Im Karli Dannewitz
Im a Northern California photographer specializing in Equine & Equestrian Portraiture. I enjoy long walks on the beach with my horse, cooking, adventuring and more!
Photo By Ashley Lauren
When I was just 15 years old, my dad gave me my first DSLR camera. It was an old manual focus Nikon. I took it to the barn with me every day. I would practice taking photos of the horses, my friends, the flowers, the dogs - basically anything I could take a picture of. I was hooked.
After a long day at the barn, I would rush home, upload all the pictures, edit them and email them off to my friends. The excitement they got when they saw the photos of themselves and their horses truly made me happy and want to further this new found passion. I eventually saved up some money and bought myself a newer, higher quality camera. This is where my love for photography began to escalate. In the end of 2017 I decided to take my passion even further and turn it into the business I now call Karli Dannewitz Photography.
My Passion for horses however, started at the young age of 6 years old. The local park had pony rides every weekend and I would beg my parents to let me ride the ponies. From there my horse obsession grew. Any tack store we would pass, I would beg them to stop and let me look around. I would read the bulletin board outside filled with all the "Horses For Sale" ads. And yes of course, I begged my parents for a horse (It never worked) . I did however, talk them into taking me to riding lessons. The obsession only grew into a 17 year long riding career. Throughout those years I did everything from Playdays, local shows, A-Rated shows, all the way up to Nationals where I won a Reserve and National Champion at The Canadian Arabian Nationals in Half Arabian Western Pleasure, Junior To Ride.
After Nationals, I went on to be an Equine groom for various different trainers where I learned about many different disciplines. I worked for a Natural Horsemanship barn, a Saddlebred barn, a Dressage barn, and eventually, I found my way back to working for an Arabian horse trainer.
Working for different kinds of horse trainers really gave me an appreciation and respect for all disciplines. Being a groom has also really given me a great eye for detail. I can spot anything from a shaving on your horses belly, to a bridle keeper being out of place. This knowledge has become very helpful for ensuring that every image I take, comes out perfectly. Every little detail does not go unnoticed.
Meet my horses
The two horses I am very lucky to call "mine"
(Rofann X Alenah)
• Breed: Arabian
• Age: 27
• Gender: Gelding
• Favorite Treat: Bananas
• Fun Fact: He does tricks! Ollie knows how to smile, bow, and give kisses.
• Description: Ollie came into my life nearly 13 years ago when I was 12 years old. My first horse ended up not being the right fit for me and there wasn't a horse for me to ride at the barn I took lessons at. Ollie came in to be a lesson horse and was a lot less broke than my instructor had thought. Ollie became my little project and we bonded immediately. After many tries, he ended up not being a good fit for the lesson program, so he soon became my horse.
I did everything and anything with him. We would go riding on the beach in the summer, we would jump tiny cross rails at the local shows, we would gallop through the field (where he would proceed to buck me off every time). We went on so many adventures and did so many things. As he got older, being ridden became more difficult for him and I decided to retire him at the age of 22. He now lives out his days on pasture, where I visit him everyday and spoil him rotten.
OF Atomic Blonde
(My Generation X Siree)
• Breed: Arabian
• Age: 3
• Gender: Mare
• Favorite Treat: Apples
• Description: I bought Sirena about 2 years ago when she was a yearling. The first time I saw her was when she was 4 months old, still on her moms side and I knew one day I needed to buy this horse. 7 months went by and I had saved up some money and purchased her. In the last 2 years I have watched her grow from a shy foal hiding behind her mom, to a beautiful mare that whinnies and trots up to greet me. She is without a doubt, the typical sassy, chestnut mare. But I would not trade her spicy attitude for anyone else's and I look forward to my future adventures with her!