I have been noticing something in the local photography community lately, and it's honestly been very.... well I can't put it into words. It's been making me mad. It's been hurting me. Utah photographers, I am so proud with all the support with the BLM and for BIPOC, like seriously so proud, but it is NOT ok to post your clients who are bipoc, just because they are bipoc. We are more then just our skin color. Why not post about how great of people we are? Why not post our story? Why are you using our skin color for your gain and image? Why are you targeting other photographers for not posting a lot of bipoc on their pages? I hate to break it to you, but Utah is a mostly white state. Even as a photographer who is a person of color, I have not photographed many other bipoc in my 2.5 years of living here. There are some photographers who have never photographed a person of color before. Why are you telling the photographers who are not posting a lot of bipoc they are not supporting us 100%? Why are some getting told to give up some of their clients to photographers who are bipoc? They have families too. They have homes they need to pay for as well.
Now then, here's how we as photographers can help other photographers who are bipoc without ruining our businesses and can still support our families.
1. Share posts of bipoc to your page! 2. Have a client ask you to shoot something you don't shoot? Recommend them to a bipoc photographer who does offer it, but still make sure they can give the quality the client wants. 3. Keep posting about BLM! Don't stop! 4. Be our friend. Let us rant to you about our hardships we go through, listen to us. 5. Don't be an asshole. That's just a given for everyone. Remember you don't know everyone's life or circumstances. 6. Don't post your bipoc just because they are bipoc!!
Picture by Emily from Between the Canyons And enjoy this photo of me at work