seriously, i can’t get enough of these pictures! being a raleigh wedding photographer books you weddings, but rarely trash the dress sessions are requested. bridal shoots are often requested, but let’s face it… a lot of people don’t want to actually harm their wedding dress with a trash the dress session. but i say you can always just kind of trash your dress and then dry clean it later. right ladies? i can’t wait to have another one of these sessions!






a month or two ago stephan and i had our first consultation about her trash the dress shoot. her and her husband sean had recently married and she wanted to do a fun, artsy post-wedding shoot. stephan and i had tons of fabulous ideas and for the next month we both rummaged through thrift stores for great trash the dress props. we had a bit of a delay when we had to wait for our shooting permit from the american tobacco campus in durham, but we finally got it and our trash the dress session finally arrived!

for those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a trash the dress session is a relatively new idea (within the past several years) where a bride has a very artsy shoot in a strange place (usually grungy or in the ocean or some body of water). the bride no longer plans on using the dress because the wedding has come and gone, and most of the time the dress was slightly damaged from the wedding and they can no longer resell it. so, she decides to have a trash the dress session where the dress literally gets trashed.

stephan and i had wanted to go into the water, but were informed by american tobacco that it’s severely frowned upon :) so we didn’t. but it did rain, and people did look at us like we were crazy taking the bride in her wedding dress out in the rain. the clouds made for some fierce shots. i love love love the results of this session and i give all the credit to stephan and her husband sean for having awesome ideas, being cooperative and patient, and being an awesome couple. you rock guys!

here’s a preview… more to come tomorrow and then later under “weddings>stephan-trash the dress” in my portfolio.










busy busy busy.

i am swamped with things to do today and will post more tomorrow. i’ve been booking lots of sessions for the fall and am going around the area scouting new locations for clients. there is no fun in continuing to shoot in the same places! i am also scouting out several thrift stores for props for an upcoming trash the dress session. i’m going to need to clean out the storage room in order to store ridiculous props from now on. :)  i’m also getting ready for several shoots and visits from two out-of-state friends. :) i should get a lot of awesome shots this month and i’m super excited. not a lot to post today because of all the running around, just a random nature shot or two. i’ll have more to update tomorrow. :)

also, it’s been raining a lot:

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