Preparing Yourself for Your Equine Photo Session

What to Wear

Wardrobe is probably one of the first things you thought of once you knew you would be getting in front of the camera soon. Luckily, there are a few things you can keep in mind to help you look and feel your best.

  1. Choose clothing that you are comfortable and confident wearing. If you feel good, you will look good.
  2. For a timeless look, clothes should be simple, avoiding bold patterns and contrasting colors. However, simple doesn’t have to be boring or neutral. Jewel tones, bright colors, beautiful textures, layers, jewelry, and accessories can all be used to elevate your look.
  3. Wear clothes that show your personality and complement your horse’s coat color. Avoid solid white and solid black.
  4. Form-fitting – but not tight – clothes tend to photograph better than oversized pieces. Clothes that gently conform to the body but don’t restrict will allow more movement and be more flattering when sitting down. Make sure you can lift your arms, sit down, and walk comfortably.
  5. Three-quarter sleeves tend to be universally flattering. Avoid cap sleeves. Go for a scoop or v-neck to elongate your neck.
  6. Use layers – jacket, vest, sweaters – and accessories – shoes, scarves, jewelry – to add finishing touches or change up a look mid-shoot.
  7. Select several outfits and bring options to your shoot. This isn’t something you do every day, so bring that dress or statement piece just in case. You don’t want to think ‘I wish I had worn that’ after the shoot.
  8. Having a hard time deciding what to wear? Browse Pinterest to get a sense of what photographs well. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for advice and bring extra clothes to your session.
  9. Not a fan of fashion? Bring at least two tops to have an option in case your original outfit gets dirty.

Hair and Makeup

  1. If you want a new cut or color, schedule it for at least two weeks before the shoot so it has time to settle. When it comes to hairstyles, volume is your friend.
  2. Treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure – the camera will see everything. I recommend gel or a long-lasting polish that will survive the horse prep. If possible, bring the polish for touchups.
  3. Be careful in the sun leading up to your session. Use sunscreen and avoid harsh tan lines. Don’t use a fake tanner or get a spray tan unless you are confident it will come out even.
  4. Having your hair and makeup done professionally for the shoot is highly recommended. Professionals will know how to accentuate your features for the camera and have high-quality products that will stay put through your session.
  5. If you do your makeup yourself, use a bit more than you normally would to help your features stand out on camera and blend well. Fake lashes look great in photographs.
  6. Have blotting papers to control shine and sweat, especially in the warmer months. Have powder and lip color as well. Avoid gloss which will catch your hair as it blows.



Horses often feed off of our emotions. Staying calm and positive during your session will help your horse do the same.

Bring a friend or family member to help you get ready and assist during your session. Let them take care of last-minute details so you don’t get dirty or sweaty before the session begins.

Get yourself and your horse camera ready, then be prepared to relax and rock your session.

Blond man with chestnut horse portrait well dressed