Trash/Rock the Dress Shoot in the Peak District, Derbyshire

Posted on 11th January 2010 by Mark Tierney

This is a Trash the Dress shoot in the beautiful Peak District. The two adventurous models are my wife and her friend Laura. The first location was at Padley Gorge which is a deep but narrow valley near Grindleford Station. The autumn colours were beautiful down there and it made for a great backdrop. The second location was high up on Curbar Edge which has beautiful views of the Derwent Valley. It was lot colder up there but it was worth it! The last image ‘Curbar Bride’ won an award in The Friends of the Peak District photography competition.

So what is “Trash the Dress” Well it’s a style of photography that originated in America and has now becoming popular in the UK. The idea behind Trash the Dress is simple – instead of packing your beautiful dress away in the loft never to be seen again, choose a location and end up with some distinctive photographs that are a world away from traditional wedding portraits. What Trash the Dress gives you is the opportunity to get some very different images, taken in locations that you normally wouldn’t go to, to take formal photographs. This can be a river, forest, coast, industrial scene, anywhere that you want. The original concept was for trashing wedding dresses, but you don’t have to damage it, it may just get dirty around the bottom of the dress if you are careful – but how far you want to take it is entirely up to you.

If you are interested in Trash the Dress , I currently have an offer where I am giving away a free Trash the Dress shoot. All you have to do for a chance to win one is to become a fan of tierney photography on Facebook and then fill in your details on my blog.

Tagged under: autumn, landscape, padley gorge, trash the dress, curbar edge, rock my dress, wedding dress


About the author: Mark Tierney

Mark Tierney is a Yorkshire based Contemporary Wedding Photographer covering the UK and beyond.