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"Capturing Love": Same-sex wedding photography

Published 9:48 AM ET, Fri March 15, 2013
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Most traditional poses in wedding photography were designed with a man and woman in mind and don't always work for same-sex couples. That's the premise behind "Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography." The photo book aims to help photographers and couples find their own solutions for tweaking the classics by taking into account factors like physicality, composition and relationship dynamics. Authentic Eye Photography
Creating contrast with two white dresses can be challenging without a dash of color to break the lines, co-author Thea Dodd said. Sometimes, the point can be made even if the brides aren't wearing them. Maggie Winters Photography
A wedding without a gown provides the chance to give two suits the royal treatment. In other words, avoid the temptation to go matchy-matchy and use accessories like ties, bow ties and cuff links to distinguish one from the other. Jen Lynne Photography
Group shots can be overly posed or dryly composed, but they don't have to be. The image chosen for the book's cover "offers the simplicity of the horizon and the steadfast strength of community," Hamm says. From the mix of attire styles and colors, this gender-blended wedding party shows unwavering unity amid the embrace of individuality. It's Bliss Photography
The scope of a private moment can encompass more than one might expect, Hamm said. Harper Point Photography
Detail shots offer a chance to capture the symbols and subtle touches of a wedding. "Photographing a groom's cuff links comes straight (ahem) from the traditional playbook," Hamm said. Here, that classic shot is reinvented by capturing different men's shirts to signify that two people are in the frame. Arielle Doneson Photography
By placing two men side by side yet far apart enough that they have to reach to clasp hands, "the photographer has created perfect separation from their bodies without forfeiting the notion of their romantic connection," Hamm said. Tammy Watson Photography