Bronwen has been photographing thoroughbreds professionally in Australia since 1995. She is widely regarded as the industry leader and has a reputation for consistently setting the benchmark for racetrack and stud farm imagery over the course of her career. Her shooting style continues to be watched and copied by other photographers however her quality remains unsurpassed.
Bronwen became a fully accredited racetrack photographer in both NSW and Victoria in 1995 and her library of major Australian Group 1 winners and races dates back to 1992. In 2008 Bronwen began began photographing stallions at stud commercially for the major Hunter Valley stud farms. She has been entrustred with the precious stallion roster at John Messara's famed Arrowfield Stud since 2008. In the Spring of 2010 Bronwen's work became closely linked with the now retired unbeaten world champion Black Caviar. Her library contains the most intimate and extensive set of images taken by any photographer or photographic agency of the horse the world affectionately knew as "Nelly". However to Bronwen the mare will always be called "The Famous Pony". Her work was heavily featured by Gerard Whateley in his highly successful book "Black Caviar - the Authorised Story". His "Illustrated Edition" of the book has a large number of her pieces and all editions featured Bronwen's famous images of the covers. During production Bronwen worked closely with Gerard and the team from HarperCollins/ABC Books and the book continues to enjoy tremendous success. In 2013 the statue of Black Caviar was unveiled by the shores of Lake Nagambie, which is her birthplace. This 110% bronzed statue, commissioned by the champion's breeder and made by renowned sculptor Mitch Mitchell, and was based on Bronwen's image.
In 2015 Bronwen made her first trip to the United States to photograph cult hero and 2015 Triple Crown winner, the champion colt American Pharoah, in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Revered journalist Steve Haskin wrote about Bronwen's journey on his famous "Hangin' with Haskin" blog at The BloodHorse. His piece is available here. After the Haskell Bronwen travelled to Kentucky and spent 4 days photographing some of the best stallions in America, as well as the champion mares Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra.
Bronwen combines her photographic work on the racetrack with being the main stallion and farm photographer for some of the world's most important and influential stallions and their progeny. She has been entrusted with the precious stallion roster at Arrowfield Stud since 2008. She is the primary photographer for Vinery Stud and Emirates Park and the preferred Australian stallion photographer for Darley. She was also selected to provide the feature racetrack and behind the scenes imagery for the inaugural running of The Championships in 2014 by Racing NSW. In 2013 she photographed the world champion racehorse Animal Kingdom for Arrowfield Stud and in 2014 photographed his highly anticipated first foals as well as first season stallion Dundeel who had retired to Arrowfield Stud following his triumph in the 2014 $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Bronwen's clients include Arrowfield Stud, the Aga Khan Studs, the Irish National Stud, Vinery Stud, Twin Hills Stud, Haras d'Etreham, The Championships and Racing NSW, Magic Millions, TDN, Woodside Park Stud, James Harron Bloodstock, Cornerstone Stud, Millpark Stud, China Horse Club, Champion Thoroughbreds, HarperCollins/ABC Books, Inglis, Josephy Lyddy, blackcaviar.net.au, Emirates Park Stud, Aushorse, ABC Books, Darley, Cambridge Publishing Limited, Inglis, Timeform (UK), Owner & Breeder Magazine (UK), Tabcorp, ACTTAB, Racing NSW, BlueBloods, Racetrack Magazine, Pan MacMillan and Random House. Her work on Black Caviar was widely published in both the News Ltd and Fairfax masthead newspapers all over Australia. Bronwen's work continued to be sourced by the editorial team at The Daily Telegraph and she was recently asked to photograph Vegas Showgirl's new foal. The acclaimed broodmare foaled a beautiful filly by Arrowfield Stud's champion stallion Snitzel. Vegas Showgirl is famous as the dam of champion Winx.
On a Personal Note:
Bronwen now works at times with her partner and fellow photographer Darren Tindale who now freelances after retiring from a glittering career as a Herald Sun photographer. Darren's timeless image of Saintly sleeping with the 1996 Melbourne Cup hangs in the Flemington pressroom and he worked closely with the former Bart Cummings trained champion So You Think. Their combined skills and love of the racing industry make them a formidable combination.
As a team we strive for excellence. We use only the very best equipment, and seek to produce images that stand alone. We enjoy the "catch us if you can" approach as the other equine photographers continually try to emulate our style and results. We want clients to use our images because we took them and because they are the best. We do not strive to be the cheapest but we do claim to be the best. In 2017 the Image is Everything now prepares to embark on a journey to Europe where we will photograph at the some of the very best farms in Ireland, France and England. Catch us! If you can!
"She consistently produces memorable images to a high professional standard. Some photographs, including her 2009 head shot of Redoute's Choice, have become defining images for individual stallions".
John Messara (Chairman Arrowfield Stud, Chairman Racing NSW Chairman Australian Racing Board):
"The photography brings this book to life and the talents of those included captivate. None more so that Bronwen Healy who captured 'the famous pony' like no other: you have my professional admiration and profound gratitude".
Gerard Whateley. Author "Black Caviar - Illustrated Edition".