Trying to decide on a shirt...

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  1. SquarePeg

    SquarePeg Hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

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    By “shoots” are you including weddings? Just curious.

    OP - I’ve been to more weddings than I can remember and I’ve never seen the photographer wearing anything other than a suit or a dress shirt and tie for a man/a dress or nice pants and dressy top for a woman. Dress as you would if you were a guest based on the formality/informality of the occasion and you can’t go wrong. It’s nice to advertise your business but being underdressed in a tacky shirt with logos on it is not the way. Also, you have no way of knowing how many referrals your friend didn’t get because she showed up to someone’s formal wedding looking like she was going to Walmart.


     
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  2. birdbonkers84

    birdbonkers84 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    no not including weddings... all the recent weddings I've been to in Scotland the photographer and their assistant are either dressed smart (plain coloured shirt and nice trousers) only time I've seen a coloured t-shirt being worn was by the videographer.

    But all the media companies I know of and have worked with use branded jackets, t-shirts/polos for any type of film work, but I'm guessing from the replies to this thread that it's different for wedding photographers.
     
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  3. chuasam

    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Now that you've mentioned it, it was the videographer who was dressed like a banquet bus boy. The photographer had a dark polo neck shirt.



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  4. Braineack

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    smart. I don't mind the idea of a modestly branded polo.

    Really! If someone wants to hire you, they will see the photos of the event, and inquire. They won't remember your classless impropriate blatant advertising.
     
  5. DanOstergren

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    Being dressed really well is much more memorable to the client who hired you and other prospective clients than wearing a polo or tee with a logo. It says that you take your image seriously and that you take your work seriously. A logo shirt makes you look like a mall photographer, in other words cheap. If you really want to make a lasting impression for events, I would get a suit. Nothing with vibrant colors so you don't reflect colored light or stand out too much. I echo the statement that you should see how @Vtec44 dresses for his shoots and mirror that.

    To me, photographing people is often a very personal thing, and wearing a "company" shirt that has a logo turns the photographer into an entity of said company, which to me takes away from the personal connection one might be able to make with their clients. Just my two cents though.
     
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  6. Designer

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    Yes, they will.
     
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  7. Braineack

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    yeah, the wedding I just did, a few guys commented on my shoes, and the bride loved my Tiffany Blue coffee and donut socks...

    they'll remember it, but not in a good way. and they wont recall the name.
     
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  8. Vtec44

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    I've been trying to avoid replying to this because I don't want to be called egotistical, but I agree with you. I had a HUGE disagreement with my former business partner about the same issue. I don't want to wear all black or, a polo shirt, or anything with a logo. It implies that I'm a service worker just like the catering crew. While there's nothing wrong with that, I see myself as being in the business of selling intangible memories and not photography services. So perception of value is important as people will only pay how much they think you're worth. That goes beyond just simply beautiful photos.

    It depends on your business strategy, how you want potential clients to see you is important. For me I want people to see me as stylish, well put , and thoughtful about what I wear. From belt colors, the type of shoes and color, watch, tie, pants, shirt, etc. They're all put together with the intention to impress potential clients at any event, and at the same time comfortable to move around. That doesn't mean you have to be flashy, but you need to be thoughtful. For client meetings, a properly fitted suit is important to me as the first impression. "You dress the way you want to charge" is the rule I go by.
     
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  9. JustJazzie

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    Just my worthless 2 cents....

    The familiar saying "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have" comes to mind. What would you you wear if you were to photograph the president or another "celebrity?" The principal of 6 degrees of separation would imply that you are only 6 referrals away from doing just that!
     
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  10. Vtec44

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    What I typically wear to shoot a wedding. To each their own...

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    What I typically wear to meet clients..


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  11. DGMPhotography

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    Hmm, that is very insightful.

    Perhaps I'll save the branded stuff for more casual gigs...
     
  12. JustJazzie

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    @Vtec44 whats clipped to your shoulder in #1?
     

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