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Sunday, October 25

Trash The Dress - Celebrating Single Life {St. Louis Portrait Photographer}

Trashing a dress... LOVE this concept! The idea is to let go of the formality of a formal dress (wedding gown, prom dress, or just a lovely gown like this one)... And let loose. Many TTD sessions are urban. But my GORGEOUS sis Mary approached me about doing a TTD in the Grand Tetons when we were there together this summer. Instead of grungy alleys and dumpsters, we trudged through dirt, pine needles, and pebbly lake bottoms.

Mary looked like a goddess the entire time.

Her reason for this session? To celebrate her life EXACTLY as it is, this moment. One day, she'll love having a wedding TTD session, but ya know what? Life is marvelous even without the groom. And Mary is gorgeous RIGHT NOW. Why waste it? Time to flaunt it:

(prepare yourselves. I LOVE these images. Probably my absolute favorite from the whole year...)

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See? A goddess.

And two last shots of this girl I love... Not in her gown, just in her everyday wear... But I love them nonetheless-- they show a woman with strength, poise, and a bit of wisdom gained. (Miss you, girl. Can't wait 'til you're home.)

Mary

Mary

(random note-- the reason it took me so long to post these is the same reason I hoard gift cards.. it's just this strange thing where I feel like prolonging the delight... And this session was so special that I didn't want to just THROW it onto the blog carelessly... I wanted to savor it, wait for it... Then celebrate it when it felt like a good time. And with Mary finishing up her time in Iraq as a civilian contractor, I am getting so antsy to see her again that celebrating her photos NOW finally felt right. Like a preparation for her homecoming. I dunno. I'm weird. I admit it. I shouldn't hoard sessions. Ha!)

9 comments:

  1. Wow! I know I often use that word when commenting on your photo sessions, but then, it always seems to apply. You are right, Mary looks like a goddess in every shot. Such a gorgeous, photogenic woman. I'm glad you took time to savor the delight with this session- it was well worth the wait!

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  2. she is georgeous...and your pictures are breathtaking!!!!!

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  3. LOVE them! Such great work Emily!

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  4. First of all...you're right, those are grrrrreat shots and she looks sexy without being over the top or forced.

    Second, I too hoard sessions.

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  5. wow, those ARE amazing shots...and what a beautiful subject!!

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  6. ... beautiful beautiful beautiful

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  7. I can't decide on a favorite either. I love the sepia one.. maybe best, but the one where she is on the rock and the first one on the bank .. they are amazing too.
    What a great concept. I love them. And I do love Mary too. Say hi to her for me.

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  8. Isn't Mary just beautiful?!? I have always thoght so, but you rally captured her here. I miss Mary and cannot wait to see her! We miss you Miss Mary!

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