Photographed by Sarah Sisson

Story

Inspiration pieced itself together one step at a time along the journey to plan this editorial. I put it together with my vendor friends (Novella Theory Floral and Curated Mess Co) about one week before we shot at the coast. We actually had the horse lined up first since my childhood friend owns this stunning horse, Mouse. We based the shoot off of his majestic vibes. We then struggled all week to find somebody available to model for this last-minute spark of inspiration, until I went thrifting and asked someone working at the store, Cieries, to model for us. It was the first time we met and I knew I just had to take the leap and ask! It was so worth it.

This shot was the result of acting on pure excitement to create something.

Directing this shoot was actually a little nerve-racking because Cieires had never controlled a horse before, and I didn’t want her getting hurt. It was a balance between going ham with my creativity, and slowing down and reigning it in (see what I did there?) for safety.

Taking some steps back to see what the horse naturally did was key to getting relaxed images of both of them.
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Directions

CalmPosedSimple

“Stare directly into the ocean and look regal. Pull Mouse (the horse) in to face you.”
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsWideNegative Space

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The Horses face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightDirectional LightBrightNatural LightBlue Hour

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/2.5 ISO 200 WB 7,700K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark iii

Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II

Editing

This image was edited with

own custom preset

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Beach / Coastal United States

Florence, Oregon

Florence, Oregon

Final tips & Advice

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Sarah Sisson

Photographer Portland, OR Canon R6 Canon 85mm 1.4L
Hey, I’m Sarah. To put it simply, I grew up running wild on my family’s farm, feeding the chickens and living for bon fire nights under the stars – all the while with dirt caked into my barefoot toes. As far as my travel bug goes, it started early on…before i was even legal to sign my own waivers at the sketchy youth hostels I’d end up at – yup, they had to be faxed to my parents. Ahh good times. Those were the times that taught me that living in the moment and making the best memories is what we’re made to do. When I’m not on another cheap flight somewhere, you can find me working on our van buildout, trying a new restaurant (HUGE FOODIE) or just sipping something warm at a coffee shop.
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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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