Portraiture / 11 Jan 2016
Kerry’s Horse Shoot

Kerry’s Horse Shoot

I used to beg Kerry for a horse shoot every time I saw her to please let me do a shoot with her. The answer was always a very firm no. I once managed to force her into doing a shoot. But that was a bit of a disaster. She arrived an hour late and the sun was pretty much gone by then.

So when my sister, Kerry phoned me and asked me to please do a horse shoot for her I was shocked! She had already arranged to have her hair and make up done by a friend who is a make up artist and hair stylist. All she needed was me to agree to the shoot. Of course I agreed!

Lights. Action. Camera.

We took Legend down to the race track for the shoot. I must say the expressions on peoples faces as they drove past a girl riding a horse in a formal dress were priceless. They had us in hysterics the whole way to the track.

By the time we had arrived there some clouds were in the sky. It was quite a game of us shooting in places that looked good with cloud cover and then running into the sun when ever it came out. But all went well.


The whistle

Until… We were busy doing some pictures right at the club house when a group of dog walkers came down. Surprisingly Legend wasn’t too bothered at first. Until someone whistled to his dog. Apparently a whistle is a terribly terrifying sound. Legend freaked. He was spinning in circles and it looked like he had grown to about double his size. We tried to calm him down as much as we could but he was on edge after hearing that whistle. I would pose my sister next to him and try get some quick shots, but every time he took off spinning round and round. But would then stand nice and tall to look in the direction the sound came from.

After some time he finally calmed down. We were careful to keep a constant eye on him and monitor how on edge he was. But, eventually we were able to do some more chilled shots.



Hair and Makeup: Michaela Mitchell | michaelagraeme@gmail.com | +27 82 441 1074 | Michaela Mitchell

Venue : Shongweni Race Track 

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