Yeah, this post isn’t going to be nearly as salacious as it seems. But Iris’ comments on my last post had me thinking about what moments you will and won’t let your photographer and/or videographer capture. When my mom and I were first looking for wedding photographers, we checked out about, oh, a million web sites. After my mom checked out a few she called me quite frantically telling me I absolutely *had to* check out a certain web site. So I did. And I saw butts! Naked bridal butts! For reals!
Now, granted, the butts in question were very fine butt examples. but(t) still–they were butts! On the internet! For all to see!
So, then we went to meet with photographers and it was more of the same. Buttocks and boobies and thongs, oh my! My mom actually asked one of the photographers if the brides in question knew that their private
parts moments were part of the photog’s portfolio for all to see. In a surprisingly honest moment, the photographer kind of shrugged and was all, “Huh. I never really thought about it.” Ummm. Yeah. So it was a little amusing but likely not as amusing for the brides who were, unbeknownst to them, on display.
When booking my photographer I was super clear that I was ok with bra shots, but no unclothed lower body pics were to be allowed (see: my fat ass). This was about as naked as I got in any of the photog’s shots:
But check out the video guy in the shadows, which I’ve cleverly brightened for your viewing pleasure (yeah I’m no photoshop genius. Sue me!) This guy apparently *did* capture the moment where I maneuvered into my dress and it made the rough cut of our video. Happily, it was upper body only (score!) and it was actually perfect in context. (Not so perfect–the awkward moment where we watched the rough video with our friends Mrs. A and Evil A and I wasn’t exactly sure *how* much of me was about to be revealed).
But if I were a bit
less chubs more confident in my body image, I think the semi-clothed bridal shots can be really great. Searching around for some less-than-dressed brides produced some really scary images, but also this amazing photographer, Kelly Moore– I’m not going to post her copyrighted pics but here’s a link to her photoblog (AMAZING stuff, by the way) and a couple of examples of–to me–half-dressed done right:
sixth pic down: http://mooreblog.wordpress.com/2006/12/20/alayna-joe-2/
second and fifth pics: http://mooreblog.wordpress.com/2006/12/03/britney-jordan/
top row: http://mooreblog.wordpress.com/2006/04/14/wittejames-favorites/
Yeah, besides taking stellar pics, it also seems that Kelly Moore specializes in gorgeous brides too… (that might explain the willingness to be captured candidly).
This one, by Bryan Morgan of New Zealand won an award, so I think it’s ok to show. Totally cute since everything worth seeing isn’t facing the camera:
It’s another story for the people on the other side of the window, though…
So, what are your thoughts on a bit of bridal skin? Is preserving you in the altogether on the–arguably–day you look your best the way to go? Or is your to-be-Mr. the only one who ought to see you undressed? And would you feel differently if you had a female or male photographer?
Would you try to escape the lens?
Award winner Marianne Todd of Mississippi
And is turnabout fair play?
Another award winner, this one by Michele Waite of Washington.