Lookbook: Photographer

Before I left for Jamaica, I had a lot of stuff on my mind regarding my photography equipment and then realized later on (like two days before we left) that I needed an outfit to wear! So what does one wear to photograph her first wedding in a tropical locale? I wanted something comfy so I could move around really easily but also pretty enough to wear to a wedding and something that would keep me cool because I knew that I would be on my feet all day long in the hot weather. I have a ton of sundresses but decided on a maxi dress for the coverage so that when I was taking pictures, I could sit/crouch/lean/whatever crazy position without flashing anyone.

What I’m wearing:
Dress: Doki Geki
Shoes: Franco Sarto

My hunt for maxi dresses turned out to be pretty unsuccessful as they don’t account for those of us that are vertically challenged. I did not have time to take it to my tailor so had to find one that did not need to be hemmed. Out of all the places I went to this dress from Nordstrom was the only one that fit so I wasn’t given much choice but I was happy with it. It ended up working out great as I was able to maneuver how I wanted throughout the day and it really went with the location we were in.

I also had a major freakout about shoes before we left so scrambled to find sandals that would stay on my feet while standing on rocks and cliffs and other various natural elements. I went to Nordstrom and had the salesman pull every single sandal with a back strap in a size 5. Luckily I was able to find two pairs (at really great prices) so was super happy. The day of the wedding I wore these Franco Sarto’s and they were fantastic. My feet definetly hurt at the end of the day but that was because I was standing and walking or running all day long. The shoes were great, I think I may have to buy more pairs in other colors!

via Nordstrom

My husband made good use of his wedding suit and wore it again. He wore a different shirt and tie but the vest and pants were what he wore to our wedding.


Although we weren’t guests of the wedding, it was still important to us to dress as we were. We knew that nobody would be paying attention to what we wore but we also knew that if we both showed up in shorts and tees, it would look badly upon us. Of course if I was a wedding guest I would be dressed differently (especially in heels!) but I needed to be able to move around to do my job, so I did my best to try to look nice but functional at the same time. Both J and I share the feeling that presentation is very important in all aspects especially as photographers. I do have to say that guys do not have it easy in that warm weather though! I was not jealous of him in his pants and button down shirt!

Oh and did I also mention that my dress happened to match the sunset as well? 😉 This was the gorgeous view at their reception. I’ve never seen the sky turn this shade of purple before, it was truly captivating.

Negril Sunset

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  • Miss HoneyDew
    May 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    cute cute cute dress!!!

  • kelly
    May 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I agree with you Tiffany. You guys look great and very professional. I think that maxi fits perfectly on you and for the occasion. I had the same delima this weekend. I definitely will try out the maxi next time.

  • Kellie
    May 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Love the maxi dress and definitely it was important to dress for the occasion! Well done! I love my maxi dresses too but agree w/ the length issue since I’m vertically challenged myself. Boo! 🙁 Heels are a must!

  • Emily
    May 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I love that dress – it looks great on you! It’s really hard to find a maxi dress that doesn’t fit me like a maternity dress…boo!

  • Marietta
    May 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Everything seems so pretty there, you thought of everything and it was a good choice!

  • Hanako66
    May 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    That photo is gorgeous!

    You look so pretty and I think that you did a great job at looking great and professional, while finding a functional dress:)

  • Nina (femme rationale)
    May 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    you look so pretty…like an island girl. i LOVE maxi dresses – always wear them when i’m traveling. it is hard to find a length that fits us petite girls. i just ended up cutting it w/sharp scissors. nobody ever notices cuz i leave enough length so it sweeps the floor a bit.

  • steph
    May 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I love maxi dresses, although I’m somewhat vertically challenged as well, so the bottoms always end up tearing. Haha. I agree that even though you weren’t guests of the wedding, dressing appropriately definitely reflects your company and you and your husband. Great picks! Oh, and I love the braid! =)

  • Jenna
    May 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I agree big big big time with your views on how a photographer should dress for a wedding. I think I found the perfect dress, and now I’m going to put some pockets in it and wear spandex underneath and I should be good to go.

    Do you each have two bodies? And do you have a shootsac or other such lens crarrying system?

  • tiffany2stylish
    May 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Nina – I actually just did the same with another maxi dress I bought. just took scissors to it and it looks fine! 🙂

    Jenna – good idea on the pockets for the dress, I kept everything in my bag, but would have loved pockets for like lens caps and such. J carries two bodies and three lenses, I carry one 5d II and two lenses (50mm 1.2 and 24mm 1.4) I ended up using a bag that I already had that I could sling over my body. It worked out okay but am still on a hunt for a nice bag. shootsac is on my list but I’m not completely sold on it.

  • Fabi
    May 18, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    What a perfect outfit for the occasion! And I love the print of your maxi dress 🙂 PS. I love your blog! xo

  • Pop Champagne
    May 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    wow I love the maxi dress! White and purple make such a pretty combination 🙂

  • Fashion Moment
    May 18, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful Dress, darling!


  • Cupcakes and Cashmere
    May 18, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    that location is fabulous! and you dressed perfectly…you’re chic and pretty, but not overdone and i love those sandals!

  • Foxie
    May 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    The maxi is adorable… Maybe I should try a bit more to find one that will fit me right, I was just worried it’d make me look odd. Things that aren’t very fitted usually just add weight to me, unless the cut is just right.

    That sunset is gorgeous, too. Very jealous, I want to travel to a locale like that! 🙁

  • ...love Maegan
    May 18, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    oh it’s fabulous! ….and I have a problem finding maxis that are long enough …lol. I love this on you!! So pretty!

  • Tina { Luphia Loves... }
    May 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    your maxi dress is so gorgeous!! 🙂

  • Onada Photography
    May 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    omg! i love that maxi!!!! Its looks so great on you.

  • Savvy Mode SG
    May 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    T, you look too adorable. If I spend more money on a floral maxi dress, it’s your fault… : )

  • Carlene
    May 18, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Super cute!!

  • Elizabeth Marie
    May 18, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Tiff you look perfect! I love maxi dresses because you can still look professional and put together, but be able to move!

    And hubby looks great too! XO

  • Little Bow Prep
    May 18, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Cute dress!

    That is such a pretty picture!

  • Lotus
    May 19, 2009 at 12:27 am

    OMG what a cute dress- and I love the braid in your hair…nice hairstyle! 🙂

  • Leah
    May 19, 2009 at 12:30 am

    You and J looked very put together, as always! I can’t believe that sunset happened on our wedding day! *sigh* Gorgeous picture!!

  • TeachingInHeels
    May 19, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Adorable dress and that sunset sky photo is gorgeous!!

  • Fell4fashion
    May 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

    You look great in that maxi dress!!

  • FuN and MakeUp
    May 19, 2009 at 1:37 am

    nice photos! i really wanna get a professional camera..

  • Diane
    May 19, 2009 at 1:46 am

    your dress is so pretty

  • MizzJ
    May 19, 2009 at 2:25 am

    That is a gorgeous dress! Such a pretty color combo and it perfectly matches that sunset haha. You guys are so lucky to get to go somewhere so beautiful for “work” 🙂

  • MizzJ
    May 19, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Btw, I forgot to mention but I’m having a giveaway featuring designer fashion site ChickDowntown, check it out: http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com/2009/05/get-summer-ready-with-chickdowntown.html

  • saralovesshoes
    May 19, 2009 at 4:29 am

    you look perfect and i love that dress. i’ve been a bit afraid of the trend because of the height thing (i am so short) but think i will give it a whirl!

  • Elizabeth
    May 19, 2009 at 4:49 am

    You look lovely! It’s hard finding clothes to keep cool in Texas on shoots, so my default is usually dressy black capris and ballet flats. It’s not exciting, but it gets the job done around here!

    As for the Shootsac–it’s great if you have smaller lenses. I’m in the process of selling mine because my 35-100 just won’t squeeze in, and it’s a struggle to get my 14-35 in. Plus, it kills my neck because my E3 is already so heavy with the flash and lenses attached. I do like the different cover options, though, but for now, I am doing what you did with a bag that slings over.

  • WendyB
    May 19, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Perfect dress.

  • kay*
    May 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    you both look fab and so appropriate for the job/occasion!

    p.s. i think i’m going to go for the shootsac – i’ve continued to look around and have not found anything nearly as chic or great looking…

  • TheBeautyFile
    May 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I LOVE the dress…sometimes it takes a long time to find a good one, but so worth it!

    That shot is totally amazing. It must have been an unforgettable wedding.

  • Couture Carrie
    May 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    You both look fabulous, and that sunset is divine! What a fun gig!


  • Grace Like Kelly
    May 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I totally feel your pain on the maxi dress length…I hated having to pick it up when I walk…or one weird thing if you dont get them hemmed of course they drag and get dirty at the bottom…but then it makes your feet weirdly dirty also…SO I RAN to the tailor and had them hemmed. super cheap!

    You look adorable!

    I got married in Snohomish…at the Hidden Meadows, its a converted barn, i was only like the second person to wed there…but the scenery is beautiful…

  • little bits of splendor
    May 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I have the same dilemma with finding comfy shoes for when I’m coordinating weddings (I plan weddings on the side). I can’t even tell you how many shoes I go through during wedding season yet still end up with pained feet. It’s gotten so bad I have been having fantasies of finding the perfect pair of orthopedic shoes that don’t make me barf. Apparently I’m getting desperate.

  • Chessa!
    May 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    you are so pretty. and that dress is gorgeous. I commend you for wearing it and looking fab bc when I shoot weddings I have to wear pants bc I’m climbing on chairs, on the floor, etc. In the winter of course it’s easier bc I just throw on all black…I have my uniform of slacks and a pretty black top that’s dressy but not over the top and I wear my Prada loafers…best investment ever. I don’t wear them for anything else other than weddings and the occasional flight. You look amazing and perfectly dressed for a wedding in Jamaica!!

  • Chessa!
    May 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    and PS – I always have to cut so much off the bottom of my dresses and jeans…I feel you!!

  • Rissa K.
    May 23, 2009 at 2:04 am

    The maxi dress looks amazing on you. I’m going to my aunt’s wedding anniversary next month and it is going to be at the beach. I will be toting my camera and snapping pictures. I’m going to get myself a maxi dress too! *giggles*