Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Cindy and Sharon of C Brown Photo/Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers. I am personally a supporter of the same-sex marriage movement and I am so pleased to have Cindy and Sharon here today, with such a great mission and philosophy. Love!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
Cindy and Sharon: We are Cindy and Sharon of Cindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers and our mission is to document marriage equality one ceremony at a time.
After seeing all the gorgeous, young, opposite-sex married couples making their place in the wedding photography world based in part on their love for each other, we decided to take the “we’re-in-love” model in a different direction. Our wedding photography celebrates the love of same-sex couples by telling our stories in an honest, photojournalistic fashion.
How did we get into wedding photography?
Cindy: I started my career as a staff photojournalist for daily newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times. After earning a master’s degree in Journalism, I became a picture editor for the Indianapolis Star. I then completed a PhD and taught photojournalism at several colleges and universities. While teaching photojournalism, I took photographs at a cousin’s wedding and received rave reviews from the bride (not my cousin) – who noted that my photos were far better than those the“professional” had taken.
Sharon: I started documenting weddings with Cindy in Mississippi (where she was a professor) soon thereafter and our careers as wedding photographers began.
Because Cindy hated to grade, she returned to school yet again to earn a Master’s of Divinity at Emory University. Upon completion, she started working full-time as a wedding photographer. A few years later, I joined her in a full-time capacity andCindy and Sharon | Same Sex Wedding Photographers was born.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?
Sharon: All the in-between moments, right after the couple expects their photographs to be made.
Cindy: Anything unexpected or spontaneous.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?
Cindy: The time I tripped over the roots of an old oak tree at a wedding in Louisiana and fell, cameras and all, in front of bride, groom, wedding party and guests.
Sharon: A bride’s bra was showing so I attempted to pull the front of her dress up. When my fingers slipped, I hit her in the face.
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
Cindy: Vegetable Wellington, a wonderful vegetarian dish created by Bold American (www.boldamerican.com). It consists of potatoes, shitake mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, Boursin cheese, oven dried tomatoes and an onion sauce in a butter puff pastry.
Sharon: The food at wedding receptions is one of the best “perks” of photographing a wedding. I would be hard pressed to single one out. I think that the food at the reception I am attending at the moment is the best ever, because it is what I am eating at the time.
What is your favorite venue and why?
Cindy: I love all the venues in and next to Piedmont Park, Magnolia Hall, Dockside, Greystone and Park Tavern because thepark itself is gorgeous and the venues are all incredibly gay-friendly.
Sharon: I love The Botanical Gardens because there are so many different sized spaces for weddings and no matter where you take a photograph there are hundreds of incredibly beautiful flowers and plants.
Nikon or Canon?
Cindy: Canon and Fuji X100 (Finally sold the Leica to go with the digital rangefinder)
What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?
Cindy: Anywhere on the coast of Greece.
Sharon: We have photographed weddings in some incredible locations, but I have always wanted to go to Mexico. My dream will be fulfilled next month.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Cindy: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi.
Sharon: Emily Saliers and Tristin Chipman.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started.
Cindy: Be yourself.
Sharon: Take plenty of water with you.