The smell of winter is in the air and emails about print competitions are flooding my inbox.
But back when the flowers were blooming in June, Rangefinder wrote a lovely article on Capturing Love and the importance of having a “balanced brand;” that is to say: a portfolio including diversity in gender expression and inclusive of same-sex couples. And though many wedding professionals have begun to adopt a more balanced practice, Rangefinder’s own publisher, the Wedding Photography Association (WPPI), has been slow to adopt its advice.
For those of you who haven’t received the announcement for submissions, the WPPI 2014 print competition is open (through January 8, 2014) and the category of “Bride and Groom” still lingers. This, even after an email exchange with WPPI representative, Jason Groupp, during last year’s submissions period asking if it is okay to submit photos of same-sex couples to this category, and suggesting they change the title to “couples” to be more inclusive. His reply? “Yes…couldn’t agree more!”
But, clearly, there’s still work to do. Will you help us?
Since it’s okay to submit photos of same-sex couples and their weddings, I hope you’ll join me in raising awareness and submitting your inspired work and gorgeous couples. Let WPPI know you’d like to see more inclusive language and submit, submit, submit!
And, hopefully, at the 2014 WPPI conference, we’ll all be able to enjoy walking the hallways of prints and seeing a more balanced competition.