Trashing the Dress in Atlantic City

The hot trend in photography right now is something called “Trash the Dress.” Basically it’s a bridal session after the wedding, where the photographer and client can create crazy-beautiful images without having to worry about keeping the dress perfectly clean and unwrinkled. “Trashing the Dress” is a catchy name, but it’s usually a misnomer since it’s rare for the dress to actually be ruined. The dress may get a little dirty – or wet – or sandy – depending on where the session takes place, but even that isn’t necessary.

I attended a seminar for photographers in Atlantic City last week and a couple of the participants decided it was the perfect opportunity to put together this type of session. Twelve brides, over fifty photographers, and two TV stations showed up. It was a BIG deal – and a lot of fun!

Sandy in the Ocean, Atlantic City, New Jersey

We were divided into groups and “assigned” a bride – I got lucky! Sandy was beautiful, had a great dress, and was perfectly willing to get wet and muddy. The weather in Atlantic City had been muggy all day, and the fog was really low – it was beautiful and very different than what I’m used to in Southern California. Overall it was a great experience! And knowing the story appeared not only on the local New Jersey and Philadelphia TV news, but also on German TV made it especially fun!

And click here to see a series of images of Sandy playing in the surf – it’s huge, but in my opinion, worth it!

The local Atlantic City paper’s take on the event…

Lili & Troy

I shot a really beautiful wedding on Saturday. Lili and Troy planned a very simple and elegant ceremony at Pala Mesa Resort.

From her gorgeous dress, to the harp music during the ceremony, to the fabulous setting and great weather, to the pink rose suckers at the reception – every single detail was perfect. I’ll be posting more photos by the end of the week at!

Wedding in Copenhagen | 2003

In 2003, when a woman I met in the college darkroom asked me to photograph her daughter’s wedding in Denmark, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! I’d never shot a wedding for a client before, but her daughter was earning her doctorate in art history, so they wanted fine art prints, and a non-traditional look. Perfect for me! Some of it was shot with my Hasselblad, some with a 35mm camera, and some with a $20 Holga plastic camera–all of it on film, with the big prints hand done by me, in the darkroom.

Looking back now, I still love this wedding… It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience!