Contributed by: Galina Walls
As a second-generation professional photographer in my family shooting
over 40 weddings every year I am very aware how important it is to avoid
a “groundhog day” attitude to wedding photography. For me every couple
is unique, and my aim is to unleash my clients’ creativity in a fun
collaborative environment where I can offer some direction but they are
free to explore and throw their ideas at me as well. The “Trash the
Dress” session is an ideal format for those free spirits who may be a
bit concerned with keeping their dress pristine on their wedding day but
would really enjoy to play with it afterwards.
Yvonne, an award-winning jewellery designer, chose a derelict barn –
overgrown with weeds and complete with broken windows – as her “trash
the dress” location. I wanted to show the contrast between the crumbling
bricks of the barn and the frilly netting of her pristine wedding dress.
In a spirit of collabotation Yvonne brought along her green welly boots.
You can see pure joy and a sense of freedom in her face and body
language. We continued the session in a shallow stream nearby where she
splashed in the water and generally had fun. The welly boots started
leaking but she didn’t mind. I was hopping with bare feet in cold water
to get better angles. The sun was setting and the dress was floating in
the stream – it was very, very beautiful!