Over the past few months, I’ve been getting several emails asking for my advice on a variety of photography-related questions. I absolutely love to help anyone who asks, but I also don’t want to spend too much of my office time answering the same questions over and over instead of working on my editing or blogging. So I’ve decided to start a regular blogging series called “The Golden Hour” to answer your most frequently asked photography-related questions, both from a photographer and client’s viewpoints!
I’m guessing your first question is “Where the heck does the Golden Hour come from?!” Obviously, my last name is Golden and I wanted to incorporate that in the series title. I thought about how I could encompass the type of advice I wanted to give my readers and it suddenly came to me: Aristotle’s Golden Mean! No, I’m not going to get all “deep” on you. It’s actually pretty simple. I aim to offer practical advice that isn’t extreme in any way. BUT, instead of going with the literal Golden Mean, I threw in a photography reference for the “golden hour” of sunlight. It’s my absolute favorite time of the day to photograph a session because it sheds the BEST light onto my subjects. You see what I did there?
So email and/or comment on this post and on future “Golden Hour” links on the Elle Golden Photography Facebook page with your question and it may be answered in an upcoming post!
In the meantime, we’ll start off with something simple. Lately, I’ve gotten a couple questions about what I typically wear while photographing a wedding. I thought it would be a perfect time to share since I just did a little shopping to update my photography wardrobe!
My Wedding Photography Fashion Style
Unlike regular portrait sessions where I dress pretty casually, I love getting dolled up for weddings. I prefer black or dark-colored dresses so I don’t attract too much attention to myself. Dresses must be at or nearly knee-length so I’m not flashing any goodies when I have to bend down low for a shot. I also love dresses with pockets even though I always have on my Shootsac (having items super easily accessible can be a lifesaver). And of course, since I live and work primarily in Georgia, I love sleeveless dresses that aren’t too form fitting and are made of breathable material. Obviously, not all of my dresses meet every one of my preferences, but I do my best to make sure I’m comfortable and functional while still being fashionable.
As far as shoes go, I like pairing my dresses with black or nude heels if I’m feeling up to it. I will either switch to flats for the reception or wear flats from the get-go if I know it’s a near impossibility that I can wear heels for an extended period of time that day (rain, headache, cobblestone, long-distance walking between events, etc.). Jewelry is a go as long as it’s not a distraction to me or clients. The simpler, the better. Hair usually starts off down and all styled, but the Georgia humidity plus me sweating as I run all over the place means the curly, frizzy, afro-in-the-making tends to end up in a low ponytail before dinner.
Now trust me, building a professional shooting wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank! Just check out the five dresses I recently scored for under $150!
All Dresses via Target:
So how did I do it? Well, Target (which already has amazing prices) is currently running specials on their clothing, shoes, and accessories. Right now you can get 20% off AND free shipping when you spend $75 or more. Plus, when you start your shopping off by clicking on this link from RetailMeNot.com, you can get an additional $5 off $50 or more! My total came out to just under $24 shipped per dress!
And remember to keep those receipts! You may be able to claim them as a business expense! Obviously, you don’t have to be a photographer to take advantage of this deal. Brides, consider the possibilities for your engagement session or important wedding events leading up to the big day! 😉
Well that does it for my first installment of “The Golden Hour”! Next time, I’ll focus on questions regarding purchasing your first camera and lens. What else do you want me to discuss?