Morehouse Dancers Step at Sanders' Rally, Go Viral

Described by many as the best entertainment ever at a Presidential candidate's rally, the step routine by the men of Morehouse brought the house to their feet. Videos of their routine have gone viral.

Here are a few still images from the floor.

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All photographs © 2016 by Cindy M Brown

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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.

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
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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Cathy and Lyn's Gwinnett County Courthouse Wedding

 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA

Such a privilege to be able to document these historic moments -- long time coming.

 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA
 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA
 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA
 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA
 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA
 Cathy Pallon and Lyn Nierva wedding at Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, GA

If you're planning a wedding, we'd love to document your history in the making, too.

Cindy and Sharon, Same Sex Wedding Photographer in Love 

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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.

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.

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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.

Homewood Castle Wedding in Asheville

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

Whirlwind of Marriage Equality Activities

 Marriage Equality Celebrations in Atlanta

Friday, June 26, 2015, a day for the history books!

Thanks SCOTUS ... well, at least the five Supreme Court justices who affirmed the rights of everyone in this country to marry who they love! (Some of us had been left out.)

My wife, Sharon, and I had just sat down in her office for a business meeting when we received a phone call from a friend in Mississippi who wanted to share the good news.  You know the good news ... like THE GOOD NEWS ... yes, THE BEST NEWS of our lifetime.

Wow!!! Chills and tears and hugs and screams of joy filled the room. 

Even though we knew the decision was likely to come down Thursday, Friday or Monday, and even though we were 99 percent sure the decision would go our way, waves of joy swept over us and over us and over us again. Cry, hug, scream, hug, jump up and down.

Up until a few years ago, both of us would have sworn we would not live long enough to see legal gay marriages in Georgia or Mississippi, our home states.

Prepping for Events on the Historic Day

Rush, rush, rush ... get all the cameras ... make sure the batteries are charged ... grab flash cards ... find out what is happening where. Oh, and grab cashews and water and ice and more water and more ice and ibuprofen. And an ice bucket with more ice and a towel to soak in cold water.

Oh, and my minister's stole ... just in case someone needs a minister to marry them. :)

Don't ya love it when you can take something created by the other side and subvert it to your uses?

Don't ya love it when you can take something created by the other side and subvert it to your uses?

Our first destination was midtown--10th and Monroe, where everyone celebrated after the DOMA decision two years ago. When we arrived about 20 people were celebrating, so we took a few photographs and moved on. (Obviously most people were still at work and the crowd at that corner would build as the day went on ... too bad we couldn't be in two places at once.)

We decided to head to the Fulton County Courthouse next, where marriage licenses were being issued to same-sex couples.

Laura and Cath anxiously wait in line to apply for a marriage license.

Laura and Cath anxiously wait in line to apply for a marriage license.

And what a scene we found at the courthouse. Lots of excited couples overwhelmed with joy. I followed Laura and Cath into the marriage license office where I was able to document the application process.

And then I headed across the street to the Fulton County Government Building where judges were marrying couples one right after the other.

Couple number one at the mass wedding ceremony.

Couple number one at the mass wedding ceremony.

After photographing at the courthouse, we headed home to get retrieve our Indigo Girls ticket and then made our way to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, where we found Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality leading a rally.

Thanks, Jeff, for all of your amazing work through the years. We know there is more work to be done, but let's take a little while to celebrate this major victory!

Thanks, Jeff, for all of your amazing work through the years. We know there is more work to be done, but let's take a little while to celebrate this major victory!

We marched with the marchers from the rally for a few blocks and then headed to Chastain Park for the ending to a perfect day.

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More photos from this historic day to come.

Looking for a wedding photographer for your same-sex wedding, check out our guide to choosing one who will celebrate with you. 

Cindy and Sharon

 

 

 

 

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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.

Love wins! Love wins! Love wins!

 Marriage Equality Celebrations in Atlanta
 Marriage Equality Celebrations in Atlanta
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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.

Hallmarks of a Gay-Friendly Wedding Photographer (1 of 3)

#1 Sensitive and Understanding

 

The gay-friendly photographer is sensitive to the feelings of couples and under-standing of family dynamics at a wedding. A good indication of sensitivity in a wedding photographer is a portfolio that includes photographs that show he or she is able to make couples and family feel comfortable in front of the camera.

 

#2 Welcoming

 

The gay-friendly photographer is welcoming and affirming. He or she is excited about documenting the love you and your partner share and let’s you know it.  You should feel comfortable when you meet with the gay-friendly photographer, whether they are gay or straight. (Don’t judge a photographer by sexual orientation alone.)

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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.

Getting ready for the Ultimate Same Sex Wedding Expo

If you're like my wife, Sharon, and me, you are anxiously awaiting a positive decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court. 

The folks at Elebrations have scheduled their new Ultimate Same Sex Wedding Experience Expo for July 26th, on the heels of a late June court decision. And we're excited to be gold sponsors of the event, which we hope will be a huge celebration.

Right now we're pulling together everything we need for the show, which at this point in time means creating a new sample album.

We always bring album samples to wedding shows and it doesn't make sense to keep using the same old samples. (After several years, they start to look outdated, plus over the years we've gotten better at what we do and we want to show our latest and greatest work. :))

Plus, every now and then we see the need for a different product in our album line. This year we've decided to add a large magazine-style book from the folks at Woodland Albums. The coffee-table style book can hold up to 150 pages and comes in a choice of 22 different silk or linen covers.

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Check out the design for our sample album and let us know what you think.

Robert and Joseph Sweet Album Sample

Thanks to our clients and now friends, Robert and Joseph, for allowing us to use the photographs we took at their awesome Barnsley Gardens wedding to create our sample book.

Help us choose the cover for the book. Which one should we use?

Leave us a comment to let us know your favorite.

Leave us a comment to let us know your favorite.

Oh, and please stop by our booth at the show to see what the finished product looks like.

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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.

We Won a Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony

You've heard the adage "The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes." Well the photographer's family seldom sees their photographs, but we are finally posting photographs from our vow renewal ceremony that took place on 12/13/14. 

Thanks to my friend and best man, Manuel, for taking these photos with my stealth X-100 camera. 

Sharon with her youngest son, Jerry. 

Sharon with her youngest son, Jerry. 

Our nephew and niece, Bert and Momo. 

Our nephew and niece, Bert and Momo. 

Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Dancing down the aisle, 

Dancing down the aisle, 

Our official photographers from Made You Look. 

Our official photographers from Made You Look. 

Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography
Cindy and Sharon | Manuel Llaneras Photography

Here's the man behind the camera. 

I took the X-100 away from Manuel and turned it on him. 

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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.

Rally against RFRA at the Georgia capitol

On Tuesday, my dog Roux and I joined a huge crowd of people in favor of LGBT rights to protest Georgia's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Senate Bill 129).

The rally, organized by Georgia Unites Against Discrimination, a joint project of the Human Rights Campaign and Georgia Equality, drew a crowd that included religious leaders, politicians (both liberal and conservative), small business owners, like myself, and others opposed to a law that would allow discrimination.

 RFRA Rally
 RFRA Rally
 RFRA Rally
 RFRA Rally
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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.

Favorite: Jamie and Daniel's Atrium Wedding

We've been having fun lately by asking folks to tell us about their favorite photo.

Jamie and Daniel chose this photograph showing the two of them exiting their ceremony. It was clearly the emotions and memories associated with the photograph that put it at the top of their list. Jamie especially loves the black-and-white version, which emphasis the leading lines of the lights and the wonderful tonalities and textures in the image.

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Here's what Daniel had to say about the photograph:

Even though it was bitter cold at our wedding, we felt all the love and warmth from our fantastic friends and family. It was truly a magical feeling as we walked out to applause and Emeli Sande’s “This is where I sleep.” We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening!
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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.

Fried Green Tomatoes Engagement Session

 Libby and Alex (with Lena) at the Whistlestop Cafe

It's a Sunday afternoon in Juliette, Georgia when we meet Alex and Libby in front of the Whistlestop Cafe, made famous by the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" that was filmed in the town.

The two are excited to change into their Ruth and Idgie-inspired clothing bought especially for this occasion. Alex (Ruth) changes into a flowery dress that is a bit shorter than she had expected when she ordered it from E-Bay and Libby (Idgie) changes into coveralls with a white shirt. Their little girl is already dressed in tiny coveralls.

The women, who both obviously love the story of two women in love written by Fannie Flagg, have traveled from Colchester, England to this small town in Georgia for a Fried Green Tomato-themed engagement session.

 Libby and Alex (with Lena) at the Whistlestop Cafe

And Sharon and I are delighted to be the photographers chosen to document their reenactment of the endearing story.

 Libby and Alex (with Lena) at the Whistlestop Cafe
Walking on the train tracks ... an obvious photo. No one's boot got caught this time.

Walking on the train tracks ... an obvious photo. No one's boot got caught this time.

Libby and Alex had to order Fried Green Tomatoes, which they had never eaten before. They loved them. I mean, what's not to love!

Libby and Alex had to order Fried Green Tomatoes, which they had never eaten before. They loved them. I mean, what's not to love!


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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.

Martin Luther King Day Parade 2015

Privileged to live in Atlanta where folks really go all out to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday.

Here are a few favorites I took with my Fuji X100 at the parade today.

 Martin Luther King Day March in downtown Atlanta
 Martin Luther King Day March in downtown Atlanta


 Martin Luther King Day March in downtown Atlanta
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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.

Jamie and Daniel's Album

The story wedding  photographs are designed to tell  comes to life when the images are sequenced and combined in book form. The right photos along with  a little bit of  design mojo, and voila you have a beautiful book full of images that collectively evoke the full spectrum of events and feelings of the perfect day.

Our  album design process is collaborative. We create a design draft utilizing the photographs we feel best tell the story. And then we post the draft for you, the newlyweds and eventual album owners,  to respond to. Sometimes we hit the nail on the head and no revisions are necessary. Other times we leave out a special aunt or uncle or include a not so special aunt or uncle and return a few spreads to the drawing board.

The final product is always a delight to share.

Here are  the cover and few favorite spreads from Jamie and Daniel's coffee table book design.

gay wedding album
atrium gay wedding
wedding-atrium-norcorss
outdoor wedding at night
the atrium norcross wedding
purple wedding details
reception dancing at the atrium
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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.

2015: A Very Special Year for Marriage Equality

2015 will be special ... very special.

In our humble opinion, this is the year the Supreme Court will rule in our favor ... and a celebration to end all celebrations will begin. 

Thanks to the organizations below (and many, many more) for bringing us to the brink of marriage equality across the nation.

The Campaign for Southern Equality
Marriage Equality USA
Georgia Equality
Freedom to Marry

Wow, did that tide turn fast!

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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.