Anyone who has picked up a copy of the great country magazines or flicked through a brochure for luxury country country brands 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, Fieldsports Journal and Gundog Journal and more, and she has documented everything from days with hounds in New Zealand to high-bird shoots in Spain to Princess Anne at home at Gatcombe. 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 of the countryside. 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.
Sarah has 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.
Sarah's work has seen her accoladed with awards – Sarah being named Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year overall winner in both 2018 and 2019.
Sarah is equally skilled in the worlds of equestrian sport, photographing five-star eventing, top-class racing for The Jockey Club and bloodstock sales for Goffs. The epic adventures that are the Mongol and Gaucho Derbys have taken Sarah across the globe, to Mongolia in 2021 and Patagonia 2022 respectively. Documenting these endurance races is a testament to Sarah's skill and determination to be in the perfect position to capture the riders and their horses as well as the support crews and the landscape they inhabit.
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.
Commercial photography is another string to Sarah’s bow, with high-end shoots for luxury brands such as James Purdey & Sons, Schöffel Country, Gleneagles, Patrick Mavros, Nobel Outfitters among others 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.
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.