Wedding photographers have a funny job: they go to dressy events but have to work hard, so they need to find products that allow them to look fancy and professional yet still allow them to be comfortable. It's taken a few summers, but I have found a few products that serve their purpose so well that I use them every single Saturday during wedding season, and even beyond that! From shoes to deodorant, this is a list of my go-to items. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!
1. Natural Deodorant: If you know me, you know I'm all about avoiding toxins, and mainstream deodorant is one of the first things I stopped used. However, sweating in the sun while I photograph outdoor ceremonies and portraits during wedding season makes it necessary for me to do something to prevent smelling like I haven't showered in a year by the end of a wedding day. This INCREDIBLE deodorant creme by Apple Valley Natural Soap actually works. I am not kidding. I think it works as well, if not better than the Old Spice deodorant I was previously borrowing from my husband for wedding days, and knowing I'm not loading up on toxins is absolutely priceless.
2. Statement Necklace: I don't do bracelets (they annoy me) and I wear the same pair of simple earrings almost every day, so for me a fancy necklace is what brings my outfit to the next level. The necklace pictured here is from American Eagle and I've had it for a LONG time so I'm almost positive it's not available anymore, but it's easy to find pretty necklaces these days.
3. Comfortable Shoes: Something I'll always remember about photographing one of my first weddings is how much my body ached after the long day came to an end. I literally burst into tears as I arrived home and felt my body throb in pain. I've learned that a good pair of shoes is absolutely imperative for me as I spend almost about ten hours straight on my feet when I photograph a wedding. These Gizeh sandals by Birkenstock have been my go-to for two summers. They're lightweight, durable, and supportive. I wouldn't say they're the epitome of style and class, but most of the weddings I photograph are casual enough that I don't look underdressed. Every penny I invested in my Birkenstocks has been worth it!
4. Practical Attire: I have a really hard time finding clothes that fit well. I have an unconventional body type (petite yet curvy) but I've found that Old Navy's Petite line fits me super well. I aim for something fashionable yet practical: I can't afford/don't want to waste any effort monitoring my neckline and hemline on a wedding day. For me, a simple yet chic black dress does the job. I feel comfortable, confident, and professional.
5. Secured Hair: I'm convinced that these Goody Spin Pins are the best hair invention EVER. I use them every time I photograph a wedding. I can't stand my hair in my face when I work, so I tend to pin it back. I have big, frizzy hair (and lots of it) and these spiral bobby pins have no problem holding my hair in a cute bun as I work. I might have to readjust them once towards the end of the day if I don't do a good job securing my hair before I leave in the morning, but I can't say enough good things about them. I even had a hairdresser use them to do my hair for my sister's wedding (I was a bridesmaid) and she told me she was going to go buy a bunch to use on her future clients. They're the best!