If you are looking for a photographer who is interesting, creative, quirky and fun, then you have to meet Alison and RED SHOES PHOTOGRAPHY. We fell in love with her photos on her site, but honestly the end product is just the tip of the iceberg with this girl! Alison has an incredibly diverse background—she’s been so many places and done so many things and she brings all of these life experiences to her work. We’ve enjoyed getting to know Alison, hanging out with her, working with her and then spicing up our website with some of her work. We recently sat down with Alison and this is what she had to say….
How would you best describe your shooting style?
A question that frequently gets asked as we work with couples planning their special day is, why is photography so expensive? How would you answer that?
There is so much more that goes into wedding photography than just the average of 8-10 hours I spend with brides and grooms on their wedding day! I usually spend a minimum of 50-60 hours on each wedding I photograph, which includes meetings and communications, travel times, uploading photos, many hours of editing, and then pulling it all together in a finished product.
Can you talk a little bit about a few of your favorite events that you have worked?
I know that you are fairly new to Colorado, how would you say shooting here differs from shooting in Washington DC?
There is a lot more sun here in general, so I’ve had to learn on how to work with that! There are so many dramatic and different places to photograph here – it has been fun to explore!
What other kind of photos do you enjoy doing?
Where do you get your inspiration as you are setting up a shot?
I usually look to see where the light is best and work creatively in that space. Light is so important for making beautiful photographs, and being aware of how to make it work best is what will make inspiring photographs!
What are a few of the planning steps that couples should prepare before their special day?
As far as photography goes, working with the photographer to set up a timeline for capturing the best times of day for light is so important. It is also good to think about the light situation when choosing a place for getting ready and for other locations during the day. Allowing enough time for portraits while not inconveniencing the guests is also important. I always talk to my clients about the possibility of doing a “first look” prior to the ceremony so that most of the photos are taken beforehand and the couple can enjoy all of the party!