Country Girl Photoshoot; BTS

I like horses, but who doesn't like horses anyway?  As the Equine Heritage Institute explains; Most people think of history and civilization as being made and created by men, but often, history and the development of human societies and civilizations are drastically altered by the introduction of an influential catalyst. Some of those influential catalysts from our past are fire, the wheel, metal, agriculture, religion, and written language but one is missing in the typical history books and it comes in the form of an animal.

Here's what we shot;

cowgirl
cowgirl
Country girl

There is one mammal that transformed the world once its speed and power were harnessed. It is the first thing that allowed man to travel faster than his two legs could carry him on land. It is the creature that a few of us, as equestrians, know and appreciate in our current-day lives. The unsung hero is the Horse.  Horses have been around for close to 6,000 years, one of the best gifts a man can ever get, long before the Automobiles came into existence. (read more on www.equineheritageinstitute.org )

 

 'Spirit' The Horse

'Spirit' The Horse

 Mr. George Mbai is a horse keeper at  New Muthaiga Horse Riding Stables .

Mr. George Mbai is a horse keeper at New Muthaiga Horse Riding Stables.

 Mr. George introducing Spirit to our model.

Mr. George introducing Spirit to our model.

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 Spirit and Nimo

Spirit and Nimo

I've personally never ridden or owned a horse (of which I should start taking a few lessons just incase global fuel shortage rises and people can no longer fuel their cars, so they start using horses again, lol). With this photoshoot I set out to experience and photograph the connection between a horse and man, how a horse perceives different people and how fast this connection can grow between the two strangers.

 Hey Spirit, its time for a cold bath on a sunny day, best feeling ever!

Hey Spirit, its time for a cold bath on a sunny day, best feeling ever!

The horse keeper introduced Spirit (that's the name of our horse for the day) to our model at midday and we let them spend some times together for a few hours- until 5pm then we called them in for the shoot in one of the stables, the first few frames never went on so well, Spirit was still sceptical about his new friend, neither was the model used to the horse at the time we were shooting, it was pretty awkward. Some magic happened and they got used to one another and thats when I started shooting, a few frames and it was a wrap! I guess if she goes back Spirit will still remember her! maybe! :)

 3....2...1...Action! 

3....2...1...Action! 

Short Video Clip:- https://youtu.be/61fxmrrC3co

I'd like to pass my special thanks to the following who helped me out and played a huge role in the making;

Mr. Earnest Njiri - Property Owner

Mr. George Mbai - Horse Keeper/ Trainer

Peter Pekat- Producer

Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties) - Makeup Artist 

Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling) - Stylist

Nimo Gachuiri- Model

Do you have any question regarding the shoot, the equipments I used, post-processing? Any complimentary message you'd like to pass? or further clarification? Use the form in this page, i'll get back to you in a split second; ASK KAMAU

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''To ride a horse is to ride the sky.''  ~Anonymous

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