I had a great autumn afternoon out with Lisa and Rene at their “Cherish the Dress” session! These two are cheek-pinching-ly cute together and were married in August 2010. We did their session close to the end of the wedding season which gave me a chance to put more of my “creative problem solving” mentality of photography to practice — just to get out there, get the adrenaline pumping, and see what amazing light you can find. I find that kind of mentality helps keep me “fresh” — you don’t want your photos to look the same as everyone else’s, right?
Recently there seems to be a popular increase in “Trash the Dress” sessions. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the “trashing” side of the equation, but I am a huge fan of being adventurous, taking creative risks, getting out there, going to some unconventional locations, and capturing some super unique photographs. As Shelley likes to call it a “Cherish the Dress” session!
Sometimes, we photographers also call it a “Day After Session” — a photo session that takes place sometime after the actual wedding day. It’s a great opportunity to capture some creative relaxed portraits without the stress, worry, or rush of having to get to the next scheduled activity. Without the tight itinerary and timeline of the wedding day, you can just enjoy a fun date set aside with your new hubby (or wifey)!
How great would it be to find an excuse to put your wedding dress on again? There are so many great bridal boutiques in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). When you were “dress shopping”, you and your closest friends/family members visited so many bridal boutiques, invested so much time and energy into finding THE perfect dress, and then went on an adventure to find all the perfect accessories (including those super spicy shoes), why not find an excuse to dress up again? Maybe you want to try something different with your hair this time around or maybe you want to do something wild that you couldn’t do on your wedding day. Plus, I’m sure that your dress will be smiling at you as you take it out of your closet!
If your husband equally invested a lot of time and energy into a custom made-to-measure suit or tuxedo for the wedding, he gets to don it on again as well — who doesn’t like a well-dressed, well-styled man? Of course, if he rented his tuxedo, he can choose to wear something else that really complements himself and is a part of his own self-expression. By the way, gentlemen, “cherish the dress” lifestyle sessions make for great wedding anniversary gifts or date nights (you’re already dressed up, why not go out for dinner too?).
Cherish the Dress or Day After Sessions are great opportunities to have fun and to create some lasting artwork.