Horses are my world.

From an early age, horses have held a sacred place in my soul. I was that horse-crazy girl who spent her summers on horseback, falling in love with these beautiful creatures.

I began my career as a graphic and web designer in a small advertising agency. Twenty years ago, I started my own business, picked up a camera, and started photographing everything – weddings, families, babies, architecture, headshots – yet my heart always belonged with the horses.

In 2015, following a traumatic brain injury, I made the leap into photographing horses full-time. I now have a dream job, bringing my passion for the horse alive through cinematic storytelling imagery with rich, warm tones and emotional depth.

My lifetime of experience with horses and decades of experience as a professional photographer have given me the unique ability to meet the demands of commercial projects involving equines. My advanced technical, creative, and problem-solving skills yield consistently powerful images even in the most challenging circumstances.

From displays of athletic power to the quiet, intimate moments shared between horses and humans, I bring authenticity, craftsmanship, and an eye for equine beauty to every photo I create.

When I’m not behind the camera, you’ll find me in the barn or in the saddle. There’s no better place in the world.

Want to know more? Read my full Photography Journey.

I would love to connect with you about how we can work together. Email me at [email protected]. I can’t wait to talk with you about my favorite subject – horses!

Want to learn from me? I offer mentoring and education for equine photographers of all skill levels at ShelleyPaulsonEducation.com.



  • Nutrena
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Tribute Feeds
  • Farnam Horse
  • Triple Crown Feed
  • Kentucky Equine Research (KER)
  • Alltech
  • Haygain
  • US Rider
  • Spalding Labs
  • Hay Chix
  • Kent Feeds
  • Tough1


  • Purina
  • Absorbine
  • SmartPak
  • Zoetis
  • Bluebonnet Feeds
  • State Line Tack
  • Straight Arrow (Cowboy Magic, Exhibitors, Mane and Tail)
  • Manna Pro
  •  AAEP
  • Equine Network
  • Valley Vet Supply
  • NVA


  • Horse Illustrated
  • TheHorse
  • AQHA Journal
  • Western Horseman
  • US Equestrian
  • Young Rider
  • Horse & Rider
  • Chrome
  • Chronicle of the Horse
  • NRCHA Reiner
  • Practical Horseman
  • Speedhorse
  • Barrel Horse News


2022 Equine Media Awards: 1st place in Editorial Human-Animal Bond Photograph; 1st place in Editorial Action Photograph, Published in TheHorse

2021 Equine Media Awards: 1st place in Freelance Editorial Photo, Published in The Competitive Equestrian; 2nd place in Editorial Action Photograph and Freelance Editorial Action Photograph, Published in Horse Illustrated

2020 Equine Media Awards: 1st Place, Horse and Human Bond, Published in Horse Illustrated; 2nd place in Equine-Related Editorial Series (writing and photography), Published in Horse Illustrated

2019 Equine Media Awards: 1st place for Best Equine Related Non-Fiction Book, Published by Amherst Media