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  • Writer's pictureShana Watkins

St. Louis Equestrian Senior Pictures

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

A Guide to Stunning Senior Pictures With Your Horse


Senior year marks a significant milestone in a student's life—a time filled with memories, accomplishments, and transitions. One thing I've learned from my experience as a St. Louis Family Photographer is to showcase unique talents or hobbies that make my clients who they are. For equestrians, there is no better way to celebrate a special chapter like senior year than through senior pictures with your horse. In this blog post, we will explore the art of capturing equestrian senior pictures, from selecting the perfect location to highlighting the bond between rider and horse.


Choosing the Ideal Location:

The right location can make all the difference in creating equestrian senior pictures. Consider settings like a grass field, wooded area, or a stable backdrop. The key is to find a location that is scenic and familiar to both horse and rider. Discuss various options with your photographer to find a place that you and your horse will be most comfortable.


Showcasing the Bond:

One of the most unique aspects of equestrian senior pictures is the bond between the rider and horse. This relationship has been built over years of training, trust, and companionship, and is worth celebrating. The senior should embrace this connection and interact candidly with their horse during the shoot. Whether it's a nuzzle, a kiss on the nose, or a spontaneous moment of laughter, capturing these genuine interactions adds depth and emotion to the images.


Timing and Lighting:

Timing is crucial in capturing the perfect equestrian senior pictures. Opt for a time of day that offers the best lighting conditions, preferably during the golden hour, which occurs shortly after sunrise or before sunset. The soft, warm light during these times adds a magical quality to the photos, enhancing the overall aesthetic. You will also want to avoid using flash, strobes, or any equipment that could be scary to a horse. Plan the photoshoot well in advance to ensure the availability of the desired lighting conditions and to allow for any necessary preparations.


Posing and Candid Shots:

To bring the equestrian senior pictures to life, incorporate a mix of posed and candid shots. Experiment with various poses, such as sitting on a fence, standing beside the horse, or riding bareback. Candid shots capture the unique bond between horse and rider. Shots of the senior interacting with their horse naturally can beautifully encapsulate the companionship shared.


Equestrian senior pictures are a perfect way to commemorate a student's passion for horses and their accomplishments throughout their high school years. By choosing the perfect location, showcasing the bond between rider and horse, considering timing and lighting, and incorporating a mix of poses and candid shots, these photos become timeless pieces of art. As the shutter clicks, the rider's dedication, growth, and achievements are forever encapsulated, serving as a reminder of the connection between equestrians and their noble companions.



If you would like to take the next step in planning your senior portraits or simply learn more about my full-service approach to photography, from clothing consultation to installation of your finished artwork, I would love to hear from you.


Please feel free to text or call me at 314-644-1616. You can also email me at shana@shanawatkins.com. I can’t wait to help you celebrate this exciting chapter in your senior's life.

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