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Senior pictures: why bare feet?

 
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Dec 29, 2006 20:47 |  #1

It's the weirdest thing. It seems like every photography studio in I've ever seen that does high school senior pictures makes these kids who show up dressed up for the occasion remove their shoes and socks.

Why is that done?




  
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Dec 29, 2006 20:49 |  #2

To keep from tracking unwanted dirt onto their backdrops.


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Dec 29, 2006 22:59 |  #3

goforphoto wrote in post #2462146 (external link)
To keep from tracking unwanted dirt onto their backdrops.

Really? That's interesting. Then why don't they just roll up the backdrop so that they don't get stepped on. Obviously they're not going to be shooting the students' bare feet so that backdrop doesn't need to reach all the way up to the feet of the students, right? :confused:


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Dec 30, 2006 04:40 |  #4

Depends. If they are using a white backdrop on the floor as a way of reflecting light upwards for instance. or they may not want to reset the studio because they normally shoot full body poses regularly.


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Dec 30, 2006 12:46 |  #5

i've seen that a lot as well, but also out of studio shots included. weird


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Dec 30, 2006 16:12 |  #6

Ok, this is just plain weird. I asked my three who have had their Sr. pics taken, two a while back, one this year, all at different studios, and none had to take their shoes or socks off. And why socks? Seems that keeping all that floor oil off would be important too. I think it's a photog with a foot fetish personally. ;)

Anyway, tomorrow is a big family party and I plan on raising this topic. There are at least a dozen kids who have had their Sr. pics taken within the last 5 or so years. Maybe it's time for a poll here?


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Dec 30, 2006 16:16 |  #7

Personality, homey feel, comfort, closeness, etc. Rather than being sterile.


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I don't want them to get their feet wet. :lol:

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Dec 30, 2006 19:34 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #9

I read some where that shoes can date the photograph. I also read to tell clients not to dress in trendy clothes because it does the same. I will have to reread the book, it was about Senior Portraits.

I also agree that it is strange to have seniors take off their shoes.


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Dec 31, 2006 21:24 |  #10
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Don't we want photographs to be dated? To capture that point in our lives? :) What good are old photographs if they look like they were taken yesterday? :)


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Dec 31, 2006 22:18 |  #11

I've seen a sheet of perspex laid on the floor for people to stand on.


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Dec 31, 2006 22:28 |  #12

for my senior pic all i needed was a shirt and tie and jacket..i went and had it done on my way to go fishing, i had on shorts and sneakers and a tee shirt on and just threw on the other stuff for the shot!


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Jan 01, 2007 08:29 |  #13

I have seen the typical shot where the female senoir is lying on her belly, propped up on elbows, or something to that effect. if her feet were in the picture at all, you would see the bottom of them.

The bottom of shoes are ugly, no?

The "pictures dating the photo" makes sense too. I often photograph kids in their socks, but I wouldn't really think of making them take off their shoes, unless it was is the grass or the river, or something cute like that.


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Jan 01, 2007 09:25 |  #14

Along with this subject - I subscribe to a sewing magazine "Sew Beautiful" for heirloom sewing. A lot of the photos are taken in the spring in the southern US and most of the kids are barefoot! A lot of the clothes are custom designed and made and the photos are professional. I've asked people that were from the Southern US and they don't know. either. Does anyone here know?

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Jan 01, 2007 10:16 |  #15

Well, I asked all the recent seniors at our party last night. We had 14 total who had had their pictures taken within the last 10 years. Of those, one was made to take off her shoes and socks. She didn't know why as no explanation was given. Anyway, this sparked a great discussion as I explained this thread to my fellow revelers and why I was asking the question so we had a lot of fun with it but it remains a mystery. ;)


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