I wanted to let you in on me a little. Why should you commit such a special experience to an absolute stranger? How did I start this anyway? Am I really an actual person behind my laptop?
It’s all thanks to my friend Sarah and my sister that I have set out on this adventure. I’ve always had an interest in photography, and love taking photos (obviously, this goes without saying!) My little sister’s Nikon DSLR was regularly “borrowed” to mess around with different images and ideas, before I took the plunge and bought my own. My journey with capturing horses on camera began with some fun trips out with Sarah and our boys, having them play supermodel in the bluebells. This didn’t involve people and ponies, just the boys striking poses in the dapples and looking darn handsome. I’ve had to rope the people in and convince them that it’s really not a big deal, and if their horse can do it then so can they 🙂 I think they bought it!
Since then I’ve been having fun photographing various lessons, clinics & friends with their horses to try and establish my own style. I am the first to admit that I love a good crop – I like close ups, details, and trying to show the emotion between horse and human. Fear not, there will be shots that show your whole horse too!
After the arrival of our little girl in May this year, my husband Jim and I had a few wonderful days of being new parents before complications arose and I suffered severe blood clotting through my left leg which put the brakes on our lives for a few weeks, stopped Laura Fiddaman Photography getting out there, and ultimately wiped out my summer calendar. Fast forward to October, and I’m back in the saddle, and well on the way to getting back to normal. I can honestly say it was a pretty scary time, but it’s really made me appreciate so much more in life. It’s also made me even more determined to get out there and do what I love to do.
Being around horses is my time to relax. Having a Welsh D cross cob myself, I’ve learned a lot about patience and calmness. I’d like to think that this would reflect in photographs of us together if I were to get someone to do a photoshoot starring us. I’m a sucker for horse talk, and I love to hear people gushing about their horse and this wonderful thing that they’ve done together, the milestone that they’ve made it to, or that exciting thing they’re going to do next weekend. A new term I’ve started using for this is “yarding” – why? Because it sounds better than “chatting and getting nothing practical done”! What do you think of when you think about you and your horse? Do you see a ball of excitability, a quiet trusting cuddle, a flat-out hoon across that awesome stubble field, or maybe you see years of work and love, and blood, sweat and tears? Leave me a comment below.
When I’m not around horses, you can now find me singing nursery rhymes to my baby girl Eliza, watching Masterchef Australia, or eating too much chocolate whilst drinking too much coca cola (the full fat stuff – gasp!). Generally, you might even find me doing all three of these things at once!
So this is me in a nutshell! I look forward to getting to know you and your horses, and hope to hear from you soon.