Minneapolis + St Paul Pet Photography Blog

emma :: horse in the studio

{Ok, she’s not actually *in* the studio, I brought the studio to her}

A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time…. photograph a horse in my studio style. Horses are a lot like cats, in that they don’t do what you want, and they don’t stay in one place. Take those attributes, add about a thousand pounds and you’ve got a good challenge on your hands! I didn’t want her halter on, and you can only really control horses by their heads. They do like treats, though. {I’m a big Tim Flach fan, I don’t know how he does it}

Emma is a purebred Arabian, and completely gorgeous. There’s a breeder by my mom’s place up north, and I headed up there to give it a try. I actually took riding lessons there when I was a kid, so it was cool to see the stables again. Emma was very patient with the whole idea, but not totally thrilled.

If I do it again, I would need a much bigger background, and probably a much bigger light source. So one day, when I have my big, beautiful studio with a giant door, I’ll invite some horses over to give it another try  :)

equus, arabian horse


Hi! I'm Sarah, but feel free to call me Sarah Beth. I've been a professional photographer for over 17 years, and I've been an animal lover and an artist my entire life. Read More . . .


Sarah Ernhart
Sarah Beth Photography

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