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I’m a Magazine Columnist – With Absolute Horse Magazine

When I was a little girl, I loved to write. I had a book of poems, I wrote more stories than my parents could keep up with and I used to tell people I was going to be a journalist. So, obviously somewhere along the line, my plans changed and I became an equine...
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SHOOTING A MUSIC VIDEO – Weekly Vlog #34, Sophie Callahan Photography

This week I took some time out from photographing ponies, to do a favour for my little brother, getting behind the scenes shots and footage of the filming of his music video! This involved a 5am start, in the woods, somewhere in Surrey, on a very dreary day. But it...
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Using Twitter and Equine Hashtag Hours – FYI FRIDAY

I've always been a huge fan of Facebook and Instagram, but in the last six months or so, I've really started trying to use my Twitter account more for my business. And I'm pleased to report that I've seen some great results already. I've connected with some fab brands...
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Monique & JJ – Equine Photoshoot, Cambridge

On a very windy day, that forgot we were nearing Spring, I took a drive over to the beautiful Wells Park Farm, in Whittlesford, to meet Monique and her extremely handsome pony, JJ. Thirteen year-old Monique owns eighteen year-old Whiteleaze Maylord, who is known as JJ...
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WE’RE GETTING A PUPPY! – Weekly Vlog #33

The most wonderful thing happened this week!! Mum and Dad chose their new puppy. And I'm soooo excited. Finlay, the little chocolate Labrador will be joining the family in early April and we can't wait to welcome him. I also had three fab shoots this week, with such a...
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PHOTOSHOOTS

Monique & JJ – Equine Photoshoot, Cambridge

On a very windy day, that forgot we were nearing Spring, I took a drive over to the beautiful Wells Park Farm, in Whittlesford, to meet Monique and her extremely handsome pony, JJ. Thirteen year-old Monique owns eighteen year-old Whiteleaze Maylord, who is known as JJ...
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Beth, Lunar, Dolly, Charlie & Teddy – Equine Photography, Kent

Earlier in the week I travelled over to Kent to meet Beth and her gang of four. (Five if you include Bertie the Maltese Terrier cross Shihtzu!) Beth owns Lunar, Charlie, Dolly and Teddy Bear. Lunar was first to model for me and is a six year-old British Warmblood. She...
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Laura & Scrumpy – Equine Photoshoot, Hertford

I can never decide whether it’s easier, or harder, to photograph somebody you know. Sometimes it can make things awkward, because they don’t know you in a professional capacity, but in Laura's case, it just made me feel like I’d had a lovely day out, and not done any...
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Rebecca & Corky – Equine Photography, Essex

My second shoot at the weekend was with Rebecca and Corky. I have been admiring this pony on Facebook for a while now, so I was delighted when Rebecca got in touch and asked to book a shoot. We first met when I photographed Becka and her previous cob, a few years...
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Holly & Hope – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

I had two shoots at the weekend, the first of which was with the lovely Holly and her gorgeous girl, Hope, over at their home in Upminster. Holly has owned twenty-two year-old Hope since 1998, when she was brought over from Ireland. What Holly and her mum didn’t...
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Lucinda, Herbie, Alfie, Rio, India & Murphy – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

In post number two of my shoot at God’s House Livery, in Colchester, we meet Lucinda, Herbie, Alfie, Rio, India and Murphy. First up I was introduced to partners in crime, Herbie and Alfie, the rising two year-old American Miniatures. These two are a hilarious little...
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Ellie, Zari, Gunner, Annie & Charlie – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

In the week, I travelled over to God’s House Farm Livery, in Ardleigh, just outside Colchester, to meet two lovely ladies, their nine horses and three dogs! I certainly had my hands full, but had such a great afternoon!! Ellie was my initial contact when I booked the...
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Gemma & Mozart – A ‘Remember Me’ Photoshoot, Essex

Last week, on a beautiful afternoon, I took a five minute journey to a yard just down the road from me, to meet Gemma and her boys, Mozart and Bob at Dukes Farm, in Roxwell. The shoot was primarily for Mozart, as when Gemma booked with me, his future was looking...
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Sarah & Suki – Equine Photoshoot, Norfolk

You may have seen my post about Harriet and Dusty, yesterday. Well, this is the second installment of our shoot up in Norfolk, last weekend, where I worked with Harriet’s sister, Sarah and her horse, Suki.   Sarah has owned ‘Wixstone Suzuki’, or ‘Suki’ to his...
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Harriet & Dusty – Mud to Makeup Photoshoot, Norfolk

At the weekend, Sherrie and I took a little trip to the edge of Norfolk, to a place called Strumpshaw, to photograph two sisters, Harriet and Sarah. Harriet had booked a Mud to Makeup shoot and then, later, Sarah’s boyfriend had also booked her a shoot but without the...
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YOUR PHOTOSHOOT

How to Prepare For Your Winter Equine Photoshoot

Everbody wants a summer photoshoot. And I do understand. You all have this image of yourselves on a romantic, sunny evening, frolicking through the long grass, a soft breeze in your hair, your noble steed by your side and butterflies floating around you… Right? Or...
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What NOT to do if Your Horse Isn’t Playing Ball on Your Shoot!

Every horse owner that I work with, without fail, worries, to some degree, that their pony won’t pose or behave well for their shoot. So, what if your horse won’t put his ears forward? Or won’t stand still? Or won’t keep his head out of the grass? What do you do?...
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Things My Clients Need to Know, So They Can Stop Stressing About Their Shoot!

I am well aware that 90% of my clients see the shoots I post up on Facebook and think that the idea of somebody photographing them and their pony, whilst they have a peaceful cuddle and frolic through the buttercups together is a lovely idea. They book their shoots...
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Working with a Hair & Makeup Artist on Equine Photoshoots

Some of my favourite shoots are my ‘Mud to Make-Up’ shoots, where I get to take my good friend and fabulous hair and make-up artist, Sherrie Warwick along with me, to help beautify my models and make them feel like a legit VIP. The great thing about working with...
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What If Your Yard Isn’t Suitable for Your Equine Photoshoot?

For most photographers, the location of a photoshoot is the be-all-and-end-all. Lots of thought and consideration goes into choosing where to shoot, in most photography genres. However, for us equine photographers, we have to work a little differently. And we’re a...
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What to Wear for Your Equine Photoshoot

This is the big question for most of my clients. As soon as they book, they’re thinking ‘OMG, what do I wear?!’ and throwing themselves into a panic. ••• Let me start by introducing you to my Pinterest boards. To help with your decision making process, I have put...
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10 Valid Reasons To Have an Equine Photoshoot in Winter!

My business can be pretty seasonal. But that isn’t because you can’t have fantastic equine photos in the winter. You definitely can and I love shooting in the autumn and winter. Every season has it’s own set of pros and cons. The key is just getting potential clients...
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Pros & Cons to Booking Your Equine Photoshoot for Each Season

Every season has it’s own set of pros and cons, when it comes to booking your equine photoshoot. Everybody assumes that the height of summer is the prime time to book, but that might not necessarily be the right time for you. So, I’ve put together this little...
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How to Get Horses to Put Their Ears Forward for Their Photoshoot

This is one of the things I get asked most often. So, naturally, I thought I’d blog about it. “How do you always you get a horse to put his ears forward?” Firstly, the answer is that I don’t always. Clients often worry when their horses don’t spend the entire shoot...
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Dressing For Your Shoot – Mature Clients

I’m going to do a few of these ‘Dressing for Your Shoot’ posts and I thought this would be a great one to start with, seeing as I was chatting to one of my more mature clients the other day, about her outfit choices for her upcoming shoot and she was saying how much...
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BUSINESS

Using Twitter and Equine Hashtag Hours – FYI FRIDAY

I've always been a huge fan of Facebook and Instagram, but in the last six months or so, I've really started trying to use my Twitter account more for my business. And I'm pleased to report that I've seen some great results already. I've connected with some fab brands...
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Why I Share My Business ‘Secrets’ All The Time & Why You Should Too – FYI FRIDAY

You may have noticed that I'm a big believer in sharing. Sharing knowledge, sharing support, sharing ideas, sharing advice... In fact, it'd be difficult to blog if I was anti-sharing. So many people say to me when I put a new post up, 'Sophie, why are you giving away...
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Why Promoting Your Equine Business is so Important – Guest Blog by Rhea Freeman PR – FYI FRIDAY

Today we're mixing it up a little. As you know, every Friday I bring you an FYI Friday post, which contains lots of juicy tips and information to help you run your own equine business. However, I can only teach you the things that I have learnt along the way. So I...
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Using Facebook For Your Equine Business: Part Four – FYI FRIDAY

Welcome to your last installment of this Facebook for Business series, as part of my FYI FRIDAY posts, where I post a business related post each and every Friday. If you've just stumbled upon this post and have missed part one, two and three, you can find those here....
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Using Facebook For Your Equine Business: Part Three – FYI FRIDAY

Welcome back to FYI FRIDAY. For the past two weeks, we've been chatting about how to use Facebook for your business, including setting your page up to look professional, in week one and how to get your content in front of your target audience, in week two. This week...
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Using Facebook For Your Equine Business: Part Two – FYI FRIDAY

  Thank you for joining us again, for FYI FRIDAY. We're currently chatting all about using Facebook for your equine business in this short series. If you missed the first instalment, you can catch that right here. Last week we talked about setting up your profile...
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Using Facebook For Your Equine Business: Part One – FYI FRIDAY

If you haven't already noticed, I am a massive advocate of using social media for business, especially Facebook. When I started my business, I had no money to invest into marketing or advertising, so I had to find a way to reach my clients that wouldn’t cost me a...
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10 Tips For Using Instagram to Promote Your Equine Business – FYI FRIDAY

Welcome back to FYI FRIDAY. For our second instalment of this new business related series, I'm going to chat to you about Instagram. Instagram is one of my favourite social media platforms. For me, it just has it all, it's super visual and I love it. But I know that...
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How to Shoot & Edit Equine Black Background Photos – FYI FRIDAY

Hello, my favourite people! So, I have two exciting things to share with you today. The first being that one of my goals for 2017 was to nail down a stricter blogging schedule, so that you guys would know what blog posts to expect and when to expect them. In light of...
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The Ultimate Content Calendar 2017 for Equine Businesses

It was after a chat I had with the lovely members on the Equestrian Entrepreneurs Network Facebook group, that I decided to put this blog post together. Coming up with a content schedule, for your social media posts, and scheduling posts ahead of time, is a super way...
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LIFESTYLE

I’m a Magazine Columnist – With Absolute Horse Magazine

When I was a little girl, I loved to write. I had a book of poems, I wrote more stories than my parents could keep up with and I used to tell people I was going to be a journalist. So, obviously somewhere along the line, my plans changed and I became an equine...
Read More

SHOOTING A MUSIC VIDEO – Weekly Vlog #34, Sophie Callahan Photography

This week I took some time out from photographing ponies, to do a favour for my little brother, getting behind the scenes shots and footage of the filming of his music video! This involved a 5am start, in the woods, somewhere in Surrey, on a very dreary day. But it...
Read More

WE’RE GETTING A PUPPY! – Weekly Vlog #33

The most wonderful thing happened this week!! Mum and Dad chose their new puppy. And I'm soooo excited. Finlay, the little chocolate Labrador will be joining the family in early April and we can't wait to welcome him. I also had three fab shoots this week, with such a...
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Sharing a Pro Photographers Images, The Right Way!

There seems to be some confusion about when it is and isn’t ok to share images that a professional photographer (especially event photographers) have posted. And with the show season upon us and a rise in stolen images littering my Facebook news feed, I thought I’d do...
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CRUFTS & EQUINE PHOTOSHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #32

It's been a busy one this week. As well as photographing and videoing four different shoots, my mum, brother and I also went to Crufts on Friday for the first time. I absolutely LOVED it! If there's one thing that equals my love for horses, it's dogs, and the show was...
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WEEK-OLD MINIATURE HORSE FOAL – Weekly Vlog #31

Firstly, an apology. I'm sorry for skipping a week, with these vlogs, but I've been quite poorly, thanks to my wisdom teeth and just didn't feel up to it last week. However, this is a bit of a mix between this week and last and includes the gorgeous week-old American...
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EXACTO THE ANDALUSIAN STALLION – Weekly Vlog #30

This week I filmed my shoot with the beautiful Andalusian stallion, Exacto, and his very talented Portugese rider, Inês Guerreiro. Inês had huge plans for a Portugese riding facility in the UK and I've already written a blog post about this, so definitely check it out...
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I’m Officially a Brand Ambassador for Hiho Silver

I've been bursting to share this exciting news with you for a few weeks now, but had to wait until the official press release was all tied up and sent out. But finally, I am super proud to announce that Hiho Silver have asked me to be one of their brand ambassadors...
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JANUARY FAVOURITES – Weekly Vlog #29

I feel like all I ever write in these description boxes is 'I was supposed to do xyz but that didn't happen', lol. And again this week, we ended up rescheduling two shoots, so it was another week of wedding planning and seeing the family. Aswell as that, I've trialled...
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Essex Farmers and Union Hunt, Danbury

At the weekend we decided to take a little trip to see the Essex Farmers and Union Hunt, who were meeting at The Anchor in Danbury.
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I’m a Magazine Columnist – With Absolute Horse Magazine

When I was a little girl, I loved to write. I had a book of poems, I wrote more stories than my parents could keep up with and I used to tell people I was going to be a journalist. So, obviously somewhere along the line, my plans changed and I became an equine...

read more

Using Twitter and Equine Hashtag Hours – FYI FRIDAY

I've always been a huge fan of Facebook and Instagram, but in the last six months or so, I've really started trying to use my Twitter account more for my business. And I'm pleased to report that I've seen some great results already. I've connected with some fab brands...

read more

Monique & JJ – Equine Photoshoot, Cambridge

On a very windy day, that forgot we were nearing Spring, I took a drive over to the beautiful Wells Park Farm, in Whittlesford, to meet Monique and her extremely handsome pony, JJ. Thirteen year-old Monique owns eighteen year-old Whiteleaze Maylord, who is known as JJ...

read more

WE’RE GETTING A PUPPY! – Weekly Vlog #33

The most wonderful thing happened this week!! Mum and Dad chose their new puppy. And I'm soooo excited. Finlay, the little chocolate Labrador will be joining the family in early April and we can't wait to welcome him. I also had three fab shoots this week, with such a...

read more

Laura & Scrumpy – Equine Photoshoot, Hertford

I can never decide whether it’s easier, or harder, to photograph somebody you know. Sometimes it can make things awkward, because they don’t know you in a professional capacity, but in Laura's case, it just made me feel like I’d had a lovely day out, and not done any...

read more

Sharing a Pro Photographers Images, The Right Way!

There seems to be some confusion about when it is and isn’t ok to share images that a professional photographer (especially event photographers) have posted. And with the show season upon us and a rise in stolen images littering my Facebook news feed, I thought I’d do...

read more

Rebecca & Corky – Equine Photography, Essex

My second shoot at the weekend was with Rebecca and Corky. I have been admiring this pony on Facebook for a while now, so I was delighted when Rebecca got in touch and asked to book a shoot. We first met when I photographed Becka and her previous cob, a few years...

read more

Holly & Hope – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

I had two shoots at the weekend, the first of which was with the lovely Holly and her gorgeous girl, Hope, over at their home in Upminster. Holly has owned twenty-two year-old Hope since 1998, when she was brought over from Ireland. What Holly and her mum didn’t...

read more

CRUFTS & EQUINE PHOTOSHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #32

It's been a busy one this week. As well as photographing and videoing four different shoots, my mum, brother and I also went to Crufts on Friday for the first time. I absolutely LOVED it! If there's one thing that equals my love for horses, it's dogs, and the show was...

read more

Gemma & Mozart – A ‘Remember Me’ Photoshoot, Essex

Last week, on a beautiful afternoon, I took a five minute journey to a yard just down the road from me, to meet Gemma and her boys, Mozart and Bob at Dukes Farm, in Roxwell. The shoot was primarily for Mozart, as when Gemma booked with me, his future was looking...

read more

WEEK-OLD MINIATURE HORSE FOAL – Weekly Vlog #31

Firstly, an apology. I'm sorry for skipping a week, with these vlogs, but I've been quite poorly, thanks to my wisdom teeth and just didn't feel up to it last week. However, this is a bit of a mix between this week and last and includes the gorgeous week-old American...

read more

Sarah & Suki – Equine Photoshoot, Norfolk

You may have seen my post about Harriet and Dusty, yesterday. Well, this is the second installment of our shoot up in Norfolk, last weekend, where I worked with Harriet’s sister, Sarah and her horse, Suki.   Sarah has owned ‘Wixstone Suzuki’, or ‘Suki’ to his...

read more

Harriet & Dusty – Mud to Makeup Photoshoot, Norfolk

At the weekend, Sherrie and I took a little trip to the edge of Norfolk, to a place called Strumpshaw, to photograph two sisters, Harriet and Sarah. Harriet had booked a Mud to Makeup shoot and then, later, Sarah’s boyfriend had also booked her a shoot but without the...

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Sonic, the Miniature Foal – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

The day after Storm Dorris, when the winds had subsided and the sun decided to grace us with it’s presence, I took a very local trip over to meet Cheryl and her newest addition. When Cheryl got in touch to tell me that she’d had an early foal born and would love some...

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