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Thank you for choosing Kaitlyn Karssen Photography to capture your most treasured memories with your horses. I can’t begin to tell you what an honor it is to work with such amazing horses and riders doing what I love. I pour my heart and soul into my art and photography and promise to give my clients devoted attention before, during, and after the photoshoot. Take a look through my info guide and please contact me with any questions you might have about your session.

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Meet Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn is the rider behind the camera of Kaitlyn Karssen Photography. Kaitlyn has over a decade of experience with horses, which she believes gives her an upper hand with equestrian photography. Kaitlyn also has an education in PR from the University of Kentucky and understands many riders needs for good social and web content. When she isn't photographing other beautiful equines, she can be found riding and showing her own horse, Prince.

Kaitlyn Karssen Photography specializes in custom equine photography and is located in Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida and is able to travel throughout the United States.


Why choose custom photography?

Each experience with Kaitlyn Karssen Photography is fully custom to each client, depending on their wants and needs. The goal of every session is to capture and create beautiful, artistic images that will become heirloom art designed for your home or barn. Your experience and your art will be completely unique to you.


Why choose a photographer that focuses on printing?

In a crazy digital world, I firmly believe in printing. It is the only way to attempt and preserve a memory, forever.

Even if you’re running low on wall space, printing can still play an important role in archiving your images. The physics of how light bounces off a piece of paper and into your eyes is not going to change, but the way a computer reads an image file does change. For example, optical disks like DVDs used to be the gold standard of photo backup, but now they’ve all but vanished.

My archival quality prints can last hundreds of years, but at the end of the day, it’s about your art.

Seeing a high quality print of an image of your horse can be mesmerizing. There is just something about holding a finished print in your hands that is infinitely more satisfying than seeing your photo on a screen — especially a pocket-sized one. It also serves as a tangible, permanent product of your equine, a monument to the time and effort and everything that goes into the animal and the sport.

Before Your Session

+ What should I expect?

With Kaitlyn Karssen Photography, I want you to have the best experience possible. I aim to make your session fun and lighthearted with lots of laughter in a relaxed environment. I like to get to know my clients and their horses so I can capture their true personalities. While you will get some common posed shots, I aim to photograph you and your horses as you really are so I take a more laid back approach. What should you expect? Fun! As cliche as it might sound, photoshoots are always a great time. I pride myself on my ability to work with horses and be super patient, I'll take as long as the horse needs to get "the shot." Everyone around ends up laughing and having a good time.

+ When should I book?

The sooner the better! To ensure quality, service, and uniqueness, I refuse to overbook. Many clients book weeks to months ahead of time to guarantee a spot.

+ What is needed at the time of booking?

The session fee is required at the time of booking to guarantee booking and reservation of your spot. A simple contract stating what is and isn't included in the shoot must also be signed and returned electronically at the time of booking.

Day of Your Session

+ When and where will my shoot be?

For equestrian lifestyle shoots, it's entirely up to you! I'm confident in making beautiful images no matter the location and scenery. Most people do them on their barn property, but some do them in locations such as the Kentucky Horse Park or the Bridle Path in Grand Prix Village. I only do these shoots during golden hour, which is why availability is extremely limited. For equine portraiture shoots, I use backdrops and studio lights. Adequete room and appropriate lighting for my set up is important, but a majority of barns can accomodate this.

+ Will my horse be scared of the backdrop and studio lights?

More than likely, no! I give the horses plenty of time to check out the set up and I never force them to remain in a situation they aren't comfortable in. By allowing them to realize it's no big deal, they settle in in minutes. As for the studio lights, they're so quick the horses don't even realize they go off.

+ How should my horse be prepared?

I always tell clients to groom how they would for a show. These photos are an investment, so you'll want your horse to look as good as it can. Photoshop can only do so much! Make sure your horse is well groomed, braid or plait, polish the hooves, and have a clean bridle with a simple bit.

+ What if the weather is bad?

Overcast is no issue for photoshoots, it can actually be quite favorable. If it is raining or exceptionally windy, photoshoots can be rescheduled for another day.

+ What should I wear for my lifestyle shoot?

Whatever you want! I want you to be happy and comfortable. Please feel free to plan for outfit changes for a variety of photos.

After Your Session

+ When will my images be ready?

Although most clients' images are finished within days, please allow up to 5 weeks for your photos to be completed.

+ How do I see my images?

In an online gallery. You'll recieve an email with your gallery which you can open, download, and share.

+ How long will it take my artwork, prints, and albums to arrive?

Turnaround for artwork, prints, and albums is very quick! It usually takes around a week for prints to show up at your door. Large scale artwork will understandably need a little bit longer to be completed.

+ How does the print credit work?

Your prepurchased $1000 print credit will be sent to you in the form of a gift card code in the same email as your online gallery. Then you can shop from the gallery page and enter the code at checkout.

+ What about digital images?

All digital images are still included with your tangible artwork!

+ Can I share my digital images on social media?

Of course! You're more than welcome to share the digital images you receive on social media. Credit to the Kaitlyn Karssen Photography social media accounts is always appreciated and the images are not to be altered in any way via filters, cropping, etc.

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- Creative, artistic, stylistic studio portraits of the horse

- Several background colors

- $1000 artwork credit to use towards your al a carte artwork order (see print options below)

- All watermarked social media resolution digitals included in online gallery, these are not printable

- Each additional horse after the first is $100

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- All watermarked social media resolution digitals included, these are not printable

- Online gallery of which you can download your watermarked social media resolution images available for 7 days

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+ Acrylic Info

  • Metallic photo print laminated with light and shatterproof acrylic glass
  • A sturdy 1/8” backboard made of aluminum dibond ensures additional stability and durability of your artwork
  • The brilliantly shining acrylic glass highlights the impression of depth of your image and intensifies the radiance of the colors
  • Behind acrylic glass, metallic paper has an even more vivid appearance and is protected additionally
  • 1/4" thick
  • French cleat wall mounting
  • Custom sizes available by request
  • Best Seller!

+ Acrylic Pricing

  • 11x14, 11x17 - $480
  • 16x20, 16x24 - $785
  • 20x24, 20x30 - $1000
  • 24x30, 24x36 - $1435
  • 30x40, 30x50 - $2410
  • 40x60 - $3975

+ Metal Info

  • A unique high gloss wall art option
  • Metal prints are printed on a 1/16" aluminum sheet
  • Float mount wall hanging
  • Slightly rounded corners

+ Metal Pricing

  • 11x14, 11x17 - $200
  • 16x20, 16x24 - $380
  • 20x24, 20x30 - $520
  • 24x30, 24x36 - $880
  • 30x40, 30x50 - $1405
  • 40x60 - $2120

+ Photo Wrap Info

  • Metallic Photo Paper features a unique pearlescent surface with ultra-bright backgrounds
  • Wrapped on Gatorboard
  • Mounting block for hanging
  • Satin finish

+ Photo Wrap Pricing

  • 11x14, 11x17 - $180
  • 16x20, 16x24 - $325
  • 20x24, 20x30 - $405
  • 24x30, 24x36 - $460

Have you ever wished for a special image of the horse you love? Not the stiff portrait or jumping shot everyone else has? Call Katie. I told her I wanted to capture a feeling and a moment in my life. Done. Time doesn’t stand still, but she can stop it with her camera. From the shoot to your wall. She’s seamless. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget. See my gallery and you’ll understand.
— Teri Kessler
It was very obvious to us that not only is Katie so talented but, she is also so passionate about her work. She took her time getting the shots of our horse that she wanted . She captured our stallion’s gorgeous looks as well as his beautiful soul, which was very important to us. We were able to view the photos within a few days and easily select the ones that we wanted for our walls. One week later our prints arrived at our home in perfect form. We’re totally in love with them!
— Joyce Green
I’m so glad I chose Kaitlyn to photograph Pepper. She is so nice, accommodating, and talented. The prints turned out stunning and they will be life long memories of my heart horse. Thank you for everything Kaitlyn!
— Talli Wallen
During my shoot Chacco was super fresh and I was nervous how the pictures would come out but [Kaitlyn] reassured me that it only took one moment of him standing still to capture a great photo. And [she] was right! Looking at the gallery I was blown away. The lighting is seriously something from a fairytale and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. [Kaitlyn] captured a feeling and a partnership that I can reminisce on for years to come. The prints’ finish gives them so much depth and I cannot wait to hang these all over my room and dorm next year.
— Alex Duvin


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