Not sure what a wedding photographer should wear? Although what photographers can wear is generally not restricted in any way, you should aim to respect and complement how important the event is to both the bride and the groom.

In this post, we’ll take a look at:

  • what a wedding photographer should wear to a wedding;
  • respect the wedding’s importance;
  • more tips to dress properly.
What should a photographer wear to a wedding
Wedding photographer

Do not dress like a guest

Unlike guests which generally dress in order to attract attention, photographers need to aim to do the exact opposite.

Wear clothing that is simple in such a way that it lets you blend in with the background.

Wedding photographers aren’t there to participate in the event, so the way they dress shouldn’t attract attention.

what should a wedding photographer wear
Plain/darker colored clothing is generally a great choice and place to start

This ties in quite nicely with the next point that we’re going to take a look at.

If you’re a wedding photographer and you’re dressing as if you’re a guest, then you will not only confuse other guests which might try and start a conversation with you but you will also most certainly not be comfortable in your clothing, especially if it would entail wearing high heels or a tight suit.

Dress comfortably

This the most obvious tip included in this post, but you’re going to want to avoid any clothing that may inhibit or limit your ability to capture the perfect photographs.

what should a wedding photographer wear
Wedding female photographer

As mentioned in the previous point, don’t dress like you’re a guest. Similarly, don’t dress in a way so formal that your ability to move is limited.

Wear comfortable shoes

This often overlooked tip is one of the most important ones on this entire list.

It’s easy to forget considering the kind of shoes you should wear in advance of the actual wedding because you’re too tied up with all the other things wedding photographers need to prepare before the wedding.

The result of this is that you often end up wearing the regular formal shoes that you would usually wear on the occasions you’re a guest.

What should a photographer wear to a wedding
Shoes that a wedding photographer should wear

The problem is that those shoes are most likely not very comfortable and you’re probably not used to wearing them for prolonged periods of time.

  • Avoid heels at all costs;
  • Avoid sandals at all costs.

Smart casual shoes and sneakers are generally the best way to go (as long as they are also not in any way flashy or grab attention with their bright colors) because this would go against an earlier point that we’ve mentioned which is not trying to attract attention.

Look your best

Appearing professional doesn’t just mean the dressing part, you should also consider the way you present yourself.

What should a photographer wear to a wedding
Professional wedding photographer

Obviously, as for any big day – make sure you are well-rested and do not appear messy in the slightest…

Respect the wedding’s importance

The client who has decided to pay you to photograph their wedding is letting you into one of the most important days of their entire life – respect that.

Make sure that you do whatever you can to make the experience and memories that you are going to capture even better for them.

what should a wedding photographer wear
Wedding photograph

Just find the right time to ask them: “In an effort to dress in a way that is both comfortable for me and you and also most importantly acceptable for you – how would you prefer I arrive to in your wedding?”

More on that next…

Ask your client

Your relationship with your client shouldn’t be awkward. As you likely already know, an important part of growing your photography business is building and nurturing client relationships.

Try to be comfortable around them and just ask question at the right time.

What choice of clothing attire would you be most comfortable/happy with for me to wear at your wedding?

What should a photographer wear to a wedding
Ask your client about the wedding details

As a matter of fact, they will likely find the fact that their wedding photographer involved them in the choice of what they should wear really unique.

At the end of the day, you want to avoid the chance of doing anything that could remotely end up ruining any great memories of the couple’s special day.

They also know that, and asking them for their opinion on the matter will make them realize that you really do care about satisfying them. You can add this one to your regular set of questions for the future husband and wife.

What do experienced wedding photographers generally wear to weddings?

There’s no better place to look for inspiration or guidelines than at what experienced wedding photographers wear to weddings.

What should a photographer wear to a wedding
Dess code of a photographer

For formal weddings, a wedding photographer should wear formal dress pants (a.k.a suit pants), a button-up shirt, a jacket and in some cases also a tie.

Never wear shorts, t-shirts, or baggy clothing. Make sure your clothes are well fitted and make you look like a professional.

Don’t forget that you’re a walking advertisement for your brand. If that means wear all black, then by all means wear all black.

Male wedding photographer attire

For men, we recommend a dress shirt, with a pair of suit pants, a jacket, some comfortable shoes, and you can add a tie if you are going to a super-formal wedding.

What should a photographer wear to a wedding
What a male photographer should wear to a wedding

Even at a formal wedding, you don’t have to put on a suit jacket if the weather is warm. However, a bow tie will make you look dressed up and prepared to take amazing wedding pictures of the bride and groom.

Female wedding photographer attire

As a lady, you can also put on a suit with some comfortable shoes. However, if it’s pretty hot outside, you can switch your outfit to a comfy dress with a pair of sandals, a straw hat, and you are ready to go.

What should a photographer wear to a wedding
What a female photographer should wear to a wedding

You can mix a black skirt with a casual shirt, maybe some accessories (necklace, earrings and a small bracelet) and some black boots. It will make you look stylish but not flashy at all.

Final thoughts

Maybe for some photographers, the dress code is not as important as the equipment, but we strongly believe that everything you do, say, and wear is an extension of your brand.

Of course, you should focus on the pictures but keep in mind that your outfit helps you look professional and sharp as a wedding photographer.

Every photoshoot is an opportunity to show off your brand, so make sure you look good and ready to shoot the newlyweds and the guests.