When a portrait photographer is asked to photograph a horse ...

PHILLIP HAUMESSER, PETAPIXEL:

As a photographer, I’m asked to shoot unusual assignments sometimes, but I’m always up for the challenge! I started getting into photography a few years ago when my wife told me she wanted some good photos of our kids as they were growing up. She got me a Samsung NX500 camera and I fell in love with photography, teaching myself everything I know from watching YouTube videos.

I’ve since done weddings, engagements, maternity, newborns, seniors, families, kids, products, businesses, and fashion. Most of what I do includes portraits.

I’m always pushing myself to try new things and I love to be challenged — I’ve found that experience is the best way to learn. So when someone asks me to do something I’ve never done before, I jump right in!

I recently went to a photo session thinking I was going to be taking photos of my client riding a horse. But it turns out she wanted photos of just her horse.

I normally only take photos of people, but this got me excited! I had to think of the style and look on the spot. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect — you can’t really ask a horse to pose.

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