LGBTQ WEDDING Photography
love is love, obviously
LGBTQ wedding photography is something I’m passionate about. This year, my wife Jessica and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary and our 20th anniversary as a couple (you can also see our 16th anniversary blog post here)…so you can understand why same-sex marriage rights are important to us.
Over the past ten years, I’ve had the chance to photograph many LGBTQ couples for family portraits, engagement sessions, and, of course, weddings. But I’ve photographed plenty of straight couples as well, so why is this page labeled LGBTQ and Same-Sex 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 way too many people voicing loud, ignorant opinions about same sex marriage and LGBTQ rights. People like your Trump-loving uncle who always says something racist at Thanksgiving, or the jerky asshats constantly spouting off on Fox News. They 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 a ton of 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 for free. (The other part is that I love any excuse to feed my travel addiction.)
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 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. Someone who will celebrate you and not just tolerate you.
Because now more than ever, we need to remember that love is love…and I feel incredibly lucky to have a job where I get to share in so many celebrations of love that are all so different and yet all so beautiful.
So if you’re on the hunt for a wedding photographer who isn’t a Judgey McJudgeyPants, go ahead and shoot me an email right 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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