Trash the Dress?

Posted on: January 15th, 2012

The “trash the dress” session is one that’s gained popularity in recent years, but you don’t have to destroy your dress to get the most out of a portrait session after your wedding. Even if you don’t want to go swimming, paint on your dress, or mudwrestle, a sitting after the wedding can be so much fun and create really gorgeous images. Wedding days are busy and full– and many times lighting, timing, or just plain exhaustion may not capture everything you want from your portraits the day of the wedding. You may have a great location in mind that we can’t fit into the wedding day. That’s why most of my packages include an optional session after the wedding. This is when we get to do really cool photos!

Now, about this collection… Christian and Nicole’s wedding day was one of the rainiest days I can remember! Though the rain made for some fun and unique photo opportunities, I knew they wanted something a little less wet to remember their wedding. On a warm October evening, we headed over to Rising Sun, Maryland and captured some beautiful, golden photos that we would have otherwise missed out on.

I love doing a sitting before the wedding with the bride or after the wedding with the bride and groom because it gives us extra time to do creative photos in a location of your choice without the restraints of the wedding day. Some of my best portraits have come the day or even weeks after the wedding. Instead of worrying about making it to your reception on time, we can pick just about anywhere and shoot in a relaxed, fun way that can make some real magic happen.

5 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    oh! and you get to wear your dress more than once.

  2. lightwork says:

    Yes! When I was in college, I’d photograph my wedding dress hanging from things. I didn’t know what else to do with it!

  3. Dawn Corbett says:

    Love the old ruins location – where exactly in Rising Sun is it? Looks more like Fair Hill, MD. Inquiring minds want to know. :-) dc

    • lightwork says:

      It’s the Honeybee houses, and that may be in Rising Sun– it’s on 273, anyway. I have to admit, I’m not as familiar with Cecil County as I should be seeing that I work there all the time!

  4. Nicole Kaye says:

    As an Artist and very picky customer, Susan & Joe photographed our Wedding Day and the follow-up session with creativity and beauty. I was overjoyed with how these images turend out and and our album will be cherished for a lifetime! Now we are booking maternity & newborn photos : )

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