Trash the Dress or Rock the Frock is a symbolic way for couples to conclude the wedding and start the next chapter in their relationship. The shoot is often scheduled the day after the wedding and it’s an occasion for the newlyweds to let go of all the wedding planning stress. The beach is a popular location for this type of wedding photography, however anywhere the bride is willing to take her dress for a photo shoot will do. Curaçao offers a wealth of choice when it comes to backdrops for this type of photography. Open fields, abandoned buildings, city streets, beaches, underwater caves, you name it. Just consider these points first.
1. Don’t DIY it.
There are many ways you can add a little Do-It-Yourself touch to your wedding, but this shoot is not one of them. Realise that this is a unique opportunity for you to be adventurous and intimate at the same time and usually it is the Trash the Dress photos that make it on the mantelpiece. Forget test-driving underwater disposable cameras and selfies. Instead, invest in professional equipment and skills from your photographer to capture breath-taking scenes in the right light.
2. Go beyond the beach to Trash the Dress.
While the traditional scene – couple lying on the beach, gazing into each other’s eyes- is nice, be open to trying new things and trust your photographer on the choice of location. Curaçao is a treasure trove of locations, ranging from sandy white beaches to underwater caves, jagged cliffs, open fields and abandoned buildings. Talk to your photographer about the possibilities and climb those ruins, roll in the mud, play with fire or fully submerging yourselves for breath-taking underwater pictures.
3. Time matters.
The appeal of the Trash the Dress photo shoot is that the same elegant clothing you wore at your wedding is taken out of place in elaborate scenes. Most looks, such as the fully submerged look, is tough to capture as it involves weighing the couple down and them holding their breath while trying to look natural. So make sure you give it plenty of time and avoid interruptions or making other plans that day. Like any other photo shoot, time of day matters. Discuss the best time to shoot with your photographer and keep the specific locations in mind when doing so.
4. Hair and make-up.
Although the idea is to take the elegant look out of context, hair and make-up remains important. Even if you are planning an underwater scene, your best doesn’t always translate on film without a little help. Consult a professional hair stylist and make-up artist for the best looks for your location or scene. The Trash the Dress shoot is also a great opportunity to change the look of your wedding outfits. The occasion is less formal, so the groom can ditch the tie, jacket and elegant shoes, while the bride can add colourful and bolder accessories. Ask you photographer about any props you can use for that “wow”-effect. Think bright scarf for underwater pictures or huge mirror for a surreal look.
5. Trash the dress!
The whole idea of the shoot is to trash the dress, so don’t be afraid to get wet or dirty. This is your elegant wear’s last hurrah, so make it count. Although the dress can suffer minor damage to the lace or beading, most brides are surprised to see that their dress comes out cleaner than on the wedding day. Usually one trip to the dry cleaners is enough to restore the dress or tux to its formal glory. However, won’t it be more fun to set the dress on fire and capture that on film?
“Trash the dress“, also known as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock”, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. It is generally shot in the style of fashion or glamour photography.
Gentlemen, trash that suit!
A lot has been written about the symbolic way to conclude the wedding that is known as ‘trash the dress. Although the groom is also featured in most trash the dress photo shoots, the name basically says it all. It’s about the dress and the woman in it. But why should girls have all the fun? Guys, it’s time to let loose and join your gal in trashing your wedding outfit. And the best thing about this new tradition is that gay grooms can finally join in on the fun as well!
Your shoot, your vision
Most men, whether straight or gay, aren’t as verbal about their wishes as their female peers. However, if you want stunning pictures you need to create a vision and express it clearly for your photographer to be able to bring it to life. Is the romantic in you longing for a beach scene? Read more here…
Here you can see an example of a Trash the Dress shoot
This video is from a one on one training session from an other award winning photographer with a model shoot that shows the true possibilities with posing and lighting with off camera flash. Utilizing the Interfit Pro Flash system he places the lights on stands and shoots without any assistance. Nature is your best friend in any trash the wedding dress photoshoot. More clouds, more rain, more wind, more dirt makes it even better! Enjoy.
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