Hello, I’m Antonio, an award-winning black wedding photographer in Miami, South Florida, and owner of White House Wedding Photography. Have you ever caught yourself talking to yourself aloud when no one else is watching? Please don’t lie to me either! Well, not really, sort of, I think so, maybe. Ok! Never mind!
If you are an African American or black couple looking for a black wedding photographer near you, continue reading. This post is a self-interview about being an African American wedding photographer here in Miami, Florida.
To me, being a black wedding photographer here in South Florida means that the possibilities are endless. It is all up to me! And believe me, if you are having a beautiful wedding, and if we are vibing, I want to capture your love story. Your ethnic, cultural, religious, and sexual identity does not matter to me.
Even though I am a black man, I love to photograph weddings of all colors and cultures. My years in the military allowed me to live amongst many different people and cultures. And I absolutely love meeting new people and learning about their cultures and lifestyles.
While I deeply love photographing weddings of African Americans and or black couples, I don’t limit myself to photographing any one particular ethnic or cultural group. I have captured many African Americans, Asians, Caucasians, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and many other multi-cultural weddings in my over eight years of photographing weddings.
There are lots of challenges for black photographers in today’s society. It’s no secret that being a professional photographer is really challenging. But being a professional black photographer is even more difficult.
Ever since the first photograph was created back in 1826, blacks have been using the medium to capture and shape the world around us. Yet, looking back through history, the perspective of black photographers is hardly seen, even though there are so many great black photographers.
I don’t want to lean into the negatives challenges of getting work as a black photographer due to racial and economic disparities. However, I will say this. The George Floyd killing, followed by the Black Lives Matter protests, has forced America to look at its unequal and unjust treatment of minorities. The days following the BLM protests see many companies and couples looking to hire black photographers.
Today, we are almost 12 months out from the George Floyd killing and the BLM protest that followed. I have to ask myself, where are all those couples and companies that pledge to hire African American photographers? Are they still out there? I don’t know. As far as I can tell, I haven’t seen any of them.
Here is what I can tell you! I tried my best not to focus on who is hiring me in terms of race, color, religion, or sex. My focus is more on mastering my craft. Because I don’t want to be known as a black wedding photographer or an African American wedding photographer. I would prefer to be known as the top wedding photographer in the world. And I think this is where I will leave it!
To learn more about me, visit my personal blog here.
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