I’m going to do a few of these ‘Dressing for Your Shoot’ posts and I thought this would be a great one to start with, seeing as I was chatting to one of my more mature clients the other day, about her outfit choices for her upcoming shoot and she was saying how much harder it is for the ‘older’ lady, than it is for these ‘confident, beautiful young girls’. <<< Her words, not mine!

So, I thought I’d make it my mission to show her that she has plenty of options. And whilst I was at it, I felt that a blog post might be worthwhile too. I also created a Pinterest board, especially for the occasion, to provide guidance and inspiration. You can view that by clicking HERE.

I don’t ever want my clients to feel that they won’t look as gorgeous as the people in my previous shoots, or that they are anything less than beautiful. Ninety-nine percent of the clients I work with are just average, ordinary horse owners, with their own set of hang-ups and insecurities. Honestly, almost every one of my clients panic and warn me how un-photogenic they are, almost as soon as they have their shoot booked in.

Being a good photographer is not just about being able to understand camera settings and light. It’s about finding the beauty in every single client you work with, and believe it or not, when you really start to look and when people are talking about something they love (their horses), it’s really not that hard.

So, all of you lovely ladies who put yourself into the ‘mature’ category… No, I don’t mostly just photograph stunning young models, I just enjoy capturing the best of each individual client. And I will do the same for you, too!

So, back to the point of this blog post; When choosing your outfits for your shoots, here is my advice…

  • Wear clothes that fit and flatter

One of the most important things to consider, when choosing your outfit, is that your clothes fit well. And that works both ways. There is nothing more distracting from an image than clothes that are either too tight or too large.
Equally, think about the fabric of your clothing. Light, floaty fabric will fall nicely and flatter your body shape, whilst heavy, bulky fabrics can sometimes make you feel stiff and restricted as well as adding size to your frame.
Tailored jackets or blazers often do a great job of flattering most shapes.

  • Don’t play it too safe, but make sure you’re comfortable

It’s so tempting to panic, not know what to wear and just opt for standard jeans and a polo shirt. It’s horsey and safe, right? But it’s also a little boring. I mean, you’re paying for me to come out to you and capture you and your horse in images that will be around forever. Why not make sure you really make the most of the opportunity?
When your kids, grandkids and great grandkids look at these images in years to come, you want them to see you at your best. You get three outfit choices included in the shoot, so perhaps you want to go for one ‘safe’ option to make you feel comfortable, but why not also make a bit more of an effort and think about what you might wear out to lunch or dinner. I’m not suggesting you have to wear stilettos and a ball gown, but a nice blouse and a pair of tailored trousers, or a dress you love, might just add a bit of glamour to your images.

  • Accesorize

Accessories can make such a huge difference to an outfit. A scarf, a belt, a pair of earrings, a nice necklace, maybe even a hat. Accessories can really bring an outfit together and can also be used to dress up a simple jeans and blouse, for example.

  • Treat yourself to hair and makeup

I work with a fantabulous hair and make-up artist and if you are wanting to look your best, I’d highly recommend in investing in her services. She will make you feel like a million dollars and make sure you are totally camera ready. If you’d like to take advantage of this option, just let me know and I’ll get it organised for you.🙂

I hope that this post has shown you that there are option beyond the realm of safe and boring. And if you don’t think you’ve got anything suitable, maybe you could rope in the help of a friend, raid their wardrobe or take a little shopping trip.

Specialist equine portrait photographer, blogger & vlogger. Essex based, travelling throughout the UK.