Photographer Ronna Koster was forced by her employer to make photos that she considered “totally outrageous” because they did not have a “normal look” for her clientele, the photographer has said.
The photographer, whose work has appeared on Oprah and The View, told NBC News that she was told by her manager that her photographs would not be approved for use by her clients because of her “trendy looks”.
“He said that we had to look like ‘goths’ and I didn’t really think about that,” Koster told NBC’s Today.
“I was like, what’s this all about?”
“He just said that because it’s so out of the norm, we have to look at a certain way to get a client.”
The fact that he told me that was a huge shock to me.
“It was so bizarre, I was like ‘what’s going on?’
I didn´t really know what was going on.”
Koster, who has worked at multiple wedding venues, including a number of the country´s biggest, says she did not feel the need to follow the same “tough-love” approach to her clients that she had with her previous clients.
Instead, she was asked to focus on her photography and create images that would “seem like they were made for me”, she told Today.
Koster said she was also given “very limited opportunities” to work with clients that had different backgrounds, such as people with Down syndrome or people who were LGBT.
“There were a lot of people that had disabilities and those are people that you wouldn´t expect to work in a wedding venue, especially for a wedding photographer,” she said.
“For me, it was really, really hard because I was told to do this or that and not do that and it just felt so limiting and just made me feel like I was working for someone else.”‘
I was not the model’While Koster said that she believed that the photos were not meant to be “the perfect model for someone”, she said she did take “some really good shots” with the clients she worked with.
“They were amazing, but I was not in the position to be the model, I just wanted to do the shoot and they were so nice and it was just such a different experience,” she told NBC.
“You just kind of get away from it a lot because you just want to do it and have fun and not worry about anything, and it wasn’t like that with my previous clients.”
Kander said that her employer told her that her photos were “a challenge to make”, but that she did “really enjoy” working with the people she worked for.
“People were very open and they wanted to get in touch and talk about their wedding, but they didn´T want to make me the model,” she added.
“When I first went into the wedding venue I was the model but then the customers started asking me about the wedding and I felt like I wasn’t the model and I was just there to do a shoot and then they wanted me to do something different.”
While Ketter was happy to take on more clients and “create the kind of wedding I was dreaming of” in the future, she said that “in the meantime” she was trying to figure out what she wanted to focus her life on now that she no longer works in the wedding industry.
“What I am really interested in right now is getting back into photography and doing weddings again,” she wrote on her blog.
“So if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
I really appreciate it and I would love to hear from you.
I love hearing from people who are still in the business.”
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