I struggled to find words that felt right for me to share today. I’m still struggling. A lot of words are there but they are coming up with layers of feelings. So I am staying present with all of it for the day and taking it one moment at a time. In this particular moment, because I feel the urge to say something, I look to my work.
I had the honor to photograph a wedding in September that was filled with meaning, support, and a sense of calm. The focus was on the joy of love, the gratitude for life, and doing whatever was necessary for people from many walks of life, and with many different beliefs, to enjoy celebrating together. I have been working on these pictures, that also represent equality, and I am grateful that I have this opportunity to share this with you all today. I do know that some very specific clarity, for me, lies in my strong belief in equality for all people. It helps me to feel empowered, through some of my current fears, to share this example that speaks to the beauty of equality. Laurie, one of the lovely brides, was my roommate when I lived in Seattle, and she’s my dear friend. She fought very hard for marriage equality and I know that she would be proud to be part of a continued reminder of what we all deserve to have in this country and around the world. The feeling that we are heard, seen, and treated as equals, in a safe and respectful way, is extraordinarily important to me and I feel it is important to take an opportunity to express myself in a way that speaks to that deeply rooted principle whenever possible. So I share this with you as a way to stand up for, and share, my beliefs. I continue hoping that we can all, one day, join together for an occasion like this one – where the focus will be on the joy of love, the gratitude for life, and doing whatever is necessary for people from many walks of life, and with many different beliefs, to enjoy celebrating together.