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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Trash the dress? {Part 2}

I seems I really struck a nerve when I confessed that I don't trash dresses.  I realize every woman is different and will have different ideas.  I am one of those whose idea may be a bit different.  Just for the record I don't turn up my nose at brides who wish to trash the dress.  I just don't believe you have to trash your dress to capture striking imagery because it's not about destroying the dress rather creating beautiful lasting portraiture. 
Today I would like to explain the method to my madness......

First and foremost I would like to say that this is by far my favorite type of session.  You get a newly wed couple who is madly in love.  You get them after the ceremony so they are not stressed or nervous or my favorite; they are not in  a time crunch.  

You get me and an assistant. Three hours.  Limitless locations and a guaranteed amazing time!  I work hard before the session even begins.  First by finding out what the vision of the bride is (or in some cases the couple).  Once I know this, I scout multiple locations and map out the photo shoot from start to end.  

How do I keep from completely trashing the dress then? 
1. Well first you must understand that the bride will lift up her dress any time she is walking.  This will prevent wear and tear as the fabric will get worn and may even tear if it rubs on the ground.  I also encourage the groom to come so many times he is following his bride holding the train!
2. My handy dandy tan fabric.  After I have found the right place for the bride to stand or sit I place the fabric down so as to protect the gown as much as possible.  This is also for the bride's comfort as many of us wouldn't dare sit down on a dirty alley or 4' tall field!
3. Water is not an enemy!  Getting the dress wet is not trashing it.  Repeat.  Getting my dress wet is not trashing.  Got it?  Okay then.  Seriously.... you have to get your dress professionally cleaned after your ceremony anyway.  Regardless of what you choose to do with it after your session with me you will need to have it cleaned. 

I don't know about you but I'm thinking this post is already way too long so on to the images....

Eric and Amy, it was a pleasure working with you again!  Enjoy your sneak peek- there are more gorgeous images in store for your proofing session. 

And because I want this blog to be a little bit more rewarding..... When Eric and Amy receive 20 comments they will receive an 8x10 linen print. 50 comments and they receive two 8x10 OR a 16x20 wall prints.  Help them out folks but PLEASE SIGN your comments.


41 comments:

  1. I love the Tahoe sign one!!! Another amazing set Xiomara! I love seeing all of your pictures, and Amy is a beautiful bride!

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  2. Loving the "Tahoe" one too....I can picture that on the back of a wedding brochure :-) Always a pleasure to view your beautiful work! ~Natalie

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  3. My favorite is the b&w photo of the bride in the tree branches. It's dramatic and elegant.

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  4. Gloria Gomes Rocha/Mother of the BrideJune 16, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Damn....they look good!! All the pictures are great! WoW!! MoM approved!!!

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  5. Very beautiful, the shot with the blue background is very unique!

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  6. Definitely love the Tahoe one as well!! Looks like it belongs in a bridal magazine for sure!

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  7. nicely done, once again. Love them.

    tanya

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  8. Beautiful pics Eric and Amy. Love the Tahoe one!

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  9. These look great. Congrats Eric and Amy!

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  10. Love all the pictures, it would hard to pick just one. I really like the Tahoe sign, Eric is look hot, and the one Amy is standing in front of a old door....beautiful as always:)

    -Sara

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  11. These are amazing. Congrats you two!! ~Erin

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  12. Really Great Pictures!

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  13. Very cool pictures

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  14. Chelsey RemingtonJune 17, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    I love all of your pictures. They turned out wonderful! Congrats to both of you.

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  15. Amazing, I enjoyed looking at them, Beautiful.

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  16. These are BEAUTIFUL!!! Amy you are amazingly gorgeous in these photos, and Xiomara you do fabulous work!!!!

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  17. beautiful photos, such a beautiful bride, that man is very lucky!

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  18. i am so glad this was not thought of with my family!! i wore my mother's 24 year old dress. it was handmade just for her and i didn't need to alter it at all to wear it. i don't know if one day my daughter will want to wear it but i do know she will have the option to wear it one day. dislike TRASH THE DRESS very very much!!

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  19. It could be called a "day after session" rather than "trash the dress?"

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  20. Amy McKillip (Bride)June 17, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    The idea of "Trash the Dress" symbolizes that the dress won't be worn ever again and that the marriage will last forever. After we got home from the shoot, we hung up the dress to dry, and the next day shook all the sand off of it. It's still in perfect shape, with the exception of a squished mosquito, a small salt water spot and the dirt on the train from the actual wedding.

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  21. Amazing Photos Amy. Congrats again!

    Ross Ryding

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  22. Such AMAZING shots! Congrats you two! -Courtney

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  23. These pictures are wonderful!!! Amy you make a beautiful bride! *Pami*

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  24. Love the Tahoe picture!! What a great idea! The beach one is very romantic! All the photos are great though... what an amazing photographer!

    ~Sam

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  25. All the pictures are great. I really like the hitch hiking to Tahoe one and the black & white with the trees. I think its a great idea to do photos days after the ceremony. - Kathy

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  26. I love the Tahoe pic! So beautiful!

    *Melanie*

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  27. Wonderful pics! You guys look amazing!

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  28. Love the pics, Congratulations!!!

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  29. Love the pictures! Congratulations!

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  30. GREAT pics...love them!

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  31. I love these photos - especially the one alongside the road with Eric holding the Tahoe sign!

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  32. Absolutely beautiful pics you guys!

    Kacey

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  33. I love all the pictures..... WOW BEAUTIFUL

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