I first met Nicola last year, when I went to her home for a very sad shoot with her beautiful boy, Noir, who was going to have to be put to sleep due to an old injury.
When I had a cancellation and a last minute space became available, Nicola took the opportunity to book a shoot for her two little girls and their three showjumping ponies. It was something we’d discussed at her last shoot but just hadn’t got around to it until now. So, imagine how lovely it was to make my way down Nicola’s drive and see Noir grazing, looking the picture of health, with the sun on his back!
Nicola told me that shortly after my visit, he’d picked up considerably and, along with her vet, they’d decided that if they could keep him well and comfortable for the spring and summer, it’d be a blessing that they hadn’t expected to have. And they seem to be doing a fab job. Noir is sound, happy and looking so well. I’m so pleased that Nicola has been able to steal just a few more months with her special boy.
But, moving on to the stars of Sunday’s show… Izabella and Sophia were such a pleasure to photograph. These little princesses were beautifully behaved, polite, smiley and so angelically gorgeous, so the camera loved them.
It’s always so lovely to see very small children with the confidence and capability to handle their ponies. So it really made me smile when both Izabella and Sophia took hold of their own ponies and marched off across the grass, ahead of us, to our chosen location in the garden and then continued to handle the ponies with a capability beyond their years, throughout the shoot. Adorable!
Seven year-old Izabella competes her two ponies, George and Morganna, showjumping around the country, most weekends. This matching pair caused me a fair amount of confusion through the shoot, because they are so similar and I kept muddling them up. I hope I didn’t give either of them a complex, calling Morganna a ‘he’ and George a ‘she’. To clarify, George is slightly lighter in colour and has more white across his nose. Morganna is the darker pony. And I did get that straight, just before it was time for me to leave. Lol!
Nicola tells me that George is a little superstar, whereas Morganna, who is the newer of the two ponies, is a bit of a sharper ride and more of a challenge for Izabella. A step up from George. But they tell me that Izabella is doing a great job of getting used to her and she certainly seemed to be more than happy with her on the ground.
Five year-old Sophia rides the little palomino pony, Molly. What an angel this pony is. Whereas George and Morganna were more cheeky and made Izabella work a bit harder for her photos, (for example, George was extremely pleased with himself when he found the bucket of treats and emptied it out onto the lawn to create a buffet style dining for all the ponies. Lol!) Molly stood stock still and let Sophia pose and cuddle her all she wanted. This little pair melted my heart!
Nicola, thank you for having me, once again and I’m glad that this time it was for a happier, sunnier occasion. And thank you to Izabella and Sophia for being the sweetest models and making my job so easy. Nicola, they are an absolute credit to you.
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