Last minute location changes seem to be the norm when my husband and I plan our photo shoots but luckily, we have a creative photographer that can turn ordinary fields into beautiful meadows.
With my love for horses and my husband’s laid-back attitude, we put on our fancy clothes and headed to the barn. Literally.
The photo shoot started with a tire swing hanging from an old tree in the yard of an unsuspecting homeowner and ended with the sun setting by the horse stables. With my cowboy boots in tow, we posed and smiled as the photographer snapped away. Even though I cringed at the dirt and feared for my freshly pressed wedding dress, I took a deep breath and enjoyed the experience. A little dirt never hurt anyone, right?
To our surprise, the finished product looked more like a magazine spread and less like a manure filled paddock and we were really happy with the results.
As for my dress, I am happy to report; no dirt or stains were found.
Three tips to trash your dress with out actually trashing your dress.
1) Plan ahead: Scout your location before the shoot to determine what you need to bring with you. Knowing the environment before you go will help ease your fear of ruining your dress.
2) Bring protection: More than likely, you will be sitting on the ground. Possibly in dirt. Stop by your local fabric store and grab a yard or two of burlap or fabric that will blend well with the location. In all of my “on the ground” shots, I was placed on top of burlap. But you would probably never know from looking. With a little styling and strategically placed fabric, you can enjoy the experience without worrying if you gown is getting dirty. I held the end of my long dress in my hands the whole time and when we did a full length shot with the train of the dress down, our photographer helped delicately place my dress down.
3) Leave your heels at home: Since your photo session is supposed to be more fun than formal, leave your fancy heels at home and pose in a pretty pair of rain boots instead. Can’t live with out your Louboutins? Don’t worry, you can don your pretty duds with the help of painters tape and heel guards. But please remember, heels and dirt don’t mix, so plan accordingly.