We are so glad you've resolved to join us on this journey toward raising awareness and supporting an inclusive and diverse equestrian community.
Here you will find project guidelines as well as tools and resources to aid in gathering photos and stories for submission.
We are so excited to see their stories through your lenses! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
Thank you for joining the project!
- The EOCP Team
WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS PAGE:
Expectations for the Photographer
Contacting an EOC / Publishing a Model Call
Sending Story Questions to EOC
Conducting a Photo Session
Submitting Your Story
Sharing Your Story
We ask that you set aside a few moments to read the following articles before embarking on your first photo shoot. These articles touch on several points we sincerely hope all participating photographers will keep in mind when approaching an EOC, planning a shoot, and putting together a story for submission. This is a sensitive topic and should be approached with much sincerity and integrity.
Expectations for the Photographer
We expect each photographer who contributes to this project to abide by the following Policies:
- SESSION: Photographers will do sessions for this project FREE OF CHARGE.
- DELIVERY: Photographers will give the EOC 10 high-resolution digital files for personal use.
- AGE RESTRICTION: EOC's should be at least 16 years old.
- GROUPS: Sessions are limited to a single EOC per session (siblings, friend, parent/child cannot be a combined session). Exception to this rule is a story centered around a singular Non-Profit organization.
- COMMERCIAL POLICY: Sessions are shot as a portrait session with the EOC blog in mind. Any commercial or branding imagery discussed with your EOC must be shot separately from the EOC session to maintain integrity for the shoot and blog as a space for heartfelt stories. EOCP is NOT an advertising platform for your EOC. You are welcome to sell or distribute commercial use licenses to your EOC as you see fit, however the session should not be shot with the intention of highlighting products or services.
- PORTFOLIO USE: Photographers are welcome to use resulting images in your personal and business portfolios as well as use images to promote your participation in the EOCP.
- SALES RESTRICTION: No product sales sessions should take place for the EOCs. You may sell additional files or products at the EOC's request. This includes having the photos you send them in a gallery with a shopping cart.
Please contact the EOCP Lead Team with any questions regarding the above policies. We are happy to help or clarify as needed!
CODE OF ETHICS
We expect each photographer who contributes to this project to abide by the following Code of Ethics:
- Unconditional Empathy - I will not place limitations on the extent of my attempts to understand those whom I photograph and receive stories from as an Equestrian of Color (EOC). I will remain open to their feelings, however much they feel comfortable to share with me, and treat them with the respect and reverence their emotions deserve. I will in no way imply their feelings are not valid or meaningful and I will encourage open dialogue.
- Sensitivity - I will ensure I treat each EOC with the utmost respect and ensure they are comfortable with how they are represented in my photographs and in the sharing of their story.
- Selflessness - I will place the EOC’s story above my own personal ambitions as a photographer. I will not treat photoshoots as a portfolio-building opportunity but rather a vessel through which an EOC’s story can be shared with the world.
- Integrity - I will strive to honestly and accurately tell my EOC’s story in a genuine manner. I will not falsify accounts or misrepresent my EOC in any way and will be accountable for the truthfulness in my work.
- Awareness - I will create images with intentions that do not perpetuate systemic racism, stereotypes, or negative connotations that do not accurately represent the EOC whose story I am telling. I will ensure my actions do not give voice to fear, exclusion, isolation, or mistreatment of others.
- Fearlessness - I will stand with the EOCs I work with, in their bold choice to share their story publicly. I will prepare my business and my heart to enter the conversation that the Equestrians of Color Project (EOCP) strives to highlight - awareness and support of an inclusive, diverse equestrian community. In doing so, I am prepared to be a positive advocate for the EOC I represent and the EOCP.
Steps to Telling an EOCP Story
Step 1: CONTACT AN EOC / PUBLISH A MODEL CALL
Reaching out directly to an EOC:
First and foremost, be open, honest, and genuine. Instead of "Do you want to participate in a photo shoot?" try asking "Do you have a story to share as an Equestrian of Color?" Keep in mind it’s an awareness and ally project in addition to being a photography project, and this distinction is key in preparing your mindset and heart.
We've put together a helpful template email that you can download below. Feel free to modify it to fit your business and your voice.
Publishing a model call:
Model calls can be published publicly to your audience. Here is some suggested wording that can be altered to fit your business. Racial diversity in the equestrian community is just as important as ever, and I’m ready to listen, learn, evolve, and provide an outlet for those stories to be heard.
I’ve recently joined the Equestrians of Color Photography Project (@Eocproject) whose mission is to provide a safe space for equestrians of color to feel welcomed and comfortable in front of our camera while shedding light on challenging, uplifting, and inspirational stories they wish to share.
If you are an equestrian of color who is at least 16 years old or a Nonprofit Organization working in this space and would like to collaborate with me to share your story, please contact me / visit (LINK TO YOUR APPLICATION) and fill out the application.
Feel free to spread the word by sharing this post, and follow along with this incredible project: www.equestriansofcolor.com
Step 2: SEND STORY QUESTIONS
Once you have connected with the EOC and set up the photo session, please send them the following questions to answer about their experience as an Equestrian of Color. We've drafted an email template for you to use which you can download below:
Thre are two questions, which will not be published, should be:
"How do you want to be represented in the photos?"
"If you could have one dream photo from this session, what would it be?"
Additional questions will be the text for your blog submission. These responses should be a minimum of 4 complete sentences for each question. It is imperative you stress their responses are just as (if not more!) important to the story submission as the images you'll create together.
- How do you describe yourself as an equestrian?
- How has your culture influenced your equestrian lifestyle?
- What challenges have you faced as an equestrian of color?
- What words of encouragement would you have for other equestrians of color or people of color considering becoming equestrians?
Optional additional questions (please only choose up to 3):
- How did you get involved with horses?
- What role do horses currently play in your life?
- What is your happiest or proudest moment as an equestrian?
- In what way have you been most disappointed as an equestrian of color?
- What would you like people to know about your experiences as an equestrian of color?
- What would you like our readers to know about your history and/or culture?
- Quick Favorites:
- Horse breed
- Horse color
- Treat to give
- Place to ride
FOR NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:
- How did the organization get started?
- How do horses help accomplish the goals of the organization?
- How does the organization impact you and your community, especially for those who identify as people of color?
- What challenges has the organization faced?
- What words of encouragement would you have for equestrians of color or people of color considering becoming equestrians?
Optional additional questions:
- What accomplishment has made your organization the happiest or proudest?
- What would you like people to know about your organization?
We ask that responses be written by the EOC, or a representative of the Organization as appropriate, and only grammatical editing be done as the project should be a true representation of the EOC's story. If you decide to conduct any interviews in person, please accurately transcribe as much of their story and responses without your personal inflections, ideals, or alterations. This ensures the integrity of the stories and the project remains intact.
Step 3: PHOTO SESSION
The fun part! Meet your Equestrian of Color and tell their story through photos. There are no guidelines here as to what types of photos to create, but the session should include at least some portraits.
Remember, during Step 2 you would have asked how they prefer to be represented and what their dream photo would be. Their response should bear significant weight during your creative process.
Images of an individual EOC should focus on that person and their relationship with their horse or the horse they ride. Images of an organization may include multiple people and horses involved with the organization. Model releases should be signed by anyone who was photographed before submitting the images to the EOCProject.
Step 4: SUBMIT YOUR STORY
Once you have edited the photos and collected the EOC's story, you will then log into the site (login credentials will be sent to you in a separate email) and write the blog post.
Make sure you have downloaded and read our Getting Started guide before logging in and posting your first story. It contains helpful information for both new and experienced WordPress users to keep the stories consistent. Download it here: Getting Started Guide
We are looking for a minimum of 10, maximum of 25 images, and the answers to the above questions minimally edited for grammar or clarity only.
After your story is submitted it will be reviewed and then published. We will notify you when it goes live!
Step 5: SHARE YOUR STORY
We encourage all photographers (and your EOCs!) to share the link to your published story on social media outlets. Remember, the mission is to spread racial diversity awareness throughout the equestrian industry which means sharing the project as a whole. While you are absolutely welcome and within rights to share your own work, a link back to or mention of the Project furthers the overall goal of the EOCP and your personal goal as an ally.
A FINAL NOTE:
Accepted photographers must sign the EOCP Project Waiver to be placed on the Ally Directory. While we ask that each photographer commits to at least one story, there is no limit to how many stories can be submitted to the Project. Matter of fact, we encourage you to give voice to as many stories as possible!