Horse show

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!

Catherine + Peace | Moonstone Riding Academy at the OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center | Costa Mesa, California

Catherine + Peace | Moonstone Riding Academy at the OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center |  Costa Mesa, California

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!

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!  

The Most Important Thing To Do With Your Horse Before A Photo Shoot

The Most Important Thing To Do With Your Horse Before A Photo Shoot

There are a lot of steps you are going to need to take to prepare your horse for their photo session. I will tell you that this is THE NUMBER ONE thing you need to do and should be a step you DON’T SKIP!

Paris + Lucas | Los Angeles Equestrian Center | Los Angeles, California

Paris + Lucas | Los Angeles Equestrian Center | Los Angeles, California

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!

Emma + Captain | Goldenwest Stables | Huntington Beach, California

Emma + Captain | Goldenwest Stables | Huntington Beach, California

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!

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!

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 Rosewood Equestrian | Windmill Ranch | Santa Clarita California

The Horses of Rosewood Equestrian | Windmill Ranch | Santa Clarita California

Rosewood Equestrian is located at Windmill Ranch in Santa Clarita California

Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

The Horses of Caldwell Dressage | Rancho Riding Club | Rancho Santa Fe California

The Horses of Caldwell Dressage | Rancho Riding Club | Rancho Santa Fe California

Caldwell Dressage is located at the Rancho Riding Club in San Diego California

Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

Brianna + King | Orange Park Acres | Orange, California

Brianna + King | Orange Park Acres | Orange, California

So I came to this session already SOLD that it was going to be one for the books. A lot had to do with the fact that I knew Brianna was going to be my kinda girl!

Brianna and her mom volunteered at the rescue where they adopted her boy King from 5 years ago after he was started none other than Kim at Forhman Performance horses, who I ride for today! Talk about coming full circle! They're now nestled in one of the many beautiful homes in Orange Park Acres! I love coming back to OPA (not only cause I go lottery house shopping in my head) because most of the houses sit behind a mountain which makes for the perfect sunsets! 

To You With a Camera at a Horse Show

To You With a Camera at a Horse Show

Hey sweet friend,

I’ve been wanting to write to you for a while. The thing is, our paths only seem to cross at horse shows and I think of the words I’d love to deliver you, I tend to be running from ring to ring and fail to reach you… until now. Here’s the thing, I have so much to say to you, but I’m never quite sure how to deliver it, because I see you and I know your intentions are pure.