I had the privilege of growing up on a dairy farm in Pembrokeshire so love the opportunity to put my wellies on and take pictures down on a farm. Cows make great subjects, they are naturally curious and with little encouragement will come right up to you in a field. While this makes close-up shots easy, you cannot put your camera bag down for long or their curious noses will leave a trail of drool over all of your kit.

Going through the shooting brief with my subjects - cow photography

Going through the shooting brief with my subjects

I was recently asked to photograph three different herds of cattle in Wiltshire. The summer of 2018 has been one of the driest summers in decades and the traditional green English landscape was starting to look a little scorched. Fortunately there had been a bit of rain a couple of weeks before the shoot so the grass had started to green up a bit.

Brown Swiss Cattle, Rancourt Farm near Swindon

Brown Swiss Cattle and Friesians , Cancourt Farm near Swindon

Brown Swiss Cattle, Rancourt Farm near Swindon

Brown Swiss Cattle, Cancourt Farm near Swindon

Quite a few of the farms I have worked at have diversified into other product lines or services from ice cream and cheese to clamping pods. While I am on the farm it is normally quite easy to pull out a set of lights and set up a temporary studio in a barn or farmhouse kitchen to get some product shots or portraits of the staff or owners of the farm.

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, near Bath

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, near Bath

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, near Bath

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, near Bath

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Farmhouse kitchen studio

Farmhouse kitchen studio

James the Herdsman

James the Herdsman

Will and Dawn Hawking, owners of Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Will and Dawn Hawking, owners of Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

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Agricultural clients include; NMR, Cow Management Magazine, Marshfield Farm Ice Cream.