I met Neli Prahova a few weeks ago and she explained me one of her photography concepts : the wedding anniversary ! Indeed, she organises wonderful shootings for couples one year or more after their own wedding. A good idea that I wanted to share with you and the best way to understand it well is to interview Neli Prahova.
Q1 : Could you explain to our readers what you suggest to your clients for their wedding anniversary ?
Neli Prahova : Trash the Dress photography has gained popularity over the last few years with brides deciding to do something unique with their wedding dress rather than let it sit hidden in the wardrobe. If you store it it’s already forgotten. No memories anymore. In wedding photography « Trash the Dress » is on the opposite end – it is supercharged, it creates vivid memories, it is romantic, beautiful, glamorous …it is pure fine-art. For me Trash the Dress name however is not a representative description as we will certainly not destroy the dress. I prefer to refer to what I offer as a session of Creative wedding photography. I often offer a more creative photo session to the couple on the day after their wedding, but recently it’s been quite popular to do such photography on the couple’s wedding anniversary. The session offers unique opportunity for the bride to wear her gown again, but this time in a less stressful atmosphere.
Q2 : When and how did you imagine this wedding anniversary concept ?
Neli Prahova : The time and location is limited only by one’s imagination. Everything depends on the wishes of the couple and how they imagine their experience (though certainly also on where the couple is based). But previous shoots include photos during the day on the beach, at sunset in a park or at night in Trafalgar square and Central London. The most recent shoot I did was in Central London by the Parliament and London Eye. You can see photos of it on my blog.
Q3 : What are the main differences between the pictures you took at a wedding party and during a wedding anniversary ?
Neli Prahova :Without the stress of the wedding day, the creative wedding photography allow for plenty of time for set-ups, different lighting scenarios, posing experiments, creativity and fun. As this session is fully dedicated to the couple it allows for some beautiful and creative images with a touch of romance to be captured. As the couple is also much more relaxed without the pressure of the guests waiting for them, I get their full attention and the results are always very rewarding. I usually encourage the couple to choose a place that they like, or a beautiful landmark of the city, or maybe a romantic place that has some significance to them.
Q4 : Could you describe your photography approach?
Neli Prahova: The pictures will very much depend on the location the couple chooses and on their preferred style of the photos. I personally prefer a more fashion/glamour style where I’m guiding the couple into the poses which allow me to be in control of the aesthetic composition of the photos. In a night shoot this approach is particularly important due to the limited light with which I have to work. But we always end the session in a more relaxed way where I leave the couple to have some romantic time on their own and I capture them undisturbed from a distance.
If you wish to have more information about Neli and her wedding anniversary pictures, feel free to contact her directly