Would you wear this suit designed especially for photographers?

Feb 2, 2024

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Would you wear this suit designed especially for photographers?

Feb 2, 2024

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Would you wear this suit designed especially for photographers?

Have you ever opened your closet on a gig day and thought to yourself, “Gosh, I really wish someone would design an outfit that I can wear on photoshoots designed specifically for photographers“? Nope, me neither, aside from some winter gloves, perhaps.

But for those few who have, this could be your lucky day. Japanese outfitters Unix Tokyo have “worked closely” with some photographers to design a suit specifically with the wedding photographer in mind. It’s a classic, for sure!

“Are you having trouble photographing your wedding?” the website asked in a somewhat mangled translation from Japanese. The site goes on to list all the problems that wedding photographers have finding suitable clothing to shoot in.

Apparently, wedding photographers all suffer from having to wear formal clothes, which often end up being too tight on the elbows and shoulders. Suit material is often not stretchy, so can be quite restrictive, and they lack suitable amounts of pockets, particularly women’s clothing.

Actually, all of this is somewhat correct, particularly the lack of deep pockets on women’s clothing. I’d love a pocket I could get a 24-70mm lens in!

The jacket is made from a four-way stretch material and has deep pockets that can comfortably fit a lens. There’s also a built-in lens cloth inside the pocket (handy!). The buttons are made from soft silicon, so they won’t scratch your LCD screen or lens.

Rubber pants

The trousers are made from the same material and, according to the website, inexplicably have “Rubber on the back for easy movement and comfort.” At that rate, why not just have a removable incontinence pad insert for all those poor wedding photographers who never have a bathroom moment in the day’s schedule?

In my 15 years of being a photographer, never have I ever thought that I need a rubber panel on my trousers. But maybe that’s just me, and I’m missing something here.

So Unix Tokyo gets a high five for trying to tackle the problem, but I’m not sure that they have quite hit on the ideal solution here. I’m not angry about it like Digital Camera World seems to be, but the whole thing is quite funny.

Let’s not pretend here: the suits look pretty terrible. Even the models in the photos look a little embarrassed to be wearing these. A wedding is a formal event, and as the photographer, you are often up front directing large group portraits. You are visible, and you need to turn up looking somewhat presentable. Despite the high price tag (almost $400 for the jacket and trousers), this suit looks cheap.

Tailoring is important

Unfortunately, a loose-fitting suit made of stretch fabric will never look good. There’s a reason why high-end suits are tailor-made or at least just fitted to the wearer (I worked for a summer in a gentleman’s outfitter’s in my youth). And most women don’t want to look like they are wearing a paper bag either.

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn a suit to photograph in. The climate in Spain doesn’t lend itself to that attire and there are plenty of more creative, comfortable and elegant options out there that allow me to do my job. And instead of keeping lenses in pockets, I use a bag (shock!).

Still, there might be a few instances where a photography suit might be useful. A suit with a Steadicam rig built in, a pop-up flash stitched into the front handkerchief pocket, a lining that zips out and becomes an extra reflector…

If you do want to try out this suit (with rubber trousers, sorry I cannot get past that detail), then you can head to Bic Camera or buy directly from the Unix Tokyo website. The jacket costs $255, the trousers $140. Bargain.

[via digital camera world]

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Alex Baker

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 responses to “Would you wear this suit designed especially for photographers?”

  1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
    Dunja Djudjic

    Wait, rubber? High pass! :D It looks nice but I’d rather go for black jeans and a black t-shirt to blend in, and keep my gear in the bag (yeah, I’m shocked too) :D

    1. Alex Baker Avatar
      Alex Baker

      I wonder if it was a mistranslation and they mean an elasticated waistband, which would make a lot more sense lol

  2. Wannabe Wedding Wiener Avatar
    Wannabe Wedding Wiener

    So – as an accomplished wedding photographer, wearing high-end suits that are either tailor-made or at least bought to fit you like a glove – where do you put your 24-70 then? The off-camera flash? The 2nd body? Spare batteries? A rucksack? Sling bag? Or does everything just dangle from your neck the entire venue? Perhaps accomplished wedding photographers also have their assistants who are not bound to dresscodes, who knows.

    And then, just out of curiosity: Which high-end suit that is either tailor-made or at least bought to fit you like a glove comes at a price below $255+$140 and can be washed at 30°C? Ever participated in a traditional japanese wedding ceremony? With black jeans, black t-shirt, bag/rucksack and – I suppose – sneakers?

    Unix’s product might not be for everyone, it might even be funny. Haha. I totally get that. But now let’s recap obsessing about ND100000 filters, yet another AI use case, Canon’s market figures, a 38cm periscope dildo, how to be a *sic* “headshot photographer”, a beginner-friendly color film, a totally meaningless smartphone (at least for pro photographers), computer mouse cameras, woes of celebs. Haha. Seriously?