LGBTQ Pride Flag Session
What was the inspiration behind this styled shoot?
I wanted to do a photoshoot to celebrate Pride Month. I asked my old friend from high school, Lauren, if her and her girlfriend, also named Lauren, would want to do a photoshoot with me. We graduated from a conservative small town in Indiana, and she’s one of the few people I went to school with that is also part of the LGBTQAI+ community. We both have ended up living in Indianapolis which is much more inclusive & accepting. I chose to shoot around a Downtown area on Mass Ave., which is a well known area of the city that is accepting of the LGBTQAI+ community. I wanted to shoot around downtown because I wanted to celebrate our Pride in Indianapolis. Indiana often gets a bad rep for being a super conservative/red state, but Indianapolis, to me, seems like the diamond in the rough.
What are some of the key elements in this shoot?
A key element of this shoot was incorporating the Pride flag. We started off the shoot by walking around Mass Ave., but I knew I wanted to end the shoot just before sunset on top of a parking garage where we could see the Indianapolis Skyline. I love shooting at golden hour, and I knew of a parking garage that had a killer view of the city. Once we got up there, we got out the flag, and it was a nice touch for the series.
Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?
The overall theme was to celebrate Pride Month. My shooting style when shooting in an urban setting is typically very colorful and true to life. I like to find fun walls and pops of color to add to the photos, but I mostly care about the connection and emotion in a photo over the locations. I also really like the color blue...so when my clients show up in blue outfits, it’s super on brand! :)
Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?
This shoot was to celebrate Pride Month. I, myself, am part of the LGBTQAI+ community and I really enjoy having clients that are as well. Though, due to my location, I don’t tend to have LGBTQAI+ clients as often as I’d like to.
Have you worked with LGBTQAI+ couples prior to this?
Yes, I have! When shooting with LGBTQAI+ couples, the most important thing for me is to make sure that the couple is comfortable during the shoot. I talk with them beforehand to make sure they’re comfortable with our location choices. And when posing, I often will explain or show poses without asking either of them specifically to do certain parts of the pose. I let them decide who goes where and what they’re comfortable with doing because they will know better than I do.
This couple just so happens to gave the same name. They are both named Lauren. However, during the shoot, Lauren wearing the green Romper with the bandeau said I could call her LoPo so things didn’t get confusing. Both preferred pronouns are she/hers.