Donay & Justin knew they wanted to do a “trash the dress” session, but Donay didn’t want to truly “trash” her dress. I let her know we could work around the idea of “elegance in a not-so-elegant environment”. After numerous location ideas we decided on using graffiti art in the art district of downtown Los Angeles to give the photos a little edge. Donay wanted to have vibrant color in the images and we definitely achieved that with the artwork. Since we were already going to be in downtown I also suggested photographing with the fountain in Grand Park. The fountain changes color and adds to the “trash the dress” idea with only the bottom of the dress getting a little wet.
As always, Donay and Justin were great to work with and it didn’t take much convincing to get them both into a window that was about 4 feet off the ground. It was a great spot that allowed me to truly surround them with the graffiti art. The first image here was simply something we came across during the shoot. Donay loved the red door and the light. Even though we wanted an edgy/attitude sort of look, this image came out beautifully and really captures the love these two share.