Headshots Sussex … on a Dairy Farm. Doesn’t sound right does it. However, professional headshots are very in vouge at present, rightly so! However I’ve never been asked to attend a farm yard to capture a dairy farmer headshot before. Today was a first. I LOVE MILK.
Upon arrival I experienced mud to new heights. My wellies fell over and the slurry slurpped up my body into my face. I hadn’t even looked the car! Not a great look I can assure you.
After mopping myself down, I wandered through the farmyard to find my portrait sitter. She was voted to be Britains sexiest farmer 2013 I’ll have you know.
Kate was to appear in a newsletter called ‘Milkmatters’, on behalf of the dairy company Arla. They were featuring the farm and their cattle. She needed some headshots taken on her dairy farm. I LOVE MILKSHAKES.
Our first stop was into a muddy field with heards of young Heifer were held. See I know all the technical lingo now guys. A Heifer is a female cow that has yet to have any offspring. They were instantly drawn to my flash equipment and the camera. Cow’s love to lick things and my lens was on the menu!
I got away lightly…after 5 or 10 minutes snapping away we jumped back over the gate and made our way to another heard in a barn happily muching away at straw and cattle feed. Where we did some portraits of Kate and some of the cattle too. But the best was yet to come.
At the milking parlour I was confronted by 70 strong fully grown animals. All waiting for their turn at the pumps. All very friendly, if a little scared at first. That’s me by the way! The cattle didn’t really want to know, they are rather camera shy I think. They had their minds on the job, so I too went in. All the pumps, cables and tubes were difficult to navigate and my larger flash system had to wait behind. This was flash on camera territory and I was confronted by around 30 cow’s bottoms. I was warned in advance that things could get messy but I was lucky enough not to get covered. I even managed to grab a little Facebook Live video there too! I LOVE ICE CREAM.
A few more portraits and onto the farmhouse for a warm up coffee and a couple of business poses from Kate. That’s where we finished the shoot.
With plenty in the bag I was happy, if a little muddy.
Below you’ll see a few of the images from the headshots, alongside her father in a couple too.
You’ll find me taking headshots around Sussex … sometimes even on a Dairy Farm
I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and the cows were so well looked after and cared for. They really were.