On my path to a Ph.D. in psychology I have taught courses on the Psychology of Women and my lecture on body image always elicits the most conversation from students (the vast majority of whom are female), probably because young American females have these unrealistic standards of beauty shoved down our throats for as long as we can remember. I show them the Dove Evolution commercial where Dove demonstrates how a beautiful model is made up and Photoshopped because even she is not "beautiful" enough. It would never have occurred to me not to post images of the brides who allow me the privilege to photograph their wedding; the honor of sharing with them, in an intimate way, one of the most important days of of their lives. What does their size matter? But now that I know of this trend it almost seems like an action of social responsibility to include these weddings in my portfolio...which is sad. But at least the action reflects the values of MY "brand."
The article also speaks of how so many portfolios represent only heterosexual weddings and fail to include couples who don't fit this description. I have not yet had the opportunity to photograph such a wedding but would love to do so as I believe in equality and the right of all people to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Hmm, why does that sound familiar? :) I have, however, had the opportunity to design custom invitations for a lesbian wedding (see image below) and I remember that, when the couple first contacted me about creating them, they felt it necessary to disclose their sexual orientation and ask if it I would still work with them. Isn't is awful that two people who are planning one of the most special days of their lives must have their experience clouded by the possibility of bigotry everywhere they turn? Even from vendors to whom they are giving money to provide services? I mean, imagine if heterosexual couples could only get vendors to work for them if the couple first asked for the vendor's approval of their chosen marriage partner. It's hideous. So, is it an action of social responsibility to work with non-traditional couples and post photographs from their weddings, too? Unfortunately, it looks like it might be.
Check out the article and comments here.