• Erica Hills

show photography

I posted on Facebook asking friends if they thought official show photography as we know it, is a “dying art.”


As an equestrian community, we all have our thoughts on this topic and there is no single, right answer. But, I believe in having open and safe discussions in order for things to progress.


My only show experience was a dressage show back in August 2021, otherwise, I’m a portrait and fine art photographer who specializes in print and studio work.


While I was able to get the job done with the help of my teammate, made a good amount of sales, and was proud of what we produced, the official show photographer role is not my strength.


I do however have an interest in attending shows with individuals or barns that I have relationships with already and that’s where the private show photography comes in.


It’s a slippery slope, but here’s my take on it:


Things to think about:


· Size of the show and number of the competitors

· Expectations of the show organizers and/or vendors

· Is it better to have any photographer vs no photographer

· Scarcity mindset (private photographers will take clients from the official photographer)

· How to communicate to competitors what photographer or videographer is available

· Guidelines for welcoming private photographers (payment, max photographers, where they can shoot from, max client list)


In a “perfect” world, I’d love for it to be as simple as, I’m a professional photographer and fit in with the barn I go to a show with, just like a braider, groom or trainer who are hired to go along, but don’t pay the venue to be there. But, we’re just not there at the moment.


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