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What Do You Wear?

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Mar 31, 2012 13:10 |  #1

I was wondering what you wear for business? Do you dress up for the consultation/proofing and dress down for the shoot? Do you dress up for everything? If you dress up for shoots what do you wear that's still comfortable and unrestrictive? Slack rips and butt crack can't be very professional.

So what do you wear?

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Mar 31, 2012 13:19 |  #2

Artsy-fartsy all the time. Always "in character."

For me, that is normally black on black or black-on-gray. I always wear a jacket except when actually shooting, usually a full or mock turtleneck, and I've got six black or gray felt fedoras (at last count) that I wear as well.

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Mar 31, 2012 13:22 |  #3

Depends on what I'm shooting. I shoot a few black tie corporate events a year so I wear a tux. Most of the corporate events I shoot are usually suit. When shooting everyday things like annual reports, bill boads, advertising, etc, jeans.

Usually a jacket when meeting with a new potential client.

My advice is dress appropriately and use common sense.

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Mar 31, 2012 14:09 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #4

I shoot in a studio almost exclusively. Generally it's jeans. Sometimes with a tee-shirt (a nice one), other times with a button down collar dress shirt, depending. I went to a pre- production meeting one time with ad execs, company owners, marketing people etc. and the owner of the company asked if I owned a tie. I happily answered 'no'.

I have a friend who is also a commercial photographer. He's always been a shirt and tie guy which is how I envisioned studio photographers to dress when I was considering the field in the 60's. So I guess some do, some don't again it all depends on who's coming in that day.

I work with a lot of ad agencies and design firms from all parts of the country and usually, everyone that comes into the studio is dressed much like I am, FWIW.

My answer for most photography questions: "it depends...'

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Mar 31, 2012 14:33 |  #5

airfrogusmc wrote in post #14186691 (external link)
My advice is dress appropriately and use common sense.

I'm surprised that one has to ask that question and the above is the best answer. Business appropriate is what I would say and if you are in business you should understand what that means. Even though dress regulations in many offices have become very lax there is nothing wrong in showing up looking professional. I feel better about myself when I am appropriately dressed and even more professional. It is a mindset for me but one that I have tried to pass along to my children as well. You don't have to be a Mr. GQ but you do have look good. I also take along a clean shirt and pants with me in case the need arises.

I was recently a guest at a friends wedding and there were a husband and wife team there as the photographers. She was ok, in dark slacks and white blouse but he was there in shorts and a Hawaiian style shirt. The bride was way upset with him but it turns out he was a drinking buddy of the groom from days gone by. He probably hurt their public image by doing so. I would never consider him for anything beyond a family picnic in he park where what he was wearing would fit right in.

If you apply common sense to the situation I doubt that you can go wrong.

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Mar 31, 2012 16:02 |  #6

Daily work with existing clients, jeans, Timberland boots, T-shirt, polo shirt or jumper and North Face Waterproof 3 in 1 coat if needed.

Meeting new clients - smart casual - probably swap out the jeans for chino's and use a more up-market / branded shirt.

Weddings - suit trousers, shirt (usually no tie but sometimes with) and proper shoes.

As has been said - I try to dress appropriately to the situation.

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Mar 31, 2012 17:10 |  #7

As others have said, I also dress according to the situation. If I'm shooting little league teams, a pair of jeans with a nice t-shirt or polo shirt fits right in at the ball fields, a wedding and I'll wear a suit, a business meeting and I'll wear the professional attire that matches the general dress of the office/location I'm visiting. If I'm working with a family, I'll generally wear a pair of khaki's with a polo shirt. As pointed out above, just use common sense and wear clothing that is appropriate to the situation.....but always appear neat and well put together no matter what you're wearing.

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Mar 31, 2012 17:45 |  #8

Shorts and a polo when its hot
Jeans and a polo when its cold

Shorts and a polo when its hot
Jeans and a polo when its cold

Shorts and a polo when its hot
Jeans and a polo when its cold

Weddings, funerals, formal events:
Suit and tie

I think theres a pattern going on here :cool:

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Apr 01, 2012 18:23 |  #9

Black slacks or dark pear of worn blue jeans with bleaches lines on the front of the thighs, red pressed long sleeve shirt rolled up, and a pair of black shiny shoes.

The red matches my logo color, and the jeans are my personality, the shoes just look classy, and then put business cards in the pocket. Locked, loaded, and ready to shoot.

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Apr 02, 2012 06:03 |  #10

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Apr 02, 2012 07:55 |  #11

Generally at consults, and not so formal shoots, i wear jeans and a nice shirt or anything that really will let me blend in. But when it comes to weddings, from experience, i ask the couple what the dress code is because i have dressed too formally in some accounts. Did not feel good standing out in the crowd even tho i was wearing black. But have a vest with you, it usually makes whatever your wearing 'formal'

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Apr 03, 2012 14:34 |  #12

If I'm shooting a portrait session in my studio I wear jeans and a nice top, like a polo. I usually shoot barefoot so I can hop up on furniture. But for weddings I'll dress up a bit more. Depending on the formality of the even I will wear a solid colored dress with leggings, dress pants with a polo, or dress pants with a black button down shirt.

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Apr 04, 2012 14:32 |  #13

Meetings in my office: tidy casual.
Weddings: dress to blend in with the guests, though I'm often in a polo shirt as I need more freedom to move than a business shirt provides.

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Apr 04, 2012 16:22 |  #14

Meeting with clients: dress shoes (fluevogs) dark pin-striped dress-pants, light casual v-neck sweater: grey or black.
Shooting: same except I might opt for a grey button-up suit shirt with a little stretch, sleeves always rolled up.

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Apr 04, 2012 20:49 |  #15

Depends on the scene. No way in hell I'm wearing Dockers, dress shoes and a Ralph Lauren polo to a beach shoot in the middle of August here in Florida. No way, Jose.

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