The Transcending Gender Project

celebrating lives beyond gender


Here are some questions often asked and the answers to them!

How do you choose people to be photographed? 

For the environmental portraits, I read every application and try to choose photographs that represent diversity in the community. I also select narratives that are not transition-focused, and instead focus on everyday lives, or other identities beyond gender identity. Transition-related discussions will not be part of the narratives in this project – this project is about our lives beyond gender. 

What kind of camera equipment are you using? 

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, Canon 18-135 IS lens, which are all on their last legs. I've been using this equipment for 5 years, and plan to upgrade to a Canon 6D or 5D Mark III – click here to support the project here so I can upgrade to a better (and working!) camera. 

How did you create the lighting in the photos? 

Typically, I use one off-camera light in a softbox. I use either a YN560III speedlight or a Paul C Buff White Lightning X1600 strobe inside of a 43" Wescott Apollo Orb, powered by a Paul C Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium battery pack. But I'll use whatever I need to create the light I want. 

I sent you an email or applied to be photographed, but haven't heard back. When can I expect to hear something? 

I get a large number of emails every day. I wish that I could respond to every single one, but I am just one person with two hands and a day job, so I will not be able to respond to every email.