Same-Sex Wedding Photography at Shutterfest 2015

Shutterfest-3I’m just back from Shutterfest, and all I keep thinking is “Wow!”

Shutterfest is such an appropriate name, it is a festival of shutters falling.  I’ve been to just about every photography conference in the country, big ones, little ones I’ve done most of them and Shutterfest is a  photographer’s conference.  This is a conference for photographing and hands on learning, not just sitting and watching; it is for doing.

No one else puts on a conference like this in part because this is not easy to coordinate.  Outside of the dozens of classes (both classroom-style and hands-on), they had hundreds of models, professional make-up and hair, dresses to borrow and gear to borrow.  I have never seen so many people photographing in one place ever before.  And people were at it all day… and all night.  I left Thursday morning at 4am and there were still photographers in the lobby.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a speaker at Shutterfest 2015 and I look forward to doing this again.  My goal for the next few years is to help photographers become inclusive to same-sex couples and help them learn how-to best serve this emerging market.

We painted a rainbow all over Shutterfest with three classes on photographing same-sex couples.  That is by far, the most classes of gay marriage that any single photography conference has ever offered. And check out what people are saying:

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It is amazing to be part of this movement!  I highly recommend Shutterfest to any wedding and portrait photographer of any level of experience, but don’t wait to register, because Shutterfest 2016 is going to sell out.

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Thea Dodds

Award-winning photographer Thea Dodds (@authenticeye) is co-author of The New Art of Capturing Love and is the owner of Authentic Eye Photography.

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