Say YES to Love ~ An Australian same sex couples shoot for Marriage Equality

Today we say YES to Love with a beautiful Australian same sex couples shoot in support of Marriage Equality.

Right now in Australia people are undertaking the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey about their views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Jaden and Ross are hoping for a YES vote on November 15th, and you can see why, their connection is absolutely electric!

These amazing images of the two were captured by Gemma Clarke Photography

Gemma Clarke is an Award-winning International Wedding and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer based in Sydney, Australia specialising in relaxed and candid images with personality.

She regularly travels to Europe, and around the world and loves being around people.

She has shot Weddings in Finland, Norway, France, Germany, Estonia and the UK as well as the most spectacular weddings locations in Australia where she is based.


I hand over to Gemma who says of the couple…


“Jadan and Ross were one of the winners of the Same Sex Couple Portrait Session I offered to show others, who might not know, why they should vote YES for marriage equality.”

“I recently spent the afternoon with them at Rouse Hill who, like many others, are fighting for marriage rights.”

“We laughed, we joked, there were cheeky moments and there was a lot of love as we watched the sun go down over the hills.”

“It was just like any other couple’s session I have photographed over the past 10 years!”

“The day of our session was my 10 year anniversary of photographing weddings. I hope that the next 10 years will look very different with legal marriage rights for all!”


“They say it was love at first sight. Ross was leaving to go back home to England just three days after they met.”

“After maintaining a long distance relationship and flying back and forth between Sydney and Manchester, these two made the decision to go through the extremely long process to have Ross on a partner visa so he could live in Sydney with Jadan.”

“They are always working hard and have sacrificed many things so they can be together, and next year will embark on an incredible adventure to travel the world together for 12 months.”


Have a read of what Jadan said when he shared the photos on Facebook…

“Ross and I are just like every other couple out there.”

“We love, laugh and support each other. Whether you’re heterosexual or homosexual, love is love and we are no different to any other couple.”

“Vote YES so same sex couples can smile and marry the ones they love.”

“And it is so true. I have photographed a few same sex couples and they are no different to any other heterosexual couple – they love, they joke around, they annoy each other (in a good way), they show affection and look after each other.”

“Let’s look after each other and show that we want marriage equality for all.”


One last uplifting comment before you can enjoy the photos, a comment by one of Jadan’s friends…

“I’m proud to let you know that my influence in showing these gorgeous shots of you and Ross to my 87 year old neighbour …he posted off a YES vote!”

“His neighbour was not previously a YES voter!”

“This is EXACTLY why I ran this competition and wanted to share these photos – I want people to see that tenderness, that connection, that real love and I am glad my photos have been able to change the mind of a previous ‘No’ Voter.”


Thank you so much to Gemma for sharing her incredible work, and this gorgeous  Australian same sex couples shoot.

Marriage can be characterised as a relationship between people for the period for which it lasts, a social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship.

Traditionally this would be a man and a woman but tradition doesn’t always make something good or lasting

Marriage to me is the ultimate acknowledgement of love to someone.

Why would anyone want to place barriers in the way of long, wonderful and fulfilled relationships, whichever orientation that comes under.

I think  a true marriage is where you are each others partners in life, you are your own tag team and support.

You share a common understanding and respect and a love that can defy anything.

This means you are 100% committed to each other with no regrets of what could have, should have or would have been.

Marriage is a huge commitment, and a huge change in any persons life, its most definitely much more than the Wedding which is just an occasion ( a grand one, but an occasion nonetheless).

It means being there for each other after all the initial lovey dovey honeymoon period has passed by, and life happens.

It means finding common ground whilst nourishing each others individuality, but being supportive of each other at the same  time.

Marriage is about love…..and being together whoever you are, and whatever choices in life you may make…


I love Australia, its my 2nd home and a huge piece of my heart is there, and it makes me sad to see love so restricted in a country I see as so inclusive.

Please share the beautiful relationship shown between Jadan and Ross so we can educate and influence others to do the right thing and give everyone in Australia equal rights…


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