Trash the dress London Ontario
Amy was the winner last year of a Trash the Dress London Ontario competition, we have worked together with the Whoa Mama business she runs with other local mama Nicolle and it was nice to get to do something creative and fun. The gorgeous hair and makeup was done by Beauty By Mallory and we took the opportunity to do some product shots of a grey crochet shawl (perfect for winter weddings) which was made by Simply Adorable Crochet. Port Stanley’s little beach was the perfect location for this trash the dress shoot. We then captured the sun setting with some shots on the sand, with me wading out into the water to get the shot. Then ventured to the field where I really like the shot with the birds flying in the air. Out to the rock wall and as I was trying to so a long exposure to get the water to go all milky, I had my camera on a tripod and when I moved to adjust one of my flashes, the wind caught the tripod and the camera went smashing down the rocks on the tripod towards the water. Luckily no waves came at that time and I was able to grab a leg of the tripod and pull it back up. Heart attack. I thought the whole thing was surely broken but ended up the lens hood mostly saved it and there has just been a broken piece of plastic on the lens. I kept my cool (but not quite as much as if it had been with a first time client) and went on with the shoot. We got some playing with the water shots (and it was almost completely dark by this point) but loved the full moon glistening off of the water in the last shot.
Many people say to me that they would like to do a trash the dress shoot but wouldn’t want to ruin their dress (even though it has been sitting in the closet without having been dry cleaned for years). Amy just took her dress home, rinsed out the sand and put it inside out on a gentle wash in the washing machine and it was absolutely fine! There certainly are destructive ways of doing trash the dress (paint, ripping, fire) and non-destructive ways (water, mud, grungy location like with graffiti) you just need to do what works for you.