A femme Black and butch white bride kiss each other on a white covered porch that had a lot of greenery and plants.

Weddings

I never planned to be a wedding photographer. Truly, I tripped over it.

 

Then a photography hobbyist, I was picking up prints from my favorite developer (film days), when I glanced at a board filled with photographers’ business cards and I had an epiphany.  I wonder if any of these photographers would let me shadow them? I reached out to several, and whaddaya know, wedding photographers love free help!

 

I learned the business from these mentors (my favorite way to learn) and discovered that wedding photography blends my strongest skills:  connecting with people, creating art and running my own business.  Long before “Follow Your Bliss” was a meme, I was doing it! 

 

Soon, I was regularly photographing gay couples in love, long before “same sex marriage” was on the nation’s political radar. It didn’t feel radical to me, but back then, I knew being “out” in my business made me different.

 

Working with the LGBTQ+ community, even before same-sex marriage was first legalized in 2004, I’ve seen the gamut of joy and fear. Couples came to me from all over the country and the world. Back then none of us could imagine federal or worldwide marriage equality.  Many couples, even though they were often not out to their family or places of work, even though they risked their most valued relationships and livelihoods by doing so, LGBTQ+ couples flocked to Massachusetts where, for a few days, they existed in a rainbow bubble where their love was accepted and celebrated. 

It was my duty and honor to create a safe space for these couples.  The mission of my business was born.

Micro-Weddings

I know our history of homemade support networks and found family. While couples planning traditional weddings may have had to make a previously unthinkable choice to cut their guest list way down due to the pandemic, queer couples have been intentional for decades about who we hold closest. We practically invented the micro wedding. 

That’s why my specialty, my soul-work, has become smaller, intimate gatherings full of love and intention. I know you have to be careful about who knows your truest self. Thank you for letting me be one of the few.

 

Wedding packages are fully customizable, and can include anywhere from 1-6 hours of coverage. All packages include: 

       

  • 1 hour Timeline Planning Session

  • Optional: Engagement Session (1 hour) *$400 Bundle Rate

  • 2 Professional Photographers 

  • Electronic delivery of edited, High-Resolution images   

  • Print Rights to delivered Images 

  • Online gallery of images for viewing, download and sharing

  • 16” x 20” professional print on your choice of glass or steel ($325 value)

 

Eloping and need less coverage?  Please inquire here.

*Otherwise, $600 Portrait Session fee applies.

Two gay men in matching suits and purple striped ties look into each other's eyes as they stand in front of a brick wall, standing in dappled light.

Queerness isn’t a Choice, but it Requires Choice

You’ve chosen your person, and now there’s a thousand other choices to make! But you can do it, because you’ve already done the bravest thing: choosing love. 

 

Photography is often one of the biggest choices you’ll make while planning your wedding, and I’m truly honored to be trusted with capturing the most intimate moments of your special day.

 

The choice to get married at this moment was likely one of introspection,

assessment of what’s most important, and a stubborn insistence on celebration and joy.

 

Go ahead and insist, you deserve it.

  Christina & Melinda  

Piper Jo has now been the photographer for several of our family's major events. 3 weddings and now the maternity and newborn photo shoots! Professional, caring, compassionate... she goes above and beyond to ensure your day is perfect!