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EBook with tips for choosing a photographer for your same-sex wedding

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  • A publication of Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers

    gay-friendly choosing a A GUIDE THROUGH THE MAZE OF WEDDING INDUSTRY RHETORIC

    wedding photographer

    Cindy M Brown | C Brown Photo

  • 1. Hallmarks of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

    2. Considering Style 3. Assessing Talent 4. Choosing a Gay-Friendly Wedding

    Photographer

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • CHAPTER ONE

    Hallmarks of the Gay-Friendly

    Wedding Photographer

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  • Hallmarks Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

    #1 Sensitive and Understanding

    The gay-friendly photographer is sensitive to the feelings of couples and under-standing of family dynamics at a wedding. A good indication of sensitivity in a wedding photographer is a portfolio that includes photographs that show he or she is able to make couples and family feel comfortable in front of the camera.

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  • #2 Welcoming

    The gay-friendly photographer is welcoming and affirming. He or she is excited about documenting the love you and your partner share and lets you know it. You should feel comfortable when you meet with the gay-friendly photographer, whether they are gay or straight. (Dont judge a photographer by sexual orientation alone.)

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    Hallmarks Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • #3 Open-minded

    The gay-friendly photographer is able to appreciate and celebrate difference in all its forms. A good indication of open-mindedness in a wedding photographer is a portfolio that shows people of different ages, different cultures and different gender expressions.

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    Hallmarks Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open. Frank Zappa

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  • #4 Flexible The gay-friendly photographer is capable of adjusting to the situation at hand. Same-sex weddings sometimes follow a traditional path, but just as often veer off the beaten path. Having a photographer willing and able to go with the flow, wherever that may lead, is a must.

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    Hallmarks Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • All you can do is plan to go unplanned, prepare to be unprepared, make going with the ow part of your agenda, for the most successful among us envision, plan, and prepare, but cast all aside as needed. David W. Jones

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  • #5 Creative According to Stanley Stegel, author of Uncharted Lives, The process of becoming gay, of accepLng ones sexuality is a process of living an extremely original life. Quirky, o*eat, visually surprising images are the staple of the gay-friendly photographers work.

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    Hallmarks Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • #6 Tech Savvy Richard Florida, author of Ci2es and the Crea2ve Class, found a correlaLon between gays, creaLvity and technological innovaLon. A gay-friendly photographer has a vast amount of technical knowledge. The ability to use the techy features of a camera, such as f-stops, shu:er speeds and ISO se>ngs will show in a photographers porQolio, as will her ability to use o-camera lighAng, as well as aRer capture ediLng and toning. Like any good scienLst, the gay-friendly photographer knows how to use the technical tools of the trade.

    Buying a Nikon doesnt make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner. - Author Unknown

    Hallmarks Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • CHAPTER TWO

    Considering Style

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  • When looking for a gay-friendly wedding photographer, or any wedding photographer for that maVer, its important to understand the dierent styles of photography available. While an internet search reveals more than 30 styles of photography, there are really only two broad categories of photographic style make and take. Photographers who make photos are concerned with orchestraAng people and events to create beauLful photos. Photographers who take photos are more concerned with capturing the essence of the people and events they photograph.

    To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. Henri CarLer-Bresson

    Styles Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • Make photographers(tradiLonal portrait photographers, fashion photographers, commercial photographers) control what is in front of the camera. Make photographers spend a good porLon of each wedding day asking folks to pose in a variety of se_ngs. Good make photographers use their ability to orchestrate people and props to create visually interesLng photographs. The photograph at le8 is a posed make photo taken by photojournalist Cindy M. Brown.

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    You dont take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

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    A make photo by take photo-grapher Sharon McMahon of Cindy and Sharon.

    Styles Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • On the other hand, take photographers (photojournalists, documentary photographers, street photographers) let events happen . Take photographers blend into the background. They take what is known in the world of photojournalism as a y on the wall approach to documenLng your big day.

    If you know how to wait, people will forget your camera, then their souls will open up. Steve McCurry

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    Good take photographers use their ability to see the inters-ecLon of strong composiLons and peak moments to create photo-graphs of real events that surprise and delight.

    Styles Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • In reality, you do not have to choose between the two. Most wedding photographers/photojournalists will actually do at least a li:le of both. What you should ask yourself is whether you prefer a photographer who will spend most of his or her Ame controlling what is going on in the frame or one

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    who will spend most of his or her Ame capturing the essence of what is actually happening. If you spend Lme looking at a photographers porQolio, his or her true style will show through

    Styles Of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • CHAPTER THREE

    Assessing Talent

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  • When choosing a photographer, any photographer, it is important to evaluate the talent displayed in their photographs. Here are a few elements to consider when assessing the images a photographers porQolio.

    1) Surprising and DelighHul Look for a porQolio with images that surprise and delight -- images that make you take a second look, or maybe even a third.

    Assessing the Talent Of A Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

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  • 2. Varied: Look for diversity--in terms of what's in the image, the way the image is composed, the angle the photo was taken from, the techniques used, and the content of the photos. 3: EmoAonal: Look for photographs that make you feel something--images that capture smiling eyes, a belly laugh, tears of joy or a special look between a couple,

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    Assessing the Talent of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • 4. Consistent: Look for a porQolio that shows a photographer can consistently produce emoLonal, visually meaningful images. Ask to see enLre galleries, slideshows or album designs from several weddings. 5: NarraAve: Look for collecLons of photographs tell the story of the whole wedding day -- scene-se_ng shots, story-telling details, images that depict interacLon, acLon photos, as well as portraits that really capture personaliLes.

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    Assessing the Talent of the Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

  • CHAPTER FOUR

    Choosing

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  • Choosing A Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer

    Heres a quick summary of the previous three chapters for those who are fond of skimming and/or who love numbered bullets. So far we have discussed hallmarks, style and talent and ways to evaluate each. 1. HALLMARKS: Look at the descripLve text, tesLmonials and photos on a photographers website for clues to how well they live up to the vehallmarks of a gay-friendly photographer: 1. Open-minded; 2. Flexible; 3. UnconvenLonal; 4.Unobtrusive; 5. CreaLve; 6. Tech-savvy.

    2. STYLE: Determine the style of photography you wantmake or take--and review photographers websites for work that matches that style. 3. TALENT: Assess the talent of the photographers whose style is in synch with what you would like from your wedding photographs.

    My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplaLon of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way. Bruce Davidson

  • ARer considering the hallmarks of the gay-friendly photographer, the style of photography you are most interested in, and the talent evident in the porQolios of photographers who work in that style, its Lme to narrow the pool of favorites based on price and personality.

    The heart and mind are the true lens of the came