AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Midtown

Looking for a great place to network and meet new gay-friendly friends in the Atlanta area? Check out the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce's Fourth Friday events.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

In July we met at the Residence Inn in Midtown, where they set a spread of chicken, beef, shrimp, fruits, desserts and these yummy vegetables. 

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

Our vice-president, Sandy Mollett, First Data, and President, Dan Dunlop, Dunlop Productions welcomed the crowd.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

And members had fun sharing with each other, as always.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

I was embarrassed when my plain grey Eccos paled in comparison to the cool shoes.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

I made sure that new members from VMware's Sandy Springs office met all the movers and shakers.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

Here's the whole VMware crew hobnobbing with our new president, Dan Dunlop.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

And, of course, cute guys posed for my camera all evening. Here are a couple of my favorites.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday at Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown

The perfect book for folks planning an LGBTQ wedding

Kirsten Palladino, co-creator of the Equally Wed blog and the Wedding Equality Alliance, has written a an amazingly informative book about planning LGBTQ weddings.

I bought one for myself at her book signing party, which took place at The Rush Center, recently.

If you're planning your own wedding, or if your a planner who hopes to work more with LGBTQ couples, you should run, not walk to your nearest bookstore. Or, buy one online.

 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center
 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center
 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center
 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center
 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center
 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center
 Equally Wed Book Launch at Rush Center

Meg and Kadesha's Eco-Friendly Wedding Album

Delivering a wedding album is like putting the whipped cream and cherry on top of a beautiful ice cream Sundae. So much fun to see their faces and hear their comments, as a couple looks through their finished album for the first time. We had the pleasure of delivering Meg and Kadesha's awesome album a couple of weekends ago.

Meg: I love it. This is so cool. 

Kadesha: That’s awesome.

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Meg: That’s one of my favorites. Wow

Kadesha: Look at you

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Meg:  This is a great one. I love that you can see everybody in this one. This is the screensaver on my computer, actually.

Kadesha: Yeah.

Meg: Awesome.

Kadesha: Perfect. Thank you, so much!

Meg: It's perfect, perfect, perfect.

AGLCC at Out Front Theater

As corporate sponsors of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, our job is to document the fun events put on by the group.

Here are a few fun photos from the February Fourth Friday event that took place at Out Front Theater. The theater's mission is to tell stories of the LGBTQIA experience and community, through theatre and the performing arts.

Check out their upcoming shows and buy tickets here.

 AGLCC Fourth Friday, Out Front Theater
 AGLCC Fourth Friday, Out Front Theater
 AGLCC Fourth Friday, Out Front Theater
 AGLCC Fourth Friday, Out Front Theater
 AGLCC Fourth Friday, Out Front Theater

Steve and Wayne's Stone Mountain Wedding

Celebrating their status .... legally wed!

Celebrating their status .... legally wed!

You might not know it, but Stone Mountain, a favorite place for hikers, bicyclists, and tourists, is also a great place for couples getting married. We found out this past fall when we were privileged to photograph Steve and Wayne's lakeside pavilion wedding.

Steve and Wayne's ceremony took place in front of a giant stone fireplace that graced one end of the pavilion.  

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day.

2016 Pride Parade Religious Confrontation

For several years now, I've been photographing the clash of religious views that plays out at the Atlanta Pride parade. In past years, the parade protestors have been spread out over the length of the parade.

This year the protestors were corralled into one area. A cadre of police officers surrounded them to reduce confrontations.

A few years ago, anti-protestors who have come to be called the Pansy Patrol, brought giant flowers to hold in front of the protestors. Sadly, this year, the Pansy Patrol  was not allowed to  block the hateful signs. But, never fear, loving Christians and Jews held up signs of affirmation near the protestors signs. And of course, churches and synagogues marching in the parades had signs on their floats, held signs in the air and sang songs of love.

Love wins, again!

 Pride Parade 2016
 Pride Parade 2016
 Pride Parade 2016
 Pride Parade 2016
 Pride Parade 2016
 Pride Parade 2016
 Pride Parade 2016

Kim and Shelby's Wedding at the Avondale Estates Clubhouse

I love a wedding with a dog in attendance. Kim and Shelby's wedding was the first wedding with a dog that we have photographed.

Check it out. I think you'll love Maple.

 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse

Here's Maple. Kim and Shelby called her "flat Maple" because she was cut out from cardboard. They were afraid real Maple would be a bit of a distraction.

 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse

Flat Maple accompanies the newlyweds to their portrait shoot.

 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse
 Kim and Shelby's Wedding at Avondale Estates Clubhouse

Flash Mob at Lakefest in Pine Lake

Pine Lake's annual Lakefest includes such fun-filled events as Floatzilla, a sand castle competition, poetry by the Lake, a pet parade and contests, as well as artists' booths and musical performances.

If that weren't enough, in the midst of all the fun, a flash mob broke out:

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As if this weren't enough, as the flash mob began to disperse, the police showed up.

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The Christian Science Monitor on Vendors for Gay Weddings

When Warren Richey from the Christian Science Monitor called our office searching for someone to interview about gay-friendly wedding vendors, I jumped at the chance to answer his questions.

After the phone call interview, I waited for more than a month to see how well Richey captured the essence of what I said.

After reading the story, I must say, he nailed it. Even the headline writer captured the essence of what Sharon and I have been working to do since we started Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers -- Help Gay Couples Find Wedding Joy Without Rejection.

In a series of emails with Mr Richey after the publication of the story, I found out that his editor wanted to paraphrase some of my comments, but Mr. Richey fought to keep my words as spoken. "I told him that we needed your voice in this story and that we needed to let you say it in your own way," wrote Richey.

This article was the last in a series of articles exploring how the legalization of gay marriage has called into question our notion of religious liberty.

" I was trying to be respectful and understanding of both sides." Richey wrote about the series in an email to me. "As a result, I've been criticized by both sides. So I guess maybe I did something right."

I have to say that his series gave me a new understanding of those on the other side of the debate. Pushing ourselves to understand others, in my opinion, is always a good thing.

Check out the series. Then let me know what you think.

 

Gatsby-themed wedding at the Dekalb History Center

"I spent my Saturday nights in New York, because those gleaming dazzling parties of his were with me so vividly that I could hear the music and the laughter, faint and incessant."
Nick about Jay Gatsby's famous parties

The Old Dekalb Courthouse in the Dekalb History Center provided the perfect backdrop for florist and designer Al Delinger and his crew to create this spectacular Gatsby-inspired celebration scene for Michael and Jody's June wedding.

 Jody and Michael at the Dekalb History Center

Michael and Jody sported merlot tuxedos accented with orchid boutineers.

 Jody and Michael at the Dekalb History Center

Their grooms' ladies wore Gatsby-inspired gowns and jewelry.

 Jody and Michael at the Dekalb History Center

DJ Trey from Soul Spin Weddings curated the music for the evening.

 Jody and Michael at the Dekalb History Center

Which led to some wild times on the dance floor.

The bouquet toss, with a twist.

 Jody and Michael at the Dekalb History Center

A sparkling exit.

 Jody and Michael at the Dekalb History Center

We'd love to photograph your amazing wedding, too.

Cindy and Sharon, destination gay wedding photographers

Kat and Lindy's Charleston Harbor Resort Wedding

We are so honored that of all the gay wedding photographers in Atlanta, Kat and Lindy chose us to photograph their gorgeous Charleston Harbor wedding on April 30, 2016.

Sharon and I enjoyed every minute of their wedding day from the time we showed up to photograph them getting ready until they left the Fish House through a tunnel of sparklers.

A few of our favorite wedding photos

 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC
 Kat Wall and Lindy Dyer Wedding at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC

You can see more images from gay weddings we've photographed here.

Go here for more information about us (and to see a really cute photograph of us with our adorable dog, Roux, who is smiling in the photo ... seriously, he's really smiling.)  And here to find out if we're available to photograph your  wedding.

Charleston Wedding Florist, Charleston Flower Market
Charleston Wedding Venue, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
Atlanta Wedding Photographers, Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers

Street Photography: Martin Luther King Day Parade

When I'm not being paid to photograph someone's wedding, event or portrait, you can often find me taking photographs that fall into a genre that is known as "street photography." As the name implies, most street photographers practice their passion in the streets. 

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

But, it's not just where the photographs are made that defines street photography, it's how, and why. (Aside: This is simply my personal definition of street photography. The genre is so nebulous that you will find lots of different definitions, none of which satisfies every "street photographer.")

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100
 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

For me, what distinguishes street photography is a lack of preconception when taking the photograph. There's a sort of trigger-happiness on the part of photographer who responds to the light, shapes, expressions, patterns, and relationships between each while capturing what are often in-between moments.

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100
 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

Why? To see what that particular moment in time looks like when stopped by the click of a camera's shutter.

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

A Few Favorite Wedding Photographs from 2015

What an amazing year!

Marriage Equality becomes the law of the land and couples in red states everywhere celebrate by running to the courthouse and/or planning the wedding of their dreams.

We photographed two person courthouse weddings and friends-and-family-filled outdoor wedding and everything in-between. 

We photographed weddings here in Atlanta, one in Chicago and one in Asheville.

Every one was unique and delightful and filled with love and joy, and lots of laughter.

Photo studio ballroom wedding in Chicago.

Photo studio ballroom wedding in Chicago.

Courthouse wedding in Gwinette County

Courthouse wedding in Gwinette County

Backyard wedding in Chamblee.

Backyard wedding in Chamblee.

Another from the photo studio wedding in Chicago.

Another from the photo studio wedding in Chicago.

Episcopal Church wedding in Atlanta.

Episcopal Church wedding in Atlanta.

Stone Manor wedding in Asheville.

Stone Manor wedding in Asheville.

Garden wedding in Atlanta.

Garden wedding in Atlanta.

We're looking forward to a 2016 filled with more amazing gay weddings, more fun couples to work with, and more emotion-filled moments to document.

If you'd like to meet us to talk more about how we can document what is unique about your wedding, go here to our contact page, provide us a little info and we'll get back to you asap.

Highlight 2015: Gay Marriage Is Legal!

The biggest news of the year, the decade and the new millennium (as far as we're concerned, at least) is the Supremes Court's  landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that same-sex couples are guaranteed the right the marry by the Due Process Clause and the 14th Amendment. 

Upon hearing the good news on June 26, Sharon and I jumped for joy and ran to grab our cameras. And then we headed out to document the celebrations and marriages taking place in and around Atlanta.

Here are a few or our favorite photos:

Early celebration in Midtown Atlanta.

Early celebration in Midtown Atlanta.

Laura and Catherine applying for a marriage license.

Laura and Catherine applying for a marriage license.

Excitement after filling out the forms.

Excitement after filling out the forms.

Exchanging rings at their wedding.

Exchanging rings at their wedding.

Celebrating.

Celebrating.

A rally in support of the decision held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

A rally in support of the decision held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and his fiance' after Alex proposed during the rally.

Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and his fiance' after Alex proposed during the rally.

Our staunch advocate Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality.

Our staunch advocate Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality.

We finished off our day at an Indigo Girls concert where lots of folks celebrated the good news.

Amy Ray holds up a sign of the times.

Amy Ray holds up a sign of the times.

Kat and Lindy's Pine Lake Engagement Safari

Two weekends ago we photographed a rabbit named Fez who served as the ring bearer. This weekend we had the pleasure of working with another adorable critter--Mila.

Mila, Kat and Lindy's dog, carried two different signs, but no rings. He smiled and gave out kisses most of the day. He happily carried the signs and wore a special scarf at one point

The engagement safari took place in Pine Lake, which residents affectionately refer to as Gaybury, RFD. 

The safari ended with a canoe ride, thanks to our kind neighbors Susan and Paul who let us borrow their canoe.

Photos by Sharon McMahon and Cindy M Brown, Atlanta Wedding Photographers.

Ultimate Same Sex Wedding for Ashton and Jessica

We are still elated for Ashton and Jessica who were the lucky winners of the Ultimate Same Sex Wedding Show wedding.

We met the two of them on a cold day in November at a clock shop in Lithia Springs where we took engagement portraits for them. The clock shop was a last minute audible called because it was so cold and a session outdoors at Sweetwater Creek seemed a bit of gamble.

We stayed in touch with the two of them who were planning to get married soon. 

In April we received some sad news. Jessica had a stroke and the wedding was going to put on hold indefinitely because of the medical bills that were piling up.

So when we got an email from Pamela Wynn, who was planning the Ultimate Same Sex Wedding Expo, asking if we knew anyone who might be interested in applying to win their wedding giveaway, we knew who to recommend. We sent a link to their engagement session to Pamela right away.

Not too long after that we found out they had won! We jumped and shouted for joy.

Their wedding day was a true celebration of friends and family and health.

101 Gay Weddings in Atlanta

 101 Gay Weddings

Thanks to Chef Art Smith and all the folks at The Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead for throwing a big gay wedding for Georgia and Alabama couples who wanted to get married or renew their vows after the historic Supreme Court decision.

Sharon and I tried to take photos and renew our vows all at the same time, but got carried away with taking photographs. We held hands a few times during the ceremony, but decided that we did not participate enough to consider it an actual vow renewal. Considering we had a civil union in 2001, were wed in Connecticut in 2012 and renewed our vows at The Margaret Mitchell House in 2014, we decided it was OK if we weren't able to renew again.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the historic event.

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