Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Last month I made the decision to retire my older gelding Kingston, and circumstances made it happen a little more quickly than I was anticipating. He’s happily hanging out in his new five-acre pasture with his new buddies, and I believe I made the right choice to let him retire at the right time. But I do have one regret: I wish I had more photos.
As an equine photographer, I should have tons of photos of him! And I do have a few that I love--Kingston was a pro at taking selfies, and looking back at those always makes me laugh. But I believe that every horse owner should have five types of photos to memorialize your time with each of your special equines:
1. The Everyday Candids
If you carry your smartphone around with you at the barn, chances are you’re doing pretty well on capturing cute candid shots. These are the staples of every horse-obsessed girl’s Instagram account. Your horse sticking out his tongue, your horse laying down, your horse mugging you for carrots, your horse doing any number of adorable things he or she does every single day… don’t stop taking these! You may have noticed that the newest iPhone operating system, iOS 13, has some changes in the photo editing options. For some tips on using the newest features to get the most out of your photos, check out this how-to video on YouTube.
2. The Selfie
Taking selfies with my animals are pretty much my favorite thing. Sometimes they turn out sweet, sometimes beautiful, and often, they’re hilarious. I have a few tips to improve your horse selfie game: First, hold your camera as far away as you can to get as much of your horse’s face in the frame as possible. Second, try using video mode instead of photo mode. Film yourself and your horse for about 15-20 seconds and then pull out a screenshot of the split second in which you both look good. And third, try the All Ears Selfie app, which has buttons play various horsey sounds proven to get horses ears to perk right up! It’s $2.99 you won’t regret spending.