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Stallion Book Photos: Head shot, Conf shot, Action shot???

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  • Stallion Book Photos: Head shot, Conf shot, Action shot???

    Mare Owner's do you have a preference for what type of photo you want to see in a registry’s stallion book?
    I am trying to decide which type to use…

    Option 1: A beautiful head/neck shot, would prob make you stop on the page
    Option 2: Good action shot, shows stallion nicely in a competition moment
    Option 3: Classical stand up conformation shot

    Many thanks, I am torn and biased!

  • #2
    I know that my favorite pictures of my stallion were his head shots, most particularly his expression when in work.

    But the conformation shots were what I used (once I got a good one) - that's what mareowners want to see.
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    • #3
      It used to be confo shots, but with the advent of the internet, I think whatever photo is the most pleasing and most likely to generate interest to get people to go to your website is appropriate. Just make sure its an eye catching, beautiful photo.
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      • Original Poster

        I feel the same ahf!
        I am very drawn to this head/neck shot I just got, it was a special moment for us so, I am prob really biased...

        (I have done a quick photoshop of the reins out - will work more on it if it gets the go ahead!)

        This is one of the action shots: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...type=3&theater

        Another action (have not ordered yet hence link): http://stacylynnephoto.exposuremanag...filesize=large
        I like how he is in the light and the spectators are shadowed

        Thank-you for the advice Equine Repo, you will be my enabler to push for the head shot!


        • #5
          I saw the head shot you are referring to, and it is breathtaking; no wonder you want to use it. That said, I really like having a good conformation shot. I keep all my stallion books, and over the years it has been very useful to look up a stallion and see his conformation. For that reason, I prefer conformation to action shots too.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by clint View Post
            I saw the head shot you are referring to, and it is breathtaking; no wonder you want to use it. That said, I really like having a good conformation shot. I keep all my stallion books, and over the years it has been very useful to look up a stallion and see his conformation. For that reason, I prefer conformation to action shots too.
            Ditto this. If I see a well put together stallion that will give me the impetus to go to his website, where I can see more - including gorgeous head and action shots.
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            • #7
              All of the above! But a good conformation shot is a sine qua non.
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              • #8
                I would choose a good conformation shot over the rest. If I like the bloodlines, and I like what I see from the conformation shot, then I would inquire for video of your stallion. Action shots are great, but they can hide many conformational faults when tack and wraps are.

                Have to add the your stallion has matured beautifully. I think the last time I saw him was four years ago in Devon, and that was just in-hand.
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                • #9
                  I agree with all the folks who are saying the CONFORMATION is what we need to see! The head shot would be great at the top of his page on your website.

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                  • #10
                    I would use a conformation or full body action shot - such as trotting or cantering. I lean towards conformation shot.

                    I would not use a head shot because it does not give someone a good look at the stallion and they want to see the entire stallion, not just his head.

                    I personally do not like jumping shots for the same reason, usually part of the jump is obscurring the stallion and the action of the jump does not allow one to see any conformation at all.


                    • #11
                      Emy, he is LOVELY! You must be very pleased!

                      I agree, that a nice conformation shot would be best. You can always have more photo's on your website. I can see why you'd want to use the head shot though, it's really beautiful.


                      • #12
                        Conformation is the way to go! I am contacting a stallion owner right now about a conformation shot of her stud, because I like to look at the way he is built to see how he could influence my mare and what type of foal I might get. Like others have said, a good conformation shot will bring me in and I can always inquire a video of him at liberty or under saddle to see the way he moves. =)
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                        • #13
                          A Conformation picture is what I need to see to determine if I am interested enough to ask for videos or to visit the stallion.


                          • #14
                            Conformation, definitely. A nice confo shot would pique my interest, then I'd seek out action shots.
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                            • Original Poster

                              Ok, ok I will yield to peer pressure and put down the head shot Conformation shots x 2 it will be.
                              Thank-you for the kind words about him, he is turning into a pretty neat guy.
                              I got an elated call from his rider Annaliese this aft - she had taken him to school with Belinda Trussell and got 17 clean 1 Tempi's for the first time!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Emy View Post
                                Ok, ok I will yield to peer pressure and put down the head shot Conformation shots x 2 it will be.
                                Thank-you for the kind words about him, he is turning into a pretty neat guy.
                                I got an elated call from his rider Annaliese this aft - she had taken him to school with Belinda Trussell and got 17 clean 1 Tempi's for the first time!
                                Conformation shot definitely for a stallion book page! But, that is one gorgeous head shot!!!
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                                • #17
                                  Give me a great performance shot over a head shot any day, but then I am all about performance
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