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Apr 01, 2018 21:41 |  #1

So, pretty simple question, what do you all wear to a wedding while shooting? This pertains to both males and females. Thank you.




  
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Apr 01, 2018 22:34 |  #2

Hey,

I dress like an average guest. I know many photographers who wear black shirts, but it's too hot here in the Caribbean. A button down shirt, a nice pair of pants and flexible enough shoes to wear. I have a pair of Stacy Adams boots that are both comfortable and stylish. Depending on the kind of wedding, a vest might sometimes make a nice fit.

Would love to see what others say on this matter.


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Apr 02, 2018 00:17 |  #3

I used to dress like a guest. But now I dress I black jeans (good ones) and a black or grey short sleeved collared shirt, not tucked in as it pops out all day. They are good clothes. I kinda look like one of the caterers which is not good but whatever. I got some black leather shoes from a sports store that look like smart casual shoes but are like runners. I am in Australia so it’s mainly outdoor weddings.

Reason being is practical. I lie on the ground a lot and get down low a lot. If I wear anything pale I look like a bag of s**t by the end of the day.

I was worried I would be perceived as being too casual. However with two cameras hanging off me, no one seems to care. I actually get compliments on my professionalism all the time..... I am not sure why but I know it’s not from what I wear. I only mention that because you do not need to be wearing a suit to look pro I guess.




  
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Apr 02, 2018 09:27 |  #4

Black pant, black dry-fit polo/golf shirt plus

optional: a short sleeves vest with your logo/identifier


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Apr 02, 2018 13:49 |  #5

Generally dress according to how formal the event is. That said, you don't want to be an eyesore, but because you're moving around, you have to be practical too and if you overdressed in a way you can't maintain while shooting, you'll look like crap either way. Shooting in a jacket like a guest is damn near impossible for mobility purposes.

For me its usually a button down shirt and slacks. If it's a really formal event, I'll throw a suit vest on. All black looks tacky to me even as a "vendor", so I personally don't do that even though I understand the rationale.


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Apr 02, 2018 16:16 |  #6

I have some grey, khaki, and black under armour golf pants and a black, grey, and white under armour style golf polo with my logo (on order). I’m in south Alabama and it gets hot and HUMID during the summer. These wick sweat pretty good.


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Apr 02, 2018 16:18 |  #7

What valdano said.




  
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Apr 02, 2018 16:32 |  #8

I don't shoot weddings any longer but when I did, my standard attire was a pair of black jeans, black leather walking shoes (lots of walking during a wedding) a light blue oxford shirt (short sleeved in the summer and long sleeved in the winter) with a Domke photo vest adorned with my logo. If it was a very foemal wedding, I "might" add a tie to the outfit...

The photo vest is an important part of my gear, since I am prone not to carrying a camera bag. Instead, I carry a pair of cameras on an OPTECH Dual Rig and kept the extras, such as extra batteries, memory cards, etc., in the pockets of the photo vest.

However, the use of a photo vest demands organization. It is easy to loose a small but important piece of gear if you forget which pocket you have stowed it.

The title of this thread bothers me a bit. I strongly advise AGAINST shooting weddings unless you have become absolutely proficient in using your camera gear and unless you have a backup for each piece of gear you use.


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Apr 02, 2018 17:29 |  #9

Dress according to how formal your weddings are, your clients, and your brand. What will be appropriate for a mid-high budget wedding in the midwest at a country club is going to be very different than a black-tie wedding in Manhattan, beach wedding in the Caribbean, etc.




  
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Apr 03, 2018 12:37 |  #10

Black pants-Black shirt.. Some weddings I may not do black and black if it is a really small wedding or outdoors.


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Apr 03, 2018 13:29 |  #11

Thank you guys/and girls for the advice. Definitely brought up some aspects I wouldn't have thought about.




  
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Apr 04, 2018 05:20 |  #12

Black or navy trousers, white shirt, tie, black suit type jacket.


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Apr 09, 2018 21:31 as a reply to  @ Tigron's post |  #13

Could you share or link what exactly you mean by the Vest with Logo?


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Apr 11, 2018 15:19 |  #14

My logo was a patch with the front of a lens embroidered. On that lens were my initials RPC. Very simple but it made me stand out from Uncle Bennie and his Rebel and kit lens...


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Apr 11, 2018 18:57 |  #15

I don't shoot "high end" weddings, but prefer slacks and a short sleeve solid shirt or jeans a a nice short sleeve shirt. For forest weddings I may even wear what looks like work or "bushwhacking" clothes. I lay directly on the earth sometimes and have even been on my chest in water to get a photo.

If I go high end, I will need to avoid a suit to suit flexible motion, but will wear no less than slacks and nice shirt, and maybe a tie. At that price range, I can sacrifice damage to clothing as a cost of doing business.

In a nutshell, for destination weddings jeans, boots and "work" shirts .. and for urban, indoor or other venues, nice clothing, but not a full suit.


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