Grey Arabian horse portrait with a black background

Equine Sessions

Frequently Asked Questions

I recommend you bring whatever you would bring if you were going to trot up at an international horse trials, enter the show ring at the RDS or the parade ring at a racecourse – plus plenty of extra high value treats!

  • Clean, well fitting bridle with reins that can be removed easily
  • Clean, well fitting leather headcollar
  • High value treats (not messy ones though!)
  • Grooming kit including clear hoof varnish and fly spray

I keep some grooming kit, tack and equipment that can be borrowed, however for bio-security reasons I recommend you use your own grooming kit where possible.

Particularly if you are planning an outdoor session it is worth making sure you come prepared. I suggest the following:

  • Good pair of walking boots/wellies than you don’t mind getting mucky and wet
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather – rain gear / sun hat
  • Drinking water and snacks for yourself if you think you may need them
  • If you plan to be in the photos please read the Preparation Guide for outfit suggestions.

For safety reasons, it is normally required that a horse wears either a bridle or headcollar for control. Annaharvey Farm is a busy stable yard and working farm with lots of horses, people and other animals moving about.


However, I do have a special photography halter that can be used for some shots to get a more natural look. It is designed to be easier to edit out than a normal headcollar while still providing control. It is designed to be strong enough to lunge a horse on a small circle with it.


I normally start with the horse’s own bridle or leather headcollar for safety and then once the horse has relaxed swap to the photo halter.

Equine packages with a session time of one hour or more include two horses (same owner) and family. The time allocated for the session is divided between them and I can try to get some shots with all of you together.


A 20 minute Mini Session does not allow enough time for more than one horse to relax enough for good shots, hence the need for at least an hour long package if you have two horses or more.


Additional subjects (same owner / immediate family only) can be added for €30 each. This covers the additional editing.


I advise you bring someone capable to help you hold each horse horse if planning to shoot multiple horses.

If you have more than one horse at a session, I will try to capture them together in one image. How successful this is can depend on the particular horses. I will likely have to shoot this photograph outdoors to have sufficient space for multiple horses. If the horses are not happy to stand close together I can try my best to put them together when editing later. 

Yes, of course. I use a Canon camera built for speed which is capable of shooting up to 20 frames per second! I only need some patience and a split second to get a good shot. I have years of experience shooting galloping horses so am very familiar with shooting moving animals.

equine portrait photo of a thoroughbred racehorse taken in a photographic studio with a black backdrop

Yes, please do! I would love you to share your digital images with your friends. Credit is preferred and appreciated but not required. If you would like to credit, please tag Aisling Deverell Photography on Facebook or @aislingdphotos on Instagram.

No. I do not release the unedited images as they are not a true reflection of my work. For example, the RAW images that come straight out of the camera are often intentionally underexposed in order to capture the details in the highlights – especially when photographing grey horses and dark horses with white markings. The images will look very different once edited! I hate to have to deny a client’s request so would appreciate if you do not ask for the unedited images.

Online payment is preferred, however there are numerous options available to choose from. A non-refundable retainer is required on booking to secure your date and time. The balance is paid two days before the session. For your convenience my booking system will send you an email with the details and a payment link so you can process it easily on your phone.

Yes, I create high quality prints on site with a Canon Pro Printer using Chromalife 100+ ink on premium papers. These prints can last over 200 years in a photo album and about 40 years on display behind glass.

I also partner with both Irish and international professional printing laboratories to offer prints and wall art in many different sizes and on a variety of materials.

You can place your print order through your private online gallery.

Most portrait and lifestyle sessions take place at Annaharvey Farm, near Tullamore, where I have my photography studio.

I do sometimes travel to other locations by arrangement to please get in touch if you have somewhere different in mind.

The map below shows the exact location about 5km outside Tullamore on the R420 towards Geashill & Portarlington. The Eircode is R35 A0Y5.

Please note it is a busy Equestrian Centre so there are lots of horses, ponies on site with straw and hay throughout. Please contact me in advance if you have concerns relating to allergies to animal hair, grasses or dust etc.

Sessions at other locations are often possible by arrangement. If you would like to arrange a day for your riding club or for group at your stable yard, please do get in touch.

Travel fees apply where the location is over 50km from Annaharvey Farm. This will be discussed with you prior to booking if applicable.

two riders on horses riding uphill in a green field with blue sky


Most portrait and lifestyle sessions take place at Annaharvey Farm, near Tullamore, where I have my photography studio.  The map below shows the exact location about 5km outside Tullamore on the R420 towards Geashill & Portarlington. 


The Eircode is R35 A0Y5.


Aisling Deverell Photography

Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

R35 A9Y0 Ireland

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