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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.

33 Comments October 5, 2009
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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.