An Ohio wedding photographer says a couple tried to tear up their contract because she supports Black Lives Matter

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A Cincinnati wedding photographer says a couple tried to terminate their contract after learning that they were supporting Black Lives Matter.
"We cannot bring ourselves to support someone who is so open in matters that simply do not concern them," wrote the bride, "as well as someone who does not believe that ALL lives are important."
Photographer Shakira Rochelle informed them that the deposit was non-refundable and that she would donate the deposit to BLM.
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A Cincinnati wedding photographer says a couple tried to terminate their contract after posting support for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media.
On June 5, Shakira Rochelle published a BLM graphic on Instagram and wrote that her company "is in solidarity with the black community".
"The Black Lives Matter movement has my endless support," she added.
On Monday, Rochelle shared an iMessage conversation in which an unnamed bride asked for her bail.
"We have talked a lot and cannot bring ourselves to support someone who is so open in matters that simply do not concern them," wrote the bride, "as well as someone who does not believe that ALL lives are important."
The bride said it was "embarrassing" for her and her fiance to have Rochelle at their wedding. "You are not stable enough to do the job we need from you," she added.
In response, Rochelle reminded the bride that her contract provided that her bail was non-refundable. She also stated that she donated at least part of it to BLM.
"I wish you a lifetime of growth and would like to thank you for your donation to Black Lives Matter."
The ex-client told Rochelle that she would hear "from our lawyer".
A screenshot of the iMessage conversation.
Shakira Rochelle
Rochelle did not respond to a request for comment, but published a follow-up on Wednesday, rejecting a claim that she wanted to benefit from the Black Lives Matters movement.
"It's the most absurd thing I've ever heard," Rochelle wrote. "The original post started privately until a friend asked if she could share it. I never had the intention or desire to go viral for this or anything else."
Rochelle said she was already booked through the winter and could not win more customers if she wanted to. She added that she was considering deleting her post, but "it would violate everything I stand for."
"I have always stood up for human rights and will continue to do so," she wrote. "I marched with my loved ones as well as alone. My intentions are pure. Please know that what you saw of me was the whole story."
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