Those of you who are regular readers of my ‘blog will know that I recently undertook a commission on behalf of the world’s leading equine charity, World Horse Welfare

The brief was to produce a portrait of Zara Phillips, and the horse which carried her to an eventing silver medal in this Summer’s London Olympics, High Kingdom.

The image was intended as a gift for the charity’s President, HRH The Princess Royal, to commemorate her efforts on the organisation’s behalf.

Both Zara and High Kingdom had been wonderful to work with during the shoot at Gatcombe Park.

I must admit to feeling rather nervous before a framed version of the selected print was presented to The Princess Royal during World Horse Welfare’s annual conference at the Royal Geographical Society’s headquarters in London.

However, any anxiety gave way to pride and no little relief at the positive, very natural way she reacted to the photograph.

She spent time with me talking about how I had worked with Zara to create the image. Her kind compliments brought home to me not only the kind of impact that my work can have but the fillip that I get in seeing it generate such a response.