The Horses of Big Sky Equestrian Center | Black Background Horse Portraits | Orangevale, California

The Horses of Big Sky Equestrian Center | Black Background Horse Portraits | Orangevale, California

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

The Horses of Bella Mar Training Stable | Black Background Portraits | Watsonville, California

The Horses of Bella Mar Training Stable | Black Background Portraits | Watsonville, California

First stop on my Fall NorCal trip of 2018 was Bella Mar Training Stable! Thank you for having me out and letting me meet 13 members of your crew!

Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

Merry Christmas from the Christmas Ponies of SSP!

Merry Christmas from the Christmas Ponies of SSP!

There are a million reasons I just LOVE Christmas! The feeling of home, Christmas lights, the cheerful music, and endless amounts of cookies are just a few! But I also get SO EXCITED about the Christmas photos that come with this time of year! Merry Christmas from all the horses that got in the holiday spirit with me this season!

My Favorite Christmas Black Backgrounds from 2017

My Favorite Christmas Black Backgrounds from 2017

Its that time of year where horse’s turn into fluff balls and Christmas Card photos need to be captured! I don’t know about you but it is a PRIORITY to include my horses in the holiday festivities! I offer Black Background Christmas Mini sessions every year and with dates being released TODAY! I thought I’d share my FAVORITES from last year!

Crazy to see how much my work has changed in 1 years time!

The Horses of OZ Inc LLC | Black Background Equine Portraits | Canby, Oregon

The Horses of OZ Inc LLC | Black Background Equine Portraits | Canby, Oregon

I had photographed a handful of horses (and pups) while OZ was competing at HITS Thermal last year! So blessed they invited me up to their barn in Oregon to photograph more of their horses!

Black Background Equine Portraits by Sara Shier Photography

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!

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

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).

5 Tips for Clipping Season

5 Tips for Clipping Season

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Where we have 2 seasons...winter and summer. Its either (what we think) freezing cold or hotter than the Shara desert. Whats even more of a struggle when it comes to these two extremes? Helping our horses along with the transitions. 

I get a lot of questions to clip or not to clip when it comes to horses and I always say it depends on the horse and the discipline you are choosing to ride or specialize in. A lot of hunter/ jumpers clip for the clean sleek look while competing, while barrel racers clip to prevent horses from getting tot hot while working.