Monday, November 26, 2012
I feel like it would be a fair statement to say that nobody ever notices what I'm wearing when I'm shooting a wedding. Well, that's actually perfect! When I first started shooting weddings, all I cared about was wearing flats, because one time I didn't...and it was awful. Eventually the topic came up in a conversation, and the general consensus was that the photographer should always be toned down and blend into the background as well as possible. Since I tend to dress on the eccentric side, I figured I better start being more selective about what I wear to weddings!
I think most photographers lean toward the all-black approach, which I can totally dig. It's easier to distinguish yourself as a hired worker rather than just a guest with an SLR. Black is kind of a worker's uniform for formal events. I hate being boring though, so I always try to throw in at least a little hint of color or sparkle (or both). The outfit I'm wearing in the picture is pretty typical for me nowadays.
Of course my bag doesn't match AT ALL, but I don't have the money for the bag I want, so this is a vintage satchel with some custom inserts in it. I always try to carry something to drink with me, and I just happened to have a moment to swing by Sonic between portraits and ceremony time. Of course this wedding was two friends, so I wasn't worried as much about appearances :) I've got two lenses in the bag, but one of them is hiding. I know it's not much, but I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to shooting weddings. I don't do lights or anything fancy because 1. I don't have an assistant and 2. I want to be able to keep my prices low enough that my friends can afford me! I don't really know what my point is with this post...I guess it's just a little insight into how my mind works when it comes to shooting weddings. Hopefully it's helpful if any of you are photographers and need ideas for how to dress or carry your lenses around!
I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Mine was mostly good! I had some family time Wednesday and Thursday, a lot of being lazy Friday and Saturday, and some quality shopping time with my mom yesterday. The only bad side of my break was realizing that my knee is still in bad shape, and I'm running a half marathon in 5 days. Fun! If I can make it through the race, I'm giving my knee a good month off. I don't like running in the cold anyway :)