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Save the Date: Summer 2012 Trash the Dress!


Calling all Chi-town photographers! The next installment of Chicago Trash the Dress: Summer 2012 is right around the corner on August 11th and 12th. Mark your calendars for an energetic weekend of business and pleasure––we will gather to help a few brides toss old-school rules about traditional bridal photography out the window! The perks? Professional models, stunning locations, plus networking with other talented photographers translate into an elevated visual portfolio and an all-around good time!

For those who don’t know, here’s a bit about my little group, Chicago Trash the Dress, which I formed in 2009 for local photographers of all levels to have an opportunity to get together and shoot an incredibly unconventional subject… the anti-bride. In short, we make brides look good in places where one wouldn’t normally place a bride and in poses you wouldn’t normally pose a bride! It’s like using your left hand when you’re a righty, or eating dessert first. Get it?

The Summer 2012 installment will be a lesson in being uninhibited behind the lens, and putting your mad photog skills to use in shooting an uncommon focal subject. This season’s Trash the Dress will be a mix of high fashion and truly getting down ‘n dirty. I will be putting together another all-star ensemble of stylists, models and luxury accessories… stay tuned! Check out the fun that was had by our lovely group in Spring 2011––I promise this time it will be far warmer!

For those photographers who are not in Chicago, we’re sorry you’ll miss out on the fun! If you have shot Trash the Dress sessions for clients, I would love to see some of your best work! Send me some pics and you just may be featured in an upcoming blog post!


There is a maximum limit of 30 photographers per day. There will be three models per day*. Parking can be tricky in both meeting locations, so please allow for extra time. For up-to-the-minute updates, join our Facebook group here!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th (10am to 1pm): $100.00

Get ready for some hipster-hawking as we crawl the artsy, boheme streets of Wicker Park. Surely, this eclectic neighborhood will provide a colorful backdrop for our models to trash the dress! Let’s meet in front of Penny’s Noodle Shop (1542 North Damen Avenue). Register now for August 11th!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 12th (10am to 1pm): $100.00

Come frolick with us (and some beautiful models) around Hyde Street Beach. A little sun, sand, and surf never hurt any wedding dress! Let’s meet at the corner of East 57th Drive and South Everett Avenue. We will then head over to the beach together. Register now for August 12th! 


Or, register for BOTH DAYS now and get a special rate of $160.00 for both days!

*Open casting call for models:
  • Size 2 female models (experience required)
  • Male models (experience not required, but must own a suit)
  • Real life couples are welcome, as well.

You must submit a recent photo for consideration to [email protected].

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