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04 November,2017

Behind The Scenes with Laura Fiddaman

This week I’ve told you how much I love my work, so what better to do than to share some of the behind the scenes snaps, and some before and after examples? I think it’s easy to overlook the work that goes on after your time with your photographer, but this is where the real magic happens and your gallery comes to life.

Every photographer’s process is different, as are the final images you will be presented with. My style is a light, matte finish, and I will usually try to keep the images looking as natural as possible. After I leave a photoshoot, the first thing that happens when I get home is your images get downloaded, and backed up. Then it’s a sort through the hundreds of photos to select my first cut, so that I am only editing the images I plan to include in your gallery. Once I start straightening, adjusting crops, applying my edits and making any tweaks there may be a few more that will be discarded, to ensure that the gallery has my best work for you to choose from.

At this point I will edit one or two of your black background images for you to see the full effect – other options may be available, but due to the time it can take to edit some of these types of image I won’t edit all of them in order to get your gallery uploaded as soon as I can. It’s important to advise all of my clients that this is only a first edit. Lead ropes, distracting objects, electric fencing, and any other changes can be discussed and will be made before any purchases are processed. My clients are kept informed and provided with proofs at all points to ensure that the product they choose comes to them exactly as expected.

So I think I’ve rambled enough, and I hope this gives you an idea of my workflow – here are some behind the scenes snapshots. I’m not afraid to get a bit grubby if it means getting the shot!

Scenes as above are becoming commonplace – I do like to clamber up on things to get a different angle. This stool enabled me to get the angle I wanted for this photo – so if you’ve got a mounting block lurking then be aware I may be teetering above you at some point!

I mentioned black backgrounds earlier – here’s an example of one I did recently. Using barn doors, stable doors, or other similar dark areas means that the natural setting helps me complete these faster and look much better as the light sorts itself out in the final edit, although they are possible to create even if we can’t find these conditions.

You’ll hear me clicking away taking multiple versions of the same pose on your shoot. This is where it becomes so important that you just keep smiling – as long as you’re smiling, I’ll find that moment your horse’s ears come forwards. Failing that… there’s a certain level of tweaking I can do (especially where there are multiple horses involved!)

Well that’s me, and a bit of a peek at what I get up to! Thanks for reading!


  1. Pam Levy says:

    So interesting to see the process! My husband is a (human) portrait photographer – he has tried to take pictures of my horses, and says people are hundreds of times easier 😉

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