Dress for Success

Nikon D750, 28-300mm, ISO 2200, ƒ/5.6, 1/100

My good friend Robin Nelson and I enjoy catching up over coffee and our latest conversation was about how surprised we are about how photographers dress on jobs.

Now above here is my good friend James Dockery getting video in a church in Romania. Dressing in dark colors like James is doing here is very common for photographers to blend in at events.

Nikon D750, 28-300mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/125

At my friend’s wedding the photographers wore dress shirts and dark outfits as well.

Now personally I would recommend that photographers avoid jeans at formal events like weddings. Dark dress pants should be something you have in your wardrobe for formal events.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 2200, ƒ/5, 1/100

Atlanta Business Chronicle Byron Small wore a suit when he was setting up an interview of The President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández.

Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 3200, ƒ/5.6, 1/30

The President’s personal photographer is also in a suit while covering his visit to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

However these are the photographers at the top of their field. Robin Nelson and I noticed that many who struggle for jobs are often the worst dressed photographers.

I made a few black dress shirts with my logo to wear to formal events and then had some casual shirts made with my logo as well for other events.

I think you need to dress as close to the people you are covering at an event as you can. I even own a Tuxedo and wear this for black tie events.


My favorite shoes which are also important for comfort are the Clarks Wavekorey Free shoe.

My recommendation is to be successful you need to look the part. So start by dressing for success.