As a Cleveland, Ohio Photographer, I have had the pleasure of working with many members of the LGBTQ+ community in Northeast Ohio.
I have been commissioned to do photography for weddings, anniversaries, commitment ceremonies, and family events.
I have also volunteered my time to take photos at LGBTQ+ events such as pride festivals and fundraisers.
Meet your Cleveland Photographer
Welcome Friends, I am Art
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. The local Metro Parks are where I spent most of my days. I've been out and proud since 1997.
I am an avid drinker of iced coffee and connoisseur of tacos who loves to travel and capture candid photographs along the way.
I love being a photographer because it allows me to be a part of YOUR most cherished and candid moments.
The Stonewall Riots: How Gay Pride Began
Pride Day is June, 28th because this is when the first Pride march took place in New York City in 1970, exactly one year after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, on June 28, the year prior.
Although brutal police raids of homosexual hangouts were something of a norm at the time, homosexual acts were illegal in almost every State. On this particular night police commenced the raid by beating people up and attempting to extort money from them. Members of the LGBTQ+ community finally decided that enough was enough and that they were going to fight back as a community.
This resulted in an uprising that would kickstart a new age of resistance: six days of protests and violent clashes with police outside the bar, neighboring streets, and the nearby Christopher Park.
The Stonewall Riots catalyzed the gay rights movement—both in the US and worldwide.
Marriage Equality Becomes a Reality
The momentous Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges arrived on June 26, 2015, bringing full marriage equality to same-sex couples in all 50 states. In a landmark 5-4 decision, the Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage, granting equal recognition and protection under the law to all couples nationwide. This momentous ruling finally brings full equality and justice to LGBT Americans across the country.
Why You Should Hire A Gay Photographer For Your LGBTQ+ Wedding: Photography Tips
- Comfort: No awkwardness with posing, misused pronouns, or insulting mistakes
- Sensitivity: I get to know my couples and their family dynamics before their big day to avoid any unwanted mentions or triggers.
- Friendship: I’m out and proud! You can feel that bond when you work with LGBTQ+ run businesses.
- Laughter: You can laugh with LGBTQ+ people about things that straight people just don’t identify with.
- Advocacy: Supporting a LGBTQ+ owned businesses means that you are helping these businesses earn more success and credibility to attract more LGBTQ+ couples for the future.
A few of my favorite Ohio LGBTQ+ Weddings
Art Goans Photography is an LGBTQ+ friendly, body positive elopement and portrait photography company.
My mission is to create beautiful, authentic images that reflect my clients' uniqueness and celebrate love in all its forms.