Photography

session details

portrait session details

 

Real Life, True Beauty

I believe each one of us has been given a unique gift of beauty. It isn’t the kind of beauty you see in a magazine or on a movie screen; it’s the kind that comes from the inside, from the heart and soul. My heart is to create photographs that show this true beauty in a way that is natural and in harmony with the environment.

I aim to capture the essence and feeling of real life in photographs by creating a mix of candid and lightly posed photos. I keep it simple, working in a relaxed manner with both people and horses so everyone looks and feels their best in front of the camera.

Remember How it Felt

Horses are a big part of our lives and I believe in creating images that will help you remember not just to the way your relationship looked, but more importantly, how it felt.

I want you to be able to remember vividly the love and friendship you share, so I focus on creating beautiful, heartfelt portraits along with documenting those little moments you share. The result is a collection of quality photographs that will preserve the memory of your relationship for years to come.

A Gentle Approach

My 30+ years around horses allows me to work safely and quietly with horses to photograph them at their best and create a positive experience for everyone involved in the session. I am respectful of both horses and owners and use only gentle methods to get a good expression from the horse.

Customized, Relaxed and Fun

Portrait sessions are a completely customized experience that’s focused on you. I like to keep an open mind about each session and explore your unique relationship with your horse and portray that through the images I create for you. I usually travel to where the horse is most comfortable, and work in a way that is natural, relaxed and fun for everyone.

High School Seniors

High school senior sessions are my favorite! I enjoy photographing both seniors by themselves and with horses. I especially love it when seniors are photographed with their beloved horse before they head off to college, or wherever life is taking them. In addition to photographing the senior with their horse, I also set aside part of the session to photograph just the senior by themselves, creating a variety of images to choose from.

Investment

Equestrian portrait sessions are a personalized, on-location, two hour photography experience. The session fee of $200 includes

  • a photo session for one person and up to two horses
  • the photographer’s time and talent
  • basic photo editing
  • personal ordering session

No products or files are included in the session fee. Digital collections start at $450.

I offer a special “Remember Sessions” for people whose horses who are over the age of 24, terminally ill, or being donated to a therapeutic riding program. These sessions are $150 and include one 8×10 print.

In addition to beautiful imagery and fun photo sessions, I offer a variety of high-quality, hand-picked products to help you enjoy and share your photographs.

For More Information

Please e-mail for additional pricing and information: shelley@shelleypaulson.com

  • Rick & Jane

    Thank you so much for the time you spent with us, and the "beautiful fruit of your labors". Working with you that day was fun, but after seeing your work, I can readily see that Jane found what she was looking for. You have an amazing eye for the subject, and the backgrounds that you managed to find made these photos come to life. You also managed to understand, and capture the essence of our horses uniquely different personalities. All I can say is Wow!... and of course THANK YOU!

  • Ashley C.

    The pictures get more perfect and beautiful every time I see them. Black and whites are breathtaking. My mom and I looked through them together and we were both just bawling over how priceless, timeless and beautiful you did. I really appreciate the work you've done, you're sincerity, warmth, genuine caring and everything you've helped me with heeling heartache in losing Jetta. I'll never forget how you've helped me with just kind words, hugs and these pictures. I'll never be able to repay you or thank you enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Aine M.

    Words are inadequate to thank you for the beautiful job you have done on Keara and Harley's pictures. The album is so beautiful, and will be a lovely reminder of this time in Keara's life. We are really looking forward to sharing it these next few weeks. We are so impressed too with the beautiful way you present everything - no detail goes unheeded.

    Thank you again, with all our hearts...

  • Lynette P.

    Shelley I absolutely love my photos! They are exquisite. I can't stop looking through the entire gallery, and each time I have another group of favorites. You truly have a gift, thank you for sharing it with me!

  • Abbi C.

    Thank you so much for taking my senior pictures. I love them all so much!!! All of them are so beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I think that you are an amazing photographer and I really am glad I met you, you are a wonderful person!

  • Barbara P.

    Hi Shelley - just wanted to say how much we enjoyed working with you yesterday with Emilie's senior pictures. Just from your small window on your camera many of those pictures looked absolutely GREAT!! We can hardly wait to see the proofs. Thanks for all the time you spent with us.