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.
A new portrait workshop in Spartanburg SC on Nov 6, 2011 has been announced as part of Michael Lamb Photography’s photography class series.
We are at it again. This will be out third portrait workshop as part of our on-going Spartanburg photography class series. This is the only hands-on class in our series. I will assist and guide attendants through shooting a model in a real-life enviromental portrait session. If you like our style of portraiture please check this workshop out. I have invited one of our high school senior models to sit for us and I will teach attendants while demonstrating the use of reflectors and flashes. Below are images from one of our last workshops. The workshop will be held from 2:00-4:30PM on Sunday Nov 6, 2011. The cost is $75.00. Registration and information can be found on our site. www.michaellambphotography.com
Our photography classes start again on Wednesday March 30, 2011! Learn DSLR functions, manual exposure, portrait tips and tricks and basic digital editing. These classes will be located at our studio’s new home, the West Main Artists Co-op, in Spartanburg. Click DSLR classes, on the right side of our blog, for more information and registration.
What is a senior model? Our senior models get a totally free session simply for doing a little advertising for us, mostly via Facebook. In exchange we use their images in our portfolio and advertising. We are still shooting class of 2011 and will be looking for class of 2012 models in weeks.
Megan is from a Greenville area school. She found us through one of our models from Dorman High School in Spartanburg. We all (but mostly Megan) braved the cold in downtown Greenville early this December to get these shots. Meredith and I thought they were awesome and we got them turned around in time for Megan to use them on her page in her senior yearbook. Check’em out.
What a fun couple! We loved hanging out with Katrina and Blake at our meeting, so we knew an engagement session with them would be a blast! And they were absolute troopers to do this shoot at Asheville’s Arboretum in the mountains in Antartic temperatures. We thought the pictures turned out really beautiful and had to share!
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Engagement sessions are included in all of our packages. Contact us to hear about our specials (some of which expire at the end of the year).