Review: Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography
January 24, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography is a first-of-its kind visual guide for photographers looking to adapt to the growing market of same-sex weddings.
The book, by veteran wedding photographer Thea Dodds and wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm, features stunning example photographs from thirty-eight of the top gay and lesbian wedding photographers, showcasing forty-six same-sex couples.
Dodds and Hamm’s approach to photography provides a valuable and impactful resource for industry professionals searching to adapt to a business long dictated by heteronormativity.
“For wedding photographers, it can be a challenge to pose and set up a wedding portrait in a way that truly reflects the uniqueness of each couple, especially when they’ve been trained to use a certain set of poses that were designed for a man and a woman,” said Dodds.
Capturing Love provides both education and inspiration to photographers looking to revisit the rules of traditional wedding and engagement photography to better serve all couples.
The result is a beautiful collection of loving couples -- including HRC Illinois Board of Governors member Dawn Brown and her wife, who were chosen for the cover -- captured in genuine moments of love that transcend sexual orientation. Capturing Love is truly the embodiment of love in the 21st Century.
The book was released for a limited run via Lulu Press on January 16, 2013 from Authentic Weddings, with a full release to follow in March. It is available for purchase here.