One of the most common questions I get asked as a photographer is, “what do we wear?” Families sometime have trouble coming up with their wardrobes for their portrait sessions. But photographers also have trouble deciding what to wear to actually shoot the photos!
I touched on this subject in an earlier post, which you can see here. But since fall is around the corner, I thought another post with fall clothing for photographers was due! Here are a few tips for photographers when planning what you will wear to your photo shoots.
1. Be Comfortable and Professional! No you don’t need to wear a suit to be professional! But you do need to be presentable and well put together. As a photographer, we are our brand. So showing up to a photo shoot dressed appropriately all while showcasing your style is the key! But make sure you wear clothes that you can move around in. We often find ourselves on the ground or in unusual settings. Our clothes need to be able to withstand all situations.
2. Layer your clothing! This is something I touched on last time but I feel it is very important, especially in the fall! During this time of year, the weather can be a bit unpredictable no matter where you are in the country. Mornings can be chilly so you may need to start out with a jacket and scarf, even gloves later in the fall. But once you start moving around or chasing kids to get that perfect shot, you will get warm and you may need to shed a layer.
3. Dress for your Brand! Make sure to be consistent with your brand when deciding on your clothing. As I mentioned above, you are your brand! A lot of times clients book with photographers that have a style that they find appealing. That style goes beyond just the style of your photos. It also has to do with you!! Your personality should be reflected in the clothing that you wear but don’t over do it! Accessorize enough but not too much. A few stylish touches will allow you to exude your style without letting it hinder your ability to photograph your clients. Simple touches that reflect your style and personality are best! And have fun with it!!
Here are a few inspiration guides to help you decide what to wear this fall as you are shooting all those fun fall family photo sessions!!
Hip Photog by lesliekerr featuring a leather tote
Classic Photographer by lesliekerr featuring biker boots
Comfy Photographer by lesliekerr featuring turquoise jewelry
Thanks! I forget about myself sometimes 🙂
I love the boots from the first inspiration photo. Where are they from.
You can see all the details of the outfit here: http://www.polyvore.com/hip_photog/set?.embedder=892162&.mid=embed&id=36618328 Those boots are only $40!! Pretty Sweet!
Each outfit is linked on the blog post for a source guide.
Leah- Love it! As far as matching the branding for my business (Purpletree Studios) I always wear a Purple Flower in my hair to both portrait sessions & to weddings and get a comment EVERY time! I am thinking of buying a purple tie for my husband, as well, to match when he second shoots 🙂 I haven’t worn boots yet to a shoot (I live in Texas, so I guess it is time). Do the ones you have there wear pretty well in rain, mud & the like?
Erin… You absolutely have to get your hubby a cool purple tie! Go for a stripe like this one: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-stripe-tie/3216645?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=2013 !! Those boots (although I don’t have those ones) work pretty well but to add to your photo shoot wardrobe I suggest getting a really nice pair of rain boots. But not cheap lame ones. Spend the extra and get really stylish ones like Hunter’s. Check out how awesome these will match your brand: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hunter-original-tall-high-gloss-rain-boot-women/3214113?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=110 !!! That way you really are safe through muck and mud but you still look really good and trendy, cause Hunters are trendy! 🙂
These are great! But are they appropriate for a wedding? I am second shooting my first wedding on Saturday and am in a huge quandry as to what to where. Its going to be chilly and outdoors. Any suggestions???? Please help!! : )
I would not suggest these for a wedding. At a wedding you want to me inconspicuous. I almost always wear black pants with flats and a simple blouse and a sweater or coat over that.
Hope that helps you out! 🙂
I did exactly that!! I wore black pin stripe pants, cute grey top and flats. I was told I looked very professional. Thanks so much for the advice!
Awesome!!! I love it and am so glad it worked! When we feel good it shows! 🙂