Amy Mayes is an equality advocate and straight ally working towards changing mainstream imagery by increasing the visibility of the LGBT community.
Why LGBT Photography - People should not be discriminated against based on who they love or who they love to be. Equality for every person is an innate human and civil right, regardless of sexuality, identity or gender. Using photography, my goal is to promote awareness and challenge stereotypes in the mainstream while celebrating diversity within the LGBT community.
Background - Before becoming a photographer, I earned a master’s degree in criminal justice, and spent over ten years working as a federal probation officer. Empowered by an overwhelming sense that I should be helping to change the rules, instead of enforce them, I started this business.
Beliefs - I believe in the power of an image, in shaking up the status quo, and that anything is possible. I believe that a compelling photograph is an important tool for social and political change and the most effective way to deliver a message.
Inspiration - I’m inspired by my grandmother, whose art, vision, and strength of purpose became the foundation of Amy Mayes Photography long before its existence.
More - Based in New York City, I also co-own a media company with my husband. I'm on the board of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and I'm a member of Professional Women Photographers (PWP).