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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 kick it off, I have the mother of all blog posts for you. My HOYS 2017 review.

(It’s slightly pic heavy, so I do apologise in advance for killing everybody’s computers. SorryNotSorry. Just give it a moment or two to load.)

As we all know by now, because I’ve been banging on about it like a kid at Christmas, I was absolutely honoured and incredibly proud to have been personally invited, by HOYS, as one of the first, hand picked bloggers to attend the show, with press accreditation.

Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger

So, Nat and I travelled up on the Wednesday, settled into our hotel (The Best Western Plus Manor Hotel) and were ready and raring to go at 4am on Thursday morning to watch the horses working in, in the main arena.

(That’s a lie, we were bleary eyed, hungry and every so slightly grumpy, but I wouldn’t want to sound ungrateful)

Throughout my (almost) week at HOYS, I tried to shoot and document from a slightly different perspective than the event and magazine photographers.

I’m not an event photographer, so I didn’t want my photos to have that feel to them.

I wanted to tell more of a story about the show.

Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger

I wanted backstage peeks, photos from different perspectives, pictures of details, winners’ smiles, personalitiy and character, etc. So I hope that when you look through this gallery, that’s what you get from the images.

I honestly had such a great time at the show. It’s always one of the highlights of my year, and of course, of the equestrian calendar, so every year I look forward to it. And every year I can’t believe how quickly it comes around.

The buzz, the excitement, the shopping, the food (!!), Mike Tucker on the tannoy, the best horses in the country, all turned out to absolute perfection. There is no other show like it. Especially for us showing junkies.

Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger

But of course, this year was extra special and it is a trip that I will remember for a very long time.

I have to mention a few people, before I wrap this up. A huge thank you to my partner in crime, Natalie, for helping me create all of this content for you (she videoed many a lap-of-honour, whilst I photographed), as I’ve said before, I simply couldn’t multi-task like that on my own. A big thanks to the Colosso family and Mrs Candy, for always being so welcome and generous. And of course, to HOYS, for having me and letting me loose with my camera(s)! I’m truly grateful for the opportunity and hope to be allowed back next year.

 

Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger

I wanted to share with you backstage peeks, photos from different perspectives, pictures of details, winners’ smiles, personalitiy and character, etc. So I hope that when you look through this gallery, that’s what you get from the images.

I honestly had such a great time at the show. It’s always one of the highlights of my year, and of course, of the equestrian calendar, so every year I look forward to it. And every year I can’t believe how quickly it comes around.

The buzz, the excitement, the shopping, the food (!!), Mike Tucker on the tannoy, the best horses in the country, all turned out to absolute perfection. There is no other show like it. Especially for us showing junkies.

Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger
Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer, Essex I via sophiecallahanblog.com I #equinephotography #photography #equineblogger

And now, I’m going to leave you with a gallery of my favourite images from my week at the NEC. (I had a lot of faves, ok?)

In case you missed it, you can also watch my Behind the Scenes at HOYS vlog, and I’ll be bringing you another HOYS blog over the next week, too. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

If you’ve never been to HOYS before, I hope that these images encourage you to go along next year, it really is my favourite show of the season and here’s why…

Specialist equine portrait photographer, blogger & vlogger. Essex based, travelling throughout the UK.