Black Backgrounds

To Braid or Not to Braid for your Black Background Session

To Braid or Not to Braid for your Black Background Session

I get asked A TON in the preparation process if braids look better or not. The truth is my answer will always be it is completely a personal preference. I'm going to make sure your horse is captured in a way that makes them look STUNNING and I can do this with or without braids!

Tips for Getting your Horse ready for their Photo Shoot

Tips for Getting your Horse ready for their Photo Shoot

When it comes to preparing for your horse's portraits the amount of preparation is completely up to you, but there are several suggestions because a camera sees everything. I say clean your horse up as if you were walking into the most important class of your life!  

Sierra, UII, and Hook | Integrity Sport Horses | Fallbrook, CA

Sierra, UII, and Hook | Integrity Sport Horses | Fallbrook, CA

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!

Amber + Crew | Gibson Ranch | Sunland, CA

Amber + Crew | Gibson Ranch | Sunland, CA

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.

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

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

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!

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!