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PUPPIES & PANTOMIME – Weekly Vlog #65

This week started with a gorgeous shoot, not only with two very enthusiastic equine models, but four extremely cute puppies. Did I mention that I love my job?! Then we travelled from Essex to Devon, to watch my brother play Aladdin, in panto, at the Princess Theatre,...
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The Peaks & Troughs of Life as an Equestrian ‘Mumpreneur’

This week, I wanted to feature a topic that I know many solo business owners struggle with. But it's something I have absolutely no knowledge of. Which kinda makes it tough to write about... The challenge of balancing being a Mum and being self employed. Now, I don't...
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My Country Christmas Gift Guide

Ok, so, I have to preface this post by admitting that I had big plans for all different kinds of gift guides this year. But something just felt a bit off... Firstly, I've seen soooo many. Everybody seems to be releasing a gift guide. Which makes sense. It's a staple...
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WREATH MAKING & FREEZING COLD PHOTOSHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #64

Oh my goodness, this week has been a cold one! I had a shoot with four field kept horses early on in the weekend, gave the dog a haircut at the weekend and then went to a thoroughly enjoyable wreath making workshop on Monday. There was also a horrific fire at a yard...
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Christmas Gift Guide for Photographers, Bloggers & Vloggers – With Hiho Vlogmas

  As you may well know by now, I am a brand ambassador for the very lovely Hiho Silver, and the team contacted me this year, to ask if I would be willing to contribute to their Vlogmas series. If you've never heard of Vlogmas before, it is when you release a vlog...
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PHOTOSHOOTS

Thames Oak Shires – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

At the weekend I went to see a familiar face and meet the rest of the family, over at Thames Oak Shires, in Tilbury. A couple of years back, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful, prolific Shire stallion, Leaventhorpe R Bill, and this year, his owners...
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Sommer & Phoenix – A ‘Remember Me’ Shoot, Essex

A few weeks ago, I went over to Weely Heath, to meet Sommer and her mare, Phoenix. Sommer had booked a shoot back in 2016 but Phoenix had had some health problems, so we put the shoot on the back-burner with the intention of rescheduling when she was well again....
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Rebecca & ‘Beware Chalk Pit’ – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Calling all Thoroughbred and Ex-Racehorse fanatics. I have a real treat for you guys today. Would you just look at this horse?! A couple of weeks back, I went over to Team Armstrong-Small’s yard, in Upshire, to photograph two beautiful boys. The first of which was...
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Sophie, Alfie, Barney, Watsit, Prophet, Rufus & Snowy – Equine Photoshoot, Suffolk

A few weeks back I visited Sophie and her gang of ponies, at their home in the gorgeous village of Tattingstone, in Ipswich. Sophie has five horses and one pony, so we definitely had our hands full, throughout the shoot, but I just have to say this was the most laid...
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Islay & Fleur – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Two weeks ago I had a very special photoshoot, to celebrate a very special young lady’s birthday. Beautiful Islay is turning five and can you believe it? She is a real life fairy! And her pony Fleur is a unicorn! For real! Fleur the unicorn is four and came from the...
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How to Make a Autumn/Winter Photoshoot Work!

Autumn and Winter can be such a fabulous time of year for a shoot. I talk about the benefits in this post here. But if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve decided to go ahead and opt for a shoot during the cooler months, when there are less flies, it’s easier...
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Rebecca, Harvey & William – Equine Photoshoot, Hertfordshire

What’s one way to spoil me rotten? Take two very handsome coloured ponies, pop them directly into a beautifully setting, evening sun and let me take photos of them. That ought to do it! 😍 A couple of weeks back, I went over to the picturesque village of...
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Rowan, Rhyannon, Adara & Dillon – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

A little while back I went over to Felsted to meet sisters, Rowan and Rhyannon and their two horses, for a joint shoot. Ro has owned beautiful seven year-old Section D mare, Ryhdaman Duchess, or Adara, as she’s known at home, for just over a year. Rowan had been on...
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Abbie & Annie – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Last weekend, I had a really lovely shoot with an old friend of mine. Abbie and I used to both keep our horses on livery at Tiptree Equestrian, about twelve years ago and became firm friends. As you do, we mostly lost touch over the years, but remained connected on...
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Amelia, Claudia, Foxy & Alamo – Equine Photoshoot

Around two weeks ago I went over to visit the cutest little pair of models, with the most adorable pair of matching ponies and I’m absolutely loving this set of images, of the four of them! Claudia and Amelia are the very proud owners of their two ponies, Foxy and...
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VLOGS

PUPPIES & PANTOMIME – Weekly Vlog #65

This week started with a gorgeous shoot, not only with two very enthusiastic equine models, but four extremely cute puppies. Did I mention that I love my job?! Then we travelled from Essex to Devon, to watch my brother play Aladdin, in panto, at the Princess Theatre,...
Read More

WREATH MAKING & FREEZING COLD PHOTOSHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #64

Oh my goodness, this week has been a cold one! I had a shoot with four field kept horses early on in the weekend, gave the dog a haircut at the weekend and then went to a thoroughly enjoyable wreath making workshop on Monday. There was also a horrific fire at a yard...
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SHIRE HORSES & HIHO SILVER – Weekly Vlog #63

Two fab shoots this week, on the vlog, including a product shoot for Hiho Silver and a session with three very large Shire babies, over at Thames Oak Shire Stud, aswell as their mums and their stunning Dad, the prolific Shire stallion, Leaventhorpe R Bill. Thanks for...
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CHRISTMAS HAS STARTED! – Weekly Vlog #62

Yes, you read that right, Christmas has officially started here in my house. My decorations are up, I've started my Christmas shopping and I'm embracing all things festive. So apologies for any scrooges out there who aren't into it. In this video, I also introduce you...
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AN ARIAT AND FAIRFAX & FAVOR UNBOXING – Weekly Vlog #61

Another week of blogging and editing here at Sophie Callahan HQ (aka my living room), but I've been working a lot with some of my favourite brands, recently, and in this video, I had a delivery from Ariat and from Fairfax & Favor, so I thought it'd be fun to unbox...
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SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS & A VERY SAD SHOOT – Weekly Vlog #60

Unfortunately, this vlog includes a shoot with the beautiful Phoenix, who was sadly put to sleep this week, so I'd like to dedicate this to her and take this opportunity to send lots of love and hugs to the lovely Sommer. I'm so glad I got to meet your cheeky girl. On...
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HOYS HORSES, RAIN & SADDLES – Weekly Vlog #58

This week I had a photoshoot with two very special HOYS horses, one of which was moving home just an hour after our shoot and sadly, the heavens opened on us. Sometimes things just go like that and you have to make the best of a bad situation. Thank you to Rebecca and...
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SHOCKTOBER, DOG SITTING & PRODUCT SHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #58

It's been a slow week, guys. This week I've been house and dog sitting for my parents, whilst they're on holiday. They live in the middle of nowhere and have awful internet, so I've not been very productive, this week. I did, however, have three fab product shoots to...
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TURNING 30! – Weekly Vlog #57

Apologies for the delay with this blog. I'm currently dogstting for my parents and their WiFi signal is horrendous at best. However... Last week, I turned 30! And so far, it's really not all that scary. We started the celebrations with a visit to London, to choose a...
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BACKSTAGE AT HOYS 2017 – Weekly Vlog #56

Wow, what a week!! We arrived at the NEC on Wednesday evening and left on Monday morning. Almost a full week of HOYS madness. With early 4am starts and late 11pm finishes, it was a full-on, but fabulous week. I tried to film the vlog from a bit of an alternative...
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LIFESTYLE

My Country Christmas Gift Guide

Ok, so, I have to preface this post by admitting that I had big plans for all different kinds of gift guides this year. But something just felt a bit off... Firstly, I've seen soooo many. Everybody seems to be releasing a gift guide. Which makes sense. It's a staple...
Read More

Christmas Gift Guide for Photographers, Bloggers & Vloggers – With Hiho Vlogmas

  As you may well know by now, I am a brand ambassador for the very lovely Hiho Silver, and the team contacted me this year, to ask if I would be willing to contribute to their Vlogmas series. If you've never heard of Vlogmas before, it is when you release a vlog...
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My ‘Country Homes & Interiors Christmas’ Gift Guide

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Country Homes & Interiors Christmas shopping event, at Stonor Park, in Henley-on-Thames for an afternoon of perusing beautiful boutique stalls, packed full of the best gifts and knick-knacks to fill any country home. And I...
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The Best 2018 Black Friday Deals on the Equestrian & Country Market

Whether you love it, or dread it, Black Friday is looming. (Also read as, Black Friday started three weeks ago and will continue for an entire month, because we seem to have lost the ability to stick to one day of crazed shopping!) And I don't know about you, but no...
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Happy Birthday Barney

On Monday, 13th November, my only child turned 7. So, I thought it was a good opportunity to get him on the blog and have a little chat about him. He is, after all, the centre of my world. Now, I know that many of you will be able to identify with the fact that this...
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Everything You Need to Know About Those Cowhide Clutch Bags, With Hyde & Hare

Something has been taking over my Instagram feed lately and so far, I haven’t got involved. Until now... Cow hide bags. Every time I scroll through social media, these fancy, beautifully patterned clutch bags are jumping out at me. But something was stopping me. In...
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How to Hygge at Home This Winter

Happy November gang! As it's the first of November today, I wanted to post something super cosy and seasonal, without bombarding you with Christmassy posts just yet. (Although get ready for a whole ton of festive goodness over the next couple of months.) And with the...
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The Story of ‘Willow Barn’ – How We Built Our Home

If you’ve been following along with my blog and vlogs for a while now, you’ve probably seen me mention how much I love my parents’ house. ‘the barn’. In fact, I love it so much, I even had my wedding reception there. And a lot of you have commented on it. So I thought...
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A Gorgeous Kent Country Getaway – Finchcocks Coach House, Goudhurst

This’ll teach me for not taking my camera on a weekend away. Have a couple of days off, I thought. And then we turn up to the most beautifully decorated, Instagrammable Air BnB you’ve ever seen, with surrounding grounds to make any photographer weep with joy. So,...
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My HOYS 2017 Review

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of blog posts lately. I have had almost two weeks off (thanks to HOYS and my 30th) and am hideously behind. However, I’m now back in the office (aka the corner of my living room) and regular scheduling can finally resume. And to...
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BUSINESS

The Peaks & Troughs of Life as an Equestrian ‘Mumpreneur’

This week, I wanted to feature a topic that I know many solo business owners struggle with. But it's something I have absolutely no knowledge of. Which kinda makes it tough to write about... The challenge of balancing being a Mum and being self employed. Now, I don't...
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Where to Get the Best Stock Images For Your Equestrian Business

There is often a lot of confusion, angst and misunderstanding when it comes to using images on the internet that you haven't taken. With the rise in social media usage, and as a result, billions of images being uploaded to the internet with easy access for all, where...
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20 Smartphone Apps That Help Me Run My Equine Business

Like many of you reading this, I suspect (I hope. Don't make me look like a loser.) I'm pretty attached to my phone. As in, if I don't know where it is, I might momentarily act like I've lost a child. But that's what happens when you rely on one piece of technology to...
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Behind the Business: My Horse Box (And A Discount Code For You!)

Every couple of months, I get a delightful surprise (I know it's coming, but I never know what's in it!) through the door and it's always one of my favourite deliveries. My Horse Box send me their boxes every other month, to photograph and share with you guys and it's...
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How to Develop a Positive Mindset

I actually had a whole different blog post written out for today, but after seeing so many people struggling lately, online, I felt a post on positivity and keeping your chin up would be more appropriate. This might be a long one, and it’s a bit more chatty and a...
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Behind the Business: Robin Roadnight Equestrian Homeware

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of shooting the new homeware range, for the very talented Robin Roadnight, of Robin Roadnight Equestrian Art. The brief that Robin gave me was that she wanted a the products photographed in a styled shoot, in a classic country...
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Should You Be Using Google Adwords In Your Equine Business?

This Friday, we're discussing something that I'm pretty sure everyone will have heard of, but I imagine many small business owners don't know all that much about. Google Adwords. This is a subject that I certainly didn't have much knowledge on, but that I wanted to...
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My 4 Favourite Online Resources for Equine & Country Businesses

Happy FYI Friday, friends! Most of our businesses are run online these days. And if you're reading this blog post, I'm going to hazard a guess that you at least spend some of your time browsing the internet in hopes of helping grow your business. So, I thought I'd put...
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From the Saddle to the Office; How 5 Top British Riders Can Transform Your Business

This week I have an absolute corker of an FYI Friday post for you. Unfortunately for me, I can't take any of the credit, as the wonderful Sarah Johnstone, from Apt Cavalier, is kindly guest posting for me today. Apt Cavalier create purpose made equestrian performance...
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Originality, Tenacity & Elbow Grease: Making a Living Out of Yourself

Last week we talked about collaborations and conveniently, this week, I'm bringing you a collaboration with the lovely Victoria Brant, who has agreed to guest post for me. Victoria is one of my favourite bloggers, at the fabulous Diary of a Wimpy Eventer, chronicling...
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ALL POSTS

PUPPIES & PANTOMIME – Weekly Vlog #65

This week started with a gorgeous shoot, not only with two very enthusiastic equine models, but four extremely cute puppies. Did I mention that I love my job?! Then we travelled from Essex to Devon, to watch my brother play Aladdin, in panto, at the Princess Theatre,...

read more

The Peaks & Troughs of Life as an Equestrian ‘Mumpreneur’

This week, I wanted to feature a topic that I know many solo business owners struggle with. But it's something I have absolutely no knowledge of. Which kinda makes it tough to write about... The challenge of balancing being a Mum and being self employed. Now, I don't...

read more

My Country Christmas Gift Guide

Ok, so, I have to preface this post by admitting that I had big plans for all different kinds of gift guides this year. But something just felt a bit off... Firstly, I've seen soooo many. Everybody seems to be releasing a gift guide. Which makes sense. It's a staple...

read more

WREATH MAKING & FREEZING COLD PHOTOSHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #64

Oh my goodness, this week has been a cold one! I had a shoot with four field kept horses early on in the weekend, gave the dog a haircut at the weekend and then went to a thoroughly enjoyable wreath making workshop on Monday. There was also a horrific fire at a yard...

read more

Thames Oak Shires – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

At the weekend I went to see a familiar face and meet the rest of the family, over at Thames Oak Shires, in Tilbury. A couple of years back, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful, prolific Shire stallion, Leaventhorpe R Bill, and this year, his owners...

read more

SHIRE HORSES & HIHO SILVER – Weekly Vlog #63

Two fab shoots this week, on the vlog, including a product shoot for Hiho Silver and a session with three very large Shire babies, over at Thames Oak Shire Stud, aswell as their mums and their stunning Dad, the prolific Shire stallion, Leaventhorpe R Bill. Thanks for...

read more

My ‘Country Homes & Interiors Christmas’ Gift Guide

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Country Homes & Interiors Christmas shopping event, at Stonor Park, in Henley-on-Thames for an afternoon of perusing beautiful boutique stalls, packed full of the best gifts and knick-knacks to fill any country home. And I...

read more

CHRISTMAS HAS STARTED! – Weekly Vlog #62

Yes, you read that right, Christmas has officially started here in my house. My decorations are up, I've started my Christmas shopping and I'm embracing all things festive. So apologies for any scrooges out there who aren't into it. In this video, I also introduce you...

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My 2018 Calendar & Brand New Print Release

I just wanted to pop online very quickly, this morning, to introduce you to a very special new addition. I'm super excited to introduce you to my brand new 2018 Calendar, AND my first ever print release. The prints are £20 and the calendars are just £15. And both are...

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20 Smartphone Apps That Help Me Run My Equine Business

Like many of you reading this, I suspect (I hope. Don't make me look like a loser.) I'm pretty attached to my phone. As in, if I don't know where it is, I might momentarily act like I've lost a child. But that's what happens when you rely on one piece of technology to...

read more

Sommer & Phoenix – A ‘Remember Me’ Shoot, Essex

A few weeks ago, I went over to Weely Heath, to meet Sommer and her mare, Phoenix. Sommer had booked a shoot back in 2016 but Phoenix had had some health problems, so we put the shoot on the back-burner with the intention of rescheduling when she was well again....

read more

Happy Birthday Barney

On Monday, 13th November, my only child turned 7. So, I thought it was a good opportunity to get him on the blog and have a little chat about him. He is, after all, the centre of my world. Now, I know that many of you will be able to identify with the fact that this...

read more

AN ARIAT AND FAIRFAX & FAVOR UNBOXING – Weekly Vlog #61

Another week of blogging and editing here at Sophie Callahan HQ (aka my living room), but I've been working a lot with some of my favourite brands, recently, and in this video, I had a delivery from Ariat and from Fairfax & Favor, so I thought it'd be fun to unbox...

read more

Rebecca & ‘Beware Chalk Pit’ – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Calling all Thoroughbred and Ex-Racehorse fanatics. I have a real treat for you guys today. Would you just look at this horse?! A couple of weeks back, I went over to Team Armstrong-Small’s yard, in Upshire, to photograph two beautiful boys. The first of which was...

read more

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS & A VERY SAD SHOOT – Weekly Vlog #60

Unfortunately, this vlog includes a shoot with the beautiful Phoenix, who was sadly put to sleep this week, so I'd like to dedicate this to her and take this opportunity to send lots of love and hugs to the lovely Sommer. I'm so glad I got to meet your cheeky girl. On...

read more

How to Develop a Positive Mindset

I actually had a whole different blog post written out for today, but after seeing so many people struggling lately, online, I felt a post on positivity and keeping your chin up would be more appropriate. This might be a long one, and it’s a bit more chatty and a...

read more