Hupfer :: {dirt don’t hurt} + questionable video… :)

Remember the hupfers? We shot their wedding last August and it was one of the craziest things I have ever experienced. When we planned out this big 3 month trip we knew we wanted to see san francisco and to visit with the hupfers so we planned to stay a few days there and trash her dress.

The shoot I had in mind did not exactly work out. Since we were in China and Hawaii for so long it was kind of hard to find a hair stylist and makeup artist since there was always so much going on. So when we got back I desperately tried to find one but nobody was available. So, I did it myself and since I know nothing about such things really…I think I did a pretty decent job! It was also helpful that I brought along my wig as well. :)

So, we set out to trash the dress and that didn’t happen. Why… You must be thinking.

At their wedding we had at most 10 minutes to do their bride and groom photos. It was frantic and for what we usually deliver, there just wasn’t as many as we would have liked. This is why we really try and keep on schedule for weddings because its so sad when we can’t do all the cool things we like to do. So I figured since we are trashing the dress, we should do some not-so-trash the dress stuff first to make up for what we didn’t get at the wedding.

The not-so-trash part just kept being awesome and we ran out of time. I wanted to do like a 10 hour shoot to get it all done but we were all exhausted and overslept which pushed us back a bit. At the end of the day I didn’t want to do the ideas we had to trash it and not do them right because lack of light and time. I want to do this dress justice so we decided to call it a day. However, WE WILL trash that dress! It’s just going to be on our next visit. By then, we will be able to plan more ahead of time and really do some awesome things. She is willing to just 100% destroy this thing and to be honest, I feel honored that she is letting us be the ones to do it. :) It’s going to be epic and I can’t wait to get back to San Francisco to make it all happen!

From this, I learned some things. Many brides don’t get a ton of photos on their wedding. We sure try and deliver as many and as much variety as we possibly can, but at the same time, your being so careful with the dress and its such a busy day that it’s just a different kind of day. Then, after the wedding, a lot of brides would freak out at the idea of “trashing” their wedding dress. To be honest, steph’s dress really should have been trashed. We dragged it around all day, sat in things, stepped all over it, ect. and got some awesome pictures…without trashing it and without being nervous about destroying it. This is when we came up with the idea of a “Dirt Dont’ Hurt” shoot. All the things done to steph’s dress can be cleaned, and that includes all the mess that was on it from her reception.

So…all other brides past, present and future… If your terrified of the trash the dress idea but want more awesome photos, perhaps you should consider a dirt don’t hurt shoot with us. :) It’s a fun way to get some more use out of your dress, accessorize crazier than you would at your wedding and get your hair and makeup done.

AND… a big thanks to Nic for helping us out with our lights and helping out all day and Soma Sofa for letting us shoot in their AMAZING furniture store!


















May 1, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Nikki - Guys, I LOVE this! How fun, can’t believe you pulled out such awesome shots from a “trash the dress” session!

May 1, 2010 - 4:14 pm

Madeleine - Hahaha…that was awesome, you guys. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mullet worked quite like that.

May 1, 2010 - 4:46 pm

Erika - These are great. But are you sure that “dirt don’t hurt”? because Ryan seems to be in pain in quite of few of these. Haha! That wig is so fabulous, you wouldn’t even know it’s her!

May 1, 2010 - 6:24 pm

zoe - I am not a bride nor am I a bride to be but I LOVE ALL OF YOUR WORK…I love how Unique it is and I would love to do a Photoshoot with you….what do you guys charge? I currently live in Indiana if you ever need a model.

May 1, 2010 - 7:25 pm

Mom - Ok, that video was hysterical!!! Love, love, loved it!

May 2, 2010 - 5:38 am

katie - funny video! i love all four of you. i adore the yellow shoes, steph’s cool eyelashes, and the brown wig. so many great shots. you guys are the best, as always :)

May 2, 2010 - 5:51 am

LIz - You guys rock my socks!

June 1, 2010 - 10:40 am

Charlotte - fan-freaking-tastic. not even sure how I found your blog but love what you guys do. you’ll love texas btw. especially austin, it’s pretty amazing.

June 18, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Gursheel - I loved the vid, you guys are so creative love it!

May 13, 2010 - 12:12 pm

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