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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!

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!"

Lindsay + Star | Cornerstone Equestrian Center | Norco, California

Lindsay + Star | Cornerstone Equestrian Center | Norco, California

Took a trip back to Horsetown USA to photograph some of my favorites Lindsay + Star! I did Star’s black backgrounds last year for Lindsay’s holiday cards and I FINALLY convinced her that she needed to be in the photos too this year!

Paints for Days | Black Background Equine Portraits | Las Vegas, Nevada

Paints for Days | Black Background Equine Portraits | Las Vegas, Nevada

Nick and I were in Las Vegas Nevada Labor Weekend because I was competing in Buckles and Barrels for Bailey over the weekend and obviously I can’t travel out of state without booking some session!

Did some quick Black Backgrounds of these gorgeous paints before traveling home!

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! 

Meet Hashtag

Meet Hashtag

TRUTH: When I moved to Huntington Beach I was absolutely terrified of how I was going to ride. I knew the barns in Orange County fairly well as my client base in the area continued to grow. However, they were all English barns and I had thrown out my tall boots long ago when I realized jumping was just not my thang!