Lusitano horse and dressage rider at DevonWood Equestrian Centre

Why does your show need a photographer?

The experience I offer as a horse show photographer is focused on creating personalized, artistic, images that capture your show day in a new light.

Below, you can read more about what show management and competitors can expect, as well as view a portfolio of past show images.

Friesian dressage horse at DevonWood Equestrian Centre

WHAT is private client photography?

Your horse show days do not start and end as you walk through the in-gate, so why should the memories and artwork stop there? 

Private client photography allows riders the freedom of bringing their own photographer or choosing the one that best fits their personal style, budget, and needs while at a show. If your show would like to have an Official Photographer in place for the event, I am happy to work with show managers regarding their needs.

Focusing on individual riders also in turn allows me to go beyond the traditional shots and bring fun, new, and creative art into the show ring.

Rider kissing her horse on the nose before entering the show ring


Riders can expect all the classic in-ring shots plus coverage from warm-up to awards, capturing all of the candids that make up the rest of their day. Plus, the benefit of choosing the photographer that best suits their personal needs, or who already knows them & their horse best.

To receive photography coverage, riders simply sign up online before the show. Some shows require payment (in the form of a retainer) up front, while others are free to sign up and allow you to purchase digital files or keepsakes a la carte after the show.

horse show volunteer kissing a rider's horse on the nose during inspections in the rain

What Show Managers Can Expect

As a private client photographer, I am not exclusive to the event and other photographers are welcome to photograph their own clients. I attend the show in the same way that other private vendors such as braiders or trainers do.

I am always more than happy to work with show management to create and provide candid captures of their staff, competitors, and other highlights of the venue for their use in future advertising, media release, etc. I can also always provide paperwork regarding insurance and licenses as needed for both management and venues.


"Ella did the photos at my daughter's OHSET meet and they were beautiful. Thank you Ella!"

"OH MY GOSH! Thank you Ella Chedester for capturing so many amazing portraits of our athletes! SOO happy I bought the package you offered!"

"You are an amazing photographer - your pix are above and beyond previous - JUST WOW!"

"Ella is very talented and gifted in equine photography. We are truly blessed to have special OHSET memories created by Ella."


"Ella did an amazing job as our show photographer at the 2019 Beaver Piaffe fundraiser show​ for the Oregon State Dressage Team! She was super easy and straightforward to schedule and work with and them the photos I bought from her are soooo amazing. Highly recommend and would use again."

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