Guest Photographer – Mark Tierney: Rock My Dress Shoot

The raised hands and material give a celebratory feel to the shot, and the processing is a little different. It's about giving choice without compromising on quality and style and this image does just that. The composition is simple and shot wider gives a real sense of space to the shot, fully capitalising on the scenery.

Thanks to Mark Tierney for writing this post for the blog: http://www.tierneyphotography.co.uk/ I’ve added comments with a few of the images to explain why these are particular favourites.

This is Joanna having a trash the dress shoot in her red wedding dress, taken at various locations on the Sheffield side of the Peak District.  The first location was shot at the base of the massive dam wall at Derwent Reservoir. This is the reservoir where the famous  http://www.dambusters.org.uk/index.htm Dambusters trained during World War II. As we walking up to the dam a RAF Hercules transport plane flew in between the towers and I had my camera in my bag – aaarrgghh! What a great sight though! The second location was further down the Derwent Valley at the Ladybower overspill hole. The last location was high up on a windswept Baslow Edge. The conditions were perfect with some nice moody clouds over the valley.  I must say Joanna was great to work with and it was quite cold up there and she never complained once. Thanks for being a great model Joanna

Mark has used strong composition, great use of colour again with the red dress, and a real sense of movement to make a striking shot. Plenty of flash power helps freeze the motion of the dress in this image, revealing the sensuous curves and folds.


There are so many different terms for these type of shoots, trash the dress, rock my dress, love my dress,  http://www.chrishanleyphotography.com/ cherish my dress and even shoot my dress, take your pick.  The idea behind Rock the Dress is simple – instead of packing your beautiful dress away in the loft never to be seen again, choose a location and end up with some distinctive photographs that are a world away from traditional wedding portraits. What Rock my Dress  gives you is the opportunity to get some very different images, taken in locations that you normally wouldn’t go to, to take formal photographs. You don’t have to trash the dress; Joanna’s dress looked like new after the shoot, apart from the champagne stains from her wedding day

Another stunning shot that any bride would cherish. The location provides a real sense of freedom and remoteness, and again the graphical red colour adds real drama to this scene


Shooting from a low angle just gives another POV. Isolating the bride against the sky and making for a cleaner shot. Don't be afraid to work different angles to create shots which stand out from the crowd.



Using the wind to billow the dress out is a sign of good thinking! It pays to be opportunistic as a photographer and once again you've a real sense of motion and isolation here in this shot. Not to mention there's plenty of space for text in the image should Mark want to use the shot for advertising at some stage in the future!

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One thought on “Guest Photographer – Mark Tierney: Rock My Dress Shoot

  1. Pingback: Rock the Dress Shoot - Wedding Blog – Rock ‘n Roll Bride | tierney photography

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