Kendra & Duck

Bald hill natural area // Corvallis, OREGON

Oregon State University Graduation Session

My fall is usually pretty dominated by high school seniors, so when Kendra reached out about a photo session for her college graduation with her dressage horse Duck, I was SO excited! College students deserve professional photos of themselves with their horses too! We were able to find a time right in the peak of fall here in the Willamette Valley and we even scored a beautiful 60* day with no clouds in sight.

The one thing I love most about fall is the way the sun sets on a clear evening. A local Corvallis trail system was the perfect walk for Duck (a total pro on the trails- not a single spook!) surrounded by so many glowing trees. It was a quick drive over from the Oregon State University Campus and we even passed a few other horses out on the trails.

While most of my sessions do take place wherever the horse is boarded, I'm always up to haul out somewhere and meet at a local park or trail where horses are welcome. If you're ever unsure of where you'd go, just reach out! I keep a list of all of my favorite locations to bring horses to for sessions in each season.

horse and rider portrait in corvallis oregon for osu college graduation

I have a special soft spot for Arabs- I learned to ride and jump on them and truly love their expression and attitude. But don't think just because Duck was a pro out on the trails (and at being wicked cute) they didn't get any goofy outtakes in his gallery.

Kendra warned me he had a thing for sticking his tongue out for photos and Duck certainly didn't want to prove her wrong!

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By the time I even have the chance to share these photos, the fall leaves are all gone and the rain has moved in. While Fall will always be my favorite season, I can't wait to share the many more beautiful places I'll have the opportunity to bring horses & their people for photos this coming winter and spring before next year.

If you're interested in booking a fall session, please reach out ASAP! This time of year books up the quickest and there aren't many sunny days like this available!


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Photos (c) Ella Chedester Photography

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