(Will update with some inspirational images)
No, we won’t be posting photos of our OOTDs from our shoots only because we have almost never taken a shot of ourselves. We will, however, try to do an OOTD for our next shoot!
I’ve always wondered what to wear to our next wedding shoot. I’ve been searching for the past year for some good posts on photographer/videographer attire with only a few satisfying reads, if finding any at all post 2011. At first, I thought there was much more variety for us women, but I’m loving the trends for the men at the moment that are so versatile!
I just never took heart to wearing all black to a wedding. If that’s your thing, hey! Go for it! But I find that sometimes you end up looking like the wait staff or sweating profusely because it’s the summer and black is not what you reach for first thing in the morning. I’ve read several comments about wanting to camouflage with the guests, but not standing out too much. This can be very subjective. This list isn’t exhaustive nor the best advice. Just sharing what’s been helpful for us and hopefully will help you too. We haven’t nailed this to a T, but we have a few rules for engagement and wedding shoots to work as a guideline.
1. One thing we do try to avoid are lots of prints, blinding neon colors or accessories that will make a lot of noise when walking. I once wore golden sandals with lots of belts on them and found myself having to tip toe around the church due to the noise the clasps made! Definitely not functional. Never wore them to a wedding again. You also don’t want to distract from the couple as you walk around during the ceremony with your fluorescent coloured attire nor the prints that need some decoding, but are too interesting to take one’s eyes off of. We say, this is fine for engagement shoots although I doubt I’ll be finding Simon in a leopard print.
2. Be comfortable. I love blazers, but they’re not the most comfortable things to wear when your arms are constantly moving up and down, shot to shot, especially in the heat. You want to be able to move easily and not have a second wasted on some shots. Simon has tried wearing a blazer, but found the same issue. Unless they stay in place or are 3/4 sleeved blazers, may be a nuisance while working. I’ve stopped wearing heels a couple of weddings ago after wanting to cry because of the pain and exhaustion. It doesn’t help your workflow, but if you can do it, then kudos to you! I’m thinking of investing in some good quality wedges.
3. Don’t wear tight clothing. Ladies, you don’t want to be drawing too much or unnecessary attention to yourself. Men, I’m sure this is an extension to the previous guideline of being comfortable. You also don’t want to be shifting and turning every minute nor focusing on that bulge from eating too much at your last wedding.
4. Don’t be afraid to wear color! We don’t always need to wear black. Most couples will be fine with that. Most of the time, they’re not bothered, as long as you’re dressed appropriately. One couple actually requested not to wear black because it was too solemn for such a celebratory occasion and reminded them of a funeral.
5. Who wears short shorts? (or skirts) Do you know that song? Short shorts are a no-no, but longer shorts may be suitable depending on the weather and the location of the shoot, more likely for a casual, backyard or beach wedding. It may even be ok if you pair with a nice blazer. But double check with your couple and remember, modesty is key. Ladies, again we don’t want any inappropriate attention so modest shorts will be preferred. I had a recent client share that they witnessed a wedding photographer wear such short shorts that you could see their cheeks and underwear when taking some shots. Modesty is key. There are some beautiful playsuits now with modest length that allow you to move freely and look beautiful. I actually own the one displayed below. It runs a bit small, so may want to order one size up. They can be paired with comfy flats, sandals that don’t make too much noise when walking, wedges or if you dare, some heels (although this comes with warning). Men, there are some amazing knee length shorts nowadays that look great with a pair of loafers, boat shoes or my favourite, brogues!
6. Accessories Keep it light. Don’t wear too much. You don’t want to be like a walking Christmas tree or a jewellry stand you find in the markets. Rings are fine, but may want to use discretion in the necklaces or earrings you wear. Ladies, I’ve been loving the new collars and statement necklaces. It’s a great way to add some oomph without being an overstatement. Men, if you’re wearing solids, a polka dotted tie or bow tie is such a great add! It adds a bit of trend and quirkiness to your attire without looking like you’re trying too
hard. Found this really cute one from Forage.
I think that’s a good few to start with. Let us know if you have any other ideas!
Brides & Grooms, do you have a preference in what your photographer/videographer wears?