Recent Magazine Covers & Feature

I’m excited to share some recent magazine covers featuring my photographs, along with the stories behind them!

Horse Illustrated – September 2020

Just before the country went into lockdown, I visited Wellington, Florida to do photography and teach at the Equine Photography Retreat (which I’m speaking at again in 2021!)

I was photographing my friend Lexey’s kids and when they had had enough, she brought this lovely dapple grey horse for me to photograph. I had a feeling at the time these photos could end up somewhere special and I’m happy to say, I was right! 😁



Horse Illustrated – May 2020

I thought I had shared this one, but in May of this year, Horse Illustrated featured a photo of mine of a beautiful appaloosa mare. When I shared with the friend who knew this horse and her owner back then, she told me of their incredible story of survival and triumph.

I shared a short version of that story on social media and when the editors read it, they asked if I could share more detail for the online version of their magazine.

You can read it here: “The Dual Recovery of Sunday, the May 2020 Horse Illustrated Cover Model, and Owner Kaia Kroll.”

TheHorse – September 2020

Last fall, I specifically set out to take photos of horses running free in autumn landscapes. Of all the photos I created, this one of Nucci from Bellissimo Farm was hands-down my favorite. When I saw that TheHorse chose it for their fall cover, I was so excited!


Young Rider – Fall 2020

When the editor of Young Rider read of my Equestrians of Color project, she asked if I would be interested in doing a feature for their magazine. I had already photographed Xavier Gomez while I was in Wellington, so I quickly set up a photoshoot with barn mates Lauren Masica and Anna Peterson to round out the story.

I loved how positive each one was about their experience as an Equestrian of Color and their words of encouragement for others.


  1. Jean

    September 15, 2020

    You are so talented! I love that you remain humble and so true to who you are inside. The world is a better place with you in it. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos with horse lovers like me! Jean

    • Shelley Paulson

      October 16, 2020

      Thank you so much, Jean, that means a lot to me! ❤️

  2. Monica Carlson

    September 15, 2020

    Your technical skill is obviously at the top of your field, but you are also such a beautiful story teller with the variety of horses and people that you feature . The position of the horses, the light, and emotion are captured in your photos and then you continue the story with your writing. Story telling and capturing such beautiful moments is your heart skill! Every picture I see I want to know the back story, and there are so many great stories to be told with horses and the people who love them. Thank you for so many uplifting moments especially right now

    • Shelley Paulson

      October 16, 2020

      Hi Monica! Thank you for your beautiful, encouraging words. You lifted me today!

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