There are a lot of ways to approach your post-wedding photos, but one of the best and most popular is trash-the-dress sessions, which are just what they sound like: a photo session built around the bride wearing her wedding dress again only to destroy it. And trust us longtime New Jersey wedding photographers, they can produce some unbelievable pictures.
For some tips on getting the most out of your post-wedding photos, in general, check out this post, Post-Wedding Photo Session Tips from Our Vets of Wedding Photography in NJ, but today’s post is all about passing along some tips & tricks for making the most of your trash-the-dress session, specifically, should you and your partner decide to schedule one.
1. Prepare to be patient.
Whether you’re rolling around on the ground or jumping into the ocean, a pool, or a lake to trash your dress, one thing you need to be ready for is the time it can typically take to capture the kinds of trash-the-dress pictures you’ve been dreaming of. There’s just more to the equation now than simply looking your best.
And while it usually takes a little longer than expected regardless of how, exactly, you go about trashing your dress, you can definitely expect things to take even longer when the objective is to actually submerge yourself, your dress, and/or your partner underwater.
Think about it. You’ll have to figure out a way to stay down long enough to get some great shots and you and/or your partner will also have to be able to hold your breath for the necessary amount of time. You can expect that to take a few tries in itself, but the point is that you need to try to remain patient throughout, because these types of shots tend to take a while to achieve, and your mood will ultimately effect your pictures.
2. Dress and accessorize appropriately.
Okay, this is a trash-the-dress photo session we’re talking about, so you’re probably thinking that there shouldn’t be much thought involved in terms of attire, but that’s not entirely true. For instance, while a trip to the cleaners can fix more trashed dresses than you may think, some brides actually buy a long white dress specifically for their trash-the-dress pictures.
That way, if they just can’t stand the idea of possibly destroying their dress completely, then they have another option, and from there, you may also want to consider bringing a swimsuit along if you’re going to be going the underwater or submerged route. After all, most wedding dresses are white, so you want to be fully covered and tasteful should the fabric become transparent when wet.
Then there’s elements like your hair and make-up to consider, but the bottom line is that you want your look to be able to withstand whichever elements you’ll be choosing to face during your trash-the-tress photo session, or you won’t look picture-perfect for long.
3. Don’t go it alone.
Yes, it is called a trash-the-dress photo session, which means that it’s not always entirely necessary for both of the newlyweds to be involved, but we strongly recommend involving both you and your partner, and not just in trash-the-dress photos but in any post-wedding picture plans.
After all, while it only takes one person to actually destroy a dress—or to just beat it up pretty good—post-wedding photo sessions are often one of the first things that newlyweds do as a married couple, depending on how long they wait to schedule them of course. So, it only makes sense to make the trashing of the dress a team effort.
It’s not just about the timing either. If both you and your partner are involved in the shoot, then chances are that it’ll stir up some of the memories and emotions from your big day. That kind of atmosphere tends to lead to some pretty inspired pictures, and that’s the whole point of a post-wedding session to begin with, right?
We’ve been doing wedding photography in NJ for long enough to know what makes a trash-the-dress session work.
For some more basic information and tips for getting the most out of your trash-the-dress photos, check out this post, The Ins and Outs of Trash-the-Dress Photos, but the bottom line is that you’ll only want to go through it once. So, we hope these tips help you to nail it and get the kinds of trash-the-dress pictures you and your partner have been dreaming of. Good luck!
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