This photoshoot was a real race against time. As I made my way down the driveway of Vicki’s yard, in Rochford, Autumn leaves, which are now falling from the trees in their droves, were swirling around my car, in the high winds and threatening, grey clouds were looming on the horizon, warning us to work quickly.
Vicki booked this shoot back in May, for her birthday in October, with her Connemara x Thoroughbred, Paddy. On the week leading up to the shoot, we’d been watching the weather and worrying a little about the forecast of a day of rain. Eventually, we decided that we’d bite the bullet and stick to our plans for a shoot in the morning and hope that the rain stayed away until we were done.
So, as soon as I arrived, we got to work. Vicki introduced me to her gorgeous boy, Paddy, who she’s had for ten years. We had a quick, simple discussion about outfits and locations and off we went, making our way out to the acres of open farmland, backing on to the yard.
Vicki and Paddy used to compete regularly, but they are now enjoying their time together as happy hackers, as Paddy approaches his veteran years. In the short time I was with them, it was very clear that Paddy is absolutely one of the family. Vicki’s mum and adorable nieces also had their photos taken with Paddy, and even Lucy, the Springer Spaniel, got in on the act. It was a lovely family affair.
Vicki was such a great sport, jumping head first into the shoot and doing everything I asked without question, as we kept one eye on the storm rolling in at high speed. We even experienced the benefits/challenges of a natural wind machine whilst Vicki and Paddy tried to look serene and loving as they posed together. Hey, whoever said these shoots were glamorous? Lol!
Thank you, Vicki, for being so accommodating and happy to battle the elements. You were a really fun pair to work with and Paddy was an angel. I hope that you’ll agree that we made the right decision. I love the windswept, Autumnal, atmospheric feel of these images. The cosiness of Vicki wrapped up in her body warmer and Paddy in his fleece.