I am Photography and photography is me. We are
inseparable. I think in terms of images, I see in terms
of images, I dream in terms of images. My camera is my
I have spent years studying photography, to think in
terms of light and then painting with that light.
Studying how a horse moves, what it's muscles look like
in action, what its eyes say, what its ears say. What
its body language says.
I know what an f/stop is and how to use it, I understand
shutter speeds and iso's and how to use them. Horses
to me are creatures of great beauty and athleticism and
I continually work at my skills so that I am able to
accurately capture that beauty, that athlete.
I do not compose images in
Lightroom or Photoshop or Instagram, I compose them in
my mind and then in my camera. Software programs help
to enhance the image I have in my mind, to control the
scenery that I am not otherwise able to do on site.
I do not simply stand by the side of the arena and hold
my finger on the shutter button hoping to get a great
shot because I have a camera that takes great
photographs. I taught my camera everything it knows.
My car doesn't drive itself and my camera doesn't take
great photographs. I operate my car and I operate my
I am a photographer. Copyright Susan J Stickle
Equine sports photographer Susan Stickle has been shooting
professionally since 1994, covering local, regional,
national and international dressage shows and championships
throughout the United States. Susan also covers dressage,
eventing and show jumping at international competitions
including at the World Cup Finals, World Equestrian Games
and Olympic Games. She regularly travels around the country
on assignment for farm and editorial shoots.
Susan’s work has been published in
Practical Horseman, EQUUS,
The Chronicle of the Horse and
HorseSport USA as well as numerous other equestrian and
mainstream publications, websites and books.
Susan competed in dressage with her Thoroughbred mare,
Bonnie. Some highlights of her riding career include a
high-score championship at Training Level and competing
through the lower levels. Her love of horses and knowledge
of dressage have given her a wonderfully keen eye that is
reflected in her work.
When not photographing horses, Susan enjoys shooting
landscapes as well as underwater scenes. Her image of the
World Trade Center Tribute in Lights hangs in the U.S.
Customs Department Headquarters in Washington, DC.
As a professional photographer and graphic designer, Susan
stays up to date with all the technology offered in the
photo industry, attending classes whenever possible. As a
result, she offers the highest quality products to her
customers and is one of the most sought after equestrian
photographers in the industry.
For more information, please contact her at HoofPrints1@aol.com
or call 973.885.3203
Susan is available for
private photo shoots at your facility. In addition to extremely
competitive advertising rates, we also offer design services, including web
design, to cover all your advertising needs.
We're more than just Dressage show photography
and video. We offer ad and web design, private photo and video shoots - sale
horse tapes, web advertising and so much more.
As both Sue and I rode dressage competitively, owning horses and having competed
gives us a great understanding of what the dressage rider is looking for. We are
horse lovers to the bone and being behind the cameras allows us to work and
play at the same time! As always, we are dedicated to the competitor.
Created By Susan J Stickle & Jonna J Koellhoffer Are Protected Under United States
Copyright Laws And May Not Be Reproduced in Any Form.
To Provide Our Customers with Professional,
Top Quality, Photo, Video,
Web and Ad Design
Services at Affordable Rates.
The best people for your video taping and photography
needs are experienced professionals who have been competitors themselves -- give
us try, see the difference.
A little of what our customers have
shared with us:
"Thank you so much
for spending time with me today going over the
photographs from Nationals. Your beautiful photographs
are such a treasure to me.. The event itself was a
blur--complicated, conflicting emotions, demands,
desires. Of course we want to savor such experiences,
but the reality is that sometimes old patterns, stress,
tension, passion, anxiety etc as well as just the
enormity of the task are overwhelming and some of the
sweetness of the moment can get missed. By
preserving with your talented hands and skilled eyes the
beauty and emotion of the weekend, you give me the
opportunity to recapture the feelings of awe, joy,
gratitude and love I felt for my horse, and for everyone
and everything that got me there. Your images moved me
to tears more than once."
"You do an incredible job on your sale tapes. They are
so well done and show exactly what the buyer needs to see"
"Having the ability to see my ride from the judge's viewpoint
is such a valuable training tool. With each class I've had taped, I've
studied it and have been able to improve my scores."
"These pictures are terrific! I've been waiting to get photos like this and you've captured the exact moment I've been looking for."
"I look for Hoof Prints at every show, I really rely on their services to
help improve my riding."
"I can't believe how much I've learned about my riding and what the judges are
looking for. My trainer and I study the tapes together to see where I've done
well ... and where I need to make some improvements."
"The photographs are beautiful! Not only are they great
but you were able to capture my horse's character on film."
Hoof Prints Photography & Video was founded in 1995 by
Susan Stickle and Jonna
Koellhoffer as a way of providing competitors with the tools they need to
better understand and improve their riding skills. And as a way of preserving the
memories that can last a lifetime. Having ridden competitively
allows Susan and Jonna to fully
appreciate and understand the competitors needs. Being professional
photographers and videographers allows Hoof Prints to
bring you top quality, affordable services from a competitors perspective. We
are dedicated to the competitor. In 2005 we began to move away from the Hoof
Prints name to SusanJStickle.com as a way to avoid confusion from other
equestrian photography companies.