The Equine Photography Retreat pt. 2

As I shared in my previous post, I was an instructor at The Equine Photography Retreat in Wellington, FL in February and I lead two styled photoshoots. 

When they originally gave me options for the types of shoots I wanted to lead and I saw “Beach” on the list, I said, “SIGN ME UP!” While Minnesota is the land of 10,000 Lakes, there’s nothing like photographing horses with the ocean as a backdrop. 

Our model was Laura Ashley of Laura Ashley Dressage. She is a highly accomplished Dressage rider and was a fantastic model because of her high level of skill, and her fearlessness! She brought along her amazing black half Arabian mare, Shana, who was tethered with a thin rope halter which was removed in editing. 

I found myself a little girl again, pretending I was on that beach with “The Black” from the movie “The Black Stallion.” I remember standing there, warm breeze blowing in my hair, wishing the sun would just slow down and stay up another hour longer.

After this amazing experience, COVID-19 hit, and I didn’t even take my camera out of the bag for over a month. When I did, a little sand fell off my lens and I smiled. 

Rumor has it, The Equine Photograph Retreat 2021 is in the works and I’m looking forward to being part of another fun event!



Photo of a black horse on a beach




Photo of a black horse trotting on the beach



Horse galloping on the beach




Black horse with the ocean as a backdrop



Girl walking with her horse on the beach














  1. Julie Davidson

    May 21, 2020

    Everything about this is beautiful. I’d love the opportunity to come to one of the retreats! Please email me when you will be hosting another one.
    [email protected]

  2. Shelley Paulson

    May 26, 2020

    Hi Julie! You can join my mentoring email list here!

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