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  • Writer's pictureFran Mackintosh

Quarantine Portraits of Redwings Adoption Stars

Updated: Aug 28, 2020

These are challenging times for a pet photographer, especially one without any pets in her house! My husband and I moved out of his parent’s house just before the lockdown, leaving behind 5 cats who I had come to love as my own. With no clients or models I can photograph, I have been turning my attention to re-editing some of my older photographs.

As you may or may not know, I do volunteer work for Redwings Horse Sanctuary and regularly photograph their summer events, taking images for their social media and website. Click here to read more about my charity work. I have a ton of images from the past few years that I have not looked at in a while, and I thought it would be a nice idea to give some of them a more creative edit!

One of my favourite editing styles is black background portraits. These are a really classic style of portrait that puts all of the focus on the animal and really shows them off without any distractions.

I typically would try to shoot these intentionally either with the animal posing in front of a dark area such as a doorway, stable, or barn etc, or with a backdrop. These were all created in post production so were more of a challenge.

These horses, ponies and donkeys are all Redwings Adoption Stars at the Ada Cole center in Harlow, Essex. They are available to sponsor, please visit for more information.

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