Trash the Dress—or TTD—offers a unique opportunity for brides to wear their gowns again, but this time in a less restrictive atmosphere. Since pre-wedding and day of photo sessions are about posed shots taken in pristine environments, Trash the Dress is a more candid experience, allowing couples to let their hair down and flex some serious creative muscle.
If you’re considering a Trash the Dress photo shoot, here are a few tips for creating a memorable experience:
TTD photo sessions are much more informal than pre-wedding shoots. So laugh, play and have fun with each other so that the photographer can capture your energy on camera.
Never trust your TTD photos to an amateur. Find a trained photographer who can carry out your vision and listens to your ideas. But, give them the freedom to scout locations and offer suggestions. They are the professional, after all. Here is a list of photographers that we suggest!
Include “props” like a fantastic pair of flirty heels (for shoots on land) or sparkly jewelry to add a little kitsch to your photos.
It’s OK if you choose to go the DIY route with your hair and makeup—especially if your TTD session takes place in and near (or under) water!
Lastly, if the “final destination” of the dress involves selling it to a consignment shop, donating it to charity or keeping it as a family heirloom, be sure to have the gown professionally cleaned soon after the session. If you do plan to keep your dress, consider having it preserved to help it stay in tip top shape for years to come. The Cleanery in Albuquerque is experienced in preserving wedding dresses.
Here are images of a trash the dress photo session from a local photographer, Kevin’s Photography.