I keep the majority of my personal life separate from my business because I know you're not here for me, you're here for my photography. That is the whole point, after all! I strive to keep my business as open and accessible as possible to all kinds of people, not just people that I share political views with and it's really nice being able to connect with all different sorts of people without worrying about their personal views on human rights. That being said, it's time to get personal. It's more important to me to be transparent than to remain stiffly professional in times like this.
I strongly believe that every human life is just as valuable and deserving of respect as any other human life. Rich, poor, Christian, Muslim, atheist, gay, straight, transgender, disabled, American, non-American - I don't care. If you're a human and you don't have an equal opportunity to success I will fight for your equality until the day I die. I'm the person who attends marches and protests and also works in the local community in multiple organizations to both support minorities and help educate the rest of the world. I've attended (with and without my camera) multiple protests in San Antonio since moving here 5 years ago and I will always be standing up for what I believe is right. I'm disgusted and horrified to see the way so many in our country no longer value facts, logic and science, and prefer to make decisions that effect the lives of others based on their personal emotions.
I am LGBTQ and an atheist (yet I love photographing Catholic weddings, go figure). I'm also a vegetarian, about 90% vegan, and I love animals. I've adopted all 5 (yes I'm one of those crazy pet people) of my pets from other people or shelters. I'm an activist and I make my voice heard in the voting booth, and on the streets when human rights are being violated. I was born in Canada and am a naturalized US citizen. No, I don't speak French. I hate cold weather, I'm a PC/Android user and I love sugar as much as I hate working out. I'm goofy and have a cheesy sense of humor, I love puns. If any of those are reasons for you to not want to work with me I'd rather you know who I am now so you don't waste your money on a $500 non-refundable deposit.
I'll always do business with those who don't agree with me, but more importantly - I'll always, ALWAYS, do business with anyone who is a minority - no questions asked. I don't care your religious beliefs. I don't care what country you are from, I don't care what race you are, and I don't care what your sexual orientation or gender identity is. I don't care if you are able bodied or disabled. I photograph beautiful people and beautiful things, and all are welcome in front of my camera.
why I'm breaking my professional silence now.
This past weekend was rough. With all the new anti-human rights executive orders and my missing the Woman's March in San Antonio because I had a wedding booked (as passionate as I am about activism my schedule is a first come first serve deal), and yesterday I had an engagement shoot downtown the exact same time as another march. I'm way more emotionally involved in the human rights movement than I've portrayed in this post, and it was really stressing me out that here I am, spending so much of my time and energy on wedding photography, a luxury service, when there are people whose lives are being torn apart. I questioned if maybe I should just abandon wedding photography completely right now and focus on helping others, but thanks to a conversation with a friend I don't think that is necessary. I can still help others, I can still be involved in creating social change and demand respect for human rights while working my tail off on wedding photography, and hence this post. It's vital to me that everyone know who I am and what I stand for. Like I said above, there is no issue when it comes to working with clients who don't share my views, I love connecting with different kinds of people and keeping everything professional makes that possible. And for those who are fearful of hiring a photographer who might not respect their race, religion, sexuality, etc., I need you to know that you are in safe hands with me.