I’ll be graduating from TSU this summer, and I'm in the middle of planning my graduation pictures! I’ll be taking them with some of the horses I ride, and I’m realizing there’s a lot to take in to consideration, so I came up with a list of 8 Things You Need to Know Before an Equestrian Photoshoot!
1. Make sure you horses are groomed ahead of time
Can you imagine spending all that time on your clothes, hair, and makeup, and then having to groom a dirty horse? Think about the time of day your shoot is, and plan around that. If you can have your horse bathed, in a lycra sleazy, and in a clean stall- do just that!
2. Have another equestrian present to notice things you might otherwise miss
The last thing you want is to get your pictures back to see that your O ring is flipped up, or your saddle pad is a little crooked (my pet peeve)! If you bring your trainer, a friend, or a parent along, they’ll be able to see things that you can’t, and make adjustments to ensure you and your horse look sharp.
PC: Ariella Noelle Photography
3. Fly spray
If you’re getting your shots taken during fly season, make sure you get generous with the fly spray! This way, your horse will be less irritated and more likely to stand still for the photographer.
PC: Sarah Grace Photography
4. Wear something timeless
DO NOT wear anything that’s “trendy”! Trends are temporary, and we usually look back at old photos saying, “what was I wearing!?” You don’t want this shoot to go that way! Wear something timeless and classy, and something that you feel comfortable in. If you have to splurge a little bit on something, it’s totally worth it!
PC: Lionique nl
5. Wear Spanx under dresses and skirts
If you're wearing a skirt or dress, avoid giving everyone present a peep show by wearing a pair of Spanx underneath! You’ll take better photos when you’re relaxed and not worrying about exposing yourself.
6. If possible, choose a horse savvy photographer
If you can get a photographer that specializes in equine photography, that will be best! They will know what angles and techniques are the most flattering for you and your horse.
7. Be yourself
If you’re a carefree/wild at heart cowgirl, let that show! If you’re a polished and proper equestrian, let THAT show! This photoshoot is about the bond between you and your horse, so let your personalities be evident!
8. Have fun and enjoy yourself! The best thing that you can do.
The single best thing you can do while on a photoshoot is to have fun and enjoy yourself. Your mood and level of comfortability will be evident in the photos. Nothing looks better than having a natural laugh or smile captured.
Have you ever had your photos taken with your horses? What are some tips and tricks you can share with us? Let us know in the comment section, below! #RIDEInStyle