equestrian photography

Deirdre + Patrick | Elvenstar Orange County | Huntington Beach, California

Deirdre + Patrick | Elvenstar Orange County | Huntington Beach, California

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!

Noah + Eazy | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach, California

Noah + Eazy | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach, California

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!

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 Hunt | Ellany Equestrian + KF Clothing Branding Session | Huntington Beach, California

The Hunt | Ellany Equestrian + KF Clothing Branding Session | Huntington Beach, California

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Karina of The Hunt. How did our story start? Horses, duh! We could sit here and share some hilarious back stories of how our friendship started and grew, but reality is our passion for killer brands and desire to change the narrative on social media is where our working relationship started and has brought you this collaboration we did with Ellany Equestrian + KF Clothing.

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.

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!

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!

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!

The Notorious MINIS | Black Star Equestrian, Perro Largo Farms LLC | Murrieta California

The Notorious MINIS | Black Star Equestrian, Perro Largo Farms LLC | Murrieta California

My description when I delivered their gallery was simply “I love it when they call me big Papa”

Kristy of Black Star Equestrian is one of those people that I’m seriously so sad I just missed. A former trainer at HCPEC she moved her business down to Temecula as she builds up her own property in the beautiful Murrieta horse country.

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! 

Paints, Clydesdales, and Puppies | Black Backgrounds | Paso Robles California

Paints, Clydesdales, and Puppies | Black Backgrounds | Paso Robles California

t's no secret that Black Backgrounds can send you all over the place! Chelsea had messaged me about coming out to Paso Robles to photograph her horses after the sudden loss of her heart horse. I couldn't turn her down (and yes I was also thinking about all the great wine too).

Emily + B | The Paddock Riding Club | Los Angeles California

Emily + B | The Paddock Riding Club | Los Angeles California

Every once in a while you get out of your “mojo” and finally have what I call a unicorn session to bring it all back! I absolutely loved the Los Angeles City vibe that Emily brought to her and B’s session, but more importantly, I just loved THEM!

These two had the GREATEST personality on them!

Megan + Toby | Don-E-Brook Farms | Santa Clarita California

Megan + Toby | Don-E-Brook Farms | Santa Clarita California

Throwback Thursday is an understatement when it came to Megan + Toby’s session!

I kinda got giddy inside when Megan’s mom emailed me about doing her a Horse + Rider session at Don-E-Brook Farms because it was the FIRST barn I ever rode at, where I like to say I developed my fearless card and it was where I bought Marco from! Ya holly memory lane!

Ashley + Hook | All About Horses OC at Urban Forest | Huntington Beach California

Ashley + Hook | All About Horses OC at Urban Forest | Huntington Beach California

The goal was to capture cantering at dusk as if it was a beautiful autumn day without a care in the world. Instead, it was hot and humid like most summer days here in Huntington Beach, we had an adventure to get Ashley on Hook while up at Urban Forrest because “mom that’s not my good side”, and we were sweaty, dirty, and ready for a margarita after. 

Delaney + Ducati | All About Horses OC | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center |

Delaney + Ducati | All About Horses OC | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center |

When fellow businesswoman ask who my ideal clients are, I say they are girls who work for everything they have in the horse world. Every show they enter, every piece of tack they have, and every extra bag of grain they put in the car it’s because they have such a love for their horse that they’ll put in the extra hard work to make it happen.

Lauren + Gallon | Sun Kissed Fields Forever | Davis California

Lauren + Gallon | Sun Kissed Fields Forever | Davis California

Without a doubt one of my FAVORITE sessions on my recent Northern California trip! Not sure if its because Lauren is just my new favorite human or because the light fell so perfectly on the pastures of her barn, but I adored it!

The Real Life of an Entrepreneur

The Real Life of an Entrepreneur

You wake up! It’s a brand new day, you have the world’s best boss (YOU!) and you’re about to take over the world and make it freaking happen. Your friends declare you the ultimate girl boss and you're going to show the world how. But wait… it’s not that easy, is it? You log on and scroll with that cute little thumb of yours the minute your eyes squeak open in the morning and imagine a perfectly proportioned eye catchy breakfast sandwich (with an egg, duh!), foamy lattes with designs, and the styled to perfection desks.