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Trash the Dress session in Hawaii

I know that the teaser we posted a couple of weeks ago left some of you very patiently waiting to see the rest of Ksusha and Vova’s Hawaii Trash the Dress Session :) And it’s ready now!

We love it when our clients have crazy original ideas for their shoots and we were beyond happy when Ksusha told us about the perfect jungle for their Trash the Dress photos. It usually gets dark very quickly among the tall trees and we made this our first location of the day. In fact, it was almost a bit spooky to be there, especially when we realized that some parts of Jurassic Park were actually filmed in that exact area :) I was trying to not let my imagination run completely wild, though, and I now believe the dinosaurs in these jungles became instinct after getting bitten to death by the super-vicious mosquitoes we encountered there! Soon after entering the jungle all of us simultaneously started doing some kind of strange dance/yoga movements while trying to scratch every part of our bodies (which were now itching). Mosquitoes also made it a bit hard to concentrate on shooting when all we wanted to do was scratch :)

Some of our faves:

Bride in the Jungle in Hawaii

Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of Mike photographing Ksusha:

Behind the scenes of Trash the dress photo

And some of the resulting images:

Bride in jungle trash the dress

Rain-forest scene with bride photo

Bride and Groom Trash the dress

Black and White photo of TTD

TTD Bride Photo

I was also working all available angles, be it in a mountain stream or not :)

Making of a Trash the Dress Photo

And here’s what I saw:

Trash the dress photograph

Ksusha during a day after photo shoot

Mike and his new yellow Crocs are inseparable:

Behind the scenes of a photo

The shot he was getting:

Bride in a rain-forest

Our second location was at a tiny and cute beach not too far from Waikiki.

On the beach in Hawaii photo

Groom carrying the bride on a beach

Bride and Groom running

Hawaii photo on the beach

Sunset Bride in Hawaii

Throughout the session we got deeper and deeper into the water until we were eventually almost swimming while barely holding our cameras and lights above the water. It got dark quickly but we were having tons of fun and couldn’t stop shooting!

Trash The Dress Photo-shoot

Bride and Groom in the Water

Trash the Dress

Hot photo of the bride and groom

On the beach in Hawaii TTD

We looove Trash the Dress Shoots as the original idea behind them is to simply be free to see how creative we can get without worrying if the dress might get dirty. Dry cleaning it afterwords will usually take care of everything and still allow you to store the dress spotless.

We are glad to offer Trash the Dress photo sessions (also known as day-after-shoots) around San Francisco. The location need not be as tropical and we can simply roam around the city or countryside while creating amazing images with you dressed up in your wedding clothes. And the great thing is that we won’t have the time pressure usually found on a wedding day.

Do you love what you see? Contact us to get in touch!

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January 30, 2011 - 1:52 pm

leila - very beautiful.i enjoyed……

August 17, 2010 - 5:22 pm

evie - I love your dress! Who is it by/ where did you get it?

May 27, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Cynthia McIntyre - You have taken trash the dress photos to a new art form! Bravo!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

November 12, 2009 - 9:57 pm

Wedding Photography in St. Louis Missouri - Fantastic! Love the use of light and what a great model you had in the bride. I am doing a wedding and trash the dress in Hawaii tomorrow and then again in Kauai next Tuesday. Can’t wait! Thanks for some inspiration~

October 22, 2009 - 2:27 pm

NickP - WOW, just WOW!
To Be Professional Wedding Photographers in gorgeous San Francisco and then to be able to do sessions in Hawaii! Lucky You!! The last shots with sunset in the water are so beautiful I am sure the couple adored them!

October 15, 2009 - 10:21 pm

John Burdick - wow, I love your use of flash in some of those night shots.. stunning!

October 15, 2009 - 7:28 pm

Charlotte Geary - Wow, what an incredible location! That had to have been so much fun!

October 15, 2009 - 9:18 am

Mark - Wow! Beautiful trash the dress photos! I love the first one! It’s so dramatic and atmospheric.

October 12, 2009 - 3:54 am

Jay Crihfield - The shot with the two of them in the water with the texture overlay is awesome! Gives that image a little something extra that you’re not expecting from a scene like that. Killer shoot!

October 8, 2009 - 10:51 pm

Filipino - Those are STUNNING trash the dress photography! Dude, I like it!

October 7, 2009 - 3:28 pm

Elina Shcop - vavavoom. fabio step aside!

October 7, 2009 - 11:37 am

Alina Kagan - ridiculously amazing, guys.

October 6, 2009 - 9:45 pm

Yekaterina Mishina - amazing!

October 6, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Kseniya Okmyanskaya - ROFL :))) Vova, when did you leak that untouched photo to the public :))))

October 6, 2009 - 6:31 pm

Vladimir Gurovich - Kudos to Misha and Natasha for employing the sexylenz and photozhop.
Here is the actual unretouched pic from that session:

October 6, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Enza Camero - Those are AMAZING pictures!! Great job!

October 6, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Nadia Mogilev - hot stuff!

October 6, 2009 - 12:52 pm

Sasha Vasilyuk - Gorgeous

October 6, 2009 - 12:40 pm

Choco Studio Photography - Thank you guys, we appreciate your comments! It’s great to know that this trend is growing and appeared on the Today’s Show.

Here’s the man to thank for this movement – JMC!:


October 6, 2009 - 12:05 pm

Angie Colantuono Soysa - Simply gorgeous ! Truly like them all but the first ones in the jungle are so surreal…Bellissime ! ;)

October 6, 2009 - 11:43 am

Ginella Stein - these photos are absolutely gorgeous!

October 6, 2009 - 11:03 am

Tanya Shofler - Wow just wow:))))

October 6, 2009 - 10:27 am

Megan McDonnell - I just saw a segment on the Today Show about this “Trash The Dress” phenomenon. What a fun idea! Oh, and great photos…as usual!

October 6, 2009 - 10:19 am

Stefan Patashvili - soo HOT! my computer overheated & I had to reboot :)

October 6, 2009 - 10:18 am

Wowpretty Jira - Love it!

October 6, 2009 - 10:14 am

Yelena Kozlova - WOW!!

October 6, 2009 - 10:00 am

Nadia D Dziskavets - this could be used in an ad for Hawaii :-)

October 6, 2009 - 8:41 am

Yuliya Patsay - love the in the water ones! great job guys!

October 6, 2009 - 8:31 am

Natalie Kovalevsky - Vova looks good in white:) all of the pics are great, some are like WOW!!!!

October 6, 2009 - 7:44 am

Zahra and Ryan - wow wow wow! All the shots are so amazing. I really love the behind the scene shots – they are so fun to look at. The water shots are incredibly beautiful as well. Great job as usual Mike and Natasha!

October 6, 2009 - 6:01 am

Hooman - Wow, such great work. Loved seeing the shots of you guys working too – always nice to see the “behind the scenes” shots. That last series with them in the water at the end of dusk are gorgeous!

October 6, 2009 - 4:55 am

Maira Noori Wardak - i don’t “like” it….i LOVE it!

October 5, 2009 - 10:20 pm

Ksusha - Oh wow… amazing outcome! I’ll spill a little secret – Mike had to get in the water in his boxers to get these shots :) It was absolutely worth it! Thank you!!!

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