What Not to Wear...
If you're the photographer for a high-dollar wedding in Duke University Chapel, surrounded by wedding guests and family all dressed to the nines, in long formal dresses and tuxedos, don't come to photograph the wedding dressed in khaki cargo pants and a white blouse that is two sizes too small, so that everytime you bend over to get a shot, the people behind and beside you are treated to the sight of your underwear. I'm jes' sayin'.
When my business was going strong, and I had wedding flowers to do every weekend, there were two local photographers whom I recommended without reservation, mainly because they were excellent at their craft AND.....they wore tuxedos when they worked a wedding! They always had well-groomed hair, their teeth were brushed, their shoes were shined and you never saw a shirttail or anything offensive. That's the way everyone ought to present themselves for work! Several weeks ago, I had to deliver wedding flowers to a local restaurant. It was not a big wedding, but I needed help with delivery. My usual helper was out of town, so I asked someone who had been recommended to me by the local floral wholesalers. We spoke on the phone, and I did not say anything to her about how to dress for the delivery - thinking I wouldn't have to spell it out. I was wrong. She showed up in worn jeans, a ratty t-shirt with writing on it, and flip-flops that didn't match anything she had on. I was appalled. Needless to say, I will not hire her again. My mom always said you should dress for the job you want - not the job you have. At that time, I thought she was overstating it, but now I know better.