One aspect of the wedding photography industry that most of the new wedding photographers out there tend to miss out on a lot is the importance of showing up at the wedding looking their best and making sure that they are dressed appropriately at all times. This is something that you should always aim for at the end of the day. Sadly enough though, there aren’t a lot of articles as well as sources out there that aim to educate a wedding photographer regarding the things that he should try to avoid committing at all times for as far as dress codes are concerned. Sometimes, all you need is a blatant reminder about the things that are not deemed as OK or about the things that you should avoid altogether when it all comes down to it.
Lay off street wear
The first thing that you need to keep in mind if you are a wedding photographer who is currently looking for something to wear to the wedding that he is about to shoot is that you should lay off of the street wear as much as possible. It doesn’t matter how expensive those Nike’s look or how cool you may turn out to be once you give yourself a full assessment in the mirror. Street wear is never going to happen for you as a wedding photographer. You cannot show disrespect to a couple who hired you, paid good money for your services, believed in what you can do, and entrusted you with the most important day in their lives by showing up as if you are just about to take a quick stroll to the mall or to the supermarket.
Your clients deserve something so much more than that.
If you show up in your street wear, you give off the notion that you don’t really care too much about coming in looking great and looking prim and proper during the wedding. That just isn’t the kind of vibe that you should be giving out to people when it all comes down to it. You are at someone’s wedding. The best thing that you can do is to at least look the part by exerting some effort in the articles that you end up bringing together into the outfit that you end up wearing when it all comes down to it. You can wear jeans for as long as there’s nothing baggy or tattered about it. You can pair it up with a sleek looking shirt or polo, something that needs to be buttoned up. Absolutely no wearing of shorts, whether you’re a male or a female. If you can lay off of the baseball caps, then it would be even batter
Lay off wearing prints
Another thing that you should try to lay off of as much as possible is the aspect of wearing prints. Depending on the kind of prints you are wearing, they can easily look tacky and cheap and end up being a little too loud to wear during a wedding. Stick to the plain colors and try to go for muted colors as much as possible.
Being a wedding photographer can be a tiring endeavor but it does not mean that you need to be working from behind the lens of your camera all throughout the 8 hours or so that you are shooting the weddings that you book. You need to give yourself a little bit of time so that you can take a break every now and then and so that you can take some kind of a breather in between. Not all parts of the wedding are picture worthy. There are some parts that do not necessarily require to be documented. If you don’t believe this, then perhaps you should go ahead and take a closer look to when people are trying to eat during the reception. No one wants to see pictures of themselves caught off guard in the middle of trying to chew the food that they just stuffed into their mouths. That kind of scene can get nasty pretty quick and you certainly don’t want any of that at the end of the day. There are a lot of other moments in between that will allow you to step back and perhaps take a seat and relax a little bit.
Keep in mind that you will be doing this for hours and hours on end.
If you don’t pace yourself, it can be quite easy to get swept up in all of it and get burned out really fast. You need to conserve your energies so that you get to come up with the amount of stamina you need that will enable you to last all throughout the wedding that you would like to book.
Get a step ladder or some kind of stool to bring along with you.
This will allow you to get added height for the angles that you would like to take as a wedding photographer while you are out and about shooting weddings. Something as simple and as lightweight as this can turn out to be a bit of a lifesaver especially when you are trying to go for a good variety of shots in your pictures at the end of the day. This may not seem like the most practical way to go about things but it can be quite useful. Your tripod can only go so high when you are elevating or extending out the legs. It’s quite different if you have something else that you can put it on top of at the end of the day. You don’t even have to take it out of the car if you don’t have a need for it just yet. You can just bring it along and keep it there for good measure.
Pay attention to the train of the dress.
There is a reason why the bride included a train on the dress even when she wasn’t necessarily required to. It may be because she loves the material or how the train adds drama to her dress or it may be a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation. Whatever the reason may be, the fact that the dress has a train says a lot about how important it may turn out to be for the bride. This is not the kind of thing that you should just brush off or take for granted. Give the train the right amount of coverage it deserves and all will be well in the world.