Anyone who has picked up a copy of the great country magazines or flicked through
a brochure for top-class clothing and bloodstock companies
has seen the work of Sarah Farnsworth.
Her photographs have been featured on numerous front covers, of Country Life, Horse & Hound, The Field, Shooting Times and more, and she has documented everything from days with hounds in New Zealand to high-bird shoots in Spain to Prince Charles’s Countryside Heroes working as custodians of the countryside.
Her eye for a good composition and understanding of the rural life she documents is unparalleled, creating a winning combination. She was first given recognition
for her photography when chosen as the
2012 Rural Hero in the Countryside Alliance Awards that year.
Sarah fell under the spell of fieldsports in childhood, following hounds with her grandfather. Ever since, she has taken to field, hill and foreshore on every opportunity, building up an intimate knowledge that she shares with her husband and photography partner, Adam.
One reason Lionel Edwards is so acclaimed as a sporting artist is that he knew his subjects so well, and it is the same for Sarah.
She and Adam share an instinctive sense of where quarry and sportsman will go, how a landscape influences a day and how best to document it, capturing mood,
action and emotion in a single shot.
Undaunted by the weather, from Scottish hail to Mongolian downpours and African heat, Sarah will brave any conditions if the day demands it.
She knows where to be to get the perfect frame and will take any, and all measures
to get there, however uncomfortable.
Their work has seen them both accoladed with awards – Sarah being named Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year overall winner in both 2018 and 2019, and Adam being awarded overall runner up for the same prize in 2019 too.
Over recent years, Sarah has become equally skilled in the worlds of equestrian sport, photographing five-star eventing, top-class racing for The Jockey Club and bloodstock sales for Goffs and even the epic adventure that is the Mongol Derby.
Since 2016, she has been behind the scenes at the Grand National, finding and capturing the most emotional, thrilling images of grooms and great horses alike, including Tiger Roll after his 2018 and 2019 victories. One of Adam’s iconic images from the 2019 Grand National saw him win the Aintree Racing Photography competition for which all photographers who attend the festival can enter.
Commercial photography is yet another string to Sarah’s bow, with high-end shoots for brands such as Purdey, Schöffel Country, Gleneagles and Noble Outfitters among others under her belt and now becoming a much larger proportion of her work. She instinctively understands how to capture the lifestyle to which a brand is devoted, producing contemporary and atmospheric
photographs in locations ranging in diversity from
Scottish hillsides, to Texan hunting lands, to the Namibian desert to name a few.
When everyone else has gone home, hounds abed, clothes packed away and guns cleaned, Sarah will conduct the editing process with as much dedication as the shoot itself, processing hundreds of images to find the very best and applying an artist’s eye to the finish.
Her style is distinctive, recognisable for its clarity, composition and ability to
tell a whole story in a single shot.