I wrote this article on Race and Perception in the wedding industry for Huffington Post this year and it struck a chord and I was contacted by a flurry of people.
One kind soul being Lincolnshire based fine art photographer Anete Lusina of Lusina Photography . Anete prides herself as being an inclusive photographer attracting couples from all walks of life and is particularly keen to continue to try to show weddings and love stories that are diverse and representative of the gorgeous eclectic mix of couples in love in the UK.
It wasn’t long before we started a dialogue and Anete was inspired to do relaxed love shoot over coffee and asked her couple what they thought about race and perception in relationships and the wedding industry.
Enough from me. Over to Anete!
As a photographer, it’s important to ensure all of my clients feel that they are treated fairly, with respect and it’s also important that they receive a personalised service, regardless of who they are, what they look like or where they come from.
Modern British society is very diverse, and so are couples. Realistic representation of our vibrant society in the wedding industry is important, whether it’s through blogs showcasing real weddings featuring couples from all walks in life, or designers showcasing designs on a variety of models, or photographers with diverse portfolios. To me, there is no room for discrimination, nor is there any justification for it. Our job as wedding industry professionals is to make everyone feel included.
To explore this more, I wanted to photograph and interview a modern British couple and asked the delightful Lorna and Junior to join me.
How We Met
Junior and I both work in the hospitality industry and met through mutual friends. We were friends for nearly a year before we decided to start dating.
My grandparents come from a generation where they have grown up with the change of migration. So they have very different views on interracial couples than I do.
When I first told them I was dating a guy of a different race, I could tell they had their own opinions on it. They are happy as long as I am happy, however, they are worried that I will experience prejudice from other people.
Favourite things about each-other?
Lorna – I fell in love with Junior’s smile and his cheeky personality, we always spend hours laughing and talking. He isn’t materialistic and does not care what other people think, we both have very similar views.
Junior – when we are together it’s like we are in our own little world, I love how we can just be ourselves, I feel like I have met my other half.
Sometimes I’ve experienced the “occasional odd look from people” as they see Lorna and I holding hands, walking through the town.
Things you love?
We both have similar tastes in film and music, we have memberships for an independent cinema where we take advantage of a nice and cheap date night every now and then! We love going out to see different live acts and DJs. With us both working in the hospitality industry, it goes without saying we love to go out and try new bars and restaurants whenever possible.
When discussing wedding industry, Lorna says:
“I have noticed in wedding photography most couples shown are usually caucasian couples. Many of my friends have also said there should be more diverse models in the media whether that’s race, gender or weight. I think anything to help promote change is a great idea.”
Junior feels that diversity should be promoted more amongst wedding businesses.
I do not see [diverse couples] unless I specifically look for magazines or blogs with a focus on diversity.
It’s never front page material.
As a wedding photographer I feel we all need to ensure we do our bit in including and showcasing different types of couples. Our job is to constantly increase the standard of the wedding industry and work to make everyone feel included. Love cannot be confined to one specific set of characteristics, because love does not discriminate, and neither should the wedding industry.
Thank you Anete and to Lorna and Junior for your honesty!
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