This workshop was the second in the series for Changing the Lens. It was created to address discrimination in the wedding and photo/video industries after engaged couple Kelly & Mallory were denied service by a Brantford company, stating they do not work with 2SLGBTQIA+ couples.
Amberlyn Farrington of Honey & Lux Photography was connected with Kelly & Mallory through social media during the planning stages of these inclusion workshops. They sent their good friends Nick & Emilio her way as they had recently become engaged and wanted to participate in the styled shoot.
From Amberlyn: “Emilio & Nick modelled for a styled wedding. Photographers attended the facilitated workshop that focused on equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression, created and delivered by two queer community organizers/facilitators, Taylor Berzins & Lauren Burrows. We gathered together outdoors at the beautiful Burning Kiln Winery in Norfolk County, generously offered to us for the workshop. We had a wonderful day holding meaningful conversations, enjoying the sunshine, eating incredible food from the Winery’s onsite restaurant Canned Heat, listening to music perofmed by Ren from Small Town Saturdays, and shooting some authentic love!
Honey & Lux and the facilitators have plans to continue this series in 2021 with hopes of expanding to focus on other communities that experience marginalization as well. We still have so much work to do in this industry (and beyond), and this only scratches the surface. We are proud to have provided education to the folks who invested in their business with this initiative and excited for what is to come.”
Concept/lead photographer: Honey & Lux
Styling/production: Riley and Dallas
Venue: Burning Kiln Winery
Wardrobe: Tolo Clothier, Mettamade
Makeup: Makeup by Elisha
Hair: Hair by Soraya
Stationery: Red Bicycle Paper Company
Tablescape: Table Love Decor
Florals: Gather Floral & Events
Rings: Sfara Designs