Dale Wesley on his blend of patience and lunacy as he deals with equine divas in his work as a portrait photographer for our four-legged partners...
I started as a portrait photographer doing portraits in the street. Then I set up a small home studio. I really enjoy the interaction with people and showing them in a different way that they are used to seeing themselves.
I fell into photographing horses by accident seven years ago, when I was asked to do a modelling shoot in Newcastle. Afterwards, the mother of the girl I was photographing asked me to photograph their horses. The conditions were perfect but I still felt slightly out of my depth because I hadn’t even stood beside a horse before.
It has taken me a while to get used to working around such powerful animals and I am still slightly wary of them, but I have also learnt how gentle they can be.
This exclusive feature can also be read in Horse & Hound magazine, 25 March 2021 issue
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