Dress Code

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Every photographer at some point has come to a point where they’re not sure how to dress for a certain type of photoshoot or event. Most of these photographers are the ones that are just getting into a photoshoot or an event.

I decided to make some tips for a photographer’s dress code so here it goes:

  • Dress to blend in. You’re supposed to be invisible so you have to blend in. You are not the focus of attention so do not wear loud/colourful/distracting clothing. Therefore you should stick to darker solid colours OR just have your top in a solid colour that could be a bit bright but not bright and bold to the point that you’re sticking out like a sore thumb.
  • Don’t overdress or under dress. You may not be expected to dress formally like in a suit with a tie and what not but you should still dress somewhat formally like a button up shirt and some suit pants. Ladies, you don’t need to wear a dress, I would suggest wearing pants NOT jeans. It’s a lot more difficult to work in a dress as you would have to consider on whether or not you are flashing other people as you’re getting your shots.
  • Dress comfortably. Ladies, don’t wear heels as over time through out the day, your feet will be sore and it will be crying. Wear comfortable shoes like flats but don’t wear sneakers.
  • Dress to make your clients feel comfortable. If you want to get your clients to relax a bit, wear slacks and a designer t-shirt. Ladies, you can wear pants with a nice top. You don’t have to look formal just semi-casual and not casual to the point where you seem unprofessional.

If you are still unsure, for some events, ask your client what the dress code is that they would like you to be in. If they don’t have one then just dress semi-formal but don’t wear jeans.

Strolling Around

The other day I went for a drive and was strolling around in a small park. Although it was quite cold and chilly that day, I definitely did not regret it and it’s a photographer’s life anyways. For the love of photography, I’m willing to be in any type of weather to do a shoot, I’m just THAT dedicated and THAT much in love with what I do.

It’s very nice to just occasionally take a drive somewhere and just stroll around in a park and snap some shots of the things around you as it is practicing and sometimes you get the most interesting shots that you would never have thought would come out that way. It’s also a good practice and if you bring a friend along with you, you can do a portrait photoshoot for practicing.

Here are some shots that I took that I found were the best and ones that I absolutely loved. I did not do any editing in photoshop, these were all edited and adjusted in Lightroom. I did not want to change too much in the image since nature is beautiful and interesting. With nature it’s always unpredictable.

I hope you enjoyed these shots. I had a great time strolling around and just shooting away with my camera. I also found it very relaxing. So go out, take a drive, and photograph! Enjoy yourselves!

Cheers!

From Winter to Spring

Since Spring is supposed to be here, we are still yet getting the odd cold days with a bit of snow and some rain. But nonetheless, it still means that spring has finally arrived.

Here are a few shots that I took from the very first snowfall that we, in Ottawa, Canada, had. It was beautiful at first but then it just became a lot of snow and brought a dreadful winter that seems to never end.

You know it’s spring when the weather is becoming warmer, the sun is out a lot more, snow and ice are melting, and you see mud/grass showing up here and there through patches on lawns. Lastly, you get to see the actual driveway and pavement! Here some shots that I took when it was beginning to melt and the bit of ice that are still on branches.

It’s a beautiful transition at times when it’s from winter to spring. The way ice melts and forms during winter on branches or after a snow/ice storm. Each season has it’s own beauty and it’s only a choice as to whether you want to see the beauty of it or hate on it. I do a bit of both. I see the beauty of the season and at times I hate it. For example, the snow. The beauty of snow is when there’s the romantic snow falling. What I mean is the big snowflakes that are slowing falling down from the sky which to me is romantic and a great photoshoot opportunity. The hatred of snow is when there’s too much of it and it’s difficult to drive on the roads which causes a lot of accidents. Since there are some crazy drivers out there, they don’t always drive safely so that’s one thing I hate about the winter.

So what are your thoughts on the seasons?

Cheers everyone! Enjoy the coming Spring!

Quote of the Month: March

Quote of the Month

So I did start doing a quote of the month in December but because I only started this blog this year, I decided to start off this month with a quote that I picked. I know it’s a bit late to post the quote of the month as it is already the second week of the month but it’s a start and a new change. In the future I will be posting it in the first week of the month.

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.     —Henry Rollins

The reason I picked this quote is because it is true for a lot of photographers, who live in the snowy, cold weather, will understand this quote very well. Most photographers don’t get a lot of business or it’s slow during the wintery months, so we plot and plan to see what we are going to do when spring hits.

So what do the photographers do during the wintery months? Some may be figuring out their marketing strategy for the coming spring to bring in more business or if they’re lucky get some indoor shoots or maybe some outdoor shoots (depending on the weather). For me, it’s to figure out the marketing and how to promote myself to bring in more clients. I can tell you now, it’s not easy to figure out at all. But we all have to stay motivated and help each other out.

Good luck everyone in the upcoming spring!