Trash the Dress | Kelly

When I first met with newly engaged Kelly over dinner to chat about photography, she said, “Have you ever seen one of those Trash-the-Dress sessions before? I want to do THAT!”

Immediately, I knew we were going to be creating something fun and something completely different together. I just didn’t realize how different at the time.

Kelly and I ended up photographing part of her session at the River Arts District. It was there where we captured a lot of fun, dramatic shots of her in her dress, in poses you wouldn’t normally catch a bride in on or before her wedding day. Then, we were off to the biggest mud hole we could find in Asheville. That’s where the fun REALLY began.  :)  We managed to thoroughly soil her dress and entire body in mud from head to toe while capturing endless amounts of fun, off-the-wall images. And after it was over, Kelly put her dress in a trash bag, said goodbye to it, and dropped it off in a dumpster on the way home.  (!!!)

Now, Kelly is not your typical bride. She’s SO very lovable, but she’s also extreme and daring and wants nothing to do with anything that everybody else is doing. So please, don’t start thinking that a Trash-the-Dress session automatically equates to dropping your dress off in the dumpster or setting it on fire or something extreme like that.  ;)  Often times it simply means dressing back up in your amazing wedding attire one last time, and taking more pretty photos in places where you wouldn’t normally go when you’re otherwise concerned about getting even in the least bit dirty. A Trash-the-Dress session is about YOU and expressing yourself, and can be as crazy or as tame as YOU want it to be.


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Senior Photography Asheville | Kinsey

When you receive an email from a current high school senior containing as much awesomeness as this:

I see pictures of me outside in my favorite cowgirl boots. I love my creative style and fashion, so boring old studio portraits are not for me. I could run barefoot in the field below my house with my hands in the air wearing my cap and gown and think it would be an amazing memory. I like the contrast between light and dark, bright colors, nature and it’s beauty and being in it. Tip toeing in the creek with my prom dress on, sitting on the top of my truck crisscross applesauce style. Leaning against the railing on my porch with my graduation cap on the floor below me and my gown wrinkled as I look into the amazing view we have. A reflection in water showing an outline of me holding my graduation cap and degree. I have plenty ideas and all I need is someone with the eye to catch them and create more!

…you know it’s going to be an amazing session.

Say hello to Kinsey; a beauty, and an artist herself.


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Asheville Bridal Portraits | Aimee

Aimee is one of those natural beauties that truly makes a photographer’s job SO easy. It totally figures she won the award for “Best Smile” in high school – and check out those gorgeous lashes! Every time I get her in front of my camera, I always feel like I’m producing some of my best work.  =)  Love the way these bridal images turned out, such a perfect blend of classic and modern.


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