My name is Sophie. I’m a specialist equine photographer, vlogger, blogger and horse addict, and I’m incredibly lucky to be able to document the stories of horses and their owners, throughout the UK and call it a job. I’m 29, based in Essex and travel all over the country, photographing horses and their humans. You can visit my website here, for more information.
I love milky tea (one sugar, please), Instagram, sunsets, reading smutty romance novels on my Kindle whilst pretending to read something intellectual, anything British, everything navy-blue, things that sparkle and my crazy Cocker Spaniel, Barney.
I live in Chelmsford, with said Cocker Spaniel and my fiancée, Sam, who I have been with since we were sixteen! We got engaged on holiday in Mexico, in September 2015 and are getting married in June 2017. I am very close with my Mum, Dad and two younger brothers, Toby and Sam (yes, two Sams!) and consider family the most important things in life.
My Life With Horses…
I have ridden and had horses since I was three years old and have an Equine Studies and Stud Management degree, from Writtle College. My family aren’t at all horsey. Although, every Christmas, my Dad tells me he could win the Puissance, at Olympia, with his eyes closed. Because, you just sit and hold on, right?
My first pony was a satanic, coloured (obviously!) Shetland pony, called Gemma, who thought it was fun to terrorise my nervous Mum. Since then I’ve owned, loaned and ridden Thoroughbreds, M&Ms, Cobs, Arabs and everything in between.
My passion is for traditional and native, coloured ponies and I really enjoy photographing horses with unusual colouring or breeding. I love showing and think that you eventing and showjumping lot are incredibly brave and a little bit nuts. 😉 If you see me at a show, I’ll usually be trailing behind a coloured pony with very white feathers and have chalk powder up to my elbows.
I’m currently horseless (for the first time in my life!) and seriously sulking about it, but will hopefully be in a position to go coloured pony shopping, after my wedding, next year! The perfect 30th birthday present, don’t you think?!
I love the feeling you can’t get from anything other than a good gallop, I love that smell, when you bury your face in your horse’s neck and I love that heart-melt when your pony recognises the sound of your boots walking across the yard.
My Job as Your Equine Photographer…
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have what I think is the best job in the world!
I have taken my two passions and combined them, allowing me to do something I truly love. I live and breathe this job every day. Our memories; of moments, of feelings, of emotions; are the most precious thing we could ever own and are so personal to each of us. And my job is to literally parcel up my clients’ memories and hand them to them in a tangible form; in a gift box, on a canvas or in a frame. I’m so honoured to be trusted with this responsibility!
Hopefully my love for what I do comes across in my work. I began my photography career at nineteen, working in event photography, for four years, moving on to studio photography and then eventually made the scary decision to specialise exclusively in equine photography. I am now a full-time, specialist equine portrait photographer. I don’t book anything other than horses. And I have finally found what I feel like I was born to do. I am truly passionate about making art through photographing you and your horses!
I’m quite an untraditional photographer. I’m entirely self taught and I don’t carry my camera everywhere I go, just because I love photographing pretty scenery or nature. I photograph horses, because I’m passionate about the animals themselves, the impact they have on our lives, and about creating something beautiful from this. I believe it thoroughly deserves to be captured in a way that can be kept forever. I love colour, I love evening light, and I love when my clients go all out with their outfits and put as much into their images as I promise to.
Telling Your Story…
The many horses I have had the pleasure of owning, riding and loving, have shaped my life to be what it is now. They have impacted on my social circle, on my work, on my relationships, on my values and my character… There is no inch of my life that has been untouched by horses and I know many horse owners feel the same.
So I knew, that when I decided to specialise in photographing horses, that I wanted to dedicate my work to capturing the impression horses have on their human’s lives and the connections between each partnership I encountered.
I simply adore telling your stories! If you’ve ventured onto my blog or my Facebook, you may have already noticed that. I try to get to know my clients and their horses as well as I can in the limited time I have with them, and I’m committed to telling their tale with as much accuracy and empathy as possible. I’m always inspired by the fact that every partnership I meet has their own story to tell and this is one of my favourite parts of the job. Check out my blog for more.
I think the most important thing about my job, is to capture the horse that the owner knows. My clients don’t just want the horse to look ‘pretty’ and posed, they want their personality to shine through and they want to see the character, the best friend, that they love and know inside out. I like to keep things natural and relaxed in order to achieve this. Above all else I want my clients to feel that unique bond when they see their images. The bond that gives us that warm, fuzzy feeling that only a horsey person will understand. I want them to fall in love with their horse’s all over again, when they look at their photographs, and this is what I strive to achieve through my work.
To book your shoot, go to my website at www.sophiecallahanphotography.com.
A Thank You…
I’d like to thank each and every one of you that I’ve worked with so far on this journey. Everybody who has booked me, and of course their equine partners, for being such fantastic models and making my job the best job I could have ever dreamed existed. I truly have the most fabulous clients!
And lastly, once again, thank you for taking the time to check out my website and considering trusting me with the responsibility of making memories of you and your horses, that will last you a lifetime. I look forward to meeting you, and having the chance to tell your story!
Lots of love,