The Clothes Make the Camerawoman - Patti Jette
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The Clothes Make the Camerawoman

The Clothes Make the Camerawoman

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A frequent theme here will be clothes and accessories for ladies who shoot. I’ve found it all through trial and error – shockingly, no one is paying me to promote their gear – and I’m always on the hunt for good stuff.  Shooters – please do me a solid and give me your gear suggestions in the comments.


This Adam Carolla rant pretty much encapsulates any background I would set up here. Except of course, it references specifically and only cameraMEN.

“They’re the most pragmatic human beings on the planet because they’re like, ‘I’m gonna be standing here for 14 hours holding this thing that weighs 51 pounds on my right shoulder. I cannot be un– fuck fashion! I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks of me. And I’m literally– I’m not even behind the camera, I’m inside the camera. I’m under the camera. No one is ever going to see me. I’m going to be as comfortable as I can possibly be and I don’t give a fuck what I look like.’
That’s all camera guys.”

That’s all camera ladies too (sample size: 1).  If it’s a very early call, or especially rainy or humid, I don’t bother with makeup either.  Let’s just say this isn’t the girliest of professions. Even if most of my accessories are pink.  Hot pink, to be specific. I even toyed with the idea of getting this Alienware laptop for editing because it’s pink. Spoiler alert: I’m getting a plain black Dell with better specs for Adobe CC.

There are plenty of sites with advice on what to wear on camera, but The Google turned up squadoosh when I searched for “camerawoman clothes.”  Time to rev up my SEO.

I like looking good as much as the next person, but when you’re contemplating a 16-hour day on your feet with a couple hundred pounds of gear, the first priority has to be comfort. We need clothes that incorporate a lot of bending over, climbing, kneeling on the ground, lifting heavy objects in awkward positions, working in various climates, weather, temperatures.


Yet we also need to look professional – and at times, appropriate for the occasion.  Here’s what I wore on the Academy Awards red carpet:

And here’s my attire when covering the Syrian refugee crisis:

A wee bit of difference. I’ll get into specifics next week for what works in various temperature and weather conditions.  In the meantime, what are your clothing challenges for those long days in the field?  Let me know in the comments!

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