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Bride-To-Be Accuses Photographer Of Fat-Shaming Her In Photos, But Photographer Has A Story Of Her Own
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Bride-To-Be Accuses Photographer Of Fat-Shaming Her In Photos, But Photographer Has A Story Of Her Own

A bride-to-be claims she and her fiance got a lot more from their wedding photographer than they have bargained for. And not in a good way, either. Everything started when Katie Liepold turned to Facebook to hire a photographer for her May wedding. After receiving about 20 responses, the couple picked Tower Photography in Medina which offered an engagement photoshoot to go along with the wedding photos at the reception for $600. Including a free humiliating experience.

“Didn’t really need the engagement photos, but it was in the package so we did it,” Liepold told 5 News Cleveland. The shoot with photographer Linda Silvestri seemed to have gone well. “We laughed, we talked, we joked, we shared stories.”

When the couple’s photos were sent in, however, they noticed something was off. “This isn’t exactly what I thought I was going to get,” said Liepold. “She actually photoshopped one picture of us skinnier.” A side-by-side comparison of the original and the photoshopped images clearly reveal a dramatic change. “She probably took like 30 pounds off each of us.”

“That wasn’t asked for, and I just felt like that was really hurtful and my pictures weren’t good enough to be left alone,” Silvestri responded by telling Liepold she could cancel the contract. According to the bride-to-be, it wasn’t the end of the story. She claims that Silvestri left a hurtful rant on a Facebook page called Northeast Ohio Wedding Professionals Only. It started with “and people have wondered why I have scaled back my photography business.” “A whole big rant about how just that week she had a photoshoot with two morbidly obese individuals,” said Liepold. The post, which has been deleted, continued, “it is extremely difficult to get Pinterest worthy lovey-dovey pictures when people can’t even get their heads together.”

Silvestri refunded Liepold but kept the $150 deposit for spending two hours taking their engagement photos. “I didn’t pay her $150 for a body shaming rant on a site,” said Liepold.

A bride-to-be and her fiance from Ohio bought a wedding photo shoot but they claim they’ve received much more

Image credits: Katie Liepold

“This isn’t exactly what I thought I was going to get. She actually photoshopped one picture of us skinnier”

Image credits: Katie Liepold

“She probably took like 30 pounds off each of us”

Image credits: Katie Liepold

The photographer also left a hurtful rant on Facebook, which has since been deleted

“That wasn’t asked for, and I just felt like that was really hurtful and my pictures weren’t good enough to be left alone”

Image credits: Katie Liepold

“I didn’t pay her $150 to have her make fun of me on a site”

Image credits: Katie Liepold

Furious, people believe the photographer had no right to photoshop the images without the couple’s permission

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Perry Swift
Community Member
4 years ago

Jesus Christ, look at the size of those dogs!!! It's one thing to be fat yourself, but what's your excuse for overfeeding your dogs?

Orsolya
Community Member
4 years ago

I just thought the same. At least 2 of the dogs cannot even sit properly. I feel sorry for them.

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Heather Johnson
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel sorry for the dogs. That weight is not healthy for them especially their joints. That makes me so sad.

Szama Bensmail
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing, we feel bad for dogs more than humans. BTW I upvoted your comment.

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SarahofBorg
Community Member
4 years ago

She shouldn't have shopped them like that, but that doesn't mean they're entitled to 100% refund. The whole point of a deposit is that it's non-refundable, no matter the results. She still put time and effort into the photos, and if they don't like the result that's fine but that doesn't mean they're owed anything else.

Cesi Baca
Community Member
4 years ago

I’m missing the part where she makes fun of them though. She simply stated her side and the trouble she had. The photoshopped version doesn’t make them look drastically different. This couple really needs to toughen up and take a look at themselves (and their obese dogs). Sounds like they were a terror to work with.

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Lyndsay B
Community Member
4 years ago

Wait wait wait... why is it not ok to mention that they're obese, but the comment about "skeleton" women was included? If fat shaming is not ok, why is skinny shaming? If he said "I prefer skinny girls over whales anyway" bored panda would have gone nuts.

Dave Roger
Community Member
4 years ago

Both are wrong. There's just no reason to make rude comments about anyone's weight. I feel like people who shame others for being too fat or too skinny are just miserable assholes.

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Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm sorry, but those photos don't look professional at all. There's no artistry, no study of the light or interesting framing. They look like anybody could have taken them with their phone. The only photoshopping the photographer should have done was correct the color, contrast, etc. She had no right no make them thinner without them asking to. When I got my wedding pics, the photographers didn't touch anything other than lighting, etc. I asked them to photoshop out two things: one picture where the big scar on my hand was clearly visible, and another one of the brown tears on my cat's face (he's chronically congested so his face gets dirty really quickly), lol.

devin devine
Community Member
4 years ago

A professional would have refunded the money too. It's a small amount of loot and a loss of 2 hours on-site work, plus a couple hours work at home. It's not work messing up your reputation over--even if the photographer felt justified and felt that it was a mater of principle....whatever. 150 dollars is not as important to your career as your reputation. In another year, she may be in a place where she would gladly pay a lot more than 150, to get rid of the bad review and bad publicity.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 years ago

Not to fatshame, but objectively they are unhealthily huge by any definition. But the photographer handled it poorly.

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel like saying what is factually true shouldn't count as "fat shaming". I agree, they are obese and they don't seem to want particularly professional-looking photographs, but I wouldn't air all my displeasure out on Facebook basically saying: "Look at this fat white trash, LOOK AT THEM!"

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Rin Rin
Community Member
4 years ago

Those are horrible as pictures. Looks like photos taken by any random person.

anarkzie
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah a random person on an early model i-phone

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Dirk Moeller
Community Member
4 years ago

You get what you pay for. Also: you get the clients you charge for.

Mont
Community Member
4 years ago

So true. If she charged $5000 for a shoot, she wouldn't have as many bad clients, but then again, she'd have to step up her game and invest in some skills and equipment.

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Tisha Bell
Community Member
4 years ago

Photo editing is usually messing with lighting, color, etc. The fact that she took the time to photoshop the pictures to that magnitude thinking that it's part of editing just shows how unprofessional she is. Spot healing a blemish, removing stains from the dress- okay, but to alter the person's physical physique- she should have known she wasn't getting paid to do that.

Tisha Bell
Community Member
4 years ago

Also, if you're paying under a $800 for a wedding photographer- you should be aware that you're getting a student or an unprofessional hobbyist.

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Marjorie Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

That photographer is a shitty photographer (and person!) to drastically edit the photos without being asked to and then to talk badly about her clients on social media when the clients were absolutely justified to be unhappy with the pictures. Shame on her.

Dave Roger
Community Member
4 years ago

If these were two thin people and this photographer acted this way, you'd all be tearing the photographer to bits. It's just because they're fat that you agree with the way the photographer acted. It's so strange to me that anyone would think it's okay for someone who runs a business to run their mouth about clients in a public forum, and the edit photos that weren't supposed to be edited. Can we try to remember that fat people are ACTUAL PEOPLE WITH FEELINGS and don't deserve scorn at every turn for how their bodies look?

Morgiana
Community Member
4 years ago

She didn't run her mouth. They gave her a bad review online and she responded.

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anarkzie
Community Member
4 years ago

These photos are bad, the Photoshop chin tuck looks like someone just cut a chuck out of a photo, I get that the couple would not heed her warnings about the light etc but this pictures still look like something that was shot on a mobile phone.

Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago

We all know that being over weight is healthy, (but thank God the internet is here to remind us) .. they could be horribly under weight or have track marks or cut scars or an number of signs of being unhealthy, does that mean they can't have a photo taken for their wedding without judgement?

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
4 years ago

If someone had scars, the photographer would probably shop them out too. It was just one picture.

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Kjorn
Community Member
4 years ago

that's horrible service! i hope she lost so many contract that she's lost that job! how could you be so mean at someone like that! Yeah she can think that but keep it to yourself

Dave Roger
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer is so unprofessional! I would never air a grievance about a customer online for others to see. And people are only agreeing with her because they think it's okay to treat all fat people as less than human.

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Lazy Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm not saying they're stupid or anything like that but look at the dogs! They are so obese it's gross, I understand that they are overweight and I'm not trying to call them gross if whatever but at least feed your dogs better because they don't think like humans, they are yours to take care of and if you can't keep yourself average weight that's fine because I understand that it's hard and it's you who decides what you eat, but what's your excuse for the dog? The dogs aren't feeding themselves, you are! So it's your responsibility to make sure they don't end up like that since they can't make the decision on what they are fed.

Lazy Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Disclaimer: any bias here is unintended

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DarkLumiya
Community Member
4 years ago

Couldn't care less if you want to eat yourself to death, it's entirely your choice but why force that on your pets when they rely on you for a good life.

A Ghost
Community Member
4 years ago

Humans are born innocent and can mostly choose what goes into their bodies, dogs are innocent and can't decide what food they get. It's not fair for the couple to over feed those otherwise cute dogs.

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Ray Lebowski
Community Member
4 years ago

Bad moves by the photographer. Should never have Photoshopped the pics without permission, and once she posted them and made rude comments, should have done the right thing and refunded in full. That said--For their own sake, I hope these two each lose some weight, as they are obviously in love and deserve a LONG, happy life together. I have nothing against heavy people, but that much weight simply isn't healthy. And yes, that applies to me also; I could stand to lose about 30 myself.

Szama Bensmail
Community Member
4 years ago

"If she thought they were morbidly obese..."? That's a fact not a thought...

Ana Bazac
Community Member
4 years ago

her job is to take pictures not to state her opinion!

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Katie
Community Member
4 years ago

It definitely does sound like they were difficult customers to work with, but I don't understand her reasoning of photo-shopping their weight. She says its because they couldn't get their heads close together, but she shopped their mid region the most, and their heads are the same distance apart in the before and the after. Also, the photography skills shown here are lacking majorly. She did explain the truck picture, but what about the other ones? The lighting is off on all of them, and that is the photographers fault. Seems like both parties are at fault here, and yeah a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is just that, non-refundable. Also, for the record, I have seen many "pinterest worthy" couple pics with overweight people, so don't blame their weight for your lack of photography skills... also yes, there is NO excuse for having dogs that overweight!

Emma Perkins
Community Member
4 years ago

You're pretty naive if you don't expect your professional photographer to photoshop the pictures. That's pretty much the professional part and without it, you could just get a fancy camera and take the pictures yourself. I'm skinny (and not too ugly if I don't think) and still had the crap photoshopped out of my professionally done senior pictures back in high school. They hardly looked like me!

Jo Adams
Community Member
4 years ago

Let's be honest, these people are really fat!

Suburbs
Community Member
4 years ago

Honestly, they could've gotten a family friend to take these pictures for free and they probably would've gotten a similar quality outcome. How is this even remotely professional photography?

Evženie Lukašiková
Community Member
4 years ago

Really? she photoshopped them because she thought they were too fat for a cute wedding picture, and when they complained about it, she bitched on Facebook that they were fat? If that is so much of a problem for her, I fail to understand why she agreed to do business with those people. Nobody asked her to photoshop any one slimmer. So you don't photoshop anyone slimmer. Nobody asked for your opinion on their bodies. You were asked to do a photoshoot, not project your beauty ideals into them. What a bitch.

Robert Williamson
Community Member
4 years ago

She did not name them and she commented on a site for photographers to share good and bad information. I believe the photographer when she says what happened and what a pain in the ass they were. Run a business and you will see that some people are just impossible to please. This couple has even made two of their dogs morbidly obese. And calling them morbidly obese is just a fact. If you don't like the name don't give yourself the medical condition.

Anne Braun
Community Member
4 years ago

They are users and takers! Then try to justify themselves for taking advantage of this poor photographer who did an excellent job, considering what she had to work with. They'll be expecting to take advantage of the next person they decide to use too. Hope it's not you!

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Alicia Solis Sarun
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer should not have used photoshop on the pictures or posted a rant about the people. Not EVERY shoot is going to be exactly what you want or "pinterest worthy". The people did make some terrible choices for the shoot but the edited picture was the best one so I don't get it, that chin tuck totally ruined it. The photographers attitude super sucks. People are annoying and picky and think their ideas are always right #duh if you work with the public it's just a fact.... especially when it comes to precious memories of milestones in life, yeeesh

Debbie Roberts
Community Member
4 years ago

Haha you do have a point about working with the public! But "photoshop"or some type of editing is used on pretty much every photo a photographer takes, especially if they shoot in "RAW" format.

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Scarpednoodles
Community Member
4 years ago

Okay but everyone jumping to " the photographer was a bad person for photoshopping them without permission!" But no ones thinking about it from their perspective. This obese couple looks like they'd be a pain in the ass. I'm not defending her nor defending the couple. She seemed like a short fused moron but the couple seemed like a pair of stupid, overweight idiots too.

Dave Roger
Community Member
4 years ago

Why do they look like they're a pain in the ass?

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Šimon Špaček
Community Member
4 years ago

BTW, what is wrong on what the photographer wrote? She didn't put there their names, pictures or other personal info so... what is the problem? Aren't we allowed to share awful experience with other people anymore?

Cat person
Community Member
4 years ago

F*cking double standards. So these fat asses can't be made fun of because it's "wrong" but it's ok for skinny people to be made fun of? That's disgusting

Konstantin
Community Member
4 years ago

the bride posted the story, but to be honest i'm on the photographer side

Anne Braun
Community Member
4 years ago

This photographer did a very good job and got used and taken advantage of by these users and takers. They'll do it again too. Next they'll put a dead fly in their food, complain loudly, and get a freebie. Then they'll haul out mounds in a carry out to get freebies for their dogs too.

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Rixster
Community Member
4 years ago

We really need to stop living in this world where we think it's at all possible to pretend weight is inconsequential. I'm incredibly thin due to a rare genetic neuro-muscular condition I've had since birth, and I can't count the amount of times I've been picked at because of my weight. Is it unfortunate? Yes. Do I understand it? Yes. It's my job to educate people to see my humanity. To expect that flaming them out for weight-shaming would change my outlook or make them more open-minded would be ridiculous. That said, the photographer has no business using her approach. Her photos suck and she didn't give them what they asked for. A true artist could use force-perspective to capture great photos, despite the physical challenges. All she did was point and shoot. I wouldn't pay her one dollar for those pictures, let alone hundreds.

Pamela
Community Member
4 years ago

Why did she not shoot them from a more flattering angle, Paul Andrew Wood? Because there is NO flattering angle for the morbidly obese! The cropped pix should give them and urge to loose weight and to reduce feeding those dogs so much cos that is animal cruelty!

Jay Raman
Community Member
4 years ago

Guys it's ok to call morbidly obese people fat. Photoshopping was stupid. Everyone is stupid in this post. That is my opinion. Thanks.

Cam Street
Community Member
4 years ago

they needed to loose 30 lbs anyway. the retouched pics look better. if i was that big i would appreciate the help!

Mont
Community Member
4 years ago

Thirty pounds wouldn't make much difference. 100lbs would be a good start.

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Ashley McGee
Community Member
4 years ago

Wait, wait, she's good enough at Photoshop to use the Liquify tool on someone but she can't use freaking curves adjustments to fix the light on the truck? It's not that bad. I could be tweaked a little, and they weren't squinting that bad. She can't dodge and burn but she can give someone a chin tuck (which looked like shit). She can't control her shoot, and she can't edit. That's this couple's fault how?

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
4 years ago

Even their dogs are obese.

manowce
Community Member
4 years ago

are those people overweight? YES. is it cool to photoshop their pictures without asking them? NO. is it cool to shame them in some closed group? NO. is it photographer's job to worry about people's weight and lecture? NO. just do your damn job. do you make black people whiter, too?

J Nathan Couch
Community Member
4 years ago

Ah, the comment section. Bastion of cruelty and ignorant, unasked for opinions. Remember when pages didn't have them? Those were the days.

Udhaiyah Priya
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel that the photographer taking her time editing just so the couple look their best is very thoughtful of her. Instead of a refund The couple could have just asked for unedited picture which I'm sure the photographer would just had given them. My vote goes to the photographer 😉

Teresa Hill
Community Member
4 years ago

I would like this photographer to take my pics. I want to look like Beyoncé! 💥 Boom 💥 my problems would all be solved 😃.

Tiffany Rising
Community Member
4 years ago

I would have looked at that photoshopped version and thought "GOALS"... they know they are obese and those poor dogs are overfed af too.

Mont
Community Member
4 years ago

Those dogs are eating a lot of "human" food, I assume.

Shannon McKee
Community Member
4 years ago

If being overweight is considered acceptable, then why is it considered abusive to have overweight pets?

Ben Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

Part Biology, partly down to the fact people control how much their pets eat. Pets should not be overweight because its way worse for them than people. My roommate has an overwieght dog (he got her from a couple that let it happen) and trust me its heartbreaking to see a beagle thats twice the average weight struggle to do simple things like jumping and going up/down stairs, she has constant issues with her joints and she can't go out for long walks either which makes it very hard to help her lose the weight.

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Rob Chapman
Community Member
4 years ago

Those people ARE morbidly obese. Even their dogs are ridiculously fat. Perhaps to the point of animal cruelty. I'm sorry, but I'm not gonna say "Oh, you look so beautiful" to someone that might drop dead of a heart attack at any moment because of their hideous weight. There is NOTHING healthy about that, I don't give a flying fajita what the PC police say.

Diane Herman
Community Member
4 years ago

I would've been happy if my wedding photographer tweaked some of my photos. He took the worst angles of people I've ever seen. I barely kept 25 percent of them. But I didn't ask for a refund.

Veronika Biro
Community Member
4 years ago

If I were they the new picture would inspire me how good could I look with a less body mass. My opinion no excuse to be so overweight and nobody tell me they feel themselves well. They destroy their own health. May it would be a time to write a letter to Chris Powell to take a revenge :). I respect so much that people who finally stop to lie themselves and made an amazing transformation with him help. :)

Patricia Garrett
Community Member
4 years ago

She's probably scaling back her photography business because she's a terrible photographer. Nothing about any of these photos says 'professional' to me. I would be pissed that I paid $150 for something I could have a friend do with their iPhone. A real and proper photographer works to make the client feel comfortable and beautiful the way they are, they know what poses and lighting would flatter their client and how to control the photo shoot. But then she was asking for $600... You pay below market value then you get below market value.

Eddie77
Community Member
4 years ago

what matters most is love

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel sorry for the dogs - because their owners can barely move, the dogs are fat. Yeah, I get that some people have difficulties to lose weight, but c'mon. I will never back up obesity, fatness and skinny types. Eat the amount you need, not want. Excercise, take care of yourself, get to a doc to check up hormones, stay healthy. And do the same for your pets instead of setting them on a straight way to heart failure or other lethat medical condition caused by being fat.

TheKnightOwl
Community Member
4 years ago

The "photographer" was very unprofessional in this case. Not only are the pictures themselves very amateur, but her comments afterwards were disgusting.

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 years ago

So classless to make fun of them online or anywhere for that matter. What ever happened to acting like a professional?

Stanley Steamer
Community Member
4 years ago

First of all, this photographer is terrible. She is what people call a fauxtog. The one photo is so out of focus, Stevie Wonder could have done better. Second, you never talk smack about a customer online. This snapshot girly is just plain stupid. She is not good enough to do weddings and is so unprofessional, she should stick to dropping fries at McDonalds. If I was a woman and a photographer talked about me like that online, I would punch her in the face. She deserves to have her business ruined. What a stupid, stupid, woman.

A Bonarrigo
Community Member
4 years ago

So irresponsible getting their dogs that fat. Disgusting

Oscar
Community Member
4 years ago

JFC I don't think seen so much fighting on a comments section on this site.

Anne Braun
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't be cursing Jesus, you freak. You'll get to pay for that!

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Jessica Joseph
Community Member
4 years ago

Everyone relax. Trump's doctor examined them and their dogs and they are 100% in perfect health! The best health ever!

Oscar
Community Member
4 years ago

The photos don't even look professional.

Ladislav Pollo
Community Member
4 years ago

people this days: ,,Oh my god, dont be so heartless. Meh, fuck the people, but those animals..."

Ben Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

The people feed the dogs and essentially control their diet, its also much worse for pets when they get obese because their bodies aren't able to handle the extra weight anywhere near as well as people can. They let it happen to themselves and thats fine but to let it happen to your pets too? The shit those dogs are likely going through is terrible. My roommate got an obese dog off a couple that let it happen a few years back and trust me it sucks for the dog because not only is she on a strict diet that she hates but she struggles to get up/ down stairs, has constant joint issues, can't go on long walks and she cant even get on my mates bed without help and she loves napping there.

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Jess Harvie
Community Member
4 years ago

They handled it very immaturely too

Anna Perry
Community Member
4 years ago

How so?

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Bethany Shah
Community Member
3 years ago

They need to get over themselves jesus Christ. Talk about cherry picking quotes and throwing in bs like "making fun" for shock value since theres all this "fat acceptance" bs going on at the minute. Absolute joke.

Bethany Shah
Community Member
3 years ago

They need to get over themselves jesus Christ, talk about cherry picking quotes and throwing in bs like "making fun" for shock value..smh

iblowsheep
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm pretty sure those folks were a pain in her ass. sorry, I'm taking side with the photographer on this one.

Kathie Blomberg
Community Member
4 years ago

Even their dogs are fat!,

tsuki nercua
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer has no professionalism.

Sašo Muc
Community Member
4 years ago

Truble they had... What f truble, he was photographing them in inposible condisions. Photoshop was asked from him, and I'm sure they got originals too if they don't like corrected ones. BTW, photoshop is part of process, you don't just take a picture and that's it you take multiple, chose better ones correct tone if needed corp... And he did offer them free for photos... but time is everyone's commodity, and needs to be respected. BTW wedding photo on truck and in shirt... I mean he is not picasso. What do people expect.

Falcon
Community Member
4 years ago

They obviously got both the edited and unedited pictures back. That’s what photographers usually do. The couple had the choice of using them or not. They sound very demanding and difficult.

Steve Hall
Community Member
4 years ago

As an ex professional wedding photographer (I'm better now, really) I have to say these photos are terrible, amateur dross. And her princess rant just details the things you expect at any shoot.

Kelen Uslan
Community Member
4 years ago

I am not siding with either parties but I have something to say as a photographer. Prior to photo session discuss if they want some photoshop work done beside just the basic tune up, it should be done in writing. Many young women that I worked with can get quite unrealistic with their own body image because they can easily take their own selfies with few tricks of angles. Many of them think by using a professional photographer we can make their body magically look like model out of a magazine. Sure it can be done but I personally do not like to edit that much honestly. Besides average photographer don't have advance photoshop skills to do that. Photographer should know about basic composition and light direction. They can lead the clients to pose and not take picture directly front of the sunlight. One more thing, never never rant about their clients on social media.

Michele Dias
Community Member
4 years ago

People talk about how the two dogs are fat... wow.

Szama Bensmail
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes @The Paul... same for children... "obese" children should be considered a child abuse committed by their guardians.

nicole gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

They accuse the photographer for "fat shaming, which is really just as cruel as the photographer's response, and everyone wonders why the photographer responded the way she did. They were both wrong. They should have let the photographer know which photos they preferred, plain and simple. But instead they would rather bring all that negative attention to themselves that they were being bullied by a photographer who was doing her job! I was overweight once, too, and I would have been thrilled with the photos that made me look a little better. And if I wasn't, I would have never in a million years thought the photographer was deliberately fat shaming me. That is absolutely ridiculous. In a sense they were fat shaming themselves.

Birma Gustafsson
Community Member
4 years ago

How about letting people be who they are, and not comment them to death? The couple NEVER asked to be photoshopped, and were insulted by the photographer's one-sided decision to do so. I would be too! Who wouldn't be? And then bad-mouthing the couple on internet?? BAD FORM! NOBODY has the right to judge other people's lives, or their weight, or the weight of their dogs, or how they live, or how they eat, or what THEY choose their engagement- and wedding photos should look like! Would YOU like it if someone commented on how you look, or how you live, or how you feed your animals?? No, I didn't think so.

Lydia Baba
Community Member
4 years ago

In the edited picture, the guy's arm is weirdly shaped. Photoshop fail...

Udhaiyah Priya
Community Member
4 years ago

My vote goes to the photographer. I find that it is thoughtful of her of wanting the couple look their best in their pictures. Taking her time on editing the couple pictures for perfection I find her simply awesome. There is both ways to look at it. Instead of a refund the couple should just asked for the original photos unedited version which I'm sure she would had given them. But her posting her frustration in her private fb wall. That's her private stuffs.

Phillip Moderow
Community Member
4 years ago

So if you spend $200 at the store but the clerk drops a couple of nickels change on the floor you're entitled to a refund ??? There are people like those paperweights out there who have a distorted sense of fairness which helps to explain their morbid obesity. Better start looking for home for their dogs because they won't likely be around much longer. Most rational people would have appreciated the subtle trimming from the photographer.

Marius Jan
Community Member
4 years ago

I wonder if they would sue their doctor for telling them to lose some weight. Because it's fat shaming, you know...

Katy Evans
Community Member
4 years ago

As a photographer by hobby Photoshop isn’t the problem... it’s how she used it! She should NEVER have tried to change ANYTHING about their physical appearance. Yet, to clean up things like grass or mud, which probably happened while doing the pic with the dogs. The chin left shouldn’t have ever happened! I will admit to feeling some what the same as the photographer on getting the most picture perfect type of people but she shouldn’t have publicly said it. She was paid to do a job one of which she failed at via her response. You can’t ALWAYS get model like clients but you still have to treat them as you would if they were “perfect” you should still work as hard as you would on a job you would prefer to be working on! They paid you, they are paying your bills and you should know your craft as an art and as a business if you are going to be doing it as a business!

Joe Sycamore
Community Member
4 years ago

In my comment I meant 'there' are limits.

JASHAUN AUGUST
Community Member
4 years ago

They have four dogs they should give two away because they have to many dogs the dogs can’t sit right they just move around and play around They can’t stay still

Lyone Fein
Community Member
4 years ago

Unprofessional.

Caroline Stefan
Community Member
4 years ago

I think your photos are lovely, don't be so judgmental people. All I see is two happy people enjoying each other and there family of pets. Life's hard, give it up with the negatives.

Mont
Community Member
4 years ago

How dare you say those dogs are overweight? Those dogs are beautiful just like they are and they can't change how they look anyway. Those dogs are perfectly healthy. Stop fat-shaming those dogs.

Tamara Hallock
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer is extremely unprofessional. If she knew what she was doing she would have arranged the people, dogs and truck in order to achieve the best results. Photoshop for reducing their weight? unbelievable. What nerve to write such nonsense. I hope she never gets another photography job.

Jim Phillips
Community Member
4 years ago

Of she gave them both the original and tweaked version, she did nothing wrong. I photographed a wedding where the bride was obese. She bought her dress and then put on weight. The tight dress made her back look a butt crack. I took that out.

Lana
Community Member
4 years ago

This post is garbage

Lana
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer had every right to do that.

Lira Mai
Community Member
4 years ago

Too much drama and it is before the wedding day.

Michael Dally
Community Member
4 years ago

$600 for images of that quality!?!?!? what a rip off!

Ben Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

Not really, considering what actual professionals charge that price ain't too bad.

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Debbie Wiseman
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer is a moron who has issues with fat people. She could have done her job, taken fun photos and maybe got some business from other overweight people who saw how she treated them with respect and took nice photos. Her job is to take their photos, not fill up her pinterest board.

Karen Mehan
Community Member
4 years ago

So disappointed by the comments below. She was publicly humiliated on a day that should have been hers. The photo-shopping is catastrophically amateur at best, and the photographer was incredibly unprofessional to vent on a public forum. She should have publicly apologized and returned the deposit as a lesson learned. As it is, her business will suffer much more than $150 for her arrogance. Pride before the fall.

Diane Herman
Community Member
4 years ago

Must be a 2 ton truck

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
4 years ago

Just make the pics look right and natural. Color temp, brightness, sharpness etc. Don't edit without request. Don't be the judge. Take the pics from angles that makes the people look good in the first place.

Anna Salerno
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful couple. The dogs cannot help being obese. They can't do anything about it they will eat until they vomit if allowed to do so. Perhaps this beautiful couple will start doing something about their weight and the dogs also. Some exercise would help the dogs. Good luck to this beautiful couple for many years of happiness!

Fabulous
Community Member
4 years ago

Sorry, but the couple is very far from beautiful inside and out

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Celina
Community Member
4 years ago

I simply think this entire post is uncalled for. Nobody needs to be hurtful. No one should be shaming anyone.

Janet Judd
Community Member
4 years ago

Why on earth would the photographer complain about having the dogs in a picture? They're part of the family. Also why complain about the truck? If you like your truck, why not have it in a picture? If you don't want your images changed by photoshopping, that shouldn't be done then.

thibault bernier
Community Member
4 years ago

About the photoshop part, where is the line not to be crossed ? The couple want great pics, you need at least to touch color, contrast and other small things here and there for the pic to be prefect (outdoor with limited accessories). So yesn they paid her to "photoshop" a bit the pics... I agree she should not have fat shamed them in the rant and by reducing their bodies. She should have done one, really exagereted small heads, that's it. Plus, she is the professional, sha have to say no to the cutomers askind silly stuff upfront.

Tracy Rowe
Community Member
4 years ago

annnnd jump to the comments and all the ignorant fat shaming. Talk about missing the point....

Cait L.
Community Member
4 years ago

A lot of people are just soooo tired of having "fat is healthy" shoved down our throats all the time when it couldn't be further from the truth. 40% of children are now overweight and 20% are obese. It's time to start treating fat people like cigarette smokers so we can save the next generation from the stupidity of the current one.

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Gerry Higgins
Community Member
4 years ago

the dogs??? Fat is at Fat Does ....

Ntosh
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, I find what the photographer did rude and unprofessional. Not only the photoshop but also the comments she made on the site. I think she just had a bad attitude when she first laid eyes on them and noticed their size. I am no photographer but when working with people I think it comes with the job to learn and understand that people are different, they come in different sizes, shape, color, attitude, upbringing and values. Based on that one must develop a way to deal with each individual in a professional mature way. I am really baffled by the comments she made about the size of the clients, it was unnecessary.

Aaron Ling
Community Member
4 years ago

People nowadays. Human overweight = you can't say that!!! *insert various excuses* Pets overweight = oh poor thing. They should not overfeed. They should exercise. *insert various advice which is not valid for humans*

Fernando
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this viral worthy, not really. NEVER recommend her again to anyone! "Article" never stated the origin of the story, but don't all customers get final approval (on a basic level)?

Tammy McFerran
Community Member
4 years ago

Might have been different if it was a decent photo shop job. Look at the guys arm no arm on anyone is shaped like that. And if you are going to remove someone's double chin than do it softly not with sharp angles! And she should have just kept the photo shopped pic for herself or asked them if they wanted it!

Kelly G
Community Member
4 years ago

I totally agree with you take on this. Hello Tammy

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Rémi G
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm totally on the side of the photographer on this one. They received 2 versions of the picture, with and without photoshopping. They had the choice to frame which version they prefer. If they were not happy with the result, fine, it happen. In that case, a decent human being cancel the contract. To ask for a full refund in that case is fraud.

Anne Braun
Community Member
4 years ago

Remi, this couple got more than their moneys' worth from a shoot that was way under priced to begin with. I can't imagine how many hours and sweat the photographer put into just trying to get the dogs to stay out of the pond, then lined up and sitting still; then this hog couple all cuddly and cute in the back of a pickup truck they were too obese to get into. These two were a LOTTA work, just users and takers who then kept all the work for their too cheap deposit. Whiners, liars and thieves, using up a hard working photographer They'll do it again too.

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Hugo Raible
Community Member
4 years ago

You shouldn't put the name of the photographer in the text in the first place without giving her a chance to comment - even then, you have no right to do it. Makes no sense to blank it on the screenshot when you write it in the text, either.

A dose of reality...
Community Member
4 years ago

Just wait for their kids!!!

Panda Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

"Everything started when Katie Liepold turned to Facebook to hire a photographer for her May wedding." I think I see the root of this problem....

Robbie
Community Member
4 years ago

都挺不健康的。当然,怎么活是你们自己的事儿,别人管不着。祝福。

Corcaigh
Community Member
4 years ago

If the couple wanted mud stains removed, I'd have taken that as a given that they wanted the photos re-touched. The photographer actually did a nice sympathetic job. Why did the couple feel the need to take offence? It's probably because deep down they're not comfortable with their weight.

Nora Mullen
Community Member
4 years ago

They may have gotten mud and grass from pictures with the dogs why be so rude and mean people

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V Hunter
Community Member
4 years ago

Everyone seems to think the photographer is blind?

Adogcalledkitty
Community Member
4 years ago

Terrible customers, terrible photographer. They deserved each other.

Reverie Metherlence
Community Member
4 years ago

it sounds like this article defends these people. come on! they are horribly fat and let's not be afraid to say it. let's not promote it as well! it's far from healthy! I understand what photographer did wasn't ok, but I don't see how is that much of a problem, since she gave moeny back.

Jo Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

WHY say anything about it? Honestly? Why make rude or negative comments about someone? Does it make you feel better about yourself? Do you say things to people who smoke, eat candy, are too skinny? Do you condemn every person you see eating fast food? I'm guessing no. You only find it acceptable to put down fat people.

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Johanna Zamora
Community Member
4 years ago

Sorry, if I had four chins, I'd happily let the photography professional remove one, or two, of them. Plus deposits are deposits. The photog should have just shut up about how obese they are, that shit backfires.

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, but the photographer should've consulted with them first instead of going ahead and making them look thinner. It's extra work that the clients didn't even ask for, and in the end it insulted them. They might be obese (because, let's face it, they most definitely are), but they might feel good about the way they look and having an outsider automatically "make them look better" (aka make them thinner) without any warning understandably ticked them off. That being said, from the things the photographer wrote, it seems that the couple were pretty difficult to work with...

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Nadine Scafe
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish a photographer would give me Lipo for my wedding photos. People take offence to everything and nothing. I mean, it's not like you do not get the untouched, obese, originals.

Anna Perry
Community Member
4 years ago

They didn't ask to be photoshopped. The photographer is unprofessional and disrespectful.

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Giovanni
Community Member
4 years ago

How do you become so big without actively working for it?

devin devine
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe it's their thyroids. Glandular. Maybe they really are trying.

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Holly Hobby
Community Member
4 years ago

Where did the photographer bash them?

In7ane PGO
Community Member
4 years ago

you americans are always so sensitive about fat people's feeling... they just eat sh*ty food, sit on the ass whole day, so they are fat, end of the story. i feel sory for the photographer who had an impossible work to do (make beauty pic of a gross fat couple), and thair sickly fat pets...

Dave Roger
Community Member
4 years ago

That's incredibly ignorant. Not all people are fat because they don't move and stuff their faces all day long. Are some? Absolutely, but most certainly not all. Sorry we're not willing to treat people like absolute shit for being overweight. One of my closest friends is very overweight, yet she works 12 hours shifts as a nurse taking care of people, eats 1500 calories a day and maintains a workout schedule I'm guessing most of us here couldn't keep up with. Once a body is fat, it wants to stay fat, making weight loss a hard thing. For fucks sake, stop being a dick.

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Joe Sycamore
Community Member
4 years ago

My sympathies are with the photographer. I am against fat shaming but their are limits and these two are no size zero's. As for their dogs.........

JASHAUN AUGUST
Community Member
4 years ago

I hate people

Zarius Corten
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd like to point out that, even WITH the photoshopping, you still look like pigs at the ranch. And you pay photographers to make you look "good" in the pics they take. Photoshop is a basic tool of the trade. Don't wanna be photoshopped without your permission? Don't hire a professional photographer, that's EXACTLY what you're paying them to do.

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
4 years ago

"Fat Shaming" means making it aware that being FAT is bad for your health. Being FAT is not a healthy choice we want to promote. If you are fat you have my sympathy and encouragement to take control and be healthy. But "fat shaming " is a POSITIVE thing.

Grace Thompson
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh, really? So are you out there harassing everyone who smokes? Who drinks? Who does drugs? What about those who don't eat enough, and are far too skinny? Do you feel the need to critique their life choices every chance you get? What about those who aren't overweight or underweight but who eat an extremely poor diet anyway? Do they offend you as much, since it's just as unhealthy? What about people who don't get enough sleep, which causes almost as many health issues as obesity or smoking? And finally, addiction to social media. That's unhealthy. Are you constantly ensuring that everyone spends a healthy amount of time outside? Yeah, fuck you. Health issue my fat ass, you judgemental cunt.

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Laura Mackenzie-Callow
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm guessing this isn't the publicity the photographer was looking for, but she's clearly good at photoshop and I'd like to get her contact info. I get the couple's point of view. That being said, skill is hard to find and while the end result is not representative nor accurate, the workmanship is good.

Kelly G
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi how are you

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CbusResident
Community Member
4 years ago

She shouldn't have posted shit on Twitter, but they still need to hit the f***ing treadmill and put down the f***ing junk food.

Stanley Steamer
Community Member
4 years ago

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Iva Sušická
Community Member
4 years ago

After reading everything, that photographer said, I can feel her pain... That couple is obese, they have unrealistic demands and then they make photographers life difficult? I hate people, that say, that obese people are nice, beautiful etc. My boyfriend has health issues and he has really nice body anyway, despite he gains 20g from each 10g of food, that he eats, but he is working on himself... Shame on them, loose weight and stop being assholes!

Jo Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

She's a PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. What kind of professional person EVER thinks it's okay to get online and say such things about a client? Then to edit their photos without permission? She's an asshole.

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d bradley
Community Member
4 years ago

look at the size of the wine glass in the first photo! clearly not worried about portion size

Aunt Chloe
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer was just trying to help out a couple of fatties. Maybe If they weren't both the size of a manate each they wouldn't need any photoshopping. They could probably use this experience as a wake up call and make some diet changes. Looks like one or both of them might not be too far off from heart failure.

Community Member
4 years ago

Here comes another hater

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chris gill
Community Member
4 years ago

Sounds like the photographer tried to do them a favor. The so called famous people need to zip their lips. half of them if it were not for makeup/Photoshop nobody would give them a second look.

Sharpton's Race Card
Community Member
4 years ago

LOL @ the whiny butter golems. The photographer did those two couch bison a solid by making them look slightly less revolting.

Meme Mee
Community Member
4 years ago

Mix in a salad fat asses.

David Daisy May Boldock
Community Member
4 years ago

They are like amoebas on steroids.

Maria Suppe
Community Member
4 years ago

just imagine them in bed...

Anne Braun
Community Member
4 years ago

With or without the dogs? Ewwww...... Either way, I cant. tee he he.....

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Sharon Fmr
Community Member
4 years ago

The photos look bad because the clients were very demanding and wanted these poses in these spots although the photographer warned them.

Eddie Reagan
Community Member
4 years ago

They would have complained no matter what she did....some people suffer from a lack of gratitude....Poor dogs, thats so undisciplined to not have better control of their food

Julie Julie
Community Member
4 years ago

I think the photographer is unprofessional and that the couple sound extremely hard to please. But am I the only one thinking that the best thing about this post is the comment regarding shooting them from a more flattering angle? When you are as round as they are, there are no flattering angle. I'm sorry but they look fat from every possible angle. It's just a fact. The only thing that could flatter them is Photoshop and they clearly didn't want that.

Quant
Community Member
4 years ago

These two desperately need to lose weight, this is no joke and some fat shaming is definitely in order. This stupid political correctness reinforces their believe that they're fine, instead they're actually killing themselves, a couple of enablers. PS. This photographer sucks, not because they're fat, but because I take better pictures with my phone...

anarkzie
Community Member
4 years ago

They do need to lose weight, but it's their issue, it's not for a 3rd party particularly one that they're paying for a service to point out. There is just no need for someone to volunteer this information to someone.

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Anne Braun
Community Member
4 years ago

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My son, now deceased, was a professional photographer This couple has no idea of the value they received for a cheap price of $600, then for the photographer to only keep $150. To begin with, this shoot was worth a minimum of $1,500, and the photos are beautiful and well done, including the one that is photo shopped. Photo shopping (editing) is very time consuming. This photographer did an excellent job, especially in having to shoot with the glare of light in her eyes off the truck, and then the dogs, nearly impossible to keep them sitting still, out of the pond and off the ducks and they ought to be proud of the 'free' job they got off her. They took advantage of this photographer and got all of her work for only the too-cheap cost of their initial deposit, which should have been a minimum of $500. They weren't happy?! They should be ashamed of themselves.

Lazy Panda
Community Member
4 years ago

Photoshopping may be time consuming so the photographer wasted their own time, they didn't ask the photographer to make them look skinnier so even if the photos are worth a lot of money the photographer made the dick move of doing something nobody asked for and then complaining when the couple got upset

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Maggie Skaar
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4 years ago

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I think the photographer did an excellent photoshop job. The fat lady probably has about 7 lawsuits going on at the same time.

Anne Braun
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