Maybe I'm about to open a can of worms here, but since this topic is something I have thought about a lot, I want to hear your opinions and thoughts on the matter.
Do you think female photographers are getting popular, wide-spread, credited and hired easier and more effectively than us male photographers?
In Sweden for example, there is a lot of high quality wedding and portrait photographers - the same as in every other country - but not all of them are well known or getting the publicity they deserve. By some reason it seems like many of the female photographers get well known and almost famous in the business really fast although they're not technically superior to their male counterparts. At least not as far as my semi-amateur eyes can tell. They seldom have longer experience or better equipment either.
They very often get loads of comments like "Oh you're pics are fantastic!" - "Can you please photog me and my boyfriend?" - "I just looove this image. You are the best!" which I find more rare in male photo blogs/homepages/social network pages.
Theory 1: They're connecting better with the couples/models, making them feel comfortable, relaxed and showing their true self in front of the camera or something else I can't really see, which lead to the couples and models recommending them to friends and family and in that way gain a lot of good PR.
Theory 2: Today's blogging industry has an excessive number of women (compared to men) which makes it natural to female bloggers with a subject of interest (read photography in this case) to get a load of publicity and therefor easier get well known, widespread and recommended to others. I find it that women tend to follow and read other women's blogs rather than following blogs written by men, but that may not be correct.
Theory 3: Couples about to get married or models in general prefer to have a female photographer.
As my final line in this thread I just want to point out that I'm NOT criticizing the ladies - I am the first to applause to popularity, recognition and professional growth. I'm just wondering about this as a phenomenon and want to hear if this is noticeable in other countries too? Or maybe there isn't even one - it's maybe just me who's hallucinating?