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Kayla + Dazzle | Rosewood Equestrian | Santa Clarita, California

Kayla + Dazzle | Rosewood Equestrian | Santa Clarita, California

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.

Craig Family | Mountain Meadows Stables | Chatsworth, CA

Craig Family | Mountain Meadows Stables | Chatsworth, CA

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 + Sid & Romeo | Winners Acres | Placerville, California

Kayla + Sid & Romeo | Winners Acres | Placerville, California

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.

Kayla + Notice I'm Packin | KB Performance Horses | Newport Beach, California

Kayla + Notice I'm Packin | KB Performance Horses | Newport Beach, California

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!

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.

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!

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.

Alexis, Duke + Lucy | Joey Pedroni Stables | Petaluma, California

Alexis, Duke + Lucy | Joey Pedroni Stables | Petaluma, California

“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!).

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.

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!

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! 

Kendal + Lacy | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach California

Kendal + Lacy | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach California

Can you say golden light will make ya holla!

Kelly had stopped me at the barn back in MARCH about photographing her daughter Kendal with her horse Lacy! Kendal is going to vet school in Missouri, and Kelly wanted to make her weekend a special one when she was back home visiting in Huntington Beach! 

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!