March 29, 2021 | Features
Sinéad’s series of Coolmore Stud’s most prized stallions is the product of many years of developing a unique lighting style and technique. She has been able to capture the form and beauty of some of the most valuable and successful horses in the industry, and we’re delighted to be able to share her interview with you, here.
Would you share with us a little bit of background on the awarded work?
The Coolmore Stallions are part of a series of signature lit portraits I’m still working on.
Having created my signature studio lighting I use the light to paint the beauty, conformation, and character of these high-performance horses.
Joseph O’Brien commissioned me to capture his Group 1 winners. Latrobe was trained by Joseph and was ridden by Donnacha his brother — a rare combination.
Winning the Gold Medal, followed by the IPPVA Portrait Photographer of the Year Award for the second time, and then winning the World Cup Best of Nation was confirmation of my successful lighting techniques over a long period.
Working with the most valuable horses in both racing, showjumping, dressage, and eventing has been both challenging and rewarding.
Each year — pre-covid — I exhibit at the Dublin Horse Show, and Tattersall International Horse Trials has given my work an international window.
We know a lot our readers will love to hear more about gear, equipment and post-treatment. Tell us more.
My Hasselblad X1D camera and Profoto lights are state-of-the-art and have enabled me to achieve the quality and detail you see in my imagery.
My composition and lighting techniques have evolved over the years in my purpose-built studio in Cassestown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Is there a particular image or artist that has inspired/moved you?
Rembrandt lighting would have always inspired me, and I’ve always admired the artistic beauty and quality of fellow professional photographer, Vincent O’Byrne.
As a child, I won art competitions, and my 1st cousin, Cathy Carmen, is a renowned sculptor. Her son, Simon, is equally talented in equine sculpture and painting.
What would be your 3 main tips for a photographer with a strong portfolio of personal work wanting to start a business?
What would you most love to photograph right now if Covid restrictions weren’t a reality?
Once conditions allow, I look forward to travelling to the US to finish my series with the Coolmore America stallions.