Trash The Dress: Bat Cave Edition

Matt Adcock and Sol Tamargo have uncorked a new TTD video from their private grotto/studio/frolicking pool.

I mean, don't get me wrong - they are good shooters and all. But I wouldn't mind having my own, private underground cave lake to shoot in. No worries about weather, the ambient is nice and low, and bats dive-bomb the bride.

(Okay, so maybe it's not perfect.)

Check out Flash Flavor for a high-res version of the video, with lots of photos. And if you are a wedding shooter and you do are not reading Flash Flavor regularly, you're nuts. Good stuff.



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Blogger Eric Bannasch said...

man, those are relly amazing wedding pics. good location helps alot. allthough i would love to see what he could do at the hamilton VFW here in baltimore hahah.

March 07, 2008 12:54 AM  
Blogger David said...

They would kick butt at the Hamilton VFW, is what they'd do.

March 07, 2008 1:01 AM  
Blogger scott_kryptfilms said...

I've never been a fan of wedding photography but WOW!!! Amazing shots and what a great location!!!

Big ups to David - proving me wrong again!

March 07, 2008 1:33 AM  
Blogger William said...

That is sooooo wicked...

March 07, 2008 2:43 AM  
Blogger patricia.d.ryan said...

Now that's worth trashing a dress for!

March 07, 2008 2:45 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

What did they use for hot lighting? It looks relatively warm. I noticed they didn't only use flashes...

March 07, 2008 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photos are great, and the tip about the video lights was a nice bonus. Good set!

March 07, 2008 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure this qualifies for trash the dress, in the mode it originally was born from.

I think that the couple being willing to get some excellent location photos by putting the shots before the dress is what worked.

Unfortunately, I think that the degeneration of class amongst wedding photography is quickening however since more and more couples want to stand out from their friends to say, "see what we did!" Eventually, it will come full circle and traditional wedding photography, utilizing the wonderful tools in the digital darkroom will rise again and I plan to be in the middle of it by not leaving traditional at all.

March 07, 2008 11:53 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

That was GREAT...looked very fun and the images rock!

March 07, 2008 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Ana said...

Not related to this post, but have you seen this on the internets? Its a blog post about re-disgn of dairy today magazine, but contains a short video from the shoot that you might want to post.

March 08, 2008 5:06 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Nice images but IMO the photos were not indicative of a loving union between the two parties. The bride and groom are supposed to convey a feeling of togetherness, coming togehter, etc but many of the images contained negative space between the two of them which isn't terribly intimate and for me suggests separation and not togetherness. Beyond that bravo for trying something different than the typical wedding stuff. This location would be cool for a high school/college swim team as well.

March 08, 2008 11:19 AM  
Blogger Duane said...

Wow - that was really amazing and inspirational. Thanks for linking to it!

March 08, 2008 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Excellent observation. I was not able to put my finger on it when I was watching the video but now that you mention it the lack of intimacy and unity between the bride and groom really takes away from the images. Ironic perhaps that my favorite image is not in the caves at all but after they have left the first location and they are holding hands, trying to keep there balance as they walk through the forest.

The thing that tI noticed that really bothered me was that the groom looked dressed to be there. the beauty of photos like this is the juxtaposition of a fancy outfit and gritty environment. A wedding dress in a cave works great and a tux would have enhanced the images. But khaki pants doesn't work. He was wearing the same outfit as the photographer. The cave photos that work best are the ones without the groom.


March 08, 2008 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaron & MKruter.

I agree with you both.

Incidentally, is the model the girl off "That 70's show"?

March 09, 2008 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me who plays that song on the video, cause i liked it so much!

March 09, 2008 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Adam Zhang said...

Hi there,

I just did a still life shot with easy to get materials at home, you may want to take a look, thank you!

March 10, 2008 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Lex said...

On a different note... Just an observation... But isn't this how horror movies start out in caves =P.

Reading from the comments, I agree with both the positive and negative, visually it's spectacular, but emotionally it's quite bland. But we all have to keep in mind, art isn't perfect.

March 11, 2008 8:34 PM  
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March 13, 2008 3:24 AM  

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