Catherine + Peace have a relationship very similar to mine and Marco’s. She has had Peace since he was 6 and she was only 12. This year he is turning 24 with Catherine turning the big 3-0! Her mom bought him on a whim and he has been her partner in crime ever since!
This session was so magical but broke my heart all at the same time. Lily’s mom contacted me just a few days before the session that Miles lease was ending and he was going to be traveling back to Elvenstar’s main barn in Moorpark. I happened to be at the big Burns Saddlery Race that very same weekend, so the only way we were going to make it work was a sunrise session the morning he was trailering out.
The rain finally decided to let up and not force me to reschedule YET ANOTHER SESSION. Seriously California, I pay enough taxes I shouldn’t have to reschedule 9 shoots in the winter!!!! So on this fine February in Fallbrook, I got to spend a few hours with Sierra and her crew at her barn Integrity Sport Horses.
Sierra also models for Romfh Equestrian Apparel throughout the year because y’know she’s just STUNNING!
Kayla’s nicknames of Kimber is my favorite because I can relate: “Nicknames include goat and fatty because she eats ALL the time.” I mean lets be honest we are all females here why must we eat with our emotion?? Kimber was a lot less of that mare we experienced with Skye which may have to of with the fact she is that in your pocket type of mare and alert of where you are at all times!
Showing up to this session was THE most confusing experience for me! I had ZERO clue there were stables and horses in Newport Beach (I mean I heard there were, but it seemed like an urban legend to me!).
Ellie had warned me that Skye is a typical mare, when she is with you and on her game she is perfect and when she is not in the mood well she is a mare, but I thought “they’re in the western pleasure world how bad can it be?”
I’ve been driving thorough Vasquez Canyon since I was 8 years old and always admired the beautiful landscape! As I grew into my art and would make a point to drive down the canyon at golden hour did I know that one day I would HAVE TO shoot here! The problem is, getting a horse to not move so they don’t fall off a cliff side isn’t exactly the most appealing idea! So instead I asked Karina to wake up at sunrise with me to shoot a branding session for my my girl at Wanderlust Skulls!
Deirde was set to be elected Orange County Bar Association’s 2019 President and the OC Lawyer Magazine wanted to do a deeper dive on Deirdre life, obmiouly Patrick is a huge part of it! Because of the deadline for the article we had to battle the mud and inability to get poor Patrick out of his stall, so I’m really thankful we were shooting at my home barn! All is good! We shared A TON OF LAUGHS, got some great photos, and made the deadline for the magazine!
When I first left my job and moved to Orange County to pursue my business full-time, Jen was one of the first families to hire me for holiday photos at Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center which I hoped I would be able to call my new “ranch home.” Jen is who guided me to contact Kim, start riding for her at Fohrman Performance Horses and introduced me to practically everyone I now see at the barn every single day!
I tried really hard last year to have a shut down after December 10th so I could finish editing the remaining sessions for year and enjoy the holidays with my family + friends. Instead I spent December 23rd with Boonie, Gusty,Romeo, Fiona, Harley, Skyler, and their human Amber.
Amber had reached out to me in fear that this would be Romeo’s last Christmas as his health sadly began to diminish and she always wanted photos of all her fur babies together and some great images to remember him by if she lost him.
This last year I team up with the LA Equestrian Center to do a giveaway for one of the boarders and Paris was the lucky winner! Not gonna lie I WAS SO GLAD SHE DID BECAUSE SHE WAS SUCH AN AMAZING HUMAN! This has nothing to do with the fact that she brought my horse Marco some Cinnamon Pop Tarts after learning they were his favorite treat!
When Paris and her trainer went to look at him, she instantly fell in love!
My favorite little model child Emma got to grace my camera again with her new buddy Captain! Emma was one of those girls that really helped kick start my business moving to Orange County after I photographed her and her favorite lesson horse Cruiser.
Cruiser was retired this last year and poor Miss Emma was devastated! Luckily her amazing trainer Kara brought a new American Mustang, Captain, into the program and just like that: Emma had a new best friend!
Susan contacted me after I had done some black backgrounds at Horse Spirit Ranch earlier that summer. She decided after losing her mare unexpectedly a few years back, that it was time to get in front of the camera so she could have more then just show photos of her horses. The mare was Bleu’s mother, so Susan has had him since before he was born! They met on a lovely evening in March 17 years ago. His mother was maiden so they were very surprised at what she saw on the straw! She said her eyes were so big that she will never forget it!
Real talk, how many of us these days find our horses on Facebook? Yup, I found my last horse Sawyer in a Facebook group and sold him to his new owner the same way! What a world we live!
So it doesn’t surprise me one bit when clients tell me the same thing! Randi found Namaste while scrolling the site one day and couldn’t resist the sweet face you’re going to see on him! If you’re up for it, comment on this blog where you found your last horse! Was it Facebook?
“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!).
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
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!"
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!