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Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I have access to a gorgeous Friesian horse for an art nude shoot. I don't want to screw this up! I'm looking for any tips or inspiration horse/nude images to list. I'm most concerned with gettin flattering angles for both the horse and model, which poses work, which don't, etc.

I appreciate any help! smile

Nov 21 12 09:42 am Link

Photographer

dgold

Posts: 10273

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, US

HERES A COUPLE OF SHOTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, DAN:


http://www.dgoldphoto.com/images/nudes-060808-10-HelenaandIv.jpg

AND

http://www.dgoldphoto.com/images/Helena … Ivan-3.jpg
Note: deemed by the MM Mod Squad to be 18+ !!!!!!!!!!!
GO FIGURE !


DEAR G-D - Please protect us from those who would protect us from ourselves...

Nov 21 12 09:50 am Link

Photographer

Chicchowmein

Posts: 14486

Palm Beach, Florida, US

For horse people if the ears are not up and forward it's not a good picture.

You should have a wrangler or someone who is experienced with horses to get its attention.

Nov 21 12 09:57 am Link

Model

Sarah Robinson-Bird

Posts: 539

Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Might help to get a model thats ridden horses before, they tend to be more comfortable sitting on them rather than gripping like made with their knees (makes the lower legs pull back up resulting in a zig zag shape, which could work for you but more often than not looks a bit awkward)

Nov 21 12 10:00 am Link

Photographer

Toto Photo

Posts: 2792

Belmont, California, US

POSING
Elongate the female form as much as possible horizontally, IMO that is a better look than vertically straight up and down.

All horsey people know that a horse looks best with ears forward, as in the photos above. To accomplish this, jangle a set of keys or squeeze a squeak toy just before you press the shutter release to get the ears forward.

CAUTIONS
There was a great thread on this topic about a month ago, if memory serves, so you might also want to try a search.

If you're using strobes, test fire them a few times BEFORE putting a rider on.

If the rider isn't used to horses, have the owner very close by throughout the shoot. Ask if the horse is skittish and if so around what.

Last shoot I had the horse did not like my softbox, especially when it moved in the wind but never bolted or reared, thankfully, just got wide-eyed. I used a calming voice when that happened. Also, after checking it was okay diet-wise with the owner, I used carrots and apples to reward good angles the horse gave me.

I thought it was a good shoot but in the end the horse said I'd shot her wrong side and refused to sign a release.

Nov 21 12 10:04 am Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Yes. I have a professional Arabian trainer for the horse, and I will definitely be using a model who rides. Chances are she will be an amature model, so I want some poses in mind to give her some direction, but she will at least be comfortable on a horse smile

Nov 21 12 10:06 am Link

Photographer

Chicchowmein

Posts: 14486

Palm Beach, Florida, US

Toto Photo wrote:
I thought it was a good shoot but in the end the horse said I'd shot her wrong side and refused to sign a release.

what a diva!

Nov 21 12 10:06 am Link

Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

jealous.

Nov 21 12 10:10 am Link

Photographer

Good Egg Productions

Posts: 15721

Orlando, Florida, US

Have a backup plan to work without strobes.

The last horse shoot I was on, the horse did not appreciate the bright flashes nor the pop sound when they went off. We ultimately went without the strobes for the model's safety and the animal's comfort.

Having the trainer on set is a good idea, but understand that a horse is a horse (of course) and if it isn't comfortable with the strobes, you can't explain it to him.

Nov 21 12 10:11 am Link

Photographer

Thomas Doggett

Posts: 18

Castletown, Castletown, United Kingdom

Nov 21 12 10:14 am Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Good Egg Productions wrote:
Have a backup plan to work without strobes.

The last horse shoot I was on, the horse did not appreciate the bright flashes nor the pop sound when they went off. We ultimately went without the strobes for the model's safety and the animal's comfort.

Having the trainer on set is a good idea, but understand that a horse is a horse (of course) and if it isn't comfortable with the strobes, you can't explain it to him.

Ya, it will be an outdoor shoot, natural light only... At least that's my plan smile

Nov 21 12 10:51 am Link

Model

Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

Real shame you aren't in the UK. Can't be any more stylish models on a horse than MM member Leonna:

http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000I0rgVAzpgmA/s/750/750/MG-2738.jpg

But she may be able to help you with some advice re horse shoots balance wise and comfort for the horse etc.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/2830677

Nov 21 12 12:30 pm Link

Model

Alixx Rose

Posts: 225

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I'm super jealous of your model.
I'd love to do a horse back shoot

Nov 23 12 08:27 am Link

Artist/Painter

Moth Sailor

Posts: 20

New Bern, North Carolina, US

try this site and you will see plenty of examples.
http://nakedgirlswithhorses.tumblr.com/archive
I hope I have the complete site address

Nov 23 12 02:58 pm Link

Photographer

Tom deL

Posts: 3715

Lexington, Ohio, US

Neither particularly nude and an Arabian not Friesian but you can probably use your imagination ...
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121123/18/50b02ea6a88dc_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121123/18/50b02ea9b9d60_m.jpg

Nov 23 12 06:22 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38603

Portland, Oregon, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
Ya, it will be an outdoor shoot, natural light only... At least that's my plan smile

If you're thinking of using a reflector, perhaps foamcore instead of the metallic reflectors which will tend to be a little more "frightening", but make sure to introduce to to the horse w/o the model to test the horse's reaction/comfort level.

Nov 23 12 08:54 pm Link

Photographer

JAE

Posts: 2145

West Chester, Pennsylvania, US

This is my horse shot:
(18+): http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29692519

I'm assuming someone is letting you use the horse and he's not just wandering some field somewhere. tongue  With that said talk to the owner.  When I shot with a horse the owner was able to assist the model and show us how to get the horse to move around.  It wasn't anything too hard, just had to be patient to wait for the right moments.

Nov 23 12 09:07 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Alixx Rose wrote:
I'm super jealous of your model.
I'd love to do a horse back shoot

Don't be too jealous... it's going to happen around Christmas in Northern Alberta, -10 degrees celsius, maybe colder!!!

Nov 23 12 09:11 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

JAE Photography PA wrote:
This is my horse shot:
(18+): http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/29692519

I'm assuming someone is letting you use the horse and he's not just wandering some field somewhere. tongue  With that said talk to the owner.  When I shot with a horse the owner was able to assist the model and show us how to get the horse to move around.  It wasn't anything too hard, just had to be patient to wait for the right moments.

Love it!

Nov 23 12 09:12 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Moth Sailor wrote:
try this site and you will see plenty of examples.
http://nakedgirlswithhorses.tumblr.com/archive
I hope I have the complete site address

Nice, Thanks!

Nov 23 12 09:13 pm Link

Photographer

devpics

Posts: 834

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This topic came up some years ago but curiously all the comments were paranoid ones about health and safety, despite the "Godiva Shoot" being an established photo subject for many years

Dec 06 12 12:55 am Link