This afternoon I got to do a Trash the Dress session with my wife! It may be almost exactly two years after our wedding, but we got around to it! One of the things that we really wanted to go out and do is show people that Trash the Dress doesn’t necessarily mean that your dress will be in tatters at the end of the shoot. We are both very happy to report that the dress is doing well, and resting exactly where it did before the shoot. In fact, this will probably give us a good reason to go get it professionally cleaned and sealed for posterity. I think one of the things that turns people off from Trash the Dress sessions is the fact that the Wedding Photography world has been flooded with images of brides on fire, rolling around in mud or submerged in water. Though TTD is super trendy right now, I feel like it’s safe to say that most brides are not comfortable spray painting the gown that they wore for the most important day of their life. My wife and I are somewhere in between the two, so we decided to see what we could do within reason. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about truly trashing your dress for you if you want me to, but today was not going to be the day that Lisa and I trashed hers.
So, really. What’s the appeal of TTD, you ask? What you will find with a TTD session is that you are much more comfortable in your surroundings. You aren’t thinking about every little detail of the wedding day…and you aren’t trying to keep your gown pristine for that all important moment when the groom sees you for the first time. What you get, then, is a lot of unique bridal portraits that feature you looking way more relaxed than you ever would on your wedding day. I capture a lot of emotion on wedding days…joy, exuberance, relief…but believe me, relaxation is not one of them.
If you’ve got a wedding coming up with me, I highly recommend a TTD session after the wedding. We had a ton of fun!