THE ART OF THE WEDDING SHOE SHOT | What you need to do to capture yours perfectly.

Ladies love shoe photography.  There are no ifs, ands or buts about that.  Gotta get the shoes, on their own, on the feet, and everybody else’s shoes, and shots sitting in chairs, shots from the shins down, shots with the dress ever-so-slightly lifted up to reveal the shoe… all of it.  Because the shoe is a major part of the show these days.  And why not?  I wholeheartedly support the idea.  In fact, now’s as good a time as any to let you know that, during a fairly recent taping of The Price is Right, I guessed the exact cost of four pairs of designer heels, collectively.  I guessed it from the audience, of course, so it didn’t count for anything, because that’s how life works.  Oh, and no one on the panel guessed even close to the right answer.  Yes it sucked.  (Ok, getting back on track now…)

I, uhh, I have a fairly close relationship with shoes.

You see, you can’t blog every day about weddings and fashion and girlie things without becoming somewhat familiar with all types, tiers and correlating costs of footwear.  I’d like to note that this knowledge was wholly unanticipated.  I didn’t set out to be a shoe aficionado; it really does just smack you in the face at some point, after a while.  And it smacks your friends and your mother in their collective faces when you blurt out an unsolicited “KATE SPADE” when they’re just trying to show you a shoe that they think is pretty.  (So, as you can see, upsides and downsides.)

So, we get that shoe shots are big these days.  And we’ve established that that’s awesome.  But here’s the problem: not everybody knows how to do it right, or what kind of setting or styling will lend itself to a great capture.

This isn’t an easy task to think about on oh, I dunno, the day of your wedding – what with having to keep the subcutaneous blemishes at bay, having to shake the crazy out of your soon to be mother-in-law, not to mention that whole getting married part – so here’s what you can do:

1. It’s quite likely that your photographer will have some great ideas for shoe shots and, if you’ve snagged a great one, s/he’ll be excited to discover shoe shot gold using the day’s decor and surroundings.  They do this kind of thing on a regular basis, but if you’re concerned, go ahead and mention it so that you can keep calm and carry on… as everyone seems to say, nowadays.

2. If you’d like to plan ahead on your own, you can bring along a favorite ornate chair, or scout the location of your wedding before the big day comes, and make sure there are some pieces of furniture, attractive bedspreads (yup) or colorful backdrops at your disposal, and that match perfectly with your shoes (← very important).

3. If you plan to wear an especially colorful pair of heels, try to scout more natural, nude settings for the shot, so that the photographer can really bring out the color in your kicks.

4. If you plan to wear a pair of beige, white or any other soft, neutral color, you might want to find a floral backdrop, or some other colorful and/or patterned something or other upon which to set the shoes.

There are myriad ways to grab a great shot.  Too many to count, and I won’t even try to list them, because that would be a ridiculous and quite useless task, given the fact that every venue is a bit different.

What I have done is collect a smattering of shoe shots I personally love, on beds and off of beds, on feet and off of feet, in sunshine and in snow, and there’s even one on a piano.

I hope the collection will inspire you on your quest to get the shoe shot of your dreams.  :)

Enjoy!  (Image credits at bottom.)

Note: the headless young woman above obviously doesn’t have big feet, but I want to note here that those Christian Louboutin heels are perfect for camouflaging footsies on the larger side.  See that oversized bow?  Your feet will pale in comparison to the sheer hugeness of that bow.  Seriously, that bow has elephantiasis.  But I love it all the same.  Here they are again, for old times’ sake:

These silvery-grey stunners below have my heart.  Period.  They don’t need a spectacular setting; a simple white seat will do.

I love this next shot, and not just because I’m the one who wrote up the wedding. ;)  I adore the juxtaposition of the all-gold Kate Spade heels and the bright, colorful, patterned carpet.  Perfection!

These babies are cute and all, but the real reason I included them is because there’s something mysterious going on.  What’s holding them up?  Is it a glass?  A pen?

There they are again, this time paired with the groom, in the classic “sock shot.”

Last but not least…

… on a piano!  Hearting that one quite a bit.

Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-9, 10, 11, 12 – 1314

So, are you excited about your shoe shots?  Do any of the above get you revved for your Big Day?

xoxo!  – Alison

P.S. – you don’t need crazy expensive shoes to make your shoe shots shine.  But if you’re worried your heels aren’t ready for their close-up, here, try these.  They’ll add that wow factor you’re after. :)

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  1. eric on November 2, 2010

    as a photog, i love this post- i especially enjoyed the last two images!

  2. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on November 2, 2010

    I love that first image. When I featured them a while back, I scoured the web for those shoes because I wanted a pair. But, no dice.

    On another note, loving all of the shoe beauty in this post!

  3. Miriam on November 2, 2010

    I love the way those red booties look against that white, snowy background. That’s the perfect shot.

  4. Jen @ AnyWay Weddings on November 2, 2010

    One of my GREAT regrets from my own wedding is not doing a shoe shot! This is a fantastic post with pitch-perfect advice and very inspiring shots. Nicely done, Alison!

  5. Liz on November 2, 2010

    This is such great advice! My shoes (at least the ones I currently plan to wear) are ivory, so I’ll probably want some kind of pink or turquoise (my wedding color scheme) backdrop or blanket or something. I probably shouldn’t leave it to chance day of!

    • Joeseph on December 2, 2012

      valueout of 5 starsThese boots are value for money. Comfortable and more durable than Karrimore prcduots. Not completely waterproof but ok for a 2 hour dog walk ware 2 pairs of good socks in very wet conditions. If your a serious hiker spend more but these boots are good.

  6. Postcards and pretties on November 2, 2010

    that little red shoe is the first images is hot hot hot and not to mention the dress is AMAZING!!

  7. The Realistic Nutritionist on November 2, 2010

    That ruffled dress, I must OWN IT.

  8. TenThouBride on November 2, 2010

    This is a brilliant post, I am worried about getting those shots all perfectly…and this is marvelous. :)

  9. Super Burbs on November 2, 2010

    Oh how I love shoe shots! All these are just fabulous – and perfect for Tuesday Shoesday!

  10. Aileen@LoveandLavender on November 3, 2010

    I love love love this post!!! Shoe shots are my faaaave.

  11. anna on November 3, 2010

    Bought my shoes before I even found my dress :)sometimes I take them out and just sit with them admiring them and waiting IMPATIENTLY to wear them. Shoe shots are on the tip top of my photo list! thank you Vera Wang for making shoes almost as gorgeous as your dresses!

  12. Lena on November 3, 2010

    Would you believe that I think every single one of those shoes is saved on my computer somewhere? Too funny!

    This is great advice!

  13. em on November 3, 2010

    i loooove the shoe shot. it’s one of the first images in my blog slideshow….and i am also guilty of some kate spade outburst. xoxo.

  14. Hindsightbride on November 4, 2010

    OK, I love the red boots in the white snow. I am always so grateful for any kind of photography advice, and this is great advice!

  15. Kristin Kowalski on November 6, 2010

    I love love love the last shot on the piano – such a piece of artwork… I want one!!!

  16. Cece on January 27, 2011

    Hey there, I just hopped over to your blog thru StumbleUpon. Thanks for making something well worth browsing! I’m so glad I found your site, it’s gorgeous :)

  17. Chris on January 31, 2011

    What an interesting post. Thanks, really enjoyed hearing about a more rarely seen form of photography on the web these days.

  18. Mimi Tilton on August 12, 2011

    I could litterally be burried in any of those shoes. I have what I consider to be ‘perfect toes’ they all line up…however….I totaly rock the Fred Flinstone. I’m so gonna go find those BIG A$$ bow shoes and wear them everywhere – even doing laundry!

    Love this shooot

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