Castani...award winning imagery

Winter is always an exciting time with our national awards. It's a big event on the calendar! I was rapt to receive a Bronze award for beautiful Castani (AKA George) at the NZIPP national IRIS awards held in Wellington in July 2018. As well as this award, I was thrilled to be win the "NZIPP Camera in Artistry Photographer of the Year" award, and I was also a finalist for the overall NZIPP Photographer of the Year.

If you're interested in seeing more of my work do check out my instagram pages both @estherbmb and @theartfulfilly... it's a creative mix of horses and people between the two sites!

Georges' sire is the amazing Per Incanto, owned by Little Avondale. And he's out of mare Canny Deal.



Kaimanawa wild horses...

Queen's Birthday weekend 2018, and I'm out of comfort zone (literally!) deep in the heart of the Kaimanawa ranges photographing these beautiful wild horses. I'm still pinching myself. It was one of the highlights of my life... 

We managed to get incredibly close to several of the family bands... they were curious, inquistive and trusting. 

I was incredibly fortunate to be sponsored by the outdoor clothing company Jack Wolfskin AU/NZ and I can honestly say I didn't feel the cold once! I confess I was more than a tad worried about the conditions as I knew it would potentially be winter at it's finest. We were fortunate to have glorious weather (with humdinger frosts!)

Grateful thanks to the team at Nikon NZ for their ongoing support and loan gear.

And to the Kaimanawa Heritage Horses Welfare Society Inc, NZDefence Force, and DoC, we thank you for the experience of a lifetime. 


Beach training...

Kariotahi at dawn is the place to be to see racehorses training...truck after truck arrived the morning I was there. Just before the sun broke through the gap, the colours were incredible...


Seeing double..

I love the Admirals Road, Clifton Grove area of the never fails to take my breath away when I reach the top and see the view. One of my favourite parts of the Wairarapa without a doubt. I photographed these gorgeous twin boys with their ponies. Their family owns Gladstone Horse Trekking, so they're spoilt for choice when it comes to horses to ride!


Captain Nemo

An evening shoot resulted in false start, due to kayaks on the water and some quad bikes. It was understandably all a bit too much for lovely Nemo! As Nemo was going to new owners the following week, our only option was to try again at dawn the following morning, and I'm so pleased we did! We arrived and it was still dark, and as the sun came up, so did the wind! I must admit it did make for some stunning photographs of Nemo and Rachel, and of course I'm always one for a bit of movement.