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To Braid or Not to Braid for your Black Background Session

To Braid or Not to Braid for your Black Background Session

I get asked A TON in the preparation process if braids look better or not. The truth is my answer will always be it is completely a personal preference. I'm going to make sure your horse is captured in a way that makes them look STUNNING and I can do this with or without braids!

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!"

Christa and Buddy | Shenandoah Valley Ranch | Beaverton, Oregon

Christa and Buddy | Shenandoah Valley Ranch | Beaverton, Oregon

Hey guys, if I decide to pick up and move to the Pacific Northwest, you can blame this session right here. I had been dying to photograph those stunning Oregon backdrops with all the pretty golden hour light and my dream definitely came true with Christa + Buddy’s session!

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.

Princess Chloe and Her Ponies | Galway Downs | Temecula California

Princess Chloe and Her Ponies | Galway Downs | Temecula California

I’ll give you a little secret about being a photographer: when clients contact you again to photograph them we do a celebration dance because it means we did our job in making you feel comfortable and happy! Our goal is to always become your friend; seriously!

Michelle had me out a few months back to photograph her horse Hook and now had me out to capture her beautiful girls Chloe + Alexis. Obviously we had to force their brother in for a few too ;)

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

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! 

The Most Beautiful Sunset at Limoneira Ranch | Santa Paula California Wedding | Cindy + Julio

The Most Beautiful Sunset at Limoneira Ranch | Santa Paula California Wedding | Cindy + Julio

This was one of those weddings where I had to hold my camera over my eyes to hide that I was crying. Yes, their wedding day was filled with all those perfect emotions that leave you so touched, overwhelmed, and truly feeling all the love.