I love it when chance conversations via social media evolve into something really fun, and jumping in a swimming pool, in your Wedding Dress certainly counts as pretty zany.
Jay Mountford is a fabulous Birmingham based photographer, but works all throughout the UK.
Specialising in Wedding Photography, she thoroughly believes in capturing memories, knowing that those precious moments rarely make a reappearance. She carefully balances this alongside her portraiture service.
Jay says of her part in the shoot,
“I had been invited down to Worton Park in Oxford as a Photographer for part of a massed multiple styled shoot with 5 other photographers.”
“Upon organising my part of the day, I was told there would be a pool in my area, and happened to mention in conversation that I’d love to do an underwater shoot one day.”
“I love “Trash The Dress” and “Rock the Frock” shoots, and in a shoot just before Christmas 2011 had seen a lady go into the sea in her wedding dress, but only up to her knees (it was so cold!).”
“Soon after, and about 2 weeks before the Oxford shoot, the organiser came and told me that, not only was someone coming along to the shoot who was happy to Trash the Dress, but that we would also be allowed to use the outdoor pool.”
“Cue much frantic running around trying to find the right underwater equipment for my very expensive dSLR camera, and also learn how to focus, shoot and breathe underwater – there was a lot of searching on YouTube and Pinterest at this point!”
“The day came, we did the originally planned styled shoot, and then Shelly got into her dress while I got into my wetsuit, and slowly but surely, we shot the images given as best as we could in the setting sun.”
“We had no additional lighting (time and funds just didn’t allow for it) and was very much playing it all by ear. Needless to say, I’m very happy and am very keen to do another one as soon as possible!”
Cakes by Shelly is a small yet well established cake company based in Eaton Bray, Dunstable. Formed by Michelle Shulman in April 2006, Cakes by Shelly specialises in bespoke couture cakes for all occasions. Her love for baking and sugar craft skills has ensured her place as Bedfordshire’s leading cake designer. Renowned for her designs throughout Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and London (and beyond) she has created cakes for private, corporate and celebrity clients and events including Take That, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Heart FM and the Make a Wish Foundation
Michelle says of her part in the shoot,
“I have wanted to do a trash the dress shoot for a while, and the idea of this style came up whilst at another photo shoot.”
“I was discussing a forthcoming shoot with Sue Page of Ice the Cake when she mentioned that there was a pool at the photo shoot location. I joked about wanting to be the model for the pool shots and I mentioned that I would even be prepared to jump in fully clothed.”
“That was when the cogs starting wiring in my mind and I knew there was only one photographer as mad as me for the job – Jay Mountford! As soon as I mentioned the idea the squeals of excitement could be heard for miles around.”
“Now I feel it only fair to mention that my mouth does have a tendency of getting me into trouble – I say things without thinking so suggesting a shoot involving water whilst having a fear drowning probably wasn’t one of my better moments. However I am also extremely stubborn so as time went on and plans were made there was no chance of me backing out – especially seeing the trouble Jay had gone to.”
“On the big day, Jay couldn’t have done more to put me at ease and as scared as I was as soon as I saw her toss her (extremely expensive!) camera into the pool I knew I had to do her proud.”
“Under the watchful eye of a gathered audience slowly and tentatively I took my first few steps into the water – in my wedding dress!”
“From that moment on I was in my element. Swimming up and down the pool in my wedding gown like it was an everyday occurrence. I could have stayed in there for the rest of the day. I couldn’t be more proud of the images Jay achieved that day and I can’t wait to get together with her again to create more madness.”
Thanks to the girls for allowing me to share. It was definetely a brave thing to do and most probably technically difficult for Jay, but what beautiful results.