The New Art of Capturing Love
The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
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The first guide to posing and sensitively capturing same-sex couples on their big day, The New Art of Capturing Love equips semi-pro and professional wedding photographers to enter the exciting new LGBT wedding photography market.
These are exciting times for marriage equality—but capturing memorable LGBTQ portraits requires a novel approach to posing, which until now has been nearly exclusively oriented toward pairing a taller man in black with a smaller woman in white. What works for Jack and Jill won’t necessarily work for Jack and Michael, let alone Jill and Louise. The New Art of Capturing Love shatters the “old standards” of wedding and engagement photography by showing how inappropriate they can be for today’s diverse couples, then shares easy-to-implement poses and techniques that can be applied to any couple (and wedding party), no matter their orientations, to create lasting memories.
Featuring a collection of more than 180 same-sex portraits from 46 photographers, this guide is proudly the first—and most comprehensive—of its kind. Whether you are a wedding photographer looking to enter this burgeoning market, or a gay or lesbian couple looking
for visual inspiration, these gorgeous images will both instruct and inspire.
KATHRYN HAMM is president of GayWeddings.com, the pioneering online wedding boutique and resource for same-sex couples, offering a community forum, planning articles, and directory of more than sixty thousand LGBTQ-friendly wedding pros. She is also an education expert for WeddingWire, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, as well as a speaker, workshop leader, and consultant for couples and wedding vendors across the country. She lives with her wife and son in Arlington, Virginia.
THEA DODDS is an award-winning wedding photographer and founder of Authentic Eye Photography. Her work has been featured in Newsweek and the Huffington Post, and on ABC News, CNN, and NPR.org. Dodds lives with her husband and two daughters in Rumney, New Hampshire, and can be found online at AuthenticEye.com.
"The New Art of Capturing Love is completely fresh and moving—like no other photography handbook. It opens doors for photographers, not only to new business opportunities but also to more understanding and acceptance of people in general. The images are beautiful and this book is an education and inspiration to all photographers—no matter who they photograph. Treat yourself to the simple joy of photographing love.”
—Kevin Kubota, wedding photographer and author of Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook and Digital Photography Boot Camp
“This book . . . offers an amazing collection of images of love between two people, their families, and friends. I hope you’ll be as inspired by it as I am.”
—From the foreword by Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds
"Anticipating the needs of your couples is integral to the success of any and all wedding professionals. This revolutionary book will empower you with the essentials to successfully navigate these new and exciting waters."
—Meghan Ely, owner of wedding marketing and PR firm OFD Consulting and blogger for The Knot.
"These joyful same-sex marriage photos show how fabulously normal it's become. The very existence of the "essential guide to lesbian & gay wedding photography" speaks volumes."
—Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones