As a person lucky enough to witness love in abundance while photographing weddings, I have been feeling really sad about the controversy involving marriage equality. I had a woman ask me recently why I haven’t photographed any same sex couples. At the time I answered her, I felt my answer was a pure and simple one… “Because no one has inquired”. But as I think about it more, I realize it’s not a simple answer and I also felt it was a poor reason. I would like to do something to change that – and maybe even add to it.
In light of the recent online uproar regarding comments made by Chick-Fil-A company president Dan Cathy, I thought even more about why my photos were lacking diversity. I laid in bed last night not able to sleep because I felt compelled to contribute something that would express my thoughts. So while I lay awake, I thought about love, and the way in which others want so badly to clearly define what is right and what is wrong about marriage. I reflected upon my time photographing engagement sessions of people in love and the fact they have always been couples consisting of a man and a woman. Then I thought about how rewarding it would feel to think broader and photograph not only engagement sessions for those who will be walking down the aisle, but to photograph love in whichever way it exists – marriage attached to it or not.
So I am getting down on one proverbial knee, throwing out a proposal of my own, and I am hoping you will say yes. I would like to start by offering one dozen, (btw that’s 12) 30 minute photo sessions free of charge to people interested in having me showcase their love in photographs. The love that I would like to capture is free to exist in any form. It can be romantic love, platonic love, infatuation, respect, admiration, etc. I want to photograph you if you’re a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a grandfather and grandchild, best friends, a gal with a backyard full of slobbering pugs in holiday sweaters (that last one comes from personal inspiration). You name it, I’m cool with it…. Don’t believe me? Have you seen these zombie engagement photos? I took those. I think I’m pretty damn open minded when it comes to showcasing a couple’s ideas about love. In my heart, love has no limits or boundaries. As corny and overused as that phrase might sound, I truly believe it. I want to back up my beliefs but I can’t do it alone. If you would like to help me with this, please be one of the first 12 people to e-mail me privately about a photo session. If you know someone who you feel is deserving of a photo session like this, please contact me on their behalf. And if you are someone who would like to join in and volunteer your time as well, please let me know and we’ll make it work.
Instead of engagement photo sessions that end with weddings, allow me photograph your I LOVE YOU SESSION and let’s leave it at that. That will surely give me something that I can feel confident in describing as pure and simple. And you will have photo keepsakes of you and your love – whoever that may be.
P.S. I LOVE YOU SESSIONS will take place in Los Angeles, CA at a date determined by us privately. While I have agreed to donate my time and resources, I can not be held financially responsible for any travel costs that you may incur to get here. That’s reasonable, right? Now let’s do this!