Exclusive Interview with Del Sol Photography
Being a wedding planner is no easy feat. It requires juggling multiple tasks and making sure that everything comes together perfectly for the big day. Luckily our team of wedding specialists come equipped with a repertoire of the best resources. One of these resources consists of renowned wedding photographers Del Sol Photography. This award winning team is based out of the Riviera Maya in Mexico and have been featured on the covers of such prestigious publications as the National Geographic. We recently interviewed them in order to gain some insight into their work.
All images are courtesy of Del Sol Photography.
What is your favourite location to photograph a Trash the Dress photoshoot?
Well, we don't really limit ourselves, but prefer anywhere there is a naturally beautiful location, specifically anywhere we can infuse the element of WATER in our photos. Naturally for us and our location, we use the Caribbean Ocean in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, as a backdrop and the natural aquifers here that are available to us (the magical cenotes). We have traveled as far as Thailand to do a 'Trash the Dress' in the jungle with elephants and even on the streets of downtown Havana, Cuba.
How long does a photoshoot take?
We can do a shoot on the beach in 1 hour or some of our more in-depth shoots can take 3-5 hours (specifically if underwater photos are required). OR, if we are out on one of our adventure tours, we can even take an entire day and even stay overnight with our clients, such as this shoot where we traveled to Las Coloradas in Rio Lagartos, a place where the pink flamingos frequent and the color of the water is PINK, due to the salinity. We are currently designing tours and trips to offer to our client that include experiences and adventures (we call them the Del Sol Adventure Tours) that are designed to be a unique, once-in-a-lifetime trip, including elements and features that aren't repeated or found anywhere else in the world. Our goal is to expose our clients to local cultures, cuisine and unbelievable locations. The experience is part of the photo shoot, just getting there can be mind blowing. One of our 'Trash the Dress' adventure sessions was in Cuba and one of the resulting images was actually featured on the cover of National Geographic Traveler. Our clients are in the bicycle taxi!
How long have you (Del Sol) been doing this?
In 2006, Del Sol Photography was the first studio to ever shoot and offer the 'Underwater Cenote Trash the Dress' photo experience. You can see this video we made in 2006, featuring our first cenote shoot ever. We are very proud to have created this genre of photography, that is now offered by thousands of photographers. We were also named as a 'Wedding Trailblazers' by the Huffington Post for our work with the 'Adam and Eve' series, another genre created in the realm of 'Trash the Dress'. Since then, we have just been on an innovative path, shooting brides and grooms with drones, swimming underwater, and shooting some of the sexiest couple sessions in existence.
Are Trash the Dress shoots safe?
With everything in life, there is a risk. The old saying is “Risk = Reward”. In fact, we actually go to great efforts to practice safety in our photo sessions. We do require safety swimmers to be available for all of our clients when we are doing underwater work and we try to maintain expectations and an open communication with all of our clients. In fact, we even have been interviewed by Huffington Post Weddings about the safety of the 'Trash the Dress' trend, as photographers have been setting fire to dresses and doing some very ridiculous things. For us, this is more about a celebration of creation vs. destruction, as the name 'Trash the Dress' may suggest. One of our clients even coined the phrase “wash the dress”.
What has been your favourite photoshoot moment?
Well, it has to be this shoot with Janine (http://delsolphotography.com/janines-story-hope/) a young woman from Canada whose fiancé died 52 days before her wedding ceremony. Janine contacted us, looking for a photo session and really a way to let go, a way to cleanse her emotions. She stated she had a strong connection with water and her dress was hand-constructed with parts of her mother’s wedding dress. It was to be seen by one man - Johnny, her recently deceased husband. In a way, Janine’s session was another innovation in the niche/genre of 'Trash the Dress', as she used photography and this photo session as a psychological healing tool. We saw this as a human interest story with the ability to touch the hearts of millions of people and perhaps help others get through hard times, as Janine had determined to do. We contacted Dreams Tulum, (one of your AM resort partners) and got her a free vacation. The video has more than 1,600,000 views on youtube and was shared by thousands of websites and seen on all major TV networks.
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