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LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh
Monday, May 13, 2019
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

Skyler found his family.  Jen and Patty found their heart. I had the honor of photographing an adoption proceeding for a couple whose wedding I photographed a couple of years ago. This wasn't just any adoption proceeding, though. It was a proceeding that made the challenge of growing up gay in the 70's worth every rock thrown and every name called.Skyler is the blessed soul who is officially, legally, the son of an amazing couple who I'm privileged to know, Patty and Jen. They have waited for Sky since long before he arrived - and even their wedding day took into consideration the child they would one day have. That day finally came.Not only are Patty and Jen a lesbian couple, legally ...

Pittsburgh, I'm Coming Home.
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

A review of my time in Los Angeles - Kukucka Photography Well, I never expected to write this post so soon after arriving in LA, but it seems that this is one of those life experiences where you just kind of know you're truly along for the ride. Just when you think you should turn right, you find yourself veering left, and you realize that your hands aren't even on the wheel - if they ever really were. You know something more profound is happening that doesn't have anything to do with a place or a decision. You're on an adventure that you can't fully prepare for in advance. You just have to make the choice to begin (or not). And once you do (or not) you have to let go of the wheel and ...

Agape Spiritual Center, Los Angeles - Kukucka Photography
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

Agape Spiritual Center, Los Angeles Since I arrived in Los Angeles a few months ago I've been offering my talents as a volunteer photographer to a few places I believe in - and one of those places is the Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.When I lived here in the early 2000's, I used to attend every service I could attend - and when I moved to Pittsburgh I would livestream every chance I could. And when I couldn't livestream I would view the archives. Anything to get my shot of spiritual expresso, as only Michael Bernard Beckwith can deliver.How blessed am I that I now get to photograph the services, which is such an honor for me. Not only do I especially feel like I'm God's camera ...

The Many Faces of Love - Kukucka Photography, Los Angeles
Thursday, February 14, 2019
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

The Many Faces of Love - Kukucka Photography Valentine's Day has been a bit lonely for me since my divorce three years ago. I tend to think of love as an experience I was blessed to have and enjoy, value and cherish, even if it didn't turn out to look the way I thought it would. I realize now that love isn't at all limited to a significant other. Neither is it predictable in its appearance, often disguising itself as an "ordinary moment", if there even is such a thing (and there isn't).As I was organizing some of my favorite photos earlier today I realized that I was witnessing a beautiful theme - and that is, the many faces of love. It might be a visit with a mother who you haven't ...

Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh

Honoring the Unclaimed - Kukucka Photography, LA I had the opportunity this morning to do something I've wanted to do for a few years now.Every year there is a multi-faith, public memorial here in LA - the annual Burial of the Unclaimed - something that has taken place since 1896. The cremains of all the unclaimed souls are buried together. All those who passed alone - without a family, without a friend, without anyone knowing that they left this plane - and for some, that they ever even existed. Today I had the privilege to stand with so many others who braved this unusually cold and rainy day to say that their lives DID matter, and they DID NOT leave unnoticed. (Interesting that on ...