My name is Sophie. I’m a specialist equine photographer and a country lifestyle blogger and vlogger, and I’m incredibly lucky to have the best job in the world.
I’ve recently turned 30, I’m based in Essex and travel all over the UK, photographing horses and their humans, aswell as blogging about everything from horsey days out, to country fashion, food, my favourite places and things for the home.
You can visit my website here, for more information.
…Milky tea (one sugar, please), Instagram, sunsets, cheese, reading romance novels on my Kindle whilst pretending to read something intellectual, The Secret, anything quintessentially British, everything navy-blue, things that sparkle and my crazy Cocker Spaniel, Barney.
I live in Chelmsford, with said Cocker Spaniel and my husband (when does that stop getting weird?), Sam, who I have been with since we were sixteen! We got engaged on holiday in Mexico, in September 2015 and got married at my parents’ garden, 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 demonic, 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, a vlogging camera in one hand and a bigger camera slung over my shoulder.
I’m currently horseless (for the first time in my life!) and seriously sulking about it. Life just keeps getting in the way, but hopefully I’ll be able to rectify that someday soon.
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 feel like I’ve found what I was born to do.
I am truly passionate about making art through photographing you and your horses!
And as a Blogger/Vlogger…
My blog developed as a natural extension of my photography business, as a place to document all of my photoshoots, and gradually developed from there. I’ve always loved writing, so my blog is the perfect outlet for that passion.
I have worked hard to build an extensive, niche, highly active social media audience, over the years, which currently sits at around 39K followers at the time of writing this. With this ready-made online community and with the fact that my job often introduces to me to some fabulous equestrian and country brands, not to mention some exciting trips and opportunities I am lucky enough to experience, blogging and vlogging felt like a very obvious progression.
I now produce a weekly life-cast style vlog on Youtube, which goes behind the scenes on both my photoshoots and my personal life, every Tuesday, as well as lifestyle and business blog posts each week. And it’s a part of my job that, whilst I never foresaw when I started out, I absolutely love and look forward to exploring and expanding further.
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 blog 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,