Blog – Shelley Paulson Photography http://www.shelleypaulson.com Minnesota Equestrian Portrait Photography for Horse Lovers Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:49:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Paradis’ Senior Photos with her Horse Scarlett http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/04/paradis-senior-photos-with-her-horse-scarlett/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/04/paradis-senior-photos-with-her-horse-scarlett/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:30:03 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=14021 Being a high school senior can bring a mixed bag of emotions. Excitement about the future – leaving home, learning in a new environment, choosing a career; but it can also bring about changes that aren’t easy – less time for riding, or even having to give up riding altogether for a season. For the… Read More

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Being a high school senior can bring a mixed bag of emotions. Excitement about the future – leaving home, learning in a new environment, choosing a career; but it can also bring about changes that aren’t easy – less time for riding, or even having to give up riding altogether for a season.

For the past 5 years Paradis and Scarlett have been inseparable, galloping through cross country fields, fearlessly sailing over jumps and obstacles.

When Paradis was sharing with me her goals for the session, she shared “When I go off to college I will not be able to bring Scarlett with me. I would like to be able to see the incredible bond that we have, feel real love and trust in the photos.”

This is what it’s all about for me.

To capture not just what you looked like when you were with your horse, but what it felt like. And why? Because you will not always have your horse with you, and I want you to remember the beauty AND the feeling when you look at your photos years from now.

 

 

Such a beautiful girl!

 

This is one of my all time favorite photos. I love the connection, the warmth, the way the light brings it all together…

 

 

Can you feel her joy?

 

I love me some backlit dust!

 

 

 

 

 

Paradis has a beautiful confidence that shows in her smile.

 

She’s also out-standing in her field. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect ending!

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Janelle’s Equine Portrait Sunset Session http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/03/janelles-equine-portrait-sunset-session/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/03/janelles-equine-portrait-sunset-session/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:38:07 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13764 Janelle is a Shelley Paulson Photography VIP. What’s that? Well, it is a special group exclusively for past clients. I offer my VIPs special sessions, give them first dibs for model calls for stock and commercial shoots, and they are the first to know about new products and services I am offering. Last summer, I had some open… Read More

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Janelle is a Shelley Paulson Photography VIP. What’s that? Well, it is a special group exclusively for past clients. I offer my VIPs special sessions, give them first dibs for model calls for stock and commercial shoots, and they are the first to know about new products and services I am offering.

Last summer, I had some open dates, so I offered my VIPs special mini “Sunset Sessions.” The best light for photography happens about a half hour before sunset, so these were 30 minute sessions leading up to sunset.

Janelle is a VIP because I did her senior photos in 2015 with her horse Ty. She has a new horse, a Dutch Warmblood named “Roo” who we nicknamed “The Majestic Goof” during the session. He is big and beautiful and completely goofy.

Are you interested in becoming a VIP? Schedule a portrait session with me this year and YOU’RE IN!

 

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Patti and Molly – Mother/Daughter Equine Photo Shoot http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/03/patti-molly-motherdaughter-equine-photo-shoot/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/03/patti-molly-motherdaughter-equine-photo-shoot/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:05:34 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13740 Patti and Molly are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Patti has had her horse Indie for years, but their recent move to the country, and the addition of a horse for Molly, has forged their friendship even more. As Molly is moving towards adulthood and a life away from home, so I was so… Read More

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Patti and Molly are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Patti has had her horse Indie for years, but their recent move to the country, and the addition of a horse for Molly, has forged their friendship even more. As Molly is moving towards adulthood and a life away from home, so I was so happy to capture this beautiful time in their lives before it becomes a memory.

What memories can I capture for you this summer?

 

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Abby and the Greys – Winter Equestrian Photos http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/02/abby-greys-winter-equestrian-photos/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/02/abby-greys-winter-equestrian-photos/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:13:30 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13540 Winter in Minnesota feels like it lasts forever. If I don’t get behind the camera for what feels like 6 months of snow and cold, I go crazy! So last winter, I asked my friends Abby and Melissa if I could come over and photograph all their grey horses at the farm where they were… Read More

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Winter in Minnesota feels like it lasts forever. If I don’t get behind the camera for what feels like 6 months of snow and cold, I go crazy! So last winter, I asked my friends Abby and Melissa if I could come over and photograph all their grey horses at the farm where they were working, and also do some fun portraits of my friend Abby with Atlantis, the horse she was training at the time.

I hate to overuse the word, but honestly, this session felt magical, with snow clinging to the trees and pretty grey and white horses galloping around me.

Before you view the rest of the photos, though, here’s a slow motion video I made of Abby and Atlantis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a kiss…

Give a kiss!

We might have shaken the trees to make the snow fall. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Lakeman’s Senior Photos with her horse Forrest http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/02/emily-lakemans-senior-photos-horse-forrest/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2017/02/emily-lakemans-senior-photos-horse-forrest/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:45:33 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13482 What do you get when you combine a sassy OTTB (Off the Track Thoroughbred) and a sweet high school senior with the perfect Minnesota weather and a gorgeous location? Pure bliss! Emily and her horse Forrest are like two peas in a pod. They do three day eventing, which means they must be proficient in cross country jumping,… Read More

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What do you get when you combine a sassy OTTB (Off the Track Thoroughbred) and a sweet high school senior with the perfect Minnesota weather and a gorgeous location? Pure bliss!

Emily and her horse Forrest are like two peas in a pod. They do three day eventing, which means they must be proficient in cross country jumping, stadium jumping and dressage! I would be happy just to master dressage at this point in my life! But these two do all three and do it well. Even though Forrest was relatively new Emily and to eventing, they have grown a strong bond through many hours of riding.

As with most of my senior sessions, I took photos both of Emily with her horse, and of Emily alone. I just LOVED having her in front of my camera. She has an ease and a confidence that made my job VERY easy. 😊

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Julia’s Senior Photos with Her Horse Poppe http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/09/julias-seniors-photos-with-her-horse-poppe/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/09/julias-seniors-photos-with-her-horse-poppe/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13454 Ah, autumn in Minnesota! I love the great variety of colors and the beautiful evening light we get this time of year. Of course, this was last year. I hate being so behind on blogging, but this is the last of 2015. Onward and upward! 🙂 I can honestly say that I have never seen… Read More

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Ah, autumn in Minnesota! I love the great variety of colors and the beautiful evening light we get this time of year. Of course, this was last year. I hate being so behind on blogging, but this is the last of 2015. Onward and upward! 🙂

I can honestly say that I have never seen a horse with more physical affection for its owner. Poppe just melted into Julia every time she would start to love on him – it was so sweet!

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The Rold Family http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/the-rold-family/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/the-rold-family/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:20:28 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13334 Gosh, I love this family! I have been photographing them now for 7 years and I love to watch the kids grow and all the amazing things this family does! The girls, Makenna and Ellis are talented Eventing riders who compete on a national level. They just finished competed at Young Riders in Colorado. Skye… Read More

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Gosh, I love this family! I have been photographing them now for 7 years and I love to watch the kids grow and all the amazing things this family does! The girls, Makenna and Ellis are talented Eventing riders who compete on a national level. They just finished competed at Young Riders in Colorado. Skye is big time into Lacrosse. Parents Annette and Mike are wonderfully supportive and VERY busy keeping up with it all!

 

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Ellis and Musty. This horse is the sweetest! He also challenges Ellis to be the best rider she can be, which is not at all a bad thing. 🙂

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Choco smiling for the camera. He’s a sweet hunk of horse.

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One of my all time favorite photos!

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Such sweetness between Ellis and Pete.

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Perry is the horse Makenna took to Young Riders this year. She was first place in dressage.

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He’s pretty hunky too.

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Skye and Roscoe. Does it get any cuter than this???

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Molly’s Senior Photos with her Horse Lacey http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/mollys-senior-photos-with-her-horse-lacey/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/mollys-senior-photos-with-her-horse-lacey/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:00:37 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13313 I met Molly when her mom and I were boarding our horses together. I was so impressed with this smart, talented young woman that I asked her to assist for me last summer at some of my filmmaking projects. She learned quickly and was a valuable part of my very small team! With Molly’s session,… Read More

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I met Molly when her mom and I were boarding our horses together. I was so impressed with this smart, talented young woman that I asked her to assist for me last summer at some of my filmmaking projects. She learned quickly and was a valuable part of my very small team!

With Molly’s session, we split into two locations – Lake Maria State park (at the peak of fall color – YES!), and her family’s new farm on the north side of Buffalo. I loved both parts equally, because I just love to spend time with Molly, sharing our love for photography and horses.

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Kenzie’s Senior Photos with her Horse Charmer http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/kenzies-senior-photos-with-her-horse-charmer/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/kenzies-senior-photos-with-her-horse-charmer/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:05:42 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13271 Still working my way through blogging last year’s sessions. I like to share as many as I can, so just three more and I can move on to this year! I seriously cannot wait for autumn to get here! I love the crisp weather and vibrant landscape color we are blessed to have in Minnesota.… Read More

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Still working my way through blogging last year’s sessions. I like to share as many as I can, so just three more and I can move on to this year!

I seriously cannot wait for autumn to get here! I love the crisp weather and vibrant landscape color we are blessed to have in Minnesota. I just wish autumn was longer and winter was shorter. 😉

We had to delay Kenzie’s session because she came down with the flu. I’m glad we did because I don’t think we would have had the intense gold and orange color we ended up with, having the session a few weeks later.

Mackenzie and her horse are an amazing team. They compete in barrel racing and have a playful relationship. I SO enjoyed photographing them together!

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Sometimes when I play whinnies to get horses to put their ears up, they whinny back at the “horses” they hear.

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This one makes my heart melt. I LOVE KISSING HORSES NOSES!

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That light, though…so dreamy!

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LOVE!

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Here she is with her sweet dog Sammi, that almost got herself killed the next day in a dog fight!

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I just couldn’t get enough of these gorgeous trees!

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After all of that gorgeous tree color, we were treated to a beautiful pastel sunset.

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Anna’s Senior Photos with Horses Kharben and Tommy http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/annas-senior-photos-with-horses-kharben-and-tommy/ http://www.shelleypaulson.com/2016/08/annas-senior-photos-with-horses-kharben-and-tommy/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:23:32 +0000 http://www.shelleypaulson.com/?p=13246 I use the word “Horse Lover” to welcome people to my web site, and also to describe my ideal client. Anna fits that description to a “t”! She truly loves her horses, and it’s evident they love her back. She is an accomplished equestrian, winning many national titles with her beautiful Arabian horses. What I… Read More

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I use the word “Horse Lover” to welcome people to my web site, and also to describe my ideal client. Anna fits that description to a “t”! She truly loves her horses, and it’s evident they love her back. She is an accomplished equestrian, winning many national titles with her beautiful Arabian horses. What I love about her is that you would never know she is so accomplished because she is humble, and has this way of loving and encouraging those around her that makes you just want to be around her. 🙂

Anna chose to have most of her senior photos with her half Arabian horse, Kharben. He is more of a pet and trail riding horse in her life and their bond runs very deep.

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When horses kiss back!!

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Near the end of the session, Anna switched to Tommy, one of her show horses. He was such a beautiful animal to photograph!

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I can’t quite even describe how I managed this photo, but it was pretty exciting to have a beautiful sunset and a big bright moon to compose into my photo!

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I didn’t realize it until Anna showed me, but the reins in this photo make an infinity loop. Love forever.

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