You get to open yourself up to an entirely new demographic if you make the conscious decision to become a gay wedding photographer. Although this may sound a bit sad and unfair at times, the reality in the wedding industry these days is that not all wedding photographers are willing to show support and acceptance by catering to same sex or gay couples. They feel as if they will be contributing to everything that they stand against. They stand in for what they were brought up to think and believe and this can really be a sad thing to have to face at the end of the day. However, there is a proverbial silver lining to every cloud. Because of the fact that not all of the wedding photographers are willing to get into it, you get far more chances of making good business at it than usual. Just because they let their opinions and judgments get the better of them, it does not mean that you have to go ahead and do the same thing. The job of a gay wedding photographer is not really all that different from what a regular wedding photographer does. You just need to be a little more open to differences and a little more sensitive to what you are not really all that accustomed to seeing or photographing.
It really isn’t all that different and the first element to becoming a gay wedding photographer would be for you to respect the couple, as the way you respect other couples that you have worked with before. The long and short of it is that they are a couple who would like to make their love public and official through the wedding ceremony and reception party and they hired you to make the occasion extra special. They want you to document this particular milestone in their lives. It really is pretty much the same thing with heterosexual couples and although there are things that you might need to end up doing differently somewhere along the way, the fact remains that you are there to ensure that a couple’s special day is documented the right way as much as possible. Try to stick to that fact and make sure that you don’t lose sight of it.
It is a big deal.
Being someone’s gay wedding photographer is actually a really big deal for the clients. You will be appreciated far more than you would normally expect to be in any other wedding setup. You might be used to clients treating you like a hired hand or just business as usual, as with the other vendors out there but as for same sex couples, you might end up seriously befriending them even way after the wedding event. This is an emotional time for them. Most of these couples have hidden their relationships in the beginning due to the judgments and prosecutions that they face from other people on a daily basis. They are technically taking a leap of faith when they decided to get married and announce it out to the rest of the world and they appreciate you greatly for accepting the task at hand, for accepting them as they are, and for being a part of that celebration of love.