What happens at a shoot?
On the day of the shoot when I arrive at the location we’ve agreed and we’ll have a chat, possibly over a cuppa and discuss how the shoot will run and if there are any areas we can’t use for shooting. I’ll then have a look around and identify some likely locations and we’ll make a start.
The shoot itself will take around two hours, this gives us the opportunity to move around a bit and for you to have a few changes of outfit. I like to keep things fun and relaxed and before you know it we’ll have finished. So many clients tell me they are nervous before the shoot, but at the end of the shoot they tell me how much they’ve enjoyed it. There really is nothing to be nervous about and part of my job is to help you relax and be natural in front of the camera.
How many photos can I have?
Included in every shoot is a private viewing of the photographs from the shoot, this will usually be between 100 and 150 from a two hour shoot. I believe in being up front with pricing and so every shoot includes a 16″ Photograph of your choice, printed, mounted and framed by leading bespoke printers in a 22” frame, (worth £295). In addition to this you are very welcome to buy as many more as you would like. My prices can be found HERE
How long is it until my photos are ready?
Your photographs will normally be ready to view at your private viewing within one to two weeks of the shoot. I’ll come to you and we’ll go through all the pictures in the comfort of your own home. Due to the bespoke nature of the products, wall art takes five to ten working days to be produced from when it’s ordered and albums around three to four weeks.
How do we book a date?
Simply give me a call on 07799 642004 or use the CONTACT form and I’ll get in touch with you to arrange a mutually convenient date. I’ll work around your availability either during the week or at the weekend. There is NO additional charge for weekend shoots.
What camera do you use?
I use Nikon Professional series cameras and will choose the most appropriate combination of camera and lens for the style of shoot we agree. I have backup equipment so in the extremely unlikely event of equipment failure I can continue to work.
How do I pay for the shoot?
At the time of booking I will take a 50% deposit to secure your chosen date, the remainder being due 30 days prior to the shoot. All products must be paid for at the time of ordering. I take either cash or credit/debit card. I also offer a beautifully presented gift card which makes the ideal gift for the horse or dog lover in your life.
Do I need a pre-meeting?
Prior to the shoot we’ll have a chat, or to be formal a ‘pre-shoot consultation’, this might be face to face or over the telephone. During this I’ll find out a bit about you and your horse and what you want to achieve from the shoot. We’ll chat about locations and outfits for you. At the bottom of the page I’ve listed some hints and tips that may help or inspire you.
Who should book a photo shoot?
Quite simply, anybody! If you have a horse or horses or a dog or dogs in your life what better way is there to capture the bond and love between you than to create beautiful images that you can treasure forever.
Gerry’s Top Tips for Outfits
Bring as many clothes as you like! I’ve shot fashion photography so I’m more than happy to help you choose if you aren’t sure, and don’t forget some accessories, especially in winter – they look great and will help keep you warm! I’d recommend three outfits for a typical shoot as that will give us variety without spending too much time getting changed. Conveniently we can break these down as follows
This can be your smartest riding gear right the way through to your wedding dress or a formal business suit if that’s the look you would like.
How about you’re ‘going out’ clothes, or a summer dress?
Casual (No prizes for guessing that category was coming!)
As casual as you like, perhaps jeans or a skirt teamed with a jumper or your favourite top, or country wear and long boots?
As a rule, I’d suggest pastel colours are preferable to bold colours and strong distracting patterns should be avoided.
Should be turned out as if you were going to a show, but there is no need to plait up. I would suggest that either a clean plain bridle or leather head collar are the most suitable.