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"My mission is to bring magic into the world of horses"

Sandra Buus

It takes a bit of preparation to plan a fantasy shoot. Often it is Sandra who gets the ideas for the pictures, but before that the customers have looked at Sandra's website and have selected some costumes and equipment that they would like to include in the pictures.

The location for the photo shoot is also something that Sandra and the customer agree on in advance. But from thereon it is Sandra who, with the help of a highly developed creative sense, further develops the ideas and make sure the right pictures
are taken on the day of the shoot. 

Most of the pictures she are within the genre of Fantasy Fine Art. These kinds of pictures can be made in both warm and cold colors. Summer can be turned into winter and there is the opportunity to play with smoke bombs, theater blood and swords during the shooting. Once the pictures are taken, the editing work starts, which is an important part of the work.

“I work a lot with post-production in Photoshop. Here it is possible to shape the images so that they hit exactly the expression that the customer had in mind”, Sandra says.

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By Bettina Stecher. Photo: Tales by Sipo.

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Fantasy photographer:

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There once was a little girl who loved adventure. As this girl grew up, she discovered the marvelous world of photography and its endless possibilities.

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These are the words you meet on Sandra Buus' website. Sandra is the woman behind the company "Tales by Sipo," which is primarily known for its beautiful fantasy images with horses and their owners. Pictures that are like taken out of Vikings, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Ring and Robin Hood. On many streaming services and in the cinema, adventure is a frequently visited genre that is constantly growing and evolving. And for good reason.

The fairy tale as a genre is characterized by being a fantastic tale where anything is possible. In the fairy tale, the focus is on the main character and the action, which takes place in an indefinite time and place. The plot of the fairy tale is thus detached from the normal world. And that's the whole idea behind the concept, Sandra explains.

"People like adventure, and many people dream of getting a little bit of magic into an everyday life that is often filled with practical things and chores."

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That's part of Sandra's mission. To bring a touch of magic and adventure into the world of horses. But how did she come up with that idea?

Sandra started out as a completely ordinary photography apprentice. But during her education she started taking fantasy pictures and quickly discovered that there was a great interest in different pictures and that there was a market for it.

"I have no idea at all how many fantasy pictures I have taken over time. But there are many, and I can feel that the interest continues."

One might be tempted to think that Sandra's customers are primarily role-playing enthusiasts or academic riders, but that is far from the truth.

“Most of my customers are ordinary horse owners. They are primarily women between the ages of 20 and 50, and they come from vastly different disciplines. There are many dressage riders, but also riders who just enjoy a good hack. What they have in common is that they want to be immortalized with their best friend in an adventurous way. Who does not want to feel like you are in a movie? An adventure?” Sandra asks.

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Sandra's customers have the opportunity to borrow costumes, horse equipment and props when they do fantasy shoot at Tales by Sipo. And precisely the costumes are a very important part for Sandra because they make a big difference in the final product.

Sandra often buys the costumes used on local markets or online. All of them are high quality. According to Sandra, this is important, as you do not get the same expression and effect if you use cheap costumes. You can actually see it in the pictures, and it will affect the final pictures in a negative way.

Most popular costumes

Although Sandra has an impressive collection of costumes and equipment, there are some things that are particularly popular with customers.

  • The green wool coat with matching riding skirt
  • The brown mooring
  • The Skyrim bridle
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What do the horses say?

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How do the horses react to this fuss with costumes, props and smoke bombs? These are probably thoughts many horse owners will have if they are considering getting fantasy pictures made.

“In fact, I very rarely experience that the horse reacts negatively to anything during the shoot. Some may just need to take a closer look at things, and others may react to a sword glistening in the sun or a smoke bomb. But the vast majority of horses are incredibly cool - even if they have never tried it before”, Sandra concludes.

If you are curious to see more of Sandra's adventurous photos, or want to read more about the concept, visit the website

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"My mission is to bring magic into the world of horses"

Sandra Buus

Fantasy photographer:

By Bettina Stecher. Photo: Tales by Sipo.

These are the words you meet on Sandra Buus' website. Sandra is the woman behind the company "Tales by Sipo," which is primarily known for its beautiful fantasy images with horses and their owners. Pictures that are like taken out of Vikings, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Ring and Robin Hood. On many streaming services and in the cinema, adventure is a frequently visited genre that is constantly growing and evolving. And for good reason.

The fairy tale as a genre is characterized by being a fantastic tale where anything is possible. In the fairy tale, the focus is on the main character and the action, which takes place in an indefinite time and place. The plot of the fairy tale is thus detached from the normal world. And that's the whole idea behind the concept, Sandra explains.

That's part of Sandra's mission. To bring a touch of magic and adventure into the world of horses. But how did she come up with that idea?

Sandra started out as a completely ordinary photography apprentice. But during her education she started taking fantasy pictures and quickly discovered that there was a great interest in different pictures and that there was a market for it.

"I have no idea at all how many fantasy pictures I have taken over time. But there are many, and I can feel that the interest continues."

One might be tempted to think that Sandra's customers are primarily role-playing enthusiasts or academic riders, but that is far from the truth.

“Most of my customers are ordinary horse owners. They are primarily women between the ages of 20 and 50, and they come from vastly different disciplines. There are many dressage riders, but also riders who just enjoy a good hack. What they have in common is that they want to be immortalized with their best friend in an adventurous way. Who does not want to feel like you are in a movie? An adventure?” Sandra asks.

"People like adventure, and many people dream of getting a little bit of magic into an everyday life that is often filled with practical things and chores."

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From idea to finished image

It takes a bit of preparation to plan a fantasy shoot. Often it is Sandra who gets the ideas for the pictures, but before that the customers have looked at Sandra's website and have selected some costumes and equipment that they would like to include in the pictures.

The location for the photo shoot is also something that Sandra and the customer agree on in advance. But from thereon it is Sandra who, with the help of a highly developed creative sense, further develops the ideas and make sure the right pictures
are taken on the day of the shoot. 

Most of the pictures she are within the genre of Fantasy Fine Art. These kinds of pictures can be made in both warm and cold colors. Summer can be turned into winter and there is the opportunity to play with smoke bombs, theater blood and swords during the shooting. Once the pictures are taken, the editing work starts, which is an important part of the work.

“I work a lot with post-production in Photoshop. Here it is possible to shape the images so that they hit exactly the expression that the customer had in mind”, Sandra says.

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Most popular costumes

Sandra's customers have the opportunity to borrow costumes, horse equipment and props when they do fantasy shoot at Tales by Sipo. And precisely the costumes are a very important part for Sandra because they make a big difference in the final product.

Sandra often buys the costumes used on local markets or online. All of them are high quality. According to Sandra, this is important, as you do not get the same expression and effect if you use cheap costumes. You can actually see it in the pictures, and it will affect the final pictures in a negative way.

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Although Sandra has an impressive collection of costumes and equipment, there are some things that are particularly popular with customers.

  • The green wool coat with matching riding skirt
  • The brown mooring
  • The Skyrim bridle

What do the horses say?

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How do the horses react to this fuss with costumes, props and smoke bombs? These are probably thoughts many horse owners will have if they are considering getting fantasy pictures made.

“In fact, I very rarely experience that the horse reacts negatively to anything during the shoot. Some may just need to take a closer look at things, and others may react to a sword glistening in the sun or a smoke bomb. But the vast majority of horses are incredibly cool - even if they have never tried it before”, Sandra concludes.

If you are curious to see more of Sandra's adventurous photos, or want to read more about the concept, visit the website

There once was a little girl who loved adventure. As this girl grew up, she discovered the marvelous world of photography and its endless possibilities.

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