Photographer fired from maternity shoot after client discovers she is gay

Dec 13, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer fired from maternity shoot after client discovers she is gay

Dec 13, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Alabama photographer Faith Grace was recently hired for a maternity photo shoot. But when her client discovered she is gay, she decided to fire her. As if it weren’t enough, Grace received pretty unpleasant text messages from the client, reading that “she doesn’t want her child to be influenced by people like her.”

21-year-old photographer had been hired by a woman named McKenna. She noticed a rainbow flag on Grace’s profile, and sent her a text:

Hi Faith! This is McKenna from last night. I was reaching out to you about maternity photos! I went through your personal Instagram account to get to your photography business account and on your personal pad I saw that you had a pride flag. Are you gay or do you have family that’s gay?

As a response, Grace explained that no one in her family is gay, but she is, which is why there’s the rainbow flag on her Instagram profile. This is when the client decided to immediately cancel the shoot:

I see, OK well don’t worry about the photos then. I don’t want someone who’s gay to take my pictures. It’s just not right. I’m against it and the last thing I need is to allow my 5 year old child to think that being gay is OK/right because I don’t want them to be influenced by people like you. I’m sorry that you think that this lifestyle is OK and acceptable. Take care, Faith.

Shocked by the messages, Grace shared the screenshot on her Twitter profile, pointing out that discrimination still exists and that it needs to stop. As FStoppers writes, the tweet was shared 38,000 times before Grace made her profile private.

Personally, I think this is wrong on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start. The “I don’t want my children to be influenced by gay people” argument especially strikes a nerve. Being gay is not a disease and it’s not contagious. There can be many reasons to fire a photographer from a shoot, but I’m sure their sexual orientation shouldn’t be one of them.

[via FStoppers, the Independent]

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78 responses to “Photographer fired from maternity shoot after client discovers she is gay”

  1. Gene Harriman Avatar
    Gene Harriman

    Shake it off , Faith. There will be many more jobs and clients who appreciate you FOR YOU! Merry Christmas to You and Your Family. STAY STRONG! G

  2. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    Sometimes I’m ashamed to be human….?

  3. dracphelan Avatar
    dracphelan

    I really hope McKenna isn’t able to find a photographer that is willing to do business with bigots like her.

  4. Abe Sapien Avatar
    Abe Sapien

    If the husband is not confident about male photographer doing the maternity shoot of his wife i can totally understand for not accepting the gay female. It is practically the same thing. But i don’t agree with things he said to her and from the things he said it is obvious that he just don’t want her because she is, i don’t know, “person from hell”.

    1. photographer_22 Avatar
      photographer_22

      wrong, it is not the same thing…

  5. Daniel Fernandez Avatar
    Daniel Fernandez

    So people shouldn’t have a choice where to spend their money? Sucks, but it is what it is.

    People can spend or choose not to spend their money somewhere. Sucks, but that’s how the world works.

    1. Thomas Davies Avatar
      Thomas Davies

      Nah mate, big difference between choosing where to spend your money and sending unnecessary messages riding them down based on their sexual orientation.

    2. Adam Santino Avatar
      Adam Santino

      The message was shitty, but people do have the right to make those choices.

      1. James West Avatar
        James West

        Well, what if someone said I don’t want a Jew, an African American or a Hispanic doing my photo shoot? It’s a little more interesting than that. Which I mean seriously; it does pose a conflict between individual choice about where to spend one’s money and just and unjust discrimination.
        In this case, it seems the photographer isn’t making a court case out of it but is only exposing the stupid woman and her bigotry for what it is.

        1. cbenci Avatar
          cbenci

          I agree that this whole ordeal is unpleasant and unnecessary but let me play devil’s advocate here, if you found out your mechanic was very far right leaning with beliefs that differ greatly from yours, would you send your car to them again? While not illegal and, let me get this straight, in my opinion a shitty belief system to subscribe to, would it compel you find another mechanic? Would you feel the need to tell them why you won’t use them again?

          Personally, if this story if this story is not fabricated, it’s pretty bad behavior on the part of the potential client and the photographer is better off not working with them – imagine the trouble she would have. There is silver lining though, think of the page views her business website has had in the last week or so.

    3. Daniel Fernandez Avatar
      Daniel Fernandez

      The point is, that the client, like the business owner should be free to choose their clientele however they like.

      Then again, individual people aren’t afforded the same protected rights as employees, so this is also completely legal.

      Free market principles.

      For the record, I couldn’t care less that someone is or isn’t X or Y. They’re hired for Z based on their skill and ability. If they can’t do it, find someone who can. While I think their reasoning is silly, I can respect the why, and that they have the right to do so.

  6. Matthew Pleasant Avatar
    Matthew Pleasant

    Nonsense

  7. Sharley Hughes Avatar
    Sharley Hughes

    USA still has a long way to go for LGBT equality

  8. Dave Bottoms Avatar
    Dave Bottoms

    This could have been avoided if the clients had mentioned up front they were knuckle dragging homophobes. I’m sure the photographer, any decent human being, for that matter, would have told them to get lost.

    1. Richard Doktor Avatar
      Richard Doktor

      Homophobic? Why should this be about fear of men or people (that is the word)? This is about someone “not liking”someone else. That has nothing to do with fear at all.
      Or is someone who “doesn’t like” spaghetti carbonara then “spaghettiphob”?
      Or someone who “doesn’t like” dogs, “dogphobic”?
      Whoever started with this idiotic word is as dumb as those who misuse it. Small-minded people like you, who like to throw fashionable words around, without reflection on them or notion of what it means, have unfortunately managed to tear other people into a spiritual hole. No one thinks more independently and no one really cares. As a free person, I can like or dislike what or whom I want. I’m not gonna let anyone tell me to do that.
      For example, if I don’t like dogs, I don’t like dogs. Point. And if, for example, I don’t like gays or Slovakian people (or anyone else), or whoever or whatever, then that’s the way it is. And no one has the right to forbid it.
      All this bloody deceitfulness of such people is so much on my mind that I’m already ready to jump my ass in the face of the next person who comes along with such shit.
      Why mankind wants to oppose nature so much is beyond me.

      1. Cesar Sales Avatar
        Cesar Sales

        “I’m already ready to jump my ass in the face of the next person…”

        I’ll just leave that right there. Freud – have at it!

        1. James West Avatar
          James West

          Brilliant — but I don’t think he’ll get it.

      2. James West Avatar
        James West

        Okay, so instead of “homophobic” we’ll say, “fucking raving mindless bigot” or just “asshole”. In fact homophobia is an irrational fear, usually based on ignorance. So go jump your ass where you like.

        1. Richard Doktor Avatar
          Richard Doktor

          So you, or anyone else, seriously want to tell me who or what I have to like or dislike? And also take away the insolence of calling me names? What kind of a retarded asshole do you have to be to have such a fucking attitude? Have the antisocial media already whisked your brain into a cloaca or how do you get on such a mental mess? I won’t let such idiots like you dictate to me what I have to do or what not. And yes, I don’t give a shit what you or your stupid comrades-in-arms think about it, I’ll do it anyway.
          Sorry, but as soon as you dare to move into my personal and private space and also believe that you can make me rules, then it’s clapping. But not applause.
          The fun is over, now everyone’s just go back to normal.

      3. Renlish Avatar
        Renlish

        “Why mankind wants to oppose nature so much is beyond me.”

        Ok. So, according to that, we know where you stand on the issue. You’re on the side of the client.

        And you know what? THAT’S FINE. You’re allowed. However the time of thinking that gay people are anything other than JUST people is over. You will be called out on such shortsightedness. It’s now a fact of life and something that you are going to have to deal with – or not, your choice. Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one and they’re not all pretty and if you wave them around you’re going to be called on it. Freedom of speech does not automatically equal freedom from consequence.

        I understand that the client did not want to continue business with the photographer because of the photographer’s sexuality. That’s perfectly fine too (sad and a bit pathetic) but fine. She could have simply said, “I don’t think you and I are a good match, but thank you for your time.” Even going silent would have been better.

        She didn’t.

        She made excessively inflammatory, and totally unnecessary comments. She accused the photographer of wanting to influence her 5 year-old – because apparently that’s how people become gay, they are seduced to the Gay Side by photographers – and then she threw in the “lifestyle” insult to finish off.

        Seriously, if you can’t see what’s wrong with that then that speaks volumes about you, Richard, not everyone else.

        1. Richard Doktor Avatar
          Richard Doktor

          “You’re on the side of the client.”

          No, I’m on nobody’s side, only on mine.

          ” However the time of thinking that gay people are anything other than JUST people is over. ”

          Exactly, they are _just people_. But why the hell do they (and most non-gay people) behave as if they _where something else_ but just people?

          To make it clear: I don’t care if someone is gay or lesbian, as long as he doesn’t annoy me or the public, or if children are involved. The sexuality of a person has to stay where it doesn’t disturb and where it doesn’t concern anyone, in the private sphere.
          The problem, however, is, that everyone who is gay or lesbian, thinks they have to bind their sexual orientation onto everyone’s nose. No one cares!
          Another problem is that the natural rules and orders that exist in a society are suddenly to be dictated by _minorities_.
          The big, evil truth: gays, lesbians, fats, handicapped, blind, colour blind, deaf, wheelchair users, etc. are all _minorities_ and _not_ the norm, like it or not.
          Even though some of them are now starting to snap breathing, this is what reality looks like.
          That is why the friction and the completely understandable nervous outbursts of individual persons come out. A society can only function if, logically, everything follows the “big norm”.
          Does this mean that these minorities should not be taken into account? Of course not. They should also be a part of it all. But the point is: only as far as it is appropriate and does not get in the way of the rest of the “naturally standardized society”.
          I believe very much in the rules of nature. And I am of the opinion that man should not ignore this set of rules. Some rules can be bend, but should never be broken. And social behavior in nature should be a yardstick for a good society, so that we can develop spiritually or at least stay fit. What we are currently experiencing is a degeneration and stagnation in the spiritual realm that is unique. People become more and more stultified every day. Literally. We are heading for a sad low point if everything does not return to normal soon.
          The true scourge of humanity at the moment is selfishness, intellectual weakness and group-oriented congeniality, which no longer allows any other opinions, triggered by the antisocial media, which everyone incomprehensibly thinks they have to consume. Every idiot fumbles all day long on his fucking phone instead of communicating with the people around him. How sad and at the same time enraging is it, when “friends” meet… and then everyone stares at his fucking phone. I’m sorry, but “progress” has absolutely nothing to do with it. And if not everyone would take themselves so terribly important, above all gays and lesbians (in principle the whole sexuality, no matter what kind), then we would at least be a little bit further …

          1. Uncle Bro Avatar
            Uncle Bro

            Vegeta, what does the scouter say about his ignorance level?

            It’s over NINE THOUSAND!!!

            WHAT? NINE THOUSAND!? There’s no way that can be right!

          2. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            Man, must be tough, if you have no arguments and therefore can only fall back on stupid writing …

          3. Uncle Bro Avatar
            Uncle Bro

            I won’t fault you for not understanding the reference. I don’t need an argument. You words might hurt if I (or anybody of actual intellect )actually cared about an ignorant and bigoted persons opinion.

          4. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            If you have no arguments, then don’t interfere in conversations you don’t understand. Thanks.

          5. April Avatar
            April

            Most of this post is nonsense, but one thing you said is a popular falsehood. The CLIENT made it an issue, rubbed it in the photographers face. SHE brought it up. The claim that it’s in your face all the time is BS. They can hide and cover up and be quiet when all the heteros do the same. Sex in media is still 90% or more heterosexual. What you call “taking themselves so terribly important” the rest of us call fighting for their rights. That it’s “annoying” you in public (how so, btw, by asking to get photography gigs?) makes you sound fearful.

            You haven’t laid out any of these rules because there aren’t any except the ones you made up. YOU are the one who is selfish, intellectually weak, and group-oriented.

          6. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            “Most of this post is nonsense, but one thing you said is a popular
            falsehood.”

            Äh, nope.

            “The CLIENT made it an issue, rubbed it in the photographers
            face. SHE brought it up.”

            Of course, the customer has noticed that it is a problem for _him_. What do you do when you think something’s a problem? Be quiet and say nothing?

            “The claim that it’s in your face all the time
            is BS.”

            Please read the article again. Of course gays and lesbians have to put their sexuality on everyone’s eye. Or why else did she put the stupid rainbow flag on her profile? I mean, that’s already in the second paragraph of the article (and the reason why the client noticed it at all), but apparently you’re all so brainwashed that you don’t even notice it anymore.

            “They can hide and cover up and be quiet when all the heteros do
            the same.”

            I don’t really understand what you’re trying to say. Do you mean to say that all gays and lesbians behave in such a way only because straight people do that? Did I miss something? Since when do heterosexuals have been shouting their sexual tendencies into the faces of others or organizing insecurity events such as street parades?

            “Sex in media is still 90% or more heterosexual.”

            Yeah, and do you know why: Because its _the norm_. If your parents weren’t straight, you wouldn’t be here as the person you are now. Have you ever had this “natural” thought?

            “What you call
            “taking themselves so terribly important” the rest of us call fighting
            for their rights.”

            Fight for rights? What more rights, please? I don’t know where you live, but here in Europe, gays and lesbians already have all the rights of the “normal”. They can do together and let each other do what they want, they can live together, they can live in partnership, they can even marry, including all the rights and obligations that go with it. So what else?
            “Fighting for their rights” has now simply become a stupid propaganda slogan, just to attract attention.
            And that’s the point. To be noticed. At any fucking price. That’s why it’s disgusting to everyone, this pretentious complacency.

            And please don’t try to turn a reason for a problem over to another person where it don’t fits. It doesn’t work and makes you a little bit ridiculous yourself.

          7. April Avatar
            April

            But of course you don’t care…. Why shouldn’t she put it on her Personal Page? It was not on her business website, but of course you don’t care…. Why should you care?

            You don’t speak for “everyone” by a long shot.
            This story doesn’t take place in Europe.

          8. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            “Why shouldn’t she put it on her Personal Page?”

            Because it confirms exactly what I’ve already written: gays and lesbians have to put sexual orientation on everyone’s eye.
            And there are only two reasons for this: either insane insecurity or extremely exaggerated arrogance with the belief of being something better.
            Both are behaviors that have no place in the public eye.

            Just think about, who _really_ is missing “a lot” …

          9. April Avatar
            April

            I thought about it, it’s still you… :)

            Or it’s to celebrate lengths they’ve come and efforts taken to counteract ignorance and oppression? Forget the part where she’s looking for reasons not to hire a competent professional, which is silly, but why does a rainbow set you both off this much anyway? This was literally only “in her eye” cuz she went looking for it. She told us why it’s sets her off, and it was admittedly fear. If you think they think it’s cuz they’re better, that’s your hang up.

          10. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            As I said before, gays or lesbians are either insanely insecure or exaggeratedly self-portrayed. For the first one you could seek professional help and the second one nobody wants and is that what everyone annoys.
            Not hard to understand, really.

          11. April Avatar
            April

            Or it’s that thing I said.
            You are not everyone. But if you think you are, you shouldn’t call other people sheep. :)

      4. Uncle Bro Avatar
        Uncle Bro

        Your ignorance is showing. You might want to zip that up.

        1. Richard Doktor Avatar
          Richard Doktor

          _My_ ignorance? I’m sorry, but I’m not the one who wants to tell others to like or dislike what I want. Ignorance lies solely with all the petty would-be do-gooders who otherwise can do nothing in life and believe that they can impose a fad on others.
          Whether you or others like it or not, I won’t let such sausages dictate what I have to do or not do. And most of humanity feels the same way.
          Maybe you should just open your mind a bit.

          1. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            How sweet. You’re just as funny as this April, which too has no idea what the word “bigot” means. You are also advised to read and understand what it means. Then you are allowed to continue writing again and don’t need any ridiculous pictures.

      5. April Avatar
        April

        How is it opposed to nature when nature displays homosexuality often? That should disqualify your opinion at the get, but the rest is also wrong. Do you “like” every single person you’ve ever done business with? No one is asking you to “like” anyone, we’re just asking you to allow them to participate in society. We call your attitude homophobic because we’ve lived and experienced the actual fear that comes behind it. Very often it displays itself just as this article has shown, ridiculous and unfounded fear for the children. Given further conversation with you, I bet it would get clearer what you’re afraid of.
        FWIW, nobody but nobody called YOU a knuckle-dragging homophobe, so your defense of this person, who is one, is perplexing. Especially if as you claim in another post, you don’t care. You sure typed a lot on a topic you don’t care about in response to an insult that wasn’t about you.
        You know who very much cared, the client. They made it an issue when it would not have been otherwise and displayed undeniable homophobia. Some people are literally afraid of gays, this person was one.
        If you don’t “like” Slovakian people, you don’t have the right to stop me from calling you a bigot. And the circle remains unbroken.

        1. Richard Doktor Avatar
          Richard Doktor

          “How is it opposed to nature when nature displays homosexuality often?
          That should disqualify your opinion at the get, but the rest is also
          wrong.”

          Uh, no. You are a clear example of all those who (can) think no further than the edge of the plate. And then, conveniently, only half the facts are used as a whole.
          Yes, a lot of things happen in nature when it comes to the offspring. Some mothers take care of the offspring of foreign mothers when they have died due to a circumstance. This is the case with elephants or cats, for example.
          And yes, there are also homosexual couples in nature. That’s no problem in general. Because nature does it all by itself and sorts them out. However, it becomes a problem when man, for completely absurd reasons, wants to expand this misdirection and suddenly wants to present it as “normal”. Big surprise: Homosexuality is _not_ normal. It is simply a byproduct with no prospect of spreading. In nature. Man, on the other hand, without any reason, obviously wants to spread it unconditionally. This is not only irrational, it damages society in the long run. The proof of this is that we have to discuss it here.

          “Do you “like” every single person you’ve ever done business with? No one is asking you to “like” anyone, we’re just asking you to allow them to participate in society.”

          Very funny. If it’s suddenly OK not to like someone, why the hell are we discussing the customer’s decision here? She didn’t want the photographer and the reason is completely irrelevant, because it doesn’t change the decision. That is exactly the point: no one should have to justify why or why he likes or dislikes something. A decision is a decision. Point. So, why are we talking about here?

          And of course they should be part of society, that’s not a problem. They should only keep their sexual orientation with them and not constantly trumpet out.

          “Very often it displays itself just as this article has shown, ridiculous and unfounded fear for the children. Given further conversation with you, I bet it would get clearer what you’re afraid of. ”

          Yes, of course. Do gay couples have kids? Of course not, of course. Why not? Just because it’s against nature. No gay animal in the world (other than humans) has the idea of asking a heteo group to give him a child. Or if one of them could fuck him so that he could have a child “naturally”. Something stupid and unnatural can only come to mind of the mentally disgusting person. I mean, it’s not like mankind is about to die out. One reason for homosexuality in the animal kingdom is, among other things, an under-representation of female conspecifics. It is not necessary. And there is no absolute reason for this. Therefore, it is what it is: a marginal phenomenon without greater significance.

          For many people, a world view may now collapse, but sorry, that was clear from the beginning and who lies to himself is also to blame.

          The reason why I write so much about it is simply because this stupidity is already so annoying and I can’t hear it anymore. Like it’s important to the world who fucks who and how.

          “If you don’t “like” Slovakian people, you don’t have the right to stop me from calling you a bigot.”

          Oh, yes, I have every right to do so. Because first, you apparently don’t know the meaning of the word “bigot” and second, what I do is setting a border. And the reason for that is nothing of your concern. You just have to accept it, that it is how it is.

          1. April Avatar
            April

            Watch your mouth if you think you’re the one to teach me about a spiritual crisis!

            So you are agreeing that it is in fact natural? You are trying to tell me that it’s not normal even though you concede that it happens in nature? “Spread it unconditionally”? There it is, there’s the fear. You also seem to imply that this is new behaviour in man when it isn’t.

            You’ve essentially agreed with everything I said, we don’t have to like everyone we work with, there is homosexuality in nature, The potential client DID in fact insist on justifying it and rubbed it in and therefore drew attention to herself. She could have just snooped and backed out quietly. You are defending the loudmouth whiner snowflake in this one. No one is forcing you to talk about anything. You’ve claimed you didn’t care which would require no comment at all. Don’t go to the parades, don’t visit their fb groups, but also don’t be a jerk and a homoPHOBE like this woman was.

          2. Richard Doktor Avatar
            Richard Doktor

            You’re funny. :) But unfortunately you obviously don’t understand too much of life and how it works. You’re apparently just a sheep, which the herd trots behind and can’t really form its own opinion.
            That’s why you don’t understand why “not normal in nature” is not a contradiction. You may even be an opponent of vaccination if you don’t understand why you _naturally_ feel a certain fear when dangerous things threaten to spread.

            Of course I agree with some of you. But the difference is that I know where the limit is. You, on the other hand, cling to reasons that are not your concern. I have already explained that. Who or what someone likes or dislikes is up to them. And the reasons for this are none of your business, all the more so as no one has a right to condemn it.

            Of course, the customer could have kept his mouth shut. But apparently she felt that she needs to give a reason. And that’s perfectly all right. No one says that everyone should like this explanation. Nevertheless, it is acceptable. Life ain’t Facebook Like only.

            Yeah, I don’t care who fucks who. But I don’t write about that either. I write about the abnormal tendency that everyone seems to think they have to dictate to others what they are allowed or not allowed to do when it doesn’t suit them.
            Someone doesn’t like another person. Fact. Live with that, don’t question it, and don’t annoy with stupidity. Very simple.

          3. April Avatar
            April

            Watch your mouth! You’re the one dictating someone shouldn’t have a flag on their page. That’s your limit? You’re the one not willing to “live with that”.

            “That’s why you don’t understand why “not normal in nature” is not a contradiction. You may even be an opponent of vaccination if you don’t understand why you _naturally_ feel a certain fear when dangerous things threaten to spread.” This is idiotic in so many ways, and it literally tells me you are afraid! It’s getting harder to believe you don’t care. You think it’s cool not to do business with them because you don’t care so much? You’ll defend obvious homophobes even though you’re not one because you don’t care so much?

  9. Randy Kasal Avatar
    Randy Kasal

    Yet another political story rather than ‘DIY’ skills. Bye, regardless of how I think the clients were wrong.

    1. Karen Padilla Avatar
      Karen Padilla

      You missed the business point that this type of discrimination happens out there in the business world. Photographers are usually sole-proprietors so they have to deal with this alone. All photographers should be available to give that support. Being gay is not political in and of itself, it is real life. It should not be used as a measure of the type of work you do or who you are as a person or parent or anything else. If you are good at what you do, your sexual preference should not be the business of anyone. The client is the loser here. Being in the presence of gay people does not make you gay. It’s not contagious. Gay business people should not be treated any different than any other person in business. The client could have stop her message at ‘I changed my mind and am choosing another photographer’ without going into the mean details of her prejudice.
      DIYPhotography wants you to know the business difficulties as well as how to create those wonderful photos. We who follow can help by not allowing these prejudices to be the norm anywhere.

      1. Wes Thomas Avatar
        Wes Thomas

        But, at the same time, each individual customer has the right to hire (or fire) whoever they want, based on any criteria they want.
        Is it bigoted in this case? Yes. But it’s not against the law the dislike any particular lifestyle (yet).
        If a new-age hippy decided to fire a photographer because his/her ‘aura’ was the wrong shade purple, it’s the customer’s prerogative.
        If a atheist decided to fire a photographer because he/she was uncomfortable around a devout Christian, it’s the customer’s prerogative.
        If a cross-fit enthusiast decided to fire a photographer because he/she was overweight and couldn’t keep up, it’s not ‘fat shaming’, it’s the customer’s prerogative.
        Just because the photographer in this case happens to be a ‘protected class of victim’ does not negate the customer’s right to disassociate themselves from.
        In this case, the photographer would be best to make sure share within the photography community that this customer is difficult to work with due to prejudices.

    2. Randy Kasal Avatar
      Randy Kasal

      Karen Padilla I don’t need a lecture from a photography site nor from you. Bye.

    3. Grant Watkins Avatar
      Grant Watkins

      Randy Kasal doesn’t even live in the United States…..bye!

    4. Randy Kasal Avatar
      Randy Kasal

      Grant Watkins perv. Bye.

    5. Alecio P Avatar
      Alecio P

      Yes, please, A HUGE BUY FROM US

    6. Joshua Prieto Avatar
      Joshua Prieto

      Being gay is not political
      Being anti gay is not political

    7. Randy Kasal Avatar
      Randy Kasal

      Joshua Prieto. Na shledanou!

  10. Sherri Vallie Avatar
    Sherri Vallie

    Blatant discrimination

  11. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    That’s right! All it takes is for a 5 year old to be in the room with a gay photographer for one hour, and that child will be RUINED FOR LIFE!

    (Seriously though, it’s more likely that the kid won’t remember anything about the photographer and will spend the hour whining “can we go home now?”)

    1. James West Avatar
      James West

      Well, I dunno…them there unnach’l hummasex’yalls & lebsians have one o’ them there agendas straight from Satan to pervert all them there childern…they got themselves some evil…

  12. Tatsujin Photography & Design Avatar
    Tatsujin Photography & Design

    Wow. Terrible.

  13. Erwin van Damme Avatar
    Erwin van Damme

    Why does the subject of ones sexual preference come up during a maternity shoot? What does have to do with any part of the job?

  14. Anthony Guerriere Avatar
    Anthony Guerriere

    I bet I can guess who that client voted for last night…???

  15. Motti Bembaron Avatar
    Motti Bembaron

    What an ignorant imbecile.

  16. Billie Teta Avatar
    Billie Teta

    people are really ridiculous….???

  17. TByte Avatar
    TByte

    “I understand. I don’t want my innocent camera to be influenced by ignorant bigots either.”

  18. Alecio P Avatar
    Alecio P

    I personally think the whole thing was a blessing in disguise because I would have been really upset if I had to find out later the woman was a homophobic draft of a human being.

    1. April Avatar
      April

      And in several years, baby will be asking why are these photos so terrible? Mommy will have to explain why bigotry kept her from picking her first choice. :D I wish!

  19. Perry Avatar
    Perry

    Take the time to read the article by a pediatrician about what is normal vs what’s not.
    http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/11/cretella-transcript/

    1. Ian Hecht Avatar
      Ian Hecht

      Ah, the Daily Signal… sponsored by The Heritage Foundation, that bastion of conservative idiocy… next!

    2. James West Avatar
      James West

      That source is complete right-wing idiocy. Luckily, fewer and fewer people are influenced by this sort of garbage. Besides, what does it have to do with this stupid woman not wanting a gay woman to take pictures?

  20. Jason H. West Avatar
    Jason H. West

    I hate that we live in a time to where I have to question whether this story is actually real, or made up to get sympathy / business.

    1. cbenci Avatar
      cbenci

      Agreed Jason, this sounds made up to me.

    2. cbenci Avatar
      cbenci

      Agreed Jason, this sounds made up to me.

  21. Valter Van D Avatar
    Valter Van D

    Good…

  22. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    “I see, OK well don’t worry about the photos then. I don’t want someone who’s black to take my pictures. It’s just not right. I’m against it and the last thing I need is to allow my 5 year old child to think that being black is OK/right because I don’t want them to be influenced by people like you. I’m sorry that you think that this lifestyle is OK and acceptable. Take care, Faith.”

    “I see, OK well don’t worry about the photos then. I don’t want someone who’s a woman to take my pictures. It’s just not right. I’m against it and the last thing I need is to allow my 5 year old child to think that being a woman is OK/right because I don’t want them to be influenced by people like you. I’m sorry that you think that this lifestyle is OK and acceptable. Take care, Faith.”

    “I see, OK well don’t worry about the photos then. I don’t want someone who’s poor to take my pictures. It’s just not right. I’m against it and the last thing I need is to allow my 5 year old child to think that being poor is OK/right because I don’t want them to be influenced by people like you. I’m sorry that you think that this lifestyle is OK and acceptable. Take care, Faith.”

    Some people never learn. I pitty the child.

  23. byazrov.com Avatar
    byazrov.com

    In comparison, in some parts of Russia, she’d definitely be brutally killed, and in some heavily beaten…

    1. CAugustin Avatar
      CAugustin

      Well, yeah, this tells more about Russia than about anything else.

  24. Mindy Delmez Avatar
    Mindy Delmez

    Gotta get that money up front.

  25. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Misleading headline. She wasn’t fired. She was not hired. It’s not any better but it does make the story different. The current headline is prosecutable by law, but the actual story is not.

  26. Joshua Probert Avatar
    Joshua Probert

    I hear there’s a lot of sex discrimination in maternity photography, too

  27. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    Not even worth mentioning. There will always be people who for whatever reason would dislike a certain client or vendor. They may not like gay, fat people or tattooed people or people of various ethnic backgrounds. That’s their right. This is not the the 80s. You can always find other clients or vendors.

  28. cbenci Avatar
    cbenci

    If this is true, this is terrible… But something about this feels made up to me.

    1. James West Avatar
      James West

      Why?

      1. cbenci Avatar
        cbenci

        Because people make things up for attention.

        There is alot known about the photographer and really nothing about the client that made these comments.