It's okay to be overwhelmed when deciding on outfits for your portrait session!
There are so many things to consider when deciding what to wear! What will look good on me? Will it look good on camera? Will it coordinate with what my partner is wearing? Will I like how I feel in it? And then on top of that! Will this look good with my horse!?!
Fortunately, horses are very easy to style with! Based on the color horse or horses you have, and based on your own personal color palette, you can very easily decide which colors to wear that will complement you and your horse!
Below you will find color blocks that will complement the respective color group of horses very well! And some examples of outfits in photoshoots! I collected these images from Pinterest from other incredibly talented equine photographers!
So, say you have a palomino, and a shade of green is in your own color palette. Now you know that you can wear that color green in your outfit!
DARK BAY, MAHOGANY BAY, BLOOD BAY
Bright and rich colors will go beautifully with the Bay colored horses! Bays are amazing because any color looks great with them!
Black horses are AMAZING! Wearing vibrant and rich colors bring so much elegance to the portraits! Something to note: If you choose to wear all black, be sure to have some pop of color or add some contrast to the outfit. All back is amazing if you're wanting to give whitchy vibes, but if not. Adding some extra color to the outfit will give you that elegant feel!
GRULLO, RED DUN, CLASSIC DUN, YELLOW DUN
Beautiful soft colors coordinate so well with buckskin/duns!
LIVER CHESTNUT, FLAXEN CHESTNUT, LIGHT CHESTNUT, SORREL
Chestnuts are another color that goes great with almost every color outfit!
This is a personal preference, but the warm colors like red, yellows and oranges are not particularly the colors I like with Chestnuts, however, if those colors are what you love to wear. It will still look amazing!
STEEL DUST, DAPPLE GRAY, ROSE GARY, FLEA-BITTEN
LIGHT PALOMINO, GOLDEN PALOMINO, CHOCOLATE PALOMINO, PEARL PALOMINO, CHAMPAGE PALOMINO
Soft and bright colors are the way to go with palominos! Their stunning blonde coats complement the soft and bright colors amazingly!
PINTO (PAINT) HORSES
TOBINO, OVERO, TOVERO, SABINO, PIEBALD, SKEWBALD
The thing to keep in mind with paints is to avoid patters in your outfits! You may be able to get away with a soft and small pattern on your clothes, but large patters are going to clash with the patterns on your horse!
RED ROAN, BAY ROAN, BLUE ROAN, RUBICANO
LEPORD, NEAR LEPORD, FEW SPOT LEPORD, BLANKET, SPOTTED BALNKET, WHITE FROSTED, SNOWFLAKE MARBLE.
The color palette above is just a guide!
I wanted to give you a visual color palette to help you choose not only what color outfit you can wear, but also great colors for tack for your horse!
I also wanted to say that these colors are not the only colors that look great with these color horses. There are many other colors that will look amazing!
And one last thing! I want you to wear what makes you happy and what brings out your confidence! So wear what you want! You'll be beautiful in anything that as long as you are happy, that's all that matters!
If you would like some more instruction on how to style yourself and your horse, shoot me a message, or schedule a call! I'd love to chat :)
here is an extra tip for you!
for the spotted and pinto horses, avoid a lot of patterned clothing. You might be able to get away with a small pattern, but large patterns are going to clash with the spots of the pintos and spotted horses! So a nice solid color clothing is going to help you stand out from the beautifully patterned horse!
And another thing to consider, is what does the location look like? Is there going to be a lot of bright green? Maybe a lot of yellows, oranges and reds with the autumn leaves! That is also going to be something to consider for your outfit! What colors you are going to wear will look good with you, coordinate with your horse and other people in the portraits, but also will it look great at the location!
A good example is I have a beautiful client with light blonde features, we had decided on an amazing location in the mountains in autumn, so there was going to be a lot of yellow in the portraits. So, we had decided on greens and blues for her outfits so that the colors would all look beautiful together!
You might be wondering how you can know what colors will look good on you! Not to worry! I'm writing up another blog post that will help you find the perfect color palette for you!