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something old something new

the new art of capturing love

something old something new
alex johnston

The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography by Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds; Amphoto Books; Available in Paperback (2014)

Marriage equality has been one of the defining struggles for LGBT people in the last decade, and books like this are important chronicles of these changes. But I was also surprised to find how much practical advice it had to offer: like the notional straight wedding photographer that the book is primarily written for, I had assumed that LGBT wedding photography would be just like photography for straight couples but with more inclusive language. I was intrigued to read the fine points of a variety of issues such as: creative ways to photograph a pair in tuxedos so that detail is not lost in a sea of black; romantic poses that work well for subjects with similar height and build, and ideas for how to bring a sense of visual cohesion to wedding parties without enforcing heterosexual pairings in the background.

But in the end, the overwhelming impression of the book is the photography. The book is lavishly illustrated with the pick of several dozen professional portfolios. As well as being practical illustrations of ideas in the text, the pictures are beautiful. And even if there are no big gay weddings on your horizon, the pick-me-up from flipping through a book packed full of LGBT couples, young and old, fluorescing with joy to be together, justifies this book all on it’s own.

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