Death-defying shots: Is the perfect wedding photograph worth risking your life?


A couple peer over the ledge 350m above ground. Image: Philbrick Photography

A couple peer over the ledge 350m above ground. Image: Philbrick Photography

A photographer with a passion for mountaineering is offering newlyweds the photo shoot of their dreams: extreme wedding photos taken at a dizzying 350m off the ground.

New Hampshire wedding photographer Jay Philbrick and his wife Vicki specialise in death-defying photo shoots where their subjects pose on tiny cliff ledges, against sheer rock faces and, even, dangling off precipes.

As a former professional mountain guide, Jay, 62, is well versed in the perilous art of navigating rock faces. Today, he’s married his love of photography and rock climbing and the results are breathtaking to say the least.

“In my photography I had always been attracted to contrasts of a beautiful subject in a stark or unlikely location and the cliff ledges I had in mind seemed perfect for this,” he told the Daily Mail.

Jay and Vicki, who have been shooting extreme wedding photos since 2008, take their subjects to the cliffs of Cathedral Ledge at Echo Lake State Park in New Hampshire. Cathedral Ledge is a popular tourist destination that looms 350m above ground and boasts spectacular views of the Saco River Valley, which is known for its lush vegetation and turbulent rapids.

The couple use professional climbing equipment to safely lower the bride and groom down to the cliff ledge and anchor them to the cliff face. Jay navigates the rock face with a harness and rope which allows him the flexibility to rappel down and shoot his subjects from unique angles.

Jay says, :For most of the images we try to use posing and camera angle to “hide the ropes and anchors.

“There is no Photoshop whenever possible.”

While the results are amazing – and the couples incredibly brave, we’d prefer to take our photos on dry land, thanks!

Would you risk your life for the perfect wedding photo Image: Philbrick Photography

Would you risk your life for the perfect wedding photo Image: Philbrick Photography


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