Jurassic Dung

Tyrannosaurus Tediartis

Jurassic Dung

Shooting weddings gets more demanding and complicated every year. There is always some new trend or fad to get your head around. Recently I’ve found that the unexpected return of massive meat-eating dinosaurs to the UK is playing havoc with my carefully planned and executed wedding memories photo-art shoots.

Who’d have thought that after 200 million years of extinction, dinosaurs would return, only to spend their Saturday afternoons at some sorry excuse for a venue in Kent. Mentalists!

Dinosaurs are big and dangerous and have a habit of turning up at the most inopportune moments. Last week as the bride and groom exited the Church they stepped in a steaming, freshly laid, Tyrannosaurus Rex stool that had been deposited on the doorstep. Poor bride stank like Jurassic dung all day.

It seems that at virtually every wedding I’ve shot this year a rampaging dinosaur turns up during the group photos. It’s hilarious when the guests realise there is a gigantic prehistoric reptile behind them. They always panic and run towards the camera. This makes for some highly amusing images that they’ll treasure forever. These photos won’t ever date or appear incredibly naff or tedious or embarrassing or tediously naff or embarrassingly tedious. Oh! how we laughed at our zany tomfoolery.

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Comments (10)

  • Sister Mary

    Sister Mary

    14 June 2015 at 22:57 | #

    The only dinosaur round here is you Derek - give it up


  • Viles


    14 June 2015 at 23:10 | #

    I don't believe the dinosaurs are real Derek old bean but are just a prop that is wheeled into place by creative photographers to produce the effect of zany tomfoolery.


  • Kevin and Sally

    Kevin and Sally

    14 June 2015 at 23:23 | #

    Thanks for highlighting this important issue Sir. We have just received or highly anticipated wedding images back from our photographer. We paid him over £200 ! and there is a large dinosaur in the background of nearly every picture. It's not what we wanted but he is refusing to remove them in photoshop because he claims to be a photojournalist and it's not his problem. Whose right? What can we do? Who can we turn too as our big day has been ruined!


  • Jilly


    15 June 2015 at 09:01 | #

    It's actually not a prop or a real dinosaur - these images are created in photoshop. It's not that difficult and clients love them as they add a fun element to the day - lighten up!


  • Jeff Ascough

    Jeff Ascough

    15 June 2015 at 11:44 | #

    At least people are still interest in ur work :-(


  • Graham Nixon

    Graham Nixon

    15 June 2015 at 11:49 | #

    I think I know the "sorry excuse for a venue in Kent" to which you refer Derek. I was molested by a fat Velociraptor there in 2014. I shall never return.


  • Sian


    15 June 2015 at 13:29 | #

    This is obviously tongue in cheek! I've been a pro for nearly three years now and full frame for one. I can honestly say that NONE of my clients have ever turned down the chance to have the 'running away from dinosaurs' photo at their weddings! I even include a 'how to' session in my workshops. Get over it and move the times. Adapt or die!


  • Richard P Walton

    Richard P Walton

    16 June 2015 at 10:25 | #

    Once again you set the bar high Derek, I have to admit the Schindler is still working for me so thanks for that, my clients just love it. I'm sure they will equally love this 'new prehistoric' style of wedding photography too. Where can I get the props? Do they inflate as I only have a Vauxhall Corsa? Eagerly awaiting your reply. Keep up the great work


  • Hewn Bride

    Hewn Bride

    17 June 2015 at 09:06 | #

    Brides Tip: My friend told me not to mention my dinosaur picture requirements to my photographer at the time of booking as any mention of the word 'dinosaur' immediately pushes up the prices.


  • Chris Giles

    Chris Giles

    03 December 2015 at 09:31 | #

    I fully endorse this post.


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