First of all I want to say that I’m not a fashion expert. I’m just a girl with a camera. Most of the time I don’t really mind what my daily outfit look like. But I’m aware that in lots of occasion a person needs to look decent because he/she is a representation of his/her professional work.
So Wedding Photographers, what should you wear at the venue? You don’t wanna be so over dressed, but at the same time you want to be looked professional. If you’re a guy, I think this matter wouldn’t be too complicated. But for female photographers? It would be VERY tricky, believe me. These are five things you -girls- need to consider when choosing an outfit if you’re going to photograph a wedding.
1. The goal is to dress professionally while being able to become invisible and blend into the background.
You want all the spotlight on those you’re photographing. Your best bet is to wear a pant or skirt suit that’s dressy, easy to move around in and simple. A very simple blouse with pressed bottoms (skirt or pants) perhaps. Just remember to make sure your hems are long enough. Better to be on the side of modesty in situation like this.
Remember that while you may be at the wedding, you are not part of the wedding. You should remain as inconspicuous as possible, especially during the ceremony. When in tight places use the utmost caution in calculating your steps. Even though you are to be inconspicuous and stealthlike, always remember that as a wedding photographer your job is crucial and will be (or not be) appreciated for a lifetime.
2. Wear comfy shoes
You’re going to walk like crazy as a wedding photographer on a wedding day. Sure, the Stilettos might look good at the wedding reception, unfortunately you’ll be the grumpiest wedding photographer on the planet. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you cannot use high heels at all. One of my favorite female photographer uses high heels 24/7, 24 hours a day, 7 days in a week, and I really mean everyday.
But she doesn’t do wedding photography, Idk.
For me, I think (a comfortable) flat shoes are the best. And in some cases, if you’re edgy enough, you can just take a nice pair of white converse if possible :P
3. Pockets are important
Of course for memory card, front cap of your lens, lip balm, run sheets, your mobile phone etc.
4. Less accessories is great
Pretty accessories are usually kept to a minimum so not to get in the way, however some bits of ’flair’ can be great for distracting children when doing the group shots.
5. Camera bags don’t have to be ugly to be practical.
Take a nice simple & functional ones with you.
Finding a perfect match of outfit for female photographers can be very frustrating. Just don’t forget to enjoy capturing the beautiful moments of a wedding. Be comfortable with what you are wearing that matters :)
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