As wedding and engagement photographers, we obviously belong to a number of different professional associations and organizations. Membership in these groups plays a huge role in our efforts to offer to our brides and grooms the highest-quality photographs of their wedding day and unsurpassed levels of customer service from the moment that they first pose for us during their engagement shoot to the day their wedding albums are delivered. Being able to share ideas with and be inspired by some of the most talented wedding and engagement photographers in the world helps us improve our craft, pushes us creatively and ensures that the way that we do our job is consistent with internationally recognized best practices. We are always thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a great group of professionals and proud of the work that we have done to merit inclusion in these organizations.
Because these professional wedding and engagement photography associations are so selective, we also feel extremely honored when our pictures are judged to be worthy of the awards that many organizations bestow on the best images taken by their members. Groups like Fearless Photographers, which bring together the elite of the wedding and engagement photography industry, receive thousands of breathtaking submissions for their photo competitions, so producing an image that is appreciated by their judges is a significant accomplishment.
The photograph featured here was one such image. A jury of internationally respected wedding and engagement photographers picked it to be included in Fearless Photographers’ “Bride and Bride” Feature Gallery, a collection of the best pictures produced by member photographers at two-bride same-sex weddings. We captured this particular image at a beautiful and fun marriage celebration at a brewery in suburban Washington, DC. The two ladies pictured dancing here tied the knot in a moving outdoor wedding ceremony that left them and many of their wedding guests shedding tears of joy. Afterward, the brides, their families, their close friends and the rest of the invitees moved to a tent set up on the brewery’s back lawn for a rollicking wedding reception. Before everyone got out on the dance floor, however, the two brides shared an expertly choreographed first dance. As the music came to an end, one of the brides swung her new wife down for a dip, and we immortalized the moment on film.
There is a lot that we love about this photograph — the tension in the muscles of each bride, the way the bride being dipped is clutching tightly to her wife, the sense that this dip might end in a kiss, the way that the crowd behind them is cheering them on — but the element we probably like best is unrestrained joy on the faces of the two now-wives as they celebrate their first hours as a married couple.
As honored as we are to have been recognized by Fearless Photographers for the quality of this image, we are even prouder to have taken it at a same-sex wedding. We are completely committed to supporting marriage equality in the United States and around the world. We believe that everyone has the right to marry whomever they choose to love, and we are happy if our photography contributes in any way to more people having the right to do so.