Veteran photographer Thea Dodds and wedding expert Kathryn Hamm, authors of the new guide Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography, will celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a deeper look at wedding portraits of same-sex couples around the country.
Together, the authors have spent countless hours exploring why mainstream wedding photography resources fail to address this changing marketplace, which now includes even more same-sex couples than ever as more states legalize marriage equality.
“I photographed my first gay wedding almost 10 years ago,” says Dodds. “And, it wasn’t just the first gay wedding I’d worked, it was also the first gay wedding I’d ever attended. I had an absolutely amazing time, but during the course of the wedding and those that followed, I realized that photographing same-sex couples and photographing them well requires more than a plug-and-play approach from the standard wedding playbook.”
This conversation led to the creation of the duo’s own publishing firm – Authentic Weddings – and their first book, which is designed to help photographers understand how best to capture same-sex couples on their big day.
“Simply put,” Dodds says, “what works for a straight couple won’t always work for a gay or lesbian couple. Weddings are changing, and photography education needs to change, too.”
Featuring photographs from 38 of the top gay and lesbian wedding photographers in the U.S. and around the world (there are a few examples of images from London), and showcasing 46 same-sex stories of couples, Capturing Love debunks the myth that “same-sex couples are just like straight couples,” through the lens, anyway. Using the photos, personal stories, and commentary from the authors, the guide not only provides a compelling new look at how “couplehood” is changing in the 21st century, but how weddings are changing with it.
Chris Hensel, a wedding photographer from Media, is the only Philly-area photographers featured in the book.
“We are deeply grateful to the talented photographers and couples who have shared their inspired images of authentic love with us,” says Hamm. “They have allowed us to indulge as deeply in the promise love and commitment as we might in our favorite box of chocolates on February 14.”
Click here for more information about Capturing Love. An animated trailer for the book can also be viewed here.
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