My love and creation of a Pride-based photo series.
A few years ago, if you had asked me if I was doing anything special for Pride Month, I would have probably said no. I have never been ashamed of my sexuality, but I never really thought of pride as a big deal. "It's not for me; I'm not one of those types of queer dudes." While I had no problem with my sexuality, I guess I had trouble being upfront and celebrating it, which was weird. I had no problem with being open about my relationship with my husband, but when it came to the celebration of me and him and all my queer friends I would kind of shy away. As I have grown older and hit my 30's, I've realized that was probably not the healthiest thing, and I strove to embrace more of my queer identity.
This year I wanted to incorporate my new love of photography and do something fun for Pride month. I know so many talented people in Boston who just happen to be queer. Very good friends, coworkers, and trusted people. So I figured that I would take photos of these important queer people and showcase how we are all proud and beautiful together. This was also a great chance to give me the opportunity to do photos for people I may not have had the chance to shoot yet.
So for this year, I did seven portrait sets, some of friends whom I have known for years, some of people I have worked with in the past, and some of people I have only known through the internet. It was a great opportunity to show off how diverse and cute we all are. The only real prompt I had in mind was, "wear something that is colorful and makes you feel proud." and "find a big colorful spot". So that gave me the opportunity to do photos by murals, gardens, and even by a pride float! It also gave me a chance to arrange some portraits of myself to show how much I have grown, learned and really come to embrace my queer identity.
So I truly want to thank my husband Adam, and my friends Beca, JB, Paul, Noah, Becca S for there involvement in all of this. I also want to thank my friend Steve for doing my photos. This was such a wonderful uplifting thing to do, I know I will be doing it again next year.