One of my projects this year is to build a gallery, that represents the kids who are in between, non-binary, and don't identify wholly with either mainstream gender.
All my life I've always been supportive of the LGBTQ community, being that my oldest daughter is trans, and I've watched her long to figure out where she belonged as she grew up as a boy. The truth is, for trans people they still ultimately have a gallery where their images belong, as either male or female.
What I haven't seen, in my years as a photographer and a parent, is representation of the non-binary teens; those who prefer the pronouns and identify as "they" and "them." While this can be confusing to their parents and friends who don't understand much about this, it is very real to them. I want to give them a home; a place where their images belong and they are also represented as a part of our everyday community.
I am realizing more-so every day, the spectrum in which we all coexist. I feel there must be those teens who are searching for their senior photographer, with the same excitement and enthusiasm as any other senior student, who wants to document their story and achievements only to arrive to each website to see work they like, but maybe feel they aren't welcome because there is no authentic representation of them pictured in the galleries of senior portrait photographers.
Over the next year or two, I want to build a gallery of them to show that they and their talents, and stories and achievements, exist just the same as everyone else's, so that the next generation of them knows they have a place to come and be authentically photographed just like everyone else.
So if you are one of them, or the parent or friend of a student that identifies as they or them, and willing to travel to the Orange County area, please consider filling out my model call form and release, if you are comfortable with it. I will in turn give you a one hour custom styled session to add you to my Them Gallery. You will receive any selects I use for the gallery as complimentary social media files to post and share as you wish, as well as one full-res printable yearbook photo valued at $250.
YOU are WELCOME HERE! You BELONG here, and I look forward to meeting, and photographing you!
Sincerely, with love and acceptance,