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Early Bird - Photography

The animal photography side of my business has become really popular and I can photograph your pet, dog, cat,
horse or any other animal in action! You can see all my latest photos on my Smug Mug website: sandyanimalphotographer.smugmug.com

The Lake District National Park boasts an endless supply of fantastic locations right on my doorstep, and in every
changing season - from rolling fells and vast expanses of open grass fields to craggy mountains. And this is the
Lake District with lakes, waterfalls, rivers and the seaside all providing magnificent backdrops and playgrounds.

I am passionate about capturing the essence of animals and birds - in action, at work and at play - whether you
have a stable of horses, a field of livestock, or simply a dog that loves jumping around in a stream!

Continually searching for a different way of looking, I am mesmerized by the infinitesimal gradations of Lakeland
light that cast a magical radiance over my canine and equine subjects.

As a dog photographer, I love getting to know you and your pets and taking them out into the countryside to frolick through meadows or splash in streams.

As a cat photographer, I have always had cats in my life and understand it will take more time to get them to trust me and relax for a photo shoot.

As a horse photographer, I have years of experience of photographing people with their horses and out in the fields.

Tracey and Rynardt Venter, who are my dear friends, have given me the honour of letting me get up
close and personal to the Friesian horses in their care at any time of the day. I also take commissions (Special Black Horses rate) for people wanting photographs of them riding or driving the Friesian Horses at their Cartmel-based - Black Horses Friesian Stud.

I am available for events and I regularly photograph shows including the CLA Game Fair, Lowther Show, Westmorland County Show, Cartmel Show and Witherslack Horse Show, to name just a few.

 

 

Dogs
I get such a thrill joining dogs and their owners on adventures, whether it be in the comfort of your own home or out in the countryside.

I work with the highly regarded Cumbrian-based dog trainer Ingrid Grayling - Total Dog Training & Active Holidays and she has taught me so much about dog behaviour.

Ingrid kindly also provides me with an endless mix of myriad breeds - from working gun dogs to family pets.

Puppy Power
If you have a new puppy, before you know it they are fully grown and gone are those precious and comical puppy months. My specialised Puppy Power package consists of 3 sessions charting the puppy's first year.  Document your puppy's growth, and your developing friendship, and see how much they change!

At Home | Countryside | Field & Fell | Surf & Sand | Lake & Waterfall | River & Stream | Woodland | Field Sports | Agility in Action | Urban | Quirky | Puppy Power!

Twinkle owned by Ingrid Grayling
     
 

Horses
When photographing equine subjects, it's imperative that I take time to establish a trusting relationship.

I understand just how precious these beautiful animals are to their owners. Only when horse and owner, or handler, are used to having me around will the magic start to happen.

I don’t use artificial lighting rigs or flash. I am fascinated with working to capturing natural light through the lens, which results in truly natural shots. It also eliminates any risk of causing unnecessary stress to the horse.

Equine portrait sessions can include -
> Natural shots of horse or horses out in a field.
> Close up portraits - head shots and photos of horse and rider interacting and posing together.
> Action shots of you and your horse cantering across the fells; in the arena doing flat work; over jumps; working the horse on the lunge; or driving a carriage.

Over the past six years I have spent many happy days in the company of 15 magnificent Frieisan horses in the care of Tracey Venter at Black Horses Friesian Stud in Cartmel.

In the Stables | Countryside | Field & Fell | Surf & Sand | Lake & Waterfall | River & Stream | Woodland | Equestrian Events | Quirky!

Hack through Cartmel with Black Horses
     
 

Cats
We've always had cats around and they make for fun and totally unpredictable subjects. They can be the epitomy of indifference, which just adds to their mystery.

I can come to your home and get to know your cat. You understand their eating, sleeping and playing habits, so its good for me to come at a time when they are usually around.

Bring out your cats favourite toys and treats. Unlike a dog, whose instinct is to please, a cat will often go out of its way to hide, or they will be as aloof as possible and even become invisible!

I will help to put them at their ease by bringing a present of a catnip filled soft toy.

I have photographed different cats all over Europe - from Greek feral alley cats to purrdigree posers!

The image right is my cat Yogii, who just loved to pose, even when I threatened his masculinity with daisy chains.

Yogi by Sandy Kitching
     
 

Birds
As an active member of the RSPB, I like nothing better than watching and photographing the birds we attract to our rural garden.

We are fortunate to have some amazing RSPB reserves in Cumbria and north Lancashire where I can study raptors in the wild.

Our garden is visited by the robin, sparrow, starling, goldfinch, greenfinch, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, blackbird, thrush, red kite, sparrow hawk, siskin, dove, and the odd chicken from my neighbour's farm!

Capturing a bird on the wing is always a joy and my fascination with birds of prey never wanes. I have taken shots of birds of prey demonstration when it's a thrill to get up close and personal.

Owl display by Sandy Kitching

The best pictures happen when people are unaware of my presence. So I try to keep in the background to get
natural shots of a horse and rider sharing an intimate moment, or a dog in his element. You won't hear me shouting
out 'smile'. If I'm doing my job properly you won't even notice I'm there.

Through the use of natural light, and with many years experience of studying animal behaviour, I photograph the
unique character and spirit of your animal in natural surroundings. The session will be both relaxed and fun giving
you a set of photographs that you will cherish forever.

A session will normally last about an hour although I do not limit the time with a stopwatch  as your pet will usually
need time to let off steam and explore any new surroundings. And it’s equally important that you are relaxed.

Each session is uniquely designed and thoroughly planned around your animal's individual temperament to capture
their natural character in a stress-free environment. The result is a set of bespoke, professional images to treasure
for a lifetime.

The experience is vastly different from many of the traditional photographer's studio sessions. I don't use soulless
static scenic sets into which the animal is simply positioned. And whenever possible I will use only natural light
because flash can be unsettling and result in uncomfortable looking shots.

This is the Lake District, so I'm no stranger to the rain, but if inclement weather is forecast or descends we may
have to postpone the shoot to another day. It's no good if everyone is wet, cold and miserable, and I don't want it
to play havoc with my camera - The Canon 5D Mark iii.