My shoot with Suzanne was quite an unusual one and I absolutely love to shoot anything a bit different, so it was one I thoroughly enjoyed.

At the time of our shoot, Suzanne was eight months pregnant and contacted me to book a maternity shoot, at her home in White Colne. She is due a little girl on 6th September.

I’ve only ever done one of these before, but I’d love to do more. There’s something so beautiful about a small, vulnerable bump and mum-to-be, interacting with such a powerful, yet gentle animal.

Suzanne wanted some pictures with her bump and her gorgeous, third-generation, homebred mare, Winny. So this really was a family occasion.

Winny is a beautiful Westphalian X Trekehner and is only two and a half years old. Considering her age, she was super patient and well behaved for our shoot. I think she was happy to pose as long as she was getting all of the attention and grass. Lol!

Suzanne also bred Winny’s mum and grandma, and just recently sold her mum. But with Winny, two other horses, a large family and another one on the way, she certainly has her hands full.

She tells me that she hopes to do dressage with Winny, when she grows up and watching her show off around the paddock, when we let her loose, it certainly looks like she’s going to be up to the job.

Suzanne really wanted her kids and partner involved in the shoot, but just didn’t feel that having them all crowd around a fidgetty two year-old was the best idea. So at the end of the shoot we got the family together for a little portrait and I absolutely love it. What a happy gang!

Huge congrats to Suzanne and family! Wishing you lots of love and happiness when your new little girl arrives.

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