Here are some snowy mages we photographed with Brooke last month for her bridal session (also known as “Trash the Dress” or “Creative Bridal Portraits”). The idea is that a bride will probably never wear her dress again, put in storage believing maybe someday it will be used for something good, but really not. So, I photograph the bride in her dress after the wedding in a creative way, and sometimes it gets wet or dirty. John Michael Cooper, a friend of mine, started the whole trend with the “Joan of Arc” bride on fire portrait years ago. Google it and you will see, or just click here. While shocking at first, many brides today enjoy being photographed today in their dresses creatively, whether it’s on the beach, in a swimming pools, in the dirt, in grass, in the mountains, or wherever you desire. Most the time, the cleaners take care of it.
In this session, Brooke braved the cold and windy weather early in the morning at around 20+ degrees outside in the snow, in the rocks, in the dirt, and even in the trees. Most of the session took place in between Lake Tahoe and Kirkwood Resort. We used the wind and backdrop for part of the look, which was our vision. The richer blue skies are the result of being in higher altitude, as we were around 6000-8000 ft. elevation, with no headaches. We left the SUV running with the heater full blast, so everyone could defrost their bodies, and my camera gear could stay operable, shooting typically around 20 minutes each time before returning to our vehicle. Kudos to Brooke for being a warrior bride. She did a wonderful job!!