DM and Ricky: NYC Trash the Dress Photographer
Okay, so… this blog entry features photos that are about as far away from what I posted yesterday as you can possibly get! (Dear job: I heart you.)
DonnaMarie and Ricky are newlyweds. DM is an actual rock star, in like, an actual metal band. So their wedding was a “heavy metal cabaret” in the bowery. For the record, I wasn’t there. They got married the same day as Saumya and Sandeep (if you account for the time change), although I would have LOVED to shoot their wedding.
You know what? Just go check out their wedding website. I can’t even begin to describe it. *whistling while you go check out their site* Uh huh! See? I know, right? Don’t you so wish you had been there? The afterparty alone would have been awesome: the fan dancer? the bellydancers? In short, it would have been a wedding shoot unlike any other. I only saw a few proofs, but heir photographer did a great job for them. I also saw a short segment of their wedding video-so great.
So I feel particularly lucky that they contacted me to do a trash the dress shoot, though I really feel like we need to call it a “rock the dress” shoot. DM is having her dressmaker repurpose her red wedding dress into a cocktail dress, so we were extra careful of the fabric down in the subway.
I feel like I should make very clear, also, that while the theme of this shoot could have more or less summed up as “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: the fallout,” for the most part? This is all theater. Ricky is covered in stage blood. DM is famous for the fact that her makeup never runs, even after a 75-minute set, so that makes this shoot all the more ironic.
While the shot glass was one of their actual wedding favors, and Ricky did actually drink about half of the exploding drink in the third picture, no one was injured, maimed or hung over after our session, which took place on a Sunday evening in their colorful Forest Hills apartment and featured a lot of off-camera playing with their three adorable cats. So disappointingly vanilla compared to the pictures, no?
Okay, enough chatting. Without further ado… DM and Ricky’s Rock the Dress shoot.