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South Jersey wedding photographer Jay Cassario blog. Writer for SLR Lounge and Shotkit.com. 

Dress Shoot & Dedication

Jay Cassario

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This is a project that has been in the works for a while now, and we finally had enough of the details worked out, props, and a plan on how to execute everything to hopefully not only get the photos that we wanted, but tell the story we wanted to tell. Once you see these you'll understand why we wanted to wait on this shoot until we had everything worked out, and why it was an extremely important and emotional one for all three of us. Shooting these was a good time, we had a lot fun, and it wasn't only the photos we had of Mom that made us feel like she was there with us, but we couldn't help but think that she had more of an influence on this entire shoot, as we found ourselves sneaking onto private property to get the shots we wanted. Mom was always known for breaking the rules. 

There were many different ideas tossed around for this before settling on this one, in this setting, and the weather worked out perfect with a storm lurking and the sun being stuck behind the clouds before going down for the night. I had planned on explaining exactly what we wanted to tell with these, but instead I think it would be better not to, and just let the photos tell the story.  

This started out as a simple trash the dress shoot, then we decided to go a little deeper with it. Losing our Mom has affected all of us a little different, and we have all handled it in our own ways, but most importantly always being there for each other when times were the tough. When you lose someone close to you like we did, you experience a rollercoaster of emotions. The one thing we all felt, and felt the strongest, was the overwhelming feeling of being lost. All being there when it happened, all of us watching each other's reactions, seeing in each other's eye's the same feeling...of not knowing what just hit us. We had no idea what to feel, what to do, where to go, what tomorrow would bring, or most importantly what life was going to be like...now that the life we had imagined ahead of us drastically changed. We all felt lost, we still feel lost, and that was the idea behind a lot of this project.

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