A few months ago I was running a competition on my Facebook page LizzyMint Photography to find the muddiest horse photo from my fans. One entry was of a delightfully dirty looking Fjord! I then discovered his owner was a designer and creator of beautiful bespoke crystal browbands for horses.
As soon as I looked through her browbands, I knew I wanted them to feature in one of my black head studies. I contacted Anita through her Facebook page, Xquisite Finds Equine Jewellery, to see if I could borrow one for a photo session.
She was delighted with the idea, and after a lot of discussion, and a lot of indecisiveness from me (!) I arranged to meet her at her home in Wigan.
She had so many browbands for me to choose from, & I was very grateful that she was trusting enough to let me walk away with 3 to try!! They were all so pretty and delicate, I wanted a fine horse's head to show them off, & I had a particular horse in mind.
Shnancy is a bay warmblood with a very fine face who I had known for a while. I contacted her owner and we set up a headshot session. We started with my favourite of the three, a beautifully dainty flower chain with blue crystals.
Shnancy was a perfectly behaved model, and the sun glinted from the crystal centre in each flower.
Next we tried another sparkly delicate chain, which really sparkled in the sunlight!
Finally we swapped for a crystal embedded, V-shaped browband. Shnancy was such a good girl for 3 bridle changes! She must have thought we had gone crazy, but she still modelled like a pro. She has such a delicate face, and her shiny coat almost matched the sparkle of the handmade browbands. This final browband suited her so well, that her owner decided there and then to buy it for her.
Anita at Xquisite Finds also tailor makes horse rhythm beads. When I returned her browbands she made me an incredible set of beads to match my horse. Unfortunately Jimbob was just coming into his winter coat, and looking particularly scruffy, so I wasn't able to get a good picture of him, yet! It's on the project list for next year, so keep your eyes peeled!
If you are interested in any of the browbands above, head on over to the Xquisite Finds Facebook page, they are stunning, and very reasonably priced, and Anita could not be more helpful.
If you have an equestrian item that you would like to feature in one of my images, please get in touch via the Contact page, I would love to hear from you! Also if you are interested in a headshot session to get a stunning print of your horse like the ones above, please get in touch.