What to Wear.

by Lauryn on March 19, 2012 in Business

As a new photographer, it can be hard to figure out what is appropriate to wear to a wedding. I remember reading countless blog posts trying to figure out the best plan of action. I went with the safest, and most boring route, black. I bought two black dresses, and wore them to almost every wedding last year, and then someone said something to me that rocked my world. They asked, does black represent your brand? Lets take a looksy…

My brand is all about COLOR. Fun, fresh, bright, sweet, and a little bit of sass thrown in there to keep things interesting. Black doesn’t really have a place. But, Lauryn, what if Im shooting a black tie wedding? How am I supposed to wear a fun punchy patterned dress? This is the fun part! Pick a dress that has more elegant details. Some ruffles, more structure, and maybe only one bright color. You can always find a way to represent your brand even if the wedding’s theme doesn’t exactly match. The important part is to showcase yourself well, and to keep it professional. Some people describe it as looking like a well dressed guest of the wedding.

Here are some dresses I am looking at for the coming season by Spool72.

I love each one for different reasons, but I mostly just love that they each have a bit of yellow which is pretty much my go-to color for things! Qualities of a great wedding photographer’s outfit: Not too tight (you need to be able to crouch, kneel, and lift your arms easily), doesn’t show signs of sweat, appropriate neck line and hem line, and a lightweight fabric that breathes. Little tip: If you wear a dress that is a bit flow-ish, and you are worried about the wind, just wear a small pair of bike shorts underneath. They are normally made of a fabric that wicks away moisture and you dont have to worry about flashing the groom’s grandmother.

I just need to find some nice flats (or toms?) and I will be set for the season! I have also figured out a way to wear one of the black dresses from last year, that makes it more me! Reusing clothes for the win! Anyone else have any tips for dressing on wedding day? I’d love to hear ‘em!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby Grace March 19, 2012 at 10:21 am

I love this post! I never thought of dressing as an extension of your brand- that’s such a good idea. I used to do the all-black thing too until I realized I stuck out like a sore thumb, so I took the more elegant, try-to-look-like-a-guest route and got an adorable dress from Ann Taylor. I wore it for the first time this past weekend and it was great! I fit right in and still felt like a professional.

2 Jessica Fike March 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

These are great dresses, Lauryn! I’m gonna have to take a look at Spool72 for myself. :) Thanks for sharing!

3 Tori March 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

oh MAN. i want that black & gold one like crazy! if i wore a caramel brown belt or gray flats or something, it would BE my brand! haha. such a fun post & great inspiration! :)

4 Michele nelson March 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

But alas, your camera bag DOES represent your brand, at least in my opinion! I loved your camera bag so much when you blogged about it, I got one myself! Photography isn’t my profession but I still wanted a good yet stylish bag. Although I mostly wear black & brown, I picked the Rose bag in a metallic purple color so it would stand out & not get lost in a sea of other people’s black bags! Thanks for all your fabulous tips!

5 Sydni March 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

those dresses are so cute!! great idea to put shorts under the dress…haha that reminds me that when i was in elementary school i would NEVER wear a dress unless i was wearing shorts under it. skorts were a dream. i’m so not the girly girl.

6 kaitlyn March 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

top right is GORGEOUS and fits your brand so well

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