If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a “Trash the Dress” shoot, please visit the Wikipedia site for the definition and where the concept originated HERE. First, let me set a few things straight for the record. In my opinion, it’s difficult to find a bride that is willing to do a “trash the dress” photo shoot as it is customary to store the dress for future use. So with that in mind, I decided to call on the help of a very beautiful friend who has been the subject of a few photo shoots and presented my idea to her. Kelly was immediately on board and was very excited to agree to do the shoot. Kelly was so excited that she went out to a few stores to find the perfect dress and eventually found a beautiful wedding gown at a consignment shop for $60.00 and also enlisted one of her friends who happened to be a makeup artist to do her makeup for free.
Since I specifically wanted a beautiful west coast beach sunset as the backdrop Kelly suggested that we do the shoot at Siesta Key in Sarasota FL. When I first met with Kelly on the day of the shoot the weather was horrible as a torrential down pour started and we both thought we would have to postpone the shoot. We spent two hours waiting for the storm to pass and though we were still a bit sceptical that we may get rained out, as per the weather radar it was going to clear so we decided to make the drive to the shoot location in hopes that it may soon be over. As we parked the car the skies cleared up and the shoot was on!
We started the shoot on a beautiful set of rocks, and over the course of an hour we slowly worked our way from the rocks to the open ocean shores. As we moved from rocks to open shores a number of spectators started to gather, ladies smiling at the beautiful bride, or so they thought, and men gawking over her beauty. However the spectators looks suddenly changed as Kelly and I started walking into the ocean with her in her dress. You could just see the question “what is she thinking taking her dress into the water” on a few faces. I didn’t have an assistant with me at the time but I would like to thank the two wonderful ladies who watched over my camera bag while Kelly and I spent 40 minutes in the ocean. Many photographers will not take their equipment anywhere near a beach due to the harsh elements and environmental conditions that can ruin camera equipment like sand scratching a lens, sand getting into the camera lens and body, or the possibility of dropping your camera in water, but I can’t begin to tell you just how much fun we had. It was difficult to kneel down in the ocean so your camera is only a few inches off the water, focus on your subject who is also getting hit by waves and moving, while keeping your other eye on the wave quickly approaching you is quite the task from a photographers perspective. Many thanks to Kelly for being a total blast to work with and so willing to try anything.