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 way, next month! I had a shoot with them a little over two years ago. But a lot has changed for the family. Rosie has grown, they have aqcuired new horses and said goodbye to old ones.
So Steve thought Lindsay would love a second photoshoot as a Chrismtas present. Little did Lindsay know that he would pop the question, during the shoot!
My hair and makeup fairy, Sherrie, came along to make Lindsay feel a million dollars and we decided that Steve should get down on knee towards the end of the shoot. We knew that after the deed had been done, nobody would be in the mood to pose for much longer. They’d want to call their family and celebrate their engagement.
But this meant that poor Steve had to put his best acting skills to the test and pretend that everything was normal, throughout the entire session! And he did such a great job, although he did keep giving me a knowing look whenever Lindsay was out of sight.
Lindsay has five horses, but three of them featured the most in our shoot. Little Blue, is a six year-old, Welsh Section A and Lindsay hopes that he will be Rosie’s future pony. She has owned him since he was two, but he’s taken a while to mature. Blue is currently on loan to a little jockey and I hear that they went out and bagged their first red rosette this weekend.
Then there is Rocky, the little traditional, who was rescued from the side of the A130, four years ago. He is five and Lindsay will keep him as her own to ride.
And lastly was the star of the show, Dolly. When I last met Steve and Lindsay, they had a little coloured mare called Polly. Sadly they lost Polly, but Dolly is her foal, born by embryo transfer, sired by their own Friesian cross stallion, Willow. So she’s pretty special to these guys!
Dolly is two years old (two days older than Rosie) and has grown much bigger than anyone expected her to. She will grow up to be Lindsay’s riding horse, but for now, she’s just the diva of the yard.
So, naturally, it had to be Dolly in the photographs of the proposal. But there was one problem. She would NOT stand still! The whole shoot, she was fidgetting and getting bored, as you would expect from a youngster. So I had no idea how Steve was going to hold her, get down on one knee and magically produce a ring from his pocket.
But he did! Dolly chose the ten seconds that Steve was on down on one knee, to stand and pose beautifully and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
I’m so happy that this whole plan went so perfectly and Sherrie and I were honoured to be a part of such a special moment. Huge thank you to both Steve and Lindsay, for having us!
You can see a video of the whole thing, at https://www.facebook.com/SophieCallahanPhotos/videos/1584751154929915/
And incase you’re wondering, she said yes!!
Hair and makeup by Sherrie Warwick Hair & Make up Artist portfolio