Black Background Photoshoots

My black background photoshoots have become increasingly popular over the years and can often be found proudly displayed on customers walls around their home. These sessions are perfect for capturing striking photos of your horse or horses looking their best and are created without the use of any artificial lighting. All we need to create a black background photo is a barn, stable or indoor school with access to natural lighting from the outside. Each photo is taken in a certain way to achieve this artistic effect and I will help you position your horse in the most eye-catching way, ensuring that every photo is special to you. Take a look at my social media accounts or black background photography portfolio to see more precious photos.

The investment

Rather than offering multiple packages, with various products included, I have gone with the ever popular à la carte style of service. Simply book either my basic or gold leaf black background package, which includes two complimentary low resolution digital copies, and when you see your final, edited images you can choose to buy as many extra photos as you wish. Click here to browse my wide range of photoshoot products in advance.

Basic Package

  • A 30-minute unique photoshoot.
  • A private online viewing gallery, full of all your professionally edited photos.
  • Two FREE low resolution digital copies to share on social media.
  • Access to my full range of premium products, including special deals.


Gold leaf package

  • A 45 minute unique gold leaf photoshoot, application time & supplies included.
  • A private online viewing gallery, full of all your professionally edited photos.
  • Two FREE low resolution digital copies to share on social media.
  • Access to my full range of premium products, including special deals.


The following is also included with any black background photoshoot booking…


A 50 mile round trip from Melksham, Wiltshire is included for free. Thereafter, any additional miles will be charged at 45p per mile.

Include extra models

Want your dog included for some of the photos? No problem - this is your photoshoot!

Multiple horses welcome

Each package comes with the flexibility to photograph you and up to two horses (one horse for gold leaf sessions). If you want to include more horses, please send me a message.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your chosen date, with the remainder to be paid at least 24 hours before. You’re also welcome to pay for your shoot in full upon booking if you prefer. Only the products specified within the photoshoot package are included and expire 6 months after your gallery goes live. After this time, you can still purchase images from your photoshoot, but cannot claim the complimentary products.

Grey horse on a black backgroud

Photoshoots make fantastic presents, why not buy a gift voucher?

Whether you’re buying a gift for a close friend, family member, or that special someone, all photoshoot packages can be customised to craft the perfect present. You can either buy the package listed above or opt for redeemable credit to give them the flexibility to choose any type of photoshoot.

Frequently asked questions

All we need to create a black background photo is a barn, stable, indoor school, or similar, with access to natural lighting from the outside. We will then position your horse in the opening to create a darkening effect in the background, which I then enhance during editing to achieve the desired look.

I would prepare your horse as if you were going to a competition. Try and avoid bathing on the day of your photoshoot because if the coat hasn’t dried in time this isn’t the most appealing for photos. Dig out your tack cleaner, and don’t forget to do your bridle, then have a think about whether you’d like to plait. Most people just give their horses mane a tidy up, but plaiting can look extremely smart too – the choice is yours. Oh, don’t forget the treats! Your horse will thank me for that one.

I use washable, non-toxic PVA glue to stick the delicate sheet of gold leaf onto your horse. It’s the same as what you would remember at school during art class. Afterwards, some water and a scrubbing brush is the best way to remove the glue.

Of course you can! Or if you want to include your dog in a session with your horse, I’m more than happy to do this as well. The same requirements will be needed to achieve the artistic effect and if you are unsure about meeting the criteria, feel free to send me a message and I can help advise you.

In short, we will reschedule! I appreciate that no one fancies getting drenched during a photoshoot and the British weather can be unpredictable. If the forecast is dry, cloudy or sunny, I will advise we stick with the plan and go ahead. But if it looks like a washout, I will discuss moving to a new date or time. I usually book one session per day so we can move the photoshoot to a different time if the weather turns – e.g. the morning might look drier than the afternoon.

The photoshoot itself is just the beginning. After your session, I will head home and start to narrow down the hundreds of images to just the best of the best. Once I have the final photos selected, it’s time to get to work with editing each photo, which I feel is just as important as taking the photos. This process usually takes up to 3 weeks, but I will always endeavour to deliver them to you sooner and, with your permission, share some sneaky peeks on social media. You will receive a link to a password-protected online gallery to view the entire collection once it is ready. You can share this link and password with as many family members and friends as you wish, while you decide which photos you would like to buy.

Clients often expect there to be a time limit when it comes to placing orders, but this is not the case with me. You’re welcome to buy your photos as soon as possible after viewing your gallery, or if you need a little longer to decide or wish to buy a handful now and more later, that is no problem at all. Any of the products included within your photoshoot package must be claimed within 6 months of the gallery going live. After this time you can still make purchases, but won’t be able to claim your free products.

I offer a variety of different products, including digital copies, wooden framed prints, canvases, photobooks and much more. Click here to view my photoshoot product price list in full.