Equine Art – Cotswold Preview

 

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Having spent the first part of my working life working with horses and loving every minute of it, it is no surprise that photographing them is a real joy for me. This is a side of the business I am just expanding, following my true passions and was lucky enough to be included in the June Issue of Cotswold Preview Magazine, in their Equestrian Art Special Feature.

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My Image, bottom right was taken on a Wedding Pre-shoot. It was a lovely evening capturing the couple to be but also the horses and the connection and bonds they have with their owners.

As the article states I have many years of experience of working with horse and I feel this gives me a distinct advantage for equine photography, understanding their habits, how to get them to look attentive, what is likely to spook them, how they should stand when they are really connecting with the owner.

I can come to your home, yard or meet you somewhere you like to ride.. for more information visit my website. www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk

A quote I  love is “When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have” – Winston Churchill.

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A Tribute…

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It is always a pleasure to find one of my images in the Dogs Today Magazine and I am lucky to have been featured in many editions, last year and this year in the best dog photographs in the world section. I love the magazine and the article on the dog on the front cover was lovely.

If an image is featured of a clients dog then I provide a complimentary print of the image that is used. I contact the client as soon as I know so they can go grab themselves a copy of the magazine.

The image in this May’s magazine is of the lovely Nula…and her buddy taken on one of last years Bluebell shoots. We had a lovely play around the woods that day. The light was tricky as it was a bright day and so lots of dappled light which looks lovely but is tricky to work with from a photographic point of view.. we did manage to find some shady spots too.

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It is with great sadness that I have to say when I contacted Nula’s owner to tell her that she was featured in the magazine, I found out that Nula  had to go doggy heaven a few weeks before, due to illness. My heart goes out to her family as I know only too well the hole that is left in your heart by the loss of your dog.  I feel honoured that I was able to photograph her last year and that her owner has images that are displayed at home and will remind them of her.

Here are some other images taken on the day… RIP Nula…..and I hope her buddy is not missing her too much.

A few of my favourite image from the shoot. It is the intent look at her owner that makes this image for me.

 

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A little bit of fun is always good if the dogs are getting fed up of posing.

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This is Nula’s buddy, I have a real soft spot for Lurchers, having owned several myself. I would have been more than happy to have taken this lad home with me.

 

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The good thing about Badbury Clump is that you have a variety of backdrops to use.

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Beautiful girlie, so soft and gentle. I usually ask owners to remove collars but with Lurchers it looks better if they keep the collar on.

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One of my favourite images from the shoot.  Gives a real feel of them being at ease with each other.

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Feeling chuffed to have another of my images featured in Dogs Today Magazine March edition. This time a lovely brown and white,  Springer Spaniel that I shot at his home. We were lucky that at the back of the garden there was a corn field so we went out there for a little play.

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The image top right is on of many lovely head shots of this handsome boy. We also got some great action shots and some of him relaxing in the garden.

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We started off getting to know each other in the garden. Just chilling and getting used to the camera.

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However, lovely as the garden was I was drawn to the corn field that sat behind the house and so we went to investigate.

This is one of my favourite shots from the shoot.

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Some dogs are more relaxed at home which was the case for this particular shoot. It was a bright sunny morning which is always a challenge. I would always prefer a bright but over cast day as the light is much easier to work with for both humans and animals.

 

We has a lot of fun in the corn.

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One of the last shots before we finished. A happy but tired boy.

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A visit to Elston Veterinary Clinic

There is always so much to do that I don’t always have the time to Blog about some of the jobs I do at the time.

Amegos HS_0088 A little while back I was asked to do some photographic work for Elston Veterinary Clinic, based in the lovely village of Shrewton in Wiltshire.  They care for dogs cats and other small animals. Many of the images can now been seen on their website. For more information about the vets please visit their website www.elstonvets.co.uk

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The practice was easy to find and plenty of parking which as an animal owner is a great. I live in Oxfordshire and I love the vets I use and have done for years but there is limited roadside parking and normally I have to park a little distance away in a public car park which is never ideal.

The staff at the vets are all very friendly and their goal is to treat your animals as if they were their own.I really like that!

The practice is headed by its founder Dr Enid Frantilla, who is supported by other vets, veterinary nurses, receptionists and the office manger. All the team have their own pets and are very caring and enthusiastic.

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The Practice have designed a Healthy Pet Club which is a great idea, it allows you to pay a monthly fee to spread the cost of your pets preventative health care, including health checks, vaccinations, flea and worming treatments and members get offered a discount other areas of pet health care.

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So if you live in the area and looking for a great vets with loving staff then look no further.

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Front Cover – Cotswold Life Magazine

Exciting news this month. One of the photographs that I took this time last year of Bella in the Bluebells has got front cover of Cotswold Life Magazine, Pets Issue I  feeling very proud! The image looks great with their glossy cover.

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Bella is a young collie, very sweet natured and full of energy. We had a really fun shoot in the woods. She has striking markings and I just love her blue eye. She  almost looks like a different dog depending on which side of her you stand, these two images demonstrate it well.

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I am currently running a Facebook  (Mel Taylor Photography page for more details) promotion for Bluebell shoots but you need to be quick as I have limited slots and the bluebells don’t last for long. There is a lot of variety at the woods as you can see from other images taken during her shoot.

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A lovely write up on page 17 for us too.

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Thank you to Cotswold Life for using my image… and thank you to you for reading my post. www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk

New Branding for Mel Taylor Photography

At last I glad to be able to announce some changes to Mel Taylor Photography. I have always been one to follow my heart and passions so I have decided to focus the business on the areas which I enjoy most.

Canine and Equine Photography and Child Portraits will be the areas I am specialising in. They say never work with Animals or children but I love the challenge that they bring and having worked with horses, owned my own horses, ponies and dogs and a being mother of two and step mum to a soon to be 21 yr old, I feel that I have plenty of knowledge and experience in all these areas.

I will also continue taking wedding bookings as I love spending the day capturing this special day for couples, but will only be taking on a small number of weddings each year to ensure that they get the time that I feel they need to ensure a quality end product.

A big thank you to  Peajaykay of East Hanney for my new logo. www.peajaykay.com

The updated website will launch in the next few days!

Canine & Equine Photography

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Children

Newborn & Babies – First week to First birthday.

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Toddlers to Teens – 1 Year to 21

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Weddings

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Want a great holiday with your hounds?

If you are a dog owner like me that would rather not put the dogs in kennels but take them with you  on holiday or just want a break away with the dogs then you wont find better than Bowerland Holiday Cottages. I can’t recommend them enough and you need to book early to avoid disappointment!

A dog haven in the Devonshire countryside just outside of Okehampton.

I was asked to do some photography for the website whilst doing some training with my younger dog. It was my first visit and I was fortunate enough to stay in the lovely Annex.

There are two cottages to choose from. The Annex and the Old Dairy. They are both dog friendly, very comfortable and each have enclosed gardens.

The Old Dairy is a charming cosy cottage all on the ground floor and suitable for multiple dogs.. a maximum of six are allowed!  So that is a huge benefit!

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There is a large enclosed and private garden with private gated entrance.

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The Annex is where I stayed and suitable for a maximum of 2 dogs. It is large and airy and has everything in it you would need for your stay. I didn’t want to come home! My visit was in January and it was lovely and warm. It like the Old Diary is well equipped with everything you need and more!  The additional touches are lovely and a reflection on how lovely the owners are. You would never know that either of the accommodation allow dogs, they are spotless and bowls, a towel and treats for the dogs are a lovely touch.

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The Annex also has its own enclosed, gated garden. It is not a big as that in the Old Diary but plenty of room for two dogs and just a few steps  away have a large paddock that is kept exclusively for those staying in the cottages to use and there is a gate at the far end which leads to the most gorgeous woods!

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The Paddock is gated and fully enclosed and very well sheltered on all sides. Plenty of room for playing and training or just lazing around in the sun.

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There are lovely walks all around. My favourite  for this visit was the woods but I have been back since then and Meldon Reservoir is well worth a visit. (see below) The moors are only a stones throw away.

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If like me you want to do a little more with your dogs than just take in the lovely scenery around then you are right on the door step for Devon Dogs, which provides training for everyone and all abilities. Agility, Obedience, Life skills, puppy classes, 1:2:1 sessions, class lessons, you name it they do it and all the staff are knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. There is a huge indoor barn to so it really is an all year round venue.

The perfect place for a doggy holiday.

Oh, and did I mention, kids can go too!

For more details

Bowerland Holidays visit  – bowerlandcottageholidays.co.uk

Devon Dogs visit – devondogs.co.uk

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