I really enjoy when I get to work with a gay couple. Not that photographing them is any different from photographing a non gay couple, but there are places in the world where it is forbidden to get married if you are gay. And there are still a lot of people around the world who think it should be forbidden. Even in Denmark, where we have very liberal laws and very liberal views on same-sex marriage and same-sex relationships, there are people who have a hard time accepting this. So whatever little I can do to help make it just as ‘normal’ as a relationship between a man and a woman, I am happy to do. Hopefully one day we will be at a point where we do not even register if it is two men, two women or a man and a woman. It’s all just love!
For me, when I meet a gay couple, it is the same as with any other couple. It is two people in love, who are going to get married and that is fantastic. And I love that I can capture their happiness for them, so they can share it with their loved ones.
I met Chris and Ritchie in their hotel at Nyhavn and they were just so excited and happy. We first shot some pictures in their hotel room and then we walked along the docks of Nyhavn making our way to the Metro. Fun fact: Chris and Ritchie are not the tallest guys, but they are equally tall, so they match perfectly. I am tall and this summer my beard and my hair have just been growing and growing, so I was kind of towering over them like a Sasquatsh. People looked at us as we came walking, but it was not because we were and odd match, or because they are a gay couple, it was because Chris and Ritchie looked f****** awesome. They really did. And people stopped to let them know: “You guys look amazing! Congratulations!” That just made me proud and happy. I mean, I know we have idiots in Denmark too, but here we just met kind, well mannered, loving, caring people, who just wanted to get in on the happiness and give their congratulations to people they don’t even know. Amazing!
We took the Metro to the town hall, where they said yes to each other and became a married couple. For me, it was a pleasure and an honor, for a couple of hours, to share their joy and happiness. And we also ate hot dogs outside the town hall…