Cassandra Niehaus

OWNER / PHOTOGRAPHER - CASSANDRA ZETTA

Cassandra Zetta is a queer wedding photographer specializing in LGBTQ+ weddings and elopements. With the belief that all relationships deserve to be celebrated, her mission is to create an inclusive and safe space where everyone can live and love openly.

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

I would say, "Cass, you are more powerful than you know. Your voice is strong, and your work is important. You are capable of affecting positive change, and you will. I know it doesn't feel like it now, but the sooner you start believing in yourself, the earlier you will impact the wedding industry for good. So go on, stop making excuses, and start living up to the potential that is inside of you."

What is the most unique or special place you’ve worked/done a shoot?

The most unique place I've photographed is Treehouse Point (http://www.treehousepoint.com) in Washington. This private retreat center was gorgeous, intimate, and my couple married in the river there. It was so lovely.

What inspired you to become an image maker?

In a way, I've always been an image maker. I grew up with a love for drawing and went on to become a graphic designer. After college, and falling into the prepress industry, I began seeking a new creative outlet. I discovered wedding photography and a lightbulb went off. I'd always been a hopeless romantic and capturing intimate moments between people in love seemed like a perfect fit. What has continued to inspire me as an image maker for the LGBTQ+ community is the need for photographers who truly understand the life experiences, relationship dynamics (both between partners and family member sensitivities), while wholeheartedly loving and celebrating their clients. This becomes even more crucial in a society where vendors are using beliefs as an excuse to discriminate. All couples deserve wonderful, fair, and equal treatment. And so, this deep rooted truth keeps me going, keeps me sharing and educating, and pushes me to speak up and support my community.