I HAVE SOOOOO BEEN WAITING TO POST THIS…. Bridal sessions are bitter sweet…. sweet b/c they are great sessions with no stress and lots of creativity… bitter b/c I can’t post a great session till after the wedding… well guess what… IT’S AFTER THE WEDDING YALL! For those of you who haven’t met Ashley yet… we have worked together 3 times prior on my Trash the Dress portfolio (downtown urban look, junkyard and a mountain stream… all kick @$$ sessions =). I was pretty flattered when she asked me to be her wedding photographer, b/c this time it was for real…. and she knows the importance of lasting photography.
Ashley got an engagement session and a bridal session in her wedding package…. the engagement turned out really good, but she sent me a pretty challenging request for her bridal… and if you know me… I like a good challenge =). Her bridal session idea was inspired by this Ralph Lauren commercial… “Romance”. So of course as soon as I watched this I was like… “HE%$ (double hockey sticks) yeah we can do it!”…. Thanks to my brother from a different mother Scott Hawks for letting us use his horse farm and a few of his fine horses. (Dancing Tree Farms…. by the way photogs check it out… his rates are great for horse usage). When we got done with the session I couldn’t wait to get them edited and proofed out to her… BUT I had to wait about a month before I could post…. well the wedding was last night… rocked it out too and those are coming later on, BUT check these out !! ::
Soo I got home not long ago tonight from shooting Latosha and Tad’s wedding at Jim Walters Barn in Lula, GA… what a very pretty venue and very country-esque =) We also did Latosha’s Bridal Session there as well a few weeks ago… bridal sessions are bitter sweet to me because… they are sweet because it is great session that we can take our time and get some great shots, it’s good dress, hair and makeup practice for the big day… they are bitter because the pictures turn out so good and I have to wait until after the wedding to post obviously…lol. So I have had these on standby for over a week now to post as soon as the wedding was over =)… Stay tuned for the actual wedding pictures coming soon… anyway check out Latosha’s bridal below ::
What a great way to end a GREAT 2011 wedding season! This Trash the Dress Session was actually purchased in Andi’s initial wedding package (thats right… she aint skeered!). Andi and Thomas were one of my favorite weddings from this past year… remember this one (click here). These sessions are always fun and creative… plus Andi had been studying up on how work this session. Andi is a fun bubbly gal with a very contagious smile… well this session her evil twin came out and threw on us some attitude… it was a good juxtapose to the normal Andi =). So with out any further delay… check out some shots from the session ::
I just got in just a few hours ago from shooting this lovely brides actual wedding at Tucker Plantation. We met for this bridal session there about a month ago and it has been killing me to post this one ever since. We got a little late start on shooting, plus it had been threatening rain the whole day and was over cast…. but right as we started shooting the skies opened up and gave some some great shooting conditions. Jessica was great and so where her helpers that day (chop chop =)… Anyway here are a few pictures from that bridal… stay tuned soon for the weddings pictures from earlier today ::
and for Jessica’s lil sister!!
So this is one of the bridals that I could not wait to post… so I actually wrote this exactly a week before the wedding… well the wedding has been over for a matter of hours now and I finally get to post. These pictures are great and I can not wait to get the wedding done to post it as well… This bridal was shot at the beautiful Staghorn Chapel in Nicholson GA. anyway I’ll cut this short and get to the pictures because I’m pretty sure that I’m still tired from shooting this wedding that technically has happened yet as I type this… okay so now I’m really confused, but here goes ::
Well the time had finally came… time for part 3 of Ms. Ashley’s Trash the Dress (TTD) session. This was originally supposed to be done last Sept , but after a few reschedules later… here we are and boy was it worth it! I have been looking forward to this water session for awhile. We have previously shot the Country/Urban session and the Junkyard session and now the infamous water session! (OH YEAH… anybody thinking of doing this but is a little timid of ruining their dress… guess what… after all of these session I am taking her dress and getting it dry cleaned and it will be as good as new….. so seeeeee you don’t have to ruin it to Rock It.) Anyway…. I had this place in mind since day one of shooting a few of my buddies fishing here some 4 years ago. Ashley and her mom jumped in the ol truck with me and off we went. After an hour or better ride and some misdirections from TomTom and Casey… thanks bud, we had finally arrived…. well I’m not sure what else I can say other than this was a FUN shoot not only for me but I think for Ashley as well…. The water was pretty frigid still but like a champ she had her game face on…. I’ll hush now and let you see.
For booking information on a Trash the Dress or a Rock the Dress… please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.296.5634.
Got a phone call about 2 months ago from Mr. Poole… he had just been recently married at Hurricane Shoals Park and was looking on Google images and some of mine just happened to pop up (thank you blog =)… well he wanted my TTD aka Trash the Dress… services! I was delighted of course because these are one of my most favorite type of sessions to shoot… We corresponded a few times via email and he showed me some ideas of what him and Brandi were thinking…. and well as soon as I saw fire as one of the examples… Scott got all excited about this shoot (yes I just spoke in 3rd person!). Brandi and Josh put back on there wedding attire from that special day in March…. and we did a little ‘trashing”. The session worked out good with the old junk cars as it went with what was kind of a “rocking 40′s and 50′s look”. Here are some of the shots from the Poole’s Trash the Dress:
So Carley the day is here… obviously I have written this post before your wedding date, but I know you would kill me if I posted before hand so I won’t! Anyway for those of you guys out there… like I mentioned before in Carley and Brandon’s engagement session… she told me some 3 years ago that I was going to shoot her wedding and well I am either shooting it today on 5/21 or I have shot it yesterday b/c this is the Sunday after…. WELL now that we are all confused, here are a few pics from Carley’s bridals that we took two weeks prior to her wedding date…. she may call them bridals but I am putting these under my “Rock the Dress” category… way to go Carley =)… PS- she took a few special ones for her new husband the football coach, see if you can spot them! (had fun shooting the wedding tonight)
So I put I a call out about two weeks ago for a FREE trash the dress session for any takers that were willing. I got a lot of inquiries about it but only really a couple of serious ones. Ladies and gentlemen meet Jessica and Shelli from Augusta and Atlanta GA! These two ladies had no prior modeling experience as none was needed for this session…. just a dress and creative freedom. I had planned on shooting rain or shine… luckily it was sunny but for the lovely models it was extremely cold this past Sunday. I really want to thank them for hanging in there even while their teeth were chattering =). I think the coolest part of the shoot was the “Rat Rod” (A rat rod is simply a custom car that is made for driving and hanging out with friends. Rat rods aren’t ultra glossy show cars. Instead a rat rod is a “unfinished” street rod that is intentionally left a bit rough around the edges.)… anyway we were headed to a location, walking across the street when we heard this loud noise approaching quickly… well blowing by us in a very unique looking car was Ben. We started yelling and whistling and finally got Ben’s attention and waved him back… I asked if we could shoot with his car and he gladly let us. It was a very cool car and fit the shoot well. Also Ben says the car is for sale and he built it from parts himself. Here are some shots from the session…. Enjoy!
He’s your one and only true love, right? Then you’ll never need the dress again. And no, your daughter won’t wear it in 20-30 years. So you can either bury it in a closet, or have some fun by Rocking the Dress one last time, and get some great pictures while you do it! When brides are able to flaunt without worrying about getting a spot or two on their attire, the experience and results are so much better. It’s never been about destruction. It’s always been about creation. In the end, it really doesn’t matter what you call it- as the image usually speaks loudest. Welcome to the now, and I can’t wait to shoot you while you Rock it!
• What is a Rock the Dress Session?
Now that the wedding is over, you have two choices of what to do with the dress. You can suffocate it in a plastic bag and hope that your daughter will want to wear it in 20 years, or you can put it back on and have some fun.
• Do I have to really trash it?
Of course not! It’s just a fun session to do when you have more time than the day of the wedding or a situation you wouldn’t dare do the day of the wedding. Sure you can get a little risky with it, like splashing in water or standing in an alley since the fear of getting it dirty is over, but you don’t have to.
• Can I still do a session if you didn’t shoot my wedding?
Absolutely! I can certainly add a little spice to your wedding collection even if I didn’t cover the actual event. This is the perfect opportunity to add a different style to your wedding photos and some out of the ordinary locations.
• How much does it cost?
You can view my prices below or online. A typical session would require a Location Session which is anywhere within an hour of Jefferson, GA. Outside of this area special arrangements would be necessary.
• So what are you waiting for?
Contact me today to schedule your Rock the Dress session and give the dress one more run for the money.
Rock the Dress Session $250
-Printable digital negative disc
-License to print release included
-All images are post processed and enhanced
-Costumed designed case and disc cover
-Online gallery for a month
Soooo…. What a GREAT way to wrap up a GREAT shoot with GREAT weather and some GREAT models. I got to finally shoot the long awaited “junkyard” pictures that I have been dying to do. This was a good session on several levels… we got to shoot in two types of climate, we got some very very amazing shots with a little bit of luck on one or two (but i’ll take it!), we had a very patient and super nice salvage yard owner who gave us free reign and I got a ton of great shots! Ashley is great to work with as she is just natural in front of the camera if you can’t tell already by her pictures… we found a good stand in model for this session… I like to shoot guys in the session as they act more like a prop rather than a the focus point. So a big thanks to these two models as we got some very good shots. Everybody keep your eyes posted for the last part of this Trash the Dress as we are in the planning stages now. If anybody is interested in doing a Trash the Dress… get in touch with me and I can give you some pricing, and the dress is not ruined by any means, a good dry cleaning will fix it right up!….
Here are all the photos starting with the ones from today and then from Sunday… enjoy!
This is my second time working with Ms. Ashley… and like last time she did not disappoint. This was a shoot that i have been planning and looking forward to for a long time… I have always wanted to to a TTD session in a junkyard and well… here it is. Ashley also brought her boyfriend Mr. “Newt”… who has the modeling thing down, not sure if he’s ever done it before but he played the role good. As we got about 30 minutes in to the shoot… the rain rolled in along with some big dark thunder clouds… we braved the lighting for a few shots and caught a few surprises, but we called it after 30-45 minutes of trying to wait out the rain… NO FEAR… we will finish this shoot up in just a couple of days… I am really looking forward to it b/c with Ashley and Newt… i have a feeling we are going to get even more of this same great material…. check it out!!
WOW!… Finally a Trash the Dress!! I must say this has probably been the funnest and most creative shoots that I have had in a long time. The session is called a “Trash the Dress” and it’s one that allows the creativity to flow. The wedding is over, the day is gone… and the dress is still there. Why not get all of your money’s worth out of it and wear it one more time for a creative photo session. (for the record “trash” is a little harsh… 9 times out of 10 the dress is fine after a good dry cleaning) Anyway….. I have been wanting to do one of these for awhile and I actually have plans to do a few more in the coming weeks and months. Thanks to Ashley who is great model and really knows how to work the camera… these pictures turned out great! There are plans to have another session in a junkyard and possibly in water so please stay tuned for more details. Check out these images and enjoy!