Shooting In The Barn – My New Obsession

I knew the second I stepped in the barn that this would become my new shooting obsession.

The shadows…the rich color tones…the patches of light. It was Glorious. 


My daughter had been begging for horseback riding lessons for about a year, but hey, we’re a soccer family! Then a friend of hers told us about where she takes lessons and I finally gave them a call. Turns out there is a fabulous farm only about 10 minutes from our house and it’s the perfect place for Sienna to learn all about her new passion…and for me to get creative!

I purposely didn’t take my camera for the first lesson since I wanted to just enjoy watching Sienna. She was beyond excited! But for the next lessons…I couldn’t wait!!

I am truly obsessed with the patches of light sweeping in thru the open barn doors…all the gold and tan tones…and the textures everywhere are fantastic!

I really wanted to capture some images of her getting her horse ready and doing all the prep work. But I didn’t need the details, I was more concerned with capturing the mood. I embraced the shadows. I kept my ISO at 4000 (which is kinda high but still kept the photos dark) and set my aperture to 2.8. I used my Tamron 28-75 2.8 lens. I rarely use this lens but it was perfect for getting the wide shots in the arena and the 2.8 f-stop helped keep the soft feel I was wanting in the images.

Getting Lila ready…


It’s tough work to get the saddle on…




I love all the textures and colors in the barn…





This guy never gets excited about much…



ride 8

Allison, Sienna’s trainer, is AMAZING!! 


Sienna and her new friend Lila…



Lila got a special treat that day…Sienna braided her hair. Cause every girl needs a good hairdo, right??


If you’re looking for lessons or want to buy or sell a horse, check out Galerie Farm in West Chester. It’s a family owned farm and the owners are so nice! I’m so thrilled to that my daughter is a part of this new adventure. It’s going to be FUN!


Wanda Jolguera-Benitez

Love you Galerie Farm my daughter took lessons from Valerie for 3 years, then she decided to do Gymnastics for 5 years and now she is an Awesome volleyball player ;-)

barn light is the best light <3 I grew up riding horses, too!!! Be careful…. the horse crazy stage can last a lifetime and it ain't cheap :D

Valerie Neal

Love the photo’s…can’t wait to see so many more this summer! Looking forward to Senior Portraits too….

Jamie Zawila

As usual your shots are amazing!!

Sharon McAninch

How awesome! beautiful photograph and fabulous memories

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