Real Couples // 47 Years of Amazing in Raleigh, NC: Amber Robinson's Parents Wanda + Marvin

Real Couples // 47 Years of Amazing in Raleigh, NC: Amber Robinson's Parents Wanda + Marvin

When Amber Robinson showed us the photos from a glam "just because love session" she did with her parents, I knew we had to show them to you. I asked Amber to interview her parents, too, and she mixed in her own questions with some of mine. Here is their interview, and these incredible photos.

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People Are Not Props // How to Avoid Tokenism in Your Portfolio

People Are Not Props // How to Avoid Tokenism in Your Portfolio

How to diversify portfolios is a topic that comes up frequently in photography groups on Facebook. It generally looks something like this: “I want to start photographing gay weddings but don’t have any gay clients… what do I do?” or “I need make my portfolio less white/straight… should I do a model call?” A few of those conversations have resulted in white people getting called out for tokenizing members of marginalized communities and, frequently, those who were called out responded with mild (or not so mild) outrage and wondered how to get away from their straight white client base if they can’t do model calls for LGBTQ2S+ folks or POC to expand their portfolios.

There is very limited information regarding tokenism as it pertains to fine arts generally and photography portfolio building specifically. This article is an attempt to compile the information I did find and present it in a way that is applicable to the photography industry. It might seem straightforward and obvious to some, but I think it is needed

 

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Real Couples // A St. Augustine Wedding: Allie + Ywanarai

Real Couples // A St. Augustine Wedding: Allie + Ywanarai

Allie and Ywanarai had the most warm and loving Lightner Museum wedding. St. Augustine is always on my top favorite locations to photograph. There are so many hidden alleyways, cobblestone roads, palm trees, gorgeous stone buildings, and gorgeous natural backdrops. The two brides got ready in separate houses, down the street from one another, and did a really sweet and intimate first look. Ywanarai was so nervous as she could hear Allie walking down the steps, walking toward her. The look on Ywanarai's face when Allie turned around was priceless. She couldn't help but just grab her and hug her as soon as she saw her gorgeous bride.

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The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Pride Land

The Queen Photographers // Photo of the Week: Pride Land

This image is a series completed for one of my clients that owns a dance studio. The company also puts on productions which include The Wiz, Annie, and for this year they decided to reach way out and do an adaptation of Pride Land. The parents create all of the costumes for this production. I, on the other hand, was responsible for finding a look (in this case a venue) that would portray the production to its fullest. The client and I both wanted to see "Lion King" brought to life right in the triad area.

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The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 2: When In Rome with Liv Lyszyk

The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 2: When In Rome with Liv Lyszyk

WARNING: This episode discusses stalking and sexual harassment

In this second episode of The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast, Jen and photographer Liv Lyszyk review the 2010 Kristen Bell rom com, When In Rome, where Kristen Bell accidentally finds herself at the middle of a love spell where Dax Sheppard, Will Arnett, Danny DeVito, and Jon Heder become obsessed with her, and frankly, it's gross. A love story gets squeezed in there somewhere, and we try to remember we LOVE Kristen Bell all the way through.

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Latoya Dixon Photography Knows How to Treat Her Clients Like Family

Latoya Dixon Photography Knows How to Treat Her Clients Like Family

We have loved Latoya Dixon for a long, long time. She has been a huge supporter of Catalyst, our keynote speaker at the last {un}convention, and is the leader of The Queen Photographers, who sponsor our Photo of the Week series. But Latoya is more than just a major part of our community, she is also a vendor who knows how to connect with her clients on a very personal level, resulting in some truly amazing photos. That's why we are so thrilled to have her join our vendor directory!

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Not Everyone in the #MeToo Movement Can Publicly Share Their Stories

Not Everyone in the #MeToo Movement Can Publicly Share Their Stories

When accusations began to circulate during the last few weeks surrounding sexual harassment and assault in the wedding industry, we at Catalyst created a platform where individuals could anonymously submit their stories without fear of backlash. We don’t know the names of the parties involved, and we don’t need to. You don’t need to know a person’s identity to hear their story. And if you are someone who has been abused, you don’t need to see a person testify in a court of law to feel like you’re less alone.

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