Wedding photography, Is it becoming a bit of an old hat?
Weddings are an expensive affair and wedding photography can be costly and take up your family and fun time during the wedding, but what about something a little different?
Trash the dress and rock the frock are a lot different from the traditional wedding photography they add fashion and drama that you do not normally see at a wedding, it could even be a greater shock for aunts and grandparents if you were taking some traditional wedding photos and down by the lake and then suddenly jumped in! I can imagine the faces now!! 🙂
If a wedding is about Love, fun and good times then perhaps a trashing the wedding dress photo shoot could be just what your wedding needs to be different from everyone else’s wedding.
But if this is a little too much, why not book a session with our photographers after the wedding day to get those fancy snaps of your wedding?
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Well the year is well and truely underway and its set to be even busier across the photography services offered by us at National Photographer.
Last year we spent a lot of time with the website development, creating our studio and locations list so that we are ready for our clients. This year has started with more photography than last year and our Boudoir Photo shoots are proving to be popular.
We have arranged the commercial side of the boudoir and glamor photography to grafixphoto.co.uk The new Grafixphoto website is a work in progress as we have carried out a lot of work across all of the websites and the blogs.
We have planned a shoot this summer in Prague and have two clients for this which will be great to build up the profile.
We have had a Massive problem with the hosting service from Streamline.net as they don’t/can’t set their systems correctly, which means that none of the mail systems work correctly.
We are lucky as GTWCMT is providing some of the services that we need to work, but we still have large communication problems with emails working and then they disappear into junk folders.
We are now working on fixing the services and switching supplier and hopefully can resolve these issues and spend more time on photography and of course developing the trash the dress portfolio.
Animals: Whether it is a pose on your favourite horse or on the sofa lounging with your pet cats, choose your animals wisely and be practical about how you handle them. If you like the idea of having your picture taken with a falcon swooping down behind you, make sure of course that you have the bird’s trainer nearby or that you’re wearing the relevant arm protection etc.
Available – Hawks and Falcon and Barn owls. Horses
Barn: With your partner or without, a roll in the hay and a pair of Wellingtons while you trudge through the mud on a farm, sit on a tractor and herd the cows or sheep.
Available – All
Boating: Hire a small boat and row it out into a lake, have pictures taken during the rowing and then climb out of the boat and walk back to the shore line.
Available – Cheltenham, Cirencester, London
Beach: In the surf or on the cliffs, a stunning back drop for any photo shoot as long as the weather is warm.
Currently trying to Locate a beach which has a water fall cascading down onto the beach.
Limited availability North Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and wales
Climb a Tree / Woods: Just like being a kid, let the dress flow over an oak tree or if you are daring enough, and of course have taken safety precautions, why not climb the tree and hang from the branch with the dress hanging down around you. For a more woodland adventure, take a picnic blanket and let the acorns and sycamore leaves stick to your hair as you lie on the ground.
Available – Royal forest of dean and other locations across the country.
Available – Various castles within the UK and Euro Disney, and Athlone Ireland (remains of a castle on a lake side)
Down on the farm: put on your wellies and trudge through the mud and the fields, walk past the animals, petting them as you go. Perhaps a few shots sitting on a bale of hay or a leaning on one of the giant wheels of a tractor.
Fairground Rides: You would get some lovely photos from the Big Wheel; your photographer could be on the ground taking the shots or even in the cart in front of you. Water ride shots would be spectacular but for the roller coaster ride, just hope your photographer has a steady hand.
Available – Vintage fair in Bromyard, various fairs across the UK, Alton towers, West-midlands, Great thrope Park
Fields: Find a field of corn or heather and run through it dragging your fingers through the crops or just enjoy a good roll around. Running up and down a vineyard would also make wonderful pictures.
available – Corn feild, Poppy Field, Sunflower, and Rape seed fields, also strawberry fields. Remember these are sessional crops
Fire: This of course destroys the dress completely and you must ensure you take the proper precautions, and of course consider what you will be wearing while you watch your dress burn.
Available – LIMITED and costly due to Health and Safety and on hand support requirements
Fire Station: Slide the pole, ride the engine and get hosed down by the firemen.
availability – Limited and part of the costs do go to charity.
Hills / Mountains: As long as it is warm enough, hike up a hill and enjoy your photographs with stunning scenery behind you.
Holiday Locations: Perhaps you would like a photo of you at Disneyland or maybe climbing the Eifel Tower? Find your favourite location, be it Stonehenge, your local Churchyard, an ocean liner or even a scenic tree lined avenue next to your favourite pub.
availability – See our Prague summer shoot for details, Limited availability and may have to join other like-minded women for a group photo shoot of dress trashes.
Industrialised: Adorn the bright yellow hard hat and pose against the machinery or a run down building site.
availability – Limited due to major regeneration work for demolition sites, but not building sites, Client will have to under go on site health and safety brief before the photo shoot. This could also include scrap yards and salvage yards.
availability – Train track are available in the Gloucester Area as well as old bridges
Sporting Events: For the more adventurous brides, wear your dress during a sky dive or a bungee jump off a local landmark; perhaps incorporate it into a shoot for charity, ensuring of course that you give your photographer the thumbs up when you are ready to go as you don’t want them to miss the shot! Try ice skating, rock climbing or even ten pin bowling as other alternatives.
availability – Caving is also available
Spray Painting: For the very brave of you, get family members, your new husband for instance, to paint graffiti on your dress or get your bridesmaids to spray the dress with different colours while you twirl around with your arms outstretched.
Availability – I would suggest using our loan dresses or supplied dresses for this shot.
The Playground: Twirl on the roundabout, roll down the slide and enjoy the thrill of the swing as your dress catches the wind. Enjoy the play park, perhaps with your favourite pet and don’t forget to snap a few pictures on the see saw.
Availbility – Lots of places, Photo shoots may be better set in the evening, early morning or when its raining.
Tyre Change: Get oily and greasy by changing a car tyre, a few streaks of oil on the face or dress will make it look authentic.
availability – Limited, but can be staged if required, car choice may be limited, For F1 Formula racing cars and luxury cars please ask.
Water: There is of course a wide variety of water around us, be it the sea or a nearby stream. Find your favourite water spot and immerse yourself, complete with dress into the water. Let the water fan your dress around you and for a romantic theme have some rose petals scattered in the water.
Availability – Gloucester, Royal Forest of Dean, Athlone Ireland, Cerney (Cirencester) Richmond Park London and many many more nation wide
Your Life: Taking shots while visiting your favourite social venues or rooms in your own home and outside in the garden perhaps. Doing this you can incorporate small things that are important in your life whether it is your car or a photograph of a lost loved one in the background behind you. What about taking photos at your work place?
We just wanted to bump a post on the trash the dress blog as it seems that its all gone a little quiet over the winter and spring with zero bookings! We have already started making plans for the Summer photo shoot in Prague in a few months time. We wanted to know how we could entice you ladies into digging out your old wedding dress from maybe last years wedding and come along for a photo shoot.
At the moment we are at a little bit of a loss as we seem to have fallen into catch 22, clients may want to see more photo’s but as we are starting out on this trashing of the dresses, we dont have a lot of pictures to show you to bring you in for these fun exciting photo shoots.. see our problem..
All I can do is ask, if you want to mix a short city break with a fun photo shoot with a difference, then why not give us a shout and we can see what we can work out.
You can now visit our New wedding Photography Blog online, It will go into weddings album and package and the services that we offer. click here for visit the blog.
We are now taking bookings for summer 2010, while some of you may not have your wedding out-of-the-way for this year, we do suggest booking your summer trashing the wedding dress photo shoots now.
During the summer we are VERY busy and it can be a bit of a nightmare to get everything sorted out for a trash the dress photo shoot. It can take weeks of planning and then the photo shoot has to be fitted in around other shoots like weddings, boudoir and family portraits as well as all the post production work that we do after each of the photo shoots.
It takes around a week or two weeks to do the photo shoot and the post production so that only leave 52 or 27 weeks a year, and not forgetting that summer seems to only be around a month here in the UK. So really we are looking at around 15 weeks or 8 photo shoots that we are able to do each year.
As you are aware if you have read this blog, we have our Prague Photo shoot which we are now planning on making the booking for this stunning back drop and photo shoot for trashing the dress and having some great FUN.. its not going to be all work so it is a bit of a mix of Photo shoot and Fun so you will get to party a little as well on that shoot.