(WASHINGTON DC – April 25, 2013) Wedding innovator, Kathryn Hamm, and award-winning photographer, Thea Dodds, co-authors of Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography are continuing their series of local events to celebrate the nationwide release of their groundbreaking book with upcoming appearances by Hamm in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, May 9 and Dodds in Portland, Maine on Friday, May 3.

On May 3, Thea Dodds will appear from 6-8 pm at an open studio event hosted by Focus Photography. She’ll be on hand to answer questions about same-sex engagement and wedding photography and the making of Capturing Love. The event is open to the public and is free, but registration is requested.

On the morning of May 9, Kathryn Hamm will speak to the Gay-Straight Alliance group — “True Colors” — of the Greenhill School in Addison, TX. Later than evening, Lael & Peter Brodsky will host an invitation-only book party. A local contributing photographer and two couples from Capturing Love are expected to attend.

All events are open to members of the media with advance notice. Please contact Kathryn Hamm (via email or phone / 703-224-8115) to make arrangements and schedule interviews with the authors, and/or local contributing photographers and couples. A galley of Capturing Love is also available upon request.

Background

Authors Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds wrote Capturing Love, a first-of-its-kind guide to photographing same-sex weddings with visual and cross-over appeal, to teach professional photographers about the expertise required to photograph same-sex engagements and weddings. The authors can not only speak to Capturing Love itself, but also to the growing market for same-sex weddings, same-sex wedding trends, and the complexity of the legal landscape around same-sex marriage. Kathryn and Thea have already been featured on outlets including CNN.com and ABCNews.com.

With same-sex marriage legal in an increasing number of states, a new ABC/Washington Post poll finding that a record 58 percent of the American public supports same-sex marriage, and with the Supreme Court poised to take up the issue at the end of March, Capturing Love could hardly be more timely. And same-sex weddings are increasingly important for the wedding industry; WeddingWire.com recently found that 86 percent of their vendors are serving or plan to serve same-sex couples.

The demand for same-sex wedding photography is only going to grow, and Capturing Love has a compelling interest to a wide range of readers — from its expert guidance from the authors to its dozens of stunning example wedding portraits. Capturing Love truly represents the richness and diversity of weddings in the 21st century.

 

About Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography

Written by Thea Dodds and Kathryn Hamm with a foreword by Timothy Chi of WeddingWire, and published by Authentic Weddings in January of 2013, Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography is currently available in nationwide release and has been featured by ABCNews.com, CNN.com, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and more. For more information, please visit www.capturingloveguide.com.

About Kathryn Hamm

Kathryn Hamm is the President of GayWeddings.com, the leading online boutique and resource dedicated to serving same-sex couples. Since its founding in 1999, GayWeddings.com has supported thousands of same-sex couples and LGBT-friendly vendors. Kathryn writes, speaks and consults on the topics of why same sex weddings are meaningful and why marriage matters. Though she and her partner, Amy, exchanged vows in a memorable ceremony on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1999, they are not yet legally married.

About Thea Dodds

Thea Dodds, an award-winning wedding photographer, founded her firm, Authentic Eye, in 2004. She also co- founded the internationally recognized non-profit Greener Photography in 2008. Her work has been featured in various publications, including Newsweek, The Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Kearsarge Magazine, Vermont Vows, and NH Magazine’s Bride. Thea and her partner, Bryan, live on a 10 acre farm in New Hampshire with their two young children, Kyra and Aubrie. They are not legally married, but Kathryn reminds them regularly of the advantages that a legally recognized union can offer.