True To You Photography: Blog https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) True To You Photography (True To You Photography) Tue, 09 Mar 2021 17:22:00 GMT Tue, 09 Mar 2021 17:22:00 GMT https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u831069746-o435852756-50.jpg True To You Photography: Blog https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog 120 80 Introducing photoshoot payment plans! https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/3/introducing-photoshoot-payment-plans Each photoshoot package and product that I provide is carefully considered and I always offer the best price I possibly can to help keep the cost of photoshoots affordable, but also profitable enough to earn me a living. However, I am aware that for some people this can still be a bit of a stretch and it upsets me to think that someone might miss out on precious photo memories due to cost.

I have spent the last few months in lockdown looking into offering safe and secure payment plans and after lots of internet browsing and email conversations, I decided to go with the well-known brand Klarna. If you choose to pay for your photoshoot or photoshoot order using Klarna, your bill is split into three equal payments, which are collected every 30 days, and you won’t be charged interested throughout your plan. If you would still prefer to pay for your photoshoot in full, that is no problem at all. Klarna is completely optional to help make the investment of a photoshoot more manageable.

Below, I have outlined exactly how Klarna would work for both photoshoot payments and photoshoot order payments. If anyone has any further questions, feel free to send me a message and I’d be more than happy to chat.

Using Klarna to pay for your photoshoot

You can use Klarna to spread the cost of any photoshoot packages I offer worth over £100. Please note, Klarna doesn’t charge you interest to spread the cost over 90 days, but there is a small transaction fee that will apply to your photoshoot booking with me to cover the costs associated.

Here’s exactly how it will work:

  1. Choose your photoshoot package and let me know that you’d like to spread the cost.
  2. We will then discuss a suitable date and time for your photoshoot and get you booked in. A £50 booking deposit is still required upfront to secure your chosen date, with the remainder to be paid through Klarna.
  3. At the end of your photoshoot, I will send you a payment link to set up the payment plan with Klarna for the outstanding balance. You will need a Klarna account to use this service but don’t worry it’s really simple to set up.
  4. Klarna will then take the first instalment on the day of your photoshoot, with the second one being taken 30 days later and the third 60 days later.

It’s as simple as that and you won’t have to wait until all the instalments have been paid to see your photos either – this is the perk of me partnering with a professional company.

Using Klarna to pay for your photoshoot orders

You can use Klarna to spread the cost of any photoshoot orders worth over £35. Please note, Klarna doesn’t charge you interest to spread the cost over 90 days, but there is a small transaction fee that will apply to your photoshoot order with me to cover the costs associated.

Here’s exactly how it will work:

  1. Complete your order form and let me know that you’d like to spread the cost.
  2. I will come back to you with a final price, including the small fee that will apply.
  3. Once you give me the go-ahead, I will send you a Klarna payment link to set up the payment plan. You will need a Klarna account to use this service but don’t worry it’s really simple to set up.
  4. Klarna will then take the first instalment on the day you set up the plan, with the second one being taken 30 days later and the third 60 days later.

It’s as simple as that and your order will be sent as soon as Klarna confirms to me that the plan’s been approved, meaning you don’t need to complete all the payments before you receive your pictures.


I'm looking forward to offering an alternative way to pay to my photoshoot clients and can't wait to hit the ground running this year once lockdown restrictions allow. Currently, I am due to return to work after the 29th March 2021, and I am already booking up fast so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to book a photoshoot this year.

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What's inside my camera bag? https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2021/2/whats-inside-my-camera-bag I thought it might be fun to do something a little different and have a nosey around my camera bags, which I take with me to events and photoshoots. I always have two camera bags on me. The first bag contains my main kit, that I use 90% of the time. The second bag holds my backup equipment and any overflow which I use less frequently.

Let’s start with the obvious, my cameras and lenses.

In my main kit bag, you will find a Nikon D750 with my Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached, a Sigma 24-105mm f/4 lens and a grand total of 5 batteries and 5 SD cards. Pretty much all the time, I can be found with my Nikon camera and Tamron lens in hand, weighing in at 3kg, this is my golden combination that I use all the time at events and photoshoots. I wear a Black Rapid camera sling with this combination to help distribute the weight more evenly across my body – I won’t lie this can be very heavy if you’re holding it continuously for more than a few hours. My Sigma lens is useful for photoshoots when I might find myself closer to my subject or in small spaces. If I’m at a wedding, I will often have one camera attached to my Tamron lens and the other to this Sigma lens as it’s much better for portrait work.

Inside my second camera bag, you will find another Nikon D750, a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, a remote trigger, and a Nikon SB-700 Speedlight. All these pieces of kit are either used less frequently or are backups in case my main kit gets damaged when I am working. I will take this bag with me all the time just in case, but it’ll stay in my car unless needed to avoid me looking like a pack mule.

Cameras and lensesCameras and lenses Next up is the slightly less exciting, but particularly important, camera cleaning kit and protective gear.

With the British weather being ever unpredictable, I must be prepared for all eventualities. When the weather looks wet, I have a very handy, thin waterproof cover that I’ll put on my camera. This is by far the least high-tech thing I own and I probably paid far too much for it due to the product being advertised for cameras. It is essentially a long plastic bag with a drawstring at one end that keeps my camera dry. The drawstring end wraps tightly around the end of the lens to make sure the bag stays in place whilst I’m moving around and zooming in and out, and then the rest of the plastic covers the remainder of my camera. I then adapt this slightly my ripping a hole in it where my viewfinder and LCD screen are, otherwise, I’d be trying to photograph whilst looking through plastic, which is not the easiest thing to do. During wet weather, I also keep a microfibre cloth in my pocket which I use to wipe the LCD screen and viewfinder when it gets a bit wet. In addition to my wet weather gear, I have a standard cleaning kit that contains dry microfibre cloths, lens brushes, sensor cleaners, a rubber bulb air pump to blow away dust and some more specialist camera cleaning products. When on the go at a photoshoot or event, I’d usually only use the air pump to remove any arena dust or dirt from my lens and I use the rest of the kit when I’m at home and giving my camera a thorough clean.

Cleaning kitCleaning kit Now for the miscellaneous, slightly more peculiar things you will find in my camera bag.

I always carry around some business cards in a small metal holder simply because you never know when you may need one and similarly, I always have a pen to hand. But there are two pieces of my kit which I class as very essential for photoshoots. First up is a small tub of polos. These are fantastic for rattling to get a horse’s attention or throwing around in the air as the little tub is robust. They also double up as treats, which with permission from the horse’s owner, I give out during my sessions. For my canine models, I have a handy bag of replacement toy squeakers. I choose to keep them in their bag because I would without a doubt lose them if I took them out and I can also place the bag under my knee or feet when sat on the floor and use other body parts to make them squeak leaving my hands free to operate my camera. They often cause a head tilt as the dog can hear what they think is a toy but cannot work out where it is.

ExtrasExtras I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual look inside my camera bag and found it interesting to hear what gadgets I bring along with me to photoshoots. There is another essential gadget I carry around with me at photoshoots that helps get the attention of my subjects, but it’s not something you’d find in my camera bag, so I’m going to keep that one a surprise for anyone who books a photoshoot with me – trust me it creates a lot of laughs and works every time. If you’d be interested in an equine or canine photoshoot, please feel free to check out my packages and portfolio of work.

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The brilliant Bum Building Bands - all about them and our business photoshoot https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2020/6/the-brilliant-bum-building-bands Close up of the bum building bands being ridden inClose up of the bum building bands being ridden in A few months back the wonderful Hannah, who creates Bum Building Bands, approached me to book a business photoshoot. Hannah’s goal was to get some professional photos that she could use on her website and across her social media platforms. We met at a local yard, where some mutual friends are based, and captured pictures of Hannah’s product both on and off horses. It was perfect weather for our photoshoot and our equine models demonstrated how the bands work both under saddle and for groundwork, such as lunging.

It was so lovely to hear Hannah’s feedback from her photoshoot and discover how the images have benefited her business a few months on.

“I was super pleased with Caitlin’s professionalism. I am quite a perfectionist and have an image in my head of how I want my products to look. Caitlin was very patient with me changing the set up constantly and really took on my vision. I am IN LOVE with the final images. Caitlin captured my ideas and more, producing the most beautiful images, which captured my vision perfectly. Since our shoot, I have seen a huge increase in sales after using the photos across my social media platforms and on my website.”

Hannah’s story behind how the Bum Building Bands were born is very fascinating. They were “born almost by accident”. In the winter months, Hannah needed to help her horse improve his hind engagement, as he was very weak behind, and needed some extra help to build him up. Being a busy mum and not having an arena at home, Hannah started researching the different training aids on the market which could be used whilst out hacking as well as in the school. Hannah said: “Most of the training aids I found would attach to the horse’s head, forcing them into a false outline and allowing them to fall out through their hindquarters. So, I made the first Bum Building Band. I used it whilst hacking only for the first 3 weeks, in that short time everyone around us from our trainers to friends at clinics began to notice a huge difference in my horse’s way of going and that’s when Bum Building Bands was born. I never expected it to be so popular!”

On our photoshoot, we started by looking at the Bum Building Bands in detail. Hannah was after some photos which focused on the detail in the pads and pictures which showed what is included with each order you place.

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“With every order, we supply a branded Bum Building Bands saddle pad with clips attached, two sets of bands; each set of bands consists of a core band and a hind band, one set is Latex-Free and the other is Standard, both bring different qualities for different horses. Also included with every order are fitting instructions and a personal thank you from me.”

Next on the agenda was showing how the bands are fitted. Using both our equine models we demonstrated how easy the bands are to fit on two different shapes of horses.

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“When fitting your Bum Building Bands for the first time, we always recommend starting on the lunge with the bands loose. This is so your horse can get used to the new system and it gives you a chance to find a happy balance and the correct tension for your horse. We recommend only using the bands for 10-15 minutes on the first few uses, even some of the fittest horses can tire quicker when using the bands.”

One of the key features about Hannah’s Bum Building Bands is that they can be used for both lunging, hacking and schooling. We photographed the horses being lunged and ridden on the flat, as well as over some trotting poles. My mission was to capture the horse’s movement when trotting over the poles in the bands and we certainly got some exuberant pictures. It was lovely to see how engaged and happy the horses looked when being ridden in the bands.

The bands being ridden in over polesThe bands being ridden in over poles A horse jumping the poles and being excitableA horse jumping the poles and being excitable

Sometimes a little too over-exuberant in Sam's case!

I asked Hannah how many times a week she recommends using the bands and what advice she would give to a new Bum Building Band user. Her advice was: “My top tip is to use the Bum Building Bands 2-3 times a week until you begin to see improved gaits in your horse, then reduce use. I use ours 3 times a week; once schooling, once hacking and once lunging. I alternate the use of the bands between my lessons so my horse does not become reliant on the bands and I can feel his improved gaits without them. The Bum Building Bands are designed to complement a good schooling routine. When using the bands under saddle you will feel a difference in your horse’s way of going, over time you will feel your horse becoming more supple in their gaits and have an improved uphill balance.”

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It has been so lovely to work with a local small business as inspiring as the Bum Building Bands. I love how the idea was born and accelerated completely on its own and took Hannah by surprise from day one. I can highly recommend looking at Hannah’s website if you would like to read more about the bands or even purchase one for yourself. There are lots of different options on offer, including supplying your own saddle pad, where Hannah will attach the clips and send you the bands to use on a pad you already own.

I am also delighted to hear that Hannah has seen a big increase in sales and engagement since publishing her photos. I offer two different business photoshoot packages, and both come with every single high-resolution image included in the cost. If you feel you need a different type of package to meet your business needs, then feel free to send me a message and I’d be more than happy to create a bespoke package for you.

Check out Hannah’s Bum Building Bands here: www.bumbuildingbands.com and find them on both Facebook and Instagram.

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All about my gift vouchers https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2020/3/all-about-my-gift-vouchers It can be hard to find the perfect present to give to your friends or family throughout the year. Chocolate is always a good bet or high street vouchers if you’re struggling for ideas, but wouldn’t the gift of memories be better?

Photoshoots are fantastic for all occasions and result in loads of beautiful photos to treasure forever. They’re available all year round for every horse or dog lover and can be personalised by you to suit the recipient. There are three different options to choose from when it comes to picking the perfect voucher.

Option 1: A photoshoot package

This is my most popular choice. I already have a variety of different packages on offer for anyone who is looking to book a photoshoot. These have proven popular over the years and resulted in many happy clients meaning that you’re guaranteed to purchase a great present. All you need to do is simply browse my different photoshoot options and choose one of my packages.

Option 2: A bespoke photoshoot package

Despite my varied choice of photoshoot packages, I appreciate that not every single one is suited to you. Therefore, I offer the ability to add and remove different products from my packages to tailor the voucher to suit your recipient. For example, you might be looking to purchase one of my existing equine photoshoots but want to include a canvas print as well. No problem! We will simply create a package to suit your vision and price everything up.

Option 3: Spending money

A popular choice when you have a slightly smaller budget or want to give your recipient the freedom to choose their own photoshoot package. Much like a high street voucher, we can simply preload one of my vouchers with a set amount of money that the recipient can spend however they like with True To You Photography. In the past, people have used vouchers like this not only to help towards the cost of a photoshoot but also to purchase their favourite pictures from events that I have covered. With a minimum spend of £20, the amount of money you can preload onto a voucher is limitless.

With all the different options above there is something for everyone and something to suit all budgets. However, if you have a different idea in mind, I am more than happy to discuss this with you and see if it is something I can offer. Each voucher comes with a 12-month expiry date, giving your recipient plenty of time to find a date that works for them. Vouchers can be personalised to include a special message and are then printed onto professional photo paper and sent to you in a beautiful, grey gift box. If you’d prefer to receive your voucher digitally this can be arranged for you. It’s as simple as that.

All gift voucher purchases must be paid for in full and are non-refundable. There is a payment plan option available if you would like to spread the cost (a small transaction fee will apply). To purchase a voucher, please send me an email or give me a call on 07395 581159.


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5 Top Tips: How to prepare for your equine photoshoot https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/9/5-top-tips-how-to-prepare-for-your-equine-photoshoot You have chosen your photoshoot package and booked a date, now the countdown is on. The excitement starts to build, and you start to tell your friends when suddenly you think "What should I wear?", "Will my barn be good enough for black background photos?" or "How should I stand in the photos?". I know for some people that having their photo taken can be a daunting experience, but I want to reassure you that a photoshoot with me will not be something you'll regret. I have outlined 5 tops tips to help you prepare for your photoshoot. Some of them are questions that clients have asked in the past, and some are just general suggestions from me that I believe will help you feel confident when the big day finally comes.

1. Finding the perfect locations

Your yard does not need to be in an area of outstanding beauty, with valleys as far as the eye can see to be classed as a good photoshoot location. Most of my photoshoots take place on ‘normal' yards that are close to towns and not in the middle of nowhere. Of course, having stunning scenery or a wood locally can make a lovely addition to your photoshoot, but it's far from essential to achieve gorgeous photos of you and your four-legged family. This photo is a great example of a location that someone might overlook, but it created a lovely setting for some photos.

Girl with her horse on a drivewayGirl with her horse on a driveway This photo was taken at the edge of a short gravel drive, which leads to the yard. There were just two trees, on a grassy verge, with a brick wall behind them. It's as simple as that! For the remainder of the photoshoot, we wandered down the adjacent lane where we found a small bridge going over a brook, a byway and the edge of a crop field – all other great photo locations.
If you are thinking of using a tree within a photoshoot, it's important to make sure it's not too tall. In the example above, the tree trunk has some Ivy on it, which meant it didn't matter that the leaves were high up. A plain tree trunk is not very exciting for photos and if the tree is tall, zooming out to fit the leaves in would make you and your horse very small and this is not ideal for more than just a few photos.

Some other photoshoot locations that work well include freshly poo picked fields, byways or rural lanes with thin/no tree cover, crop fields (with permission), and driveways. If you're interested in capturing some black background horse portraits all we need is the use of a barn, stable, field shelter or indoor school with access to natural lighting from the outside. I have never attended a photoshoot and not been able to find more than one suitable photo location. Brainstorming some possible locations before the photoshoot is very handy and then when I arrive we can discuss these locations between us an head to the best sounding spots.

2. Deciding what to wear

This has to be one of the most common questions I get asked. My first bit of advice is to wear something you feel comfortable in. Don't force yourself to wear a dress that you saw in someone else's social media picture if it's going to make you feel insecure during the photoshoot. The last thing you want is to look back at your photos and regret your outfit choice.

You might want to do some outfit changes during your session - I recommend 2-3 if this is something you'd be interested in. A popular choice for my clients is one jeans and t-shirt outfit followed by a summery dress or similar (if the weather is on our side). I find this outfit combination works well to make the photoshoot more diverse. I could list many different outfit ideas that I think would look nice, but ultimately, it's up to you and your style. However, I can advise on what not to wear based on the nature of photoshoots. One outfit no-go would be a tight, short skirt or dress. Some of my suggested poses include crouching or sitting down and it would not be good to have a wardrobe malfunction. Also, horses can be strong, so it's always good to feel as though you are not restricted and able to keep hold of them whilst we're out and about. I would also suggest not wearing your regular yard clothes. I'm sure your phone is full of photos that friends, and family, have taken of you with your horse in the past wearing regular yard clothes. A photoshoot is a little more special, so wearing something you don't usually wear around horses helps make each photo feel that little bit more magical. This can be as simple as wearing a pair of leggings and a pretty top if you're not interested in wearing dresses or jeans.

Below I have included a few photos that show off some outfit choices from my previous clients. As I have already mentioned, the main takeaway is to wear something you are comfortable in. I often tell people to choose an outfit that they would wear to a family meal or a day out shopping. But remember, photoshoots can include slobber, mud and horsehair, so make sure you choose something that you don't mind getting a little grubby.

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3. Preparing your horse for the day

This is something that can get overlooked, but from a photographer's perspective, it's very important. Firstly, always give your horse a good groom before the photoshoot. Some people like to bath them the day before, especially if they own a grey. My suggestion would be to treat a photoshoot like a competition day and make sure they're looking just as smart as you. Being a horse rider myself, I know that some stains just will not budge. Don't panic if your horse decides to gift you one of these stains on the day, it is possible to improve them post-photoshoot.

Plaiting. Sometimes I get asked whether to plait or not, and my personal preference is a tidy, natural mane because most of your competition photos will show off the plaited version of your horse. However, if you fancy making them look super smart, then plait away!

Next, what tack should you put on them? My go-to is a bridle. You will have a bit more control if needed, and it looks tidier than your everyday nylon headcollar, which usually has a persistent muddy stain on it somewhere. However, if you have a nice leather headcollar this works just as well. If you want to do some ridden photos and wish to use a saddle, I would recommend digging out a smart saddle pad or numnah to replace your daily one. Photoshoots can also require a bit of bribery for your horse, so another top tip is to stock up on their favourite treats to keep them keen and interested throughout.

And finally, if you are dreaming of capturing that natural, tack-free photo of your horse, make sure you bring a long lunge line with you. I always carry a rope halter in the boot of my car, as these can be easily removed in photoshop afterwards. This way if your horse can't be free-schooled loosely at your yard, we can lunge them and then create the liberty effect via editing.

4. Browse the web for some inspiration

Even after reading all the above tips, I appreciate that you might still be stuck for ideas. Whether that's outfit related or posing ideas to help you feel ready to go on the day. I would suggest browsing the internet to look for inspiration. I regularly post my favourites photos from past photoshoots to both my Facebook and Instagram accounts, so that would be a great place to start your search. Furthermore, Pinterest is a great platform. I use it regularly to give me some fresh ideas to implement on photoshoots. You could even create a Pinterest board just for your favourite photos and share it with me to help me tailor your photoshoot. There are so many photos to look at so utilise the World Wide Web and find your favourite types of photos.

5. Relax

Last but not least, remember to relax. I understand that having your photo taken can be daunting, I hate to be the other side of the camera myself, but I promise you it will be fine. People often say that they forget I am there. If you're doing your thing and working the camera with your horse, I let you carry on and capture those special moments between you and your horse. On the other hand, if you need a bit more help to get into the swing of things, I'll tell you some poses to get the ball rolling. Before you know it it'll just be you and your horse spending some quality time together.

Feel free to read this fabulous testimonial from Hollie, which, in my opinion, sums up how awesome a photoshoot is:
"The upsetting time came for me to have to put my horse of half my lifetime to sleep. I wouldn't have chosen anyone else but Caitlin. Even though it was a very emotional time, Caitlin had a way of making the shoot feel effortless and enjoyable, like it was just me and my horse(s). She captured stunning photos that I will cherish for a lifetime.
She was very understanding and sympathetic, and captured shots I also requested. Her attention to detail was exquisite and her patience (with a very unconfident person in front of the camera) was appreciated. I can't thank her enough. I would definitely recommend her to anyone thinking of getting a photoshoot done without hesitation."


Are you feeling more prepared?

That's my 5 top tips! I hope that if you have a photoshoot booked you now feel a little more relaxed and ready for your photoshoot. Maybe you're reading this because you're considering booking a photoshoot of your own. If that's the case, I hope this blog has given you an insight into what to expect from a photoshoot with me. Please remember that all my tips are just suggestions to help you get ready. You do not need to go out and clear the shelves at your local tack shop after reading this blog. It's also important to remember that this is your photoshoot, you dictate what sort of photos you have taken on the day and what you want to wear.

There are loads of different testimonials available on my website and Facebook page, so please take a look and see what real clients have said after experiencing a photoshoot. If you'd like to discuss booking a photoshoot of your own, feel free to contact me to discuss anything that's on your mind.

 

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Social Media vs Reality https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/social-media-vs-reality In this blog Christie Mclean, one of my fantastic sponsored riders, provides us with a funny insight into how social media compares to reality when it comes to photos. This blog is written with our recent bluebell photoshoot in mind where I photographed Christie's beautiful dressage horse, Coalman, and her youngster, who is also Coalman's brother, Tally. Equine photographySocial media vz reality

One look, you know the one…. The one that you capture occasionally on your mobile and share on social media captioned with "he’s so handsome". A super high res image would make that look just perfect!

"Olly jump up and down!"… "MORE!" Whilst my other half is working off his last 3 meals doing star jumps behind Caitlin, who is led down nestled in the bluebells. The frustration building in his face as Coalman refuses to participate in his antics. "Come on Coalman, put your bloody ears forward!". Olly’s now resorted to throwing anything he can past Coalman’s nose, who’s partially playing ball with now one ear forward, but still rocking the ‘resting mare face’ look.
Tally on the other hand, consistent with his ‘child on E-numbers’ attitude is fixed on Olly, can’t get enough of his star jumps, and adds in his own head bobbing to reflect.

I was now adamant that today will be one of those days where the thought of beautiful memories and photos to share start to fade away, darn horses! Why don’t they get the ears forward thing! But, in that split second some walkers appear from behind a bush, instantly Coalman plays ball and Tally strikes into model mode... "Caitlin go!" Of course she’s one step ahead and the camera is clicking away. The success lasts seconds and before I know it Tally has moved a hind leg, lost balance and is now pinning me to Coalman who had resorted back to donning his ‘resting mare face’ look. If he could talk I’m convinced he’d be more Mr Meldrew than Keith Lemon adding the phrase "I don’t believe it".

Moving further along the peak to our next chosen location, Caitlin has decided that this is the spot, this is where the magic will happen, the horses have slightly got over themselves and she’s reassured me with "we’ve got some really nice ones". Music to an owners ears for sure!
"Just back Tally up a little bit", easier said than done when I’m pushing back half a ton of 3 year old with a 6 year old trying to tow me to the best looking bit of grass. For all you mothers out there, human and horse, if this life doesn’t set you up to take on anything then I don’t know what will!
Reins and lead rope tangled, both horses heads suddenly up in the air facing the same direction with all ears forward! Looking at Caitlin a little lost she smiles, she’s pulled out her secret weapon and now we have the full attention of the boys. I seem to now have all the time in the world to position myself into looking like my two boys are 'not from this planet' horses that stand perfectly still and put their ears forward on request, winning!

As we wrap the shoot up, I can’t help but wonder if we did get ‘the one’. Like riding dressage, or showjumping, it’s that split second timing that can land the perfect picture. Social media is a field of what we see in different ways of perfection, but actually in these shoots, it’s capturing that split second where two hearts are showing as one, that’s perfection.

True to her word, she’s True To You Photography, she got ‘the one and more’.

Here are some of my favourites from the photoshoot:

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Dog Photoshoots - FAQs https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/dog-photoshoots---frequently-asked-questions Dog Photoshoots - FAQs answered

Photoshoots should be fun, magical days where everything goes just right - and to an extent they are! But, we all know that in reality puppy training will suddenly be forgotten every time we try to pose for a photo, or your lightly coloured jeans will eventually display a mark that resembles a muddy paw print. But that's what makes the day even more special because we will have captured every aspect of your pet's personality. Photoshop is here to help remove peaky leaves that get caught in coats or stubborn muddy marks in the winter and we'll definitely have lots of fun exploring the local land.
Understandably, you'll still have lots of questions to ask to help you plan for your day, but I can assure you that no matter what happens the session will definitely be relaxed and you'll always come away with a selection of photos to treasure forever. 

Here are of few of the most popular questions people ask before a photoshoot. If you have a different question, you're welcome to send me a message anytime and I'll be happy to answer it. I look forward to meeting you and your four-legged family for a photoshoot one day.

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I don’t know where to go for my photoshoot. Any suggestions?

I’d recommend choosing a lovely walk with a route to suit the time you have available. Somewhere with woodland, trails and/or lakes for swimming in are always a bonus and make for some interesting backdrops. If you own a slightly more nervous dog, there is a fantastic private dog park in Melksham called Vinny's Getaway. For just £10 you can enjoy sole use of their enclosed field for an hour, which includes a splash zone and some agility fences.


What happens if the weather looks bad for my photoshoot?

I appreciate that British weather can go from one extreme to another pretty fast and therefore I won’t force you to go ahead with the shoot if the heavens are going to open all day. I’ll always send you a message a few days before the photoshoot to check that everything is still ok and I’ll check the weather. If the weather looks miserable, this is the time to decide whether you wish to reschedule the shoot. There is no charge for rescheduling the photoshoot due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, but if you decide to cancel the photoshoot all together, and give me less than 72 hours' notice, then some charges will apply. Please contact me to find out about my cancellation policy.


Do I need to bring anything other than myself and my dog(s)?

Not unless you want to. But I definitely do recommend bringing a handful of treats to help distract them from the interesting smells. If you would like to be in some of the photos make sure you’re wearing your smart dog walking clothes. Fancy dress (for dogs and owners) is always welcome and colourful collars. A doggy cake smash is always a great addition to any photoshoot too!


Can I create my own photoshoot package?

I offer three different photoshoot packages that all provide you with the freedom to pick and choose what photo products you'd like to purchase after your session. This way you're in control and can have as many photos as you wish from the photoshoot. Each package comes with either digitals or prints included so that your session covers the cost of some products, but the freedom to buy more photos is still there and there's no time limit to place orders.

However, if you are looking to buy a photoshoot as a gift, I appreciate that you may like to include some additional products with the voucher. This is no problem at all, simply let me know which products you'd like to add and I will get back to you with a bespoke quote.


How do I pay you for the photoshoot?

For my photoshoots, you will be required to pay a £50 deposit when booking to secure your chosen date, with the remainder to be paid at least 24 hours before or, if you choose my payment plan option, your first instalment will be taken on the day (fees apply). I can accept bank transfer payments or payments via a secure link (fees apply) and I will provide you with an invoice when booking. Please note that if for some reason full payment is not received before your chosen date or the payment plan is not set up correctly, no previews will be available or editing will be conducted on your photos until payment has been received.


Haven't booked your photoshoot yet? You can find my current packages on the dog photoshoot page and contact me to book a session.

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Equine Photoshoots - FAQs https://www.ttyphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/4/equine-photoshoots---faqs Equine Photoshoots - FAQs answered!

Everyone believes that photoshoots should be relaxing, enjoyable days where everything goes just right - and to an extent they are! But, we all know that in reality there will be at least one photo where your horse is pulling a silly face or towing you out of shot for the juicy green grass. But that's what makes the day even more special. Photoshop is here to help remove those pesky flies in the summer or stubborn stains in the winter and we'll definitely have a good laugh about your horses unique personality.
Understandably, I'm sure you'll still have lots of questions to ask to help you plan for your day, but I can assure you that no matter what happens we'll definitely have fun and you'll always come away with a selection of photos to treasure forever. 

Here are of few of the most popular questions people ask before a photoshoot. If you have a different question, you're welcome to send me a message anytime and I'll be happy to answer it. I look forward to meeting you and your horse or horses for a photoshoot one day.

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What should I wear?

The choice is yours. However, I’d recommend choosing something comfortable that you feel confident in. There’s nothing worse than looking back at the photos and thinking “why did I wear that?”. Also, if you choose a dress or skirt, I’d recommend not wearing one that’s quite short. Horses do like to make shoots interesting and you’ll need to be able to move freely if your horse decides to tow you towards the juicy green grass – of course I will help as much as possible!


What happens if the weather looks bad for my photoshoot?

I appreciate that British weather can go from one extreme to another pretty fast and therefore I won’t force you to go ahead with the shoot if the heavens are going to open all day. I’ll always send you a message a few days before the photoshoot to check that everything is still ok and I’ll check the weather. If the weather looks miserable, this is the time to decide whether you wish to reschedule the shoot. There is no charge for rescheduling the photoshoot due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, but if you decide to cancel the photoshoot all together, and give me less than 72 hours' notice, then some charges will apply. Please contact me to find out about my cancellation policy.


Can I do outfit changes?

Of course you can! I allow for plenty of time in all my equine photoshoot packages for multiple outfit changes. In my opinion, a good set of outfits would be one casual riding outfit (such as a polo shirt and some nice breeches) and one non-horsey casual outfit, such as a maxi dress or jeans and top. But you're welcome to choose more outfit options if you wish.


What looks better, a headcollar or bridle?

My personal preference is a nice clean bridle. However, if you have a funky, colourful headcollar or a special leather one then that works just as well!


Can I create my own photoshoot package?

I offer three different photoshoot packages that all provide you with the freedom to pick and choose what photo products you'd like to purchase after your session. This way you're in control and can have as many photos as you wish from the photoshoot. Each package comes with either digitals or prints included so that your session covers the cost of some products, but the freedom to buy more photos is still there and there's no time limit to place orders.

However, if you are looking to buy a photoshoot as a gift, I appreciate that you may like to include some additional products with the voucher. This is no problem at all, simply let me know which products you'd like to add and I will get back to you with a bespoke quote.


How do I pay you for the photoshoot?

For my photoshoots, you will be required to pay a £50 deposit when booking to secure your chosen date, with the remainder to be paid at least 24 hours before or, if you choose my payment plan option, your first instalment will be taken on the day (fees apply). I can accept bank transfer payments or payments via a secure link (fees apply) and I will provide you with an invoice when booking. Please note that if for some reason full payment is not received before your chosen date or the payment plan is not set up correctly, no previews will be available or editing will be conducted on your photos until payment has been received.


Haven't booked your photoshoot yet? You can find my current packages on the equine photoshoot page and contact me to book a session.

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