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I don't see how a "jacket" makes your "work" any better. It may make YOU look better, but it doesn't improve your "work".
If work = the quality of your photos, then wearing a jacket isn't going to improve your work. But if work = your photography business, then IMHO wearing a jacket can absolutely improve your work.
Humans like others who they feel are similar to themselves. It's part of human nature, engrained in our DNA from our tribal days. An us versus them mentality. Imagine if instead of objecting to wearing a jacket, you just did it to fit in and follow the rules. Now the venue coordinator not only sees that you deliver quality photos but also that you look like one of the members of the club, like you belong there; one of them. I'm willing to bet that the venue coordinator be more likely to refer you work if they thought you were one of them. I'm also willing to bet guest are more likely to see you that way as well. Now it is only one part of the puzzle, but it is a part none the less.
Here's how I see it: Todd is very much a businessman who happens to take excellent photos. Business is first. Others are photographers who happen to run a business. The quality of their work is what they feel gets them their work. There is nothing wrong with either strategy, they're just different.
But does anyone here think Jasmine Star is so well known because her photography is so much better than everyone else's? No, it's because she realizes that it's a business and that her product needs to be more than just what she delivers 4-6 weeks after the wedding.
"hey Jim, bring that jack hammer over her"......."ok bob, but first let me adjust my bowtie, a straight one makes my work look better"............that's my point.
If you had to chose between two furnace technicians to be unsupervised in you house doing repairs, who are you going to choose: the guy with dirty mismatched uniform in a beat up truck or a well groomed guy in a clean uniform and a legitimate work truck. Appearances do matter.