We know, this should totally go with out saying but unfortunately from what we have seen in the industry it needs to be revisited.
On several occasions Brandon and I have seen fellow photogs wearing ripped black pants, jeans or an inappropriate skin tight dress to the weddings they are shooting.
And honestly… it’s not a good look boo.
We wholeheartedly understand artistic vibes and wanting to express self though apparel, but if you’re not carful your arrayed may be giving off a vibe you did not want. Ripped black pants, jeans or an inappropriate skin tight dress at a wedding gives off the vibe of cheep, lazy, unprofessional, inexperienced and under qualified. All things that won’t represent your brand well.
At every wedding I where either a professional dress, skirt + dressy top or dress pants and a dressy top depending on the weather + location. And I always have on a pair of Tieks ballet flats dress shoes because they are incredibly comfortable. Brandon wears a three piece suit or his formal Kilt with a vest and jacket (obviously still expressing who he is as an artist though and through while keeping it classy). Its basically a three piece suit with a Kilt, very formal and our clients LOVE it!
When we are shooting the engagements session or a lifestyle session we take the time to dress “Friday casual”. I still typically where a skirt and flats and Brandon will wear a dressy pair of jeans and a button down dress shirt.
What you wear says so much about your business. When you dress professional it shows your clients and others that your experienced + provide a high quality service with sophistication and expertise. It also shows that you love what you do and put a priority on taking care of your business and your clients.
We do have one exception: when we hike for an adventure session we were clothing appropriate for hiking and the weather conditions and we let our couples know that in advance.