It is one of the world’s greatest mistakes, that our animals don’t live longer.
But the sad fact is, they grow old, they’re fragile, their health deteriorates and they’re often not in our lives as long as we want them to be. We only borrow them for a short time and when the time comes to say goodbye, it’s nothing short of losing an adored member of the family.
And the importance of preserving the memory of the bond you share goes from being something you might get round to one day, to being much more urgent.
Knowing this (and having experienced the heartache of losing my own animals) I have always offered ‘Remember Me’ sessions; A special price for those facing limited time left with their horses and I’ve just recently changed this slightly, so I thought I’d tell you about it.
I now offer 20% off of all of my ordinary prices, to any horses over the age of 25 and horses with terminal illness/injury.
There is no denying that these shoots are the hardest part of my job. It is not at all uncommon for me to drive away from these sessions with tears streaming down my face.
But these sessions are also the biggest honour.
I can’t even put into words how special it is to be able to give horse owners who are facing the loss of their best friend, something to hold on to, in an otherwise devastating time. To be able to give them a memory, a tangible connection to their horse, long after they’ve passed, is something I feel absolutely privileged to be able to do.
Whether it’s for an owner with a veteran horse, who feels they are on borrowed time, or somebody with a young horse whose short life is about to come to a premature end, for whatever reason.
I have photographed childhood ponies and top competition horse, in these ‘Remember Me’ sessions. And every one is equally as heart wrenching, yet equally as precious.
If you have a horse that fits into any of the above categories and you’d like to chat about arranging a shoot, please do get in touch. You can find out more here.
As much as I wish you were contacting me under happier circumstances, I will be honoured to have the chance to work with you and your horse and capture their character on camera, for you to remember when they are nolonger with you.
There is no pressure for your horse to do anything that will make them uncomfortable. In fact, if they struggle to leave the comfort of their stable, then we can keep them there and work with what we are given. You do not have to ride, or even walk far; I will be guided entirely by you and your horse.
Despite most of these shoots being brought about by sad news, they are nowhere near as morbid as you might imagine. My clients smile through their Remember Me sessions as they regale me with stories about their horse, when they were younger and healthier and got into all kinds of mischief, and we celebrate their life with plenty of cuddles, laughter and usually lots of treats, too.
And we all know that OAPs are allowed to get away with murder, so we often spend lots of time chuckling at the cheeky behaviour of our equine models.
It’s the perfect goodbye. The perfect celebration of the relationship you have shared.