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My 2018 Calendar & Brand New Print Release

I just wanted to pop online very quickly, this morning, to introduce you to a very special new addition. I'm super excited to introduce you to my brand new 2018 Calendar, AND my first ever print release. The prints are £20 and the calendars are just £15. And both are...
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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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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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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...
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PHOTOSHOOTS

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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Islay & Fleur – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Two weeks ago I had a very special photoshoot, to celebrate a very special young lady’s birthday. Beautiful Islay is turning five and can you believe it? She is a real life fairy! And her pony Fleur is a unicorn! For real! Fleur the unicorn is four and came from the...
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How to Make a Autumn/Winter Photoshoot Work!

Autumn and Winter can be such a fabulous time of year for a shoot. I talk about the benefits in this post here. But if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve decided to go ahead and opt for a shoot during the cooler months, when there are less flies, it’s easier...
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Rebecca, Harvey & William – Equine Photoshoot, Hertfordshire

What’s one way to spoil me rotten? Take two very handsome coloured ponies, pop them directly into a beautifully setting, evening sun and let me take photos of them. That ought to do it! 😍 A couple of weeks back, I went over to the picturesque village of...
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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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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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VLOGS

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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HOYS HORSES, RAIN & SADDLES – Weekly Vlog #58

This week I had a photoshoot with two very special HOYS horses, one of which was moving home just an hour after our shoot and sadly, the heavens opened on us. Sometimes things just go like that and you have to make the best of a bad situation. Thank you to Rebecca and...
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SHOCKTOBER, DOG SITTING & PRODUCT SHOOTS – Weekly Vlog #58

It's been a slow week, guys. This week I've been house and dog sitting for my parents, whilst they're on holiday. They live in the middle of nowhere and have awful internet, so I've not been very productive, this week. I did, however, have three fab product shoots to...
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TURNING 30! – Weekly Vlog #57

Apologies for the delay with this blog. I'm currently dogstting for my parents and their WiFi signal is horrendous at best. However... Last week, I turned 30! And so far, it's really not all that scary. We started the celebrations with a visit to London, to choose a...
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BACKSTAGE AT HOYS 2017 – Weekly Vlog #56

Wow, what a week!! We arrived at the NEC on Wednesday evening and left on Monday morning. Almost a full week of HOYS madness. With early 4am starts and late 11pm finishes, it was a full-on, but fabulous week. I tried to film the vlog from a bit of an alternative...
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A STAYCATION AT DIMMET, DEVON – Weekly Vlog #55

This is more of a weekend vlog, than a weekly vlog, but never mind. This weekend just gone Sam and I went for a working (I worked, he played golf) weekend away in Devon, as I had a couple of shoots down there. I've filmed footage from both shoots, one in the middle of...
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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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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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LIFESTYLE

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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Everything You Need to Know About Those Cowhide Clutch Bags, With Hyde & Hare

Something has been taking over my Instagram feed lately and so far, I haven’t got involved. Until now... Cow hide bags. Every time I scroll through social media, these fancy, beautifully patterned clutch bags are jumping out at me. But something was stopping me. In...
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How to Hygge at Home This Winter

Happy November gang! As it's the first of November today, I wanted to post something super cosy and seasonal, without bombarding you with Christmassy posts just yet. (Although get ready for a whole ton of festive goodness over the next couple of months.) And with the...
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The Story of ‘Willow Barn’ – How We Built Our Home

If you’ve been following along with my blog and vlogs for a while now, you’ve probably seen me mention how much I love my parents’ house. ‘the barn’. In fact, I love it so much, I even had my wedding reception there. And a lot of you have commented on it. So I thought...
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A Gorgeous Kent Country Getaway – Finchcocks Coach House, Goudhurst

This’ll teach me for not taking my camera on a weekend away. Have a couple of days off, I thought. And then we turn up to the most beautifully decorated, Instagrammable Air BnB you’ve ever seen, with surrounding grounds to make any photographer weep with joy. So,...
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My HOYS 2017 Review

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...
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What I’m Wearing to HOYS – Country Clothing for Curvy Girls

It’s not like I’ve kept it a secret, but here’s a confession for you all; I am a curvy girl! As much as I love my gorgeous fellow bloggers, like Harriet from A Girl About Country, Charlotte from Charlotte in England and Andrea from Mud on my Mulberry, I just can’t be...
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The Most Unique Holiday Home I’ve Ever Seen – Dimmet, Devon

If you've seen my latest vlog, or keep up with my Instagram stories, you will have noticed that Sam and I spent the last weekend in Devon. It was a working trip (I worked, Sam played golf *insert eye roll here*) with some absolutely stunning shoots over the Dartmoor...
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What I Bought My Mum For Her Birthday

I always think it's fun, when buying birthday gifts, to not just buy something that you know the other person will love (although obviously that's pretty important) but to put the effort into finding something that represents your relationship with them. Me and my mum...
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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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BUSINESS

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 – FYI FRIDAY

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? – FYI FRIDAY

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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My 4 Favourite Online Resources for Equine & Country Businesses – FYI FRIDAY

Happy FYI Friday, friends! Most of our businesses are run online these days. And if you're reading this blog post, I'm going to hazard a guess that you at least spend some of your time browsing the internet in hopes of helping grow your business. So, I thought I'd put...
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From the Saddle to the Office; How 5 Top British Riders Can Transform Your Business – FYI FRIDAY

This week I have an absolute corker of an FYI Friday post for you. Unfortunately for me, I can't take any of the credit, as the wonderful Sarah Johnstone, from Apt Cavalier, is kindly guest posting for me today. Apt Cavalier create purpose made equestrian performance...
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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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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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ALL POSTS

Islay & Fleur – Equine Photoshoot, Essex

Two weeks ago I had a very special photoshoot, to celebrate a very special young lady’s birthday. Beautiful Islay is turning five and can you believe it? She is a real life fairy! And her pony Fleur is a unicorn! For real! Fleur the unicorn is four and came from the...

read more

BACKSTAGE AT HOYS 2017 – Weekly Vlog #56

Wow, what a week!! We arrived at the NEC on Wednesday evening and left on Monday morning. Almost a full week of HOYS madness. With early 4am starts and late 11pm finishes, it was a full-on, but fabulous week. I tried to film the vlog from a bit of an alternative...

read more

What I’m Wearing to HOYS – Country Clothing for Curvy Girls

It’s not like I’ve kept it a secret, but here’s a confession for you all; I am a curvy girl! As much as I love my gorgeous fellow bloggers, like Harriet from A Girl About Country, Charlotte from Charlotte in England and Andrea from Mud on my Mulberry, I just can’t be...

read more

How to Make a Autumn/Winter Photoshoot Work!

Autumn and Winter can be such a fabulous time of year for a shoot. I talk about the benefits in this post here. But if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve decided to go ahead and opt for a shoot during the cooler months, when there are less flies, it’s easier...

read more

A STAYCATION AT DIMMET, DEVON – Weekly Vlog #55

This is more of a weekend vlog, than a weekly vlog, but never mind. This weekend just gone Sam and I went for a working (I worked, he played golf) weekend away in Devon, as I had a couple of shoots down there. I've filmed footage from both shoots, one in the middle of...

read more

What I Bought My Mum For Her Birthday

I always think it's fun, when buying birthday gifts, to not just buy something that you know the other person will love (although obviously that's pretty important) but to put the effort into finding something that represents your relationship with them. Me and my mum...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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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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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WIN a Backstage Tour at Horse of the Year Show

Oh my goodness, do I have an exciting competition for you guys today! This year, for the first time ever, Horse of the Year Show are inviting a select few bloggers to the show and I am beyond honoured to have been included. In conjunction with this, they have very...

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