Five reasons to do an engagement or “trash the dress” shoot.

Trash the Dress

One. Time, it can be your friend or enemy. On the wedding day, time is more your enemy than a friend as you may have some grand idea planned for pictures and your client does to although they also have a party to host and guests waiting to chat and catch up with them and not to see them smile and pose for your grand idea of wedding pictures. A separate shoot allows you to take your time and come up with a concept that’s out of the box and sets a standard that makes your current client extremely happy and something future clients of yours can expect.

Two. Diversity, with time on your side and very much your friend you can now play and experiment. Take your time prior to the shoot to shop for props, scout out locations, and suggest some ideas to your client and see what they have in mind to. Also experiment with mediums to, who said because its 2014 that it has to be shot in digital? Try film and even bring along a Polaroid. When it comes to these types of shoots nothing is off the table for me. The accompanying images I shot on 35mm Kodachrome.

Three. Location, now this can be fun and a nightmare so pick your locations wisely and always run them by your client first. I had a fellow photographer scout out a wheat field but when he arrived the following week with his client the wheat had been harvested. Lesson learned here is check with the farmer and even offer said farmer a print when you’re done. A simple gift and a thank you note will always go a long way.

Four. Family, blood is thicker than water and do not forget this. There is nothing wrong with family but they can get a little emotional and also in the way on wedding day. By having a separate shoot its just you the bride and her groom. You’ll have all the time in the world to relax, talk, and put together a brilliant shoot. I remember my own wedding and that my grandmother got really upset with the photographer as she felt he took up to much of our time to spend with family. It took me six months to calm her down…….. Now being a wedding photographer myself I really respect the time and concerns of the guests when at a wedding.

Five. The Experience, it should be just that for your client. When all is said and done you want them to walk away feeling that their time with you was an experience that they do not do every day. Not every one gets to be a model in a photo shoot so when they are it should feel special and like nothing else.

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