By now, you've probably heard of boudoir photography -- in which brides-to-be (or any woman who wants to, for that matter) strips down for a pro photog to snap suggestive pics she'll share with her partner -- and day after wedding sessions, which offer couples the chance to take extra shots in their wedding wear on a less hurried, non-wedding day schedule. But you probably haven't heard about the trendy new "morning after" photography sessions yet ... As a bride-to-be, I'm pretty plugged into the wedding industry these days, and I sure hadn't!
The steamy shoots are meant to capture newylweds at their most intimate. Kind of like bride and groom boudoir photography but with the feeling of, well, the glowy, thrilling, sexy post-nuptial "morning after." Typical set-ups include the new hubby and wife in their bedrooms or hotel rooms snuggling, showering, or well, whatever else they're comfortable doing in front of the camera lens. But don't get the wrong idea ...
We're not talking about porn here. The idea behind the "morning after" shoot is that it's documenting the couple in an amazing and very sensual, once-in-a-lifetime, blissed-out moment.
Melissa Squires, who runs A Girl in Love Photography in Detroit, and was quoted in the New York Daily News' feature on the trend explains:
The feeling I try to capture is closeness. That lovely calm and happiness one feels when they realize it's for real, now they are really husband and wife.
Awesome! I also love how Squire and other photographers who are doing morning after sessions say they want to show how marriage can be totally hot. Because all too often our culture makes it like as soon as you tie the knot, you're dragging around a ball and chain and morphing into someone who's "old/boring/tired," etc. aka the opposite of sexy. And that's simply not true! (In fact, you could argue many couples are in the best shape of their lives when they get married, so if you're ever going to bare (mostly) all to the camera, you'd probably want to do it then!)
Plus, in the end, couples should do whatever they want to document their Big Day. If they're all about a stripped-down, loved-up shoot, more power to 'em!
What do you think about morning after wedding photography? Would you do it/have done it?
Image via William Klos/Flickr
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