Farleigh Aramis sunrise beach photoshoot

Farleigh Aramis sunrise beach photoshoot

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It took some special people to join me at first light, before sunrise for a North Queensland Equine photoshoot on the beach.  Having a fond love for photographing on our Victorian horse friendly beaches, I was delighted to photograph on one of the iconic beaches that hug the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Our model is Farleigh Aramis, a 5 year old, Australian Riding Pony, affectionately known as Butter at home.  He was bred by Farleigh Stud in Armidale NSW, where the ponies are famous for their temperament and quality.

Joëlle Verfürth of Speewah Equestrian Centre purchased Butter as a yearling and they have shown in-hand successfully, and it’s no wonder with his quality.  He will begin is show riding career in 2020 with their sights set on Royal Show level.

In my pre-planning consultation we decided that a beach session would allow us to create beautiful wall art for Joëlle’s home for her to treasure forever. Usually, I ask that the horse we photograph visits the beach prior to our session so we don’t have a fearful looking horse. As time wasn’t on our side prior to the session, we decided to allow him to get use to the early morning atmosphere without any pressure. And this gave me a wonderful opportunity to quietly capture their connection while Joëlle connected with her boy, reassuring him that he is in a safe place as he visits the beach for the first time. We were thrilled at how much he loved the water as this really helped me photograph his personality and create lovely action photographs whilst he was on a lunge line.
One of the reasons I love sunrise photography is the light.  From first light to sunrise there can be beautiful intense colours rapidly changing.  As a photographer, this allows me to capture something special and unique.  I love how light falls on the horse and shapes him to bring him to life.  Crisp early mornings can liven a horse and enhance their striking movement, making them more showy in front of my camera.  

On this gorgeous Queensland morning it was a balmy 24 degrees – very different from our Victorian weather where in October as a storm rolls in, it brings snow to our peaks.  Butter has a playful personality, and his new found love of the water brought out his playfulness.  At home, Butter has a high play drive. He loves to play with yoga balls and he loves to chase other horses with a lunge whip in his mouth, says Joëlle.   

“Just magic, you really have captured his natural beauty so well!  I am over the moon with these photos and with my horse.  Highly recommend photos with Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn, It was such a fun, relaxed and personalised experience.”  Joëlle Verfürth, QLD.

Would you like unique Equine wall art of YOUR  horse?

Rachel is returning to Far North Queensland in June 2020

Together we will create beautiful memories for you to treasure forever of your beloved best friend.

Rachel’s photography extends from incredible scenic images, stunning equine portraits,
creatively directed images and equine event photography.

Reserve your spot now to avoid disappointment!

Far North Queensland

6th, 7th, 8th June 2020

Wonga Beach, near Port Douglas

Equine portrait beach sessions
Sunrise & Sunset

Speewah Equestrian Centre

Black background portraits

Redlynch Trail, near Cairns

Offering Equine Portraiture and Equine Partnership sessions

Seaspray beach Victoria

7th Dec 2019 

Seaspray beach Victoria

18th Jan 2020 

Have a question?  You can email me at [email protected]

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My Promise to Cindy

My Promise to Cindy

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Recently I had the opportunity to be part of a very special photoshoot at Cindy’s Promise – Rescue & Rehab with Twister.

Due to a condition called wry mouth, (where his upper jaw and nasal structure are abnormally formed) Twister was sent to the market at a very young age with a bleak future.

His luck changed when Cindy found him and he joined her rescue horses on her gorgeous property in Whittlesea.

Cindy’s passion is to help animals who are rejected because of old age, injury and sickness and at her rehab horses are plentiful.

When I arrived at the property I was greeted with a gorgeous driveway lined with trees and fencing any equine enthusiast would envy.

It wasn’t long before I met the first group of horses, all enjoying Cindy’s presence.  Curious to meet me too, Twister greeted me and instantly stole my heart. A big, kind boy with the most gorgeous eyes that anybody could love.  It was very clear from the happiness of the horses and their health that they hit the jackpot coming to Cindy’s rescue property.

Twister’s story has turned him into a celebrity and gained him front cover position on the Gippsland Horse Expo magazine.

The Gippsland Horse Expo is shaping up to be an incredible event with many stall holders in various equine disciplines and is held on Saturday 12th October from 10am – 4pm.  

Find out more about this fabulous event at www.gippslandhorseexpo.com

You’ll find a full article about Cindy’s Promise and Twister plus much more to help you plan ahead for the event in this fabulous magazine. Click here to PRE-PURCHASE your copy today!

If you choose to support one cause in any way, I highly recommend Cindy’s Promise – Rescue & Rehab.  Her love and passion for what she does shines through and I was impressed with her centre’s organised operation. There are many physical as well as financial responsibilities to provide ongoing care, feed, specialists feed for emaciated horses, medical supplies and veterinary expenses, to name a few. 

Would you give up one cup of coffee this week to donate $5?

You will be supporting this worthy cause and helping Cindy to continue working her magic with horses in need.  Click here if you can help.

Follow Cindy’s Promise – Rescue & Rehab:    WEBSITE    FACEBOOK    INSTAGRAM

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The Horses and the Parachute Dress

The Horses and the Parachute Dress

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A plan was hatched to shoot the impressive twelve foot long Parachute dress with our gorgeous iconic Australian landscape.  A lot of planning on desensitising the horses in preparation for the dress took place months ahead of the photoshoot date.  It’s one thing to lay a scary object over a horse and ask them to be okay with it, but to ask them to canter or gallop with such a long and easily wind-swept dress was another expectation.  We had to ensure the horses would halt when asked no matter how the dress settled around their legs. They did exceptionally well given the circumstances and we were able to test the dress in different landscapes.

Our model was Brooke Verwey-Mitchell and she rode her drum stallion Rumneyhill Shokora (of Queensferry Park Drum horses) and my palomino partbred Gypsy Cob mare, Golden Lilly (of Pioneer Park Gypsy Cobs).

Brooke is one our Winners of the VIP Monthly Photoshoot Draw.

The dress was rented from Tatiana Coffman of Coffman Couture, U.S. 

Collegiate Bridles were generously donated by Horseland Narre Warren.

If you would like to go into the draw to WIN a FREE Equine Photoshoot drawn Every. Single. Month… click here.

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How to have a successful photoshoot session

How to have a successful photoshoot session

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Did you know Equine Photography By Rachel Flynn gives you an extensive photoshoot success guide when you book your session to ensure you get the very best out of your time with us?
We will guide you on the session process, what to expect leading up to the session date, and after your session; the timeframe of ordering and delivery.

You will confidently go into your session knowing how we will work together to achieve your goals.

My Goal:

is to capture the connection you have with your horse and the best way I can do this is when you relax and enjoy the session too.

I will help you choose the perfect location to tell your story.  You may just prefer images of your horse and book an Equine Portraiture session.  We will then do styled Equine portraits as well as at liberty images.
Preparation is key to a photoshoot you can be proud of to show your family and friends.  Tips from Equine preparation through to what to wear will help guide you to make the choices that suit you, your horse and your location, even the season!

Your choices really are endless, however this guide will help you envision what you would like to achieve with the photoshoot, plan all the details so that it will be personal to you.

We provide colour palette examples in our guide so that you can start to see how colours can work together and how accessories help add detail.

Working with each Season can bring another level of uniqueness to your session.  Using layers and props personal to you bring it all together to tell your story and show what you love.

We are so pleased with the whole process

My daughter had a photoshoot with Equine Photography by Rachel Flynn. 

Rachel is a dedicated perfectionist who capture the individual personality of the equine, through her Art. 

We were so please with the whole process, and impressed at how beautifully Rachel captured both my daughter and her horse. 

Highly recommend Rachel and will use her services again.

Alicia, Victoria.

Absolutely a dream to work with.

Equine Photography by Rachel Flynn has captured the true softness that I see in my horses eyes everyday.

As Rachel has horses, she has a good eye on what the outcome of the pictures she takes.

I absolutely love my images, and am very proud to have them.

I would highly recommend Rachel without hesitation. 

Natasha, Victoria.

I will guide you on how you can best showcase your images in your home to suit your interior style and tell your story.  Turning your beloved Equine into beautiful wall art that is unique to you will leave an impression into your world.

The ‘Photoshoot Success Guide’ is brilliant.  It’s colorful and informative, packed with useful information. It includes beautiful photos and gives you an idea on what to expect in a photography sessionAndrea, Vic.

To book a 15 minute phone consultation with Rachel you can click here.

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The surprise session

The surprise session

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This was one the most exciting photoshoots to date! Tammy and I worked secretly behind the scenes to bring together a surprise photoshoot session for her daughter, Lucy. Lucy is a lover of everything country and we agreed that a session that combined both the iconic Australian bush and beach would suit her to a tee.

It was a cool December day threatening to rain when I arrived to meet them and ZZ, Lucy’s new horse given to her by her Aunt Jane. Lucy’s look of disbelief when I pulled up and got out of the car to meet her was a sign of a well hatched plan.

Throughout the session I enjoyed watching Lucy and ZZ’s partnership bloom. We convinced Tammy to hop on Jane’s gorgeous mare so that we could capture mother and daughter riding together.

“I can’t wipe the smile off my daughters face.  She adores your products, we couldn’t be happier, such beautiful memories”  Tammy, N.S.W

Would you like to surprise someone with a photoshoot? 

Contact me today at [email protected]
to discuss how we can work together to make it possible.

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Capturing the magic of horses: An equine photography tour through Great Britain

Capturing the magic of horses: An equine photography tour through Great Britain

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It’s always been a dream of mine to ramble through the British countryside. As luck would have it, in 2018 the unique opportunity arose for me to combine my passions for horses, photography and travel — attending an eight-day equine photography tour through Great Britain with award-winning equine photographer Katarzyna Krzesik-Mikolajekin.

As a mother of young children, I arrived in Heathrow on a crisp September day feeling rejuvenated after a long and much-needed rest on the plane. Heading to Bristol, it surprised me how quickly the landscape converted from city views to charming English countryside.

Our intimate group of avid photographers, saw us on the first day making our way to the quaint township of Llandysul, in Wales. In the miserable, Welsh weather — surprisingly warm for a girl from Victoria, accustomed to four-seasons-in-one-day — we photographed Peter Jones’s Welsh Ponies from the world-famous Menai Stud. Photographing many welsh mares with foals at foot started our tour with enthusiasm.

Travelling on to Rhayader to Emma Ree’s training stables, our group had the chance to photograph a well-accomplished Gypsy Cob stallion, called McCartney’s Balios — a 2015, 2017 and 2018 CHAPS show champion, owned by Kim Carrick.

The villages of Rhayader and Saint Harmon were both stunning with picturesque farmland and cosy pubs, which made excellent spots for lunch where we filled up on rich English fare. From here on, the weather brightened up for the rest of the tour and I settled into the joyous rhythm of the days.

Journeying to the ancient and small village of Shap, known for its Neolithic past, we made a delightful base for three nights at Haweswater Cottage on Drybarrows farm, that butts on to the Lakes District National Park. If there is ever a place that should be called God’s country, it is here.

After a long day travelling and photographing horses, we arrived well after dark and couldn’t see much at all. I woke just before 7am with light streaming through the curtains. I eagerly jumped out of bed, gazing out of the window and couldn’t believe my eyes! The sun was spectacularly rising over some of the most scenic countryside I had ever seen. Within minutes, I was dressed and running outside with my beloved camera in hand.

From the wooden gate, the national park beckons. Farm owners David and Gail Thompson let their fortunate mares and foals graze contentedly in the expansive wild. We spent the day hiking the Lake District National Park, and overlooking the dramatic Haweswater Reservoir were we photographed the pretty Drybarrows Fell ponies.

The next day, we drove to Aldingham Beach and photographed a Gypsy Cob stallion by the name of Carrigbyrne Presley. We then ventured on to Austwick where we met Katie Barker and Chris Shackleton, and photographed Gypsy Cob stallions Highfield Grandslam and Mr Moonshine.

With sad goodbyes, we departed Shap and headed to Appleby, a famous town where gypsies show off and trade their horses once a year at the Appleby Horse Fair. We saw a much quieter Appleby when we stopped for lunch at the local pub. We photographed the gorgeous red and white gypsy cob stallion Johnny, owned by Kim Carrick of Kimico Stud. Being a breeder of Gypsy cobs myself this was an incredible opportunity to meet and study exceptionally bred horses. I was truly in my element with my camera in hand, spending time with different stallions, mares and foals and getting to know the breed even more.

After a night in Stone, we rose early and headed to Exmoor National Park to capture the native and endangered Exmoor ponies that still roam the region. On the North Devon coast, we visited the sister towns of Lynton and Lynmouth for lunch and enjoyed the spectacular sea cliff views and picturesque harbour — it was truly a standout.

Exmouth beach provided a beautiful backdrop for photographing Gypsy Cobs, with its red sandstone cliffs hitting the sand and water in a breathtaking manner. We photographed two stallions, a buckskin called McCartney’s Regal, and a black and white called McCartney’s Marmite.

Moving on to Nadderwater, amongst the quintessential country fields we photographed McCartney’s Regal again and a red and white gelding Cob called Biscuit.

Nearing the end of the tour, we hiked through Dartmoor National Park to point our lenses at the hardy, semi-wild herds of Dartmoor ponies. We continued on to Norman Scott’s ancient 11th century cottage to photograph his elegant Connemara mare Bridie (registered name Spiddal Creevy Banks), sired by popular horse show winner Banks Timber. Chickens happily meandered the farmyard, and at one point Bridie was led inside Norman’s house so we could photograph her gazing out of the entranceway with its charming arched stable door. We enjoyed a cup of tea whilst looking at photos of Norman’s show riding days.

During our time in Devon, we photographed many of Stephen and Julie McCartney’s gorgeous Gypsy Cobs, and our last leg of the tour saw us in the ancient tin mining town of Tavistock, photographing onsite at the Collytown Shetland Stud.

Fortunate to have family in England, after the tour wrapped up I travelled to Wigan to visit Patricia Jones – Nanna Trish to our girls. We embarked on our own tour, Trish introducing me to family for the first time to exploring many more beautiful parts of the country. One of the highlights was a private photoshoot in Rainford, St Helens, Merseyside with a Gypsy Cob gelding named Stevie and his owner Paula. Much of the countryside of England and parts of Wales reminded me of my own beautiful hometown, Neerim South.

Well-rested and with my cup filled, I returned home to my family in high spirits after sharing my love of horses, breeding cobs and photography with like-minded souls.

If you would like to see where I am travelling next or to book your own photoshoot you can visit www.equinephotographybyrachelflynn.com

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