You've booked the shoot - now what to wear?
- Firstly, you don’t have to commit to just one outfit. We have up to two hours to work with - you are welcome to plan up to three outfit changes per person, see below for some of my recommendations.
- We're going to be moving around a lot so make sure whatever you choose won't restrict your movement. Comfort isn't just about practicalities either - the more comfortable you feel in what you’re wearing, the more confident you’ll feel, and the better the photos will come out.
- Neutral colours are generally a safe bet and will work well against a variety of backgrounds. If you're feeling braver, brighter colours can look stunning against a neutral background of fields or trees.
- Lean towards more formal outfit choices - even if it isn’t your usual - don’t look back on your photos and think ‘ah, that would be the shot, if only I hadn’t been wearing those yard jeans…’
- Choose shape-defining clothing - tapered waists over boxy shirts - these always photograph better, and we’ll pose you for the most flattering angles.
- If in doubt, wear something white. It's so versatile, you can't go wrong, regardless of the rest of your outfit or the colour of your horse.
Shoots with Multiple People
- I suggest having an idea of a colour scheme you want to stick to between you, or check beforehand that everyone knows what they’re wearing and that your outfits are complimentary.
- If your two hour slot is shared between multiple people/pets please remember factor in the time any outfit changes will take.
I'm lacking inspiration - what do you recommend?
On outdoor shoots, I usually recommend three outfit styles:
- Outfit 1: the ‘casual casual’ outfit - think tidy yard clothes - jeans/jods paired with a casual t-shirt/polo/button down/blouse
- Outfit 2: the ‘smart casual’ outfit - think Badminton spectator - a summer dress or your tidiest pair of jeans/fitted trousers paired with a smart blouse/polo/shirt
- Outfit 3: the ‘showstopper’ outfit - think Ladies Day at Aintree - ball gown, prom dress, cocktail dress, hats - something really fancy! Or, if you prefer, your full competition gear can look very smart.
- If you don't want to change outfits entirely, think about layers and accessories - a jacket, hat or scarf can change up a look quickly and easily for variety in your images.
Remember your outfit is one of the most important factors in setting a mood for your shoot. Visualise what kind of pictures you'd like, and how your clothes can help create this and put an outfit together based on your preferences.