If you’re a wedding photographer, you might want to think twice about doing a trash the dress shoot in a moving river. A newly married Montreal-area woman drowned this past Friday during a photo shoot in the Ouareau River.
The Montreal Gazette reports that the photographer, Louis Pagakis, cast aside his camera equipment and attempted to save her with the help of a passerby, but they couldn’t lift her out of the water or stop her from being carried away, simply because her dress was so heavy.
Later, a volunteer scuba diver was able to locate her body at the bottom of a stagnant pool of water about 100 feet away from where the shoot was taking place.
The story serves as a stark warning to wedding photographers, showing the potential danger of mixing large wedding dresses with a seemingly-safe river. We can’t imagine how scarring the experience must have been for Pagakis…
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