In my time as a wedding photographer, I’ve gravitated toward a uniform of three or four go-to outfits I rotate through depending on the venue, the dressiness level of the wedding, and maybe most importantly, the weather.
There’s no rule, written or unwritten, that wedding photographers have to wear black, but most of what I shoot in does happen to be that color. It’s inconspicuous, for one, but I mostly like it because it hides sweat well! And on hot Texas wedding days, I sweat a LOT. So, without further ado, these are my favorite outfits for shooting weddings, where I found them or where you can find something similar, and a few extra tips for wedding day prep.
First things first - makeup. I typically don’t wear a whole lot of makeup on wedding days, but I always need a good foundation that’s not going to melt off my face over the course of a 10-hour day. Estée Lauder Double Wear is my holy grail. This stuff does not BUDGE. I have fairly oily skin, but I know some girls who have more normal skin and still love it. Dry skin girls, this may not be for you, but it’s worth a try!
I’m a brows girl, so I always like to have mine filled in if I’m out in public. Benefit’s KaBrow has a waxy texture that stays put all day, and one little pot of this stuff will last you forever. I think I’ve bought 2 in the last 3 years? Stila Huge mascara is my go-to for lashes to finish a quick 5-minute face.
One life saver I discovered this year thanks to a fellow photographer is this pack of Pacifica Deodorant Wipes! They smell heavenly, and I like to keep them in my bag and give myself a good wipe-down when I have a minute between the ceremony and reception. Putting on more deodorant on top of existing sweatiness doesn’t really solve the problem, but these are like Febreze for your armpits. They give you a clean slate and make you feel fresh. I found this pack of 30 at Target for 8 bucks!
Another note: I use a Black Rapid double strap and carry my stuff using a Shoot Sac. I like this crossbody bag so much because I can fit 2 or 3 lenses, a flash, my phone, and my card case right at my hip and it somehow doesn’t feel too bulky or in the way. It doesn’t hurt my back or shoulders, either. Highly recommend this bag for wedding photographers! Now, on to the outfits!
Outfit Ideas for Shooting a Wedding
These two dresses are what I reach for when I’m shooting just about any type of photography session, but they also work great for a casual or outdoor wedding. The best part? They’re only fifteen dollars. Yep! Amazon’s finest. I’m 5’10” and these hit just above my ankle (black) and mid-calf (gray), but if you’re shorter, they also look really cute knotted! They have pockets, which is always a plus, wash and dry pretty well, and are SO comfy.
I wouldn’t normally go for gray because of the sweat issue, but I bought the gray one just for my personal wardrobe and have found the material somehow doesn’t show sweat, so it’s in the wedding day rotation now, too!
Stepping it up in the dressiness department, this wedding photographer outfit is my go-to for nicer weddings or weddings with outdoor ceremonies but indoor receptions. The tank and pants (both from Versona) are breathable enough to stay decently cool outside, but I’m not left freezing inside, either. Throw a kimono on in fall or winter and we’re good to go.
I love these pants because they have an elastic waist with the stretchy part only in the back, so it looks nice with the tank tucked in, and the wide leg is ideal for all the squatting/bending/stretching/weird positions wedding photographers have to contort themselves into to get the good shots. Did I mention #elasticwaist? Comfort is key, friends.
This jumpsuit (again from Versona) is what I wear for the more dressy affairs. It looks so nice and professional, but the material is magical and the way it’s cut is so flattering, yet comfortable! I knew I’d made a good choice with this when my second shooter showed up to our last wedding wearing the exact same thing. Ha!
You can cinch the ties to really define your waist, and tie it in a bow or a knot as shown. This jumpsuit was a tad short on me off the rack - it’d be perfect for anyone 5’5”-5’8”-ish - so I had it tailored so the legs are cropped and hit above my ankles.
I love wearing this to shoot, but I also love wearing it for date night, events, you name it! It looks great dressed up or dressed down, with heels, booties, or sandals. Speaking of shoes …
Best Shoes for Wedding Photographers
I wear sandals to a majority of the weddings I shoot. Personal preference, and again, depends on how fancy the wedding is - but regardless, I try to wear sandals that look nice and will hold up well. I’ve found that Aldo sandals fit both of those bills.
For colder weather, or if flats are more your style in general, it’s imperative that the shoes you’re wearing all day long are comfortable no matter what. You cannot have blisters rubbing while you’re trying to shoot a wedding! Enter … Anne Klein Sport flats. The “AK Sport” line of Anne Klein flats is SO beyond comfortable. Super soft material, bendy but supportive, and a little bit of a cushion. They may not be the cutest things ever, but your feet will be comfortable all day and all night long, and that’s what’s important! In my opinion, these are the best shoes for wedding photographers.
Comfort is by far my top priority when I’m choosing outfits for shooting, but I don’t want to look like a complete bum, either! These outfits make me feel professional and presentable without being restricting in any way.
I hope this gave you some good ideas if you’re looking for clothing options and shoes for shooting weddings. Photographers, I’d love to know your apparel must-haves!