Trash the Dress

10/13/2017 Portrait 1 Comment

Despite the name “Trash the Dress” your dress WILL NOT GET RUINED

(unless you want to ruin it!)

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.

I love doing Trash the Dress Sessions and have a ton of great locations and endless ideas on how to make this concept creatively stunning. Here are some examples of past sessions in my Trash the Dress section of the portfolio.

Some more info on these styled sessions is below, courtesy of The Knot, which is a great resource for wedding planning (my listing).

Trash the Wedding Dress? 

Few things represent a wedding better than a bride in a white dress. And after all of the salon visits, fittings, and alterations, it’s no wonder that many brides opt to preserve their gown after the wedding day. But some brides are taking a decidedly different approach: They’re wearing their wedding dress once more in a much less careful manner (no bridesmaids carrying the train here) for a dramatic photo shoot, better known as “trashing the dress” (or TTD). Here’s the scoop on this growing wedding trend.

Is the wedding dress ruined?

Not necessarily. Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your wedding photographer) will discuss beforehand just how badly you’ll trash your gown. The concept is to relax (finally!), let your creativity flow, and enjoy wearing your dress one last time in a fresh, liberating way. Some take a subtle approach for their photo session with a walk through the woods or a swim in a pool or pond, while others go a step further by heading to construction sites, changing greasy car tires, or wading through muddy puddles. Brides who have embraced the trend say that a TTD shoot gives the gown new life in lieu of simply sitting in the closet. Plus, they’ll have photos in their wedding album that can look as though they’re straight from the pages of Vogue.

Who “trashed the dress” first?

Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper is credited with staging the first TTD shoot. After becoming bored with more traditional wedding photo sessions, Cooper began asking brides to pose after their wedding day in unusual (and less pristine) settings. The sentiment among many photographers who offer TTD shoots is the same: Given the unique photos that result, it’s a win-win opportunity for brides and photographers alike.

excerpt courtesy The Knot