Or, more accurately, dress to blend in. For photojournalists, there’s no set work attire. Going to court? Nice pants and a button down. Cold weather feature? Layer up, and bring some Hot Hands along. Mud run? The oldest, most comfortable clothes you own.
It’s crucial to dress appropriately for whatever you’re shooting – not only for your own comfort and safety, but for the access you want and the comfort of those around you.
I spent yesterday afternoon up at Snag Canyon Fire with one of our reporters. I showed up in a Nomex suit (which I had originally figured was unnecessary since it was a media tour), and we were informed by the public information officer that it allowed us to get a bit closer to the actual fire line. On top of that, since we both have our fire shelter training certification we were allowed even further.
Being prepared meant better access, which meant better pictures.
This doesn’t apply just to photojournalism by any means, but as photographers it is often really important to blend in to the situation. Dressing appropriately for weddings, portraits, etc. and making sure you do your research can get you a different (and oftentimes better) photo. -Kaitlyn