About Studio XIII:
It's all about connection and community
Studio XIII was born out of the idea that my photography studio would be bigger than myself. I wanted to create a collective that would support my LGBTQ community by honoring and sharing their love stories with the world.
I started shooting weddings before marriage equality was the law of the land. I found myself noticing how heteronormative the wedding industry was, and that LGBTQ weddings seemed to be something that a lot of industry professionals carefully tiptoed through. I saw the need for a space where LBGTQ weddings were not just an added part of the narrative, but took up the entire space. Because we need more queer spaces, do we not?!
As a queer business owner, I want to be a photography studio that not only celebrates the love stories of my community, but also supports and encourages other LGBTQ business owners. Being an active part of the LGBTQ community is so important to me, and helps me connect closely with the couples and families that I photograph. I wept tears of joy with the rest of you in the Castro on the day that the marriage equality act was passed, and commemorated that moment with a "love is love" tattoo on my arm. I know and understand the struggles we have overcome as a community, the work we still have to do, and how important fighting for our rights and demanding to be seen and valued is. This is why I want to tell your story.
So that's why I'm striving for creating images that make you *feel*
I want you to look at your collection of photographs that I deliver and have strong reactions to them, whether you're laughing or crying or both. Guaranteed, I've already done the same when creating these images for you. I want to know you intimately, and have you trust me enough to reflect back the beauty and rawness and energy that you possess. I want to reach right into your chest and give your heart a big squeeze. I want you to remember these tiny, beautiful moments...forever. When you look at your photos I want you to not just remember what that moment looked like, but be able to feel it-- the laughter, the tears, the smiles, the hugs, the quiet moments and everything in between.
What do you want to remember? What do you want to feel?
We stand by this 100%.