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WELCOME, I'M HEIDI SCHLENKER

A FINE ART EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHER

My name is Heidi and I live and breathe horses. A lifetime horsewoman, I've been showing horses since I was a small child. I've cultivated unbreakable bonds with many horses over the years, and in my photography I strive to capture that special bond that you have with yours. 

My style is characterized by showcasing you and your horse's best assets in a dramatic way. You'll leave your session feeling empowered, beautiful, and with tangible memories for generations to come. 

While I love a great styled shoot, my passion is stallion photography. I have spent my lifetime marketing and promoting stallions through my photography and graphic design services. You will note that in my stallion photography packages that flyer design is included in each package. This is not by accident. I want to make sure you have the proper photos and impactful marketing materials to make your stallion stand out like the star that he is.

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Mini Session Packages

Bronze

$300 Plus Tax 

Great base package to capture the essence of your horse or both you and your horse!

5 Released Digital Images

Black background and/or outdoors

Professional Image Editing

Online Proof Gallery

Print Release

1 Horse and/or Horse & Human

2 Subjects 1 Outfit

Add-Ons Available

** Mileage is not included

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your photography session please give me 72 hours notice.

Silver

$500 Plus Tax

Step it up a notch and make some gorgeous memories with your horse!

10 Released Digital Images

Black background and/or outdoors

Professional Image Editing

Online Proof Gallery

Print Release

2 Horses and/or Horse & Humans

4 Subjects 2 Outfits

Add-Ons Available

** Mileage is not included

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your photography session please give me 72 hours notice.

Gold

$700 Plus Tax

Great for those who want all the memories! The kind you hang on the wall!

20 Released Digital Images

Black background and/or outdoors

Professional Image Editing

Online Proof Gallery

Print Release

3 Horses and/or Horses & Humans

6 Subjects 3 Outfits

Add-Ons Available

** Mileage is not included

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your photography session please give me 72 hours notice.

Are you ready to look like a rockstar? Well, guess what? I can help you achieve that goal, right down to the creamy smooth skin that is flawless! Over the years I have learned to expertly retouch skin, remove wrinkles and fine lines, and make sure the color pops! When your final images are delivered you will be running to the online store to order your prints, wall art, canvases, and more! It's time to turn you and your horse into the work of art that you truly are!

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Stallion Packages

Gold

$6400 Plus Tax

Great for those who want all the memories! The kind you hang on the wall!

120 Commercially Released High Resolution Digital Images

4 Single Page Ad Designs

Black background and/or outdoors

Conformation Shots

Action Shots

Professional Image Editing

Online Proof Gallery

Print Release

6 - 10 Stallions

Add-Ons Available

**Does not include travel expenses such as flight, mileage, hotel or rental car.

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your photography session please give me 72 hours notice.

Silver

$3200 Plus Tax

Step it up a notch and make some gorgeous memories with your horse!

60 Commercially Released High Resolution Digital Images

2 Single Page Ad Designs

Black background and/or outdoors

Conformation Shots

Action Shots

Professional Image Editing

Online Proof Gallery

Print Release

2 -5 Stallions

Add-Ons Available

**Does not include travel expenses such as flight, mileage, hotel or rental car.

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your photography session please give me 72 hours notice.

Standard

$1800 Plus Tax 

Great base package to capture the essence of your horse or both you and your horse!

40 Commercially Released High Resolution Digital Images

 1 Single Page Ad Design

Black background/outdoors

Conformation Shots

Action Shots 

Professional Image Editing

Online Proof Gallery

Print Release

1  Stallion

Add-Ons Available

**Does not include travel expenses such as flight, mileage, hotel or rental car.

Cancellation Policy:

To cancel your photography session please give me 72 hours notice.

BUY STALLION SESSION PHOTOGRAPHY

Package Pricing Answers

If I had to guess, I'd say you probably got a little bit of sticker shock when you looked at the stallion photography pricing, so I'd like to explain how I set up my packages versus how other photographers price their photography packages. 

Most photographers charge a small "session fee," in addition to travel expenses, which will typically include 2 to 5 images. These images may be print released, or even commercially released. A commercial release is a release for advertising which is necessary to have if you want to use your stallion's photos in any form of advertising, whether print media or online. Commercially released images typically range from $200 - $350 per photo, depending on the photographer and his/her prices. You book the photographer thinking you're getting a great deal, and I'm not here to tell you that you aren't. However, let's say you want more than the 2-5 images that are included. Now what? Well, you would have to pay between $200- $350 PER IMAGE that you want a commercial release for. It gets expensive!

I like to charge a flat rate fee plus travel expenses. Each image in my stallion packages is high resolution and commercially released for advertising. You also receive a print release for all images, and 1-4 single page ad designs dependent upon which package you selected. My commercially released images are $250 per image (which includes all hand editing and color correcting). So for the standard stallion package you receive 40 high resolution commercially released images and 1 single page ad design for $1800 plus tax. If you multiply 40 by $250 and add the cost of the single page ad design of $165 plus tax, the total comes to about 10,165 plus tax for all the images. However, that is NOT what you will pay. You will pay $1800 plus tax for the standard package and will receive over $10,000 in product. Now that's what I call VALUE!

So go ahead and work the math! These deals are hard to beat!

BOOK PHOTGRAPHY SESSION
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Session Prep Guide

Your horse NEEDS be clean for your session! Bathing is recommended but not required. If it's too cold to bathe, use a horse vacuum or a shop vac to ensure your horse is clean. 

You want to make sure your horse is free of dirt and stains. Some stains can be hidden in photoshop if they cannot be removed, but the less staining there is to remove the easier for me to create your gorgeous image. 

If you bathe PLEASE ensure your horse is DRY before the session.

 

Clean out nose, ears, and the "eye goop" from the sides of the horses eyes with a damp rag. 

 

Mane and tail should be brushed, dirt free, and bridle paths should be tidy. 

If you bathe the day before your session, please put a sheet and/or sleazy on your horse to help keep them clean and cut your final prep grooming time down.

 

CLIPPING: If you clip your horse, please clip legs, and under the jaw and chin with a 10 blade 3 - 4 days before your session. The day of the session clip the inside of the ears, eye, and muzzle whiskers. You can use a horse shave razor for the muzzle. If your horse does not tolerate his ears being clipped, you can use Veet Sensitive inside the ears to remove the hair safely. If you choose to use Veet, wipe a thick layer of Veet inside the ear with a dry rag, being careful NOT to get any on the rim or outside of the ears (it will take ALL the hair off). Leave on for 3-4 minutes, any longer and your horse can burn. Wipe the Veet out  of the ears with clean dry rags. Then, rinse the ear thoroughly with a clean wet rag, ensuring you get ALL of the residue out of the ear. Dry thoroughly with a new clean, dry rag. 

GROOMING PRODUCTS: I have several grooming products that I use to create that show ring ready look. For shampoo and conditioner, I prefer to use Equifuse Products. You can purchase Equifuse Products at most tack shops, or Here. I like the Rehydrinse™ 1-Step Coat Protector + Conditioner to spray on manes, tails, and the body just after the bath while they are still wet. For shampoo and conditioner, I prefer the CFS™ Concentrate + Paste Horse Shampoo 1 lb, and CitraCreme™ Deep Conditioner + Rehydrant 16 oz. When the horse is dry I use Shine™ Perfect + Shine Spray 32 oz for a lasting shine. The day of the shoot I prefer to coat the horse in Show Sheen or World Champion Pepi just before we shoot and wipe with a clean dry rag. Cowboy Magic Detangler is excellent on manes and tails that tend to be frizzy or hav flyaways. For a great muzzle, eye, and inside the ears enhancer I like Silverado Face Glo

HOOVES: 

It goes without saying that a horses hooves should be clean and either freshly trimmed or shod and neatly presentable before a photoshoot. Chipped feet with jagged edges WILL ruin your overall look. Please schedule your farrier at least 1-3 weeks before your session. You are more than welcome to put on hoof polish, but it is not a necessity. 

TACK: 

Please ensure that all tack you are wanting to use for your session is properly cleaned and polished, and fits properly. Dirty and/or ill fitting tack will ruin your overall look. 

 

For Black Background portraits I have photography halters that are suitable for any horse and easily edited out if you want your horse to look natural.

SESSION PREP GUIDE

Location

We don't all have access to our dream barn, I get it! However, an appropriate location is everything when it comes to sessions. Even if you are having your session done at a boarding barn, there are things you can do to ensure we have a clutter free area to work!

Simple barns and simple pastures are often the BEST. 

Barns should be picked up and free from debris. Alleyways should be clean, swept, and anything hanging in the alleyway should be taken down for the duration of the session. We will be using the alleyway for your black background photos!

Fences should be clean and well taken care of. Pastures, if possible should be clean and mowed. If you do not have an appropriate location to do the photoshoot, consider hauling your horse to a pretty public grounds, or if local, I'm more than happy to accommodate you and your horse at my facility providing your horse has a current negative coggins and is UTD on vaccinations. 

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Timing & Lighting

Time waits for no one, including me! 

When shooting...time IS of the essence. Being late, or not ready at the session start time can cause us to lose optimal lighting, which can ruin your photos. 

If your session is an evening session we have about 1 - 2 hours before the sun is gone. Sometimes you can stretch to about 10-15 minutes after the sun has set, however photos don't always have the best quality then.

If you have a morning session it can be a lot of "hurry up and wait" and then a "rush" into the session as the light changes so quickly as it moves up over the horizon.

Therefore, it is best to have yourself, and your horse ready and waiting by the start of the session. 

Helpers

It's always a good idea to have 2 or more extra helpers.

They will be critical players for your shoot to help get ears,

place feet properly, run your horse around for action shots, or hold the horse while you post with him. 

PLUS, it makes it 1000X more fun!

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Hair & Makeup

If you're like me, you aren't the greatest at doing your own hair and make-up. I highly recommend scheduling a hair and makeup appointment two weeks from the date of your session if possible so that you KNOW you'll be able to get it done. Make sure you schedule with plenty of time in between your appointment and our session.

 

You want your makeup to be heavier than you would normally apply it, and hair on point! Don't worry about blemishes, I will touch up blemishes, smooth skin, and highlight your best assets. After all, you deserve to look like you ooze confidence, class, and beauty! 

Don't have fancy dresses? No problem! I have five STUNNING flutter dresses that will make you feel like a GODDESS! If you would like access to my client closet, just let me know!

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