How To Prepare For Your Equestrian Session

The amount of preparation you do before your photo session is totally up to you, but the more prepared you are, the smoother our session will go. 

Yourself:

Clothing:

  • Bring a variety of different colors & looks (both formal and casual) that fit your style and personality. You don't want all your images looking too similar! Avoid neon colors and t-shirts with large logos or graphics.

  • Avoid wrinkles and clothes that cling to you.

  • Make sure your clothes fit right and you are comfortable! Boxy tops and dresses that hide your shape or make you look bigger than you are are unflattering and should be avoided. At the same time, make sure your clothes aren't too tight and accentuate problem areas.

  • Patterns photograph beautifully, as long as they are subtle and not too distracting.

  • Make sure you don't have any bra straps showing! I highly recommend wearing nude colored undergarments and strapless bras.

  • Don't be afraid to over accessorize! We can always take things away. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, scarves, hats, a simple pair of earrings are all great to include in your equestrian portrait wardrobe.

Need some outfit inspiration?

If you would like some advice or approval of your outfits, feel free to text or email me some photos! I'd love to see what you have planned :)

 

Nails, Hair, and Make Up

I HIGHLY suggest you get your hair and makeup done professionally! Even if you just want a natural look. Makeup artists are trained to apply photo-ready makeup and it makes a huge difference in the outcome of your images. Plus, what girl doesn't like getting pampered?!? 

If professional hair and make-up isn't in your budget, no worries! That’s okay too. I would recommend putting on your foundation a little heavier than you normally do (make sure your face is hydrated!) and apply translucent powder to control shine. I would also recommend adding some lip color and fake eyelashes if that’s your thing! Be sure to bring extra make up (and lash glue) for touch ups if need be.

Clip, file, and paint your nails for our session. Pick a nail color that compliments all of your outfits. The camera picks up every detail and it makes a big difference!

Your Horse:

  • Groom your horse like you would a show - bathe, clip, polish their hooves, etc.

  • PRACTICE a couple times before our session! Practicing standing still and posing for the camera will help make your horse more comfortable the day of our session. If there are a couple areas around your barn you never really go, take your horse back there to get him used to it.

  • It's a good idea to lunge your horse the day of your session. They tend to get a lot of energy when asked to stand still in an open field for a period of time! You might want to do this before you bathe to get any saddle or sweat marks off.

  • You may put them in a halter, bridle, or both! I recommend using a leather halter and lead if you choose to go that route.

Please let me know if you have any questions about how to prepare your horse or yourself for your session!