Process and Preparation Guide

Preparation is key 

Below you will find all information pertaining to how your session with Beauty and the Huntress will run, and what you can do to be as prepared as possible. Not only do these guides ensure that you are well informed and understand our workflow, but if followed correctly, these guides will help you to make sure that you receive the best possibly results with your images. 

YOUR TAILORED EXPERIENCE

Beauty and the Huntress take the utmost pride in our attention to detail. Throughout our entire photographic journey together we will make sure that you are not only well informed and prepared, but also comfortable and most importantly - excited for your photoshoot! At your time of booking, you instantly become a friend, and we take care of our friends.

WELCOME TO THE BATH EXPERIENCE - The first step in forming a working partnership is to understand each other and make sure we are both on the same page! You will be asked a series of questions regarding what it is that you're looking for in the form of a questionnaire and we'll discuss how I can best serve your needs. If you decide that I am your photographer, fantastic!

LET'S GET THE BALL ROLLING - You will then be asked to read and sign all of our corresponding paperwork, including our Session Contract and Model Release Form. Once you have signed and returned your paperwork, we will send you an invoice for your session. A 50% non-refundable retainer is due at the time of booking to secure your position in my schedule. Once your payment has been received you are officially a new client-friend of ours, how exciting! 

GOODIES ON THE WAY - If you've purchased a Diamond package, we will send out our official Welcome Package to you in the mail so keep an eye on that letterbox! While we understand we are currently in the 'digital age' we still believe in tangible products that enhance your overall experience with us. Inside your artisan Welcome Package you will find pieces inside that will help you be extra ready for your session as well as some small surprises. 

ARE YOU EXCITED - A week from our scheduled session we will be in contact with you to follow up on our appointment, and set a specific time with you. We prefer to leave the decision on shoot time until this stage as the weather can be unpredictable and can sometimes mean that we will need to push the session earlier or later during the day. 

SHOOT DAY - Yay! We'll touch base with you the morning of our shoot to do a final check in before the session is under way. Our time together will be full of fun, laughs and some beautiful work. 

POST SHOOT DAY - One to two weeks after our shoot I will be in contact with you to let you know that your images are ready for your selection! You will receive a link to your personalised proofing gallery of soft-edited images. You will then choose which images you would like to receive as a part of your session Package, and which additional images you would like to purchase. An additional three to four weeks later I will be in contact with you again with your finished images for your approval before they are sent away to print! You will then be able to download from Dropbox the corresponding social media files of those images sent off to the printers, to share online with your friends and family. 

AN AWAITED DELIVERY - As I print through a professional photo lab not available to the general public, all prints are sent to my door first to ensure that they are of the high standard I expect - I don't want you to receive damaged goods on the off chance something has gone wrong! Once I have approved them, they will be packed and sent directly to you. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I POST MY PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA? 

Yes! We highly encourage you to post your social media files on all platforms, and we would love if you tagged us in the posts! 

However, please keep in mind that scanning prints and uploading those to social media is against the law. We offer Low Resolution corresponding files complimentary for social media sharing. 

MY HORSE'S/DOG'S EARS AREN'T FORWARD/EYES ARE CLOSED, CAN YOU FIX THIS?

Yes! Worry not, I am able to fix any small imperfections such as backward ears and closed eyes in post production. These will be done free of charge as part of my  services. 

WILL THERE BE ANY TRAVEL COSTS?

Beauty and the Huntress apply travel costs to all sessions that are located over 80kms from our home location. 

If travel fees apply to your session, they will be discussed with you prior to your booking to ensure cost transparency.

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

We understand that not everyone has the ability to purchase a session outright in one lump sum, so we offer payment plans to help you on your way. Please let us know if you would like to discuss payment plans.

PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION

Below you will find all information pertaining to how your session with Beauty and the Huntress will run, and what you can do to be as prepared as possible. Not only do these guides ensure that you are well informed and understand our workflow, but if followed correctly, these guides will help you to make sure that you receive the best possibly results with your images. 

PREPARING FOR YOUR STUDIO SESSION

Studio sessions are completed using backdrops on stands, and in cases where natural light is not available/ideal/strong enough, or simply not the look we are after, we will use a small collection of studio artificial lighting. 

These set ups are usually located on either sand of arenas, or concrete located in sheds or stabling complexes. We recommend that you sweep and clean your concrete as best as possible, or rake your sand footing before your photoshoot to ensure that images are clean and crisp, with a tidy appearance. Dirty and unkempt flooring will not be edited in post production free of charge. 

PRESENTATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • When photographing English horses I recommend presenting them in their best show bridle (if you have one), with the reins removed and a thin lead rope attached to one side, which will be edited out in Post production. If you would prefer to keep the reins on and place them on the wither that is also entirely fine - all personal preference!

  • If you have a Western horse, presenting them in their show bridle with the lead removed, or in their show bridle with the reins placed over the withers. Banded manes and forelocks give an image that extra polished look. 

  • If we are photographing your horse 'al natural', make sure the horse is clean and tidy and all hair is brushed well. 

  • Your horse should be as clean as possible, as if he were entering the show ring 

  • He should be completely dry 

  • Nose, mouth and eyes should be cleaned 

  • Try to avoid using large amounts of glossy makeup, as it will catch the light and will stand out more than the horse itself 

  • Painted hooves give a beautiful  tidy look to your images, but are not mandatory

  • Any and all tack should be cleaned and oiled 

  • Bits and all silver should be clean and polished

PREPARING FOR YOUR BEACH SESSION

Beach photoshoots are typically held in the early mornings with the hope of catching a beautiful sunrise. However if Mother Nature ins't cooperative, never fear! We are able to enhance your images into pieces if art in post production. The locations that we use for this session style are more often than not Dog Beaches, while you will not be in any way held accountable if a dog approached your horse, we do ask that you keep this in mind when booking with us. 

While these images are generally presenting your horse in his natural form, there are still a few recommendations we would like to make for the session. 

PRESENTATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Your horse should be as clean as possible

  • He should be completely dry - we like to do the 'on land' images first

  • Nose, mouth and eyes should be cleaned 

  • Try to avoid using large amounts of glossy makeup, as it will catch the light and will stand out more than the horse itself 

  • Painted hooves give a beautiful  tidy look to your images, but are not mandatory

  • If you wish for your horse to be 'naken' and without any tack in his images, we as that you bring him along in a thin rope halter

  • Please bring along a lunge line to allow your horse to really move (tools such as flags are also welcome)

  • Any and all tack (if you choose to include them in your images) should be cleaned and oiled 

  • Bits and all silver should be clean and polished

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PREPARING FOR YOUR HORSE & RIDER SESSION

We understand that it can be difficult preparing both yourself and your horse for your session with us, and so we're here to help! 

A great ensemble really does enhance the end result of your images and co-ordination is key.
We recommend a simple, neutral colour palette, start with one outfit you really like and from there, build the outfits of any other people that may be included.

PRESENTATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • When photographing English horses I recommend presenting them in their best show bridle (if you have one), with the reins removed and a thin lead rope attached to one side, which will be edited out in Post production. If you would prefer to keep the reins on and place them on the wither that is also entirely fine - all personal preference!

  • If you have a Western horse, presenting them in their show bridle with the lead removed, or in their show bridle with the reins placed over the withers. Banded manes and forelocks give an image that extra polished look. 

  • If we are photographing your horse 'al natural', make sure the horse is clean and tidy and all hair is brushed well. 

  • Your horse should be as clean as possible, as if he were entering the show ring 

  • He should be completely dry 

  • Nose, mouth and eyes should be cleaned 

  • Try to avoid using large amounts of glossy makeup, as it will catch the light and will stand out more than the horse itself 

  • Painted hooves give a beautiful  tidy look to your images, but are not mandatory

  • All tack should be cleaned and oiled, bits and silver should be clean and polished

  • Avoid clashing patterns, hoodies, skate shoes and bold logos unless sponsors. Try to avoid shirts with checks or stripes as these create an optical illusion type effect in images called ‘moire’. 

  • Assess the coat of your horse - which colours match well? If you’re unsure, there are some great “which colour suits my horse best” charts on the Internet. 

PREPARING FOR YOUR CANINE SESSION

Canine sessions are completed using studio lighting, or natural lighting. If we will be working together in natural lighting, we suggest that if possible, you arrive at the session location slightly ahead of time to familiarise your dog with their settings. 

PRESENTATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Please make sure your dog is clean and tidy and all hair is brushed well. A bath the day before the session is a great idea!

  • Nose, mouth and eyes should be cleaned - we understand dogs sometimes get 'goobies' (this is what we refer to our dog's eye boogers!) so bringing a small rag along would be a great way to keep him clean!

  • Any and all gear worn should be cleaned and tidy - if you have a special collar your dog wears on certain occasions we recommend busting that bad boy out! The dog on the right is wearing a necklace - this could be something that you choose to use should you feel comfortable in doing so. 

  • Treats or toys are the absolute best way to encourage your dog to participate in their session. We will often hold a treat over the camera to ask the dog to look directly at us, or if you - the owner - has a ball or a their favourite toy, we will ask that you stand behind us. 

  • Dogs who are able to follow basic commands such as "sit", "stay", "drop" are the easiest to work with. If your dog is a little rusty with these commands we recommend brushing up on them before the session!

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