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Susan Sexton, Short Bio

Susan Sexton has been an equine photographer since 1977, shooting horses in all settings, disciplines and sports. She’s very involved with all aspects of photography, from taking pictures for a vast range of clientele and to teaching all aspects of photography, film to digital, computers and Photoshop.

Over the last thirty-plus years, Susan has specialized in and established a reputation for excellence in shooting classical dressage. Her work has been admired by clients and peers, alike, and has been used extensively within the equine industry.

Her pictures have appeared in many horse magazines in print and online, in books, calendars and in brochures and catalogues advertising all items related to horses, from clothing to tack and horse shoes.  Dover Saddlery, Stateline, Pfizer, Ariat, Continental Airlines, and Purina and many more companies have used her pictures in their advertising over the years.

Top breeding farms and stallion owners in the US hire her to do their stallion photography and design their ads.

Going beyond the field of shooting, she also gives clinics for those who want to learn about photographing horses, she critiques portfolios, gives online courses about photographing the horse, and judges print and online competitions.

Susan currently lives in Cave Creek, AZ.

By Mom’s friend Kimmery:

Susan Sexton’s photographic career spans more than thirty years, while her love of horses spans nearly seventy.  Combining horses and photography was as natural a step as walking, and has been proven over and over again to be an ideal merger.

But this is better said in her words….

A major part of my career – which includes being the official photographer at the 1996 Olympics – has been devoted to photographing stallions. It’s a thrill to have a horse in front of my camera, every single time and in any one venue. They differ from each other, but none are so different as the stallions.  They are prideful, and full of themselves. They know it, and they show it.

When they’re at liberty in the ring with me, they are in tune with what I’m doing, and it becomes a very special event. It’s not that they know what a photo is, but they do know that they are the center of attention, and they turn up the heat. They consider themselves kings of the hills, anyway, and being asked to show off just makes them sparkle even more.

When I’m holding the camera up to my face, almost all of them are looking right down the lens at me as they’re running around the ring.  It’s a little unnerving, but thrilling at the same time. It makes for a very strong contact.

See Lagartijo for an example.

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