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EXTREME HALLOWEEN MAKEOVER – Weekly Vlog #54

Well this vlog starts out a little unexpectedly. My brother and I went over to his PR agent's office, to be made over into Halloween characters, for a new video promotion they are running. Nothing horsey or country about it whatsoever, but absolutely fascinating to...
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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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Originality, Tenacity & Elbow Grease: Making a Living Out of Yourself – FYI FRIDAY

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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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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A New Job for Old Boots

My Mum has had her Hunter wellies for twelve years, and she loves them. She isn't horsey, so they're predominantly her daily dog-walking boots, but they've served her well. And last week, they split! We're working on getting her a new pair of boots, but she was still...
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PHOTOSHOOTS

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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Christina & Pookie – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Most people fangirl over their celebrity crushes or their favourite popstar. I fangirl over ponies. And I’m not even kidding!! Meet Pookie, the perfect male model! Some time ago, Christina won a photoshoot with me. It was so long ago that I can’t even remember what it...
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Amelia & Ace – Equine Photoshoot, Suffolk

Last week I had the most beautiful sunset session with Amelia and her horse, Ace, over in Suffolk, after her sister purchased the shoot for her, for her 30th birthday. And I can’t help but say it again, these evening shoots just make my heart happy! Look at this...
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Judi, Cat, Bertie, Max, Clover, Rou & Honey – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

On a very sunny Sunday evening, I went over to Greenstead Green, for an equine photoshoot with Judi, Cat and their five (or four and a half, as they put it) horses. Judi’s husband, Derek, had kindly bought them both a photoshoot for their birthdays. I'm loving these...
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Isa, Whizz & Aston – Equine Photoshoot, Suffolk

Last week I had a very last minute session with Isa and her horses, Whizz and Aston, as Whizz was due to move on to his new home early this week. So we had to fit a very quick booking in, amongst all of these summer storms we’ve been having. Luckily, we managed it...
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The Reason You Need a Sunset Photoshoot in Your Life!

What's one thing that's sure to put a smile on my face and have me obsessing over a set of images so much that I can not wait to get them edited? Sunset Shoots!! I absolutely adore shooting in the evenings, just before the sun goes down, when everything looks golden,...
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Steve & Lindsay’s Secret Proposal Shoot – Equine Photography, Essex

As many of you will have seen, the other week I had a very, very exciting shoot! Back in November Steve and I colluded together, to book a proposal shoot for his girlfriend, Lindsay. Lindsay and Steve already have one little girl, Rosie, together and another on the...
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Debbie & Leo – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing young international dressage rider, Bethany Horobin and her horse Kash. And last week, it was lovely to catch up and photograph Bethany’s mum, Debbie and her pony Leo, after she’d recieved a photoshoot gift...
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VLOGS

EXTREME HALLOWEEN MAKEOVER – Weekly Vlog #54

Well this vlog starts out a little unexpectedly. My brother and I went over to his PR agent's office, to be made over into Halloween characters, for a new video promotion they are running. Nothing horsey or country about it whatsoever, but absolutely fascinating to...
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A DAY WITH MUM & THE DOGS – Weekly Vlog #53

This week was a homely week, with work, recovering from a cold, family time and a day with my Mum and the dogs. Big thanks to my clients for allowing me to video their shoots, including Shelley and also Roxy and Katie, for helping me film one another. Thanks for...
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STYLE SPOTTING AT BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS – Weekly Vlog #52

Thanks for watching! Don't forget to like and subscribe to my Youtube channel. It's free!   SOPHIE CALLAHAN PHOTOGRAPHY Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer You Can Also Follow Me On: WEBSITE: http://www.sophiecallahanphotography.com/ FACEBOOK:...
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BSPS & A SPICE GIRLS REUNION – Weekly Vlog #51

Thanks for watching! Don't forget to like and subscribe to my Youtube channel. It's free!   SOPHIE CALLAHAN PHOTOGRAPHY Specialist UK Equine Portrait Photographer You Can Also Follow Me On: WEBSITE: http://www.sophiecallahanphotography.com/ FACEBOOK:...
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FELL STALLION IN THE WOODS – Weekly Vlog #50

After a terribly unproductive day yesterday, due to poor wifi and a very slow iMac, I've finally got my vlog uploaded for you! I've not done much other than work this week, but that's not such a hardship when your shoots are this gorgeous. I had Ace the Knabstrupper...
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DATE NIGHT – Weekly Vlog #48

So, this week, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. What is it you most enjoy watching in my vlogs? Do you want to see more photoshoots? More personal stuff? Or do you enjoy an equal amount of both? I'm struggling to know how much content to include, so I'd love...
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RIHS & THE GAME FAIR – Weekly Vlog #47

This week kicked off quite nicely with a very sunny day at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, at Hickstead, watching the coloured classes. We were treated to a lovely lunch by Team Colosso, who had sponsored the day. Then, at the weekend, Sam and I took our...
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FESTIVAL OF HUNTING, SAM ON TOUR & A PROPOSAL SHOOT (BEST VLOG EVER!) – Weekly Vlog #46

Wow! What an epic week! I'm sorry it's a long one, but I just couldn't choose what to cut. We started off with a trip to the Festival of Hunting, on two of my favourites people's birthdays. Happy Birthday Toby and Nat! We followed that up with a very special show, in...
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ROADTRIP TO CUMBRIA – Weekly Vlog #45

I started off the week with an epic roadtrip up to Cumbria to meet a string of coloured show horses and their owners, for a group shoot. I also filmed a group shoot that I had over in Chigwell and a trip to the Essex Food & Drink Festival, at Cressing Barns....
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HORSE RACING & BEER FESTIVAL FAIL – Weekly Vlog #44

I feel like summer really is in full swing now, and that means light, warm evenings out, BBQs with friends and families, pub gardens, PIMMs and the odd beer festival. Except this week's beer festival was not quite up my street! I know the clue is in the title, but who...
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LIFESTYLE

A New Job for Old Boots

My Mum has had her Hunter wellies for twelve years, and she loves them. She isn't horsey, so they're predominantly her daily dog-walking boots, but they've served her well. And last week, they split! We're working on getting her a new pair of boots, but she was still...
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Last of the Summer Cocktails, with British Polo Gin

Do we think I might be able to squeeze one last little summer blog post in, before we move over to Autumn? Well, I'm going to try! The weather is a little brighter today, so I have just the thing to make you feel like you're drawing summer out just a little longer....
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Style Spotting at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with Hiho Silver

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, for the first time. And I was there in collaboration with Hiho Silver and Burghley themselves, to kick off the #HihoStyleSpotter competition! We are searching for the best dressed...
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A Day in Dedham

Last weekend was super busy, with three gorgeous shoots. So on the bank holiday Monday, I took the day off to spend time with Sam and we decided to visit Dedham, for some lunch and a wander around the village. Line Whenever we have a free day, we never really know...
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A Charming Addition to My Hiho Collection & a Discount Code For You!

Charm bracelets are an age old favourite. I had one when I was a child that I have stored in a precious memory box, and then I had a Pandora bracelet that my other half bought me when we were first together. And now I have a new love, with an added equestrian theme!...
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A Letter To My Former Self (And to all of those needing a little motivation)

When I started writing this, it was just another blog post. But, as somebody who isn't very emotional, I found this incredibly moving to write! This is exactly what I would say to myself if I could go back in time. This is everything I feel, about my story and...
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My 11 Favourite Equine & Country Blogs to Follow

I keep using this term 'lifestyle blog', with a new lifestyle post every Wednesday. And whilst many of you may have stumbled across other lifestyle bloggers and understand the term, I know that there might be some of you out there who are still looking at me blankly....
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My First Visit to The Game Fair (Spoiler: I Loved It!)

Last weekend, Sam and I took a little trip over to Hatfield House for our first experience of The Game Fair. And it seems like everyone and their dog (quite literally!) were there too. I know so many people that went this year and having experienced it for myself, I'm...
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The Perfect Country Clutch Bag, from Mackenzie & George

Have you ever turned up to a show or day out, looked at your oversized handbag and really wished you didn’t have to lug it around all day long? I know I have! All the time! But then I can’t leave my bag in the car, because I need my vlogging camera, my phone, perhaps...
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A Sunny Day for the Coloureds at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, 2017

Finally! I managed to spend a sunny day at a show! I feel like the weather has been playing tricks on me lately and every time I venture out to a show, the heavens open. But we were blessed with a beautiful day for this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show,...
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BUSINESS

Originality, Tenacity & Elbow Grease: Making a Living Out of Yourself – FYI FRIDAY

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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Collaborating With Other Businesses: Why, Who & How – FYI FRIDAY

Unless you're a miserable people hater who doesn't want any interaction of any kind with other human's or businesses, I'd imagine you aren't dead set against collaborations. Why would you be? They can be great fun, mix things up a little and introduce you to other,...
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How to Beat Procrastination – FYI FRIDAY

For today's FYI Friday, I'm going to give you break from my ramblings and I've asked the very lovely Emily Mumford, from InkPot and Press Media Services, to have a chat to you about a subject close to her heart; Procrastination. Emily kindly agreed to write for me in...
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Should You Ever Give Your Products or Services Away for Free? – FYI Friday

There's a lot of controversy in the equine photography industry, and I'd imagine in other industries, too, around working for free... Should you? Shouldn't you? Is 'exposure' worth working for? What can you possibly get out of working for no money? Most photographers,...
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The Stats You Need to Know About the UK Equine Industry – FYI FRIDAY

Today's FYI Friday is a little different. Have you ever had trouble explaining to non-horsey people what you do? Do you feel like when you talk about equine industry, they assume that you're just referring to a couple of learner riders that frequent the local riding...
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How to Use Instagram Stories For Your Equine Business – FYI Friday

If you use Instagram, you’ve most likely come across Instagram stories. They’re very much like Snapchat but with one big draw, for me. They’re on Instagram, which I already use! I could never get to grips with Snapchat. Like many other business owners, I’m already...
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The July ‘My Horse Box’ (And A Discount Code For You!)

Back in May, I introduced you to the exciting world of My Horse Box, a luxury equestrian subscription box company, who produce monthly boxes with various gifts and products inside them, for horsey people. And this month they sent me another box full of horsey...
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20 Offline Marketing Ideas – FYI FRIDAY

We all know that we're living in a digital age. It's all about Facebook, Instagram and email marketing these days. But that's exactly the reason why a little offline marketing might be able to help you get ahead! How many emails do you get a day? Lots! How many...
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Dealing with ‘Burnout’ – FYI FRIDAY

We all suffer from it from time to time. Those days where you just feel over-worked and uninspired. And right now, in the middle of summer, most of us who run equestrian businesses will be neck deep in the busy season. Where burnout is most likely to strike! Call it...
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How & Why You Should Be Categorising Your Content – FYI FRIDAY

Happy FYI Friday everyone! I hope it's been a productive and profitable week for you all. This week we're chatting about categorising your content. Whether it’s blog posts or social media content that you’re trying to get a handle on, this is a great method for you to...
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ALL POSTS

Isa, Whizz & Aston – Equine Photoshoot, Suffolk

Last week I had a very last minute session with Isa and her horses, Whizz and Aston, as Whizz was due to move on to his new home early this week. So we had to fit a very quick booking in, amongst all of these summer storms we’ve been having. Luckily, we managed it...

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The Reason You Need a Sunset Photoshoot in Your Life!

What's one thing that's sure to put a smile on my face and have me obsessing over a set of images so much that I can not wait to get them edited? Sunset Shoots!! I absolutely adore shooting in the evenings, just before the sun goes down, when everything looks golden,...

read more

The July ‘My Horse Box’ (And A Discount Code For You!)

Back in May, I introduced you to the exciting world of My Horse Box, a luxury equestrian subscription box company, who produce monthly boxes with various gifts and products inside them, for horsey people. And this month they sent me another box full of horsey...

read more

My 11 Favourite Equine & Country Blogs to Follow

I keep using this term 'lifestyle blog', with a new lifestyle post every Wednesday. And whilst many of you may have stumbled across other lifestyle bloggers and understand the term, I know that there might be some of you out there who are still looking at me blankly....

read more

DATE NIGHT – Weekly Vlog #48

So, this week, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. What is it you most enjoy watching in my vlogs? Do you want to see more photoshoots? More personal stuff? Or do you enjoy an equal amount of both? I'm struggling to know how much content to include, so I'd love...

read more

My First Visit to The Game Fair (Spoiler: I Loved It!)

Last weekend, Sam and I took a little trip over to Hatfield House for our first experience of The Game Fair. And it seems like everyone and their dog (quite literally!) were there too. I know so many people that went this year and having experienced it for myself, I'm...

read more

Debbie & Leo – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing young international dressage rider, Bethany Horobin and her horse Kash. And last week, it was lovely to catch up and photograph Bethany’s mum, Debbie and her pony Leo, after she’d recieved a photoshoot gift...

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The Perfect Country Clutch Bag, from Mackenzie & George

Have you ever turned up to a show or day out, looked at your oversized handbag and really wished you didn’t have to lug it around all day long? I know I have! All the time! But then I can’t leave my bag in the car, because I need my vlogging camera, my phone, perhaps...

read more

RIHS & THE GAME FAIR – Weekly Vlog #47

This week kicked off quite nicely with a very sunny day at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, at Hickstead, watching the coloured classes. We were treated to a lovely lunch by Team Colosso, who had sponsored the day. Then, at the weekend, Sam and I took our...

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Charlotte, Strata & Ciao – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

I’ve visited Rayne Riding School before, a couple of times for shoots, but my very first visit was as a child, for riding lessons. So it’s always quite nostalgic to go back to this busy riding school and livery yard, to meet new clients. On this occaision I was...

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20 Offline Marketing Ideas – FYI FRIDAY

We all know that we're living in a digital age. It's all about Facebook, Instagram and email marketing these days. But that's exactly the reason why a little offline marketing might be able to help you get ahead! How many emails do you get a day? Lots! How many...

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My Top Tips for a Country Garden Wedding

If you’ve been following any of my social media channels, you will have seen me mention my wedding. A lot. Ok, I’ve not shut up about it! Lol! It was around two months ago now and we’ve only just had time to reflect back, look through the photos and really take it all...

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Paula & Woody – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Last week I revisited Brazils Farm, in South Woodham Ferrers, to meet Paula and her boy, Woody. Woodlawn Patrick is an extremely handsome, very laid back eleven year-old Connemara. And Paula has owned him for three years. She bought him to do a bit of local showing...

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Dealing with ‘Burnout’ – FYI FRIDAY

We all suffer from it from time to time. Those days where you just feel over-worked and uninspired. And right now, in the middle of summer, most of us who run equestrian businesses will be neck deep in the busy season. Where burnout is most likely to strike! Call it...

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