When I was on the way to Wales, last week, I mentioned that I was more than happy to drive around the country, but seeing as I was headed all the way to Wales, I really wanted to do a shoot at a location that I’d never find in Essex. On top of a Welsh mountain, in a beautiful sprawling valley, etc.
Boy, did I get my wish. And as I made my way up the side of the steep, winding road and my Mini started groaning and scraping along the pot holes, I’d suddenly never felt more ‘Essex’ in my life. Lol! But, wow, it was so worth it.
The venue that Lilia and Florence’s mum, Rhia, had chosen for their shoot was, hands down, the prettiest location I have ever had the pleasure of shooting at and just a short hack from their yard. As we stood at the top of a beautiful Welsh mountain, with views that take your breath away, and the ruins of a monks chapel behind us, I definitely had a ‘pinch yourself’ moment!
And to add to that, these two little girls were so much fun!! We played chase and tickle monster, in between outfit changes, they had their supermodel poses down to an art and they were just full of joy and infectious giggles the whole time. Even when Holly obliviously stood on Florence’s toe and refused to budge, Florence shed a few tears, realise all of her toes were still attached and then followed her big sister’s advice and ‘took a deep breath and blew it out’. And we were back to smiles and giggles again within minutes. What a trooper!
I always love photographing little girls and their ponies because there is something so innocent and spontaneous about these shoots. I love how natural and uninhibited they are.
Lilia and Florence, own Indy and Holly, two adorable Welsh Section As. These ponies are real-life, legit, Welsh Mountain Ponies, which I thought was super cool. Holly is the slightly smaller pony and Indy is very slightly taller and had a sparkly browband. But other than that, they’re a pretty perfect matching pair!
Rhia told us that up until recently, Lilia, the eldest, has mostly been riding Holly, who is apparently the quieter and easier of the two ponies. But just lately she has had a bit of a breakthrough and a confidence boost, and has been brave enough to ride Indy more. And she seemed to love posing with Indy, both in hand and ridden. There certainly wasn’t any sign of nerves on our shoot.
Rhia, thank you so much to you and your hubby, for having us last week. Your girls were just adorable and we had so much fun with them, not to mention feeling super lucky for being able to shoot in such a beautiful place. And massive props for traipsing up and down that mountain, whilst corralling two over excited children, with your baby bump, too!
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