I wrote a blog last summer about discrimination from wedding suppliers https://www.rogerparkerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/bullies-and-bigotry-have-no-place-in-photography
Sadly I have now experienced reverse discrimination by a potential client who after looking at my personal profile decided not to use ourselves as their wedding photographers due to our physical size, and the fact both myself and my partner are over weight.
I only discovered this after hearing from a friend in the business, who I had recommended to the couple asked if they were using ourselves for photography and they blatantly turned around and said no, because we were too over weight. As you can imagine our friend was horrified and refused to do business with the couple himself.
I wish I could say this is the first time I've been discriminated against, however it is not, when I was still in the corporate world I had been discriminated against for my size, age, and gender believe it or not. and it goes without saying I have faced discrimination in my personal life, with everything from name calling to not being asked to be party of a wedding party as the bride thought I may ruin her wedding photos.
As you can imagine it has made me fairly thick skinned, however there are still times it gets to me, and it really riles me to see others getting the same treatment no matter what the reason.
So how do we move one personally and as professionals. Personally I will do nothing more than I'm doing now, all are welcome to book our services, no matter shape, size, disability, colour, sexual orientations, belief; I will even go as far to say the more weird you are the more welcome you are.
Please share this message as it should be as important as any other discrimination message.
Finally this is me, Roger Parker, a fat, friendly, ageing, slightly mad, animal loving, kid entertaining, caring, upmost professional photographer, and I'm proud!
Love and Peace to you all.