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Stephanie and Anna - LGBTQ Weddings in Pittsburgh
Monday, July 15, 2019
Stephanie and Anna - LGBTQ Weddings in Pittsburgh

Anna and Stephanie - LGTBQ Weddings in Pittsburgh - Kukucka Photography It's been a while since I photographed a wedding here in Pittsburgh. I tend to do more LGBTQ and non-traditional weddings these days, and I love the personal touches I see at these events.Stephanie and Anna's wedding at James Gallery was no exception, as the theme of their ceremony and celebration was bridges. Not just because the wedding was held in Pittsburgh, the city of bridges - but rather to recognize the bridges it sometimes takes our hearts, to meet in a place where there is only love. I thought it was a lovely gesture, and so did everyone there.Some favorite moments from this wedding: I loved the ...

LGBT Weddings and Adoptions - Kukucka Photography - Pittsburgh
Monday, May 13, 2019
Stephanie and Anna - LGBTQ Weddings in 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 ...

A Picture of Your Heart
Friday, January 04, 2019
Stephanie and Anna - LGBTQ Weddings in Pittsburgh

A Picture of Your Heart - Pictures That Move - LA Photographers Since moving to LA, I've thought a lot about how I want to market myself here as a wedding, portrait and event photographer. I knew before unpacking my first box that I would be one of a gazillion other talented photographers here. (Dear Lord there are some amazing creatives out here.) But it's invited me to do some soul searching to find what it is, I feel, that makes me different.My first intuitive answer? There is room for ALL of us! We're ALL here with individual gifts, and there is no limit to what we can contribute to the tapestry! We're ALL needed, and we ALL have a place. All hands (and hearts) on deck!  My ...

Honoring the Unclaimed in Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Stephanie and Anna - LGBTQ Weddings in 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 ...

My Return to LA - Los Angeles Photography
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Stephanie and Anna - LGBTQ Weddings in Pittsburgh

I lived in Los Angeles for about 14 years, but came back to the Pittsburgh area (my hometown) to be closer to my aging parents, somewhere around 2005. I didn't know it then, but could easily suspect in retrospect, that I would stay back east long enough to lovingly walk both parents Home - along with two siblings - and I wouldn't change a moment of it. Having only known the bond of a big family - shit and all - I'm so grateful to still have my beloved sister and best friend Jan, on this side of the veil, as well as our brother Mike. I jokingly tell Jan that we're the "last of the Kennedys", as we were part of a large, incredibly bonded family, well known in the small western Pennsylvania ...