Oh my goodness! There is nothing better than seeing a love for horses blossom. Have you ever seen anything as adorable as this? Sometimes the dress, horse and perfect day all happen at the same time. Kayla’s obvious joy around Dazzle made this session 10xs better.
I was waiting until the holiday season to share my family session with the Craigs, because it was seriously FAMILY GOALS. Three horses, a toddler, and Michelle's outfit that gave off allllll the winter time vibes!
Some small things I had to point out that I absolutely adored about this session! I about died that Mountain Meadows Stables made it feel like we were in the PNW with some beautiful
Kayla and her two horses, Sid and Romeo, were so great to work with this spring! Who doesn’t love green pastures and beautiful horses?
Rise N’Shine Daydream Believr aka Romeo is Kayla’s heart horse and it shows! They met eight years ago when he was still a stud and not for sale. But two years later he went up for sale and Kayla just had to have him.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.