This week we meet pet & horse photographer Mitch McFarlane of the Scottish Borders, Scotland. Not only does Mitch create stunning photos of animals, but she also has them printed on some fun formats. Her Etsy shop is full of animal photo canvas and prints to decorate your home or office, tote bags so you can take your favorite horse photo on the go, horse printed pillows that you can snuggle up to, and breathtaking horse photo cell phone cases. Today, Mitch shares her thoughts on animal inspiration.
Growing up I always had pets, and I have always loved all animals. Horses in particular always fascinated me – I thought they were the most beautiful thing on earth, and drew them everywhere, including on my school book covers! Animals inspire me because they are always honest and genuine, what you see is what you get, and if you love them and are kind to them, they love you back. I love to capture this in my photography.
I mostly work with photography, but I do also like to paint and draw when I have the time. I usually use acrylics, oils or pencil.
As long as I can remember I have painted, drawn or made things. I remember picking and drying flowers to make pictures with, drying lavender and sewing little lavender scent bags, making clay pots and more. My painting started with ‘paint by numbers’, and drawing started with my favourite book ‘how to draw horses’, but I did gradually get better and eventually went on to do ‘art and design’ at college.
I have had many pets over the years…dogs, cats, rats, hamsters, gerbils, goats, chickens, turkeys and horses. Nearly all of them have been rescues. My husband and I are vegan and can’t turn down an animal in need. The most pets we ever had at one time was five cats, four dogs and two ponies. At the moment our animal family is quite small though with only two cats – Ziggy and Mitsy, one dog - Woody and two ponies – Manadis and Harley. If I had the space and the money I would love an animal sanctuary!
I love lots of my photos, but I think my favourite is of a semi feral Fell pony I named ‘scruffy’ because I just Iove the look he is giving the camera.
I do photoshoots of peoples pets and horses which I love. Also, at the moment I am working on a personal project to photograph all of Britain’s native pony breeds in their native habitats – there are 10 altogether. You can read about it on my blog, www.mitchmcfarlane.blogspot.co.uk and very soon I am hoping to make them all into a photo book!
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