With latest US events about LGBT marriage, I suspected there would be an impact on the photography business (after all, someone shoots all those weddings, strigat or LGBT) and Florida based Brentwood Photography were one of the firsts to take a hit as a photography business who supports gay marriage.
They bounced pretty well though if you ask me…
Brentwood changed their profile photos to display the gay colors and I guess one couple did not like it. The business received a message via facebbok from a client who decided to cancel their reservation from Brentwood due to the fact that “My fiance and I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman and don’t want to our money [mistake in original, UT] going to places that supports otherwise” the couple continues to query about the retainer: “secondly, I would like to inquire about how we can get our retainer back from you”
Brentwood rose up to the message and responded brilliantly:
Wow, I’m not really sure what to say here. I would say this disappoints me. but I actually find this to be a good thing because our company now would now not like to work with you as well. It’s not that because you have a different view from us, but it’s because. since you don’t like and support gay marriage, no one else should be able to have it. That’s like as not liking broccoli, and demanding that everyone else in the world should not have broccoli either! If you’re not in favor of gay marriage that, fine, don’t marry a woman. Personally, I was taught not to judge others and to love everyone else. So I will try not to judge you here and say anything more as to my opinion of you. At Brentwood Photography we see love in all forms. Now as far as your retainer goes, I hope you’ll read the first article in the contract you signed stating that this retainer is nonrefundable. But don’t you worry, I’m not going to keep it! Because of this conversation, I have decided to donate your S1500 to GLAD, A group created to help and support gay rights. So let me be the first to say “. [Blurred name], thank you very much for your donation and support for this great cause! I couldn’t have done it without your money. Sincerely and with Love, Brentwood Photography
Of course this is a refreshing response after legislation attempts in some states that try to make it OK for photographers to refuse to shoot weddings based on sexual preference.