Too hot to shoot? Great for water sessions!

trash the wedding dress pool water shoot

Just in time for the Independence Day weekend it’s toasty hot around these parts of the Great Lakes and Indiana. Feeling like it’s too uncomfortably hot, humid and sunny to head outdoors for a photo shoot? Just add water!

Break out that prom dress, those 27 bridesmaid dresses, or your wedding gown for some stellar summer portraits!

Come brave the heat wave! Drop me a line here to set up a refreshing shoot at the Lake, riverside, pool, fountain, puddle or sprinkler of your choice.

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Click on over here to check out our favorite Trash the Dress portrait sessions. And if submerged isn’t your look, there are always plenty of options for making a splash for your session.

Summer senior portraits fountain ideaSummer portraits, just add fountain.

Indiana University Campus fountain engagement portraits

Senior Portrait Album – Tabatha

Got more than a handful of favorite Senior Portrait photos to show off? That giant folio thing not your look? We thought so. Grab a custom album of your favorite Senior Portrait Session photos in a book you’ll open after graduation.

Take a peek at our latest Senior Session and Trash the Dress photo shoot album below –

South Bend Indiana senior portrait album

South Bend Indiana senior portrait trash the dress album

Click an image above or click HERE to see the album designs.

Check out more on our Senior Sessions page, drop us aline to set up a shoot of your own – enjoy!

Trash the Dress – Prom Edition

While throwing around ideas with Tabatha for her outdoorsy Senior Sessions it was quickly apparent she was up for something a bit different. I’ve been working with more and more cool clients that have been completely game to try something a bit different than my previous shoots, and I like it. From the responses to seeing their photos I’d say the efforts have paid off!

Once we got talking, I mentioned the whole concept of the Trash the Dress shoots we had in summers past. Creation, more than destruction – getting a new look by not being afraid to take a bridal gown somewhere that would mess it up, muddy it down, or get it wet. It instantly struck up an idea –

Enter a new twist on our bridal themed TTD shoots – Trash the Prom Dress.

While I hoped for a bit more sunlight after the first set out on a tree over a pond, I have to say I loved the addition of the storm clouds that started to move in for a good weekend of downpours.

Always great to work with creative subjects not afraid to go out on a limb -or fallen tree trunk- to try a new idea for a new look.

The more ideas and involvement you give us the more the creative energy gets going to make your photos that much more uniquely yours. Go ahead, drop us a line and fire away to see what we do for you!

Trash the Dress – Sand Dune Style

On our way up to Lake Michigan I wondered if in fact we wouldn’t also be getting a bit messier than usual at a location shoot. Thunderstorms were in the forecast and we hit a good drizzle as we neared one of my favorite beaches, Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan. The rain was gone when we parked but there was lightning in the distance so I opted to keep the light stands and tripod in the car!

We started with some test shots and walked a ways down the shoreline when our brave trashee model noted the rain coming across the Lake. I saw clouds across the Lake and mentioned it would add a nice touch to the sky when I noticed what she was talking about. You could literally see the storm front’s edge as the calm water in front of us was quickly turned to splashing ripples of rain. I got cameras in the bag and threw the top closed as the wave of rainfall swept up the beach and soaked us and everything uncovered. Didn’t quite expect we’d be getting pretty trashed by weather while trashing a dress.

The sudden rain stopped as quickly as it arrived and the rest of the afternoon was dry and the sunset evening’s sky was filled with dramatic clouds.

Dune grass trash the dress

It wouldn’t be a summer Saturday night if I wasn’t skimming photos and posting a favorite before bedtime! Enjoy! (Many more to come!)