Disclaimer: there are a lot of pictures in this post. If you’re dialing up, go have a beer or a snack and come back.
The day before my flight to NYC, I attended a “Trash the Dress” Workshop by Mile High Photographers. The workshop was held somewhere very Colorado-y. Ya know, up in the mountains – big blue sky, sun, trees, mud and buildings that are falling apart. It’s kinda the way I thought about Colorado before I moved here… Old West and things like that. There were about 40 photographers, 4 models (who were regular pretty girls – like everyone else I take pictures of) and 3 great instructors / presenters.
The question I get the most when I talk about this event, as I think many photographers are asked, “What is Trash the Dress?” and from Clint I got, “Why are you trashing a perfectly good dress? That’s so wasteful. When will “Donate the Dress” be cool?” Well, the dress doesn’t necessarily need to get trashed. All it means is going out with your fun photographer somewhere fun to take fun pictures after your way fun wedding. This way, there’s no rush, it’s some different scenery from your wedding pictures and we’re not overly concerned with keeping the dress pristine. Did I mention it’s fun? Some couples elect to do things like roll around on the beach for these kinds of photos, and then the dress is likely to get a little more trashed. But as you’ll see from all the photos below, these girls did not actually trash the dresses.
This is about as “trashed” as any dress got. But there weren’t grass stains on it or anything. BTW – LOVE those cowboy boots.
I think the biggest thing I took away from the experience (besides fun, new friends and great pictures) was how amazingly diverse photographers are… like people… which we are. 40 photographers who walk away with very different photos, and who work so differently with the models. Me? I was the one hanging back, and quietly taking pictures in between – when the models thought they were off-camera, chatting and laughing, or just lost in thought. It’s in-between others directing them. I don’t have many photos where the girls are looking at my camera. The ones where they are, like the one above, I just said “hey (name)?” and they just turned without thinking about it.
See? Falling-apart building…
The amazing flowers were all by Boulder Blooms.
Smokin’ – Isn’t she?
Sorry it took me so long to post these. Since getting back from New York, I’ve been trying to catch up with myself. It’s amazing how fast you can shoot off a few thousand pictures, and how long it takes to figure out what to do with them.