Braja Mandala from Braja Mandala Wedding Photography leans toward the traditional when it comes to photographer fashion. “There is nothing more classic and timeless than a tailored black suit with a collared, buttoned-up shirt,” she told us. While we support the discreet dresser (Braja reminds us that the wedding day is, after all, about the bride and groom), the Riley G team likes a pop of pizzazz even on the most conventional outfit. Luckily, Braja fits right in. “I have fun jazzing up my black suit with my Louis Vuitton necklace or my gold Burberry bracelet,” she said. There it is: style.
What goes perfectly with a tailored, sophisticated, feminine suit and in vogue accessories? Killer heels. Unfortunately, working photogs are on their feet all day, which makes stilettos too much of a burden. “I am a woman who is obsessed with a good pair of heels,” Braja said. “Since that’s not an option for me while photographing weddings, I’ve grown to love some black and gold Tory Burch flats – they’re super comfy and super cute.” When asked where she gets her fashion cues, Braja confesses, “Laque Nail Bar is my favorites right now on Pintrest, I could spend hours going thru fashion feeds. It is definitely my guilty pleasure.”
Since Braja is clearly a primed fashionista, where does her camera strap style fit in? For awhile, she was using a Canon strap, and while she loves her Canon camera, she didn’t necessarily want to be their walking billboard. “I wanted to have my own personality reflected in my camera strap,” she said. Enter Riley G Designworks. “I have been a big fan of Riley G for many years and have had many of their different straps. I’ve found that when I’m wearing my Riley G camera strap, I always get compliments on it. I always love to see their limited addition straps and grab one, before they are all sold out. It’s a good conversation piece and helps to open up conversation with persons in the wedding party.”
Combining functional work clothes with fashionable pieces isn’t easy, especially when you also have to look wedding-appropriate while clarifying that you’re a vendor, not a guest. Braja shines a little light on how she syncs all of these fashion objectives. “Although comfort’s a big factor, especially when I’m photographing a multiple day event, I can never forget to look my best. From the time I photograph their engagement session to the time I photograph their wedding, I always make sure that I’m dressed in a sleek, modern, professional way.”
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