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.