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There is no other photography niche where the dress code for photographers is more important than the wedding industry. You want to be taken seriously, but not too seriously because you are shooting the most important day of someone’s life.
So, what is the best way to come across as yourself, and yet professional?
Dress in Muted Colors
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Muted colors are the name of the dress code for wedding photographers game. Think whites, dark blues, greys, and blacks.
You want to ensure the guests understand your role by simply glancing in your direction, and you also want to blend into the background as much as possible.
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So, don’t dress too flashy. You’re there to document the day, not distract guests with a wild-colored outfit.
Likewise, you want to dress as comfortably as possible, so leave the tight-fit dress or the three-piece suit at home in favor of clothing that looks the part of a wedding, but allows you more freedom of movement than if you’re dressed to the nines.
Granted, you also need to consider the type of wedding you’re photographing - a very formal affair in a church might necessitate a different wardrobe selection than one on a beach in Fiji!
Find Comfortable Shoes
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The best of the wardrobe tips for photographers is this one: find comfortable shoes, and then make them more comfortable.
You can still go with the muted colors theme, but ensure they look nice and won’t hurt if you stand in them for 14 hours.
Dr. Scholl’s is your friend in this endeavor, to be sure. The more padding and support you have for your feet, the more tolerable a very long day of shooting will be.
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Wing tips are always a good decision, heels are not. Neither are clunky shoes, like big, heavy boots. Slim, trim, and comfortable is the name of the game!
Also, if you have new shoes, make sure you break them in for at least 2 weeks before the wedding. By breaking them in, you’ll be able to get them to conform to your feet, which will prevent blistering.
Carry Your Gear in Style
Nothing hurts me more than seeing a wedding photographer walk into a wedding with a backpack full of camera gear that has clearly seen better days.
One of my friends even insisted it was okay for him to use a backpack he’d had since college to carry his gear. This makes you look cheap and when you look cheap people will assume your work is too.
I recommend Holdfast for anyone wondering how to look like a professional photographer, because their gear looks great and lasts a lifetime.
Holdfast’s MoneyMaker dual camera harness offers you unparalleled functionality with the ability to carry two or three cameras right on your body.
These harnesses fit you like a glove, too, so they’re super comfortable for those long days of shooting weddings.
Besides, they look like a million bucks with options for various leathers, cotton canvas, and even python skin to give your harness the precise look you want.
It might not be your wedding day, but it’s nonetheless vitally important to look like you belong there. With a camera harness like the Holdfast MoneyMaker, you can certainly look the part!