I’M RAVEN, AND I RUN THIS JOINT.

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I’m a wedding & portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA who is ready to explore the world with you.

I didn’t get my start in photography in the traditional way. I got my start in photography at Medieval Times. Yep. My story began at a place where people eat with their hands, watch knights on horseback, and wear paper crowns. {And once you get to know me, you’ll see just how painfully on-brand that is.} I didn’t go in looking for photography, and I sure didn’t expect to fall in love with photography while I was there, but that’s how love works, isn’t it? You see something or someone from across the room, and you fall mad, you fall hard, and you don’t rely on anything but your gut. It’s wild and liberating, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

I certainly feel that way about taking photographs, but I bet you know that feeling, too. I bet there have been times when you’ve trusted your heart cells as much as your brain cells. I bet you know a little something about instinct, about being true to your nature, and about falling in gorgeous, primal, unapologetic love. I bet you also fight the idea of being “put in a box” the same way a cat fights a cat carrier.

If you do, it’s such a pleasure to meet you. I love the sophisticated and untamed creatures of the world, and I have a real knack for using my camera to coax out the best in them. No fences, boxes, or leashes here – just a little trust, a big smile, and an invitation for you to be your wonderfully undomesticated selves. My job is to photograph party animals of all shapes and sizes, happy in their natural habitat, celebrating real love. Are you one of those magical creatures? Good. My camera is ready.

In a nutshell, I’m an intersectional feminist believer in magic who loves lifting weights, cosplaying, Renn Faires, and traveling: a polyamorous nerdy fangirl to almost everything who is dedicated to constant learning and improving and ABOVE ALL ELSE believes in love and equality. Let’s geek out about something.

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To all Black/Bla(c)k folx, Indigenous folx, and People of Color {BIPOC}:

The world at large – the wedding industry especially – and those like myself who have, and continue to, benefit from white supremacy and white privilege, have done, and continue to do, so much damage and cause so much hurt to you. You’re hurting because of us.

I acknowledge that there is very little representation of your stories and cultures and bodies. I have failed to do my part in making the world and the wedding industry a safe place for you. I know that I have been a part of this problem.

I WILL:

  • correct the under-representation on my site of BIPOC by Dec 31, 2020
  • no longer recommend or follow vendors/people who are not doing this work, who are not dedicated to rectifying the damage done. I will clean out my social media to reflect this pledge by Dec 31, 2020
  • educate myself, post resources for other white people to educate themselves with, research, learn, and continually do the necessary work
  • diversify all areas of my life, all media I’m taking in
  • donate to BIPOC-led organizations doing the work, starting June 2020
  • choose to give my business to BIPOC-run businesses
  • VOTE
  • call in/out racism as I see it in my everyday life. I will have the important conversations with those closest to me
  • lift up melanated voices and stories and joy and love

Contact me at raven@youareraven.com.

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