“Trash the Dress” is a fairly new trend in wedding photography and I’ve been getting quite a lot of inquires about these types of sessions lately. When I saw that Harmon Photo School was offering a Trash the Dress workshop at Daytona Beach, I immediately signed up.
Trash the Dress photography has only really been around for 10 years. For those that may not know, it’s a style of wedding photography where the bride and groom go an unusual location dressed in their wedding attire. Often times, they’ll go to a place where the wedding dress may get a little dirty or wet to create very dramatic and gorgeous photos. There are so many interesting places where a session like this can happen – the beach, city streets, and open fields are just a few of the more popular locations.
The workshop was held just south of Daytona Beach in Ponce Inlet. We started well before sunset and didn’t finish until after there was very little light left in the sky. We had plenty of time for shooting, so I tried out some new techniques that worked out very well – I can’t wait to use them again in the future!
There were four models for the workshop — two brides (Rebecca and Kelsey) and two bridesmaids (Lindsey and Ashley). I would have liked to have had a “groom” represented as well to get ideas for couples’ shots, but there was still plenty to photograph.
The class had a nice mixture of students – some of us were wedding photographers, some were fashion photographers, and the rest were photo enthusiasts who came out to try something new.
There were also two other sessions happening at the beach – an engagement session and a wedding – so I felt a little sorry for those photographers. I’m not sure how they felt when a class of 35 descended upon their prime photo spots.
Overall, I had a great time. It’s always nice to talk to other photographers and I think I got some great photos out of the day. I’m looking forward to my upcoming Trash the Dress photo shoots, and sharing those pictures with everyone via my blog!
Here are some of the photos from the workshop, including a “behind the scenes” shot of the class.