You may be familiar with the magical minutes before a photoshoot. You just arrived at the location and everything is an organized chaos, horses being moved around, trying to settle down on a new spot, you are pulling hair out of your mouth, straightening out your dress, making sure your boobs are still located inside it, if you are wearing that kind of dress, while trying to avoid to be stepped on by the still a bit stressed horse next to you, elegantly avoiding a ray of sunlight, with the potential of destroying the entire picture.
“Let’s check the camera settings!”
I can hear the sound of the camera shutter freezing the moment, and two seconds later, me and the big dress are taking a look at everything in the photo, except from the horse and model .. Yep, light and colors looks fine, I’m making sure we are shooting in the correct format and that I the memory card was formatted properly after last shoot.
After nine years with photoshoots, the past years on a bit more advanced level, my hard drives are literally filled with “let’s take a test photo”. And they are never seen by anyone, never used to anything, just forgotten, and hidden forever. Not anymore!
Take a look at some of this year’s test photos, and enjoy!
The seven years with Batman-photoshoot!
Une was taking the pictures. This was Batman’s first meeting with Takawi for a while and when Bat saw Kawi, he could not handle being separated from him again. So Linn basically had to leave him on the location, we were unable to keep Batman calm without Kawis presence.
This was some portraits of Batman earlier this year. A very successful shoot, Linn gave Batman the cues and I took the photos. Fun fact: The riders looked shocked when they rode past Batman, standing completely loose, haha. I had a hard time trying not to laugh!
The windy photoshoot from earlier this summer
Fun fact: Matilde can’t walk properly. Gyro defect.
The river photoshoot with Une in Heddal
Fun fact: It started blowing like hell all of the sudden, and I don’t like wind. Earlier we had lovely sunshine and the temperature was perfect, and now we had winter coming at us at full speed! My face says it all.
More Batman portraits
Portraits of Batman with Daniel! Daniel fed Batman carrots, I took the photos. Fun fact: Daniel and Batman are best friends.
The Stave Church shoot with Une!
In this photo, I’m filling my pockets with a new load of carrots. Fun fact: Next to Batman, there is a bell tower. I did not know about the bell and neither did Une, so both Batman and I got scared when it started ringing in the middle of the photoshoot.
The blue dress shoot!
My dress was a bit too big and I had some trouble keeping my boobs inside it. A problem I’m definitely not familiar with. Fun fact: this photoshoot was also my first meeting with nipple covers. The other alternative was duct tape, but the first option seemed more humane. Enough oversharing!
The Hvaler shoot from 2015
I have never experienced heavier winds before in my life. The weather was crazy; I struggled with keeping on Batman’s back because of the heavy winds! It was impossible to talk; we had to scream out load to communicate with each other.
Fog photos with Une
Everything is wrong with this picture … This is the reason why we need test photos btw. Batman is both red and blue(?!), and the ISO is on around 100 000.
Stave church shoot
When I ride without a helmet on shoots, I always try the poses with a helmet and bridle on first. I am terrified of these photos looking great, so I never ever smile in them. If everything else looked perfect, and I had full tack on, a not properly fitted bridle and an ugly whip, it would be a nightmare to realize that the photo would not fit in. Logic, right? Thumbs up for Batman’s ears pointing back.
The blue dress shoot again
This is basically the test photo in a nutshell. Fun fact: My plastic bag is filled with carrots. We had a huge amount of carrots that day, because I had him loose on a foreign location.
A great example on how one can be ready and the other is absolutely not. I have no idea about what I’m doing, but Batman looks great, tho!
Windy photos in the cloudy weather
Fixing the forelock … check. But what happened to the camera settings? Batman is read, like my shirt!
17th of May
Batman helps me out with my hair. Fun fact: It was extremely hot outside this day, and everyone on location was so tired and warm! So was I, in my bunad, made out of wool. We had a pony with us for backup, so Batman was more relaxed than he is when he is all alone.
Flower photos in the forest
Waiting for the test photo … Horse: ready. Carrots: ready. Matilde: ready.
Batman portraits in the sun
This is Une keeping Batman busy while I’m checking the camera settings. Fun fact: We used fire to get his attention during this shoot.
The result turned out to be a thousand times better than this one, but it is indeed a cute photo. And of course, carrots.
Poncho photos in the rain
Moments our shoot was about to begin, it started to rain! My face says it all.
Winter wonderland + too much hay in Batman’s forelock
I spent minutes on removing large straws of hay from Batman’s hair before this shoot. He is literally eating with his entire face.
Wedding dress shoot with Ada Marlene
Before I changed clothes, I had a test ride on the location. Fun fact: we had a team of two of my friends helping us on location, and both of them had to help me to get on and off Batman during this shoot because the dress was so big! The dress had to be adjusted every minute.
Frosty fairytales out of focus
This was a helpful test-photo! The autofocus was off ..
Spring photos in the forest
I’m as usual, spending my time organizing carrots. Fun fact: I had carrots in my bra during this shoot, because of the no pockets in my skirt-situation. It is visible in some of the photos if you take a closer look, haha!
Gone slightly wrong? I have no idea what we are doing here.
Spring-photos in the woods
Maria checked the camera settings while I had a hard time navigating through the rough terrain. The surface was mostly branches, so it was difficult to find a safe way through for both of us. Batman is following me as usual.