FAQs - Siân Smith



Pre-Consultations - The pre-consultation takes place by telephone once you have booked the photo shoot. We will discuss things like your outfits, your horse and locations for the shoot.

The day of the shoot - I will arrive at your location and after meeting with you and your horse we will have a walk around your location where I'll be looking for lovely backdrops, not necessarily big landscapes, but I may spot a beautiful textured wall or a lovely big oak tree that will work well with you and your horse.

The shoot takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. You are welcome to bring up to 3 different outfits to get the most out of your shoot.

Here are some suggestions to help you:

1. Casual: Trousers/jodhpurs and boots with your favourite jumper/jacket. Accessories like scarves and hats work well too!

2. Smart: You could wear a lovely jacket teamed with a blouse or shirt, fitted trousers/jodhpurs and smart long boots.

3. Glamorous: Perhaps one of your favourite dresses, a lovely light floaty one for the summer or a heavier ball gown during the colder months or perhaps you’d love that perfect opportunity to put on your wedding dress again.

For your horse: I suggest a smart clean bridle, a leather or plain coloured head collar with matching plain lead rope.

Your chosen location - I suggest "home" for your photo shoot. This of course doesn't have to be your house but where your horse is most comfortable and at ease with his surroundings. Having the images taken at the home of your horse adds to the authenticity.


1. What happens if it rains on the day of my shoot?
I will phone you the day before and discuss our options if rain is forecast on the day of the shoot. If the weather is bad we can reschedule it for another day.

2. What if I have more than one horse?
I will split the time between them but for shoots with any more than 2 horses there would be an additional charge of £50 per horse as extra time and images would be allocated to them.

3. Should I clip my horse?
If your horse needs clipping have them done a couple of weeks before the shoot to avoid clipper tracks.

4. Should I plait my horse?
This is an individual choice however, un-plaited is more natural looking.

5. I'm worried my horse may misbehave, what should I do?
You could consider lunging the horse first to take the edge off it. I have worked professionally with horses since 2004 and am very experienced in working with all situations which may arise.

6. Do I need help on the day?
It's always great to have an extra pair of hands in helping you get ready and getting the horses attention.

7. How long after the shoot do I have to wait for the images?
This depends on the current work load, however, I aim to have your images edited within 2 weeks.

8. Can I use the images on Facebook and other social media?
Yes, once you receive your digital images you can do as you wish with them.

9. Do you do gift vouchers?
Yes, gift vouchers start from £50.

10. Do you sell frames or albums?
I do a variety of products including bespoke albums, fine art frames and wall art with prices starting from £175. Please get in touch for further details.

11. What should I wear?
Wear what you feel comfortable in. I suggest a couple of outfit changes from casual through to glamorous. Bright colours always work well but stay away from dark tops if you have a dark coloured horse.

12. How should my horse look?
Get your horse ready as if it was going to a show. Make sure all your tack is clean and if possible a leather head collar and matching plain lead rope would be great.

13. How do I get my images?
You will be given a password where you can then access the client area on my website and download all of your images.

14. When do I pay?
Payment for the shoot is in full on the day by cash or by internet banking a few days before.

15. How much do you charge for mileage?
Mileage will be charged at 40p per mile outside a 20 mile radius of Haverfordwest (SA62) and return journey.


The copyright in the images belongs to Siân Smith Equine Photographer.

Your images may be used on promotional products and literature.

Siân Smith Equine Photographer accepts no responsibility for injury or damage caused to horse or rider before, during or after the photo shoot. Riding without a hat is at your own discretion and risk.

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