How to Make a Costume of a Photographer

When you dress up like a photographer—for Halloween or a school play—there are a few essentials that complete the costume. Follow these tips to create a realistic costume of a photographer.

Things You'll Need

  • Dark clothes
  • Cameras (real or disposable)
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Laminating film
  • Messenger bag

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Wear dark clothing as the base of your photographer costume. Consider black pants, a black T-shirt and a vest. Or if you want to look slightly more professional or upscale, go for a button-up black shirt and black dress pants or a skirt.

Sling as many cameras as you can find around your neck. Consider where you are wearing this costume; cameras are an expensive prop so be sure to plan accordingly. If you are uncomfortable with taking good cameras with you, buy disposables and attach them to rope or string in order to hang them around your neck. You can also stick disposables in your pockets and in a camera bag to carry around with you.

Make a "press pass" and hang that around your neck, too. A press pass usually has your name and the organization you work for, maybe a newspaper or magazine, in large, easy to read wording so it can be read from far away. And "Press Pass" is also clearly identified at the top of the pass. Type or write out these identifying characteristics to make your own press pass on a piece of 3-by-5-inch paper. Then use laminating film to make it more real and sturdy. Punch a hole in the top and tie a string through it. To make it look even more authentic, adhere a picture of yourself to the pass.

Wear a messenger bag. You can keep pen and paper in here and take it out when you want to "take some notes."

Keep your camera flash on if you have a digital camera. This will add a visual effect to your costume as well as fit the part.

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