Post # 1
I started part time wedding photography about 2 years ago and just recently have been taking it more seriously. With that, every time I’ve done weddings I’ve always had trouble trying to figure out what to wear, clothing attire and more importantly what comfortable shoes to wear! I had a wedding this past weekend and I wore these black flat semi dress shoes and added Dr. Scholls inserts and my feet were hurting by 5pm (I started at 12pm and finished around 12am). And as of right now my ankles and calves are in pain.
Any good recommendations for types of shoes that are comfortable/appropriate looking to shoot a wedding? Also regarding attire what do you usually wear to shoot weddings? Thanks!
Post # 3
Unless there’s a theme that the bride and groom want me to share – I shot a steampunk wedding 3 weeks ago in what I’d best describe as “modified” steampunk at their request – I don’t wear dresses or skirts (never ideal when you have to capture pictures from all sorts of angles including step ladders).
Instead, I wear really good black trousers with a stylish but not loud jacket and a nice shirt underneath so I can take off the jacket if necessary and still look smart.
Smart but not intrusive is the key and I’d advise not going for the cheapest possible jackets or trousers because they’ll look it. On my feet I wear tried and trusted black ankle boots which I know are both stylish but more importantly, comfortable all day while providing good support for my ankles.
Post # 4
I don’t have recommendations on shoes (I’m not a photographer!), but I will say that I won’t trust a photographer who wears dresses / skirts to shoot a wedding (unless they are long) — you need to be able to move around, get on the ground, etc. etc., so pants or a long skirt are a must. I don’t want my photographer missing shots because she couldn’t squat down with her short dress on! Most photographers I’ve seen at weddings wear black pants – except for one wedding, where she was wearing a cocktail dress, and was NOT getting the shots she should have been getting!
Post # 5
Our photographer wore a dark-colored suit, and his assistant wore dress pants with a button down shirt and a vest!
I was like “Wow! You guys look better than some of our guests!”
I think they were wearing those black shoes that waiters wear. The non-slip, could almost pass as a dress shoe sneaker.
Post # 6
Reality is even with comfy shoes running around for 10-14 hours on your feet with heavy gear… its going to hurt specially if you dont shoot event regularly, your body is not endurance for it. Just sayin’. 😉 Many dont actually realize just how physical event shooting is.
I wear black sneaker like shoes so it helps. They almost look like Crocs. I have them in tan too. I wear a long dress or dress pants. I wear pants 98% of the time.
Im pushing 40, when I do a full coverage day I feel like I was run over by a truck the next day! ha ha I can barely get out of bed the day after.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I went to a wedding where the photographer was wandering around in denim hot pants. NOT a good look! Yes it was a more informal wedding, but it definitely stood out to me as inappropriate, when everyone else was at least dressed smart-casual.
But you can never go wrong with a pair of neat, black trousers (I find Next particularly good for these – I’ve bought two pairs of plain black ‘work’ trousers from them that I’ve worn basically daily which have each lasted me going on two years, and they tend to clean fairly well too). And my go-to comfortable daily shoes are a pair of black leather brogue-style jazz shoes from Clarks, (These ones, in fact). The leather was so soft that they never rubbed, and I literally walked a hole in my first pair, and I’m on my second pair now. I tried a similar style from Schuh in between, but the leather quality was so poor they shredded my feet, and the sole was basically solid. Those ones from Clarks I wear EVERYWHERE. I like how smart they are, but how light and comfy. I wore those during my teacher training, when I worked at Blockbuster and was on my feet all shift, and walking half an hour to and from work every day in all weathers. I can’t recommend them enough!
That said, I’m not sure where you’re based and if you’d be able to get hold of them, but anything similar to those, paired with a nice blouse, would be perfect.
Post # 8
@chronicwhimsy: Agree that if you find a comfy pair of shoes at Clarks you can guarantee they’ll remain comfortable! Although my black ankle boots are really stylish they came from Clarks. 3 years down the line they are the most reliable footwear I own with the exception of my “performing” Doctor Martens, that is.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@Steampunkbride: I used to get made fun of in my old office for wearing Clarks, because they’re ‘old person shoes’, but I didn’t have to swap shoes for walking in and out of the office, so I think I got the last laugh!
Post # 10
I highly reccomend checking out Dansko shoes. I work on my feet all day and they are amazing. A lot of hairstylists and nurses where them, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t be good for a photographer 🙂
Post # 11
What I wear depends a lot on the wedding. I shoot primarily beach weddings, so I’m usually in (black) flipflops – but barefoot for the ceremony or any of the time I’m on the beach. My attire varies depending on the season. It’s brutally hot in summer, on the beach, so I’m usually in black capris and some sort of a flowy top – or even a dress. In the fall/winter I do black skinny pants, with a nice top, and a fitted black blazer, and black flats.
Post # 12
I couldn’t find the exact match, but I wear something like this. Clarks are very comfortable, and thanks for reminding me, I have to buy me a new pair
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@Styles: I know right? A lot of people don’t realize how heavy our equipment is, especially having it on your body for 12 hours. I’m 5’2 and weigh 105lbs and I’m carrying around a 5D Mark II and 7D usually with either 24-70, 70-200 or a small prime lens. I once let my DH hold my gear for a few minutes while I did something and he was already complaining about the weight!
Post # 15
@zarethacosta: I need these!! I’ll have to invest in a good pair for next year’s wedding season.
Post # 16
Comfy shoes for starters.
Black pants, a nice blouse…i like to wear a 3/4 sleeve 1 button jacket. It has pockets in the front. Great to hold my lens caps and extra cards.
I dress professional, the same way as I do to work. Mostly dark colors. You don’t want to wear bright colors and stick out and be noticed. it IS the brides day 😉