“How do I start out as an equine photographer? I know I love horses & I love photography, but I don’t even know how to take the first step or what that step should be!”
I get this question all.the.time. And I keep writing the same thing over & over, so I figured I’d break down exactly how I made this dream job my career…
I grew up always loving photography, but not truly realizing it. I has cameras when I was younger & I’m pretty sure when my cousin and I got out first digital cameras, we took pictures of anything that would stay still long enough for us to photograph it.
I have also loved horses since (I’m pretty sure) the day I came out of the womb. Horses have been my obsession for as long as I can remember. For my fifth birthday, we went on a family trip to Disney world, but all I could talk about was my first “official” riding lesson that I would get to have when we came back home… Sorry mom!
When I quit my corporate job abruptly, I knew I had to find a way to make money, but I honestly had no idea how I was going to replace my salary. I had a beginner DSLR and I had done some videos and photos here and there, but nothing serious.
I knew I had to give this thing a shot, because my love for photography & creating works of art was as strong as my love of every horse I have ever encountered.’
When I first started out, I had a $400 DSLR (Nikon D3300), no additional lenses (looking back it would’ve been a good investment to have this lens instead of the zoom that came with the kit), and I edited on my iPad using an app called Photofox. I didn’t even own a computer, let alone have all the Adobe products I use now. Please don’t wait until you have a $2,500 camera and lens set up in order to start taking photos. Start where you are with exactly what you have.