Rock the dress

During booking sessions with my couples, particularly when they are local, I frequently get asked about the value of a rock the dress session.

What is it?

In essence it’s a care-free, post-wedding, artistic portraits session. Historically we’ve been calling it a Trash the Dress session. Typically wedding dresses were wet, painted, muddied and even set on fire, all in the name of creating bold and innovative photography. As amazing as the results can be though, not every bride is willing to destroy their dress. So with that in mind, many photographers (myself included) these days prefer to talk about rock the dress sessions. They’re still about the dress and having fun, however they tend to be a little lighter on the torturing of the dress.

Why do it?

At the time of writing this I have plenty of time in my packages to include a portrait session of the couple on the day of the wedding, so why should you have a rock the dress session?

It’s actually pretty simple.

Grooms are generally more relaxed about these things but for the bride-to-be it’s usually a different story. As a bride-to-be just think about the timing of the couple’s session on the day of the wedding:

  1. you got up early to have your hair and make up done;
  2. you’ve hardly had anything to eat all day;
  3. you’re likely worrying about how the reception’s decoration turned out;
  4. you’re worrying that you have 200+ guests waiting for you at the reception;
  5. and chances are, your feet are killing you!

Of course you want artistic couple’s portraits on the day of the wedding and you’re surely going to have some gorgeous photos as a result of that session, however by that stage, as a bride you’re already pretty emotionally and physically exhausted.

Now imagine if you had all the time in the world (so to speak) to the session; Imagine being able to choose practically any time and place you like for it; Just imagine that all you have to worry about is having fun and being yourself.

That’s as simple as it is really. Essentially the point is for you to have fun. For you to have fun, show off your dress and get some awesome photos!

What should you expect?

When you decide to go for a rock the dress session, you should definitely expect to have the time of your life. You’ll have an awesome time and you’ll have amazing photos as result! Photos that convey they real you, for yourself and for generations to come! So is it worth doing? Definitely!

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Wedding photobooks

Continuing on the topic of wedding photobooks, I find that the details that make all the difference. The images themselves are hugely important however that’s not quite where it ends.

All of our photobooks are made using archival printing processes and only the finest materials. The materials and craftsmanship play a crucial role in the end product.

Each one of my packages includes a unique wedding photobook where my brides may chose from a range of different materials. From the types of paper used, through to the materials and colors used for the photobook’s cover.

Please allow me to share below a video and some photos with you showcasing one of our genuine leather sample photobooks.




Thanks to their layflat design, seamless printing of spreads is possible

Should you get a wedding photobook?

Definitely. You should definitely get a wedding photobook!

All my wedding photography packages include a wedding photobook because of how important it will become both to you and to future generations.

Let’s imagine that you burn all your photos on a DVD. Firstly you’re going to need a device that can read that DVD at hand whenever you want to view your photos. Also, depending on your handling of the DVD and the quality of the physical DVD itself, you may return it many years down the track (maybe it’s your daughter’s) to find that:

  1. the disk may have become corrupted – losing some or all of your data – or,
  2. you may no longer own a device capable of reading the media or even file formats.

Relying on digital media to store your memories over the long term is risky business…

“But what about printed photos? These too can get damaged and their colors fade!”, you say. Well, you’re absolutely right however most professional print services do provide “archival prints”. These prints are museum quality prints made using special inks and papers designed to resist fading and rated to last over 100 years without fading.

… but what if instead of printing half a dozen of your favorite photos, you had a gorgeous genuine leather, archival-quality wedding photobook (if you’re not crazy about leather, other materials are available depending on your package)? What if your photobook was one-of-a-kind? A timeless heirloom made from only the finest materials…

You see, as much as we love and embrace technology, in the end of the day we’re still tactile creatures. Humans like to touch and feel things because I guess it’s in our DNA. Just imagine how your grandchildren – and their children – , will feel as they flip through your heirloom photobook for the first time to watch your wedding-story unfold…