How To Photograph The Wedding Shoes On The Wedding Day

Having photographed over 200 Dayton weddings, since 2007, I have seen every type of expensive, cheap, comfortable, or uncomfortable wedding day shoes. The wedding photos below, taken at this year’s weddings, are some of the best wedding day shoe photos I have ever taken. I spend a few minutes at each wedding trying to create a pleasing backdrop to showcase the bride’s shoes. At these weddings, I spent extra time giving the bride many choices of shoe photos. Here is how to photograph the wedding shoes.

Check out what I can do regardless of the type of footwear or wedding day shoes that the bride buys. If you have an interesting idea yourself, please let me know!

At every wedding, I attempt to find unique and creative ways to capture the beauty in the details. For the bride’s shoes, I will place them in various positions including interlaced, back-o-back, separated, and more. Not only this but I work to find beautiful backgrounds to shoot in front of. You can see that I enjoy symmetry in these types of photos. Many brides buy inexpensive Keds or similar shoes. Many spend hundreds of dollars on their shoes. I photograph every pair as something meaningful to the bride. I will also take a few photos of the groom’s shoes.

One thing that I’ve done incorrectly in a few of these photos is to have the focus on part of the shoe while other parts are out of focus. I should have changed one of my settings to ensure the entire shoe is in focus. These are the kinds of things I learn from when editing and reviewing my images after an event.

Every wedding has its similarities and differences.  The bride’s shoes are always my favorite wedding detail to photograph.  Although most shoes are some variation of white, they are all different.  Below are some of my favorite wedding day shoe images from 2015.  I always enjoy the challenge of creating artistic images of this long-time wedding staple.

With all the variations, I try to find interesting and unique ways to create these pictures. In the image below, I placed the shoes in a circular window. It isn’t the best lighting, but I love the symmetry. I like setting the heel and toe the opposite of each other as well. Heel-to-heel shots are only good if the heels are decorative, otherwise, these are just rather boring. The first photo was taken in the Dayton Art Institute’s Gothic Cloister.

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