“While weddings can come in many shapes and sizes, all are special in their own unique way. And whether couples are following long-standing traditions or starting new ones of their own, there is one common theme that has stood the test of time: love.”
—Charles Joughin, Human Rights Campaign
Just recently, Colorado became another state that legalized same-sex marriage. For many couples in Colorado; this was amazing news. Finally the government recognized their love. Their partner’s would finally have legal protection. For many of us, the idea of marriage is something we don’t have to worry about. It is and has been legal. As photographers, we only had to worry about “traditional” couples coming to us for their wedding photography needs.
The scene is changing, and traditions that we have become used to as photographers are also changing. For some of us this may become a moral issue in our business. Many photographers do not believe in gay marriage due to their personal religious beliefs. Many of us don’t care but wonder how to pose a same-sex couple (posing traditional couples are hard enough at times!). I will keep this blog post pretty simple and hopefully it won’t cause some drama, but let’s face it, this will cause drama somewhere.
Comfort level. Experienced wedding photographers know the drill. Same-sex weddings on the other hand…are they the same, different, if so, how different? How do I market to that niche or do I just market weddings in general? Same-sex wedding photography is fairly new in this country. It will only become bigger as more states legalize it. Times and trends are changing. Are you changing with the times and trends?
Are you ready for the phone call or message from a same-sex couple wanting their wedding photographed or even family portraits done? Comment and share your thoughts on this subject.