I first photographed sisters Kirsty and Kayleigh Chappell back in 2012, so I was so pleased when their mum, Louise, got in touch over Christmas, to book them a joint Mud to Makeup photoshoot voucher. It’s always lovely to go back and work with clients years later, see how they are getting on and see their horses again.
When I first met them, Kirsty and Kayleigh had coloured mare, Zhivago, who actually belongs to Louise, but who Kayleigh rides, and Kirsty’s chestnut Welsh Section C mare, Barbie. This time they had a new addition, too. With Zhivago getting older and slowing down, and fifteen year-old Kayleigh growing up and wanting to do more, they’ve taken on Welsh x Trotter, Flash, too.
As I’m sure you’ve seen me say before, but I love Mud to Makeup shoots. Working with my super talented make-up artist, Sherrie Warwick, is always fun and she always does such a great job at making my clients look like extra glamorous versions of themselves. Kirsty and Kayleigh said they they hardly ever wear make-up, so they thoroughly enjoyed their makeovers!
The girls try to get out competing most weekends and as you can see, Zhivago has brought home quite an impressive haul over the last few years. Louise has had Zhivago for 16 years and says she will now be living a quieter life as Flash takes over.
Barbie, twenty year-old Kirsty’s pony, is the biggest diva. ‘Nothing is ever good enough for Barbie,’ Kirsty told me. And boy did we learn that on our shoot! We took Barbie and Flash to a beautiful location, five minutes drive from the yard, and Barbie, who’s been on box rest due to injury, was thrilled to be out. And who can blame her? That is, until she realised she was going to be required to pose, rather than just stuff her face with lush grass! Kirsty was a great sport, though, and is apparently used to having to deal with regular tantrums from her princess pony and luckily, Barbie’s so pretty that once she finally decided to play ball, she was extremely photogenic.
Flash was just a dude. As the only boy, amongst four girls, I have no doubt that he’s learnt it’s best for him to just go with the flow and be as agreeable as possible. He was so laid back and non-nonplussed about the entire situation. Pose? Ok then. Eat grass? Yep, ok. Walk up and down? No problem. However, he did particularly enjoy the eating part, whilst waiting on Barbie to have her moment in the spotlight, and once it was his turn he was sporting a lot of green slobber and had so much chewed up grass in his mouth that it was oozing out of the sides. Luckily Louise was on hand to clean him up. Such a typical boy!
Big thank you’s to Kirsty and Kayleigh for being so sweet and such a pleasure to work with, to mum Louise, to dad Craig, for being designated driver and of course to Sherrie for making the girls look stunning!
Hair & Make-up: Sherrie Warwick
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