This beautiful Ni Riain Fine Art Equine Portrait of Robyn Moran was commisioned at Dublin Horse Show by her parents Brian and Caroline Moran. This portrait is part of my 2017 Dublin Horse Show Exhibition – RDS Main Hall E19 beside Kingsland Equestrian
Robyn Moran and Western Oreo paired up together for the first time in August 2013 and since then have clocked up a total of 41 wins & 25 second place spots. This pair went from strength to strength in their 3 years together and proved a force to be reckoned with on the pony circuit. Some highlights from their time together as follows:
*Winners at The Cavan Home Pony International in 2014, 2015 & 2016
*Members of the Irish 138cm Team that won Silver in 2016 at Cavan Home Pony International
* Winners of the Springboard Final in 2014
* Winners of 2 RDS qualifiers in 2016 in Mullingar and Barnadown
* Their first outing to the RDS saw them finishing 8th in the Final in 2015.
* They finished 2nd in the RDS Final in 2016 having won the first qualifying round in The Simonscourt
* Winners of the Ennis leg of Spring Tour in 2016 and 3rd overall in the Spring Tour Final
* 2nd in the 1.20m Final at the National Championships in Mullingar in 2015 & coming back to win it in 2016
* Winners at the English Home Pony in Southview in 2016 along with competing as part of the Irish Team that won Silver
This commissioned professional Equine portrait of Top Showjumping Horse and prolific winner, “Mrs Quinn” who partnered Ireland’s top International show jumping rider, Greg Broderick of Ballypatrick Stables to many of his National wins.
Mrs Quinn was a fantastic mare to photograph. She adores Gregs sister Cheryl and was a supermodel for us during the photoshoot. I used my signature studio lighting set up as it really highlights her gorgeous compact confirmation.
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Sire: Laughton’s Flight
Dam: Kyle flower
Owner: Caledonia Stables
Breeder: John Doyle
“Mrs Quinn is a typical Irish horse with a huge heart and a real fighter in the ring. She has a quirky personality and she’s not a lover of the farrier or the clipping machine, but we get around her. She was bought in Cavan sales as a five-year- old and campaigned in Canada under Alan Kruger before returning to Ireland as an 11 year-old. It took a while to get to know each other but we have formed a very good partnership.
She is a full sister to International showjumping mare Shannondale, so its exiting to see what her foals will be like.
“Since competing at Grand Prix level in Ireland she has clocked up numerous wins”
This was an equine commission from Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show of sisters Charolette and Sarah Jane with their beautiful horses at their home. The girls were fantastic to work with. We had glorious evening light. When I arrived the girls were wearing beautiful blue dresses, the opposite in the colour wheel to brown is blue. It was a great fun session for me and we even took a few family photos with the girls parents & brother as well.
The girls Mum helped behind the scenes at the session. You can imagine how much work goes into cleaning tack, clipping and washing horses for a photo session:)
I used my signature studio lighting to enhance the conformation of the horses
This family equine portrait was taken on the beautiful laneway of trees on their family farm in Fethard Co. Tipperary. This lovely couple I met at the Dublin Horse Show/. On arriving the trees and light caught my eye. When deciding which way to photograph I always look at the light direction and then view from various angles. I love frames with in frames when taking photographs. It forces your eye to the brightest part of a photograph. I walked up and down the avenue to get the right light and placement. I was mesmerised by the trees and rustic Irish setting that evening. The winter light is a low angle and I used it as backlight. The studio lights worked as fills and to highlight the ponies coats and confirmation.
The twins were such great fun to photograph and their Dad had their ponies turned out so beautifully. It was photographed on their grandparents farm which had the most beautiful old trees which were cover in lichen (a sign of pure air). When the evening light hit the trees and ponies coats – it was picture perfect
To mark this couples recent engagement I wanted to create a unique portrait that the couple would treasure forever. They both come from Dairy Farms and I originally thought lets take the portrait on the farm with cows, however the Groom rightly pointed out that “calves were the future on any farm”. I wanted a casual relaxed fun image.
I presented it to the couple in a large cream mount – A signature board so all their guests could sign.
Engagement Portrait – E-session Couple with Showjumping horse
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It was a beautiful day in Newtownards Northern Ireland when I photographed this showjumper and her horse. The area around her home was very picturesque with lovely old trees in the paddock.
When I arrive at a shoot, before I ever start taking photos I not only have to introduce myself to the people involved but also the horse. That time is the key to relaxed portraits. I then walk around the areas and study the light and decide both the angles and composition.
I really enjoyed balancing the studio lights with the available lights in the full lenght photo. The air was so pure the bark of the old tress was covered in lichen, I very subtly rake lit the bark, with out this the bark would have gone dark and their true beauty would have been lost.
Nikki’s inner beauty radiates from her and was very easy to capture. Her parents were fantastic assistants on the shoot and made the morning so relaxed and hospitable. When I look back on the Summer of 2013 this morning will hold a special place