I had fun writing my last behind the scenes post on what’s in my bag, so I began thinking of what else I could write about to give a glimpse into what it’s like to be a wedding photographer. I love reading fashion blogs (Wendy’s Lookbook, Extra Petite, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, and Atlantic-Pacific are some of my favorites) so today I’m bringing you Fashion Friday! Here are a few outfits I’ve been wearing to photograph weddings lately:

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Jacket: Banana Republic Factory Outlet | Dress: Modcloth | Tights: Old Navy | Shoes: Tory Burch

I wore this outfit on an unusually cold day in May. It’s important to dress conservatively but still look professional. For me, it’s so difficult to find clothes that fit properly (I’m 5’2″ and weigh about 100 lbs). If I wear something that’s too loose or baggy, I end up looking sloppy. I like the polished look of this dress with the jacket on since the sleeves are a little loose on me. These Tory Burch shoes are one of my favorite finds from Nordstrom Rack – I got them on clearance and while they’re heels, they are as comfortable as flats.

what to wear wedding photographer by sharon nicole photography

Dress: H&M | Shoes: Calvin Klein | Bag: Kelly Moore “Classic”

This dress is my most comfortable dress to work in! I love it! It’s made of a stretchy knit with a subtle print on it. I bought it last year so I’m not sure if it’s still in stores. I love the slimmer silhouette – when I wear dresses that flare more it tends to look very girly and less work appropriate. I also think the length of this dress is appropriate – right above the knee! Any longer and I will look even shorter…and that’s definitely not the look I’m going for! The shoes I’m wearing are actually wedges, but the wedge is low so I can comfortably wear these for a typical 8 hour wedding.
what to wear wedding photographer by sharon nicole photography

Dress: H&M | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Shootsac

I find that H&M sizing runs small which works out great for me – and the fact that their clothing is so affordable is an added bonus! This gray dress was great for a hot outdoor wedding. I love these flats by Steve Madden that I found, again, at Nordstrom Rack! I am definitely a bargain hunter so I can confidently tell you that this outfit was no more than $60 total (excluding the bag).
what to wear wedding photographer by sharon nicole photography

Dress: Banana Republic (old) | Belt: Forever 21 | Shoes: Tory Burch

Sorry my shoes don’t really show in these photos since I’m standing in grass! Tory Burch flats are also super comfortable in my opinion. I wore this navy dress, again with a subtle print. It’s been hard for me to find belts that fit well so I usually end up tying them in knots so I don’t have a flap hanging out – not cute! I got a much needed hair cut after these photos were taken, but I thought it was worth mentioning that I usually try to curl my hair for wedding days. My goal is to blend in with the guests and look presentable, and curling my hair makes me feel more put together. If I had left it straight, my hair is so long that I think it would have looked too messy.

To sum up, here are some rules I try to go by when choosing an outfit to wear to a wedding:

1) Slimmer silhouettes with lengths that come just above the knee

2) Solid colors or subtle prints

3) Shoes that are flat or very low heels

I know you may also be wondering – do I ever wear pants while shooting a wedding? Occasionally I will in the colder months, but my style of shooting doesn’t require me to be crouching low or squatting, so I do prefer to wear dresses. After all, it is a wedding and I prefer to dress up. I haven’t found a perfect pair of black pants yet – when I do, maybe I’ll write another fashion post! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading this – if not, no worries! More weddings and sessions will be posted soon! If you want to see more posts like this feel free to let me know in the comments! Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

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4 Responses to Fashion Friday | What I Wore

  1. Victoria says:

    I would love to see more posts like this! 🙂 You have such great style, and all these outfits are adorable. 🙂

  2. Raye says:

    Thank you for posting! I am also 5 ft. 2 in. and weigh 100 Ibs. It is very difficult for me to find dresses that aren’t too wide or immature looking. I have had great success finding clothes at Banana Republic and Ann Taylor/ Loft, but will check out H&M!

  3. Cindy says:

    Love this post! You always looks great! 🙂

  4. Laura Barnes says:

    I love this post! Thanks so much for sharing. I always have a really tough time deciding what to wear to weddings.

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