Horse & Family Photography: Ramona, Poway, Lakeside, San Diego » Family and Equine Photography in the San Diego Area

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Photographers are often storytellers.  I want to share a story about love lost, and love found. 

A horse who needed someone to rescue her and a little girl who was determined to find her.   

Hannah, had a thoroughbred gelding named Harley who passed away in April. He was a rescue horse who found himself in the loving hands of a little girl who adored him. Losing Harley was heartbreaking. Finding a replacement for Harley, it turns out, was a real challenge. Hannah and her mother went on a horse hunt all over San Diego County.  Hannah wanted another thoroughbred. She was very particular about color, no lighter shades for her- preferably a bay.  She wanted one named Harley. It was a tall order!

Perseverance paid off. And paid off in a big way. What are the odds Hannah would run across another Harley? As fate may have it,  her new horse is also named Harley. Harley is a 14 year old thoroughbred mare who needed Hannah’s love as much as she needed hers. She is a very gentle mare, who has amazing racing bloodlines. Harley is already very bonded with her Hannah, following her around like her shadow. With the same amount of love she gave her first horse, I know that Harley is going to recover from her injury and will fill out in no time at all. She is really one big teddy bear of a mare and is really very pretty.

I am so happy for Hannah.  And I’m happy for Harley too. She is going to be an incredible horse.
She was rescued. She is safe. She is loved.

I was given the opportunity to photograph Harley’s very first day home with Hannah. You can tell these two have something special.

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This past weekend was the annual Rodeo Parade in Ramona. I went to cheer on and photograph my daughter as she rode on the girl scout float. And the bonus for me was the horses.  I just get such a kick out of horses in parades. It’s nice to see them take over main street. Naturally, I had to photograph them as they went by. Beautiful costumed riders, trail groups, reenactors, Rodeo Queens and mounted police from Ramona, Lakeside, and Poway all represented on main street. The horse photographer in me was quite happy too hear all those hoof beats on the asphalt.

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In Ramona, California at 11:00pm on April 20th, 2016 a new life entered this world.

Curly black hair as soft as a puppy, tiny little perky ears, a short fluffy tail, and a velvety muzzle. 

Sjoerd’s Knight Jester was born.  A perfect colt out of Sjoerd and Basksera Knight.  

¾ Friesian, ¼ Arabian, 100% adorable.

I was given the honor to photograph his first time outside the stall he was born in. He took very little time stretching his long legs and exploring the arena.  

This tiny perfect horse.  

I have no doubts that he will grow up to be an athlete like his mom and dad.

 

Jester’s nursery with mom standing over him proudly.

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Meeting the outside world, with his owner, Darcy Damron, helping to show him the way.
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Silly little Jester. What a perfect name for this adorable character!

 

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These two. I’m in love! I think I need to start offering fresh 48 photography sessions- for colts!

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Being given the opportunity to grow up with animals is a gift. Being given the gift of growing up at an equestrian center is hitting the jackpot! The children that live at Poway Equestrian Center are very blessed. The Kids clearly loved their horses. The horses were as stunning as their owners. Just the best of both worlds coming together in the photography session!

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