Twitter heaped support on a photographer who clapped back at a bride demanding a refund of her deposit when she saw the photographer’s Black Lives Matter social media post.
The bride had sent a message to Shakira Rochelle, the photographer she’d contracted for her upcoming wedding. In it, she claimed Rochelle must be “unstable” if she felt like lending her support to the movement and that it would be too “embarrassing” for her to have Rochelle at the wedding. After insisting “all lives matter,” she demanded the return of her deposit.
Here is her Instagram post on her take on Black Lives Matter.
“Shakira Rochelle Photography stands in solidarity with the black community. The black lives matter movement has my endless support,” she wrote.
Twitter user Q first posted Rochelle’s DMs with the bride on Twitter where it went viral.
The first DM is from the bride expressing her disappointment that her wedding photographer decided to stand up for the Black community.
The bride and her fiance simply “can’t bring themselves” to work with a photographer who would do such a thing and questions Rochelle’s mental health.
I love it here. pic.twitter.com/hKH4WFOSk2
— Q. (@PINKdot_COM) June 16, 2020
Rochelle responds with her standard operating procedure which says no refunds for cancellations.
She also thanks the bride for the lovely donation of her deposit to Black Lives Matter.
The bride wrote back, “You will be hearing from our attorney.” For what that’s worth.
Q captioned the viral tweet with, “I love it here.” The tweet so far has been retweeted nearly 200,000 times and has more than one million likes. Q even tweeted Rochelle’s contact information in case anyone would like to book her for their events.
As for the attorney threat…
Their attorney: “yeah I tried to tell her it’s in the contract, but I’m just calling you so I can tell her I called you”
— IG: @TLXPrimary (@tlxprimary) June 16, 2020
And as this guy pointed out, so what if the bride is one of those “all lives matter” people and her photographer is choosing to support a hugely marginalized community? Rochelle is a professional service-provider with a human brain that allows her all the free will to think whatever she wants. It has nothing to do with this bridezilla’s wedding.
I don’t get it. Did she see her post something Facebook and decided she can’t do her job because of that? Isn’t that discriminatory?
And what does she think she’s gonna do? Go off on rants while she’s working. She’s a photographer not Kanye lmao.
— Kenny Morales (@djheat42) June 16, 2020
But the icing on the wedding cake is the gratitude for the donation!
“Thank you for your donation to Black Lives Matter” pic.twitter.com/uJfx715YSv
— ROSE (@blkrosiepie) June 16, 2020
Another excellent point about deposits.
literally what deposit is usually refundable anyways? like “bride” sounding real ignorant the groom might wanna rethink her
— 𝕃𝕌ℕ𝔸 (@_gummyybearr_) June 16, 2020
But the outpouring of support for this small-business owner was incredible.
Where is this business?! We need to help market this business!! Would love to see this business grow!!! Awesome reply!!
— Andy Damrow (@andy_damrow) June 16, 2020
Shekira Rochelle’s Photography can be found here. If you’re needing photography services in Cincinnati, OH, check her availability.
Don’t wait. Everyone wants this talented lady now!