Simi valley Horse Photography

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Capture a treasured memory of you and your beautiful horse!

Equestrian Rider and Horse Photography in Ventura County

Karen Vaisman Photography

(818) 991-7787

A great horse will change your life. The truly special ones define it
— Author Unknown

Simi Valley Horse Photography

Passion for Horses
Melt your Daughter's heart with a portrait of Her Beloved Horse

Being a horse-lover from childhood, combined with my passion for photography, left a special place in my heart to capture the beauty of these magnificent animals.

Karen Vaisman's Personal Tale - Horse Career Sadly redirected.

I grew up enamored with "everything horse." I collected figurines, drew horses in my math notebook in school, much to my teacher's frustration. My head was in the clouds dreaming of horses night and day. I was looking forward to going to see the Lipizzaner Stallion show at Madison Square Garden, in New York - but the day of the show I caught the flu, and I was unable to go. My heart is still broken to this day! Shortly thereafter, when a young girl in the 4-H Club was thrown from her horse when her foot was caught in the stirrup. She was not wearing a helmet and was sadly kicked in the head. After that terrible accident, I was denied my beloved riding lessons. As a thirteen-year-old girl, my passion for my horses was stymied. I had to redirect my broken heart and my energy turned to photography. Now as an adult, my secret passion is to photograph other young women who were able to follow their passion and love for horses that was taken from me as a young girl. I'm happy to say I'm able to give back to the "horse community" with my talent for creating beautiful art through equestrian photography.

Horse Portrait Design Session

In order to create your dream portrait, I am happy to schedule an in-person, or telephone horse portrait design session to create a beautiful equestrian portrait of you, your child, and their horse. We will put our heads together and discuss:

  • Your horse's temperament.

  • You or your child (rider's) age and description.

  • Size and coloring of your horse.

  • Color Scheme of Portrait.

  • You or your child's Wardrobe.

  • Location of the portrait.

  • Is your horse frightened by a "flashing light?" (You may want to try this with a personal camera flash).

  • Best time of day, morning, afternoon or evening? (optimal time for our portrait session).

  • Would you or the rider like to be included in the photo or only the horse?

  • Close up or full body?

  • Moving or stationary?

  • Have more questions? Give me a call! (818) 991-7787

Grooming and Equestrian Photo Session Preparation

Grooming your horse prior to our session will help his coat glisten. Does your horse respond to a treat or sound to help coax his ears forward for the photo session? What props, saddles, bridle and blanket colors might you like to coordinate with the rider's wardrobe? Any trophies or ribbons you might like to include?

Wall Art and High-End Prints and Products

I offer a fine selection of exquisite products. You may be interested in:

  • Wall Portraits

  • Gallery-wrapped Canvases

  • Custom Framing

  • Albums

  • Luster Prints

  • Metal Prints

  • Custom Designed Greeting Cards

  • Specialty Art - Photo Composites and Digital Paintings

Karen Vaisman Photography offers the finest archival quality available. Archival products are guaranteed for longevity and will not fade when cared for properly. Special memories of your horse and rider deserve the ultimate quality product. 

Storytelling Art - "The Art of Touch Up"

I am a master photographer and retouch artist with over two decades of experience. My love for horses combined with my passion for art leaves a very soft spot in my heart for equestrian portraiture. I love working with all types of animals. Not only do I love to photograph horses, but I also love pet photography. Feel free to visit my dog portraits here. After our session, I will artistically retouch your equestrian portrait.

  • Is your horse black, with black eyes? Have you ever experienced difficulty seeing the detail in those beautiful eyes in photographs? My retouching will bring out the luster of your horse's coat. It will also highlight the beauty reflected in your horse's eyes emphasizing the emotion under those expressive long eyelashes.

  • Could your white horse sparkle more in photographs? Areas near the hooves, eyes, and mouth (or any other dirty area) can be cleaned up with Photoshop emphasizing his beautiful features.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. I'm known throughout the Ventura County and  Los Angeles area for the fine art of retouching. Please visit my before and after gallery to see samples of my retouching work.  All the images in the gallery above have been professionally retouched.

Karen Vaisman Photography
For the Love of Horses...

I have worked as a Simi Valley Horse Photographer for many years, combining my experience with animals and professional photography. I am confident you will love the results! I'm proud to share over 100+ 5-Star Reviews from my clients - click HERE.  I have regularly donated a very worthy cause: Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship. (see below)

I'm happy to meet with you for your horse portrait design session prior to our photography session to show you samples and to discuss your particular needs and creative ideas.

Just give me a call! (818) 991-7787

I can't wait to meet you and your beautiful horse!


Horse Resources in Ventura County

  1. Conejo Creek West/Equestrian Park -1350 E. Avenida de las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

  2. Arroyo Simi Equestrian Center 3495 Chicory Leaf Place Simi Valley 93065

  3. Animal Guardians Horse Rescue – Ventura County, California

  4. A Little Horse Rescue - Thousand Oaks, California

  5. Classic Equestrian Center - 2182 Tierra Rejada Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021 (805) 428-6868 SERT has expertise in serving children with various disabilities through theraputic horsemanship.

  6. Elvenstar  - 15618 E Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark, CA 93021

  7. Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship -  401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park, CA 91320 (805) 375-9078. Ride On teaches adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities

  8. Circle K Horse Stables - 4790 West Lynn Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 - 805-499-1783

  9. Oak Ridge Riding Club - Serving Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth and all of Ventura County (805) 279-8480