Let me just start this off by saying, this equestrian session may be my most favorite session of all time! Karlie and her stunning horses were nothing short of a DREAM to work with and they helped me bring my vision for this shoot to life so perfectly. Would you believe me if I told you Dillon, the chestnut, hadn't been ridden in TWO YEARS before this shoot, and he didn't even bat an eye when Karlie hopped on in a long flowy dress! Dillon and Kilo, the gorgeous Appaloosa, were SO well behaved, and Karlie slayed in that white maxi dress. Seriously, it doesn't get any more magical than this!
Is there anything more fun than getting all dressed up and having a photoshoot with your horse?! Picking the perfect outfit is no easy task, and actually FINDING it is even harder! To get stunning images at your equine portrait session, follow these insider's tips when choosing the perfect dress for your shoot!
How To Pick The Perfect Outfit For Portraits With Your Horse
1. The Color
To make your photos POP, choose a dress color that stands out from your horse's coat. For my shoot at the gorgeous Hidden Hills Horse Farm in Frederick, MD, Courtney wore a long white dress with blue details which looked so gorgeous next to Bentley, a fancy bay. See how well the dress stands out in the photos?
Another way to make sure your images look stunning is to go with a print dress! I know I know, you thought you should stay away from prints for a photo session, right? WRONG! Personally, I LOVE photographing prints because they add a "wow" factor to your images when done right. See how gorgeous Shannon-Marie's print dress is in her shoot?
2. The Fit
The fit of your dress is so important for equestrian sessions! In addition to making sure the dress's fit is flattering, choose a dress that is flowy with either a slit or a little shorter in the front than the back. See how both Courtney and Shannon-Marie's dresses are very A-line, with no slit or flow? Both of them were unable to easily get on their horse for photos. While we managed to get Courtney on for a couple shots in it, it was not easy! Dresses that are more flowy are also basically a photographer's dream! My favorite shots usually involve movement, so being able to play with your dress by flipping it and letting it flow naturally makes a HUGE difference in the images. So when picking out your dress for your equine portrait session, try to look for a dress like Nadine's below, which not only is a gorgeous blue with a PRINT, but has the perfect amount of flow :)
3. Mix it up
While a gorgeous dress is usually the main event at your equine session, having an outfit change into something more casual adds a ton of variety and lets us play more with images of you actually on your horse. Shannon-Marie's second outfit, dark jeans and a white top, stood out beautifully against Sunny's chestnut coat in the fading evening light and let us play around with images of sunny's gorgeous floaty trot! At Ella's session, her casual outfit of a blue top and ripped jeans brought variety and personality to her shoot while standing out beautifully next to her pony Drummer.
Now if you're anything like me, when I am looking for a specific dress, no matter how many stores I go into, I cannot find it when I'm actually looking for it! Of course when I'm not looking for something specific I will probably find it, but my go to store for the BEST dresses for photo shoots is........ LULU's! Their dresses are not only affordable and gorgeous, but they offer FREE returns since they are all online! They have every type of dress imaginable, from long to short to casual or dressy, and they tell you what size the model pictured is wearing and how tall they are so its super easy to figure out what size you need. So for clients struggling to find that perfect flowy dress for their equestrian session, or any other session really, I will always recommend Lulu's.