I am at the mercy of every horse I work with—because they are 1200-pound animals with a mind, will and agenda of their own. With enough patience and horse treats, sometimes I can coax them into the pose or position that I envision, but more often than not, I work around what they want to do.
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There are few things I love more than horses on film. I mean, I am a sucker for a willow tree, gorgeous light and Fuji 400H that wraps around my subjects and makes them glow, but to an equestrian, a horse is so much more than a pet. Her horse is her teammate, her therapist, her teacher and her best friend. I’m just trying to capture everything he means to her in a photograph, for her to remember the bond they shared.
There are only a handful of equine photographers I know of who choose to shoot portraits with film. PhotoVision can attest that in many of my shots, the horse is walking off, yawning, swishing off a fly or—heaven forbid—blinking during my shutter release. Working with horses requires a great amount of patience and a large tolerance for wasted shots. But if you shoot film, you understand the gratification when you nail the shot.
One of my favorite things about shooting horses on film is getting to capture the details of horse show outfits. Women who compete in Western events wear shirts that are intricately designed, with handset beadwork and Swarovski crystals. They are works of art in their own right, intended to compliment the color of the horse and catch the judges’ eyes in the show pen.
@kirstieeemarie here, ready to sign off from the PV Takeover this week. This has been SO MUCH FUN and I am so humbled and honored that PhotoVision asked me to share some of my heart with you all. I hope you have enjoyed your daily dose of equine beauty <3. My parting advice, is to shoot what you love and love what you shoot. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with your clients and establish a real relationship—a real friendship. I absolutely love what I do because I truly love who I do it for. I leave each of my shoots emotionally attached to both the women and horses alike. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to direct message me at @kirstieeemarie or @kmplearn.