Monthly Archives: October 2010

Trash the Dress: Beth . Belle Isle Wedding Photographer

Beth in the Detroit River!

First of all, I have to give a big OMG to Beth for being fearless and sexy. This shoot was an anniversary gift for her husband, and the only thing that I think could have made it better was for him to come wading with us! We threw around ideas for locations, and we decided Belle Isle was the best place for us to go, because it has a quintessentially Detroit mix of beauty and grunge – an awesome juxtaposition for a trash-the-dress shoot. And just to be clear: nothing we did actually trashed her dress (more on that later).

Beth in the ivy behind the aquarium, Belle Isle, DetroitI have a thing for the BACKS of buildings, I guess. While plenty of Belle Isle is neatly manicured, this ivy is overgrown and turns chartreuse before it explodes in a riot of fall color.  This shoot had three distinct phases, and this is the pretty phase (it’s all pretty, but this is the clean/pretty part!).Beth rocking a rusty greenhouse doorBeth was NOT tentative about the dress-trashing. She told me that as long as we didn’t spray paint it or set it on fire, we should go wild. Rolling on the ground seemed like a good starting place…I love how her eyes match the gray of the concrete here, and the green of the ivy above.
Beth looking like a model outside the greenhouse, Belle Isle, DetroitI love how these images in front of the greenhouses turned out, but I was SO into shooting that I walked straight into a thistle bush (you can see it in the foreground of the image top left) and spent a few minutes tugging burrs out of my sweater. Anything for the shot!Beth in the Detroit River!And then it was time to jump in! Beth gave me one last are-you-ready-for-this (YES) glance and waded in! Fortunately, it was a warm-ish evening. Beth was smart and left the cowboy boots on (as any good cowboy would, in this particular situation!). So, this is where the shoot got a little dirty/pretty. I am kind of impressed how river silt accentuates the gorgeous applique…Beth looking dirty during a Belle Isle Trash the Dress shootAt the end of the shoot, we barricaded ourselves in a restroom on the island in order to rescue Beth from her dress. It was HEAVY!  Before we did, though, we took a few images in the restroom stall (the shoot is officially dirty/dirty!).

Beth in a toilet stall, Belle Isle, Detroit

Once the dress was off, we contained it in a mesh laundry bag and heaved it into the trunk of Beth’s car. I’m happy to report that Beth sent her gorgeous dress (in the giant mesh bag) through the washing machine on the gentle cycle, and it came out looking great! So much for trashing it. Ladies, if you want to make friends again with your wedding dress, it can be done without completely obliterating it!

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Portraits: Amanda . Detroit Headshot Photographer

Amanda in a junkyard, waiting for sunset

Oh, blog.  I love you like a sullen teenager – I’m in awe of how complicated you are, and I try my best to hide that I think I’m not cool enough for you!  I hope you are happy with your facelift, little blog. What do you all think of the new look?

This session with Amanda unfolded like the best kind of shoot – we had an idea of what we wanted to do, and then – BAM! – there was a pink trailer. Well, who wouldn’t seize upon an opportunity such as this?

Amanda in front of a pink junkyard trailerI mean, pink trailers are so hot right now. (Actually, this one was FREEZING COLD and she was a total trooper leaning on it like that!). Amanda is looking to get back into theater locally, and this shoot was originally intended to be a headshot session…Amanda's headshotbut then there was a little bit of hanging out at the park, enjoying the tail-end of summer.Amanda on the steps at Elizabeth Park, Trenton, MII feel a twinge of jealousy when I look at her fabulous red hair.  I haven’t even attempted such a thing since early college – unless you get it just right, red CURLY hair sends a significantly different message, you know?Amanda on the steps in Elizabeth Park, Trenton, MIAmanda in a junkyard, waiting for sunsetSo pretty.
Amanda in the junkyard grassAt this point, the sun was just about down, and we still had one wardrobe change left.  There was no way we were skipping the little black dress, so Amanda jumped up on the tracks and made it work… in seconds!Amanda working it on the train tracks, reminiscent of Heidi Klum

If you want to see the entire shoot, check out the slideshow below.

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