My name is Brettina and I am a queer photographer in Michigan. I have started The Fluidity Project to empower those in the LGBTQIA+ community with no-cost photo sessions. Why is it called "The Fluidity Project", you ask? Well, let's go on a journey together.
I grew up in a small conservative and religious farm town in the 90s. I was taught, through religion, that homosexuality was a sin. But I knew in my heart that that wasn't the case. I would cry watching queer stories on television and get into fights with my family members. I didn't know why I felt so strongly about this topic. I thought I was a passionate straight "ally" who also happened to have very close and intense friendships with other girls.
In college, I met a girl who would change my life. She was my freshman roommate, randomly selected by the university. We became best friends fast but had a small falling out toward the end of the year over a boy and some miscommunication. We reconnected the following school year. At the end of sophomore year, we realized we wanted to be more than friends. This would be our first same-sex relationship and it was terrifying. We battled friends, family members, and complete strangers. But at the end of the day, it was worth it. That woman is now my wife, my best friend, my everything and I couldn't be any happier. So at this point, I adamantly referred to myself as a lesbian and definitely overcompensated to prove to people that I was gay.
We've been together for eight years and married for almost three. These past couple years, I truly have came to realize that I am actually pansexual. I stopped trying to prove my queerness to everyone around me. I am who I am and I am not ashamed of that. My wife has also been on a similar journey and she identifies as demisexual.
Through this life experience, The Fluidity Project was born. Your identity can change as you grow. I want to focus on this growth. I want to empower those young and old and highlight where they're at in their lives and what they've been through.
Please fill out the form below if you want to be a part of The Fluidity Project. I want to photograph anybody and everybody in the LGBTQIA+ community. And I truly mean everybody. I would love to work with LGBTGIA+ youth and elders. I want to highlight those who may be in an opposite sex relationship so they don't feel queer enough. I want to highlight body diversity and different races. I want to highlight YOU.
I will be sorting through all of the inquiries I receive and reaching out as soon as I can. I cannot guarantee to have time to work with every single person - but I promise I want to. We will work together to create an artistic photo session that represents you and your journey. I can't wait to meet you.