Equine Photography

When I take pictures of horses I treat them the same as I would any portrait client.  I shoot with the thought that the end product  will be used as a piece of art in your home as well as a tangible record of the subject.  Those of us horse owners that compete will have a bunch of ‘competition’ shots of our horses in trot and canter, hopefully showing our horses working at their best.  Mine also show me with various concentration faces as I’m trying to remember where to go and I’m usually beetroot in the face too!

I want to give my clients pieces of art that feature their own animals.  Images that can go on the wall of their homes and stand on their own merit and are beautiful to look at too.  With this in mind I thought I would show you a few framed images and how you can use them together to create a beautiful record of your horse.

 

I have some more framed equine photography to share later on and have a baby shoot this week that I’m really looking forward to sharing too.

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January 21, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Emma - Well I must say Thank You Jo!!
You certainly caught the best of my mare & it has really highlighted how she has grown from a fluffy pony to a smart horse!
Little did I know we had a perfect back drop (spotted by your photographic eye) in our very own yard so no need to worry her or do any moving around!!
Very glad we had these shots done & horsey and I had a great time!

Retro Photo Shoot at Rose & Crown

Silly me I almost forgot to share this retro photo shoot at Rose & Crown Hairdressers. I was doing some housework, cleaning up my hard drive, I don’t do dusting, when I realised I hadn’t posted about this shoot.  Rose and Crown Hairdressers in Covent Garden, London asked me to do a shoot for them to highlight the retro styling that is so popular at the moment.  I love shoots like this, I get the chance to play.  All the models are clients of the salon and were very patient and I think that in the end even the guys enjoyed themselves.

Firstly a few of the preparation shots.

Then bam – gorgeous!

She looks like she’s from another age!

Details of the styling were beautiful.

Time for the guys.

Shirts are supplied by Urbane Incidentals, the dress is the models own! (I’ve always wanted to say that!)

Then another beautiful girl appears.

Add to the mix the guys.

And finish with the girls on their own, yummy!

This is all still ‘bang on trend’ looking in this months Vogue (it’s a legitimate business purchase) magazine pastels are all over it.  Roll on the spring.

Joanna Pearce Photography Commercial Covent Garden Hairdresser Photography

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January 21, 2012 - 1:27 am

Stuart Cooper - Very cool shoot Jo. Loving the hair! x

Milan – Destination Wedding

When you get asked by a fellow wedding photographer to 2nd shoot for them it’s always a compliment.  It means they trust you to get the shots they can’t get on the day.  When that photographer is award winning and a trainer it is an affirmation.  The photographer in question is Stuart Cooper and as his wife and usual shooting partner was sidelined for a while after having a baby I was happy to step in and help.  Double bonus for me then that this wedding was in Milan, Italy.

Stuart left me to record the bridal preparations whilst he shot the groom and his party getting ready.  The brides parents summer home in the hills outside Milan was to be the setting for the reception after the ceremony and so was full of beautiful details, as well as the bride, for me to shoot.

Shoe afficionados amoungst you will notice the Louboutins.  I had to explain to Stuart afterwards why I’d taken quite so many shots of them – it’s a girl thing.

I know the teacup is random but I just loved it.

The bride was radiant.

And then it was off the to the church for the ceremony.

The food and details back at the house were simple but beautiful.  After a sit down 5 course meal tables were laid out with fresh fruit, childrens sweets as well as panna cottas of all different flavours.  Photographers tip of the day, shoot first then eat – and we did!

 

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December 17, 2011 - 7:54 am

Hani - Jo, I love your style, pure class, these pictures are FABULOUS!! If there’s one girl who could seriously appreciate the setting, I mean Milan!! Seriously darling MILAN!!! You are that girl ;) and it shows in these beautiful photos Xx

January 3, 2012 - 1:02 am

Stuart Cooper - Amazing pics – you were a star on the day and made the Laboutin’s look better than they could possibly look! X

Aspire Photography Training – Fer Juaristi

This past few days I have clocked up over 1200 miles in my car.  A trip to Devon at the weekend (see previous post) and then up to Aspire Photography Training for a training day with wonder man Fer Juaristi.

All I can say is wowsers.  This is a man high on life. His level of enthusiasm for his craft and for my fellow photographers was limitless.  He gave of his time, his creative process and he dolloped a great wodge of Fer magic on us all.

I know that I have developed creatively because of the shoot he took us on and I have already impleted at least 2 of the business tips he shared with us.  I feel a bit weird about posting shots from the shoot on here as I feel like they are his shots and not mine  – even though obviously I took them. So I’ve just chosen my 2 favourites to share.

 

 

Thanks Fer and thanks also to the Aspire team, I’ll defo be using my voucher next year!

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December 9, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Theresa Furey - Lovely work Joanna! It was such an awesome and inspiring day! Hope to meet up with you again sometime in the future, maybe at another Aspire workshop?

December 9, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Catherine Connor - Love the images, love love love – you have a magical eye madam. These are fantastic. You must be over the moon – worth the drive Catherine

December 9, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Andrea Ellison Photography - OH NO!!!!! Keep posting…these are lovely x

Little Jo is 30!!

I have known Jo since she was about 18 months old.  Her parents had a wine bar in Southampton and my mum was their bookkeeper.  My mum went on and on about how cute this little girl was and how much I’d love her, to the point that my teenage brain was resisting meeting her cos ‘I didn’t care about some kid I’d never met’ god mum!  Well I gave in and promptly fell in love.  She was cute and funny and simply gorgeous and we immediately became Big Jo and Little Jo.

 

In about 1983 Anne & Tony, Jo’s parents, had a few weeks in the summer without an au pair so I looked after Little Jo and she became my little sister.  As Jo grew up I took her to gigs, west end shows, tried to introduce her to the joy of shoes and she repeatedly told me that my bedroom and then my house was untidy.  ‘Big Jo you are so messy’  she had signs of OCD even then!

CUT TO 28 YEARS LATER…….and Jo is now a big girl and 30 years old!

left to right is Emma (Jo’s real sister), Tony, Little Jo and Anne.

We all ventured over to Bideford in Devon for Jo’s party and met with family and friends some old and some new (to me) and had a great evening.

 

 

There are more photos from the night on Jo’s facebook for those at the party who want to see embarrassing dance floor shots!

Towards the end of the evening Jamie, Jo’s LONG TERM boyfriend, called everyone to order to thank them for coming and he and Jo gave out a few birthday cards to people that were sharing Jo’s birthday week.

To say there was an air of anticipation at this point in the evening was the bloody understatement of the century.  Jo and Jamie have been together for a while, a long while.  Every time I speak to her I ask if she’s engaged yet or pregnant but she always just laughed and said no not yet.  I’d even joked with her earlier in the day that much as I approved of Jamie I was disappointed that she’d let Prince William slip through her fingers.  As soon as I heard Jamie calling everyone up to the DJ setup I legged it up the wine bar thinking ‘god please don’t ask her until I’m there’.

It was then that this happened.

and I lost it big time.  The next batch of photos I took were not greatly in focus, based on the fact that I was crying like a baby and I mean sobbing.  Other than Ann and Tony I’ve been waiting the longest for this day.  This is the last usable one I had!

And this is the reason why I was so emotional.

Jo was my bridesmaid when she was 6.

Congratulations Jo and Jamie!

I love you both to bits and can’t wait for your wedding and don’t worry I’ve already asked a friend to 2nd shoot for me so at the points of the day when I’ll be in bits there will be someone pressing the shutter without mascara running down their face unable to focus!

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December 15, 2011 - 10:08 am

Stuart Cooper - Beautiful story Jo and you can’t get much more story telling photography than this!

December 31, 2011 - 10:28 am

Jo - Jo!Thank you so much for doing this! It is so fab! It even bought a little tear to my eye!no idea where you dug up those old pics from! Xxx