Dorna Brown Photography

Ever since I can remember I have loved horses. When I was about four years old, my mother gave me a palomino plastic horse with a flaxen mane and tail. I carried it with me wherever I went. Next, my family gave me a stick horse with a forelock and mane. I galloped, neighed, and trotted for hours on end. When I was seven, I begged my father for a horse and when he said no, I was devastated. It was not until I was in High School that I started riding almost every day with my best friend, Vivian. Her stepmother owned and bred racehorses. Vivian had a quarter horse named Rebel and she taught me how to ride (kinda). We had no idea what we were doing, and it’s amazing we weren’t killed. Our friend Gigi in the neighborhood, had a huge white horse named Babe. We would ride her and sometimes Gigi would go with us double riding on Babe. We would gallop and trot through the neighborhoods on the dirt roads just like I had imagined when I was a little girl. I can honestly say those were the best years of my teenage life.

Later on, when I had my grandchildren (I’m a young grandmother), I took my granddaughter down the street to see the horses at a riding stable. It reignited my passion for horses, and I decided to buy my very own. I have owned many horses since then, including a Morgan, Missouri Fox Trotter, a Quarter Horse, and a Fjord. My first horse was a golden palomino with a beautiful flaxen mane (sound familiar?) named Dreamer. Currently I own Zephyr, a Tennessee Walking Horse, my forever boy. I have owned him for ten years and at 25 years old this year (April 2022), I am happy to say he has a lot of trail miles left on him.

Zephyr was my inspiration for my logo, and I used a picture I took of him. I wanted to memorialize him, so I asked a graphic designer to make it into my logo and my brand was born!

I boarded my first horse, Dreamer, at a ranch in Moorpark. It was there, 12 years ago, that I began photographing horses. The people at the ranch absolutely treasured their photos. My passion for equine photography began there and grows stronger every year. I studied privately with a photographer instructor for a long time, I’ve taken a ton of online classes and have attended workshops as well. I am very calm and relaxed with horses and because I understand them, I work well with them.

I have a deep passion for equine photography with a strong devotion for capturing their personalities, their beauty, and their fantastic strength. I think they are God’s most magnificent creation.

Another passion that I have is photographing children. Children are full of wonder and curiosity, and I enjoy capturing them in special moments. I make an adventure out of our sessions so that I can take candid unposed shots. Have you ever asked a child to smile or say cheese for the camera? What happens? A silly fake smile, right? I avoid those at all costs! LOL. I want their joy, their laughter, and curiosity to be all natural. Those are the moments their parents will treasure for a lifetime.

Very few people like having their picture taken and I happen to be one of them even though I’m a photographer. I have never liked being told to smile as it is never natural and always forced. I strive to make my clients feel naturally comfortable and confident during their session. My reward is when they see their photos, and they really love them. I enjoy helping my clients get ready for the session and making the day special for them. There is typically a great deal of laughter and fun on our day together.

Animals and photography have always gone hand in hand. If you are here, it is obvious you share a love for animals and an interest in capturing beautiful images. Now you can capture the passion you feel for your beloved dog or cat with timeless photos blended with high end art. Through my lens and imagination, you can have photos capturing their personality, their funny and sweet moments, as well as their habits.

I thrive behind the camera. It’s where I live and it’s also what fuels my life. My sessions are always laid back, yet professional, and I’m ultra-efficient when it comes to the business side of things, as well. I do everything in my power to get your pictures to you quickly and just the way you like them!