Gay couple thrilled by offer of photo shoot
LOCAL photographer Susan Wall has offered Bundaberg couple Luke Brandt and Sean Miller a free session along with complimentary prints after hearing about their photo-shoot nightmare yesterday.
The NewsMail reported how another local photographer cancelled Mr Brandt and his partner's shoot due to religious beliefs, after finding out the couple are gay.
Ms Wall said she felt saddened upon hearing about the situation.
"I found it quiet upsetting," she said.
"That sort of discrimination is the same as being racist. Every couple has the right to have their memories photographed.
"The story is a disappointing one because it just adds to the many bad stories you hear about photographers but the truth is, Bundaberg really has some great professional photographers who offer fantastic service and produce outstanding images."
Mr Brandt said he was thrilled to have been offered a photo shoot with Susan Wall Photography. "It's fantastic news, I couldn't be happier. It is a very lovely gesture," he said.
Since the story went to print yesterday, Mr Brandt said he had received an outpouring of support from the community.
"I've received a lot more support than I expected," he said.
"People have been messaging me and sharing the NewsMail story link on Facebook. I'm shocked at how many people have been interested in all of this."
Mr Brandt said he had also received some negative feedback.
"Some people have been saying that I just want my fifteen minutes of fame and things like that but I am not paying attention. I'm not going to let the negativity get to me," he said.
A number of other businesses and people have come on board to offer Mr Brandt and Mr Miller complimentary photo shoots, including CQUniversity.