Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Whenever preparing for a horse and rider portrait session, it is important to wear things that you are comfortable in and what will be easy to handle a horse with. Some other things to keep in mind are weather, your personal features and style, and your horse's color.
The main goal of clothing in a photo shoot is that you don't want your clothing to distract from your face.
Depending on the package, if multiple outfits are offered, I would highly encourage it. Riders have worn everything from a dress or sweater and jeans to show clothes. Here are a few additional tips to consider:
Dark clothing tends to slenderize. It helps distract attention from the clothing and make the face the center of the photograph.
Tone down bright colors. Bright colors can distract from the face. Pale colors or pastels tend to work well, especially when paired with blue jeans or khaki pants.
Light clothing can look bright and fresh. White blouses or shirts are great for looking light and fresh. For more of a slimming effect, pair the white shirt with a darker jacket or sweater.
Keep prints simple. Portraits tend to look better in solid colors. If you'd like to wear prints, keep them simple and low key.
Don't over accessorize. Overbearing or heavily noticeable accessories can be a major distraction. Simple and minimal accessories tend to work better. One example is the combination of a white shirt, blue jeans, and a red tartan scarf.
Hair and Make Up. I highly recommend getting your hair and makeup professionally done. I find that this will make a huge difference in how you look and feel. This is definitely not a requirement though. Hair styles should be kept simple and away from your face.
Shoes. Safety is key when dealing with horses. For this reason, I recommend wearing clothes toed shoes. High heels and wedges are discouraged, especially if we will be walking in grass and dirt.