“we don’t photograph same sex weddings”

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Six years ago, we were in the beginning stages of wedding planning, we had just gotten engaged + we’re so excited to plan the wedding of our dreams. We started reaching out to vendors + seeking out venues. Not once did we think about us being a same sex couple + the potential that we could get turned away because of it. To our surprise the photographer we had reached out to replied to our inquiry turning us away, “I’m sorry we do not photograph same sex weddings but you should reach out to Jessica Stout I believe she does same sex weddings. Good luck!” We were in shock. It took me everything not to spit off some nasty email back to her, to be honest I’m not even sure I responded because what would I even say?!

We decided to reach out to the photographer she suggested because we loved her work + saw that she had done a same sex wedding so we knew we wouldn’t be turned away. Jessica immediately wrote back and seemed so excited to work with us. We setup a time to meet and in that three-hour meeting we just knew it was the right fit for us.

Fast forward nearly five years later and Jess has now taken images of us in every stage of life – wedding, first anniversary, last vacay before baby, maternity, newborn carter, six-month carter, one year carter and the most recent, eighteen-month Carter. We really like photos haha.  Not only has she taken all of our most cherished images over the years, she has become one of our best friends. Looking back, it’s crazy to think that such a crappy, mean email turned into a beautiful friendship that we cherish so much.

Here are a few of our favorite photos that Jess has taken. If you’re in Florida or close to or are willing to pay a travel fee, I HIGHLY suggest booking Jessica and her team for your family photos, wedding photos, boudoir and even pet photos! She takes gorgeous images + will even sing baby shark while she takes them!

See more of her brilliant work over at Stout Studios.