Back in August, it was brought to light that Jasmine Star had copied a multitude of witty quips and posted them on her social media sites presenting the thoughts as her own. What started as a low murmur through the rankings of photographers gradually grew to a dull roar as photographers, even industry leaders such as Sal Cincotta and Gary Fong, stood up against the plagiarism. Many fluffed it off though, stating it really wasn’t that big of a deal and it was nothing in comparison to what Doug Gordon was caught doing weeks before. Still, as Jasmine’s teaching niche has been about the business side of photography with an emphasis on injecting your personality into your brand, it was pretty shocking to many that her words were not in fact her own. Jasmine did eventually offer an apology (which was deleted within a few days) and everyone went onto the next scandal in the photography world. Continue reading “Jasmine Star” »
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This came to me yesterday and it is a doozie of a thief, there’s quite an extensive catalog of stolen images on this page and I’ve yet to find evidence that any images here are taken by the company.
While this company may be one that subs out their photography work, the images shown were not stock and are not members work. How do I know this company isn’t showing members work? Because 4 of the photographers are friends of mine, 3 of whom came to me when they found out about the theft.
There are some images I couldn’t find a source on so if you recognize anything, please let the original photographer know.
Ok my wedding is done exporting so I’m just posting the gallery and the sources so I can get back to work, that OK?
Her Facebook shows only a few images that aren’t her own but it’s interesting that the vast majority of the images that aren’t her own are professional images she’s had taken of her and her family or the senior picture shown above (not by Timeless Beauty). There may have been more but it appears that the original photographers are slowly finding out and getting their works removed via Facebook’s report option.
**Update** Her Facebook page is now gone.
Original source of image on home page This image is used a LOT across her platforms online. In ads, repeatedly on Facebook and on the website.
Another use of the same image above. The image on the left appears to be her own work.
Another set of images on her website. The one on the left appears to be from another source, the one on the right is her own work.
I can’t find the original source but the history of the image on Google is vast.
This is where the searching starts. Notice that when watermarks are present she crops them out.
**Update** Her Gallery page is now down.
Her Facebook appears to be down now so here’s a couple screen captures from it.
Each gallery contains more images but due to time constraints I’m unable to source at the current time. For what I have sourced, notice the cropping out of watermarks.
See bottom of page for update.
Maternity Gallery (she is starting to clean up the page so I am working with what I have)
Couples & Engagement Gallery
The photographer has posted her rebuttal on her Facebook page.
This photographer wasn’t reported to me like many are by a photographer that recognizes their work. This was reported to me by a client that used them and found out the hard way that what was shown on the website was not what was delivered and they were sorely disappointed. When investigating the images, they discovered they weren’t their work.
None of the images I listed here were stock images. Yes, there were a few of those used but I chose not to list them. I’ve been in contact with many of the photographers here and they assure me their images are not stock so I’d be interested to see these receipts that you have for the rights to use as these images are not listed on any stock sites that I have found.