Sandy Kitching

Sandy Kitching | equine photographer

A passion for Friesian horses in the English Lake District, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Holland & beyond...

Making magic with love & light 2018

2017 was memorable full of fun and opportunities to photograph wide-ranging subjects - from the KFPS Royal Friesians Stallion Show in Holland to HRH The Prince of Wales at the Westmorland County Show! The New Year has already brought a bit of snow as a backdrop and I look forward to getting out with my cameras to capture special moments in the changing seasons ahead.

I specialise in photographing equine subjects and, for the last few years, my favourite models have been the beautiful Friesian horses at Tracey Venter's Black Horses in Cartmel.

I am passionate about the breed with their long flowing black manes and their exquisite extravagant trot. It has been such a privilege to spend hundreds of hours photographing these magnificent black beauties in every changing season, from dawn until dusk. I have patiently got to know each of the horses' personalities and I never tire of photographing them at work, rest and play.

Bookings are already coming in thick and fast with people wanting me to photograph their very special Friesian Experiences, which can be booked through Tracey Venter, who is committed to a Friesian breeding and training programme using only top class mare lines and approved KFPS Friesian stallions.

The special Friesian Experience days are aimed at people wanting to learn more about these fabulous horses and experienced and confident riders are given the opportunity to ride and/or drive a Friesian. For those just wanting to ride  the Friesians, Tracey and her team offer a wide variety of hacking across the Lakeland fells.

One of the most popular options is to head to Bardsea beach near Ulverston for something a bit faster - galloping across vast expanses of the sands of Morecambe Bay! 

If you book a Friesian Experience with Tracey, you can book me to come and take photographs of your special day (subject to availability).  I get such a thrill being out in the landscape or at the coast capturing equine poetry in motion.

Tracey and I also offer special Friesian photo shoots. You could wear your wedding dress again sitting on the stallion Droomwals, or riding one of the mares or geldings in the wild flower meadows at Cartmel.

It is impossible to get tired of capturing the infinitesimal gradations of the sun's golden rays falling on a Friesian's velvet nose.

It was great to hear the announcement in early July that he Lake District has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is now part of a special family of iconic places across the planet, like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and many other world famous locations.

I am so fortunate to live in the Lake District National Park, where ghostly barn owls swoop down through the evening twilight and Herdwick sheep prick up their heads and smile (as only they can) when I walk out on the hills.

It was a great honour to have one of my photos chosen as the winner of a competition for the cover,  and the month of August, for the 2018 Iconic Cartmel calendar, which is on sale at Cartmel Priory for £9.99. The image shows Cartmel's Black Horses special Friesian Experience carriage ride with the ancient medieval Priory Church in the background.

Animals in action...

I don't just photograph Friesians. I can come and photograph you with your own horse, dog, cat or any other family pet!

Continually striving to capture new and exciting images, I am always in my element in the golden early morning light or just before dusk, when the air takes on russet hues.

Loving what I do helps to relax those people who are camera shy or self-conscious. Using natural light and taking time to have fun ensures that we will make special memories for you to treasure in beautifully mounted and framed Fine Art photographic prints, on canvases or in a special luxury photo book.

The Lake District National Park is a place full of contradictions, drama and contrast, where the iconic Herwick sheep appear to effortlessly defy the laws of gravity clinging hefted to the hillside, as they have done for centuries.

I have a real soft spot for Herdwicks with their wry smiling faces. Beatrix Potter kept an award-winning flock of Herdwicks, which were her favourite breed. I am currently working on producing new greetings cards, postcards and notebooks of some of my favourite animal photographs. 

Peruse this website to see what I do and do not hesitate to get in touch with questions. I also do Gift Vouchers.

Sandy Kitching

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