I recently purchased a dress that I might potentially use for a TTD session. (disclamer: it was $20 and if it works and I don't ruin it, I will donate it to BABC) Mark said, "I don't get it." I said, "I don't expect you to. It's a silly, nacissistic thing that I can do because I'm getting married."
I read a somewhat disturbing board post on Weddingbee recently where a girl posted that she was talking about how she wanted to buy a cheap dress for a TTD session, and her fiance didn't understand. Then he added some choice words, including, "you're not a model so stop acting like one!" Although the fiance's reaction might have been unnecessarily harsh, I would have received a similar reaction if I had um, asked first before deciding to do one.
Some people really like having their picture taken. But because we are told that this is narcissistic and vain, we don't admit it. Instead, we talk about wanting great photography to "remember the day" and "capture the moments" and while that is often true, we never say, "I will be in the best shape of my life and have spent a small fortune on hair and makeup and I want those pictures so I can make a giant poster of us to hang over our fireplace."
Why do I want to do a TTD session? I dunno, really. I love photography, and very early on, I had this dream of ding a TTD session with me in a canoe at the reservoir near Mark's parent's house. It just seems, like engagement pictures, like an opportunity to get creative. We get an engagement session with our photographer, and since Mark doesn't really want to use it (although he reluctantly agreed) I though, hmm, well, maybe I could do bridal portraits or TTD session. Then, once I had the idea, I couldn't let it go.
Some people don't like having their picture taken. I'm not one of them, especially not lately. A huge factor in that is that I used to be heavier, and pictures made me feel embarrassed and made me feel badly about my body. Since losing weight, lifting more, and running, I feel so much stronger and more powerful now and even though I don't always take a good picture, I really do like to have my picture taken now. I love looking at pictures and thinking, "I look GREAT!" Yes, this is totally vanity, but it's vanity I worked really hard to be able to have about how I look. It also involved no small amount of learning to dress myself properly and to change how I felt about certain aspects of my body. (For example, I have large thighs. Large thighs that carried me through a half marathon over the weekend, so who cares if a mermaid dress wasn't in the cards for me.)
How do you feel about TTD sessions? Are you doing one? Why or why not?