I think it was late June sometime right after I posted my last Trash the Dress session that Carol left a comment on my website. She said that she was considering doing a session with her wedding dress for her tenth anniversary. I emailed her and told her it sounded like a ton of fun, and that I had some time in mid July for a session. Little did I know that Carol and her husband actually live in Alabama but would be in L.A. for 2 weeks in the middle of July. I also didn’t know that Carol has only been married nine years and was thinking sometime next summer. But somehow in a flurry of events we ended up meeting for coffee a day or two after they got to L.A. We spent the time brain storming a ton of really fun ideas!
In the end we decided on two locations. Carol’s husband Scott is a rocket scientist and just happened to have access to this test launch base way out in the Mojave desert where they go to fire off the rocket engines. Other than this being an incredibly stinkin cool location it also has some significance in their relationship. The second location took me a lot of hours of driving to find. But Carol had mentioned she loves fruit, and orchards and the whole feel of all the produce out on highway 126 near Filmore. I don’t think I can disagree with her. That’s one of my favorite stretches of road, and who doesn’t love fresh fruit? All said we had a complete blast at both locations and came out with a ton of awesome images!
On another note I think I need to say that the fine art sessions I do are some of my favorite kind of images. When I shoot weddings I capture everything as it happens. I hate when photographers miss stuff and feel like they need to re-create the scene. So fake! Just catch it as it happens and you won’t need to worry about it.
On the flip side I love creating extremely structured scenes of a representative reality. No the scene isn’t supposed to depict reality, and no it isn’t supposed to be a gag. It’s just a really fun way to create fine art that’s representative of someone’s personality. Trash the dress sessions aren’t for everyone, but for some it’s a really great way to get a double use out of your dress and show a little bit about yourself while creating some fine art!