Deciding what to wear to a wedding as a guest is one thing, but when it comes to being the official photographer you must find the balance between fitting-in and dressing practically.
Most of the time we dress like this. If the weather is overbearingly hot we may opt for something a little less black but on the whole, after a number of combinations, we’ve found this suits us best.
The reason we chose mostly black is because it allows us to be more discrete, making it easier to avoid photo-bombing and it also looks like a uniform, or at least its now easier to wear complimenting outfits!
Initially we dressed similar to how wedding guests would but we realised it wasn’t necessary to blend in by this method, even if we didn’t want to be perceived as a vendor.
Our philosophy for what we do as wedding photographers is that although we are there to provide a service, the client is buying into our particular style and methods. What this means to us is that if for one day only, we are our client's champion and the client is our friend. It’s just how we work and how we get the results we achieve and love.
Before deciding what to wear you should think about:
1. You are going to be on your feet for a long time. Heels are a no girls, and something comfortable and practical is a must. The same can be said for guys. Whilst trainers are too informal, shoes with lovely soles are impractical. Think rubber soles and consider the possibility you might have to get your shoes dirty.
2. If you plan on wearing trousers and often crouch or get on your knees, you might find something a little more hardwearing is a better option. We think formal tailoring is impractical.
3. It’s active work and things might get sweaty! The weather should be a factor in what you decide to wear. For example, if you know it is going to rain, bring a raincoat that you don’t mind guests seeing. Often if shooting guests under a canopy whilst it is raining, you will be the one out in the rain. A raincoat allows you to get the shot and you can keep your camera underneath it.
First impressions on a wedding day are so important and the way you dress and conduct yourself will most certainly be in one or two conversations. Guests like to see how you operate and so it’s better to limit the fashionista’s wardrobe critique and go professional.
The following is a starting point for deciding your wedding photography wardrobe.
1. Dress as a wedding guest would
This is what we would call the “Informal Approach”
For the girls, how about a jumpsuit, playsuit, or a skirt and blouse combo.
For the guys, a smart pair of chinos matched with an open collar shirt will do. We think dressing like a guest works really well if you know the couple more than a client, if you’re spending more than one day with them, or if the weather is so fine, the vibe is overtly informal that it makes perfect sense to dress like this.
2. Dress professionally and with "practical" in mind
With a slightly more formal approach, not in terms of suiting and booting, rather making it clear you are there to do a job, we think dressing all in black, maybe with a bit of white, is all you need. For both guys and girls, a polo shirt or fitted tee can be just as smart as a blouse or shirt and better suited to being active all day.
The benefit of dressing to your profession is that you’ll maintain that look throughout the day without anybody being able to see you worse for wear. By dressing more like a wedding guest we think you run the risk of looking disheveled and uncomfortable by the afternoon.