As any of us who freelance or work for ourselves can attest, turning down a job calls for a good reason, a lot of consideration, and a very large pair of balls.
And that’s one of the many reasons why today’s badass of the week is so effing awesome. After discovering that several girls that she had booked for senior portraits were bullying other girls online, photographer Jen McKen — who owns her own company — sent a note to the girls and their parents letting them know that she would not be taking their pictures after all.
Last night I posted on facebook the following: “If I’m wrong, please speak up. I came across a page on facebook that was created (by someone under a ficticious name) thats purpose is to bully, ridicule and say mean and hurtful things about their class mates. While visiting the page, I found several teenage girls that have scheduled sessions with me for their senior pictures. I am emailing them tomorrow to cancel their shoots. I do not want them to represent my business and I am beside myself at how MEAN and CRUEL they were on that page.” As I was drafting the email that I was going to send out to the clients my phone was blowing up with comments.
Now I realize it’s going to be hard to know that every person that ever contacts me isn’t a bully, I understand that…but in this specific instance it was right in front of my face. I saw it with my own eyes..it wasn’t hear say, it was right there..with their smiling face right beside such an ugly statement. I couldn’t forget about it, I mean how I could spend 2 hours with someone during our session trying to take beautiful photos of them knowing they could do such UGLY things. Realistically, I know by canceling their shoots it’s not going to make them “nicer people” but I refuse to let people like that represent my business.
She goes on to say that a few of the girls’ parents got back to her, apologizing and saying that they were horrified and would address the problem. Well played, McKen. Well played.