Carrie and her horse Powder

I’ve been itching to share this session. I try to blog in chronological order, but I found it very difficult to wait on this one. So why am I so excited? Well, as a photographer, it has taken a long time to develop my technical skills and my ability to see light, location and work with people to pull it all together. I feel like I’m pretty much where I want to be with those things (but still always learning and tweaking), but what I am finally seeing come together is my VISION. I see photos in this session that are so completely who I am as a photographer and the vision I have inside for my equine/human portraiture. I believe I still have a long road ahead of me in this, and I realize that not every session will give me the opportunity to express my vision, but I’m happy to see it in these photos.

Carrie is a sweet girl who loves her dapple grey arabian mare, Powder. We did this session on her family’s farm and really, we couldn’t have had a nice day or nicer setting.
















So, I’m pretty crazy about these ones in the trees. 🙂




  1. Bill Raab

    December 8, 2010

    You should be crazy about the ones in the trees. They are gorgeous shots.

  2. Vanessa Green

    December 8, 2010

    Very beautiful, I so enjoyed looking at them!

  3. Tami Weignartner

    December 8, 2010

    Shelley, your photos are INSTANTLY recognizable as ‘yours’.

    I do have a technical question….I hope it’s okay to ask it here. What focal length was the barn-soybean field-horse/rider to the far right and both looking left…shot at?

    Any chance for an early spring….winter in FLA,GA or SC….workshop?

  4. Dennis Bullock

    December 8, 2010

    These are so wonderful Shelley!

  5. Aaron Nelson

    December 9, 2010

    Shelley, Your pics/clicks have been of great inspiration; they give me great ideas for my shoots. I was wondering if you use a full frame camera; I like the picture frames and the long trees in most of your portfolio clicks.
    How do you choose your Sets? Any particular thought around it?
    You’re an amazing photographer =)

  6. Shelley

    December 9, 2010

    Thank you Dennis!

    Aaron – Thank you for your kind words! I am using a full frame camera – my full gear list is located here: By sets do you mean locations?

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