Second Anniversary ~ LGBTQ Friendly Photographers in Indiana

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Gary and Todd with Honey, on their front porch

An important anniversary is coming up.  It’s the date that Indiana FINALLY legalized same-sex marriage in our state.  It was a long time coming, and contentious, as it has been in most states, but the day finally came.  On that very day in my world, Gary and Todd ran down to the courthouse and tied the knot.  They posted on Facebook that they were finally legal after many many (many) years together.  It meant the world to them, and to everyone who felt that this was only fair and just.  I contacted them immediately and offered to do portraits of them at the house to honor their union.  I am so glad they accepted.

Since that time, Jeffrey and I have gotten married, and I have been reminded again how deep that joy goes.  It’s a privilege we have, but it’s also a right.  A right our grandparents had, and our parents….but not many of our friends.  My best friend Kirk left this earth in the 90s without the right (OR the privilege) to join his life with his life partner.  It was something he wanted so badly, and had it happened, his partner would have been cared for in an entirely different way afterward.

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Honey needed a portrait, too!

 

So on October 6th, we say HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to all the couples who have been able to legalize their partnership, and celebrate their love openly as a result of this newfound freedom.  It was long overdue.

We are proudly gay LGBTQ friendly photographers, and we have been since day ONE.

 

 

Chelsea’s Kids Keep Growing! / Fort Wayne Family Photographer

Chelsea first called me when she was pregnant with Mara.  I went to the house and met a crazy noisy loving household full of boys and grownups who loved each other very much.

The next year, Mara was there with us, the boys had longer legs.  Mox was just as crazy as the year before, and Mason was the little gentleman he had been the year before, too, but a little more comfortable with me.

Another year went by, we went to grandma and grandpa’s house, and had another hectic, crazy session that ended up beautiful, like years prior, but now with a little princess at the helm.

This year, Mason is a young man.  All style, and grace.  Mox cooperated with me like never before, and it was the aforementioned princess that gave us fits.  But THIS YEAR, we got the best stuff EVER.  The light was right.  The place was right.  The boys were hams, and once every little bit, the princess would stop and smile, or take off running toward me in a way that was just darling.

I may have moved to Wabash, but I will always be a Fort Wayne family photographer.

Pinterest and Your Wedding Photographer / Fort Wayne Photographers

The time is going by so quickly. it’s been more than a year since I blogged, and I had such high hopes for myself. So if you’ve followed me, you must have fallen asleep, and maybe in the next little while I can get you interested again!
There is a lot of debate on the photography forums about Pinterest and your wedding photographer. Do we encourage it? Do we poo poo it? Do we pretend to be excited? Do we cooperate?fort wayne wedding photographers
Imagine this. Imagine that every bride for the last 2 years who wanted to use Mason jars, I said to her, “I don’t like Mason jars, they kill my creative spirit. Your wedding will look like everyone else’s with those Mason jars. I think it’s a terrible idea.” I wouldn’t have worked much. The same is true of Pinterest.Findlay Ohio wedding photographers

For those of you who just emerged from a cave and have yet to begin your Pinterest experience, it goes like this. Imagine a bulletin board with the heading “Great Recipes”. You’re in a stadium full of other bulletin boards, and you can yell out “RECIPE FOR BEEF STEW”, and all these index cards fall on your head with beef stew recipes from all over the world, and you decide which ones of those you will pin onto your bulletin board. That would be the real life version of Pinterest. And you can have a board for wedding plans, and one for kitchen decorating ideas, and cool make-up tricks. It’s fun, and addicting.defiance ohio wedding photographers

As a photographer, I like the influx of new ideas, and even I make boards for inspiration. Sometimes I just want to try the lighting technique, sometimes I love the feeling of the shot, and want to go for it in some way.
More and more I am being asked to copy shots brides have seen on Pinterest. Sometimes lots and lots of them. There are some things you need to understand if this is something you want to do with your photographer.

First, allow the time for this. Along with the standard list of phots:

  • you,
  • him,
  • the two of you,
  • you and mom and dad,
  • the both of you and mom and dad…

We add in all the others.  It takes time.

Secondly, do you know where there’s a staircase like they used?  Do you have the chalk, or the blackboard, etc…?

Third, are you sure?  Just checking…., don’t be offended.  Unique is unique, and we are all over it.  On the other hand I have shot the groom showing his wedding ring to the giddy groomsmen maybe….. ten times in the past year?  Do you want the same shot your girlfriend has?fort wayne wedding photography

If given the time, the examples, the materials, and the willingness from all the subjects involved, I LOVE doing this.  Not everyone has Pinterest, and the reaction in my portfolio is usually very positive.  I want to make sure that if I humor you, you’ll let us be creative too.  We artists don’t like to be locked into one bag of tricks. I also want to make sure you understand that every Fort Wayne and Wabash wedding photographer is being asked to shoot this same shot, and so down the road, all your friends and family may see the same image in every wedding album they look at.

All that being said, let’s go have some fun shooting your wedding pictures!  YEE HA!

Chelsea’s Cowboy Wedding / Mercer Pennsylvania Wedding Photographers

Chelsea’s Cowboy Wedding / Mercer Pennsylvania Wedding Photographers

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This was my first time dealing with camouflage, and long guns at a wedding, but it was really cool.  A whole different vibe from what I’ve been dealing with lately, and I loved it.  It was a day filled with moonshine,  dancing to ALL kinds of music,  armed groomsmen (and groom), cowboy hats as guestbooks, and family and friendship as tight knit as I’ve ever seen.fort wayne wedding details

I hadn’t ever met the bride and groom, and they had found me through an online bridal group.  When I got there and saw how gorgeous they both are, you can imagine my elation.  That, and the fact that this couple’s love is so warm, comfortable, and evident to all around them that the photos flowed with an ease.  I enjoyed this project more than I have in a very long time.indiana cowboy wedding

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