A girl and her horse in a field of flowers


Recently I had the pleasure of working with Melissa of Horses Healing Hearts and her daughter, Hailey. We brought along Grady, a white palomino under the care of Horses Healing Hearts. He is up for adoption and looking for a forever home. He was such a wonderful horse to work with, took direction quite well and was calm and loving on set. I know he will find a loving home, because he is a true gem. To find out more information, please visit HHH Facebook Page, Twitter, or website. I'm obsessed with these photos ladies, thank you for a great shoot. I'm working on a composite for my thesis and I'm so excited. Soon I will post some before and afters, a few of the images below have multiple images in one (blowing of the flowers had 4 shots in one). Enjoy!!!

Styling, Photography and Retouching: Ashley Petersen // Hair and Assistant: Kelly Larsen // Assistant: Melissa Austin // Model: Hailey Austin // Rescue Horse: Grady

Melissa and Cleo


Model: Melissa May and Cleo Tank, Target | Sweater, Free People | Skirt, Thrift store | Tights, Urban Outfitters | Shoes, Dolce Vita | Hat, Element | Necklace, Storyteller Keys | Collar and Leash, Found My Animal

Dress, Free People | Sweater, H&M| Socks, Urban Outfitters | Boots, Nordstrom | Necklace, Photographer's

Sweater, Banana Republic | Green Sweater, Staring at Stars | Jeans, Levis | Shoes, Free People | Beanie, Free People

Tuesday Thesis: Little Red Riding Hood and the White Wolf


This was one of my first shoots on the project Rescue Tales. It is inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and white wolf. In the fairytale, the wolf always wants to attack Red Riding Hood. In this story, I wanted to show that they could be friends. Red holds a loose leash, which symbolizes trust between the two. Red is not leading the wolf, but they are going on an adventure in the forest side by side. The leash is from an amazing company called Found My Animal, based out of New York. Their goal is to help raise awareness of the urgent need for animal adoption. They are fabulous leashes, do yourself a favor and get one, you won't regret it!