Hi, my name is Sophie. And this is me...

I'm an equine photographer, a country lifestyle blogger, an educator and horse addict, and I'm incredibly lucky to be able to document the stories of horses owners throughout the UK and call it a job.

I'm 32, based in the North Essex countryside and travel all over the country, photographing horses and their humans.

I have been specialising exclusively in equine photography for over seven years, now and have been privileged

enough to book over 600 equine photoshoots, in that time.

I have photographed horses of every shape, size, age, breed, colour and temperament.

I love...

Cups of tea (milky, no sugar)

Instagram

Sunsets

Reading smutty romance novels on my Kindle, whilst pretending to read something intellectual

Anything navy blue

My Cocker Spaniel

 Vlogging

Boxsets

Going out for lunch

Cake!

I live with my husband Sam, who I have been with since we were just sixteen.

We got married in June 2017 in my parents' garden, with a real country wedding.

We have an eight year-old Cocker Spaniel called Barney.

And in April 2019 we welcomed our little girl, Mollie, into the world, and became a family of four.

I am very close with my Mum, Dad and two younger brothers, Toby and Sam (yes, two Sams!)

and consider family (four legged members included) the most important things in life.

My Life With Horses...

I have ridden and had horses since I was three years old and have an Equine Studies and Stud Management

degree, from Writtle College.

My parents aren't at all horsey, although, every Christmas, my dad tells me he could win the Puissance,

at Olympia, with his eyes closed. Because, you just sit and hold on tight, right?

My first pony was a moody, coloured (obviously!)Shetland pony, called Gemma, who thought it was fun to terrorise my mum. Since then I've owned, loaned and ridden Thoroughbreds, M&Ms, cobs, Arabs and everything in between.

I'm obsessed with traditional and native, coloured ponies and I really enjoy photographing

horses with unusual colouring or breeding.

 

I love showing and think that you eventing and showjumping lot are incredibly brave and a little bit nuts. ;) 

If you ever spot me at a show, I'll probably be trailing behind a coloured pony with very white feathers and

have chalk powder up to my elbows.

I'm currently horseless (for the first time in my life!) and seriously sulking about it!

 

I love the feeling you can't get from anything other than a good gallop, I love the smell when you bury your face in your horse's neck and I love that heart-melt when your pony recognises the sound of your boots walking across the yard.

My Job As Your Equine Photographer... 

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have what I think is the best job in the world!

I have taken my two passions and combined them, allowing me to do something I truly love.

I live and breathe this job every day.

 

Our memories; of moments, of feelings, of emotions; are the most precious thing we could ever own

and are so personal to each of us. And my job is to literally parcel up my clients' memories and hand them

to them in a tangible form; in a gift box, on a canvas or in a frame.

I'm so honoured every time somebody trusts with this responsibility!

Hopefully my love for what I do comes across in my work.

 

I began my photography career at nineteen, working in event photography whilst at uni,

before dabbling in a bit of studio photography and then eventually making the scary decision

to specialise exclusively in equine photography.

 

I am now a full-time, specialist equine portrait photographer. And have been for seven years.

I don't book anything other than horses. And I have finally found what I feel like I was born to do.

 

I am truly passionate about making art through photographing you and your horses!

I'm quite an untraditional photographer.

 

I'm entirely self taught and I don't carry my camera everywhere I go, just because I love

photographing pretty scenery or nature. I photograph horses specifically, because I'm passionate about the

animals themselves, the impact they have on our lives, and about creating something beautiful from this.

 

I believe it thoroughly deserves to be captured in a way that can be kept forever.

 

I love the countryside, I love soft, dreamy evening light and I love when my clients go all out for their sessions and

put as much into their images as I promise to.

A Quick Thank You...

I’d like to thank each and every one of you that I've worked with so far on this journey.

 

Everybody who has booked me, and of course their equine partners, for being such fantastic

models and making my job the best job I could have ever dreamed existed.

 

I truly have the most fabulous clients!

And lastly, once again, thank you for taking the time to check out my website

and considering trusting me with the responsibility of making memories of you and your horses,

that will last you a lifetime.

 

I look forward to meeting you, and having the chance to tell your story!

Sophie. x

Drop me a line . . .
Email me: sophie@sophiecallahanphotography.com
 
Based in Essex, but travelling all over the UK.
 

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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