Sandy Kitching | equine photographer

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

Chiaroscuro - capturing precious visual memories through the lens in 2022


Having spent 2021 in and out of hospital getting  total new right hip and left knee replacements, I am relieved to be back walking again. I am so excited to say I will be OPEN for business from 1 April 2022 to  take bookings for photoshoots of horses, dogs, and any other creatures, including humans!  After months of suffering intense pain and  depression, I am finally feeling mentally refreshed and looking forward to new adventures exploring the world with fresh eyes behind the lens. Looking forward, meditation with the Friesian horses will greatly help with my recovery - always wholly joyous and humbling experiences that will contribute to my quest to be my most authentic and true self.


I am delighted that Tracey Alexander is taking bookings for a whole range of amazing NEW Friesian  Experiences and many people choose to book me to create magical photographic memories of their day with her magnificent Friesian Black Horses at the sanctuary overlooking Cartmel Priory in the English Lake District.


It will be a while before I am recovered fully enough to take to my new Cube e-bike and carry my camera kit on two wheels far and wide to places I have never been before. Eventually it will give me a new freedom to get up on the bridleways and get ahead of horse hacks on the Cartmel Fells and in places like Grizedale Forest.


Looking back, the lockdowns gave me an amazing opportunity to take stock of my ways of working to get a balance between photoshoots and my other creative ventures.  With a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, my bursts of creativity have included painting in oils, watercolour and inks. I am also busy writing a book about a Friesian colt called Hannes, illustrated by my own hand.


I specialise in photographing equine subjects and, for the last 11 years, I have been so blessed to spend so much time capturing images of my favourite Friesian models at Tracey Alexander's The Friesian Experience in Cartmel, where Friesian Education and Wellness is at the heart of everything we do. I regularly meditate with the horses and the effects on both my mental and physical health have been emotional and profound in these uncertain times. If anyone would like to meditate with the horses, under my guidance, and have some lovely intimate photos to take away, we will be adding the Friesian Horse Meditation session with prices to The Friesian Experience website soon.


Limited Edition Friesian Portraits

In March 2020, Tracey and I started working on a new creative initiative to produce a Limited Edition series of elegant plein air photographic portraits of all the Cartmel Friesians. It turned out to be a summer full of tragedy with the loss of three horses - Traceys 'once in a lifetime' stallion, Droomwals; sweet little filly Ciska; and rescued from abandonment, Noortje. Tracey's first Model Mare, Femma, also died peacefully after living a full life touching the hearts of so many. I hope we can resume the portrait sessions in the spring of 2022 when we can find a window of opportunity!


Animals in action...

I don't just photograph Friesians. I can come and photograph you with your own horse, farm animals, 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 copper hues. The Lake District National Park is a place full of contradictions, drama and contrast, where the iconic Herdwick sheep appear to effortlessly defy the laws of gravity clinging hefted to the hillside, as they have done for centuries.


Prices

I have not put my prices up for five years, but with so many obstacles thrown at me in 2020 and 2021, I have had to adjust my fees to compensate and I will now be asking for a deposit. 


Peruse this website to see what I get up to and do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions by email: sandykitching@me.com or iPhone: 075955 82525. I also do Gift Vouchers.


LOVE & LIGHT

Sandy Kitching, February 2022

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