CONTACT: Cathy Renna

Washington, D.C. (January 16, 2013). With same-sex marriage now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, same-sex unions are more commonplace and more visible than ever before. Gone are the days of engaged couples of the same sex booking wedding professionals purely on the criteria of whether or not they are gay-friendly. With the average wedding photographer costing approximately $2,300 USD (out of a $27,000 average total), same-sex couples are looking for professionals who can provide a level of service, understanding and authenticity worthy of their investment. But when it comes to wedding and engagement portraits, what works for heterosexual couples may not work for same-sex couples.  Enter Capturing Love, a groundbreaking new visual guide by veteran wedding photographer Thea Dodds of Authentic Eye Photography, and wedding innovator Kathryn Hamm of  The new book will be released in a limited run via Lulu Press on January 16, 2013 from Authentic Weddings, with a full release to follow in March.  The book is available for purchase here, for $32.95 USD.

Capturing Love features stunning example photographs from thirty-eight of the top gay and lesbian wedding photographers, showcasing forty-six same-sex couples.  Through these examples – offering both unconventional wedding portraits and new twists on conventional wedding imagery – and through detailed commentary from the authors, the book provides needed support to wedding photographers who must revisit the rules of traditional wedding and engagement portrait posing to better serve all couples in today’s diverse wedding market. 

Said Hamm: “What works for John and Barbara won’t necessarily work for Matthew and Rick, let alone Jill and Louise.  In choosing photographs to include in Capturing Love, we asked three simple but important questions: Are these images authentic? Do these images reflect intimacy? Are these images believable?  For any couple – straight or gay — an engagement or wedding portrait should elicit a ‘yes’ to all three questions.  That combination of authenticity, intimacy, and believability will be different for every couple, and the wide range of photos of same-sex couples in Capturing Love illustrates just how diverse wedding portraiture can, and should, be.”

Said Dodds:  “Weddings are changing, and photography education needs to change too.  For wedding photographers, it can be a challenge to pose and set up a wedding portrait in a way that truly reflects the uniqueness of each couple, especially when they’ve been trained to use a certain set of poses that were designed for a man and a woman.  We hope Capturing Love inspires every photographer shooting a same-sex wedding to think outside the box, and to create photos that truly capture the one-of-a-kind magic present at each couple’s wedding day.”

More information about Capturing Love, including a complete list of contributing photographers, currentl book tour dates, and ordering information, is available at