Presenting myself in professional attire while still remaining functional as a videographer has always presented a challenge to me over the years. How formal do I want to be? or how casual? In my early years I wore a suit for some weddings. I quickly learned that you cannot wear a suit and shoot video. As a videographer, you need to move easily without the a suit jacket holding you back. Now if a suit is too formal, how far do you go in the other direction. I once worked with a husband and wife photography team that wore sandals. I am sorry, but that is too casual.
After ditching the suit, I decided to wear what anyone who works in production wears when they don't want to be seen, black. Black shirt, black pants, black shoes, that classic outfit for a videographer. All black is good, but one of the most important parts are the shoes. I've gone through different dress shoes over the years but then reality sets in. First of all, dress shoes are expensive. Secondly, it doesn't take long for your feet to hurt, and when you have to stand for eight to ten hours, foot comfort is important. That is why last year I made the switch to sneakers. Now in the past, I was actually asked by the father of the bride what I was going to wear on my feet. If you have that same thought, think about this. When you watch the video later on, and see the quality of the work, does what we wear on our feet as vendors really matter?
Pants have always been a hard find for me when it comes to comfort, style longevity. Black dockers tend to fade after a couple of washes. I switch to grey pants for a time because they were better, and didn't fade. But then I was in the store the other day and I found the perfect answer. Why I hadn't thought of this sooner, I don't know. Golf pants! Black golf pants that are light weight, made with that dry-fit martial. I wore them along with my new black golf shirt to a wedding yesterday and that clothing kept me cool and dry.
If you are a bride reading this post, this is a little bit of the behind the scenes. If you are another vendor reading this post, I am telling you, go and buy some golf pants, you won't regret it.