10 Tips to Make Senior Pictures with your Horse Go Smoothly


It’s that time of year! Senior Pictures! And, like any equestrian worth their salt, you’re wondering about senior pictures with your horse.

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have their favorite 4-legged friends in their senior pictures? After all, that horse saw you through all the ups and downs of high school.


Can I have my Senior Pictures with my Horse?


So naturally, the first question is can I have my senior pictures with my horse?  The answer? Of course, you can!


And what better photographer to do that than an equestrian photographer who specializes in making you and your horse both look your best?


A common question for senior photographers to ask their clients is about what they are interested in during high school. It’s a pretty easy question for most high school equestrians, “My Horse!” “Eventing!” “Running Barrels!” “Trail riding”.  You’ll get a lot of answers from equestrians but it all ties back to their horse. So, in the spirit of “all things horse”, here are 10 Tips to make your senior pictures with your horse go smoothly!





Tip 1: Reach out to Ride the Sky Equine Photography


So, first I highly recommend checking out this page about Chattanooga Equestrian Senior Pictures.

Secondly, Reach out to Ride the Sky Equine Photography and get on the schedule! Ride the Sky books several months (5-8 months) in advance so make sure to call early! I am currently booking Class of 2023 and Class of 2024.    



Tip 2: Answer The Questionnaire



Before your senior portraits with your horse, you will fill out a short questionnaire that helps me get to know you and your horse better. The more completely you fill it out the better your session will be!

The questionnaire asks all the questions about things I need to know to make your equestrian senior portraits exactly what you are looking for AND it will help me when I write future blog posts and social media posts featuring you and your amazing horse!



Tip 3: Let your Personalities Shine Through



It’s important that in your images both your personality and the personality of your horse shine though.

Is your horse goofy? Does he make you laugh when you have had a bad day? Let’s show that personality off!

Is your horse elegant? Do you love how you and your horse look when you are heading into the show ring?  Let’s bring the studio to the stable and capture that look of equine elegance through a series of formal portraits.




High School Senior Girl with her Horse


Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to play around



Your session includes a variety of outfit changes. So, experiment and have fun with your portrait session. Are you a glam girl or do you love the casual vibe? Do you love elegant equestrian or are you a cowgirl at heart? 

I’m always up for something new and fun. If you’ve got an idea, let’s talk about it. Chances are we can figure out a way to make it happen.



Tip 5: Bring your Props



Do you have hobbies? Are you a cheerleader or a debate team member for your school? Maybe you play in the band or play a sport?

Musical instruments, hats, sports balls, team pennants,  or even a best friend can make a great prop for some of your images. Let your imagination run wild.

Don’t know if it will work? Ask me! Or, just toss it in the car and bring it along.



Tip 6: Incorporate the future



Know where you are going to college already?

Consider incorporating fun things  – a pennant, a sweatshirt, some pom-poms – from your chosen college.




Equestrian High School Senior Portraits with Her Horse in Ooltewah, Tennessee



Tip 7: Be You!



Be You!

I’m sure you have heard it a million times but it’s so true. Years from now when you look back on your equestrian senior portraits, you want to see you and your horse.

Not some fictionalized model form of you both. Whether that is wearing your favorite dress, bringing your bestie, or laughing in the pouring rain.

Whatever it is that says this is TOTALLY ME and my horse. That’s what makes your session come to life.



Tip 8: Options, Options, Options!



I’m all about the options. Can’t decide what to wear? Bring a laundry basket of your favorite clothes. Or shoot me a text message with pictures of your potential outfits. I’m happy to weigh in on what will photograph well. Just make sure that your clothes are as wrinkle free as you can make them.



Tip 9: Bring a Horse Barn Bestie!



Most of us have that ONE friend that says or does ridiculous things, and we can’t help but laugh. You got a horse barn bestie who always makes you laugh? Bring them along to your senior portrait session with your horse.  They serve us up some plucky comic relief.  And who doesn’t need that? 



Tip 10: Turn up the Tunes



Spotify is literally the best investment I ever made. I’m a music and podcast junkie! Spotify is running about 10 hours a day on my phone. If you love tunes too, let’s crank them up. Nothing like some good music to help you relax and have fun.

Ready to Schedule your Senior Pictures with your Horse?

On average, Ride the Sky Equine Photography books up 5-8 months in advance. For those coveted fall sessions, Ride the Sky books 6-8 months in advance. The earlier you call the better the chance of getting the season and date you want. 


I am currently booking for Class of 2023 and Class of 2024. If you want to learn more about having senior equestrian portraits, click here.

Or, you can send a message about senior equestrian pictures here.

Betsy Bird of Ride the Sky Equine Photography spends her days doing insane things to make horses look at her. Clearly, she’s desperate for attention. When she’s not celebrating the stories of the amazing horses in her clients’ lives, she invests time and energy into perfecting her equine photography skills and growing her business, hanging with her favorite rescue dog, Nitro, and planning her next big adventure. She also tries to spend some time educating and entertaining her fans and potential clients by blogging and posting on social media about whatever catches her fancy at the moment. 

Betsy is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The CPP designation is held by fewer than 2,000 photographers nationwide and is a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry, and professionalism. Ride the Sky specializes in on-location photography for equines. Ride the Sky also has the option of bringing the studio to the stable. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Ride the Sky Equine Photography works on location in Tennessee, North Georgia, and beyond.

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