I spent my Thursday evening prepping for a long weekend packed with weddings, from formatting cards and charging batteries to laying out my outfits and matching up some accessories. It is so much easier for me to get going in the mornings if my timeline is printed, the gear is all packed, and I don’t have to spend any time wondering what to wear. Instead, I can leisurely sip coffee and do a little blog reading…a much less stressed way to start a work day!
And since I am sometimes asked what I wear to shoot weddings, I thought today would be a good day to give a glimpse into a typical outfit I would wear to shoot weddings in. (In fact, I am wearing this exact outfit for today’s wedding!)
Dress: Blake Colorblocked Pleated Dress by Ann Taylor Loft / Shoes: Monica Ballet in Black Patent by Cole Hann (I actually have these in the wedge version.) / Earrings: Diamond Studs (Classics! You can get these anywhere!) / Rings: My weddding rings, my hand feels naked without them! / Camera: Nikon D4 (Pictured here, still waiting for mine…) / Bag: Shootsac
Yup, most of the time, I am wearing a dress to shoot weddings…especially in this hot Chicago summer weather. And this Ann Taylor Loft dress is the perfect mix of professional and cute with the colorblocked pleated bottom. (I will also throw a simple cardigan in my bag for when it gets chilly at night or the AC is pumping at the reception.) And you know I love me some amazing heels, but not when you are trying to move around completely unnoticed during a very quiet ceremony. So, totally adorable flats or wedges are a must. (Or fabulous boots in the winter and fall!) I usually tone down my accessories from my normal everyday bling action to simply pretty earrings and my wedding rings. (Depending on the outfit, I will throw on a statement necklace.) My camera is, of course, a permanent accessory to my wedding shooting outfit! Along with my shootsac, packed with lenses and memory cards, that I wear on me all day.
Whew, so that’s it! Easy to move around in. A higher neckline and long enough skirt to keep covered up. Minimal bling to get in my way. Simple, professional, and stylish. Those are pretty much my guidelines for what I wear to weddings! I refuse to ascribe to the drab black pants, black shirt, ugly shoes wedding photographer uniform of old, blah! And here’s a shocker…sometimes, I don’t even wear black at all! (Gasp!) A wedding is a celebration of love and life, not to mention a fabulous event, so, I like to dress like it!