Unless I know the client from before the session, I don't usually meet with them until the session. Which is possibly not great.
Photography is a business, money changes hands, and a client wants to get the most professional service for their money, which is understandable. So as a business person I should dress accordingly, right? First impressions and all that.
But here's the other side of the coin:
During the photo session I will be mostly on my knees or on my bum sitting on the floor, I will be bending and twisting to get the baby safely in a nice position, and then to get the best angle for the photo.
Photographing in client's home I often find very little room for manoeuvring around the set, much less than anticipated. There's a backdrop stand, a beanbag, some lights, often a heater, all the props, and a stash of blankets and accessories, as well as the photographer, the baby, mum, often dad, and older siblings want to 'have a look' too, or are getting ready to pose in the photo with their precious new baby.
The room is hot so the baby is comfortable and sleepy, but everybody else is sweating.
Still think the business suit is a good idea?
And what about the joys of being peed or pooed on, or spewed on? The suit wouldn't stand a chance and would most likely have to be dry cleaned, if not ruined forever, while the casual clothes will just be thrown in the wash and ready for the next time.
This is why I come to you in soft trousers, and a light top, and not a professional suit.
I will not wear make-up, or perfume, so it doesn't irritate your baby, my nails will be clean and short so I don't scratch your precious bundle. And I'll be red faced and sweaty at the end of it, but your baby will be safe and you will have beautiful images to treasure forever.
It is not out of the lack of respect for you - my client, it is not the lack of professionalism that I am not wearing a smart suit.
This IS my work uniform.