Behind the Lens: A Day in the Life of an Equine Photographer

Hello, fellow horse lovers and photography enthusiasts! Today, I want to take you behind the scenes of my life as an equine photographer. Many people imagine that my job is all about being out in the field, capturing the beauty and grace of horses all day long. While that’s certainly a big and wonderful part of what I do, there’s a lot more to my day than just snapping photos.

The Reality of an Equine Photographer’s Day

Believe it or not, a lot of my job actually involves sitting at a desk. Yes, you read that right! When I’m not out shooting, you’ll often find me at my computer, working away. Here’s a glimpse into what my typical day looks like:

Morning Routine: Starting Fresh

  • I usually start my day with a good workout. It helps me stay fit and energized, which is essential when I spend long hours on my feet during shoots.
  • After my workout, I take some time to care for my plants. There’s something incredibly calming about tending to them and starting the day on a positive note.

Office Hours: The Heart of the Business

  • Editing Photos: Once I’m settled at my desk, the first task is often editing photos. This can take several hours, as I meticulously go through each image to ensure it’s perfect. Editing is where the magic happens, transforming good shots into stunning portraits.
  • Emails and Client Communication: Next, I dive into emails. This involves replying to client inquiries, sending out information about shoots, and confirming bookings. Communication is key in this business, and I strive to be prompt and friendly in all my interactions.
  • Marketing and Social Media: Marketing is another big part of my day. From updating my website to posting on social media, I work hard to showcase my work and attract new clients. Creating engaging content and staying active online helps keep my business thriving.
  • Finances and Admin Tasks: Running a business also means keeping track of finances, managing invoices, and ensuring everything is organized. It’s not the most glamorous part, but it’s crucial for keeping things running smoothly.

Afternoon Adventures: Shooting Time

  • During peak season, I typically have 3-5 photo shoots scheduled each week. These shoots are the highlight of my job, where I get to meet amazing horses and their owners, and capture their unique bond. Each shoot is a new adventure, filled with challenges and rewards.

Evening Wind-Down: Reflect and Relax

  • After a busy day, I like to wind down by reflecting on my business and thinking about ways to improve. I also enjoy some downtime to relax and recharge, whether it’s reading a book, watching a show, or simply enjoying a quiet evening.

Off-Season Escapes: Inspiration and Growth

  • During the off-season, I love to travel. Exploring new places and experiencing different cultures helps me stay inspired and brings fresh ideas to my work. It’s also a great time to reflect on my business, set new goals, and think about how I can continue to grow and improve.

The Balance of Passion and Work

Being an equine photographer is a dream come true, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Balancing the creative aspects with the business side is essential. While the desk work might not be as exciting as shooting, it’s just as important for keeping my business successful and my clients happy.

So, the next time you see a beautiful photo of a horse, remember there’s a whole lot that goes on behind the lens. From editing and emails to marketing and finances, every part of the process is a labor of love. Thank you for joining me on this little journey into my daily life. I hope it gives you a deeper appreciation for the art and the effort that goes into equine photography.

Until next time, keep dreaming, creating, and enjoying the beauty of horses!