Wellesbourne-based Avon Studios has already received a hefty number of enquiries from same sex couples planning to tie the knot this year – some in Warwickshire and others as far afield as London, the home counties and Scotland, and is anticipating that number will increase over the coming months and years.
The government anticipates around 22,000 civil partnerships will take place over the next five years – and with the majority of those wanting a photographic record of their big day Avon Studios is expecting a healthy slice of the bookings.
“We normally photograph around 50 weddings a year,” said Avon Studios lifestyle photographer Andrew Sheppard. “The majority are in the midlands, but because we are also well recognised nationally we cover a fair few in further flung locations.”
“The introduction of the new civil partnerships act is already showing signs of increasing this figure during 2006. And as the concept gains momentum and civil partnerships become more mainstream the bookings are likely to increase.
“There are some companies which are specifically geared towards the same sex wedding market – but in photographic terms there is no difference between heterosexual and same sex couples. Our work involves capturing the emotions, the expressions and the essence of the couple’s big day regardless of their sexuality.”
“As well as seeing increased enquiries for our wedding photography, we are also seeing interest from gay couples in our pre-wedding and portrait shoots which are already very popular among different sex couples.”