"But I have no idea what I would wear!"
One of the most common reasons people shy away from taking the leap to get portraits done with their horse is because they have know idea what to wear. Today I would like to share a few tips with you that can help guide you in the right direction!
1. Choose a "Look"
Choosing the general "look" you want to go for is an awesome place to start. There are a handful of great options when it comes to choosing a "look"...Cowgirl chic, Bohemian, Elegant ballgown, you name it. Check out my Pinterest account below for some inspiration!
2. Head to Toe
When you plan your outfit, plan it from head to toe. Style your hair. Do you want to wear a hat? What top and bottoms will you wear? What accessories can you spice up you outfit with? Do you have a pair of shoes to wear? This will ensure that you don't miss anything and your outfit is complete for portrait day!
3. Coat Color
Something that sets Equine Photographer apart is that we have to take our horses coat color into mind. When you're choosing colors for your outfit, don't forget to ask yourself how those colors will look next to the color of your horse. If your horse has patterning, you'll want to make sure any subtle patterns in your outfit of choice will look okay against your horses patterning as well.
Another thing you have to keep in mind when choosing your outfit color is the overall color of your surroundings. For example, if your barn has a lot of green grass and trees, a green outfit might leave you blending into the background. You also want to note the surroundings of your home. Will portraits wearing that outfit look good on the walls of your home? Does the overall "look" of your outfit work with your home decor, and do the colors compliment each other?
5. Avoid Loud Patterns and Colors
Try to stick to neutral, solid colors. Extravagant patterning and neon colors are distracting in portraits and take away from the subject of the portraits: you and your horse! If you love patterns, or own an outfit you love that has patterning, some subtle patterning might be okay depending on your horses coat. It's a great idea to check with your photographer and get some feedback!
As photographers, many of us take styling on as part of our job. When you work with me, part of our "session" is a planning call. During this call, part of what we do is work together to create an outfit that feels right for you. Don't let something as small as styling scare you away from your dream portraits! Find a photographer who can support you where you need the extra help.
7. Always be YOU!
Never feel like you have to dress any certain way for your portraits. At the end of the day, this is your session. As a photographer, I truly value authenticity and celebrating who you are as a person. I will always guide you in a direction to wear something that helps you to feel confident so that you can feel your best in front of the lens!
Ready, Set, Plan!
Now that you have a place to start, it's time to get out there and say YES to your dream portraits. Don't let fear keep you from the amazing experience of capturing you and your Equine Partner. One day, these portraits will be all we have left of them.