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Update: The SPLC Teams Up With Us To Demand That Delgaudio Stop Using Brian & Tom’s Engagement Photo

Hi all!

I’ve been bombarded with e-mails and comments regarding this situation – it’s so nice to have the support of so many wonderful people and photographers! It’s been a really busy and stressful time for all of us, but we are so excited with where we are at right now. I am sharing with you, below, the press release from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Again, thank you for your continued support. While I might not answer everyone’s e-mails, each one helps fuel this fight further. Brian, Tom and I really do appreciate all of the love!!!

I’m not going to post all of the news outlets that have picked up our story, but I do want to share Brian & Tom’s appearance on ABC Local Channel 7 last night (at end of post). To keep up, you can check out my Facebook page, my twitter or Brian’s Blog – we’ve been sharing coverage as we are made aware.


* SPLC Press Release *

SPLC demands hate group stop misusing gay couple’s engagement photo

It was supposed to be a reminder of one of the most special days shared by Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere – their engagement photo.

The black-and-white photograph shows the two men kissing with the New York City skyline in the background. The picture was one of several that Edwards posted on his blog to allow friends and family unable to attend the couple’s wedding to share their joy. But what was supposed to be a symbol of the life-long commitment between two people in love was hijacked by an anti-gay hate group.

Recently, the men discovered their photo had been taken from the Internet and used in an anti-gay mailer to attack a political candidate in Colorado. The city skyline had been removed from the background and replaced with snow-covered trees one might find in Colorado. Bold words, on a red background, were added: “State Senator Jean White’s idea of ‘Family Values?’” White supported Colorado’s civil union legislation. “This photo represented our love and commitment and the many challenges we have overcome in order to share our lives together,” Edwards said. “When I first saw how our photo had been publicly destroyed and used against gay and lesbian families, I was shocked, heartbroken and livid. I don’t want this to happen to another gay or lesbian couple.”

Neither the couple, nor the photographer, knew about the doctored photo until a friend of the couple informed them. The mailer was the work of Public Advocate of the United States, a Falls Church, Va., organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as an anti-gay hate group.

Today, the SPLC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group and Eugene Delgaudio, its president. The letter, sent on behalf of the couple and photographer Kristina Hill, warns that the SPLC is investigating the unauthorized use of the copyrighted photo and demands that Delgaudio, Public Advocate and anyone acting on their behalf immediately stop using the photo. It asks Delgaudio to confirm within 10 days that he and Public Advocate have stopped using the photo.

“Delgaudio’s use of Brian and Tom’s personal photo is morally reprehensible,” said Christine P. Sun, deputy legal director for the SPLC. “For years, Delgaudio and Public Advocate have led a crusade against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This latest attack is the most vicious yet and should serve as a warning that your personal photos are not safe from anyone willing to stoop to the vilest level of harassment.”

Hill, the photographer, said the doctored image twists the original meaning of the image.

“When I took this photo, I was capturing the love that Brian and Tom share,” she said. “When I saw how my image was used, I was sad for Brian and Tom. I was angry that someone would take my work, distort it and use it to reflect the opposite of what it was meant to express.”

Public Advocate has a history of attacking the LGBT community. The letter notes that Public Advocate “has spread lies and vitriol about LGBT people to raise funds, impede progress toward greater equality and to deny LGBT people basic dignity and respect.” It also describes other anti-gay activities by the group, including:

•Provoking readers through a fundraising letter to “imagine a world where the police allow homosexual adults to rape young boys in the streets”;

•Comparing marriage equality to bestiality through production of a “Man-Donkey Mock Wedding Ceremony”;

•Defamation of gay people as pedophiles and rapists to be feared. For instance, permitting gay men to be Boy Scout leaders, Public Advocate said, is “the same as being an accessory to the rape of hundreds of boys”; and

•Mischaracterizing national legislation to address an epidemic of anti-LGBT harassment at schools as “requir[ing] schools to teach appalling homosexual acts… force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual agenda… ram through their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America…. create a new America based on sexual promiscuity.” The thought that Public Advocate has used a symbol of the couple’s love and commitment for an attack cuts deep for the men.

“Knowing our image had been used to spread lies, hate and fear, contradicts the original meaning of the picture,” Privitere said. “It was used to attack what Brian and I hold dear – our lives together, our family, and marriage equality.”

The SPLC is dedicated to defending the rights of the LGBT community. It has worked to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students – including LGBT students – through educational campaigns and legal action. And it has taken action to protect the rights of LGBT adults.

Link to the cease-and-desist letter written by SPLC on our behalf.

* Brian & Tom on ABC Local News *

I Made Some Art!

It’s rare that I shoot for myself and it’s even more rare that I print for myself. But when I talked to Jamey, the owner of my favorite local coffee spot, Roots Cafe, about hanging some art in his shop, the wheels in my head began turning. I wanted to not just hang some prints, but match the aesthetic of Roots. I got the idea to print some of my favorite iPhone photos onto wood… so began the task of doing so! A couple of bloody fingers and a completely destroyed apartment later, I came up with the following. They’re on display at Roots through the end of this month, so check them out if you’re local!

If you’re interested in buying one, act quickly! Apparently they’re selling quite fast. If you want to know about future prints or custom orders, send me an email!


(PS: One of my favorite shoots ever was with Jamey and his wife Randi at Roots Cafe a few years ago. Check it out, here!)

Seaside Heights, NJ Anniversary Shoot – April and Michael

As I continue to watch the news and look at photos of the damages caused by Sandy, my heart truly goes out to everyone who have and who continue to suffer. Seeing the devastation first-hand in some of my most beloved Brooklyn neighborhoods has been difficult. Most of my family resides in New Jersey and it is a huge relief that they are all safe and sound. I feel incredibly lucky.

If you grew up in or near to Jersey, it’s likely you are particularly attached to one or more of the towns along the Jersey shore. My shore town of choice happens to be Seaside Heights. My family vacationed there every summer for pretty much my entire life. It’s a place that has always been incredibly sentimental to both myself and my family. Watching the reports of how Sandy has left Seaside and other towns ‘down the shore,’ is heartbreaking. Just a few weeks ago, I headed to Seaside with my sister, April and her husband, Michael to shoot their two year anniversary photos. As adults, we’ve woven this place into our lives just as seamlessly as we did as kids, creating new memories and recounting old memories when we visit.

When April and I walked that boardwalk together we couldn’t help but laugh (a lot), recounting memories shared with our parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. We commented on how the rides were pretty much identical to what they were as kids and which ones we loved the most. We mimicked how I used to pinch my nose and comment in a funny voice on how terribly I felt the sausage stand smelled each time we passed it or how my parents sometimes rented a stroller for me until the age of about 8 (I truly wish I were exaggerating on that), because I didn’t like to walk too much. We thought about the toys we HAD to win (pogo ball anyone?!) or how we could play in Central Arcade for hours with our grandmother. We chose to eat our pizza at The Sawmill, because it’s where we ate as kids and we love how the slices are still bigger than our heads – even now. So while our “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt’em…” jump suits were replaced by “Call Me, Maybe…” cropped shirts and Angry Birds and iPads hang as prizes where our Care Bears and Discmans did, the feeling of the board walk was exactly the same.

Today I’m sharing April & Michael’s shoot with you. I hope these images accurately capture the place we loved as kids and continue to love as adults. I look forward to seeing Seaside and all its neighboring towns come back stronger than they were before, so with that thought is a link to Rebuild the Jersey Shore on Facebook, for those of you interested in volunteering or keeping up with the relief efforts.

Thanks for reading and I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and well.


Back to Blogging!

Why hello, readers. Happy fall!

My little old blog has been quiet lately, this I know. It’s been a complete whirlwind these past few weeks (Eep, are we going on months?!), but I’m back and excited to be bringing you lots and lots of weddings and shoots to the blog over the next few posts!

For now… here is a tiny peek at what I’ve been up to.


An Image Stolen…

This blog post has been a bit difficult for me to write. I sat on it over night, because I didn’t want to write anything too reactionary and I also wanted to thoughtfully explain how I feel.

Brian, a client and good friend, called me last night to share his discovery that one of the images I had taken during their engagement session had been stolen, digitally manipulated and reproduced in a campaign targeting a senator for her vote in support of a bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions. When I heard this, a range of emotions flooded through me. When I actually saw the image, my heart dropped. Below is a side by side of the two images that I created in photoshop for Brian to use on his blog post:

It’s my hope that my readers and clients know that what I do is incredibly important to me. I love love, I adore my clients and when I make images for them, it’s my goal to document their love with creativity and honesty. It fuels me as a photographer to know that these images will be cherished. That they will hang on walls, be passed around at gatherings, put in albums, and that someday maybe children and grandchildren will display these moments in their own homes.

To see an image, taken with that intent being used in the way it was used is heart-breaking for me. Brian’s reaction is so perfectly stated, I highly recommend you read it: “Public Advocate of the United States” Steal a Kiss – And it’s Gay. I agree with every word written.

The Denver Post article written by reporter Lynn Bartels can be read here.

Update: The Atlantic Wire covers the story. Read Alexander AbadD-Santos’ coverage here.


UPDATE! As many people are coming directly to this post, please visit the following post for an update on the situation. And, again, thank you for your support!

Me and My iPhone: It’s been a while!

I haven’t had an iPhonography post since I blogged about my favorite things. But it’s wedding season after all and I’m a busy bee, shooting non-stop. However, I’m still always capturing things on my iPhone. So, here are some moments I’ve had and things I’ve seen as of late…

A peaceful beachy morning after shooting Michael & Kina’s wedding…

Impromptu meeting with Bacchus and Crys (who totally coordinated their outfits that day)!

New dress meets old boots…

Early morning puddles…

Uplifting graffiti…

Taking a journal break in Prospect Park…

Bright hearts…

Bright flowers…

Hungry Jackson…

Curious Moo…

(As always, If you’d like to you can see more of my random iPhonography by following me on instagram. Username: @kristinahill)

April Hill Designs Things…

I’m really excited to blog about my sister’s work today! Every time someone sees her wedding online or in my print portfolio they go crazy over her details. It’s no secret, she’s one creative girl. I’m lucky to have her in my family – she designed my logo for me, has made save-the-dates and thank you’s for my clients. I love being able to tap into her creativity and I wanted to show off some of her awesome work on the blog today. If you haven’t seen her wedding, you must! She designed all of the details on her own – her save the dates, invites, birdseed packets, programs, menus, favors and thank yous, her attention to detail is pretty outstanding. Check it out here with more details here!

Me and My iPhone – These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Yesterday on Brooklyn Betrothed, we blogged about the things we currently love in honor of Valentine’s day. I loved the idea so much, that I thought I’d expand upon my list and illustrate with some iPhonography. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Traveling anywhere…

TV time with Moo (she loves Harry Potter)…

Our very normal family dinners…

Followed by some game time…

Friend time (and an excuse to wear a tiara!)…

Coffee, of course…

Cooking (messily)…

Alcatraz (TV show and the place!)…

Graphic Novels (this is Chunky Rice! by Craig Thompson)…


Listening to Ida (especially live)…

(PS: If you’d like, you can see more of my random iPhonography by following me on instagram. Username: @kristinahill)

Me and my iPhone: Alcatraz!

I’m really excited about tonight’s premiere of Alcatraz, dorky? Maybe. In late October I took a trip to San Francisco to visit some friends and catch my breath mid-wedding season. I had such a fantastic time exploring the city, but by far the best thing I did was a night tour of Alcatraz. It’s going to sound crazy, but I went to San Francisco without my camera. I traveled so much for work last year that I wanted this to be a vacation where I wasn’t getting held up at the airport so they could swab my bag in security or just lugging a backpack filled with gear! I did, however have my iPhone, so expect a few iPhone posts on San Francisco. For today though, in honor of Alcatraz’s premier, I bring you these. Happy Monday!

View the inmates had of San Francisco.

As part of the night tour, they open the hospital wing. It was amazing.

Me and My iPhone – Panama

So, I’m in Panama! I haven’t seen much of it yet, but I figured I’d still use some photos taken while on the job for the SPCA International. It’s been a bit of whirlwind, I’ll admit! My flight got in Sunday around 3 and I went straight to the Spay Panama site to shoot. After a quick dinner, some uploading and bed, I was back on my way to the site today to shoot some more video and images bright and early this morning. Here are a few quick photos I managed to snap along the way. Can’t wait to see and share more!

How cool is her cat tattoo?

During a detour on the way to the site, we stumbled upon this playground.

The seesaw

A day wouldn’t be complete without me photographing my feet!

Kitties in a birdcage? Yes, please.

There’s a slight chance I was favoring the cats today… so here’s a sweet puppy!

Oh… and I ate fast chinese food here…