Meet the Photographer

Like most people who grew up in the North of England, family holidays were spent at the many seaside resorts where the lure of Arcades, Rock and Donkey Rides made the hours enjoyable as well as the illuminations around the festive period.

My first experience of the equine world was at said holiday in Blackpool. I got to ride a donkey on the beach and to be fair I was terrified! So much so that when the donkey started trotting I stiffened up and slid sideways and at the age of 5 was hanging off the side of a donkey trotting down the beach terrified to fall off!

Many holidays have been spent since in warmer climates and in it was on a holiday to Cyprus where i saw advertised a 1 hour horse trek. I decided at the age of 21 to try the whole riding thing again. This was a nice hack around the hills of Cyprus. All was going well until the instructor asked if I knew how to trot. I of course, being a man, said yes! 10 painful minutes later of doing what I now know is 'sitting trot' but felt more like torture, the instructor saw I wasn't competent enough to trot and the 1 hours long trek turned into a 3 hour ordeal!

Forward 4 years...

My equine passion started by accident when I signed up to the Kings Troop in the British Army (I say accident, lack of Physical Training made me join that regiment).

Here I rode horses for the Queen, performing gun salutes in Hyde Park and Green Park, performing ceremonial duties such as Trooping the Colour, Queens Lifeguards and The Lord Mayors parade and even went eventing and Show Jumping. After 4 years the riding, polishing and standing to attention for long hours took its toll and I decided to become a civilian once again.

My photography passion began when my now ex partner started taking (dragging) me to her dressage, show jumping and eventing shows. This began just taking pictures of her and her 2 horses. The ratio of pictures taken to ones she liked was something like 200:1 and so quickly learnt what was liked, needed and wanted. Her friends liked what they saw and started to ask me whether I would take photos of them and hence Brian Findlay Photography was born.

Having spent many years around horses from youngsters to mature horses. I feel this experience with them has resulted in me being able to capture the emotion between horse and rider.

Now you know all about me ... I hope to see you at an event soon or contact us for a photoshoot.


What Clients Are Saying

“Fabulous photos after an amazing day. My daughter has always wanted to have her photo with the horses but was very nervous beforehand. Brian made everything so relaxing and she was made to feel at ease very quickly. If anyone is thinking of getting their photos done I can highly recommend Brian Findlay Photography”