Morning after photos: the trend that totally isn’t

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Oh lord. The internet has its panties in a wad with yet another OMG SHOCKING!! wedding trend. This time it's “Morning after” photos, where a photographer comes to the wedding suite the morning after the wedding and takes pictures of you and your honey looking all sexy with your fuck-nest hair and tousled sheets. It's a cute enough concept (especially if you're poly and need some sexy shots for your couples-seeking personals ad) but bitches, we need to talk: this is not actually a trend.

So, I'm a wedding blogger. Watching wedding trends is my job. This “Morning after” thing? It's a wedding trend that I have never EVER seen in the real world — I've only ever seen it in puff pieces about how it's supposedly A Thing. My theory: this is not A Thing at all. This is something a few photographers would love to *become* A Thing because it's a fun concept for a shoot… but almost nobody is actually doing this.

I'm not going to get all media studies on your asses here, but this is painfully typical “slow news day” stuff. A couple people did something, suddenly a morning show producer in NY or LA decides it's “a trend,” and that therefore everyone must officially get their judgey hat out and examine. SEXY OR OVERSHARING!? OMG IT'S BOTH! EL SCANDALO! It may become a manufactured trend (where people hear about it being a trend, and then it actually becomes one) like Trash The Dress shoots did five years ago. But until the day my inbox is flooded with naked morning-after submissions in the same way that it's flooded with pictures of couples wearing animal masks, I'mma say it's not actually a trend.

(But the animal masks thing? TOTALLY FOR REAL.)

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Comments on Morning after photos: the trend that totally isn’t

  1. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I seem to remember a trend a few years ago of the last shot of the wedding album being the door of the honeymoon suite with a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging off of it at a jaunty thrown-on-because-we-just-can’t-wait-to-DO-EEET! angle…this just seems like an extension of that.

    Eh…like Trash The Dress, it’s not something I chose to do, but I certainly wouldn’t judge someone else for doing it. Our first dance song was “Crash” by Dave Matthews, and we got flak (gentle flak, but still, flak) from people who thought it was too sexy of a song to use for a first dance. But then, I was adamant about avoiding the Garter Removal from the Bride’s Thigh with the Groom’s Teeth thing because it just wasn’t my thing. It’s all a matter of what feels right for you & your wedding/partner/life, and if a morning after shot is something you want to celebrate as part of your wedding, then by all means, cover the naughty bits (or y’know, don’t. Whatever you want!) and shoot away.

    • if a morning after shot is something you want to celebrate as part of your wedding, then by all means, cover the naughty bits (or y’know, don’t. Whatever you want!) and shoot away.

      Exactly that. I mean, I’m FULLY in support of completely filthy photo shoots among consenting adults (and a willing photographer)… but it’s definitely not a wedding trend.

      • Realistically, it sounds like an /awesome/ idea for a boudoir shoot. It sounds fun!

        Although – maybe more like the “Morning several days after” photo set. When I got up after my wedding, my hair was sticking in forty directions, my eyelashes were stuck together, and I still had bits of garment tape stuck to my skin.

        The shock value seems really forced, though.

    • You got flak over Dave Matthews?? Seriously?

      A friend put together a playlist of dance-y stuff for us, and we didn’t actually care enough to pick out a first dance song, so we wound up laughing our way through Foxy Lady. And if anyone gave me flak over that, they’d have gotten what-for, at that point… Gawd, people have time to be judge-y over this stuff? Do they have nothing to do? I could point them to some satisfying hobbies, maybe a book club or two…

      *mind is officially boggled*

  2. So wait guys. So many etiquette questions here. Do I have to buy my photog an adjoining room, just in case we get up early or sleep in or get up in the middle of the night for a “snack” and really want to capture the moment? Do we get a discount if the post-wedding sex gets over with pretty fast, so she can just grab the photos while she’s hangin’ around after the wedding? What’s the protocol in case she wants to join in?

  3. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but on my wedding night my husband and I didn’t even do IT. Man, we were so tired from all the preparations leading up to the wedding that we crashed as soon as we got in the room. Morning after photos wouldn’t have been so steamy for us!!!

  4. We did IT on our wedding night only because the post reception after party was at his best man’s house and I called hubby in to help me change out if the wedding dress that I was STILL wearing because I was too tipsy to take it off myself. Got caught up in the moment as they say. But by the time we got to bed we were both to tired to do anything but fall fast asleep.

  5. I’m sorry, but I don’t believe I would appreciate anybody snapping pictures of me and my future husband several hours after I have lost my virginity to him. Besides, I have my career to think about, and if those pictures were to somehow get posted on the web . . .

    • Hahahahah…bloody sheet, the twenty-first century edition!

      (Not implying that all, or even most virgins bloody the sheets; some do, many don’t. Gosh, there must’ve been a lot of subterfuge back in the bloody sheets days.)

      • yes, I read that some women hid a thimble of pigs blood (hid where or how I suppose is up to your imagination) to use.

  6. Ours would look one of two ways:
    Option 1: us, 3 year old and 12 year old sitting on our bed, looking tired (hungover for me) eating breakfast and watching the super mario bros film, or
    Option 2:me hungover and star shaped on the bed with Chris drooling and holding on to the bed for dear life.
    Actually this sounds better than my tequila dancing (followed by being so drunk I loose a shoe and end up with my bra on the outside) 🙂

  7. Ohhh, I love it. If you want to shoot some softcore or hardcore porn of yourselves, and you find a willing photog, WHO CARES. How this is any different from a “leaked” celeb sex film, I don’t know, but hey. Look at it this way: nothing terrible enough was happening that day, so they chose to report on this. Pretty good day then, I say.

  8. I have an acquaintance who is a photog who, when he does trash the dress shoots with couples, does some sexy shots likes these.

    Our morning after was in our regular bed in our the house is full of company PJ’s – not really sexy times for us either.

  9. If I had a photographer coming in to shoot the morning after, he or she would have to be ok with full penetration pics, accentuated by the worst bed head ever. I plan on getting laid on my first morning as a wife, not prissing around for a photo shoot. To each their own I guess, but I wouldn’t pay money for it when I’ve got my own flip cam for home erotica. 😛

  10. It seems funny and kind of cute if it’s what you’re into. I’m not the sort who gets all twisted up over anything consenting adults want to do with each other. It seems to me that the whole media “trend” of talking about something like this and inviting judgement over it is a big part of what is wrong with this country right now. As a whole, a big part of the population spends way too much time thinking about and weighing in on what grown folks do in the bedroom, IMHO.

    And this post is the first I’ve heard of this “trend”, but I have a friend who is one hell of a pinup photographer and I’m thinking she and I should somehow band together to make this a “Thing” because it seems like it would be fun as hell to shoot.

    • I’m with you, but the mainstream media knows that passing judgment is everyone’s favorite spectator sport.

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