Shooting an after-wedding/ trash the dress

I’m not a wedding photographer, nor do I pretend to be one, nor do I want to be one. Actually, I dislike photographing weddings and other similar events that imply a large number of people. I find them exhausting to the bone! All my respect for photographers who love it and are good at it, I couldn’t do it.

Also, I don’t photograph couples. How do you really pose men? It’s a mystery to me and I’m not sure I want to discover it. Photographing solely women is what comes natural to me, what I really love to do.

But last year, when my good old friend Mishuella asked me to shoot her after wedding I… wanted to say no. I think I even told her no at first and then she convinced me I can do it? I don’t really recall it right now, but long story short, I ended up jumping to the challenge. I did my research mainly of posing and framing beforehand, yet when I arrived there I still wasn’t prepared for it.

So I’m sharing my experience and what I’ve learn (from my mistakes) with all those of you that are preparing to shoot an after wedding/ trash the dress for the first time. I’ll break down the information in bits of advice to make it easier to grasp:

If you have zero experience as a photographer and want to take up such a job.. DON’T! Don’t ruin someone else’s memories because you’re over-confident and think you can do it. You most probably can’t nail it from the very first time. Practice first on friends and family. Learn from others. What I would do if wanted to switch to wedding photography right now would be to assist experienced wedding photographers that I look up to.

My experience overall? It was fun and exhausting due to all my second thoughts. I think these kind of memories are so important to keep and cherish that you have to make sure you pick the right person to capture them. While there, I was often afraid I won’t live up to the expectations, but I’m happy with the results and truly hope my couple is happy too!

Would I do it again? With them, yes, if they asked me :)) With other people? I don’t think so. I want this lovely experience to remain unique.

Here’s a small selection of the images I took. Mihaela & Bogdan, wish you again all the happiness in the world together!

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And a collection of printed memories as my gift to them, because you cherish more these physical photographs over time, than a long lost overfilled folder on your hard drive 🙂 (I should also send my thank you’s to the people who helped me get my hands on this cute kraft box, a story that could make for a whole new article!).

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