Real life women on how they stay on their feet…

Hari Deakin, photographer, age 28

Can you tell me what a working day looks like for you?  It starts at 8am when I get to the studio in Shepherd’s Bush. I’ll prep the set and meet my team for the day, grab a coffee, then be shooting by 8.30. I shoot a variety of luxury fashion, fine jewellery and watches, so each set has its own challenges.

What time do you get up, what do you eat for breakfast? I wake up at 6.45am, but I am a snoozer. I don’t tend to have enough time to eat before I leave home, so I grab a yogurt at about 10 when we have a break on set. I will be on coffee number two by this point however.

How do you get to work and what does it involve? On a good day I walk 10 minutes to the overground and then hop on for four stops, so door-to-door the commute is only 30 minutes.

 What time do you finish and what do you do in the evenings? I finish at 6pm, so it’s a long day. A couple of days a week I have either a yoga or a barre class which are so important when you have a physical job. I also love cooking, so if I’ve got some energy left I’ll try and make something healthy for that night.

Real life women on how they stay on their feet…

Hari Deaken, photographer, age 28

Can you tell me what a working day looks like for you?  It starts at 8am when I get to the studio in Shepherd’s Bush. I’ll prep the set and meet my team for the day, grab a coffee, then be shooting by 8.30. I shoot a variety of luxury fashion, fine jewellery and watches, so each set has its own challenges.

What time do you get up, what do you eat for breakfast? I wake up at 6.45am, but I am a snoozer. I don’t tend to have enough time to eat before I leave home, so I grab a yogurt at about 10 when we have a break on set. I will be on coffee number two by this point however.

How do you get to work and what does it involve? On a good day I walk 10 minutes to the overground and then hop on for four stops, so door-to-door the commute is only 30 minutes.

 What time do you finish and what do you do in the evenings? I finish at 6pm, so it’s a long day. A couple of days a week I have either a yoga or a barre class which are so important when you have a physical job. I also love cooking, so if I’ve got some energy left I’ll try and make something healthy for that night.

Are you standing, or on your feet a lot? I’m on my feet constantly bouncing up and down to get the different angles and climbing on things to get the shot.  Even when I have to organise the images, I tend to stand at the desk too. The HQ is huge, so our studios are about 500m apart from each other. On average I walk about 3 miles a day just within the building.

How does that affect your body? At 28 I like to think I’m still pretty fit and healthy, but I do already have job specific aches and pains. Although I work in fashion, I always have to wear comfortable shoes because anything fashion-forward and expensive will be ruined and ruin my feet by the end of the day. Thank goodness sneakers are in fashion!

Do your colleagues have any tactics for being on their feet a lot? Not particularly, we’re quite a stoic lot! Listening to yourself and taking time to sit and have a break if you need it. We all share any physio tips, I use a rubber ball to roll out all the tension.

Do comfortable shoes make a difference to your day? Shoes make all the difference, if I’m not wearing comfortable shoes I’ll just take them off. I’ve always said don’t trust a photographer in heels, mostly because they’re probably not willing to crawl around to get the shot.

Is the ultimate dream finding comfortable shoes that also make you feel stylish? The ultimate dream is finding a versatile pair of shoes that I know I can throw on with anything. I need my shoes to be an extension of my body so I don’t notice them through the day.

What do you think of your FitFlop shoes? I’ve worn them with every outfit. They have really allowed me to get on with my job. Great support and really comfortable.

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