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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: How do you dress when your doing a shoot..? Reply with quote

Kind of a weird question I guess, but I think in a way it's really important .. I did a family portrait one time and I didn't dress up at all (not being in front of the camera I thought why do I need get dressed up), but on the other end, I think it shows respect in a way to the client or person your shooting...

I guess it all comes down to who and what your shooting....

Your thoughts..
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:34 pm    Post subject: Jean Day Reply with quote

Sometimes our newspaper's staff is allowed to wear jeans at the office - a reward for a successful sales promotion in advertising, the day the football preview comes out, the first day of spring, whatever - but I don't wear jeans. The public doesn't care that it's jean day at the office. All they would see is a guy from the newspaper dressed like he's going to a softball game. I dress office casual unless I have a more formal occasion to attend, for which I dress up. I represent my newspaper, and even if others on our staff don't, I want to look professional and respectful all the time.

Also, I would trust a photographer I hired more if he dressed like he cared about his (or her) appearance. Would you feel confident if your surgeon showed up for a consultation in cutoffs and a t-shirt?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is a formal occasion you are shooting then dress more formally.

If it is a new client/AD then I believe that first impressions count, but on a multi day shoot it generally becomes more casual.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm doing an industrial shoot it might be my oldest pair of grubby jeans and T ... on corporate shoots dockers and a button up shirt, hardly ever a tie unless it's requested for board of directors or high level ceo kind of shoot. Most important is con-fey shoes and pants imo. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I simply aim to match the occasion. If I'm shooting business people wearing ties, I'll wear a tie. If I'm shooting outside or where I expect to get dirty, then it's rough-n-tumble clothes and boots. For my type of shooting, I do best when I can blend in with the people around me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I judge it mostly on location and possibility of getting dirty. So most of the time I end up with jeans and a black T-shirt, or a sweater. Colder weather means some sort of jacket; musicians might mean a beat up leather jacket.
Laughing

If I do have a nicer location set-up, I will go with nice pants, maybe the black T-shirt, though usually a simple dark long sleeve shirt. More corporate office locations would mean a nice suit jacket added to the look.

I will wear a tie to the occasional meeting, but never on a shoot. Any tie risks snagging gear, bags, lights, or cameras, so I avoid them. The other reason is that I should be relaxed and focused while I am shooting, and a tie is a distraction for me.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Re: Jean Day Reply with quote

Richard R. Barron wrote:
Sometimes our newspaper's staff is allowed to wear jeans at the office - a reward for a successful sales promotion in advertising...snip


Whenever I think how nice it would be to have a full time job I hear about this kinda thing. Like when my sister sells $XXXX more widgets in her cubicle job she gets a candy bar! And not a full sized candy bar, the fun size that you give to kids on Halloween.
Grown up adults in the year 2009 being told what kind of pants to wear at work Rolling Eyes Is there a hair length check and are the ladies required to make sure their skirts are below the knee?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't we have this conversation before? Tuxedo t shirt is a win in all settings.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This topic often returns. I think one of the problems in discussing it is that people miss the differences between jeans and a tshirt and really well cut jeans and a tshirt. The difference is often in the details, like what shoes and watch and grooming choices are made.

Look at GQ at some of their casual looks (I'm talking to the men here)--a lot of those looks are appropriate for photographers (no shorts as a general rule). Great shoes, attention to grooming, jeans that FIT, good fabrics...it's not that hard and it doesn't have to be uncomfortable at all.

There is a difference between funky eclectic and frumpy, but I'm afraid too often photographers (both genders) fall into "frumpy." Your appearance, physically, is part of your marketing. You should be well groomed always and casually chic. People in the creative fields are lucky they get to dress casually in the first place, let's take advantage of that by looking gooood.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I shot for the May Co. many years ago. My boss Chuck(best described as a mischievous elf) was considered an executive...and therefor allowed to used the executive bathroom. He was standing at the urinal one day wearing his "Dr. Suggs Hot Wax Sex Treatment" t-shirt when the President walked in and used the urinal next to him. The next day there was a dress code..."no t-shirts with writing on them". Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leslie, I bought the clothes in GQ, but I don't look like the guys in the clothes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shane: HA!

Actually, you don't hafta look like the models (frankly, most of them look like underfed boys). I have seen people of both genders who were objectively not beautiful (Note: I'm not saying you fit that category--I don't have any idea what you look like!) look incredibly attractive when they were styled well.

There is a reason they say "The clothes make the man." Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still wearing my 20 year old Blundstones (they needed a professional polish recently), nice jeans and a white t shirt. I'll wear a dressier shirt over it if we are working inside or with a more upscale client, till I get hot and need to take it off.
A safe bet is always dress at a level similar to the client.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A safe bet is always dress at a level similar to the client.


Or, when in Rome, dress like the Romans.

I'll second what Leslie wrote about marketing. On an assignment, you're representing your client as well as working for the trust of the subject. If word gets back to the client about you, you want it to be entirely positive.

Shooting in a factory or industrial site is about the only place I could see wearing a teeshirt. I have steel toed shoes and my own hard hat in my car. That goes over well with the folks walking me through and always helps on access.

Doing a formal portrait of the CEO or Board of Directors, I sometimes wear a suit, but a tie at a minimum. My assistant is expected to wear a nice shirt and slacks, which can be jeans as long as they're clean and neat.

For everything in between, I dress about the way I would expect my subjects to dress.

In all cases I pay attention to my grooming. There's no place for dirt under fingernails or spinach between teeth.

The more I look like I'm one of them, whoever they are, the more they tend to trust me. The trust converts to co-operation.

If you look professional, you're more likely to be treated professionally.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeans, Keens & t-shirt
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I judge by the assignment. If I need a nice shirt and dress pants, I wear them. If it's some type of corporate job, I'll probably wear jeans that look clean and not torn with a reasonable shirt. If I'm meeting a potential new client for the first time, it's the nice shirt with dress pants scenario.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wear a suit, usually without a tie.

Or a parka and sunglasses. As seen:
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always dress as well or better than your clients - they will pay you better

But also, give yourself a creative twist.

Never look scruffy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simonwalden wrote:
Never look scruffy

Unless you're someone like David Bailey...

.. as that's all part of what makes him different.
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