Kara and her horses Goldie and Sunny

I’ve been really looking forward to sharing these photos! This senior/equine session was magical! The light, location, subjects…everything came together beautifully for us. Well, except the weather, which was STEAMY, but even that gave us a beautiful haze the sun to stream through at times. Kara has a great relationship with her horses too, which added to the fun for me. I love to document our relationships with horses because they are so special.



I was framing and working on the initial image in this blog post, when a car drove by on a dirt road right behind them. Suddenly, I could see the sunlight streaming through the dust and got to capture this beautiful image!


There’s more to this photo than meets the eye. 🙂
Kara’s horse was a bit nervous and wasn’t really in a “cuddly” mood at this point in the session. So we all just quieted down and she gently pet his nose and calmed him down. In less than a minute, he was calm, Kara leaned in for this kiss, and his eye softened. I was all choked up!








“Do I still look okay?” 🙂







  1. Dorothy

    September 27, 2010

    Hi Shelly, these photos are stunning. (as always) You certainly know how to capture the essence of everything you photograph, no matter what the subject, you depict such feeling and emotion.


  2. Nanci

    September 27, 2010


  3. Dennis Bullock

    September 27, 2010

    Amazing Shelley!

  4. Tara

    September 27, 2010

    Gorgeous Shelley! Wow!

  5. Jennifer

    September 27, 2010

    I love how in the first one,the yellow flowers look a bit like flames.
    And the ones of them in the water,with them getting splashed all around is another favorite.And then the last one,it looks like she’s wearing a circlet/crown of light.

  6. Shelley

    September 28, 2010

    Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments – they mean so much to me! 🙂

  7. deborah fraser

    September 28, 2010

    Shelley –you are just plain amazing! I hope to be as amazing as you someday 🙂

  8. tasha

    October 4, 2010

    I can’t stop commenting on your posts – these are just amazing! The image of her resting her head on the horse and his soft eye… I couldn’t help but stop and study the picture for a long time – its breathtaking!

  9. Kara Melvin

    October 6, 2010

    Shelley, I absalutely love every one of the photos you took for me. They are all simply amazing and you truly captured the bond I have with my horse and their indiviudal personality as well! My senior pictures are everything I could ever have hoped and asked for! Thank you for giving me this great expierence! I look at my pictures all the time (not joking!) I love them! Thank you Shelley!
    Your work is simply amazing!

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