Welcome to Changing the Game, a Modern Rebel blog series where we talk with professionals in the wedding industry who are using their platform to diversify the industry’s image, give back to their community, and challenge the idea of what a wedding “should” be.
What brought you into the wedding industry?
When I was 20, I had a year of traveling to support my then partner with his dreams. I decided to dive in to photography and taught myself over that time, through trial and error, the basics. When I moved back to Austin, I knew that wedding photography aligned most with what I liked taking pictures of- people and love. So, I went for it and here I am 11 years later.
What is the most rewarding element of your work?
When someone gets a picture back that shows who they truly are and how deep their relationship is, and they feel strong, happy, and content with what they see.
What challenges do you face in the industry?
Staying relevant and pushing myself to continually grow. There are a lot of fads that I've seen come and go over my eleven years in the industry and staying fresh is a constant thing that I have to strive for. I think every year that I maintain doing this as a career is an accomplishment.
What marriage tradition are you sick of?
I wish that mothers were more involved in traditions. Why isn't it assumed that they can also walk the bride or groom down the aisle? Why don't they get a first dance? That's always bummed me out. But also... bouquet and garter toss - why?
Who inspires you in the industry?
Clients who plan days that reflect who they are as individuals and couples, and don't just go through the wedding steps of what's expected. Obviously, love and excitement inspires me, continually.
What changes to you want to see in the wedding industry?
I'd love for inclusiveness to be a given. I am pro LGBTQ+ and want all of my clients, no matter their race, beliefs, or sex to feel seen, heard, and accepted.
Leah Muse is a photographer based in Austin, TX. If you’d like to get in touch with her, email firstname.lastname@example.org.