Throughout the country, various states have begun to recognize marriage and civil unions between couples of the same sex to the point where it’s much less controversial. Same sex marriage is now legal in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Nation wide, the citizens have begun to favor same sex marriages as does President Barack Obama. He’s the first person to do so publicly as a sitting President.

With the recognition of same sex marriage, more LGBT couples are having weddings to celebrate than ever. How the civil union or commitment ceremony is done is of course, is decided by the couple and the need for photography specifically catered to them. There are many same sex and LGBT wedding photographers in Chicago and elsewhere that specialize in this area of expertise. The main thing to look for when hiring one is enthusiasm for for your ceremony. They shouldn’t try to fit you into a preconceived mold. The photographer shouldn’t want to shoot you just to ‘take a gig’ so to speak but they should be really excited to get you awesome shots! One way to find the best wedding photographer for you is by word of mouth. Maybe you have some friends in Chicago that just got married. Recommendations and references go a really long way! Interview and talk to a couple and pick the one that you and your partner are most comfortable with and fit your budget.

There ‘flow’ and schedule of the day is however you like, but the schedules are generally pretty familiar. There’s the getting ready shots, first look, ceremony, traditional shots with the wedding party, and of course the reception afterwards! The quality of the photos are going to be as unique as you are.

Your wedding is truly going to be a special event for you, your partner, and your friends and family. Be sure to be open and communicate your special ideas to your wedding photographer and wedding planner. If you want shots that are more traditional than say so, but if you want something different than that’s ok too! The imagery of two men in tuxedos or two women together in wedding dresses is truly unique.

The world is changing and the photos will be there to capture it all.

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