The Friday Night Blog Club #3 Happy Feet

you may have noticed I feature quite a lot of photos of footwear! And yes I am a man who knows his Jimmy’s from his Louboutins….but let me explain! (but first lets rewind to what prompted this blog’s subject)

I was recently sat having lunch (fish finger butties) with a Bride and Groom who are getting married this summer and asked them their opinion on my new website and what ultimately had prompted them to choose me as their photographer. The answer was that my work was just generally a bit different and that I stood out from the other photographers and also that my images attracted both the bride and the groom. Read into that what you will but they also joked that when showing the mother of the bride their chosen photographer’s website she had queried¬†“Why you would choose a photographer who takes photo’s of peoples feet is beyond me”

So now let me explain

It’s become quite common for photographers to grab some shots of the brides footwear, as for many brides a lot of time, effort and money is spent on making the final decision. This isn’t always the case and in my experience about 50% of brides take the more pragmatic/blokes eye view that as the dress covers your shoes and you are on your feet for most of the day a more comfortable and slightly flatter, less pricy option is best. BUT, if the chosen pair cost a weeks or even months wages then they become a part of your day, a part of your day you want capturing by your photographer…

There are 2 main ways of doing this. One way is for the photographer to display the shoes in a strange unexpected environment i.e on a book shelf, hung from some rusty railings, placed elegantly on a swans back etc…etc.

This option works for many, but I much prefer a slightly more candid approach i.e on the floor or preferably on somebodies feet.

I never turn up to any wedding with a check list of must get shots..I am much more reactive than that as I don’t want my images to look the same from one wedding to the next and this goes for the ‘shoe’ shot as well.

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Sometimes I just grab a shot of the shoes as I find them…

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Sometimes if i find them next to a pair of tights/dirty washing basket then I use a bit of artistic license and move them to a less cluttered/prettier area of floor…

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Sometimes it’s the “Bride is running 45 minutes late and the Bridesmaid simply cannot wait around in those heel’s a minute longer” shot…

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Sometimes it’s a shot as the bride makes the nervous/anxious steps out of the wedding car as she arrives at the ceremony (hopefully not 45 minutes late) …

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Sometimes its a shot next to the Grooms gangster¬†spats/crazy socks…

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Sometimes its just to give the Bride and Groom a break from the camera being pointed at their faces…

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Sometimes its a way of making a ‘group photo’ a wee bit more interesting…

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Sometimes its to capture the flowering Bluebells of a Spring wedding or The Golden Leaves of an Autumn wedding…

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This (my favourite ever) shoes shot came about when a very giggly Bride and Groom were showing some guests around their humungous and lavish honeymoon suite and both lay in the bath so the guests could grab some photos of them drinking champagne. Looking down on them hunched up and squashed into an empty bath didn’t give the most flattering of angles, so I lay on the floor and got their feet hanging over the side…and as it was a roll top bath I even managed to get it’s feet in shot as well.

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Ultimately I want my final collection of 300+ edited images for every wedding to be vibrant, varied, memorable, spontaneous and most importantly a true reflection of the day they represent. And if that means including a few shots of dancing feet, nervous hands, and fancy footwear then I am definitely guilty as charged

*** next week – TBC (any suggestions?)