Lori Sortino founded Essence Captured in 2007. Deb Hofstetter joined Lori as equine photography partner in 2019. Deb and Lori found so many similar interests in their photography pursuits, that the partnership made perfect sense.

Essence Captured is the official photographer for several Hunter/Jumper Shows at the Paso Robles Horse Park.  Essence Captured is also covering some of the Arena Polo events in Los Osos at the Central Coast Polo Club.  We cover other equine and canine events locally and in other parts of the state, such as the Sheep Dog Trials, Cowdog Trials, and Canine Agility Competitions. We have additional contract photographers who work for us at the larger equine events we cover.

Lori and Deb also cover several Central California sporting events, such as the Morro Bay Triathlon, SLO Marathon, Paso Half Marathon, SLO Ultra, Westlake Village Century, and more, working for Captivating Sports Photos.


Lori is an accomplished photographer, artist, and designer with experience in print media, landscape fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography, sports photography, and event photography. She joined a photography club in high school and has been developing her skills ever since. She studied art and photography at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Lori was the official photographer for the annual Long Dance ceremony held in SLO County every September from 2007 - 2018.  Lori was the Image Editor for Conejo365, a quarterly event magazine published in Westlake Village, California from 2014 - 2019.  Lori provided extensive photography services for Naam Yoga L.A. and Rootlight, Inc. for web and publication projects.
In addition to her work for clients and her freelance work, Lori photographs wild mustangs and creates fine art image prints.  Her work is often on exhibit locally.  

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Lori Sortino, on location in San Luis Obispo.                 Photo by Pat Price.
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Deb Hofstetter, on location in Templeton.                 Photo by Lori Sortino.

Deb Hofstetter is a skilled technical photographer, has created a home studio and has been an artist in residence at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles.  She grew up here on the Central Coast and is extremely familiar with the area.

Equipped with the tools of the trade, life's experiences, years of practice, desire, education and training, Deb has embarked on a mission to fulfill her passion and capture the highest quality images for her clients.  "Every day is filled with new possibilities in photography and I want to be part of that discovery.  I want people to feel and be in the moment with every picture I capture."  "I'm excited to be living my dream - Photography."

Deb is a great asset to Essence Captured.

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