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How a love for horses has strengthened one womens love for photography.

How a love for horses has strengthened one womens love for photography. - A woman who has loved photography for well over twenty years, also has another passion, her horses. But oddly it wasn't until rather recently that she decided to combine both loves and create a business which she really enjoys.

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black and white horse photoSamantha Lamb's photographic tale began twenty years ago when she received her first SLR. She began by taking the usual snaps and like many people she just enjoyed playing around with the camera.

"I took pictures of friends and family, you know the usual like any one does and started to enjoy it," said Sam.

With her enthusiasm for photography steadily growing it seemed that the next logical step would be to combine her new found like with an old love, her horses.

"I just love horses, I always have, so my obsession of taking photo's of them stems from there," said Sam.

Sam, who now lives and runs a photographic website in Surrey hasn't always worked as a photographer. For several years she was a cabin crew member but she left that job to have surgery, luckily the operation didn't effect her photography too much.

"I've taken photographs on and off for years now, I wasn't about to just stop," said Sam.

She began taking her photography more seriously in 2001 when she started taking on commissioned pieces and then four years later she set up her own photographic website.

"I felt it would be a great way for my work to expand," said Sam.Horses running

Her website is home to a portfolio that demonstrates a great love for the natural world. Picture after picture, shows how Sam loves to capture a horse out in the open, free and running around.

"I don't use filters on my cameras, I like to capture the horses in the real world," said Sam.

"Horses often look their best in a natural environment, like me, they love the outdoors."

Another equestrian photographers delight is of course the shows and events which give the horses the chance to shine.

"My first love is of course for images of horses in their natural environment but I do photograph shows and events," said Sam.

Any equestrian photographer will tell you shows do something magical to horses.

"The shows seem to excite the horses, they grow a hand with pride," said Sam.

"Horses are always handsome but when at a show they can look very regal and proud, when they start to show off, their character really comes out and it makes my job as the photographer very interesting."spirit of the horse

Sam's love for the horses she photographs means she cherishes all the moments she captures, but she does have a couple of photographs that mean that little bit more to her.

"I took some pictures of a farmer who has shire horse foals, they produced lovely photographs," said Sam.

"But I also really loved taking pictures of Friesians from the spirit of the horse show."

"They were magnificent, they are bred in Holland and are very big, powerful creatures they make brilliant pictures," said Sam.

As Sam's portfolio demonstrates, an equestrian photographer's work seems to never end, with show after show in the summer and hunts taking up their time in the winter, it seems to be a good area to be working in.

"Winter is slightly quieter than summer but that doesn't mean there isn't any work," said Sam.

"People are always looking for photographers, I fell lucky at one show, Horse and Hound needed some images, I was there so I sent mine in and they used them."

That was a one off though, as it isn't something Sam likes to do on a regular basis.

"If it happens it happens but I don't go out looking for them to send work to," Said Sam.

"I have also been known to take photographs at weddings and on the odd occasions people's dogs, but my first love is still the horses."

Her images not only demonstrate her passion for horses they capture her patience and drive to take something perfect.horse peeping over another

"My advice is, if you see something good, take lots of pictures of it until you get that something special," said Sam.

Sam's brilliant examples of equestrian photography can not be down to any brilliant pieces of equipment either, as for along time she has only relied on two canon bodies.

"I have a 20d and a 40d and two lenses, a 18-50 wide angle and a 70-200, I do also sometimes use a 100mm macro prime lens, all of which are f/2.8,"said Sam.

"I would love an upgrade, a faster model but for the moment I am happy with what I have got."

"I love horses and I love photography, I'm very happy with what I do."

For more information about Sam Lambs work visit her website:




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