This is awesome. This is soooo awesome. AWESOME! (<---okay that was an inside joke for anyone who ever heard the spoof of the musical "Big" by those wacky satirists from "Forbidden Broadway" or for anyone who used to get my voicemail message when I was in college.)
Ahem. For everyone else (I'm lookin' at you Lauri and Katie), I am thoroughly inspired by this website. Essentially, it's for recent newlyweds who want amazing photographs in their wedding attire and don't care AT ALL what happens to the dress. I'm talkin' about newlyweds splashing in the ocean, brides in mud, couples in freshwater ponds in caves for cryin' out loud, these photos in particular are so amazing it makes my brain weep. (Photogeekers, watch the video!)
Can you tell I'm thoroughly inspired? I bet you couldn't tell.
I love "underwater" photography (my normal mammajamma camera in a 10-gallon fish tank, long story), and I've wanted to shoot brides on trampolines for a looong time, but 1.) contemporary trampolines come with all kinds of crazy safety fences and stuff that would get in the way and 2.) I don't know anyone who would let me do this.
The night AFTER Manda's wedding, I was still at her house editing photos and helping her close up the apartment. A few hours before she and Tom left for Hawaii at stupid o'clock in the morning, Amanda grabbed her wedding dress off the hanger and hopped up onto the guest room bed next to me and the laptop. She was sort of hugging the dress and said, "I married my Tommy in this dress!" which sounds completely nauseating but so wasn't in that moment.
The thought of her laying in gritty, stainy sand in that dress makes ME want to cry, and not just because I got blood off of it before the ceremony AND whip-stitched three inches of the skirt back on during the reception.
So, any volunteers? (NOT MY SISTER, OH HELLS NO).