The reactions I get when we use the term “trash the dress” are funny. Most people have heard of these sessions. Many of them have seen examples of the images on Facebook or a wedding photographer’s web site and think the images are really cool, but suggest they trash their own dress and they look at you like you’re crazy.
These sessions should be called “you’re never going to use the dress again, so use the opportunity of owning such a cool gown to get some once-in-a-lifetime portraits”, though I realize it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
I think the big idea is that these sessions don’t begin with the purpose of ruining anything beyond what a dry cleaner can make right, but allow us to take a gown into situations that we otherwise wouldn’t. Obviously a photographer has to be very careful with a client’s wedding dress when doing a traditional bridal portrait before the ceremony, but the client and photographer can be much more relaxed with it if they are doing a “day after” session.
Trash the dress sessions for wedding dresses have been popular for years. What about prom or other formal dresses?
We had the opportunity to do a “trash the prom dress” session a year ago with one of our senior models. Seniors, consider using your dress as part of your senior portrait session or even an additional session after your portraits. Make your senior portraits unlike anything your school has ever seen. We are currently looking for senior models from many high schools in the Spartanburg & Greenville areas. Our senior models get an absolutely free session in exchange for promoting our senior portrait services. Please visit our Facebook page to see our most recent senior sessions and shoot us a message or call us for full details on becoming a senior model.