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.



Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.