Horse Show Photography can be hard work and with more equine photographers no longer providing services to equine events it may be hard to find a true equine photographer to come to your event. Why? Most can be explained in this excellent article by Shawn McMillen - Horse Show Photographers Are Facing a Crisis. It explains the reasons for the lack of photographers at events, mainly due to the cost of doing business and the abundant copyright theft. He was also cheered and jeered in the comments. Most jeers were for the cost of images and prints, so I wonder if they really read the article. Many of the cheers were from fellow photographers or honest customers. As a show manager copyright infringement is out of your control. You can help deter or report it, educate others, but you can't prevent it. So what other ways can you keep your photographer to come back?
Trying not to turn this into one big complaint, so will get back to the main purpose of this post.
How can you help your show photographer? Here are my top ten suggestions.
Before the show
1. List the photographer on your show bill and other marketing pieces. Helps the show and the photographer-see above.
2. Add the photographer to the show website, facebook page and other web-base listings with their link.
3. Give a list of exhibitors name and numbers, ride times and so forth so they can easily identify exhibitors . Some photographers will separate classes or exhibitors into galleries for easy viewing.
4. Provide them with show schedule, classes and if applicable patterns. This will help them plan their day and having patterns will help them find the best spot for the best image.
5. Let them know were they can and cannot go or if you prefer them only use available light and not use flash or strobes.
During the show
6. Announce that there is an official photographer taking photos, Many times when this is announced several will come up to me and make sure I take photos of them or someone else. They also tell me they didn't know I was there until it was announced
7. Offer a place for the photographer to set up a table if needed or get business cards ahead of time and include in registration packets. They may also want a safe place to keep equipment.
8. Inform them of any unlisted breaks or changes in the schedule. That way they know when it is a good time for them to grab some candids, get a requested portrait shot or even take a break.
9. If you see someone else soliciting photos, kindly ask them not to. If they not stop, ask them for a copy of their business liability insurance and tell them it is require to take photos. That should do the trick.
After the show
10. Provide the photographer with email addresses so they can notify them where to find images. Show management can send also this out. Be sure to copy the photographer when you sent it out, so they know it has been done.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
First off I want to thank everyone for your support, some very fun times and choosing me for your photography needs. Although photography is the way I pay my bills and have had a few not so great experiences- I love my job!
I thumbed through the images I took in 2011, which was close to 100,000. A majority of those were at equestrian events, but many were portraits, other events, practice shots and my own personal photos of family and friends. The images I chose weren't necessarily the best images, but ones that spark a memory, brought a smile to my face and a few "bloopers".
Please enjoy and I look forward to a great 2012!
|Texas is not really known for large snow amounts, but it seems the past few years we have been getting much more than normal. The horses seem to enjoy it for short periods of time, but I really think they were ready for our normal Texas winters.|
Its all about the kids! Several of my favorite moments. Starting at the top row a little on the images.
I watch this toddler throughout the whole show, never stopping and full of energy. Near the end of the days I think her batteries wore out.
We do snow angels, why not a dirt angel!
Doing some backdrop photos, I just thought this was the cutest team. Cute pony and one happy child.
Nothing like friends and a well broke horse for a good laugh and a great way to end the day.
I LOVE lead line classes. Great way to start your show career with high fives and blue ribbons.
Had to throw a non horse image in. Being a Dachshunds owner, I just loved this session with her new dog.
I photographed a local Equestrian Special Olympics and this youngster just won a medal. In this case the saying "a picture is worth a 1000 words" is very appropriate.
Last minute touch ups
|Had the pleasure of photographing some cool horses this year, so many colors and patterns. Was amazed at how many Leopards I saw. The Dressage image is an App/ Friesian cross!|
|Barrel Racing can make some interesting Hair-dos|
|I love the connection humans have with horses or is the connection horse have with humans.|
|This turned out to be a favorite spot for me to do photos. No traffic, good light and nice scenery. I only used it twice, but I did try to find similar spots for other photos. Larissa was working on a modeling portfolio and we got some great shots of her. Thanks to JJ's Designs for lending some awesome outfits|
|Once again I attended the Breeder's Cup. We also did some farm tours, watched some morning workouts, attended a luncheon and took a look at some of the horses in the Keeneland sales. Starting at the top and moving clockwise, yes that is Goldikova and she looked right at me ;[) , Sarafina getting a little excited in the post parade- I think she was trying to get all the photographer's attention that were behind her and had the cameras pointed else were. St Nicholas Abbey looking my way while in the winner's circle after winning the Breeder's Cup Turf. Euroears during morning work out, he is gorgeous. We had as special visit with the great Peppers Pride who was heavy in foal. My daughter had two hyperventilating moments-1st meeting one of her favorite racehorses; Blind Luck and second, meeting and even getting hug from Mike Smith. Center is Court Vision after winning the Breeder's Cup Mile as a long shot.|
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
What a great way to end the year! Short and super sweet is how I describe this ceremony. Kim found a very cute but very elegant venue located in Historic Downtown Lewisville. Kirk & Kim opted to have a private ceremony with Kirk's mother, his adorable daughter and Kim's father.
Wedding venue: Whitestone Celebrations