Washington, D.C. (February 21, 2013) — Wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm, and veteran photographer Thea Dodds, authors of Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography (Authentic Weddings, $32.95), announced today that their groundbreaking guide is now available via Amazon.com’s Kindle Store ($9.99) and as an EPUB book via Lulu.com ($9.99).
Capturing Love was created for professional photographers to help them understand how photographing same-sex couples can be different from heterosexual couples even though they now share the same legal marriage rights in nine states (MA, IA, CT, NH, VT, ME, MD, WA) and the District of Columbia. The stunning and inspiring images and accessible text offer a cross-over appeal that helps all audiences appreciate the book.
“I photographed my first gay wedding almost 10 years ago,” says Dodds. “And, it wasn’t just the first gay wedding I’d worked; it was also the first gay wedding I’d ever attended! I had an absolutely amazing time, but during the course of the wedding and those that followed, I realized that photographing same-sex couples and photographing them well requires more than a ‘plug and play’ approach from the standard wedding playbook.”
“Simply put,” Dodds says, “what works for a straight couple won’t always work for a gay or lesbian couple. Weddings are changing, and photography education needs to change, too.”
“Capturing Love was designed first and foremost,” says Hamm, “to be enjoyed in the traditional print form. The layout and design of the print version has a strong visual appeal, which captivates most readers. In making the electronic version of the book, we did not stray too far from the original intent of Capturing Love, but its format feels far more text-driven.”
“Our best advice when choosing between the electronic or printed version of the book,” says Hamm. “is to pick the version that speaks to one’s sensibilities as a reader. What matters most to us is that photographers, engaged couples, and other readers take time to enjoy the gorgeous photos we’ve assembled and have access they need to the best practices we recommend when photographing same-sex couples.”
The print version of Capturing Love will be available in nationwide release via outlets such as amazon.com and bn.com in March of 2013, and the electronic version will also be available soon via Barnes & Noble and Apple for their NOOK and iPad devices respectively.
About Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography
Written by Thea Dodds and Kathryn Hamm, and published by Authentic Weddings in January of 2013, Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography is currently available in limited release via Lulu Press. The first-of-its-kind guide will be available in print and as an electronic version in nationwide release in March 2013. The authors will be making several appearances in the coming months to promote Capturing Love, including appearances by Thea Dodds at the WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on March 10-11 (via CreativeLIVE and WeddingWire); and Kathryn Hamm at the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV on March 10-11, and at Princeton University’s LGBT and ally alumni event Every Voice on April 10-13. For more information, visit https://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. They will celebrate their 20th anniversary together in March.
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.