Bride sets dress on fire in extreme wedding photography

An extreme form of wedding photography called "trashing the dress" has been in vogue in recent years.

And one bride in Israel who took it to the extreme is being heavily criticised, ABC News reported.

During a shoot on a beach in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, Ms Natasha Samuel deliberately lit her wedding gown on fire for a post-nuptial photo shoot.

She then ran into the ocean to extinguish the flames.

A fire extinguisher was on hand to put out any remaining flames on both the bride and the beach, Mail Online reported.

But the photography community is inflamed, saying it takes "trashing the dress" to dangerous levels.

Mr Eric Simantov was the photographer who captured this moment, just after the bride's friend doused her dress with flammable liquid and set it on fire, ABC News reported.

He said: "All brides are looking for something that hasn't been done before. It was my idea to use real fire, not Photoshop."

The bizarre ritual has rapidly gained fans around the world as women arrange for photographers to capture their wedding gowns being destroyed.

It aims to create an image that contrasts the beauty of a wedding gown with mundane backgrounds, Mail Online reported.

The results, which are dramatic to say the least, often resemble the type of photographs seen in glossy fashion magazines.

Popular locations for "trashing the dress" shoots include beaches, city streets and even abandoned buildings.

Wedding planner Jackie Fernandez told ABC News: "Trashing the dress absolutely is a growing trend, and I'm excited to see the new things people come up with.

"I just hope it doesn't spark a trend of doing things that are risky just to get the shot in your wedding dress."

Similar shoot

Photographer Michael Cooper did a similar shoot back in 2006 when he lit a bride's dress on fire.

"I did it in a way the subject was not near the fire, not in any way close to any danger to make the final execution believable," he said.

But these photo shoots are not entirely risk free.

Last summer, a 30-year-old bride from the Canadian city of Montreal drowned during her "trash the dress" photo shoot near a waterfall, when her dress dragged her downstream.


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