RECENT

Pelgrim-K – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Last week I went for a little visit to Tendring, to meet Lorna and the gorgeous Dutch Warmblood stallion, Pelgrim-K. It was freezing cold, but beautifully sunny. My favourite kind of winter day. Lorna is loaning the very handsome Pelgrim from his owner, Alison Twigg,...
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You Know You’re Horsey When…

You rush home in your lunch break to muck out. There’s hay in your hair. And your bra. And your knickers. And let's not even talk about clipping season. You tie your dressing gown in a quick release knot. You click at your children/other shoppers if they are walking...
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Natalie Bell – Equissage, Essex

They say never mix work with pleasure. But that's exactly what we did with this shoot. (Well, they also advised to never work with children and animals, and they clearly had no idea what they were talking about on that front. 😉 )   The very lovely lady in these...
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Rhea’s Surprise & A Showjumping Stallion – Weekly Vlog #69

If you've followed me for a while, you will definitely have heard me mention the lovely Rhea Freeman. She is my business coach, PR guru, cheerleader and has become a very good friend over the last couple of years. Myself and some of her other coaching clients, who...
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January Q&A – Ask Me Anything

This Q&A is something I've been meaning to post for ages, and that has been highly requested, but there just always seems to be other content at the top of my list. So I thought I'd finally get round to answering just some of the questions you guys sent in, when I...
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PHOTOSHOOTS

Pelgrim-K – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Last week I went for a little visit to Tendring, to meet Lorna and the gorgeous Dutch Warmblood stallion, Pelgrim-K. It was freezing cold, but beautifully sunny. My favourite kind of winter day. Lorna is loaning the very handsome Pelgrim from his owner, Alison Twigg,...
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My Top Tips for Your Children’s Photoshoot With Their Pony

One of my favourite types of shoots, is, without doubt, children and their ponies. It’s kind of funny, really, as I’ve never been the most maternal person. Whilst my friends at school were playing ‘mums and babies’, I was galloping around the playground pretending to...
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My Tips & Advice For Choosing Your Equine Photographer

One of the things you come to realise when you run a service based business, is that not everybody is your client. The sooner you realise this, the easier it is to let go of people who chose to book someone else, or who tell you’re too expensive/cheap. So, with this...
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Steve, Prada & Puppies – Equine Photoshoot, Hertford

Towards the end of last year, I took a drive over to Bishops Stortford to see Vicky and her managerie of animals. We had two objectives for our shoot… One was to photographer two of her horses out in the field and the other was to capture her newest arrivals on...
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My Favourite Photos of 2017

It's the last day of 2017! Can you believe it? I can not get over how fast this year has gone. I have a post coming up tomorrow, to kick-start the new year the right way, by looking back over how far you've come and planning your aims and goals for the year...
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Photoshoot Bloopers & Outtakes 2017

Over the next few days, I'm going to be going through some of my fave photos, blog posts, vlogs, etc. from 2017, and I thought I'd start with one of my most popular posts of every year. My outtakes and bloopers. All year round, I save up the funniest photos from each...
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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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VLOGS

Rhea’s Surprise & A Showjumping Stallion – Weekly Vlog #69

If you've followed me for a while, you will definitely have heard me mention the lovely Rhea Freeman. She is my business coach, PR guru, cheerleader and has become a very good friend over the last couple of years. Myself and some of her other coaching clients, who...
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Happy New Year & a Belated Family Christmas – Weekly Vlog #68

Welcome to the first weekly vlog of 2018! We are a bit behind the rest of the world and due to everybody being ill, we've only just got round to celebrating Christmas with our extended family, so there's a fair bit of festivity in this video, for those of you trying...
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My 10 Most Watched Vlogs of 2017

Over the past couple of days, we've enjoyed my 2017 bloopers and my most read blog posts. And continuing with the theme of looking back of the past year, here are my most popular vlogs from the last twelve months. Enjoy! 10. FESTIVAL OF HUNTING, SAM ON TOUR & A...
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Behind the Scenes at Olympia Horse Show- Weekly Vlog #66

What better way to countdown to Christmas than a super packed vlog going behind the scenes at Olympia, London International Horse Show?! This show has been a Christmas tradition for me since I was a child and Christmas only starts after that famous finale, so to be...
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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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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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LIFESTYLE

You Know You’re Horsey When…

You rush home in your lunch break to muck out. There’s hay in your hair. And your bra. And your knickers. And let's not even talk about clipping season. You tie your dressing gown in a quick release knot. You click at your children/other shoppers if they are walking...
Read More

January Q&A – Ask Me Anything

This Q&A is something I've been meaning to post for ages, and that has been highly requested, but there just always seems to be other content at the top of my list. So I thought I'd finally get round to answering just some of the questions you guys sent in, when I...
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The Youtube Channels You Need to Subscribe To

One of the very reasons I decided to create my own vlog in the first place, over a year and a half ago now, is because I'm a huge fan of Youtube. If my other half is out, you're much more likely to find me curled up on the sofa, or in bed, with my laptop on, a cup of...
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Turning 30 & 30 Things to Do This Year

Back in October I turned 30. I did vlog about my birthday celebrations, but I didn't publish anything else on the blog, to commemorate it. I wasn't one of those people who was terrified of hitting a big milestone. But obviously there is a certain element of hitting...
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4 Ways to Display Your Favourite Memories

Firstly, I'd like to say that I'm writing this, not as a photographer, but as somebody who enjoys creating memories and filling my home with items that mean something to me. Secondly, I'd like to preface this post by pointing out that it didn't start off as a blog...
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2017 In Review & My 2018 Goals

Happy New Year! Wow! What a year it's been. And where did it go? 2017 has felt like such a long time coming for me; It was set to be a year of milestones and celebrations, and it certainly didn't disappoint.  Line In my personal life, it doesn't get much bigger than...
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Olympia London International Horse Show 2017

Incase you've been hiding under a rock, where no festive or equestrian news can reach you, last week was Olympia week. You may already have seen my vlog, which went up on Wednesday and includes a behind the scenes tour. But here are a (rather large) selection of...
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What I Learnt From the Blogosphere Christmas Festival 2017 (With Video)

Last weekend, I took the very scary plunge and attended my first ever bloggers event. The Blogosphere Christmas Festival. Blogosphere, for those of you who've never heard of it, is a quarterly publication for bloggers and vloggers, with everything you'll ever need to...
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Your Guide to Shopping at Olympia Horse Show This Weekend

Of course, we go to Olympia to watch the incredible equestrian displays, the awe-inspiring dressage partnerships, the legendary puissance wall and every equine, of all shapes, sizes and colours in between. But let's be honest... One of the major draws has to be that...
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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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BUSINESS

Why Good Photographs Matter For Your Equine Business. A Lot.

I'm super excited about this post. It's one of those posts that, as a photographer, I'd find difficult to write, because it'd just feel a little too self-promo-y. ( <<< Totally a word!) However, we are all fully aware of the importance of imagery, when it...
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My Horse Box – The December Issue (And A Discount Code for You!)

I know you guys enjoy my little My Horse Box shoots, so I thought I'd share the results from the most recent issue with you. Incase you're new around here, My Horse Box is the monthly subscription box for equestrians, filled with goodies for horse and rider. It has...
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Your Ultimate Equine & Country Content Calendar 2018

Last year we had FYI Friday. This year, I'd like to introduce you to Small Business Saturday! Basically, this just means I'm moving my business related blog posts to a Saturday. So no big change and the content will remain the same; All with a view to helping you grow...
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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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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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ALL POSTS

Behind the Scenes at Olympia Horse Show- Weekly Vlog #66

What better way to countdown to Christmas than a super packed vlog going behind the scenes at Olympia, London International Horse Show?! This show has been a Christmas tradition for me since I was a child and Christmas only starts after that famous finale, so to be...

read more

Your Guide to Shopping at Olympia Horse Show This Weekend

Of course, we go to Olympia to watch the incredible equestrian displays, the awe-inspiring dressage partnerships, the legendary puissance wall and every equine, of all shapes, sizes and colours in between. But let's be honest... One of the major draws has to be that...

read more

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...

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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...

read more

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...

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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...

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
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