There are multiple moments to photograph during a wedding: the hairstyle of the bride, the departure of the couple and finally married, the toast, the bridal dance, etc. However, the wedding is more than the celebration of a single day. Therefore, more and more couples who after the day of their wedding and leaving aside the nerves of the moment, are encouraged to pose once again in front of the camera. It is what is known as Trash The Dress

What is the Trash The Dress

Trash The Dress is a style of wedding photography very different from that performed during the actual wedding day. Our students of the Professional Course of Photography of Weddings enjoyed in person a photo session of Trash The Dress with Olga Guarddón, Professor of Workshop Experience and professional photographer. The shooting, which takes place in the days after the wedding, took place in Madrid Río. Normally, the sessions of this type of photography are made in totally different environments from the day of the wedding, to create that contrast between before and after. Also, the photo session is much more relaxed and relaxed, since the nerves pose more natural and less embarrassing.

During the day of the wedding, the bride and groom are indisputable protagonists so they must be impeccable at all times. Normally, the bride usually takes more care when moving with her dress, but both are the center of all eyes. During this photo session, the bride and groom can afford to get dirty, get wet or even break their outfits, everything is allowed! And is that a Trash The Dress is definitely a photo session to have fun and forget the nerves of the big day.

This tradition of photographing the bride and groom after the wedding dates back to 2001. The photographer John Michael Cooper made this photo shoot in Asia and Las Vegas for the first time, photographing the bride and groom in industrial settings, nothing to do with the landscapes of beaches and botanical gardens for normal wedding photography sessions. This is where the expression “trash the dress” comes from, meaning “in the garbage with the dress”, since the environment of the photographs and the dynamics of the photo session invite to be unconcerned about the dress. Also, when are you going to wear a wedding dress again?

In Spain, this tradition came from the hand of the wedding photographer Karlos Baión. His photographs are usually on Donosita beaches where the bride and groom give a second use to their clothes, using them as swimsuits.

How was Trash the Dress developed?

On this occasion, the students of the Actual Day Wedding Photography and Videography Singapore held the photo session in Madrid Río. Decked out with all the photographic material and accompanied by Olga Guarddón, they were able to enjoy a Trash The Dress live. The day seemed not to accompany much to the couple, so the first step was to analyze the light to test in different scenarios. As we have said, the Trash The Dress is a fun and informal photo session, so both the couple and our students had a great time. And proof of this, are these images from the class of wedding photography.

What practical advice could the students of the Professional Course of Photography of Weddings put into practice?

The students could find corners that unite, light, perspective and aesthetics in photography. In addition, they took ideas on how to move the couple, what to propose and how to get the best out of their smiles. When the photographer achieves that complicity with the couple, he manages to allow the bride and groom to guide and trust in him at all times.


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