What to Wear for Your Michigan Equestrian Photos

If you've got a Michigan equestrian photography session coming up, or you are thinking about booking one, you may have a few questions about getting ready for it! Actually, it doesn't just have to be a Michigan session, I travel! Of course, first up is the big question: What should you wear? Typically when I photograph an equestrian photography session, we have the time to photograph between two and four different outfits, which means you'll have the chance to show off your style with a few looks.

What you wear for these different looks, totally depends on your style. But read on to find a few tips and ideas!

Really, the most important thing is that you love how you look in your clothes.

If for some reason the outfit just isn't something you like, you probably won't end up liking your photos. For each look you're considered, ask yourself, "Is this something I love wearing and feel good in?" If the answer is no, it most likely isn't a good choice for your photos.

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Consider your riding discipline when picking out your outfits.

You don't necessarily have to wear your show clothes or exactly what you do your daily riding in, but it's fun to let your riding discipline inspire your outfits. Whether you ride English or Western, there are lots of ways to show off your riding style thro

  Isabella, who does dressage, wore a casual English riding outfit. I loved how simple it was, plus it was clearly pretty easy for her to do riding photos!

 Isabella, who does dressage, wore a casual English riding outfit. I loved how simple it was, plus it was clearly pretty easy for her to do riding photos!

 Paige is a Western trainer, so she let that inspire her outfit of jeans, a button up, and her favorite belt buckle.

Paige is a Western trainer, so she let that inspire her outfit of jeans, a button up, and her favorite belt buckle.

Do you want to be able to ride in your outfit?

If you want photos of you on your horse, think about outfits that will look good while you are riding. And of course, pick something that will allow you to mount your horse! Typically, outfits that look good up on a horse are those that are simple and fairly easy to move in. That can be anything from jeans and a cute top, to a dress that's long enough to not be too scandalous on horseback.

 Morgan rocked this dress for her session, which was long enough, and loose enough to allow her to jump up on her horse.

Morgan rocked this dress for her session, which was long enough, and loose enough to allow her to jump up on her horse.

Show off your non-horse style with a dress.

Obviously you aren't usually riding in a dress, but if your everyday non-horse style includes dresses, consider choosing a dress for one of your outfits for your shoot. Several of my clients have rocked cute dresses and boots (or even wedges!) for their sessions. And mounting isn't always graceful wearing a dress, but if you are up for it it can make for some beautiful riding photos!

 Epic dresses may not be your regular riding wear, but they make for some beautiful photographs.

Epic dresses may not be your regular riding wear, but they make for some beautiful photographs.

Don't forget about the weather.

As cute as your favorite summer dress may be, it probably isn't the best choice for a photo shoot in late Autumn. Not only will you be miserably cold (putting up with a little cold for great photos is one thing, but you do not want to be miserable), but it will also look a little strange and out of place. So make sure your outfits work well for the season and weather. If it's summer, go ahead and rock that light summer outfit. But if it's cold, pick out a cute winter outfit that will help keep you warm. Just be careful of anything too bulky that won't be flattering. 

 For her brisk January session, Avery stay warm in a cute sweater and jeans, while still looking amazing.

For her brisk January session, Avery stay warm in a cute sweater and jeans, while still looking amazing.

 For her warm summer session, Hannah's summer dress was very fitting.

For her warm summer session, Hannah's summer dress was very fitting.

Be epic, be bold, and be yourself.

These are YOUR photos, which means you can go all out if you want to! Evening dresses, wedding gowns, fairy wings, everything is on the table. Just make sure to familiarize your horse if it's something they may potentially spook at. 

 Angela is a avid horsewoman, a yoga instructor, and does horseback yoga, so these wings fit perfectly with her magical personality!

Angela is a avid horsewoman, a yoga instructor, and does horseback yoga, so these wings fit perfectly with her magical personality!

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