This intimate in-home session was (and is) very close to my heart. Read on to see why this same sex couple’s session meant so very much to me.
These guys are family. Matthew is my cousin and Kyle is his freaking adorable partner. Together they make a beautiful couple, full of love for each other. They welcomed me into their phenomenal East Van heritage home to shoot this intimate in-home session while they painted their living room.
I approached Matthew a few weeks prior to see if he and Kyle would be open to a couples session. Hopefully, I asked if they’d be willing, and I was so ecstatic that they agreed. Truth be told, there was a reason I asked them, and only them.
There’s a history behind this session. A number of months earlier my artwork was on display at a popular local cafe, The Watershed Arts Cafe. As I was hanging my work, chatting with the manager, she told me a bit of a personal story. A couple years prior, a friend of hers was searching for a wedding photographer for their same sex wedding. Her friend and her partner had the hardest time finding someone, and some photographers flat out said “no”, simply because they were lesbians.
My heart sank when she told me this story.
Literally sank. How can people be SO awful? How? My mind couldn’t comprehend how someone could be such an asshole. So, on the spot, I vowed that I wanted everyone to know my heart. Being all inclusive is important to me. Everyone being aware of this fact is important to me.
So I messaged Matthew and spoke with him about it. I told him why this was important to me, and asked them to help. It was then I realized I didn’t have any same-sex lovers in my portfolio, and that made me epically sad! I want to represent everyone. Pure, raw, emotional love has such beauty. I want you all to know that. No matter who you are.