Without being as long winded as I tend to be sometimes, there is a story that accompanies this post.
Last year, a friend of mine contacted me in a panic.
It was weeks before her wedding and her photographer was refusing to photograph the ceremony.
Because she is a lesbian and the photographer had never met with the couple, or even though to ask.
It broke my heart and because I wanted to be there as a guest so badly…I helped her find a colleague to document their day.
It was beautiful and exactly what we all hoped it would be…
and yet, I had this nagging feeling in my head.
I did a lot of soul searching for awhile about the image that I project to the community around me.
My website and Facebook was littered with images of the “stereotypical family”
…which also excluded me after becoming a single mom in the beginning of 2012.
Thus began my new business model and campaign; families welcome. EVERY family is beautiful.
REAL families; single mothers, two fathers, grandmas and grandpas, blended families…
we all deserve the gift of professional portraiture to document love.
(this seriously cracked me up, this little girl has so much sass…mini j-lo!)
I understand this may make some people uncomfortable.
I understand that non-traditional families can challenge people’s beliefs.
But I also understand how it feels to be discriminated against for many different things,
I understand how painful it is to be looked down on or left out for being a “single mom”.
And now I truly understand that I must practice what I preach- love makes a family.
And there is enough love to spare in this one.