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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Real talk, how many of us these days find our horses on Facebook? Yup, I found my last horse Sawyer in a Facebook group and sold him to his new owner the same way! What a world we live!
So it doesn’t surprise me one bit when clients tell me the same thing! Randi found Namaste while scrolling the site one day and couldn’t resist the sweet face you’re going to see on him! If you’re up for it, comment on this blog where you found your last horse! Was it Facebook?
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