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Bride-To-Be Is Fat-Shamed By Photographer Who Edited Photos To Make Her Look Skinnier

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Bride-to-be Katie Liepold posted a note on Facebook seeking a wedding photographer. She and her beaux from Northeast Ohio eventually hired photographer Linda Silvestri.

The photography package was $600 and included engagement photos.

“I didn’t really need the engagement session, but it was in the package, so we did it,” Katie said.

During the engagement photo shoot, Katie felt good. She thought she had a great rapport with Linda.

“We laughed, we talked, we joked, we shared stories,” she recalled.

However, when Katie got home, she began to review the photos. She noticed some of them were blurry or taken at strange angles.

“This isn’t exactly what I thought I was going to get,” she recalled thinking. However, when she spotted a certain two photos back to back, she was certain something was amiss.

“She actually Photoshopped one picture of us skinnier,” Katie noted. “She probably took like 30 pounds off each of us.”

Katie obviously hadn’t requested a body transformation and was hurt by the photographer’s presumptuousness. She sent Linda a message.

“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,” she said.

Linda didn’t apologize, she just told Katie to cancel the contract. To make matters worse, Katie discovered a “Facebook rant” where Linda complained about Katie.

The post read: “It is extremely difficult to get Pinterest worthy ‘lovey dove-y’ pictures when people can’t even get their heads together.”

“Bad lighting and blurry pictures isn’t caused by fat,” is Katie’s response. In the end, she says, “I didn’t pay her $150 to have her make fun of me on a site.”

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Footage and photo provided by WEWS Cleveland

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