(Closed) Gay friendly photographer?

posted 8 years ago in LGBTQ
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

does you area have a local magazine/Advocate that you can look at?  Photographers may have posted their ad in one of those?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not part of the LGBTQ community so forgive me for not knowing about this, but are there seriously photographers who are not LGBTQ friendly?  that’s………so wrong.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Photographers are moment capturing artists. As long as you pay them they won’t care what your sexual orientation is.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@Meowkers:  I thought the same thing (also not part of the LBGTQ community so I have no idea either) – I mean, its a job?  Why wouldn’t you want to do it?  It would make them more appealing to a wide range of people if they shoot different types of weddings/events!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Meowkers:  We found precisely one wedding vendor who was not particularly LGBTQ friendly.  And even she had the sense not to say anything directly.  However, we live in a relatively liberal area and got married in an even more liberal area.  I have unfortunately heard stories of other couples who have faced much more hostility.  One of the worst was a situation in which the couple had put down a deposit on a venue before mentioning that it was a same-sex couple.  The venue refused to serve them, or to give them their deposit back.  The couple was unwilling to sue, because they thought the publicity might cause them issues.  So they actually had to start again saving for their wedding.

Our approach was to look for good wedding vendors, but tell them early that we were a same-sex couple. If they were hostile, we just didn’t have to hire them. We didn’t start by narrowing our search to LGBTQ-friendly vendors, because many vendors have just never been asked about their openness to a same-sex wedding, and thus may not be on any lists of gay-friendly vendors.  And besides, I’m am “out” enough that I would have sued if one of our vendors had tried any shenanigans.

Ironically, we ended up with one vendor (our photographer) who was especially eager to cut a deal with us because we were a same-sex couple.  He’s in Massachusetts, and thought that having pictures from a same-sex wedding on his site would be helpful as subtle advertising that he was open to working with such couples.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend just looking at photographers who have expressed being LGBTQ friendly as many great photographers who would have no qualms shooting your wedding may have never been asked. 

I’d just find local photographers you like and meet with them.  Be very upfrount about the fact that you’re a same sex couple and if you sense resistance, move on.  But I’m sure the vast majority of the local photographers would be more than happy to shoot your wedding – even if they’ve never explicitly made it known that they’re LGBTQ friendly!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

@Stevie.Brooks: Oh how I wish that was true!

Through planning our wedding, as well as blogging/connecting with photographers and other wedding industry professionals, I’ve definitely learned otherwise! There are actually quite a few wedding photographers who are highly religious/uncomfortable with gay weddings! And that’s here in Southern California! Sure some of them will shoot your wedding anyway- but I for one wouldn’t want someone who was uncomfortable with my wedding/marriage present for the big day! There are also others who just have no interest and refuse to shoot gay weddings. Sad but true.

I think that the vendor list at SYE is a great place to start, but I also think there are a bunch of photogs out there who don’t have any experience with gay couples, but could care less! So if there’s a photographer whose work you like, 

Ask! Ask! Ask! You’re spending a lot of money for a service and you deserve to have people who are supportive/encouraging around you! 🙂

🙂

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Curious about photographers in Michigan as well, if anyone knows.  I’m on the search for this at the moment!

 

Post # 12
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Wannabee

For anyone looking on the East Coast of the US.  Let me recommend a photographer to you.  Her name is Casey Goold and in short is completely awesome!!  She is the owner of a small business called Casey Lyn Photography.  http://www.caseylyn.com/  or check her out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Casey-Lyn-Photography/201577416550304

Very easy to work with.  Really captures the event as a whole and makes you feel like a star.  Not like most Cookie cutter, bland wedding photographers! Very LGBTQ friendly.

Tell her Tab sent you!

Thanks and Congrats,

Tab

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