So Lauren McGlynn Photography. Seriously people, this is why I started APW. People like Lauren are part of the whole point of this blog. Why? Because she’s awesome. She’s a fantastic photographer (her work speaks for itself), but she’s also a lot of other things. She’s someone I wish lived close to me so we could go out to beers on a regular basis. She’s a sane part of the wedding industry. And more to the point, she really, really gets what APW is about, on a bone deep level, and she wants to work with you guys.
You might remember from a previous post that Lauren McGlynn Photography just moved from Austin Texas to Scotland (so right off you know she’s gutsy). So! She’s on the prowl for amazing Team Practical couples in the UK and EU. In fact, she’s *so* determaned to shoot your weddings that she’s waving all travel fees for the UK and the EU, for weddings booked in 2010. AND, as she told me last time, “I have a serious soft spot for budget brides, having been one my self. I would like to offer a 20% discount for all weddings booked in 2010 through this ad, and also if anyone really likes my pictures, but has a really tight budget I would like to encourage them to get in touch with me and tell me what they can afford and I will tell them what I can do because I think that everyone deserves to have wedding pictures that they love.” By which I mean, A) She’s a great person, and B) I don’t care if you’re getting married next summer, people, jump the h*ll on this deal, nowwwww. Good stuff like this never lasts.
I asked Lauren to write me something about why she loved working with APW couples, and I was surprised and STOKED by what she wrote. It was one of those, “Really? YAYYYYY” moments for me. She said:
I think I really like APW so much because it is so community focused, and I grew up Quaker (big emphasis on community). Also I love how you are more interested in what a wedding should be about rather than details, accessories, decorations, and people looking cool. I love it that there is still a little room for details, accessories and people looking cool. I love it that you tell people, nope sorry a wedding is not all about you, and yes you should respect your annoying future-mother-in-law when it comes to wedding planning. I’ve worked with a few APW brides and they have been some of the best clients I have ever had. Plus once they find out that I sponsor APW, they start treating me like we’ve been good friends for a long time, and I really really like that. I want to find these ladies in the UK!
Right? You’re going to book her, and then you’re going to end up friends who go out to drinks all the time, and then I’m going to be envious. Actually, I’m kind of envious in advance. Humph.
BUT. The good stuff. Lauren asked me if it would be *ok* if she gave away wedding photography to an LGBTQ couple, that she didn’t want to step on other sponsors toes, and didn’t want to copy people who have already given away LGBTQ wedding photography. And, obviously, I told her that copying people doing something awesome is ALWAYS welcome. So, Lauren is giving away free wedding photography to one awesome LGBTQ couple. She told me, “I’m about as passionately opposed to Prop 8 and everything like it as a person in a heterosexual relationship can be. If the wedding is outside of Scotland I would ask that my travel expenses be covered at cost. ”
Soooooooo! LGBTQ couples in the UK and the EU, go go go. Leave a comment about why you’d like to be considered for this giveaway. Everyone else… you’re smiling now, right? You’re welcome.
PS You should read this post, which will make you feel like you know Lauren and you want to be her new best friend. It’s about Lauren and her second shooter Zach, who is now a first shooter in his own right, and an brand new APW wedding elf (more on that later).