I’m excited to be featured in Photo District News this month! PDN is a highly respected magazine for professional photographers, so it’s quite an honor to be published in it. They interviewed me for an article about same sex weddings, and published three of my photos of Diana and Michaele’s wedding. I was especially happy to see my photos printed next to images by my friend Ryan Brenizer, a photographer in New York.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Now a growing cadre of photographers, frequently driven by a strong sense of social justice, is actively marketing to gay clients. The photographers are counting on a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage around the country to help drive demand in the gay wedding industry.
Among them is photographer Charlotte Geary of Manitou Springs, Colorado, who shot her first same-sex wedding for a lesbian couple in 2006.
“I was a little dismayed when they told me several photographers had turned them down [because] they were lesbians,” Geary says. “I’m in the business of documenting love and relationships, and I don’t feel like anyone should be denied that.”
Still, Geary worried about how the decision could affect her business. Manitou Springs is a suburb of Colorado Springs, which is a socially conservative military town. But she decided to stand up for her beliefs, and treat the job like any other wedding. She posted pictures on her blog afterwards, and to her surprise, she got a flood of positive comments.
“Lots of people want to see a photographer who isn’t afraid. People want to see love in all shapes and sizes,” Geary says. “After that, I realized I didn’t have to be shy. Business didn’t slow down at all.”
On the other hand, Geary’s decision didn’t draw a flood of same-sex wedding work, either. She shot her second gay wedding last fall, and has another booked for this year. Gay wedding jobs turn out to be sporadic, even for photographers chasing that work in the northeast, where the states that recognize gay marriage are concentrated. Clearly, same sex wedding photography is a niche in development.
Thanks very much to PDN for including me in this article about an important topic. If you’d like to read the rest of the article, you can find PDN at Barnes and Noble or Borders stores around the country.
You can read the entire article and see the photos here: http://digg.com/u119Wn