Hi friend! I am Samantha Dawn!

I am a published and award winning Equine Photographer in the Midwest...

Kansas, USA to be exact. Horses are the CORE of my life. My whole entire life is molded around horses. They are everywhere and anywhere - no matter where I look around me at any given moment. They've been the core of my life for as long as I can remember. I was that "weird" kid in school that was obsessed with horses. I was one of the lucky ones who had "horses" encoded in their DNA from birth, I guess. Horses have taught me so much about life, myself, and how to be "in the moment." YEARS of studying, training, and being around them have helped hone my skills in being able to properly photograph them. I guess somewhere along the line it was only natural that my career of choice would combine my two loves into one. Photography & Horses.

My photography is more than just a "job" to me. It's my passion. I live it. I breath it. I dream it.

I believe in giving people something to remember of their equine partners...something that they are proud to hang on their walls or even display at their place of work. ART of their horses that makes them remember, WHERE, WHEN, and WHY they fell in love with THE HORSE and never looked back. I also aim to make a friend out of the person and horse I am photographing. I feel like to have a close friendship with those I work for is almost "key" to doing successful work...if you don't feel like you have a friend after a session with any photographer - something was missed. I don't ever want to miss that....I want you to remember the session OF your horse or of you and your horse and remember it as a fun moment in your life. A fun moment of horses, friends, and magic! You can call me a professional #lightchaser because I don't use any flashes/strobes (horse safety is number 1 for me) so I'm forever chasing the "golden hours" of morning and evening light !!

I want my photos to make you FEEL emotion, to connect with every horse in my photos. I want to show you the SOUL of the horse through my eyes and lens. Feel their power, their strength, and their heart.

I never just want to be the photographer who just "takes a photo of a horse" - I want to turn it into what THE HORSE has been for centuries....ART...and I would love to see YOUR horse be a part of my ART.

--> Currently I call Louisburg, Kansas HOME !! <--

I reside here with my Husband, Jonathan. Jonathan is a 7 year US Army Combat Veteran who bravely served two tours in Afghanistan. Jonathan is my anchor & plays the biggest "behind the scenes" roll in my business. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for him.

We have no children....but our "kids" are:

  • CJ (male - sable German Shepherd)
  • Bullitt (male - Miniature Australian Shepherd)
  • Arti (male - American Short-hair Cat)

We are blessed with TWO amazing horses:

  • Smokin Kingers Tink aka Vegas (10 yro bay AQHA mare.)
  • FB Piano Man aka Tim (4 yro B/W Tobiano Gypsy Vanner gelding.)

-xo Samantha

wedding photo by tatyana zadorin photography & header photo by amy rickford

Jonathan & Samantha (by Shelby Lynn Photography)

Jonathan & Samantha - with dogs: Bullitt & CJ (by Shelby Lynn Photography)

FB Piano Man - 2017 GVHS Gypsy Vanner gelding

Smokin Kingers Tink - 2010 AQHA mare

Worth It ? Read the testimonials yourself !!

Katie Hembree of KD Performance Horses

"Where do I start? Heart of a Cowgirl Photography has captured timeless events and moments in my career and every day life. She brings so much emotion and personality and beauty in every image she creates. She strives to portray the horse, horse and rider, or just the rider for who they are and does it over and over again. Making you feel overcome with emotion and love for all of her work.

I am so blessed to be able to have her continually shoot at my farm, at shows or wherever we dream up a artistic shoot! I cannot imagine where I would be without Samantha and the amazing work she creates for me. Whenever we feel we have done the best shoot ever, we end up topping it the next time and so forth!

I cannot imagine using anyone else to help me show the world my horses, my clients horses, my dogs, my son, and so much more!

Thank you for all you do and what you continue to do!"

Ashley Morgan Rhodes - Horse Trainer & Professional model

"Samantha is by FAR the BEST photographer I have dealt with! She is very reasonably priced, and has a great eye for action shots, but can capture those special and romantic moments as well. She has so much talent, she even helped me dye my hair before our shoot!

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHER DOES THAT?! And she also edits SUPER fast, and gives you more than enough to choose from! I have had over 25 photographers shoot me and my stallions, and she is the best all the way around. Not to mention she is the most professional, sweet, outgoing, and kind person I've met! 100 STARS!"

Jessica Renner - Iron Feathered Cobs

"Samantha’s work speaks for itself. I really shouldn’t have to explain why I’m giving a 5 star rating. Phenomenal eye for photography, great work ethic, and she has the easiest going personality. It makes shooting with her very fun and comfortable.

Her prices are so reasonable I would say we all, as her clients, are getting so much more from her than we deserve. I can’t ever thank her enough for making the trip up to MN. It allowed all of us that booked to have an amazing experience, and she captured the best moments for us to cherish."