To Be an Inclusive Wedding Professional You Must First Diversify Your Life

To Be an Inclusive Wedding Professional You Must First Diversify Your Life

There are tons of awesome articles out there to provide you with the steps needed to make your portfolio diverse. They offer great and practical advice. But before you even get there, before you start down this road in earnest, challenge yourself to first look at your world. Invest in folks in your life belonging to marginalized communities and hear their stories. Actually listen to them. Let them impact your work as much as the latest Instagram or photography group does.

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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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Being an Inclusive Officiant // The Joy of Saying "Yes!"

Being an Inclusive Officiant // The Joy of Saying "Yes!"

A couple of weeks after September 11, 2001, I got on a plane, flew to D.C., and joined two women in holy and completely illegal matrimony. Same-sex weddings were a crime in the state of Virginia, carrying a two-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. I was not concerned about going to prison. I was a tad concerned about terrorism and the war that was breaking out, and a bit worried about my own safety. One of the brides was a Marine, and her father, also a Marine, had threatened to come shoot both brides if he could find them. I did not wish to be shot. I am an avoider of arguments, embarrassing social situations, and conflict of all kinds. I did not wish to be shot or shouted at or even to receive snarky, sarcastic comments. But I also could not stand by, and say no, and refuse to marry this couple of women who loved each other and wanted God’s blessing on their union. So I said yes.

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Tulle + Fury // Diversifying Your Portfolio is Simple

Tulle + Fury // Diversifying Your Portfolio is Simple

From Facebook groups for creatives, to one-on-ones and networking events, I’ve heard again and again, “I really want to break into ‘that‘ market.” Or my personal favorite, “Well how do I find ‘them’?”

Y’ALL. Honey. Baby. Sweet Lord.

I promise I will try not to be condescending, but it’s a little obtuse, don’t you think? If you’re a photographer that wants to do more black weddings, do a shoot with black people in it. I promise y’all it’s that easy. Do you know why? People just want to see themselves represented. People want to see themselves.

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Meet Our {un}convention Diversity Panelists: Brittney Taylor

Meet Our {un}convention Diversity Panelists: Brittney Taylor

Brittney, joined by fellow panelists Lucy Baber, Amber Marlow, and Nadiya Nacorda, will be discussing this issue head on during our afternoon panel on Sunday, November 5th at {un}convention in Richmond, Virginia. Attendees will leave with a new perspective on how issues of diversity and inclusivity can play a significant and genuine role in their business.

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Tulle + Fury // Diversity is Too Often a Tokenizing Buzzword, Especially at Conferences

Tulle + Fury // Diversity is Too Often a Tokenizing Buzzword, Especially at Conferences

I’m not going to lie, I love conferences. The networking, the speakers, the development, and an awesome trip? Count me in! But the more I started to research conferences for the next year, the more frustrated I grew. Why the hell did everyone look alike?! ’m fascinated by influencer conferences that can’t seem to find black, brown, queer, differently-abled, or female voices for panels. I’m even more fascinated how if you’re any combination of these identities, it’s even harder to find representation at major events.

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Black BeauTEA Talk // When Diversity is Cool, Black Women Are Still Ignored, Tokenized, and Used

Black BeauTEA Talk // When Diversity is Cool, Black Women Are Still Ignored, Tokenized, and Used

Diversity and representation are important, but before you send out that model call, stop and ask yourself these questions.

1. Why is diversity important to black women?

2. What do I do regularly to help fight against the white supremacist world we live in?

3. What will this black woman gain from doing my photo shoot?

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Meet Chloe Jackman, the Unicorn Photographer of San Francisco

Meet Chloe Jackman, the Unicorn Photographer of San Francisco

“Calling all shapes, sizes, colors, vibes, and unicorns! It’s your story, baby, tell it your way.”

Meet the Unicorn Photographer, Chloe Jackman.

She’s based in the Bay Area, and she is a multifaceted photographer “with freckles, a fro, some glitter and sass.”

“Let’s talk about real love,” she says, getting straight to the point. “I want couples to tell their story their way. However your wedding looks, it’s your chance to express yourselves as a couple, and it’s beautiful.”

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{un}convention profile // Meet Laura Babb of SNAP Photography Festival

{un}convention profile // Meet Laura Babb of SNAP Photography Festival

The lack of diversity, the lack of inclusivity and the bullshit (am I allowed to say that?!) propensity to revere some vendors as rock stars, while wholly ignoring the fact that we are all service providers with (what should be) the same aim of doing a brilliant job for our couples, is something that needs to change, and I feel that {un}convention, along with events like SNAP, which also aim to educate and support people in these areas, are a really brilliant first step towards change.  

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Nu Bride, Co-Host of {un}convention London, is Changing Race Representation in Wedding Media

Nu Bride, Co-Host of {un}convention London, is Changing Race Representation in Wedding Media

Nu Bride is led by Nova Reid and is a UK-based wedding blog for the contemporary bride looking for inspiration, planning advice and guidance. Nu Bride is also our amazing co-host for {un}convention London, and she'll be delivering our opening pep talk. Keep reading to find Nova's piece on race representation in wedding media from Volume Three, and then register for {un}convention to get to meet this game-changing personality in person. 

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When We Are Different, We Are Also The Same

When We Are Different, We Are Also The Same

“I grew up in love!” That is a statement I hope a majority of us can say with some degree of certainty. Love as a constant and transforming force in our lives. It might have come from our parent(s), or a friend, a trusted teacher, a like-minded grouping of people, or even the love of your life. Whether it came from all these spaces or just one, we know it. It can sometimes be impossible to describe, but it’s something we feel, and we let it guide us toward what makes life grand.

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