Callenwolde Fine Art Center | Atlanta Wedding | Melanie and Ian


LGBTQ wedding photography is something I’m passionate about. This year, my wife Jessica and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and our 22nd anniversary as a couple (you can see our 20th anniversary and our 16th anniversary blog posts if you are interested and not afraid of super sappy stuff).


Over the past thirteen+ years, I’ve had the chance to photograph many LGBTQ couples for family portraits, engagement sessions, and, of course, weddings. But I’ve photographed a lot of straight couples as well, so why is this page labeled LGBTQ Wedding Photographer instead of just Wedding Photographer? Good question.


The short version is that I label all the images and weddings on my blog so that non-traditional couples who need a wedding photographer can find me quickly and easily. (If you’re interested in the long version, check out this article I wrote about being a queer wedding photographer and the importance of using labels on the internet.)


In these polarized—let’s be honest, pretty much apocalyptic—times, there seem to be far too many people voicing loud, ignorant opinions about LGBTQ rights. And that can make shopping for a wedding photographer—or florist, or baker—complicated, frustrating, and stressful. Really stressful. Which is why I’m making a special effort by creating this page to let other LGBTQ couples know I’m here.


And by “here,” I mean not only Atlanta but also wherever you are, especially if it’s a place where not all couples might feel the most welcome. Where there may not be any gay-friendly wedding photographers to choose from. That’s part of the reason that — if you’re anywhere within the continental U.S. — I'll travel to you.


Because the last thing you should have to worry about on your wedding day is whether the photographer you hired will accept you or not.


Because you deserve someone who has extensive experience photographing LGBTQ weddings and won’t just plug you and your partner into a tired old list of awkward, sexist, gender-normative, “who’s-the-girl” wedding poses.


You deserve someone who will celebrate you.


Now, more than ever, we need to remember that love is love…and I feel incredibly lucky to have a career where I am a part of so many celebrations of love that are all so different and yet all so beautiful.


So if you’re searching for a wedding photographer who will be your biggest fan and advocate on your wedding day, email me now to get the conversation started. I can’t wait to hear all about your amazing wedding plans.


In the meantime, I’ll keep watching the news with a hopeful heart for the day that I can take this page down and they can all just be “weddings.” That day is closer than ever.


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