The Horses of Big Sky Equestrian Center | Black Background Horse Portraits | Orangevale, California

The Horses of Big Sky Equestrian Center | Black Background Horse Portraits | Orangevale, California

My dream finally came true of photographing a Friesian for a Black Background Equine Portrait session! I DIED! Thank you everyone at Big Sky Equestrian Center for having me out a second time in 2018!

I’ll be returning to NorCal May 21st-26th 2019! Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

Alexis, Duke + Lucy | Joey Pedroni Stables | Petaluma, California

Alexis, Duke + Lucy | Joey Pedroni Stables | Petaluma, California

“You are an amazing women Sara! You inspire me so much I’m so happy I had the chance to meet you. I LOVE the photos you took of us I seriously can’t shop looking at them! Thanks again for the shoot you’re incredibly talented” - Alexis

There are not enough good things I could say about Alexis! She was quite possibly was my favorite human on my NorCal trip this last fall! It had nothing to do with that comment she left on one of my Instagram post when I was going through a moment of weakness (burn out is a real thing my friends!).

Justin + Delaney | Lifestyle Session | Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Justin + Delaney | Lifestyle Session | Rancho Palos Verdes, California

”Hi Sara thank you so much for our beautiful pictures! We just LOVE them and I can’t wait to get one printed! We loved working with you, you were great! We just loved how personable you were and made us feel so comfortable, and not awkward as we both don’t like to be in the spotlight. And we loved how you were so flexible working with our dog! Thank you so much for everything!” - Delaney

The Horses of Bella Mar Training Stable | Black Background Portraits | Watsonville, California

The Horses of Bella Mar Training Stable | Black Background Portraits | Watsonville, California

First stop on my Fall NorCal trip of 2018 was Bella Mar Training Stable! Thank you for having me out and letting me meet 13 members of your crew!

Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

My Letter to the Universe 2018

My Letter to the Universe 2018

Back when the tumblr blogging days were a thing on that hipster social media lifestyle... I'd write a letter to Universe every single year. 

2018 WAS THE YEAR OF THE RAT RACE and I learned a lot!

I honestly couldn’t tell you what was right, left, up or down. I put over 20,000 miles on my car, took some flights, shot my first

Merry Christmas from the Christmas Ponies of SSP!

Merry Christmas from the Christmas Ponies of SSP!

There are a million reasons I just LOVE Christmas! The feeling of home, Christmas lights, the cheerful music, and endless amounts of cookies are just a few! But I also get SO EXCITED about the Christmas photos that come with this time of year! Merry Christmas from all the horses that got in the holiday spirit with me this season!

Alden + Ari | The Muckenthaler Cultural Center | Fullerton, CA

Alden + Ari | The Muckenthaler Cultural Center | Fullerton, CA

I will probably forever be reposting this quote that Ari shared after I photographed her and Alden’s engagement session because it resinated with me SO MUCH!

“I was once a cynical misanthrope. Determined to live and die alone. But kind souls kept appearing in my life—as friends, family, supporters...and now I am so excited to live and love each and everyday. There is love all around us. Love is not just that lusty hype we see on tv. It's bigger than that. It’s caring enough to listen. It’s offering your support. It’s bringing you coffee in the morning. It’s treating others with kindness and respect.

Happy 1 Year to US!

Happy 1 Year to US!

October 15th 2016 I decided to rebrand and revamp my business and started offering mini sessions for just $50 dollars.

October 27th 2017 I left my job, October 28th I sold my horse, and October 29th I moved down to Huntington Beach to start my journey as a full time photographer

Here we are October 30th 2018 to mark 1 year of being a full time photographer. It has been the hardest and most rewarding year of my life. My heart is so full and I am ever so grateful to everyone that has believed in me and allowed me to pursue my biggest goals and biggest dreams.

Lauren and Gallon | Russell Ranch | Davis, California

Lauren and Gallon | Russell Ranch | Davis, California

Lauren is literally my favorite human ever. 5 months after my May Northern California trip and getting the chance to photograph her and her boy Gallon, she still jumped on the opportunity to have pictures done!

Gallon has changed a lot and it really made my heart happy to see how far he has come. If you don’t remember, Gallon was a rescue through the CANTER organization that Lauren volunteers at

Tara + Angel | Whispering Creek Equestrian Center | Cupertino, California

Tara + Angel | Whispering Creek Equestrian Center | Cupertino, California

Its always a big confidence booster when a client waits 5 months for you to come back to Northern California and STILL wants to book you to photograph their daughter + her horse! You do a “I’m loved” happy dance!

My Favorite Christmas Black Backgrounds from 2017

My Favorite Christmas Black Backgrounds from 2017

Its that time of year where horse’s turn into fluff balls and Christmas Card photos need to be captured! I don’t know about you but it is a PRIORITY to include my horses in the holiday festivities! I offer Black Background Christmas Mini sessions every year and with dates being released TODAY! I thought I’d share my FAVORITES from last year!

Crazy to see how much my work has changed in 1 years time!

Lauren + Darco | Blenheim EquiSports International | San Juan Capistrano, California

Lauren + Darco | Blenheim EquiSports International | San Juan Capistrano, California

Lauren switched barns to start riding with Hillary Ridland at Blenheim EquiSports International which is where she met her sweet boy Darco. I sometimes feel like I did an injustice to just how cute Darco’s face is! He has the sweetest personality which matches so well with Lauren!

Its always so nice when you get a fellow artist as a client! Lauren photographs for fun and already knows how to OWN IT in front of a camera! By the end of our session, I was like, “Girl, just go do all the model things!"

Christa and Buddy | Shenandoah Valley Ranch | Beaverton, Oregon

Christa and Buddy | Shenandoah Valley Ranch | Beaverton, Oregon

Hey guys, if I decide to pick up and move to the Pacific Northwest, you can blame this session right here. I had been dying to photograph those stunning Oregon backdrops with all the pretty golden hour light and my dream definitely came true with Christa + Buddy’s session!

The Horses of OZ Inc LLC | Black Background Equine Portraits | Canby, Oregon

The Horses of OZ Inc LLC | Black Background Equine Portraits | Canby, Oregon

I had photographed a handful of horses (and pups) while OZ was competing at HITS Thermal last year! So blessed they invited me up to their barn in Oregon to photograph more of their horses!

Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

Leanna + Conrad | Serenity Equestrian Center | Canby, Oregon

Leanna + Conrad | Serenity Equestrian Center | Canby, Oregon

Leanna inquiring about her session had me rolling because she was in Vegas with her daughter who just turned 21 and couldn’t make me any promises that she wouldn't get stuck on a roof somewhere just like the Hangover!

A month later I got to go out to her barn in Canby for my Oregon trip to meet Conrad! Her beautiful bay Thoroughbred that literally has the nickname “Handsome.” Leanna describing his personality was pretty spot on!

Lindsay + Star | Cornerstone Equestrian Center | Norco, California

Lindsay + Star | Cornerstone Equestrian Center | Norco, California

Took a trip back to Horsetown USA to photograph some of my favorites Lindsay + Star! I did Star’s black backgrounds last year for Lindsay’s holiday cards and I FINALLY convinced her that she needed to be in the photos too this year!

Debbie + Sky | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach, California

Debbie + Sky | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach, California

Debbie gave me hope that I will still be able to ROCK IT in front of a camera when I’m mom! A former wedding photographer herself, Debbie had reached out to have me photograph her and her Tennessee Walker Sky after seeing Kendal and Lacy’s Horse + Rider session!

Paints for Days | Black Background Equine Portraits | Las Vegas, Nevada

Paints for Days | Black Background Equine Portraits | Las Vegas, Nevada

Nick and I were in Las Vegas Nevada Labor Weekend because I was competing in Buckles and Barrels for Bailey over the weekend and obviously I can’t travel out of state without booking some session!

Did some quick Black Backgrounds of these gorgeous paints before traveling home!

Claire + Zippy | Exploring Flintridge on Horseback | La Canada, California

Claire + Zippy | Exploring Flintridge on Horseback | La Canada, California

If taking pictures with your horse for your birthday isn’t the best present ever I don’t know what is! Claire and her mom Karrie had been so in love with my black backgrounds they wanted me out for a day of photo fun at their house in La Canada!

Janell + Jetta | Dunroth Farm | Bradbury, California

Janell + Jetta | Dunroth Farm | Bradbury, California

It was extremely hard for me to wait to publish this blog because Janell did this session as a Christmas present for her husband (she jokes that he loves Jetta more then her!).

Janell rescued Jetta years ago when she was an exercise jockey and a handful of race horses were disowned. Skin and bones she was one of few that survived the situation, Janell has seriously turned this horse around and I honestly wanted to call her a miracle worker!