When it comes to shooting, there’s one additional factor that separates the amateurs from the pros. It’s not the lighting, the creamy bokeh, or the pixel count of your camera—it’s attention to detail. And that includes the way they dress up.
Sure, how photographers dress can actually help in getting the perfect shot (comfort and functionality is real, fam) but more importantly, it will affect how people act towards you. Just like any line of work, it pays to look the part. Clients will understand why you ask for a non-exploitative TF if you look professional rather than showing up to work in shorts and a shirt.
So here are ten pieces to help you perform in and out of the studio—bookings not included!
1) Labrador, Walker Camera Strap, P3,000, GB5
Every rangefinder deserves to be paired with a good genuine leather strap. No exception.
2) Gouache, Camera Bag, P3,500, Common Thread
Does carrying a bulky backpack ruin your style while shooting? Go local and pack you gear in this waxed canvas sling bag.
3) Bose, SoundLink ColorBluetooth Speaker II
This portable wireless speaker helps break the ice and set the mood. No awkward silences here!
4) Julius Tart, AR, Ronnie & Joe
Hours in front of your computer editing can hurt your eyes, figuratively and physically. Use protection!
5) The North Face, Cuchillo Parka
When it rains, shooting while awkwardly huddling under a payong is never the answer.
6) Zara, Basic Blazer, P2,995
A blazer is an easy move that makes a world of difference, there’s really no excuse not to have a nice one.
7) Uniqlo, Dry Ex Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, P990
Be jabar-proof and go for white or black with this polo shirt.
8) Muji, Stretch Chino Slim Trousers
Chinos are your best friend when you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen during shoots. Don a smart casual look, which is accommodating enough for you to crawl in if needed.
9) Cole Haan, GrandEvolution Wingtip Oxford
True story: a lot of our favorite FHM photogs own these. And chicks dig them.