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Equestrians & Confidence - 10 Tips to Shine in Front of the Camera

If you’ve ever felt unsure or anxious about stepping in front of the camera, I get it.

Confidence isn't something that always comes naturally, especially when you've faced struggles with self-image. I've been there myself. My weight has yo-yoed over the years, and have often struggled with feeling fat and uncomfortable in my own skin. In many ways I am still a very self conscious person.

No one should feel like that. That’s why my shoots are all about empowerment, authenticity, and celebrating your true self with your Heart Horse.

Here are 10 tips from me to help you shine in front of the camera and capture your TRUE self during your equine photoshoot!

1. Find the Right Photographer For You

Choosing a photographer who understands your vision and makes you feel comfortable is crucial. Look for someone whose style you admire and who takes the time to get to know you and your horse. A good photographer will bring out the best in you and make the entire experience enjoyable.

2. Wear What Makes You Feel Fabulous

Your outfit should reflect your personal style and make you feel confident. Whether it’s high-end equestrian country fashion or a casual, alternative look, wear something that makes you feel like the badass equestrian you are. Don’t be afraid to accessorise with bold pieces that showcase your personality. YOU DO YOU.

3. Practice Posing

Spend some time in front of the mirror or take selfies to find angles and poses that flatter you. I know it can feel really cringe... but honestly - the more you do the better you'll feel! Practice smiling and different expressions to see what looks best. Familiarising yourself with poses can make you feel more confident and relaxed during the shoot.

4. Focus on Your Connection with Your Horse

One of the most beautiful aspects of equine photography is capturing the bond between you and your horse. Focus on this connection during the shoot. Interacting naturally with your horse will create genuine, heartfelt moments that translate beautifully in your photos.

5. Communicate with Your Photographer

Don't be afraid to voice your concerns, preferences, and ideas with your photographer. The more they understand what you’re looking for, the better they can tailor the shoot to your needs. Open communication ensures you get the results you desire, and the right photographer will create a safe space for you <3

6. Take Your Time

Rushing can lead to stress and less than ideal final photos. Plan for a session that allows plenty of time for you and your horse to get comfortable and settle into the experience. Relaxed, unhurried shoots often produce the most stunning results.

7. Mindset

Approach your photoshoot with a positive mindset. I know sometimes it can be difficult BUT remind yourself why you’re doing this – to celebrate your unique equestrian journey and immortalise your bond with your horse. Confidence starts from within, so embrace your individuality and let it shine!

8. Bring Support

If you feel more comfortable, bring a friend or family member who can offer support and encouragement. Having someone you trust by your side can boost your confidence and make the experience more enjoyable. Alternatively, you may feel you would be best going solo with nobody else watching.

9. Hydrate and Rest Well

Before your photoshoot, make sure you get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. This will significantly boost your energy and confidence, and will help you look and feel your best in front of the camera. When you're well rested and hydrated, y9our skin looks better, your mood is elevated, and you're far more likely to have a positive experience!

10. Enjoy the Process

Most importantly, have fun! A photoshoot is a celebration of you and your horse. Enjoy the process, laugh off any awkward moments, and cherish the time spent capturing memories that will last a lifetime. Your joy and authenticity will radiate through the photos. Trust me.

Remember, confidence is a journey, not a destination. It’s ok and perfectly normal to feel nervous or self conscious, but know that you are beautiful just the way you are.

My goal is to empower you to see that beauty and strength within yourself, to capture it in a way that is unapologetically you. Always.

If you have any questions or need more tips, feel free to get in touch. I’m here to make your equestrian photoshoot an empowering and unforgettable experience.

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