How exciting! Thank you for taking an interest in being one of our models. The only requirement that we have is that you identify as LGBTQ+. We are also keen to hear from those in non-traditional relationships (i.e. ethical non-monogamy/polyamory) with a view to working together to strive for better representation within the wedding/ceremony industry. We don’t need to know any more than that, that’s your business, and we recommend only sharing further information with your styled shoot team if you want to and if it forms part of the message YOU want to put into the world.
This project aims to achieve better and more representation of LGBTQ+ and diverse love, relationships, and families in the wedding/ceremony industry + beyond. CIS het models are still being used to represent LGBTQ+ inclusivity and that needs to change. We should not only be representing ourselves but we should also have access to the benefits of styled shoots, whether that’s payment or beautiful professional photos for our portfolios or living room walls! If we can’t represent ourselves then how are we represented?
The only way we can help facilitate change is to build a strong community of people who are happy (or at least willing to be) in front of the camera, who want to be part of this change, and who might benefit from having a portfolio of amazing professional photographs. This service will give suppliers access (through us) to you to help them avoid tokenism when attempting to be diverse in their representation and inclusivity.
That said, it is our aim to ensure that YOU are always in control. Styled shoot briefs will be sent to You and You will only reach out to suppliers if You want to. Your details will never be provided directly to suppliers. You get to decide whether you’re happy with time for prints, or whether you want to charge a fee for your time.
Before we roll out this service to suppliers, we’d like to have a decent number of willing participants ready to go, equipped with some basic information on how to stay safe and what to expect, and for suppliers to be equipped with insight on how to properly represent those they work with, what questions to ask and not to ask, and how not to capitalise on our relationships for inclusivity sake. We plan to charge suppliers for this crucial consultancy but we do not plan to charge you a penny and we do not seek to take any commission from any fee you manage to negotiate for yourselves. The benefits are all for you, this opportunity is yours.
We need to get this service right so please bear with us and if you have any thoughts, we are more than happy to make sure your voice is reflected in the guidance for couples and suppliers alike. Your voice matters.
Are you in? Yes, we hear you shout! Then all you need to do is complete the form below, email us a good quality photo of you (it doesn’t have to be professional), and we will create a graphic for you similar to the one of Ava here and we will be in touch again with details of the service launch.
In the meantime, we would love for you to join our closed Facebook group designed specifically for you where we can discuss all things modelling and representation. Join now by clicking here and please, please, please recruit your friends and social media followers by sending them a link to this page - the bigger our community, the louder our voices, the quicker we bring about change and who doesn’t want to be styled and made up for the day?!
We’re so excited to be working with you because #RepresentationMatters and we will not stop until #YouDontNeedToAskHere is the new ‘norm’.
Ava and The Team