During Sal Cincotta’s shoots, comfort is a major priority. That doesn’t mean he leaves his eye for design at the door, though. “Fashion and comfort can absolutely coexist,” Sal believes. His fashion cues come from Details and GQ Magazine and his clothes from Banana Republic and Express.
“I shoot a lot of weddings, so I stay away from bright colors,” he told us. So as not to detract attention from the bride, Sal pairs a shirt in a muted shade with wrinkle- and fade-resistant black pants. Since going barefoot isn’t exactly wedding-appropriate, he also wears a nice pair of black shoes from Aldo, which has comfortable, affordable, fashionable options (the holy grail of style for those of us who aren’t filthy rich). “I usually go through a new pair every year since they get so beat up,” he said.
Head-to-toe black is never an option, even though the inky hue is part of his attire. When asked for wise words for the struggling fashionista photog, Sal said, “Stop wearing all black. If your outfit consist of washed out, double-pleated black pants…it’s time for an upgrade.” He put it even more poetically when he said, “I want to look as good as the guests at the wedding, not like the team that showed up to clean the venue.” Edgy, honest and spot-on with his fashion sense – just the way we like our featured photographers.
Just when we thought this interview couldn’t get any better (or more opinionated), Sal said something that we feel deserves to stand alone:
“As photographers, people pay us to create modern, fashionable portraits. How can a young bride trust us to document their big day in a fashionable way if we dress like their parents? I still want to dress my age, but I definitely want the best looking version of [myself] that I can put out there.”
He’s not done with the tough style love, either. “No fanny packs. No velcro shoes.” You don’t have to tell us twice – we shiver at the thought of a touristy fanny pack, even when they’re on old home movies of trips to Disney World. So where’s the easiest place to start when it comes to upgrading your look? “Your camera strap!” he says. Right on, Sal. We like a promotional message any way we can get it.
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