Trash the Dress – Europe

Henry Aarvold Photography – UK August 27, 2007

Filed under: Photographers,UK — amorphia @ 11:26 pm

Contributed by: Henry Aarvold

I’ve been shooting weddings for 4 years now. I’m based in the North East of England but we work all over the UK. My style is influenced by a great many photographers so I wouldn’t know where to begin in trying to describe it. What is more important to me is that my photographs are a true reflection of the subject; I work hard to help my clients feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. Building a good relationship with each set of wedding clients is a significant part of how I work and it translates into better, natural images for the people I work for. I can’t stand contrived, forced pictures – I will pose people but never in a way that isn’t natural for them. Which sounds like hypocrisy when you consider a trash the dress shoot but my rules still apply – a bride can still look natural and relaxed, even if she is waist deep in water wearing her wedding dress, if I do my job right. A TTD shoot is really the ultimate test of the relationship I spend time building with my clients – no bride is going to do a TTD shoot if she doesn’t trust the person taking the pictures! Each and every shoot I do that involves people is influenced by the personalities of my subjects. And TTD is all about personality. This bride [Laura] was perfect for a TTD, exactly the right attitude – once I explained the concept and what we could do, Laura was immediately enthused and volunteered straight away. I’m not sure her mum was too impressed but I reckon her mind will be changed by the pictures.

We shot for over 6 hours in a great location and used lots of mini-locations – moving on every 30-45 minutes all the time varying the lighting as well as the posing, trying to avoid repetition. The shoot ended up with Laura wading out into the lake we had been shooting by all day. The only snag was it wasn’t as deep as I had expected, I had to wade out with her in order to get the shots I wanted. The light was really strong and contrasty which made things a bit difficult but it did lend itself to the feel of the shoot, I was very happy with the results and that I didn’t drop my camera in the lake.

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold

Henry Aarvold’s Website

 

Jenny Blad – Sweden August 24, 2007

Filed under: Photographers,Sweden — amorphia @ 10:14 am

Contributed by: Jenny Blad

I´ve been working as a photographer for only three years but it is going quite well for me already – which I am soooooo happy about! My style is very “active”. I like when I browse through a couple’s album and a lot of things are happening in it – I also love colour – so sparkly coloured backgrounds when I shoot weddings is something I often strive for. I love to mix things up so a lovely couple with their lovely wedding clothes and looking as gorgeous as they can combined with a really scruffy background is my taste. BUT I make sure that I can manage all styles. How boring would it be to just do ONE style all the time????

With this TTD session, I had a reaaalllly tight scedule the day of this couples wedding because I had two other wedding portrait sessions this day so I asked the bride if she had bought her dress or was renting it. She had made it herself and wasn´t at all particular about hanging on to it afterwards. So I presented the idea about this TTD session and they were all for it.

Jenny Blad

Jenny Blad

Jenny Blad

Jenny Blad

Jenny Blad’s Website

 

James Burns – Flawless Photo – UK August 21, 2007

Filed under: Photographers,UK — amorphia @ 9:00 am

Contributed by: James Burns – Flawless Photo

I’ve been shooting weddings for around 5 years now, though I originally got into it by accident when a friend and photographer colleague was in a road accident and asked me to replace him to photograph a wedding. I’m now responsible for Flawless Photo – a wedding photography business based in and around Durham in North East England. I love photographing weddings – I still consider myself incredibly privileged to be able to capture a couple’s special day for them and seeing a bride’s face light up when she sees her photographs for the first time is all the incentive I need to keep pushing myself further to produce great results.

It was a natural progression for me then to start offering Trash the Dress sessions. I mention them to all of my brides and I was lucky enough to recently have one of them accept. I had loads of great ideas for the session and I think a TTD is a great way to get some of the photographs that you maybe wanted to get on your wedding day, but didn’t have the time or confidence to do. That’s exactly how I sold it to this couple and they jumped at the chance. I offer TTD sessions to all of my brides now and I’ve had a lot of interest about doing more. I mention to everyone that there’s no real way to predict how a Trash the Dress session will run, as they’re all different. I just say that there’s nothing anybody has to do and I’ll never push anybody into doing anything. I also tell brides to wear a pair of flat shoes and to bring a towel!

Flawless Photo

Flawless Photo

Flawless Photo

Flawless Photo

Flawless Photo Website

 

Petra Hall – Sweden August 18, 2007

Filed under: Photographers,Sweden — amorphia @ 9:46 am

Contributed by: Petra Hall

I live in northern Sweden, in a small town called Piteå. 2007 is my third season at shooting weddings, however it’s not a full-time job, as I also do other things. My wedding style is a mix of traditional portraits and capturing moments. In my images I hope to relay both romance, passion and fun and I often get my subjects to relax and feel that taking portraits is one of the most fun parts of their wedding day.

With this Trash the Dress session, I loved the fact that I (and the bride) could let all inhibition fly out the window and shoot great portraits in environments that are not very common when shooting wedding portraits. The contrast between the beautiful and delicate in contrast with the urban and dirty intrigues me. The goal is not to actually destroy the dress or relay some type of depressed feeling but to be less careful of the dress than on the wedding day and thus getting some killer bridal portraits.

In the images below, we tried to tell a story about a bride waiting for her man to show up for their wedding, but he never turned up. She waits by the harbor, and then she decides to dive into the water to fetch her man, but she gives up (maybe she had a wake-up call by the cold water!) and she returns to shore, removes her dress and leaves.

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall

Petra Hall’s Website

 

Paul Karaolides – Amorphia Photography August 15, 2007

Filed under: Photographers,UK — amorphia @ 5:13 pm

Contributed by: Paul Karaolides

Sofie & I make up Amorphia Photography. We became interested in photography about 12 years ago & have been working professionally for the last 5 years. Sofie particularly enjoys photographing people whilst my passion lies in fine art & landscape photography. My very first “mild” trash the dress session involved plenty of sea salt & sand and my aim was to try to incorporate both of my photographic interests into the images I shot.

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Paul Karaolides - Amorphia Photography

Amorphia Photography Website

 

Olaf Siebert [ WEDDINGS ONLY! ] – Croatia August 13, 2007

Filed under: Croatia,Photographers — amorphia @ 8:51 am

Contributed by: Olaf Siebert

[ WEDDINGS ONLY! ] is located in Croatia since 2005 and covers South East Europe. Our style is spontaneous but with an eye for detail and unique for Croatia. We not only love to photograph we also love weddings!

The TTD sessions are great to do and we noticed that our couples are very relaxed. The stress from the wedding is behind them and therefore our couples are more able to give their selves resulting in a very nice set of extraordinary images. Next to this, we noticed that it is big FUN to shoot those special sessions.

Martina – the bride in the pool – wanted something real special and this was our first TTD session. We photographed her both from ‘ashore’ as well from under water simultaneously.

Marina & Igor first redesigned the wedding dress and while a storm was approaching we used the dramatic lightning for the final session in a small fountain. Some people might think it is a pity to trash a dress but the idea is that due to the celebration of the eternal character of the matrimony the wedding dress as a material symbol of the wedding is not needed anymore.

This style of photography is highly unusual for the region but we’re surprised to see that so many brides are interested. It shows us that wedding photography is gaining value in Croatia and appreciated by modern brides.

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert

Olaf Siebert’s website

 

Bev Davies – UK August 11, 2007

Filed under: Photographers,UK — amorphia @ 1:57 pm

Contributed by: Bev Davies

My background is in wedding photography and I have been shooting weddings full time for four years with my partner Barrie Downie of BD Wedding Photography. We currently photograph around 35 weddings a year and get to see some fantastic places through our work – we consider ourselves very lucky!

I shot my first Trash the Dress session in March 2007 having been inspired by seeing the imagery produced by photographers in America where Trashing the Dress is huge! We are fortunate to live on the beautiful South Coast of England and to have miles of beautiful coastline on the doorstep as well as forest and open countryside, all ideal dress trashing locations. The first session I did was just to test the water (sorry!) and the feedback from everyone who saw the pictures was incredible so I now offer it to all Brides booking their wedding with me and also to anyone who has been married a while who fancies getting the dress out of the cupboard and putting it to good use. There are no requirements for a Trash the Dress session other than a great sense of humour and an open mind!

Bev Davies

Bev Davies

Bev Davies

Bev Davies’ Website