Hi, I'm Sara!
I graduated from long island university Brooklyn in 2015 with a B.A in media arts with an emphasis in photography + a minor in journalism. I'm a jack of all trades, but somehow mastered the art of media (kinda). I'm a softball coach, a horse trainer, a retired student-athlete, a daughter, a big sister, a new yorker, an LA native, a cowgirl + a rockaholic. I enjoy spending time with my friends + my horse Marco. I drink a lot of coffee + love running the Brooklyn bridge. I like to sit in parks and read stories about Katniss Everdeen. I obsess over vampires + have an Augustus waters fetish. my favorite movies are Forrest Gump + how to train your dragon. I have frequent Green Day concerts in my car + Fleetwood Mac is always my first choice for vinyl purchases. I tried to look like Christina Perri once but ended up being Cher's doppelganger. More then anything I love hearing peoples stories and I'd love to hear yours!
WHY DID I PICK UP A CAMERA?
My calling to the arts started about the same time I started riding horses. my most favorite thing in the whole wide world is my horse Marco. he is my pride + joy that I've had the privilege of calling my best friend for over ten years! any horse person knows how forming a bond with these amazing creatures can change your life. I've been lucky enough to get to know + ride countless amounts of horses, but since owning my horse Marco all I've wanted to do is share our story with the people that matter most to me. from that point until now, there hasn't been a day I've gone to the barn without my camera. the love for documenting + capturing the undefined perfection of equine creatures carried to capturing moments, memories, experiences + the beauty that surrounded my life.
"THE LION MAN"
Owned since: Christmas Day 2009. I started leasing him in 2006!
Discipline: Fat, happy, and RETIRED! (although he was a pretty awesome barrel horse back in the day!)
Nicknames: Bubba, Little Lion Man, Mule
Favorite treat: Cinnamon Pop Tarts
Favorite pastime: RUNNING! Supa-fast! Preferably on the beach!
Hates: Jumping, cuddling, putting ears forward for photoshoots, SmartPac supplements, staying clean, having a full lushes mane, back SMB boots, and his brother Sawyer (lol!)
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT SARA
Sara, we enjoyed working with you! I am very impressed with how professional you are and how quickly you respond to emails etc. Your sign up and emails following are detailed and explain the process clearly and make everything so easy. You photographed Tara and her Horse Angel so well! Their relationship can be seen beautifully and they both look fantastic. Thank you for being so patient and knowing how to guide a young horse and teen. We are so pleased with the pictures that we will be buying all of them as we can’t choose! Definitely will be asking for you to photograph us again.
We had a session with Sara a few weeks ago and she was amazing. We had two horses and my 5 year old daughter. She captured their bond perfectly. Not to mention incredibly helpful with handling the horses as well. Our gallery was ready before she promised and the images are gorgeous. Beautiful light and composure. She is the perfect combination of photographer and equestrian. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to capture these memories that will last a lifetime.
Rebecca + Emma
Sara’s communication was very prompt and professional answering every question I had. I have a very busy work schedule and it is hard to find time to actually schedule these pictures, but she worked with me. She was nothing but friendly and relaxed making this an easy experience. She knew how to "pose" my 3 horses so she got the best shots because goodness knows I wouldn't be able to. She was very patient and treated them like her own kiddos. Everything went smooth and the shoot was quick and easy. Everyone who sees my pictures asks who did them and I am proud to say Sara Shier did! Nothing but praise for this amazing talent.
OMG!!! Thank you so much Sara! I was a little bit nervous hiring you from Facebook just from seeing a photo you posted, but I trusted my gut. You are fabulous! I was so impressed with your ability to look around and know exactly what was going to look good for the photos and your directions were perfect. I can't wait to see the rest of your fabulous work! I know it's not easy doing all that you do, but you should know that you and your work are greatly appreciated. You touch many lives and make beautiful memories. Thank you for making mine!
Jackie + Pumpkin
Sara is absolutely AMAZING! I was super nervous to have someone come take pictures of my horse since he isn't always the most cooperative. She has such a great attitude and very patient which made for the best experience! The turn around time was quick especially with her busy schedule. I am so thankful for the amazing BBG photos of my best friend that I will cherish forever! I look forward to doing a horse + rider shoot with her in the future!
Amanda + Johnny
Sara was so awesome with my horse and Rider pics! I was nervous about hiring someone from Facebook but she was great. Her pictures and ideas were perfect and she was open to what I wanted as well. It was nice that she was able to help with horse setup and adjustment, which a typical photographer would not be able to do. We got our pictures turned around quickly. Thank you Sara!
Maddie + Bridgette
Sara is my new favorite photographer. She is such a pleasure to work with. She was really kind to me and my pony. She even let my boyfriend, Zach, be included in some of the pictures as well. Zach really enjoyed how friendly she was, and how involved she was with the experience. She also made the payment process simple, and answered my questions right away when I needed help. All in all, it was so much fun and I'd definitely do it again!
Angie, Zach, + Tina
I saw an ad for Sara Shier Photography on FB and decided to book her for my daughter's senior photos with her horse. Sara is easy to work with, knows how to handle horses, and helped my photo-shy daughter super comfortable! Her prices are very reasonable and her turn around time is short. I highly recommend her!! Thank you, Sara!
Jill, Sam, + Junior
Sara is not only a gifted photographer but her ability to bring out the most natural smiles from my daughter who's camera shy as well as get her horse Lacey Grey to stand in the right place was top notch. She has an eye for shooting pics in natural settings and managing to get numerous perfect shots in a session. I plan to book her again with my horse! We love Sara!