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 exhibitors can expect, as well as view a brief portfolio of past show images.

Friesian dressage horse at DevonWood Equestrian Centre

WHAT makes me different?


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? The style of photography that I provide is designed to create a more personalized & full-service experience for competitors.


As a long time equestrian myself, I understand the inner workings of this industry on a level not everyone does. Every image is created intentionally with regard to the correct biomechanics of the sport and happy equine athletes. Every flick of the ear, movement of light, and changing backdrop is carefully considered with utmost detail while working behind the lens.

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

WHAT can riders EXPECT?


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. 


To receive photography coverage, riders simply sign up online via my website, or at my booth if available on site. Some shows require a small payment (in the form of a retainer) up front, while others are free to sign up and both formats 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 can Show Managers Expect?


As an Official Photographer, I provide a service not only to the exhibitors at the show, but also the show management and venue. This can include photos for media release, sponsor/award images, and additional photographs of the venue and staff.


While I do ask for exclusivity in the position of "Official Photographer" for clarity in marketing, I always welcome Private Client photographers to work with their own clients as I recognize that I cannot meet the style or budget of every rider. For this reason, I only photograph the tests of riders who have signed-up with me. Candids of riders in warmup, around the grounds, and all of awards are still covered for every show.


I have a booth setup featuring artwork from past shows and all the information that riders need to make sure they're signed up for photography that weekend, plus lots of treats to share with their horses, of course! I can also provide paperwork regarding insurance and licenses as needed for both management and venues.


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.


TESTIMONIES FROM CLIENTS


"Ella photographed a recent horse show I attended. I absolutely love the photos she took- it is very apparent she both understands the traditional aspects of photography (lighting, focus, etc.) and has a knack for the timing required to photograph horses well. I am very impressed with her work. She was a joy to be around at the show as well, I would love to work with her again." ~ Maggie S.


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


Absolutely beautiful pictures! Amazing!" ~ Ellie K.


"I recently went to a horse show and Ella was the photographer and I am so pleased with the pictures she took. I highly recommend her as your photographer." ~ Victoria M.


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


"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." ~ Lauren B.


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