For the horses

-FOR EQUINE SHOOTS - MAKE SURE YOUR HORSE IS CLEAN, MIGHT BE TIME FOR A NICE BUBBLE BATH. PHOTOSHOP IS MAGICAL BUT CANNOT ERASE EVERYTHING. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY A NEW HALTER.


-ANY TACK YOU PLAN ON USING SHOULD BE CLEANED BEFORE THE SHOOT.


-LIKE NAILS, A LITTLE HOOF POLISH GOES A LONG WAY!!!


-to braid or not to braid - this a personal choice and will reflect the feel of the images. Natural hair will give a more casual feel, braided will have a polished, show ready style - this is especially true for equine fine art sessions.



For the Humans


-Have an idea of the feel you want in your photos - anywhere from Casual to super fancy - think Black Tie. I like to Encourage Female clients to wear a dress, it makes the photos dreamy.


–Don’t get too matchy-matchy. Add in various textures, colors that mesh well with one another, and don’t be afraid to pop in a splash of pattern. When choosing colors for your outfits, I recommend selecting lighter, neutral tones and more muted shades. Bright, bold or neon colors are distracting and take the focus away from where it should be: YOU


-Basic isn’t a bad thing. Spice up basic pieces with layers (cardigans, layered button-up, sweater, scarf). Pinterest has some amazing examples on their site of how layering adds some dynamic touches.


-Avoid super bold patterns. You want to look at the picture and notice your expressions, the vibe, not that super bold Hawaiian floral tee and neon pants Uncle Fred is rocking.


-Make sure whatever outfits you choose, they are YOU. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable during the shoot, so make sure your personality is also a part of your decision making when planning. 


-If there are multiple people in the shoot, lay the outfits out on the floor and see how they mesh.


–Pro Tip for kids… bring along a small (non-messy) treat to bribe them. If they like fruit snacks - that is a great option that won’t melt! A favorite toy to catch attention is also great for little ones - bonus points if it makes noise.