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    Rhoda Barrick
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    My brother’s wedding is coming up in which my sister and I are the photographers. We’ve seen that some photographers say to wear dark clothing when shooting a wedding. Does anyone know if this is a must, or can we wear something that would blend a little better for the family picture? 🙂

    #55026
    James Staddon
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    Great question! The clothing we wear sends out countless messages. Some of those messages are in the area of “professionalism”. The more professional my clothes, the more professional a photographer I’ll appear to be to my client. So I’ll usually wear a suit and tie, my typical formal attire. They’re getting a professional photographer. It increases their confidence. In some unspoken way you’re communicating that they’re getting what they’re paying for. Sometimes the wedding itself is less formal feeling, though, so I’ll wear khaki and black, usually with a tie. Business casual. I’m still professional, but it’s more comfortable and somewhat easier to take pictures without a suit on (especially if it’s an outdoor wedding or it’s a hot time of year).

    Colors send out messages too. That’s why I usually dress in black, gray or white. It’s just more professional feeling. My personal opinion on black pants with a black shirt (and especially with a black tie as well) is that it just looks too plain. I like the way khaki and black looks. It’s a complementary, business casual color combination. Girls in black dresses I don’t get the same impression, for some reason; maybe because they’re usually wearing additional things to prevent them from looking plain anyway.

    For your situation, since it’s your brother’s wedding, there’s not really the need to “appear professional to your client”. They already know you. So if dressing business professional is going to hinder you in any way, then it would be better to go with business casual, in my opinion. Wearing colors that would match for the family picture (that you’re going to look at for generations to come) I think trumps any “rules” on the way a photographer is supposed to look while their shooting.

    That’s my opinion at least. 🙂 Never really talked about that before. 🙂

    #55029
    Rhoda Barrick
    Participant

    Thank you for your input. We appreciate it. We will definitely be dressing up for the occasion. We just wanted to make sure that we’d be ok without dark colors. 😀 Thanks so much!!

    #55034
    Kina Lamb
    Participant

    @rhodabarrick I definitely agree with @Jamesstaddon. 😀 I used to think that you have to wear black / dark things, but that really is not the case. Many photographers I know say “dress like a guest!” Some even try to wear colors that “go” better with certain weddings if they know the color scheme. I also know of several photographers who always wear really light colors because that goes with their own personal shooting style. Dark colors are great, but as far as shooting a wedding, I personally do no think that they’re better or more standard / professional than any other colors. 😀

    #55070
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thanks for your input, @kina.

    #55088
    Rhoda Barrick
    Participant

    Thank you so much Kina!!! Very helpful!!

    #55111
    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    @rhodabarrick, when I was looking into this in preparation for second-shooting a wedding, I read somewhere that it’s a good idea to go for neutral colors (i.e. tan, gray, black) and avoid lots of patterns on the material so you can “blend in” to the background better.

    But like James said, since you’re the sisters of the groom, I think you can wear whatever will go well with the color scheme of the wedding, and whatever the rest of your family is wearing! 🙂

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