A & K Photography

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Link:  http://www.aandkphotography.com/default.html

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography1

It looks like this photographer has been at this for about a month though, not just a week as I can see stolen images on facebook were put up in April.  Sure, the images at the beginning of their wedding page on their site may be theirs but the more you scroll the more they “borrowed” from other sites.  Of course the borrowed photos have their logo on it… that’s totally a mistake right?  Beyond the stolen images I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t have licensing for the music as well (note, turn your speakers off before going to their site if you don’t care for music on sites).

He’s been confronted and is denying, of course.  This excuse?  He got the images from a free wedding image advertising site.  Ah, of course.  Because nothing says legit like using stock photos to sell your photography business.  Note this is against all terms of service on stock image sites.

He is slowly taking down images as the owners confront him (owners, I have a PDF of the page before if you need it for any legal purposes) but what’s amusing is that he’s not taking down ALL of the stolen images.

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(Original source for this image is: http://timlarsenphoto.com/2011/nick-sarah-married-gorgeous-manhattan-beach-lodge-wedding-on-crosslake/)

Image Sources:

http://www.digitalartsphotography.com/weddings.htm

http://www.momentville.com/wedding/pictures/mDoN8Ii1

http://www.eliteportraitdesign.com/blog/2011/07/wedding-photography-mankato-kayla-and-eric/

http://www.digitalartsphotography.com/moscow_pullman_wedding.htm

http://timlarsenphoto.com/2011/nick-sarah-married-gorgeous-manhattan-beach-lodge-wedding-on-crosslake/

http://cargocollective.com/collinhughes/Gene-Jill-Wedding

http://www.dawnhavrelockphotography.com/rachel-whitmore-lake-senior-photos.html

http://trovillionphoto.com/2012/01/17/2012-senior-kristian/

http://weddingandflowers.info/2009/04/the-best-wedding-flower-ideas-and-different-types-of-wedding-flowers/ (appears to be a stock image)

But wait!  There’s more!  

Their biography has also been lifted from another site.  I know, I am shocked as well!

Their bio:

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http://www.aandkphotography.com/Biography.html

This was stolen nearly word for word from… well I’m not sure who from.  According to CopyScape there’s at least 6 photographers using this same bio with words and numbers swapped out and some expanding on this making even more mirrors.  Sure, A&K may have originally wrote it but considering that their online presence didn’t appear to start until 2012 I am doubting they were the first to get this.  Maybe it’s from that free wedding site too…

UPDATE:

He is removing some of the images but not all and none have been removed from the Facebook Page.  If one of the images is yours, filing a DMCA with Facebook is easy as pie.  Contact me if you need help.

UPDATE #2:

A and K Photography is claiming that this is a “lie” by a former partner so I’m going to continue to show images and their sources (none of which are from the gentleman he’s accusing of starting this rumor).  He’s also threatening to sue.  The proof is in the pudding right?  Although these sources are linked above, photographers are visual people so here’s the visual proof.

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This image from A&K Photography’s wedding pricing page and Facebook Page, both I should note have “A and K Photography” watermarked on the image, is stolen from this blog post by Elite Portrait Design in Mankato.

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This image from A and K photography’s senior photo page is stolen from a blog post on Laura Trovillion Photography.

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Both of these images seen on the same senior page are stolen from Dawn Havrelock.  The gentleman’s original post is located here on her blog, the girl’s images are here on her original blog post.

UPDATE #3:

This blog may have been the final tipping point for A and K to finally remove ALL of the stolen images from their Facebook Fan Page as they were here right before they went down.  Hi!!!!  Now let’s work on your website OK?

UPDATE #4:

A and K has finally removed most (not all mind you!) of the stolen works from their website and Facebook page.  However guess what hasn’t been touched?  The Google + page!

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https://plus.google.com/105520953942373598861/about?gl=us&hl=en

Seriously???  MORE stolen images?!?

Sources:

http://www.projectwedding.com/photo/browse?photo_to_show=306602&tag=flowers+reception+cake+green+decor+brown+orchid

http://www.digitalartsphotography.com/idaho-washington-wedding-photos/the_reluctant_ring_bearer_orofino_wedding.htm

http://www.digitalartsphotography.com/moscow_pullman_wedding.htm

I should mention here that I think it is quite shady to use their personal portrait from their wedding day in advertising and on their multiple websites since it’s being presented with images they claim to have taken and NOT labeled as them or their wedding image from their own wedding photographer.

UPDATE #4 3/1/2013:


Guess who got caught stealing again?  Youuuuu got it, A&K!  Boy, that old partner just doesn’t stop does he 😉  It’s amazing he still has access to their Facebook page to keep putting these stolen goods up huh?

  • Marc W.
  • Lindsay11

    Aaron and Kari of A and K Photography just don’t learn, I guess. Here’s a photo they are using in advertisements https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer/photos/pb.394949950522649.-2207520000.1406234499./675187482498893/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpf1%2Ft1.0-9%2F1395999_675187482498893_1648397321_n.jpg&size=240%2C571&fbid=675187482498893

    It really super obviously jumps out as a photo they didn’t take. Here’s a RIS: https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&tbs=sbi:AMhZZitKMleWEHwv45_1BwWyCovOtai034iFUtpxdwi7V6wCBCPiohx_1fY3iBK-z3XFInTGh3tAVUzNObjoYfdblsvGutGpIx3CqL-cxz-fTiZJ5Gd3d73ZE2bELZ89Qj18uSXm8Y46YllBLW9ZQad_1lzgE8z84W6UkD0fv4U9wYZTY1x5uq4_1OKJp5dBIxy1eDjbbC8kKQE6SR6ktsYveVyYkWE87TTfDRHfttAbauG5pKA2ORedThJu3JizlGCeKX_1Uvsbi0CO9meNdriP83Z2mOb6Gsw38NFdBzCVX07XaCRfpc1wSjfkuN6zgMtWiiiklNT28Dz-YzhPtDMGfuGpp7X8ilpXjD0eeZ6Gf3djUwYIkpr-rkRCQ-vfPDVEAUeO0IadvRmwWnlJCH5NLM5ka-jF35_1k4_1OwZ-KH6VqbPNRxWQc7Y3H9E1S74BOLOIt4sx_18G5nGEYhqkru1_1sjZvG9mp_1_11L1eP86hMKMHL2YEJpCX_1VI93oRY9nJN4_16fXaNPHZs7HP6P-CXKwCGLkzgePNC-Sy4ihf-ewgfbgZwdBehd3qfU85QXGsZtFT-1psOksSlZWVvB1GRO5x5CjauffCiQw_1NpreD4Y_1qEFslH4lzMIyhJejdRRWg9I9Q5piKRf3D4lJePtPvASm5b_1cxa1h5p5_1AJolG7u49bQX1rUr-4Gn170wkSaqJf8aerPIigFqasSGYIbxfBQMIQyfaYIqjRRxoxAGpEdgkaVZiV8O17vd3KLG10tUpKLFxa6f5eW9SS3sMIWqcSZA3paATzeJIvuk85B1Wm_1tzOeUkvYkEPbpPTWTnWR8X32nSh7yVmpR-GTBvDNCJX2wWA8s3eA0L5m1DTitxBOWdCTNdoQ_1CQ-kfm_1Sp4Tv9vchhACh1CmtyMXQRm8jkDJ0yS4pglh8iLUANZo1rQ_1Md3Abv8jSVWeaFcvHnL9X5HNJHGcifWU5ZSFUKKQtegru-0Z9JcJf_1Bo0-OYCMsp43oat6WLy6yf9CHjaW5zmoAAZ7m57bHdX7zH_1rNRjt7AYePwWfh1BzGWKTsTqicLdBRZkVVrgAAEx6QY5b3w3lCV3xzu1v8SgdK3OtjIi2Wbsye1VatT4mHZBOiFsdf39d30HFySKUO6STQ3gRD3eVIj57krORbhKtPUh04849eyR4udG5_1pUrNm_13JZEVZaXnfDRPlca8hvhnMIN8d32LnxSlADKy81fQOgEEUZNtZey4TpXaLmw9phrDhGDx-bsL3hc6DaHiObs5E93bawj2qfka9J6gNCDR4DxImMALoF0NpYyKbl7DxgP06SIqrR-_175l2Dg3RWa4dsBFo0wAjWAy1t5bvwUimT05IqM8w889c7bbGW-sx9qZHCtgQjBRe_1feoEovJMLEyftuozsUeYeiY6s5yaqiFOvCZr_1x3nw0v4ekL3LDQeO_12KR_17LK12ncNJWXn6n9zbjWGLnDQ4e7SZmmqHUSwOU_1ay9W8JnFlEe67JYmi7W-IS0eqySQZUU19M4ADEa3V79AaulzYW3DMWhMYtaQkldFg&ei=xW_RU8q9K9L9oASTx4DoDg&start=0&sa=N&biw=1280&bih=899

  • Lindsay11
    • I guess it was your turn to be bored and dig into old posts of outed photostealers… you got a live on here it seems .. I mean who makes a fake award?!?!?!

      • Lindsay11

        Marcus Kaiser does!

        (And this is all on Marc W, he posted it. I just had an afternoon set aside to play Lego video games and Aaron and Kari Haskin just ruined my plans!!)

    • BullShite

      Now THAT is just SAD!!

      • Justin Case

        and yet completely, totally typical.

    • U Really That Dumb?
    • Justin Case

      AND, they are winners TWO YEARS in a row! From his ‘about us’ page:
      http://www.aandkphotography.com/about.html

    • Justin Case

      HAHAHHAHA! Looks like A and K Photography got scammed! This is a fake award that you have to pay for!
      http://www.spamhaus.org/rokso/evidence/ROK10175/kelly-mccartney-us-commerce-association/main-info (scroll down to ‘Brand new domains for 2014’ and the first one you will find is ‘Recognition Awarding’ who run ‘Des Moines Awards Program’

      • BullShite

        THAT rocks my WORLD!

      • FromUPNorth

        It looks like it would have cost A&K $180.00 for the award
        http://www.poobahmarketing.com/scam-alert-best-business-awards/

      • Lindsay11

        That’s pretty funny! However, a huge part of me thinks he just copied the photo and didn’t pay for it.

        At any rate, I’m glad we got his fake award nailed down.

  • Lindsay11

    Awww another stolen photo Aaron Kari Haskin? 🙁 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=104467206350039&set=pb.100003602796495.-2207520000.1406239147.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-xaf1%2Ft31.0-8%2F410968_104467206350039_603165490_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-xaf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F418142_104467206350039_603165490_n.jpg%3Foh%3D88f4f616a004956fe05c41787a7d363e%26oe%3D543FA31F%26__gda__%3D1413579982_338fab3ea404e91c4571b08b72fe719f&size=1125%2C750

    https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitOzMfQ0RJhNohPaalHTk9AXRT6P1sRuubgIdA8v1qjcPKRxQCSF-YGClfDB09FyiMunkX6JpCxKVRAuh67Yc9pC90wrttVYLkYXwNbfzVcKqUYqQIAthutNYo1kSy8oLWclvMK1lROVN2C5s-iwjF-kM_126GU6ZtYrMmbNwahA2poOGsy6BZLlXzw3jo6YcQh-rMVzaqgSgG7mzYoLyjnIpiiW096WqLNc9F64nSmAJjhvxCFakCEOwAPdYSxKVCHdwpEWtDIbLqJBQOdymZRwxhqmapoglHWaapIMhm_11N54413gD2LIYZA_1Ukowhac3F6lWw8PAYiphtMi5eolg1JGsqt4Ufm-65vYEO5quPe7azz58b1SOA9JtOmRPClMousFJBP-rYqwRAMfoOnQB-FbagN9iIJ3WszUCu8uLVXlKxOEN4G5y7YD5uqj5KUgflWz8k3T–MfNIppzEqOmBgkVmjilVhrLhfMfxbUoqoCTMqrUm0cPH77NI-FkGEazfR0G08edN756lfae-nE8W7cedD9TFOIqvUsUpPi35VBqJOE-6JmgqU52gaLuq1UeVXSgJbkKAFcP5BXQDcFyHi4_1xwjZ83klsWHCrBLKwC0QvjkgUqfRYoVhoZ10j62WduqrLA6-8bWYuF8nmkdU7Lah5OucgIoSiHR4aZ7Sh874ydigjiJLyI8brYJU3TC_1Uz2JBDK5qWk8NXip-LcH0feCliy0U_1QtxLZlviEY2xNdeKIeIlgIFwwj-OA1GoT6-U3QqVrmBXrM6upgaIk1cvwedeapHne_1fDvsr0XcHV5ePwYXYm3IdaWFSMQhUU9kr32zzHVmmxp2muAr0Uy58WlGV6XBmWhh6VdU00VvRMn2fukSnk7VHFA3rsRk22AgnnDvxgIr45kyqL_1PXMH2_1Nqhu7uSOPfUaxhWlADYiS1yO28hWdPl7JWBWm8wwbOrxmuDwiGSt9jQkSGookIZVpWm5KcCYJbBdMZCuNp2oKf5A1pctgmm-zTqblAaT3tHiY74xbPGmmH3er7hcTb5QPbANUubQ9eUQK3Y6dMHT-q2Efx6qAbfBoCoVdLrzkUIyzHkfSc7TKt-Mt6nt3BVguyA5Ji12mlJoK-yMUStL0DiZraeId0mZxEBIZBscRZRlClbcKkHDM7uL4Ge9_1dvNLGqTDBdDexQ57SLMBe7k3YK7XOW907aeWJu_1dbYh4E4l1EyYrWDcN6NcOyKMlDIkbFvTSfXKCN8JieY9vupg-10lh_1tJlhbNvYvaUmSQN9STWm2oyq3Shjzo9EF-OnR8NHd9637Yf691Hp7JbUmvR0pzt-HX2_1xLGUGANKh_1tRMMGYmUGkxKgxhlzMS2oJ-HiqbBRTcxAwCphs4bBCVJk_1UCP5us1Tl34Mj709uaG2abXgo5i3W6eLzksqlYarZdkNlzo_1OVogT1TSGxt6HvwMMGVSY

    • BullShite

      Aron Kari Haskin of A & K Photography…. this is so RIDICULOUS!

      • Lindsay11

        Two A’s in Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography 😉

  • He is denying it

  • Justin Case

    So why does “Des Moines Iowa’s Premier Wedding Photography, Wedding DJ and Wedding Videography” have to resort to using stock and stolen photography, as well as copyrighted music in their advertising?

    • Justin Case

      ooops. Looks like someone was caught again. Disappearing content, anyone?

      • Lindsay11

        I still see the video.

        • Justin Case

          I think it’s my proxy or just disqus. Buggy as hell.

  • Tee hee

  • Tee hee halarious

  • Lindsay11
  • More….

    • BullShite

      You should ask him permission to record the conversation. 😉 I’d love to hear how THAT would go…..

      • U Really That Dumb?

        It may be legal without notifying depending on the jurisdiction of the person doing the recording.

      • I don’t have to ask permission … I could do it 🙂

        • U Really That Dumb?

          *67 or a Google number 🙂

        • BullShite

          Ooooh you live in one of THOSE states! I wish I did. 🙁

  • Lindsay11

    hahaha he did NOT take this Rueters photo of Tim Tebow! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151467290411876&set=pb.699486875.-2207520000.1406242144.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-xfp1%2Ft31.0-8%2F1074723_10151467290411876_1409741787_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-xpa1%2Ft1.0-9%2F1013987_10151467290411876_1409741787_n.jpg&size=1400%2C1000

    https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitG0ROGtbPHKjC5BSz2ZaNnGlUbftxAVES8me7qVIFeYYZknnk2iYEqt_1N2DRTwHVxfbXt0KzUK-qUVYTBbUjYaLkHrQJJX-fvgoagk6bVgVeiq-U8Jd6vOVYHXTE6PdF3Yf0X2N4A3mimGvhr-2FL8UrWPUaLPGnrkt6fhYk-LUWycpSf80LWfgCTZX2Jnykian4Bniy4p153luXClVLEssrPmhvClLtUADw5eDG3wdvjDFEpXzrRW16JpZBtyBu2FQdOSr0QdalQKGSKcJiLsGqzsv7L6_1BzbytIZNdKbKs7y3WrYcS-fZpnGKQrKac35rrQTQuuUhLNKCh43-kzaWBJiuLoJGQl-A-cVesb128hrq8cLg8ExieBzlSkp6kq_1Lqn35MnIFSVxehKD5x9Rp1fsAnNziit0nTYLrKmxIuSFdP654PXQQKvN18893-eUykNTKh3UGkcTkv91ps_1WxoEQ93s4ARwBtPE_1aUQktbiYsZ-DTOF8sLub74gx5MfrvWgCB-JyE057GlHff8i83V-8etEeKZI5sVvtcTlUKqib-YYLUD3m2XOJNrNMrZv00DywyeuHH40CaMN_1jrit1h33gFRLhRqKAiQtH05SMcNXwnXoMYnsxCYfvD8iuBXACsI5RWcj2tUfcb-dlkWe7t-Iwqoc50Yw_1YjdlFJg9HA2tWbhD69_1F_1xNK0Ier5Zq8u2ck8NKo_11qf9j7oKidDbKJgQnC0gLJ3SKmpBAlDy0auA6vIyzSpcC-N2P6M7Z9Z0otMAvULVt65hkVMvVLNyOFJN5FH4f1sf3jb5qmKnbu_1Kw1E_11XIM06MskmQZ0kUA-8BFG6807nTtwKFS9r-aaTZHCj5nQ3XXd5RN9rpfwZ0jMs72jljxb0jL_1UKg4XIpWcOqbYLIj4bKNmhpjzJYDGFU2SUi0igxE57YbjJcLr2LoYgAhfGiQUpy0siQ57ODw63R6AWTVrJATGdHzyUPriZVmdmSNza1VtN3tzlQKZzU6Lk3S4FGYYSJ_116hi9T90bppPsmr3Zl3MSWr7pD1eBbCxIxjQNntMaDUsCrqA7lozjLI6DgEjwONI7S4QO0chUXqytqVV6UOHqYPBv42AErsdyZtuNaUDhXV5BPstg_1z7V8YA1iIN3JpdgC35K71dM375-B7JyTRj90cdNgE53RazXdrliolw3eKuzAeI_1tBOGR3T1nurZan7h0C0nrO0pubQG5KXoUUC4CD3KRXrAYgu40StCoPk3QZ4n6c_1EjXn-jsMxhwp2eme9BbGu_1qZM5kUuO4Qfz1cAIiFBhSXxYQLFSyuNvUM0lJBczVhELU4EnR2d523wkQxTCrz1l2Vhv3cRofpl_1qZMJbVdsSwEP1-PZ6nsuppcoZmwlbSql2IJrJS6IMggF92Kn7vFzm-3GrvdcBGNPES4grR1tRa-e_1J1xuQLNcTVkuy_1juH-fApva4Cc49UNGcgymDQiXyTzF8P8jhVsL_12NdROeaJBP0wLV1RvnYVyFMUHdBde_1ShU

    • BullShite

      Oh my GOD does:
      A and K Photography
      6080 Indianola Ave
      Des Moines, Iowa
      (515) 803-2612
      Think the world is THIS STUPID? That he would get away with it?
      This is some serious “Fauxtographer by Internet” stuff! I am almost shocked he doesn’t have another personality or two floating around!

    • Marc W.

      To be honest, this is his personal account. People post all these stupid photos to their personal account.

      • Lindsay11

        Right, but there is so much on his personal account about his photography, that if I didn’t know better I’d assume he took it. He could have EASILY just shared this photo, but he didn’t.

  • Lindsay11

    Another stolen photo up on his website. C’mon Aaron Haskin, who do you think you are fooling? You say someone else put a photo up for you two years ago! So you knew about it and you left it and others up for all this time? Uh huh. http://www.aandkphotography.com/home.html https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZiuEWrvhWa0hDplHnbw6rjFNhTEP-szivaYK9Klhulc0NmC-NVmsG8jXLApobsVkp9c4vF7QFGbz5Am22t0oCZWYyaYlENNjKjWg2pFFD5oaUQMMjp-gjbl-H0DjnDo_1_15132DTCbbbYi7rsC3tTeglLsJUZU9tivL31vDnWgBOUpypSVPfoEuX5bFUh3tZxcmwouB5VrXHejGTkxLT1Vr0kdv51Tw_1t3QNLL_1upaEwTRwwzpWND6IQEUNH_1QT9RV6l_1qlpcT2GJTnjnD58CxoVukWWtyn_1D3u7toa7Hl9d0fiM5KNZ8Ue4oHI9QUW6TPpaeDAm1bhNVLbSkKOh0oECKAd6X1_15dbjG1qWCaNsCPiYGdcmyqMUIHjh3vdrB6okiUmgfuLVq090ZX9UkTuzATKNrxxPenbrt6pDIhjel2FO2YazK6AV2sSF4gl51ao5H2B3xrjqeYhjaHTYuSljxbGsehixuo6PbjFB_1I07H3T5i0Ught8QRRD559EVOfVKTsum5nnRa9U2OosaKUTby_1mwaJ8iEVOFp_1zu3PNOmSUIceI_1tRLKp-zhA3Fpf4aI8y1tDOiz1NBwra8su29_1m00DNktZLyniqrYtRR0MfGCfAL5HuSHKK5D61cWWNqPUdFwkEzS0k4Ec9wxWzIoyg31DPGorU37wS2O9PNHMH297JdFl8envqgT8oTdr-84c58bwWDCs6WoEFHrp-v8Vl8f3TgqQH8g6J6th84TQdAx49SPMAVKzcQmqL7jupii-oK1g5f9CxOHFKG9ZBLNoMfbzspoFHTzFWZI81nsmsXM0keKYhohpIcWIFHq2RgTl8ZmofkOFVwaUTdvgrl2Aw_1mnoXFkVcQ6CSiUqOk6F1NQhfaFprfMS43ZsbLs_1heBoEOKovkyVHgXhejNTgsI8Ts0iTgE46iseYqS1-xDv-d9i0IT4NzRY4L247SMuJGxHtWTQgVJj9ETNx3vTpirF_1XXBPktf7JhXpH5U5SPEYOrx8FGelAPY8HDlKHpFhJMVWTllUR-O2KFrZayFk3mtDqDjzpfPLkcz3uOTGBvYAiQi1OONqqKPXCBj7csx-Jh-_1HP9ZHdFf76chzfH1kNxWCq35MbwUox6-GtN6i_1IU8dWGHrGyy5mHfPRgiiQPGePwE2w2QW7E5zwOhUJQxdLuDV6YcHGiPOPZSE1qdvpWURyzwNBLBCzr5Y09RV8xx42J2V9M_1YUreQL68amwYVU1Cc_1dB85vsFuI_1CewHkbX_1YAsJT6kM8sEB6QSdeClqVmhHC6Lmp10znlJDoVRMu6YdVcmFsXqF_1kh_194MkSDmhwAHz8pR2s-8wfKUfeOItjU9zTMKmlJNzAF49As90obYz-nK5Y4A43Yk9HYw8xyC6G93ucsvi6j9AAJ8SHL6ID3D648IaFXD3ffJbtWFE1OITdT2kxSl5OMW_1J2ocYS_1QMrpg1sw4iP5p4pPAn1DYlfuWp3zGCZkUjiNIKHJswSNr4-IRZ4LGKHVNNls10uPOfx0Lc0

  • You can’t fix stupid

    So this Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography seems to have a thing with stolen images. His poor partner. I wonder if the K part knows about Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography stealing photos?

    • Lindsay11

      Kari almost has to know! The very first photo on their website is stolen. Wouldn’t she wonder what wedding that was? Then there’s all the other stolen photos. Then there’s the award they didn’t win. She is linked to on that post, wouldn’t she be all, “Hey Aaron, we won an award? That’s awesome! I’d like to see the award! Hey, that isn’t our name…”

  • Lindsay11

    This stolen photo leads back to, among several other pages, a blog post called, “How to be a Successful Wedding Photographer”. I bet “steal photos from photographers better than you” is not on this list! http://www.aandkphotography.com/home.html https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZivN0PbwHvjrk4Stv6Am7ss6n_1xUkbKE8AHbDCXeiR-tYKBM1fUwAWQZl2fE1a-g47-PYith6MJkeaYq8p-UpLaY_1wvLnVUHOU9XgSQvqL-70YllfsGlBiAcnib_1mLxGtp182eMuG5iHtKN4DDVHdecMCsefbL1tmyqL8W2a5A7-uxWKWIfaPxUxp-1XEVzjfP9ThbHGNGs4V3RQHN8_18CMteFs8m3_1g2nmQGcxHcCOzOxU5fI57iTI4_1PLS9TAzccIzt1geJ2HWnRoW9sGEGSMj4iRjEeNg0g2iKJQiB2Ni15jkI8dACqnSBDUNktvxPACqMcSPLayIGtI-GuTN1Eoz9N-nP7pgbyzZhVIuN0WRXU32eItElVTXyTVQM4VHBM4fAdEiTDU6hBxkHLz-wKX7FuzUS6vorbPDDDYXRF1p_1yalBos4mA5aPJydz9rm78mr4pdBmozdIvVXS7berZxAQxMBjpxrQifI2lPUruD892R6Z_1Y0DawqzIP6AJwVfAsR6RWKE2x0WoN9xgVyGZlWDrtba1wJZ31IyIcRlXlxIG0aFCISw8uVgXWMqdOF4YP5QLiH6k28vzKdxWVb0WOa9Z-jMJDm0P8sDeG-Ymgl98JJQ8gc8_1p5w2SrAsy0ycBL5927iFrlQqvBWQIhIwyK-87elAtj1RmtCQMLmub2Nw-bZ4hAgeGiDUqhd9-6k8053WVrzSPhGpjARC_1nUJ-bR6mAZDLYLjXFyzwst8IeKFJHgWePeO_1kXMC5BU1b5rhMT1rMhg2zsYl6xe6vjSG4fr6uDkqZTU81Ew4twRjN8xb15XZ1qbjcnQJqOm134DPKznKP8dNJ1DMS8SiFVms_1BUD8eyVhUuvvEh8sT2sLdLjgjEOdWYutXzEtIuy9g7t_1ZSHxCmyr4GUZg-RlFhMSDD-el3NjefoF0jMGHjugtJNe7i2opuak1z2H-jJe4pwUUa6gOpN7x1-Znkz4m7kH21dWwBwQOmV6UUl6lodqNGJSI-pH3i-G3CzXVcbJXf3TJhC2QoLz806fz9GFmvUsfJQDi2dmtVxjwNhrEKZawETRbYAMjcNcnuXV2oOXPc4XfbVaE8sVU0wTUKMrNALx2Ehy8wZbkivIp6Gi3rDQZ-IGhXQiBd2Fg4mnoEaKt3tvtyreKWqj6ZI6HiXnUyHC4K8LLG5NPeyor7qC7eleII2L1NQvDmvjOMVaQ_1GtWrDm1u9ysuxbMgNV0WDC6IQzfWq6iTA-5UVo0x-YXmmpWaTaXjp55TDmZasy3dT-O0H4_11dSrXhMPI0K7LfIGfLac4qUs2wYqLC5zTsuxfL_1ZNa6kGEvH1_1LU_1uwKrx1iEgfsScmx3GKamL9Y3C0YxVRE6SXZh5GWWIE2daRrvOvoBOyCGU4rqf7_19Ht_1xk8NhNVNGHdMJNvgSXGiw9N-8TSVCSG2yClULETnD9-RVvpzfeitkBPTtIdcbp2bd_1mcl_1J53_1zW1C-2G-4w-4pdi8-SeW9O6sHUnCzy6u4dgRql7dBWq6V1cpixtWXNAYfgwAQIZN-AzExU_1hDZr6K4OTiWBzH1A http://photographyfansclub.com/wedding-photography-how-to-become-a-successful-wedding-photographer.html

  • Lindsay11

    Raise your hand if you are shocked there is no listing of this business! (At least, none that I can find under A and K Photography or A & K photography or Aandk Photography or A&K Photography in Des Moines Iowa. Not that I’m sure that spacing matters but I did try all of these under the Iowa Secretary of State.) https://sos.iowa.gov/search/business/(S(gwupuuanyjmf4ni3q13qlaz0))/results.aspx

    • Justin Case

      but, but, but they’re the PREMIER wedding photographer, wedding DJ, wedding videographer of Des Moines Iowa! How can that be, Lindsay, how can that be?

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Lot’s and lot’s of stolen images from:
    A and K Photography
    6080 Indianola Ave
    Des Moines, Iowa
    (515) 803-2612
    Open 24 Hours
    http://aandkphotography.com/
    aandkphotography@hotmail.com
    https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer
    https://twitter.com/ThatPhotoGuyIA

  • Lindsay11

    I keep saying, “C’mon Lindsay, just one more RIS, just one more!” Well, here’s the 5th or 6th I’ve done after the last one more. LOL The trick is to leave his website open and go back to it randomly. Almost always will there be a stolen image! Amazing. Also amazing is the people who just don’t care that someone is stealing, They had a good time with Aaron Haskin! https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZit1qmiUJZw3AVsDOv_1lauC7qh4MXJm4sE-mD8VJZzfa5Zn4y5TJPD1Jp-QonS72wWCHIJ6dRMGmJJZKImxptygXN4fGDBq5B6XufFUhIuE4FN4AmMknDYJ0p4x71MUwc5D_1gCBqzrEkAm2RJkmmupWYGVXV5_1vTrwXIwhDgF8G641P0G-H7k7yNNcykjwdAbBScBIFKdj1agQ7ciDHqak6IC4NxLqrJtzi_1aYJ3xyM1e4kC4GEAIB3JIGsThxes7GAiETeYm1uaDk-6qfW4uz5homunOM6TvNXxG3chG–OIq5QEjX0qsFxoalYhQ8qaitN9yqq0hoT-o4fOyRef4Z9Bzxs2onwRlmOfOYVKE8E3lpFZ4CJ3Th-To1VbYCPH0cGdTdewB3hbQ4Dtq6Z0AargnlSuzg54rM2fPUZxvnFb-Tb-hSXA2-mwuwG9hgfxu1BmHHGmQwraXGme_1-AWYpFIzle6xW02KBj1b-eWd_1_1uuzLbXSt4QJuJD_19MmmAo0d9th5HWuZVUlooOJXy8xFYZnvVH27Xr87gXbs-lsGvP_1F7U4o-6ta_18Uyfb1rAOIz5yzGhyNDB7T_1nbVezHYGEcwyhfARcuWcGp7nQv8YlBYkDqNAEXba-g5klU-mmL85pgfztjiurmRFgTS0fklqfxsuu5vjGu1ASh2zsgVpchfXgdSFL43yLvRlYFf7XoANFVrbNBEEMY3jP_1MN3Nejfx9LqbEu4vJghmSxlyZnclJ8pRThOcZPuhw7-m1jskfnYiCE6uasR3F3bzhKVRQ1rQ1dsPZCkU9MUgTsdrgRkAhfLG3TVdcA3SbCYsYTo5JfoJrPeONN53W022cYjcmvGUA1nh3vd7jFFW1NARJoqq2YKEXTMHORJCZiAJ4wv7kmGS9vlRoCq2cHpLoD7Ndal-CBGs6OE5sKAwGIEJlW-Nat6cD9cteL7gsI8g8OVeCKne7hE2wQ6RWJtznBCU_1tblEwOpBWpvf2FmtfxFK_14qf53qMq7mOfpWXDTYt53svBwGDxbsxVlapcydMlahW_17cmJsuwVek3w4XT-U9F7UOS-bXFAv3r7Z9MUUmNKYCSrvnVMLPPSysGSkEm68NL8Ze7ZI_1czW4KrmoIMPEyrRfwEjRnEZ5lx7ck1DhNauk7dbmmXD9pryGe1tc_1i-rnJw2wSy96gFjyhHbFOmzM769hHfaDdXGBGjtO83cJldfwDZ2gh6DDlfr3BldfrarZCWLT4wg9eH8eYldIbuKqowxf1GsafQ019Ct_1sL9uImpW9ZBSzuPqrAy_1nBVMtktHyZ7JOM07elvQmjDVVOUuGQAE52EOfl5BuQFqTIwsm_1lzL2AKkT1CH3BRIcUekayt9_1Tf4IcHKL_1APiqn5d0DAR9d9YQayliEnPfn2hERxxYoBffQeNkoTdBaGfMTixyf9w_1m0czfy1m77-Wgd4ewNn1xk4rwI

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  • Just a Girl

    wonder what HyVee would say about their name being attached to A&K’s wedding expo. HyVee is one of the bigger grocery chains in that part of the Midwest and is HUGE in Iowa. I think Ill drop their corporate office an email tomorrow with the link back to this site and his event page.

  • NB

    Sent from my iPad

  • Lindsay11

    Poor poor Aaron Haskin, being attacked by haters. 🙁

    I wish the term “hater” had never entered the lexicon. It gives idiots a way to prop themselves up and keep doing stupid and illegal things.

    • You can’t fix stupid

      Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography , who has stolen images has no idea that we all drink pink cool aid

  • We are in trouble now…

    • Lindsay11

      Oh please tell me he has a big name entertainment lawyer!

    • Lindsay11

      hahaha no WAY! He posted this to his business page? Is he just begging for the Fauxtog Effect to happen? Interesting that in 8 hours absolutely no one has asked him what is going on or even liked this. https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer/posts/835308646486775

      • You can’t fix stupid

        Glad you have all the screen shots ’cause Aaron Haskin of A&K Photography – who has stolen images – has removed all the links that you have posted.

    • “We do track the web and we will prosecute if any further FALSE (emphasis mine) comments are made”

      Oh, phew I was worried there for a second … no false or rather LIBELOUS comments here. We have screen caps to prove it. 🙂

    • You can’t fix stupid

      But they only have 2 people following them. A professional for 30 years and has 2 people following him..

      • Lindsay11

        I noticed that. I also notice he has one or two likes per photo as well on facebook. (No, wait, I found one that has 6 likes!)

  • Lindsay11

    hahaha I don’t even know why I was so surprised, except maybe because it’s so BLATANT! The photo for his “Hyvee Bridal Event” is stolen! https://www.facebook.com/events/289034564593932/

    https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZitCNINrfD0adiZe6jFqybxeYzJfHwCbv_130yBgmSb_1YIvkz4TDoTZDVu1t2il6FzGULoPrjQ1MrswVkF0GLH7XZ4Mud2rNTAwwOw9HqjzZO9BlUC-Ftkn1YBPMHnlJMZvDfg9ZUcnR4niscg2IxrGyGIuUCn24I20h7Hn5bUews2MXNcZ-hgRA9JqViBZTaByoC4-DqbPYtmviLm_16AD-aS9Y23uM1ve2DVCoGvCNHyTfGIyrbP4_1iqvd9VFd7MIaH-KV2AWvd72154verTOAh5hVkiy7RSMVZwcyoPNqshXeEr720S4P_1PzoVT1ApnD_10fjVofMzvDwglu-N24IzuecJ2k9pjxPvYmTAKWx5RG_1Q9TMeEg-TAVHU4GjCpYJ8awXfsECFwMdpRLh1IbYSVlslVZrDTZjyEpIR1rAPwlIWIiLxQfzF4yeFUNerQ1ghbOWi8y6G2i1vgr8B9gtyqpLjLAeeDApylHlrOtcB4qToPQudnzBHgU5jgVD01jWnCuJAzYNCfLvgA103u9Pj7c6H_1SbgypfsLOdzucON63pnO-KfJCziSV2yUcokHmta561tIKiot3_10rNYwJB0A8LLHMaRcPMJeh_1r1v2s-2MpvMXs1MX2JiUn6SBKjkL9M4cUJRY8fA78TPeXvRaEUuLxUgKXrRNX6OJ0aoZueU08ld8mJiWrX6XXEdGFfDhmggzNDVUa0K9Mz42lyd9wwOWjEFBwPJkcMgQONxSfzZwcP1DHU0n1bA8wGdUdHGLHDODqU5nd2SQhiQjblA2RJDiCOSJqH_1k5DhE4Ia8Zk7eMpQcspryWkwOCyIGGJJWAl2tGBHAT3Wy7CRT8ibdjG7Ce9eFT5fqhbp0U4ZdAVjJdsFB3H-wnjuNo4E5hQSXcdZAMnilvTisqbBr3Y2BRxqjptWLrVz61og6xL6iWvy6-x1W8tILREiH6CfZOWIEym7vll2_1TF6sDoNNcHvU-luqdo_1NtTusyvshSb0DNkqmw5fANqYepVwJABDpkI_1JoenSYoYQZFAB_1YmpOlwd8UhnbqjtYGPk9eAofTemEqEVzH8_14XSDN7KBjaHNJO8KJZ3OaTMvT7i2I3t27UHM092hUMKmz3EKQ8Anz_1SUS-f-vk5zo6YuQjZb-Rj84GNdEZJghAd7rD68vuoAZOY-4m80AEPMUuB8Jnfb-XqOt2GrA2mrkK5cdp7NRy65lGnT7aNnJq36HncGLsZIIg2Br9rmHPfwXmIZvOInZ2PArYTewvV8jTrI3Vuc3SrIlgGkoLSc6n239mvkV03M25lQzG7aKnnQvXbpPI52QYPL0f2ETk2tb9CzRS6sy8vtro1gr07aWXmI60jJEiyWhM3GWoNSMumBOYAeJq5-HMndQF9SJ3HEtO71Kuyz-cLwqIkPwRxRGObR1kRtyM0Gz10s3hkdJpUgxywwZ9GQYa8XqwDFWYhOvQU

    I think the “lesson” Aaron Haskin “learned” was not to steal from photographers! It seems all the stuff he steals are usually stock or used in a lot of places. That wasn’t what you were supposed to take away from this!

    • You can’t fix stupid

      All the links have been removed. He was quick on that.

  • NB

    “Approve”

    Sent from my iPad

  • A and K Photography

    First and for most folks I am not stealing images. I used images that were stock images for advertisement which I have taken down now since you seem to want to dwell on the past which I have moved on from. I would appreciate it if instead of launching an attack against that you would have contacted me directly to clearify and discuss your disagreements. I recognize your concerns in the photo comunity and agree to a point but to chastize me over using stock images that are provided by CC and VP is a bit over board.
    2012 was a mistake being new to the field I knew no better but now I do.

    • captain-confuzzled

      so, why are you keeping the bogus award info up on your about me page? And why did you put photos that weren’t yours in your gallery on your website? Yeah, not trying to deceive anyone, right.

      • A and K Photography

        No not decieving anyone and it is not a bogu award. The award was given by a group of proffesionals that do research in our area. I was nominated by several of my clients for my services. It is not a large nationaly fund organizationt hat puts it out.

        • captain-confuzzled

          Would love for you to provide a link to the organization and a link to info that you were given the award, not just a copied press release. And if by some chance you actually didn’t know its bogus, read below for more info.

          • A and K Photography

            Where are you folks from anyway?

          • captain-confuzzled

            misdirecting is not an answer

          • BullShite

            A Planet far far away….. we pronounce it “Kar-mah”, though you humans sometimes call it “integrity by internet”.

        • Lindsay11

          haha you are so funny. How can you not see how posting photos you didn’t take to your PHOTOGRAPHY page is misleading, even if (and this is a HUGE if, because I really doubt you paid for those photos) you bought them from some marketing company? Why on earth would you do that? Aren’t your photos good enough?

          • A and K Photography

            Yes they are and constant contact provides good images to fit what is discussed in email. I dont need to justify. Its clear that this is about attacking others and not helping anything.

          • captain-confuzzled

            yes they are what? misleading? yup.

          • Lindsay11

            Did you know it is illegal to shoot on train tracks Aaron? What will you do if one of your clients (or you) get hurt or killed on the train tracks? We know you don’t have insurance because you don’t even have a business license. If nothing else, stop posing clients, especially young children on train tracks. https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer/photos/pb.394949950522649.-2207520000.1406312466./782720548412252/?type=3&theater

          • captain-confuzzled

            and on a bridge no less!!! yikes!!!

          • BullShite

            AGAIN: Are YOUR images as a “professional” not good enough? Can I just advertise myself as a painter, but use an image of a painting I bought? DOES THAT MAKE SENSE??

            NO.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          How about all of the evidence to the contrary showing you didn’t win the award?
          Are you able to explain that?
          Nope, didn’t think so…

    • Lindsay11

      You posted this two days ago. It is not something that is in the past. Post your own images and you won’t have to worry about people outing you as a fraud and a photo stealer. http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1503174080

    • BullShite

      A REAL photographer DOES NOT use stock “purchased” or otherwise to advertise their business. It is DECEPTION. You KNOW THIS.

  • captain-confuzzled

    just catching up with all the great investigoogling you guys are doing and saw this posted – apparently for only short time. I guess this is the equivalent of biting your tongue – post and delete lol (image)

    • Lindsay11

      Awww, that’s so cute Aaron. Keep impotently raging away!

  • A and K Photography

    Just for proof images provided by constant contact. https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs122/1112168023966/img/134.jpg

    • captain-confuzzled

      not understanding how a Constant Contact image is okay to put in your own gallery. Anyway, even using other people’s photos for advertising your PHOTO business is pretty shady.

      • A and K Photography

        Its not shady. Its pretty apparent that this site is more about causing issues instead of helping .

        • Lindsay11

          Sure, let us help you. Take down every single photo that you did not take. Apologize to the people you have been misleading. Don’t do it again.

          • A and K Photography

            First and formost I havent decieved anyone. and all photos are either mine or stock photos used in advertisement of venues and events that are promoted by the event not me. nowhere on those images does it say i took.

          • Lindsay11

            How can you say “I’m only using stock” when you are a PHOTOGRAPHER isn’t misleading?? If I didn’t know better I would think you took it and if I hired you because of stock photos I would feel ripped off. Take a moment and think about this, would you?

          • A and K Photography

            Noone has hired me about stock images. I have been hired by client viewings in house and getting to know my clients. Showing off MY prints ect Mosted liekd photo my Trolly photo and Beach photo

          • Lindsay11

            How do you even know that? The first image I see when I go to your page isn’t even yours! Of course I’m going to assume you took it!

          • A and K Photography

            If some one books off a flower pic they need head examined

          • Lindsay11

            Are you kidding with that?? If I go look at a photographers page and I don’t know that it is their work *I’M* the one with the problem? You can’t be serious.

          • Helena

            As a photographer, posting photos, I’m pretty sure the assumption would be that you took the photos on the page. More so if you didn’t actually state that you didn’t take the photos.

            Fair play for actually purchasing stock, but why not use your own photographs for advertising? Why do you need to use other people’s work? Is it because your photographs aren’t the same quality? If that’s the case, it’s definitely misrepresentation and unfair to your clients.

          • Lindsay11

            IF he actually purchased the stock…

          • A and K Photography

            8bucks a photo fyi you have to through constant contact

          • Lindsay11

            Why one earth would you spend $8 a photo when you can take the pictures yourself and feel good knowing you aren’t misleading anyone.

            And it’s possible you bought them, but I doubt it. If so, you would be the first person PS has uncovered that I can think of that has actually bought the stock.

          • A and K Photography

            well i did and if you want to see go visit their site

          • A and K Photography

            Not at all. I use my photos all the time. When designing emails for mass marketing they give you images that can be used. WE use them occasionaly if we dont have photo that fits the discusion.

          • Lindsay11

            So how about the first image that shows up on your website that is NOT your photo? Just used it cause it was easier than using one of your own?

          • A and K Photography

            First photo on website was provided by web site creater as part of the tempelate.

          • Lindsay11

            OK how about the second and the third and the fourth and all the rest of the photos on your PHOTOGRAPHY website that you didn’t take.

            I mean, really, can’t you see why this is an issue? Or do you have CRI that bad?

          • A and K Photography

            apparently you are either waiting to long to go or not starting at the begining of the slide because no stock image are there now and were not until middle of the slide. its always been black white photo trolley pic bridge pic beach photo ect

          • Lindsay11

            Always been black and white trolley pic eh? You are a terrible liar. I’m attaching a screenshot I took of your webpage less than 24 hours ago with a stock image front and center. You might have to refresh the page to see it.

          • captain-confuzzled

            apparently you don’t visit your website all that often. The first pic I saw was also one that wasn’t yours.

          • Lindsay11

            And even if it wasn’t front and center there are at least 5 more sprinkled in there that are also stock.

          • captain-confuzzled

            so, no one taught you how to remove template photos? HOW HARD CAN THAT BE? oh wait, you figured it out today after being caught, wow a quick learner. Who do you think you are kidding? Man, we are going to have to bring out the bingo card soon.

          • A and K Photography

            lol wow really petty folks . Stock photos and tempelate photos provided by marketing firms are the issue you have with me. I have done 75 weddings in 2 years and none have been mislead and al have been great and even most have tipped me the day of the wedding and are refferals and repeat clients.

          • Helena

            SO WHY ARE YOU USING STOCK PHOTOS?!

          • captain-confuzzled

            It’s great that you are doing well. So, you have lots of your own photos to use. Should be easy not to use any others then, right?

          • A and K Photography

            correct and thanks for compliment and you seem to be the only one who grasps that I am not malicously doing anything wrong. And that I have explained what the stock photos were and why and that just because in 2012 fresh out of the gate full time I did dabble a little and found out it wasnt right and moved on.

          • Lindsay11

            But you haven’t moved on Aaron, you are still doing it. Why don’t you stop using stock photos and use your own work? Are you afraid it isn’t good enough?

          • Lindsay11

            Not misleading huh? How about this man who keeps posting on your stock photos telling you how nice they are but you never seem to correct him that they aren’t yours? Again, may need to refresh.

            (I see you removed it from your facebook, good for you)

          • A and K Photography

            lol nobody has commented on them and secondly the guy who would have knows they are advertisement pieces. Hes a pro of 35 years out of tenn

          • Lindsay11

            Uhm, I just posted proof that someone HAS commented on them and DOES think they are yours. You expect just because he’s been doing this for 35 years he should know they aren’t yours?

          • captain-confuzzled

            however some were also included in your gallery, that is a whole different thing.

          • Helena

            So if you don’t have a photo that fits the discussion then take one? Or don’t advertise for professional services that you don’t have an appropriate portfolio for?

          • A and K Photography

            oh my we discuss multiple things from hair make up ect that theres not always a ready image for wow did anyone ever get a marketing degree here or is this a bunch of people wanting to bitch and bitch

          • captain-confuzzled

            glad I didn’t go to your school for marketing. How about if you need hair and makeup photos you use artists who have done weddings with you, photos you took of their work, and give them credit and cross promote. Marketing 101.

          • captain-confuzzled

            omg, not the “nowhere did I say I took them” excuse. Geez! mixed in with your own photos randomly, how is that not deceptive. Take 10 random people, have them look at your gallery and ask them if they assume you took them if they are in your gallery and I bet they think you did. You “like” the Bible on your FB page. I think you might want to go back and get acquainted with some of the concepts there. Why even stray close to the line of deception??

  • A and K Photography

    And another you claimed stolen which is not Courteousy of constant cont tact and purchased from constant contact advertisement. So please refrain from any further garbage being posted about our company. Thank you https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs122/1112168023966/img/135.jpg

    • BullShite

      YOU CANNOT USE OTHER PEOPLE’S PHOTOS (regardless of wether you “purchased” them) TO ADVERTISE YOUR PHOTO BUSINESS.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        The guy is an idiot, why bother arguing with him?

  • BullShite

    Hey Aaron, you want to explain why you ARE NOT a registered business by your state? Do you realize that some states consider this a misdemeanor? Most will fine you at LEAST $1,000 and then the IRS sometimes takes an interest….

    Oh and what are you going to do when someone is injured on a shoot? YOU are liable for that, and you can’t get insurance with out a BIN#……

    Maybe I should “troll” your state attorney? See if s/he can find you listed? S/he might be VERY interested in your “business”.

    • A and K Photography

      I am registered with the state as sole pro and ins is 1mil policy
      fyi

      • captain-confuzzled

        yes, that’s legit, although a bit risky for you, even with 1mil coverage. Definitely might want to stop the whole train tracks thing.

        • Helena

          Another one who shoots on train tracks? Argh!

          • A and K Photography

            the tracks are photos from 2012 we dont use them very often at all anymore unless client asks for it

          • Helena

            You shouldn’t be doing it at all, regardless of client request. I work for a railway company. Do you have any idea how dangerous shooting on open tracks is? It is trespassing and it’s illegal!

          • A and K Photography

            Maybe in your state but its not here. ours right next to the police station and we have even spoke with pd about it they even watched

          • Helena

            Under Iowa law, criminal trespass includes entering or remaining on railway property without lawful authority or consent of the railroad corporation controlling that property. It is not a trespass, though, for a person to pass over a railroad right-of-way (other than a track, bridge, railroad roadbed or railroad yard) if: (1) that person is unarmed; (2) that person has not been notified or requested to abstain from entering on or to vacate the right-of-way; and (3) the passage over the right-of-way does not interfere with the railroad’s operation.

          • Lindsay11

            But… but… the police watched him!

          • Helena

            Maybe they were hoping for an oncoming train?

          • Lindsay11
          • Lindsay11

            Two years ago huh? What about this couple, Alexis and Joe, their photo is in Engagement 2014. Here they are on train tracks on the same clothes. You do know we are on the internet here? Stop lying. https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer/photos/pb.394949950522649.-2207520000.1406312466./782720548412252/?type=3&theater

          • A and K Photography

            what part of if client asks for it didnt you get???

          • Lindsay11

            What part of illegal and dangerous do you not get???

          • A and K Photography

            its not illegal and how about you stay in your state and quit ranting on these pathetic sites

          • Lindsay11

            Awww, you’re lying again! http://www.iowadot.gov/iowarail/safety/trespassing.htm

            Tempted to take that shortcut across the railroad tracks? Think again.

            So, you think there’s no harm in searching the underbrush along the tracks to bag a few pheasants? Think again.

            Every time you step onto railroad property you are trespassing on private property and violating the law. You could be charged with trespassing, or in this era of heightened security, be questioned by law enforcement or railroad officials about your presence in a suspect area.

          • captain-confuzzled

            Even if your state does not have a specific law about photography, it is still trespassing

          • captain-confuzzled

            so if a client asks to stand on top of the moving train, hopping on as it goes by, would you say yes to that too? Good Lord.

          • captain-confuzzled

            you can say no to the client. Explain that it is dangerous. And by the way, keep in mind, that from now on, this conversation is here and if something ever god-forbid happens, this thread will show that you were given advice and information on how bad of an idea it is. Heck if we have to save people from themselves, we will. Google photographers/clients killed by trains if you don’t believe us.

      • BullShite

        Funny, I can’t find this business listed. Even spelling it A and K. You have to run under the business that you have listed with the State or it is NOT “ok”. (Attatchment)

        • captain-confuzzled

          actually, just fyi, in my state (CA), if you are a Sole Prop, you don’t have to register with the state. Local business license is all that is needed. You then pay taxes as part of your personal tax return.

          • Helena

            Aren’t they a 2 person team or why A and K?

          • Lindsay11

            Right, shouldn’t he need to be shooting under his name if he says he registered and licensed his name he shouldn’t be putting Kari in the middle of this.

            Aaron, what does Kari think about your phony award and using stock photos?

          • A and K Photography

            lol phony award using stock photos wow aparently my more than happy clients have nothing to do with it huh? wow were still reaching folks

          • Helena

            No, you are. You’re trying to defend using photographs in your portfolio that aren’t yours. You are a PHOTOGRAPHER. It’s not hard to use your own pictures.

          • A and K Photography

            Im not defending it at all I am just saying that you folks have to much time on your hand sto be dwelling about stock photos 5 mind just 5. That were never claimed as mine.

          • Helena

            You didn’t credit the stock agency or say they weren’t yours, therefore to anyone looking, they are yours. It’s misrepresentation!

          • A and K Photography

            ok I can see where one could think that. So why the big blown out of proportion conversation. Why not call me my number is plain to see. These web sites only cause problems for everyone folks.

          • Lindsay11

            Not causing a problem for me! Cause I’m not stealing photos or claiming stock is my own.

          • A and K Photography

            wow someone is a pissy woman most be liberal

          • Lindsay11

            You are adorable. Are you done using stock photos as your own?

          • captain-confuzzled

            are you a politician? loving that redirect stuff lol

          • Helena

            No, they only cause problems for people who have questionable business practices. For photographers who have been stolen from they quite appreciate the service funnily enough.

          • captain-confuzzled

            “big blown out of proportion” (your characterization, not ours) happens only when stealers do not immediately rectify the situation and apologize to the people they have hurt or deceived. Some people called out on photostealers who took immediate and decisive action to fix things, have had their posts actually removed. It’s all up to you. you have the power (sing with me here! lol)

          • Terry

            It’s not a legal requirement in most stock houses… nice blind ignorant claim though.

          • captain-confuzzled

            you might want to read those stock licenses more closely. I doubt he is paying for commercial use at $8 a shot.

          • Helena

            Excerpt from the stock site I use.

            “If any Image featuring a model is used in (i) a manner that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the model personally uses or endorses a product or service, or (ii) if the depiction of the model in the Image would be unflattering or unduly controversial to a reasonable person, you must accompany each such use with a statement indicating that the person is a model and the Image is being used for illustrative purposes only.”

            So, using the pictures as a photographer selling your services would be covered under that I’m sure.

          • Lindsay11

            Yeah, we’ve never heard we have too much time on our hands before. How about you just stop using photos that aren’t yours and you won’t have to deal with us “low lifes” anymore.

          • A and K Photography

            I didnt call you a low life

          • Lindsay11

            Nope, that’s true, that’s from another stealer, I put in it quotes for that reason. You see, we have heard everything you’re saying very many times before.

          • I have a iphone with all the time in the world… I don’t have a life.

          • Helena

            LOL ! I love you Joseph.

          • Terry

            Clearly… LOL – funny response from a keyboard warrior. Enjoy your visit with your sister.

            Personally, I don’t usually waste my time hassling strangers on the net when I’m bore, but to each their own.

            I’ve known Aaron for a few years – in the real world, and he’s learned a whole lot and come a long ways. Correcting his mistakes in one thing, beating him up and trying to hurt his business over stupid stuff he’s doing LEGALLY is non-sense.

            I do appreciate the entertainment… and watching people claiming to be ‘righteous’ slander others is beyond interesting.

          • Helena

            Slander is spoken, libel is written. Neither applies here.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            However, he is doing things ILLEGALLY… The proof is there but if you choose to keep you head buried in the sand that’s your own fault.
            He has yet to provide even one piece of proof that he didn’t steal images.
            Oh, and yes, shooting on train tracks without written permission and liability insurance for exactly that, is illegal across the country! He admits he has and still does it. When his insurance (that he claims he has) finds out, they will be dropping him!

          • I find the time …in-between the time I spend doing work so I can pay my IPhone bill :). This is why it takes me a few hours to respond.
            Like other normal ppl on this forum we use our free time “as in time not doing much else” to “waste on people like Aaron.
            Its one of my favorite Pastimes like paintball on Saturday its fun.

          • Lindsay11

            I mentioned this before but Aaron Haskin is cutting into my video game time! Dammit I am trying to have a life here! 😛

            Also… you are crazy! You go right on with your badself getting hit by paintballs and I will stay here in my too hot house and look at stealers. I might get as many bruises as you (cause I’m a klutz who can’t seem to stop running into walls for some reason) but at least I’m not getting shot at! 😉

          • Hell I was on a barge to our sister island with hours to waste :p

          • Lindsay11

            There are WAY WAY more photos you are using that aren’t yours than 5. It wouldn’t matter if there were just one. Keep pushing those goal posts buddy!

          • Terry

            “IN YOUR PORTFOLIO”??? Really? WHERE?

            A ‘home page’ side/back ground, and ‘frames’ are generally not considered ‘YOUR PORTFOLIO’… do you define that differently?

            Again, you assume someone understands web development enough to change things in templates, other than inserting words and their own photos. And, well, we both know what ASSume does…

          • captain-confuzzled

            Apparently you are not paying attention very well Terry. Lindsay has posted a number of times, evidence that stock photos were included as gallery images, not backgrounds, not side images, but straight up images included in the gallery on their webpage. They were apparently edited(color shift) slightly and cropped but that’s all. Not composites, not minor parts of another photo (those have their own issues – see other posts here). Reverse image search found them easily and made it very clear that they were not taken by Aaron. Images AS PART OF THE GALLERY OF THEIR IMAGES. why am I yelling, as if that is somehow going to make you pay attention? lol

          • Helena

            Read Lindsay’s post above. She has collated all the evidence to the contrary in one easy to digest comment. At this point you’re not helping your friend, and you’re making an ass out of yourself.

          • Lindsay11

            Good for you, you have clients, yay for you! Have a pat on the back.

            Now, how about using only your work and stop misleading people.

          • A and K Photography

            Yes a ton of clients were booked almost full through 2016 through refferals from past and present clients so I would appreciate it that you quit putting to much weight on a stock image because in the rules of bussiness people book you upon your personality and then style which every one see my full portfolio in house of each wedding in its entirety

          • Helena

            Actually, I booked my wedding photographer based solely on his portfolio. I couldn’t give a crap if he was personable, I just wanted nice pictures!

          • Terry

            How about those photogs that he’s infringing upon (allegedly) bothering to sue him if there is an issue? Oh, right… because there is not a real – valid – or legal issue. And because you seem to enjoy messing with other people’s business anonymously. “Lindsay11” – wow… how’s it feel? I’m just a guest at this point?? Yee haw!

            I’ve known Aaron for over two years, and the initial errors he made in trying to get his business started where quickly corrected, and to the best of my knowledge, he’s been 100% legal and on the ‘up and up’ since. And the ‘happy clients’ and 5 or 5 client ratings support that he’s doing things well & right.

            Frankly, his work speaks for itself… and your judgmental ignorance based fractional information and a difference of personal choice (rather than legality and practicality) is frankly amusing. Aaron is not a web developer… and while he should hire one, the ‘gallery’ photos are HIS… and the stock back grounds/side lines are legal, and neither deceptive nor criminal. So, your point(s), push, and lunacy is pushing slander. Gotta love being a keyboard warrior hiding behind some anonymity, huh? Trying to stand for ‘what is right and ethical’ based on subjective opinions rather than reality and legality? Must make you feel good thinking you’ve hurt someone’s legal business because you disagree with how they do business. Wow, Walmart look out!

            Thank God you don’t know he gets his large prints & canvases done in bulk from China, huh? (Sorry, sarcastic font missing… and all his stuff is printed in the USA… and the sarcasm might be above your capability to understand, but it’s just as ridiculous as your complaint about legally using stock).

            Oh crap, he softens the skin, boosts the colors, plays with HDR, and alters the original images he takes. SHAME ON HIM! How deceitful is that? Trying to make his clients look their absolute best. Wow! I can’t believe he does that. What a bad guy! Terrible business practices. SMH ~

          • captain-confuzzled

            Terry, is there some relevant information in that post anywhere? I sure don’t see any. Yes the work speaks for itself (I won’t EVEN say what is says to me – THAT would be an opinion). What has been presented here are facts. Facts that photos not taken by Aaron are presented along with photos taken by Aaron in the same gallery with no distinction and no credit given for photos he did not take. Apparently in your world, this is ethical. What about the photographer who took those stock images used in this way. Stock is not for use “in any way you want to”. The licenses are pretty clear. Sounds like you are willing to give your stuff away to anyone who wants to make money off of your work, claiming it as yours. Go, give your stuff away if you want to. Some photographers are trying to make a living off of the work they do, and when it is used inappropriately and without credit, their businesses are hurt. And they are the victims, not Aaron.

          • Lindsay11

            So I just now saw this comment, Terry, and I think Aaron will be thanking his lucky stars you got banned. You really didn’t do him any favors, did you!?

          • Just a Girl

            So I’m curious to know the names of the members of this awards committee.

          • A and K Photography

            Exactly

          • BullShite

            These are Iowa laws. According to this he would have to file a trade name, which should be listed in the BE results, unless I am reading this wrong.

            http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/how-establish-sole-proprietorship-iowa.html

          • captain-confuzzled

            I believe it says that the trade-name (in CA “ficticious Business Name”), is filed with the county. So may not show up in state database. There may be a trade-name listing for the county somewhere.

    • A and K Photography

      how about you oust yourself instead of hiding behind stop stealing photos page

      • captain-confuzzled

        who we are does not have anything to do with WHAT YOU ARE DOING! That is what matters. It really isn’t hard to get out of the photo stealers spotlight. There are a number of ways. I will give you a hint though, defending your deceptive practices is not one of them.

        • A and K Photography

          Theres no defense guy. Its facts that I have stated. You have chosen to make it a bigger issue rather than contacting me on apersonal level . you chose to be unproffessional about how you approached your concern

          • Lindsay11

            Uh huh. You’ve been outed over two years ago. How did you handle it? Ignored it and kept on doing it. So tell me, what would you have done if someone had come to you and told you that you need to stop using stock photos? I’m guessing first threats then ignoring it. Sorta like what you did before. Sorta like what you did to Joseph last night.

          • A and K Photography

            Stock photos can be used in advertisement. Ourclients come to our home and see our full portfolio of every wedding we have done. We dont book until we have sit downs and discuss. You may want to just stop the bickering and stop waging a war with me over such a petty deal . Stock photos are not stealing and can be used in several marketing ways. I am assuming you havent gone to school for bussiness marketing ?

          • captain-confuzzled

            just keep digging that hole buddy. Nobody is waging war with you. Just pointing out (and you are now confirming) that you choose to deceive potential customers by drawing them in with photos you didn’t take. That they may eventually become your customer is irrelevant to the practices you use to suck them in. Putting stock photos in your gallery is not “advertising” in the sense of some promotional campaign, etc – although that still is deceiving.

          • Lindsay11

            But he has used at least two stock photos in his advertisements.

          • Terry

            LMAO – y’all are funny. I’ve looked through Aaron’s gallery quite a few times over the last couple years… where IN A GALLERY, other than digital back drops he sometimes employs – particularly in the ‘photo booth’ – are there ‘stock images’ that he claims he took? The ONLY ‘stock’ I’ve seen has been on the border & back ground of web pages…

            Clearly, a bride & groom KNOW if they were in the engagement or wedding images or not… if that bouquet or table setting or ring set was theirs. And any prospective new clients can see the images he, and his second shooters, have taken… so, it’s deceptive business practices how? Why?

            Sounds like y’all have a war against stock photographers? Against Vista Print, and ‘Web Templates’ that employ stock side & back grounds for persons – including photogs – to play THEIR GALLERIES IN. Hummm… sounds pretty ignorant and unrealistic, unless you have some stock image in the last couple years that he has put his name on that doesn’t contain elements he created. But hey, you’re 100% perfect… right?? LOL

          • captain-confuzzled

            Vista Print, Web templates etc are not selling their services as a photographer. How can you not see the difference?

          • Lindsay11

            OK Terry, here’s one, the very first image up on his website is a stock photo. He removed it since we posted it here yesterday. If you would bother to scroll down and look you would know this. You might have to refresh to see this image I’m uploading, for the 3rd or 4th time, since you can’t be bothered to look.

            In fact, let me load a few up for you, including one you yourself commented on.

            There are more, but I think you get the point. I’m honestly sad that someone could be in the business for so long and not get how harmful this is? I see you know how to SHARE images that aren’t yours instead of just uploading and letting people think they are yours, so you see how this might be confusing?

          • Terry

            Stock photos that are legally used are a problem how & why? SMH ~ I have HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of stock images I legally own that I often use for back grounds, side framing, overlays, video overlays, and such… and despite having nearly a MILLION images I HAVE PERSONALLY TAKEN over the last 30 years… there is a time & place for LEGAL STOCK. (which I have bought & sold into for over 20 years). Many composites, and digital back drops by incorporate stock (that’s how those of us that sell Stock images make money – by people buying & using them). The majority of the advertizing & marketing stuff out there for businesses & associations USE STOCK. So, what is your complaint or problem? Did Aaron claim he actually ‘took’ or ‘snapped’ some stock image, that he didn’t?? Maybe I missed something? Or maybe you live in a different world? Regardless, your discourse is quite entertaining.

          • Lindsay11

            I’m glad you are being entertained. Take a moment and look through some of the posts and you will see where he is claiming they are his own photos. If I were you I would do that before I commented again so I had more information on my side, but that’s just me.

            So, you’re saying you use stock photos in your gallery and advertising too?

          • A and K Photography

            Stock photos can be used in advertisement. Ourclients come to our home and see our full portfolio of every wedding we have done. We dont book until we have sit downs and discuss. You may want to just stop the bickering and stop waging a war with me over such a petty deal . Stock photos are not stealing and can be used in several marketing ways. I am assuming you havent gone to school for bussiness marketing ?

          • Lindsay11

            I’m not waging any kind of war, nor am I bickering. I’m stating plainly what we all here see is wrong, if not legally, morally. Gosh, for someone who hates conflict you just keep going, dontcha?

          • captain-confuzzled

            so, Terry, you would be fine if someone used a stock photo you produced and claimed that it was a photo they took? A photographer claiming your work as theirs is okay? Where can I find your photos? If they are any good, I might want to use some to make some money for me. The heck with all that silly copyright stuff (*sarcasm*)

      • Lindsay11

        Aaron, why didn’t you respond to this complaint at the Better Business Bureua? http://www.bbb.org/iowa/business-reviews/photographers/a-and-k-photography-in-des-moines-ia-32053076

        • A and K Photography

          We chose not to respond to it because the client had not paid there full balance due to me or the dj or even party bus they rented.

          • A and K Photography

            I have no time for bad people or bad clients.

          • captain-confuzzled

            Must be pretty hard to live with yourself then.

          • Helena

            Ironic considering your questionable practices.

          • Lindsay11

            If this were me, and the client hadn’t paid (which I doubt highly) I would give proof to the BBB rather than have that false info out there. The client says they have proof. I bet they’d be willing to share it with us.

          • Terry

            Lindsay11 – you seem to ASSume a lot and often. It’s quite entertaining how foolish you appear in your ASSumptions of what others should do in and with their business. Clearly, if the client had any ligament complaint, they would have filed a small claims case. But nope, they didn’t… but instead complained to the BBB. Hummm… that solved things how & why?

            Frankly, I agree that Aaron should have responded to the BBB complaint, at the same point, that’s his choice to (or not to)… and unless you (or I… or any other third party) has seen the contract, and knows the facts of ‘the case’ – our opinions are just ‘blowing smoke’ and ASSuming, based on a limited set of information. You look like a fool ‘picking sides’ with only a fraction of the information… but after seeing a few of your posts, I see you make a habit out of quick judgements based on fractional information and over two year old information.

            In 30 years of business, while I have very very very few ‘unhappy’ customers… I’m sure there are a few. Frankly, only 1 client complaint in the last two years seems pretty amazing to me, especially when nearly 200+ shoots have taken place since then. Makes a thinking person go ‘hummm’ – (or you go ‘hoooo’)

          • Helena

            If a client has a ligament complaint they probably need to see a doctor.

          • Justin Case

            yeah, that one made me chuckle. auto-correct most likely.

          • Lindsay11

            Yeah, I assume he is using stock photos when he is. I assume he is putting clients in danger on train tracks when he is. Look at me jump to conclusions!

            Look, I understand that most likely this is your friend. All he needs to do is stop using stock photos and stop putting clients on tracks. Not too hard!

          • Lindsay11

            PS this is not two year old information here Terry. It is ongoing and he hasn’t stopped, ever. He just posted clients on tracks again. Not old info at all, thanks.

          • Terry

            Clients on the tracks is a stock image? An image Aaron didn’t take??

            What’s the issue? I just did a railroad track shoot a few weeks ago… because that’s what the paying client wanted, and we knew the time the train passed by, and was very safe. So, your issue is what? That they were on PUBLIC & UTILITY property? Oh Wow… so am I… OFTEN! And so are thousands of other photogs.

          • captain-confuzzled

            please, please, please, please, please, please read the rest of the posts in this thread before you post. You are showing your ignorance, and it is boring to repeat ourselves. The clients on the track was not one in question of his taking it.

          • Helena

            Train lines are federal property actually. It is trespassing and it is illegal. Knowing the train times does not negate the danger. Trains can be late, or early, or there can be freight, tampers, ballast cleaners, road trailers on the track. They don’t put those on public timetables.

          • Lindsay11

            So you are admitting to illegal activity? That’s smart!

          • Lindsay11

            So Terry, here I am ASSumming (omg I have never seen THAT before, you are so clever!) that you are the one commenting on Aaron’s photos. So when you told him his guitar photo (for example) was really nice, didn’t it bother you to find out it wasn’t really a photo Aaron took? And that by omission he lied to you, his friend and someone he looks up to? And that it wasn’t the first time he’d lied to you?

            I would think a photographer with a long time in the business would be upset by Aaron’s practices.

          • Terry

            You know it’s not ‘his’ photo how?

            He ‘claims’ that HE TOOK IT… and has the EXIF to prove it… so, your ASSertion is valid how? And if you are wrong, as he claims, you’ll make up for your slander of his how??

            I’m game.. SHOW ME THE PROOF…

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Actually the proof was provided so why don’t you get off your ass and actually read everything posted in this thread!

          • captain-confuzzled

            not to mention, he admitted that it was stock.

          • Terry

            Ahhhh… SOOOO WHAT… that which was stock was a) legally used, b) either in a digital back ground or overlay, or c) in the back ground or foreground. There is NOTHING wrong or illegal about using stock (legally)… nor does it deceive any client UNLESS he uses the stock unchanged and claims it as his.

          • Lindsay11

            Oh my word, you just don’t quit do you? He used stock to represent himself on his website and on his facebook. Do you not read? Have you not looked at everything presented on this page? I understand wanting to defend a friend but you aren’t really doing him favors this way.

            Take a moment and read the page. We will wait.

          • Terry

            LMAO – I’ve seen broken links, links to other’s pages (that have NOTHING to do with Aaron)… so, I’ll get off my ass when you pull your head out of yours. How’s that?!?!

          • Lindsay11

            I’m curious now, which links have nothing to do with Aaron? I don’t believe you have read this page, as you keep proving, so I don’t belive your claim that there are links that have nothing to do with Aaron Haskins of A and K Photography in Des Moines, Iowa.

          • Lindsay11

            Which photo does Aaron now claim he took and isn’t stock photo? Earlier he said they were all stock and it’s no big deal. If he is claiming he took a stock photo…

          • Terry

            All the images with people in them on his web site are his… all the drone photos are his… the engagement & wedding photos are his… but hey, you can ‘feel’ what ever you want. Doesn’t make it right, legal, or true.

          • Lindsay11

            Uhm, that absolutely is not true Terry. He has/had several photos on his website with people in them that were not his. He has/had one on an event page on facebook with people in them that was not his. He has/had some in his facebook stream with people in them that are not his.

            I think you are the one here “feeling”, not us. We have proof. You can’t be bothered to read it. I don’t really feel like helping you understand this anymore if you won’t even keep up your end! But since I still have a little bit of patience left, I’ve once again for the 6th time uploaded some images right off his webpage that are not his (with people in them since that seems to matter so much to you!) so if you feel like, you know. LOOKING, you will see it. You might have to reload the page.

            But if you aren’t going to keep up your end of this conversation here I don’t see why we should continue.

          • BullShite

            If he had photos on his website, done ONLY by him, and no stock or anything else, there would be NO PROBLEMS. He would be another FORMER thief who learned their lesson. Using stock is theft by deception. When people see those photos they believe they are his (the stock) and they hire him based on that belief. That is DECEPTION. That is a LIE. That is NOT RIGHT, and it is NOT what professionals DO.

          • Lindsay11

            Terry, would it bother you to know that it looks like some your photos have been stolen and used across the internet? I doubt you gave permission to that many people. Unless you just use a lot of stock, you are being ripped off.

            That’s kinda what we do here Terry, you may be thankful for this web site someday.

            Then again, maybe I’m just ASSuming again!

          • Terry

            I’ve been an event photographer for nearly 15 years… my photos are stolen EVERY SINGLE WEEK… while I watermark 99.9% of them, and even post a ‘DO NOT COPY’ over many (like ‘meet & greets’) stealing still happens. I don’t like it, but it’s life… in the day of smart phones.

            For ‘personal use’ – I ignore it. It my images, not sold into stock, are used commercially, as a few musicians & businesses have done, I deal with it. And certain images I’ve taken are searched for misuse & abuse, as I have the time… and either ‘cease & desist’ notices are sent, or an attorney letter is sent. All depends on who, how many, and how much of my time I think it is worth.

            I was taught a long time ago, if you aren’t creating stuff people want to steal… you really aren’t creating something worth selling.

  • Lindsay11

    Aaron, look, here is our point. You are using stock photos in your advertising and in your galleries. IF it’s true you have paid for them and IF it’s true that the company you bought them from has it licensed so it is perfectly ok for you to use them for advertising (which, I’m really not sure about that) it is still misleading to clients and there is absolutely no reason to use them.

    Your point is you have tons of clients. You do seem to have a lot of work. So why not use YOUR work to promote your business? That way every one is happy and there is no chance that a client will feel misled. This really isn’t difficult.

    Also it absolutely is dangerous and illegal to shoot on the tracks. If you listen to nothing else we are trying to say please please reconsider doing this. As one human being to another, I don’t want to see any of those clients or their children or their pets or even you hurt or killed. Please stop this!

    • captain-confuzzled

      what Lindsay said ^^^^^^

    • U Really That Dumb?

      They guy is not only a fraud and a thief, but an idiot and there is no point in trying to reason with him. As someone smarter than I pointed out, let the local news outlets (yes, they are on it) and the AG’s office ‘enlighten’ him.

      • A and K Photography

        Why would you set out to attack a family over petty shit?

        • Lindsay11

          Where on earth is there an attack there?

          • A and K Photography

            Um attacking my personal page using my clients photos in some of your posts ect.

          • Lindsay11

            Using your posts as proof of your misdeeds is not an attack. Nice try, though. You can Alex should get together.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Fraud and theft is NOT petty. You are dreaming if you think it is!

    • A and K Photography

      I can agree but why all of this for that? All I ask in return is this thread be deleted by everyone and a more civilized conversation be started and maybe get to know each other outside this. I hate conflict and by no means was this a thing intended to be.

      • Lindsay11

        I’m sure you can ask Corey very nicely to remove this post. It has happened before. That is entirely up to her, however since you are on your second go round with this here, I sorta doubt that is going to happen.

        If you hate conflict so much why didn’t you just stop doing this two years ago? Why didn’t you stop the moment you saw that this was being brought up again?

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Under what grounds are you petitioning this gets removed?

          • Lindsay11

            Absolutely none at all. I don’t think it should be removed. Aaron Haskin does, obviously.

  • U Really That Dumb?
  • U Really That Dumb?

    OK, the “Flagging” is BS. The comments are not going to get deleted so you are wasting your time!

    • Lindsay11

      hahaha that is adorable he thinks flagging comments here of all places is going to work. You are so cute Aaron! I notice he seems to be done trying to argue now. Even his friend Terry seems to be giving up. I do assume those are different ips because I am pretty sure I know who Terry is and the writing is different for sure.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Aaron,
    IF as you say, you are totally innocent, why did you delete your Twitter Account?
    https://twitter.com/ThatPhotoGuyIA

  • captain-confuzzled

    For “Terry” Please read my screen shot…(images attached). Image in A and K’s gallery, image on stock photo site by stock photographer in the UK. Unless said stock photographer stole from A and K, I’d say its pretty clear that a stock photo was used as a gallery image. Tell me you find this ethical and not photo stealing. I’m waiting with baited breath.

    • Lindsay11

      Hey Cap’n a bit OT here but check your other folder, I sent you a message on fb a day or two ago.

      • captain-confuzzled

        done and responded 🙂

  • Wes Jones

    Why is it that so many of the thieves struggle with basic grammar and spelling?

    • A and K Photography

      People struggle with gramar because we are not the gramar nazi’s you folks are and we have far better things to do with our time than try and drag bussiness through mud just to make ourselves feel like we are doing something when in all actuality your a internet troll.

      • Lindsay11

        Ugh. Wouldn’t you want to present your business in the most positive light possible? Don’t you want to make sure everyone can understand you?

        I may not use proper pronunciation when I’m chatting with someone in a non-business place, say a personal chat on Facebook (in fact, I definitely don’t bother because it’s a chat between friends and I just want to jabber as fast as I can!). But if I had a business I’d sure as hell make sure that me and my brand were presented professionally and used proper, easy to read English.

        Gah, I was upset that one of my posts ages ago was used as proof against a photo stealer and I had mistakenly posted “to” instead of “too”! (I believe that was on Tasha’s page, for anyone curious) I can’t even image using misspelled words or bad grammar on a business page!

        Anyways, that’s mild compared to posing clients on a train track. Even if you never stop posting stock photos please please, Aaron, please tell me you will stop posing clients on a train track! Please? 🙁

        And just for fun, in case there is anyone in the world that hasn’t seen it (is that even possible?) here’s Weird Al! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

      • Wes Jones
      • Christopher C.

        How can you call yourself a professional when you can’t even communicate properly?

  • A and K Photography

    So now that Photo stealers is now blocking anything pro A and K Photography I think point is proven. This needs to stop. Stock images are meant to be used and there was never any claim to us taking them. The photos I take are properly watermarked and my clients love my photos. Now that we have no seen 3 people who were a proffesional friend of mine and now 2 clients who tried to post positive info on here have been blocked just proves how spiteful photo stealers is.
    By no means is anyone trying to scam fruad or thieve anything from anyone. We have shot over 200 events ins 2 years and 95% of them have been great and have repeat and refered bussiness. So with that said we are done with the petty argument on this site and wish you al the best of luck in your future endeavors.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      So what about the award you faked?

    • “So now that Photo stealers is now blocking anything pro A and K Photography”

      You showed us ONE example. Anyone else been blocked?

      Also .. fake award?

    • Oh … you might want to re-read you agreement with the micro stock agency.

      Royalty- Free License of use of Non-Watermarked Media and Restrictions

      The high-resolution Media that you download under the regular Royalty Free (RF) license may be used to make fine art prints, on a web site, in a magazine, newspaper, book or booklet, book cover, flyer, application software (apps) or any other advertising and promotional material, in either printed or electronic media, as long as the item in which the Media appears does not contradict any of the restrictions below. The list is not exhaustive and if you have any uncertainty regarding the use of the Media in a correct way please email support using the help form.

      Web templates, greeting cards or postcards especially designed for sale, similar print-on-demand services, canvas, t-shirts, mugs, calendars, postcards, mouse pads or any other items incorporating the Media in an essential manner, intended to be sold are considered redistribution (if the Media is used in an essential manner). The use of Dreamstime.com Media for these purposes under the regular Royalty Free license is not permitted. It is also forbidden to make the Media available on a website for download (as wallpapers for example), although you may use the Media in a concept in as many websites as you want, for any number of clients. For Web use, you must not use the Media at a width exceeding 800 pixels unless it is included in your site`s design. If the Media is part of a design and manipulated accordingly, the Media width can be higher than 800 pixels.

      If you use the Media for printed materials, the number of copies must not exceed 500,000. You may modify the Media in any way required for reproduction, or include them in your own personal creations.

      Buying the high-resolution Media (purchasing the license) does not transfer the copyright. You may not claim that the Media is your own and you may not sell, license for use, or in any way distribute the Media for reuse. We recommend that you credit the agency and the Contributor when you use an Media. By this you benefit the community at Dreamstime.com, of which you are an integral part, and help increase your success as part of the community, which, by growing contributions, gains quantity and quality.

      Source: http://www.dreamstime.com/terms#royaltyfree

      The important bit here is:

      “Buying the high-resolution Media (purchasing the license) does not transfer the copyright. You may not claim that the Media is your own and you may not sell, license for use, or in any way distribute the Media for reuse.”

      So putting it in your portfolio is miss leading your clients to think it is yours and so you would be in violation of your license.

      The other interesting bit is the size restriction.

      “For Web use, you must not use the Media at a width exceeding 800 pixels unless it is included in your site`s design.”

      A quick check shows that all the images in your slideshow on your main pageare over 800PX in height or width.

  • A and K Photography

    Blocking of pro A and K Photography Proof

    • Helena

      To be fair, seeing as Terry was claiming things that you yourself had already clarified as false, had failed to read a single post written here (based on his comments), and had incriminated himself in breaking the law by trespassing on railroads, I would think it’s in your best interest that he stops defending you.

    • I have no idea who he … could be he got bloced for posting on other posts (previous stealers) … just a guess.

      Look, go back to older posts and you’ll see … the mods don;t block pro stealers unless they go over board.

      • Lindsay11

        I think your guess is right!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Terry,
      To answer you question, YES, there ARE legal issues at play here. It’s called FRAUD, THEFT, and TRESPASSING! Which both of you have now admitted to!
      Our dog? We are professional photographers that want to see the industry GROW, not tarnished!
      The rest of the questions are ones he can answer to the AG and the local media. Don’t be surprised if they call on you as well… If you were there, knew about it, or even worse, participated in, then you are just as liable!

  • A and K Photography

    SO, you believe in RIGHTS, LEGALITY, and FREEDOM OF SPEECH… why did you block my friend Terry from responding, then claim a win because he can’t respond? That’s pretty lame, dishonest, and unethical, but like your latest claims, I would expect nothing less. When I first started in the photography business, I was wrong… I’ve learned, and continue learning each and every day. I have a couple other photographer friends that I’m able to bounce things off of, and strive to do honest & ethical business. Since my lesson a couple years ago, I’ve tried to make all necessary changes and my my business is 100% legal. Just because you disagree with something doesn’t make your opinion right, or my business practices illegal. At best, you’re supporting one of my competitors trying to help them sabotage the business I’ve worked my tail off building. As worst, you’re just trying to mess with and consume my time. Either way, I’m done here… don’t frankly care what you think… and while the outright slander bothers me a little, it is so comical that prospective clients and referrals won’t care… IF THEY WANT MY BEST PHOTOGRAPHY & SERVICE in the Des Monies area. Anyhow, I AM DONE HERE… feel free to cackle amongst yourselves.”

    • captain-confuzzled

      “I’ve tried to make all necessary changes” – but you didn’t, did you? You had stock photos shown in your gallery of images on your website as of yesterday. To anyone who comes here when considering doing business with A and K, I’d recommend you make darn sure that you are seeing their own past work when evaluating what you are shown as a potential client, and not someone else’s. A and K Photography has shown that they have little regard for truth in advertising. Having said that, if you find their work to your liking, go for it. There are many wonderful photography businesses out there who care very much about providing a great service and great photos. All that we care about here is that photographers do not misrepresent themselves or use the work of other photographers to sell their own services. A and K has been caught twice in two years doing just that. To all happy clients, congrats and I’m glad you found a photographer and service you like! We are here to protect clients and photographers, and as consumers, you deserve all the info you need to make good decisions. This is part of that info.

    • Lindsay11

      I gotta say, it’s pretty rare that someone gets blocked from posting here. Usually it is for their own protection. I don’t know why or if Terry got blocked but it was probably for his own good since he really wasn’t helping your case out at all.

      I see no reason why Terry should have been blocked, but I have a lot of faith in the mods here and I ASSume they had a good reason – if he was blocked.

      • captain-confuzzled

        I’m thinking more likely it was just Disqus doing it’s happy dance with posts.

    • Lindsay11

      Also, please point me to where anyone “claimed a win”. C’mon Aaron, all we want you to do is stop posting stock photography and posing clients on train tracks. No one is fighting a war or winning a race here. I think you’ll agree that all we want is to make the world of photography a better place for clients and photographers both. Don’t you want that?

  • Lindsay11

    Cliff’s Notes for anyone coming in late:
    (I’ve tried to present the facts and Aaron’s side fairly. If I’ve gotten anything wrong I will correct it as soon as I can, please let me know! Aaron if you believe I’ve presented your side unfairly, you can also let me know and I will do the best I can.)

    June 5, 2012: Corey Posts this page about Aaron Haskin and Kari Haskin/A&K Photography.

    March 1, 2013 Corey posts an update that he has been caught stealing again

    July 24, 2014 Marc W posts his facebook page A and K Photography http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1502038272

    We find evidence that he is still using stock photography and posing his clients on the train tracks.

    Joseph tweets to Aaron. Aaron gives out his phone number and says he will hunt every one down and sue them. (I guess that’s what he meant?)

    July 25 2014 Aaron comes to Photo Stealers. He claims he has paid for these stock photos and is legally allowed to use them for advertising and where ever he wants. He claims they are from Constant Contact.

    Aaron claims he has permission to be on the train tracks and that it is not illegal and that the police watched him do it. We show him that it is illegal to be on train tracks in Iowa.

    Aaron claims he has lots of happy clients and it doesn’t matter that he is using stock photos. He does seem to have a lot of clients and one BBB complaint which he has ignored.

    Aaron claims he does not have A and K Photography registered with the state. This is true. Aaron claims he does have his name as a sole proprietor listed with Polk County as a business (? This is a little beyond me, I think I have that right but please correct me if I’ve written it wrong.) This is also true.

    His friend Terry comes to Photo Stealers. First he claims that Aaron has the exif for the photos. Then he claims that it isn’t a big deal to use stock photos and that he, Terry, uses stock photos all the time and also he, Terry, poses clients on the train tracks all the time and that is not a big deal either. (For the record, Terry is definitely NOT Aaron. I know we see that a lot but not in this case.) Terry claims all the photos “with people” that Aaron has posted are all Aaron’s work. This is obviously not true. We start to ignore Terry because he obviously doesn’t understand all the facts in this case and hasn’t read this page at all.

    Yikes, this is still going while I’m trying to do an update. Aaron says he is done with Photo Stealers. He also claims he’s done nothing wrong since he learned his lesson 2 years ago even though he is still using stock photography and posing clients on train tracks. Then he posts again (because we all know they just can’t stop themselves even when they say it’s their last post) crying about freedom of speech and claiming Terry has been banned.

    Please let me know if I’ve forgotten something and I will update this. I’ll update it as I find more or a mistake.

    • Lindsay11

      Here is the screen cap of the press release if you don’t feel like scrolling down. Please refresh if you can’t see it. The date the press release “went out” was July 10 2014.

      • Its weird … he never explained or talked about this supposed award he got this year. I think he skipped that entire question/inquiry

        • Lindsay11

          Sorry, he did mention it and I meant to put it in there. I will do another edit, but here is where Aaron Haskin talks about his award http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1503560967

          • ahhhh so he did.. then why is their no proof of it small organization or not they ill have a record of who they gave awards too.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            The guy thinks we are stupid and he can deflect or talk his way out of the lies!
            Too bad the evidence is there…

          • Lindsay11

            Notice how often he tries to deflect. “Where are you guys out of?” “Well, what about this?” “Oh you’re just a pissy woman liberal” http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1503682340

          • U Really That Dumb?

            It’s the typical behavior of a con-artist and snake oil salesman.

      • U Really That Dumb?
        • Found a PDF of the AWARDS program rules.. strange thing is they get together in September so how did he get an official award in july of 2014??
          “NOMINATIONS
          In September of each year, the community shall be solicited for nominees for the annual and
          lifetime Spirit of Des Moines Awards. Nominations shall be reviewed by a community
          -based review committee, and finalists will be chosen based on the eligibility criteria and any materials
          submitted to support the nomination. There will be at least two
          finalists for each position.”
          http://www.desmoineswa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/90

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Dude, stop it! You are poking more holes in his lies!

          • So he also won 2 years in a row it seems.

          • Lindsay11

            So… am I right in thinking he didn’t pay for the award? He just photoshopped his name on there?

          • Justin Case

            Sorry Joseph, but that’s not it. That’s from Des Moines, WA a different city entirely.

          • Darn … I don’t feel like doing more investigoogling . I wasted too much of my free time on this and I do have a life lol

          • Justin Case

            (have fun with the paintball gang.)

          • Marc W.

            Your investigoogling badge has been revoked. Please return it and your keyboard to my office.

    • BullShite

      Do they have an Investigoogling award? Cuz I think you won. 😉

      • Lindsay11

        Well, it better be a free photoshopped one cause I sure as hell ain’t paying for one like Aaron Haskin! 😉

    • BullShite

      He has a “trade name” so he is able to do business under that name and it’s a legit business…. however a “trade name” DOES NOT protect your personal assets if you are sued, like an LLC or CO.

      It’s probably the worst choice for anyone running business that involves liability for other people or pets, or any business where someone other than the owner could be hurt, killed, or lose property, because there is nothing stopping someone who has been wronged (or let’s say having a family member killed on train-tracks 😛 ) from suing for the joint assets of the owners…. cars houses, savings etc are NOT PROTECTED.

      • But even a LLC or CO isn’t complete protection especially a small one man company like a wedding photography company.

        — quote —
        Piercing the corporate veil or lifting the corporate veil is a legal decision to treat the rights or duties of a corporation as the rights or liabilities of its shareholders. Usually a corporation is treated as a separate legal person, which is solely responsible for the debts it incurs and the sole beneficiary of the credit it is owed. Common law countries usually uphold this principle of separate personhood, but in exceptional situations may “pierce” or “lift” the corporate veil.

        A simple example would be where a businessman has left his job as a director and has signed a contract to not compete with the company he has just left for a period of time. If he sets up a company which competed with his former company, technically it would be the company and not the person competing. But it is likely a court would say that the new company was just a “sham”, a “fraud” or some other phrase,[1] and would still allow the old company to sue the man for breach of contract. A court would look beyond the legal fiction to the reality of the situation.

        — end quote —
        Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piercing_the_corporate_veil

        Especially for a small business like this, even if it is incorporated, it is easy to make the case the the person behind the company is ultimately responsible. After all, it’s not like it was a board of directors decision or a series of administrative decisions made by a dozen different directors or admins that created the issue but the decision of one man.

        On top of that for photography and other business where the product is actually the person (life coaching, consulting …) you literally cannot separate the man from the business. The man IS the product.

        You are hiring Aaron Scott Haskin for his photographic expertise, you aren’t renting his camera.

  • Lindsay11

    So I’ve found another website on which Aaron Haskin of A and K photography in Des Moines Iowa has put up stock photography. Not only that but he plagiarized his words! Here’s the site http://www.aandkphotography.biz/ here are all the other people who use the same words, many before he started this website https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Let%2Bus%2Bbring%2Bthe%2Bwedding%2Bof%2Byour%2Bdreams%2Bto%2Blife.%22&cd_min=1%2F1%2F2000&cd_max=1%2F1%2F2015&source=lnt&tbs=cdr%3A1&gws_rd=ssl

    Recognize any of these photos? If you’ve been playing along, you will! He is only removing the photos we are pointing out to him and hoping the rest goes away quietly.

    • captain-confuzzled

      saw this pic there – have we already identified it as stolen before? I verified on found image that EXIF matches the Something Blue site.

      • Lindsay11

        Oh my Aaron! I thought you purchased the stock you were using, not stealing from others! I guess all those happy clients aren’t worth your time to use your own photography?

  • A and K Photography

    Just love our clients. So happy with our work we provide them… To bad you folks have to be so petty about a stock image. Cant look beyond that and see the quality I provide my happy clients.. To bad your sorry pathetic lives revolve around attacking bussinesses.

    • captain-confuzzled

      The end doesn’t justify the means. Anyway, if all is so great and successful, why not just clean up the “petty” stuff, and stop misleading people with images you didn’t take. I’m pretty sure that if you clean up your act, all of us with our pathetic lives will be happy enough to not have to waste our time on you any more. Or you could just drink up that Kentucky cool-aid and pretend we aren’t here. Better keep those bottles coming though, cause that approach will not solve much in the long run. As I’ve said before, you have the power to clear up the petty stuff. Keep up the stubborn approach. In our pathetic lives we have lots of free time to keep an eye on how ethically you run your business. You keep handing us ammo, year after year after year, we’ll keep reporting it. Your choice.

    • I am sure in 2015 he will do it again… It’s hibitual. No photographer worth thier salt uses stock images to advertise thier work.

    • Helena

      If we’re all so sad and pathetic, why are you still arguing? Why not just remove the stock images and STFU?

    • You can’t fix stupid

      If you have over 30 years experience why are you using stock images to promote your business?

    • Lindsay11

      No one has said you don’t have happy clients. In fact several of us have said, “yay good for you, you have clients!” So I don’t really understand why you keep coming back here and boosting your SEO on this page to tell us this? You really love to pick one detail that has nothing to do with the discussion and harp on it. For someone who doesn’t like conflict, you seem to have a lot of practice at it!

      OK Aaron, since you are acting like one of my children I will say it again. I’M SO GLAD YOU HAVE HAPPY CLIENTS BUT THAT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER HERE. NOW ACT LIKE A BIG BOY AND CLEAN UP YOUR MESS.

  • Guest

    His review on G+

  • You can’t fix stupid

    His G+ reviews – not looking too good

  • Lindsay11

    Hey Aaron, why don’t you save us all some time and remove all the photos that you yourself didn’t take? That way we don’t have to look at your webpage anymore and you won’t have to worry about us anymore. Surely you know which images you actually took? Or are you so busy with your happy clients that you don’t remember which photos are yours anymore?

    And while we’re at it, you could stop lying. You claimed you only used photos that were stock that you paid for and got highly insulted that you were being referred to as a thief. Well guess what buddy, you are a thief! This photo is not yours, it was taken by another photographer and definitely is NOT stock. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1181/9286/original.jpg (Nice find Cap’n!)

  • Lindsay11

    OK! I just found another page that he is using stock. So I’ve saved the links and taken screenshots but I don’t think I’ll post this one here just yet. Let’s see if Aaron can find it himself and remove it, what do you think? Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography, remove every instance of stock and plagiarism. You should know where you put all this crap.

    BTW fellow cult members, if you are curious, hit me up on fb and I’ll send you the link. I think it will be an interesting experiment to see if it disappears, what do you think?

  • Justin Case

    So, I am glad to see that you are taking down the stock images. It really isn’t that hard to understand why many people would find it questionable that the first 3 images on your website and video promo were NOT images that you made. I am truly glad that you have removed them.

    Now, about that award. If you can provide a single reference or link to show that it is a real, peer-reviewed or customer-satisfaction based award, I will gladly remove or correct all my former comments. Just ONE legitimate link to the Des Moines Awards Program.

    If you cannot, I believe you should also correct the ‘About Us’ page on your website as well. As I have posted below, you may have been fleeced by a fake-awards con, or else you already know that the award is fake. Either way, it is certainly false advertising to continue to use a bogus award to try to impress potential clients.

  • A and K Photography

    How about you folks grow up and leave our personal lives alone. You have no right to be digging in my wife or mines personal info. You do realize that you are harrassing us and that by law it can be a big deal as well right? “Not a threat its fact” Why continue to do the same thing your bitching about? Every time you take photos of ours and post screen shots you are breaking the law as well. Bet you didnt think about that did you. You have no permission of mine or clients of mine to be using their photos on this thread. So be advised you take them down as well.

    • Lindsay11

      Why don’t you grow up and clean up your mess. Remove all the stock photos and stop lying Aaron.

      Also, if anyone is harassing your family (and usually that’s not the case because that’s not how we roll) please show us proof.

      If anyone is harassing Aaron and his family please stop. I doubt any one is though.

      PS Please look up fair use Aaron. Truth is a defense against libel. But you go ahead and keep posting here and driving up the SEO.

      PPS You want you’re not your.

    • Lindsay11

      Oh Aaron, you are still using stock. So you are only removing what we post here, trying to get us off your back? That is really sad! Stop stealing words and images. 🙁

    • Justin Case

      I don’t see how questioning your publicly accessible website and social media is harassing behavior, but if someone is taking it farther than that, you should report them to the proper authorities. If you want to make the claim here, please show us some kind of proof.

      Otherwise, please continue your work cleaning up the misleading parts of your website and I’m sure you will be forgotten about very quickly around here.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Dude, you are so damn stupid it isn’t even funny! We have every legal right to post those images! Want to know why? GO SEE A LAWYER!
      As for your family? Well, let us look at that claim… Your WIFE is your business partner, so guess what, YOUR ENTIRE LIFE IS OPEN FOR INVESTIGATION AND DIGGING since the business is YOU TWO!
      Also, you HAVE YET TO PROVE A NUMBER OF CLAIMS YOU’VE MADE!
      Provide PROOF, remove ALL stolen images including stock images, remove ALL plagiarized text, ADMIT YOUR LIED, STOLE, and BROKE THE LAW, APOLOGIZE to EVERYONE you stole from! Then and only then will your life start to get back to normal. Until then, you can expect people to keep digging and outing you here!

    • I am paintballing today … Later on when I have time to dig into your personal photography stealing life I will :p

    • Christopher C.

      “Every time you take photos of ours and post screen shots you are breaking the law as well.”

      Please enlighten us as to which law is being broken and how it doesn’t fall under the Fair Use doctrine.

    • Ok … let me go and copy paste the relevant sections of the copyright act on “Fair Use” clauses.

      Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—

      (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

      (2) the nature of the copyrighted work;

      (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

      (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

      The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

      Source: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107

      As we are talking about the stolen images, that is editorial.
      As we are talking about the quality of your images that is critique.

      Both of these are covered by the Fair Use exemptions of the copyright act.

      You might want to read up on the laws that govern the industry you operate in.

  • Lindsay11

    So Aaron Haskin plagiarized Style Me Pretty http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1505199075 http://www.stylemepretty.com/new-york-weddings/2011/06/27/wedding-day-timing-tips-from-robert-kathleen-photographers/

    I believe he is trying to cover that up. He shared a link on his business page to the SMP page. https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer/posts/773259402691700 Now, sadly for you, Aaron Haskin deleted that page some time in the last few hours.

    Sadly for Aaron Haskin, I have a really bad habit of leaving a million tabs open AND I use two monitors for reasons, so I was able to get a screen shot of it! So here it is, proof that Aaron absolutely knew about the SMP page and he copied it word for freaking word.

    Aaron, the lesson you are supposed to be learning is to remove what you stole, not proof that you are stealing!

    Has anyone notified Style Me Pretty or the photographers who originally wrote it?

  • Lindsay11

    Here’s why it matters that Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography uses stock photography. If I see this photo (which is stock) http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs122/1112168023966/img/135.jpg?a=1117372127153 and I hire him for $5000 and he gives me this? https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography.wedding.photographer/photos/a.812346735449633.1073741922.394949950522649/815139535170353/?type=3&theater

    I don’t think I would be thrilled. I would expect to pay for what I see on his page. His photos are definitely not among the worst we’ve ever seen here, but they aren’t up to par with the stock he is posting. It is misleading to say the least.

    Aaron, go ahead and keep posting client reviews and sharing how many weddings you are booked for. We really really don’t care. Really. Stop using stock. Stop plagiarizing. Stop posing clients on tracks. That’s it. Simple.

    • You can’t fix stupid

      He is tracking every post of yours as this one is also down.

      • Lindsay11

        Yeah, I’m done pointing them out I think. It’s frustrating that he won’t fix this unless he is called out on each one specifically.

        Doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop looking, of course…

    • A and K Photography

      Lindsay if you would kindly email me the ones you think are stock so I know which ones are still left out there that would be very proffessional of you. I am done loggin on here to check the thread. I have had many weddings and alot of posts so its hard for me to find them at this point now that most have been taken down. Again I still think stock photos are not an isssue but for the sake of not arguing anymore i will take down.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        BULL SHIT!
        You know exactly what you took and what you didn’t!

      • captain-confuzzled

        It’s hard for you to find them, but you want Liindsay to? You are kidding, right? How about you be professional and do your own cleaning up. as for thinking stock photos are not an issue, I would refer you to the Constant Contact/Bigstock terms of use. You clearly violated them. Perhaps we should let them know.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Oh they know! So does the local media as they are tracking this conversation just waiting to see if he keeps up his lies.
          Aaron, your WIFE is also FULLY LIABLE and also under investigation! Have you told her any of this yet?

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Also, did you read ANY of the posts regarding stock images and Constant Contact?

        DELETE EVERYTHING! ALL IMAGES AND TEXT YOU STOLE!

      • U Really That Dumb?

        I have to ask, does ITT know you are using their email to further a a fraud?

        • A and K Photography

          lol ITT email has been deleted since I graduated from there dude 4 years ago lol

          • Lindsay11

            You mean since you used it 3 days ago? http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1181/3952/original.jpg

            Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography might be one of the worst liars I’ve ever seen on Photo Stealers. There are so many stupid and easily provable lies that … I mean, Glob! Aaron Haskin, you do know we are on the internet where it is super easy to check simple things like this, right? I mean, you do know how the internet works, yes?

            PS In case you are too lazy to read the screen shot (where you lied at least twice btw!) this is the email you were using when you claimed you hadn’t done train track shots since 2012: ahaskin@email.itt-tech.edu

            In your words: BINGO!

      • It’s a weird request … Since every image I captured in over 15 years I know intimately .. My style my vision.
        I would know right away any image I did not take my self.
        A and K How can you look at an image and say “I took that” if you did not.

      • Justin Case

        Really? Truly, you still don’t see the problem with using images you didn’t take to advertise your photography business? And you are asking US to be professional?

        How about this: for the sake of your clients – both happy and otherwise – be honest with them. USE ONLY YOUR OWN WORK (images, words, ‘awards’). If you want to post wedding tips (that you have specific permission to use), great, but CREDIT THE AUTHOR of the words/thoughts/ideas. It is a lie by omission to not credit your sources so your clients believe those to be YOUR words/thoughts/ideas. That is fraud, and you are old enough to know better.

        You have plenty of your own work. Use that. Anything else is misleading and cheating your customers, no matter what you might think of our opinions or this website.

        PS: I am happy to give people the benefit of the doubt and would love to think that exposure on this site isn’t just a benefit to those who have had there images stolen, but also helps the people who have made mistakes an opportunity to fix their reputation. When someone is caught multiple times, it is harder to consider any of their excuses as legitimate. Please do not treat us – or your clients – like suckers.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          JC,
          Aaron has once again shown us that he is nothing more than a con-artist and snake oil salesman. He deflects questions and puts the blame on the people questioning him.
          He has refused to answer why he faked the award.

          • A and K Photography

            FYI again I didnt make up an award. It was given to me by a small local group that collects reviews of venders. It is not anything big and it their title they give it. I by no means did anything wrong . And I am entitled to post awards given by any group I want on my page no matter rather you or anyone else agrees. All that matters to me is that my work is liked by many and that it was recognized period. So instead of again trying to tar and feather this AWARD given to me by a local group get your facts straight.

      • You can’t fix stupid

        You have got to be bloody kidding right? How the hell don’t you know what photos you have taken?
        I know every single photo I have taken. If I look a spread of photos I know immediately which ones are mine.
        You still refuse to answer 2 simple questions so I will ask again
        1) Why did you make up a fake award?
        2) If you are so good why are you using stock images?
        PLEASE answer these two questions and don’t pass the blame on others.

        • A and K Photography

          FYI again I didnt make up an award. It was given to me by a small local group that collects reviews of venders. It is not anything big and it their title they give it. I by no means did anything wrong . And I am entitled to post awards given by any group I want on my page no matter rather you or anyone else agrees. All that matters to me is that my work is liked by many and that it was recognized period. So instead of again trying to tar and feather this AWARD given to me by a local group get your facts straight.

          • Just a Girl

            So, give us the name of the group/people who give the award. My guess is you can’t cause they don’t exist or at best even know you exist.

          • A and K Photography

            Actually I could but I wont because that is not a good idea considering the fact that you guys would sit there and harrass them digging for info…

          • captain-confuzzled

            that is just an out and out lie. You can’t because it doesn’t exist. If it did, I’m sure they would be happy to confirm it and happy to get the word out. I tried to believe you, but you really make it impossible.

          • Justin Case

            I can, and have already.
            CONTACT:

            Des Moines Award Program

            Email: PublicRelations@recognitionawarding.com

            URL: http://www.recognitionawarding.com

            this was conviniently left out of your ‘Press Release’ and off your website because you don’t want anyone looking into it.

            Again, I personally have been nothing but civil with you yet you continue to lie and treat us like suckers. You don’t make this go away with arrogance and more deciept.

          • Just a Girl

            Can’t harass someone that doesn’t exist.

          • You can’t fix stupid

            Really?? I call bullshit because 1) you are not listed or mentioned here : http://www.dmcityview.com/cover-story/2014/02/26/2014-best-of-des-moines-best-of-the-rest/ (their main page)
            If you search “best des moines photographer” which was what your award was for the first 4 results are :

            1) http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/Iowa-Photographers/Profiles/PHO/003 – you are not listed
            2) http://www.reddoorphotoanddesign.com/ – again you are not listed

            3) http://www.thumbtack.com/ia/des-moines/wedding-photographer/ – guess what? you are not listed

            4) http://www.thumbtack.com/ia/des-moines/photographer/ – again not listed

            5) http://www.5thphotography.com/index.html#/goodwords/ – seeing the pattern here?

            And why did you remove the press release? Don’t worry we have a copy

            Now back to those stock images. Are you trying to tell us that somebody who does 40 odd weddings a year need stock images? When have you ever come across a professional that uses stock to promote their work. Oh I forgot you are not a professional, so yes then use the stock.

          • Wait HOLD THE PRESS..………….…… he removed the “fake” press release. Call Sherlock Holmes…this is a case right up his alley #sarcasm

          • Justin Case

            we don’t really need the copy since he has exactly the same ‘press release’ for a 2013 award on his website. You can find the source of the award here, I believe: http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1507929008

          • Lindsay11

            Nice work!

          • You can’t fix stupid

            Even searching “a & K photography receives Des Moines award” it only comes up with what you put out and a link to this blog. Nothing linked to the original site or to the award company.

          • It’s a small unknown award company with no website.. Des Moines the land that time forgot :p

          • Justin Case

            You are also entitled to call a duck a chicken and we are free to point out that as an adult you should know the difference.

      • captain-confuzzled

        so basically you are saying, this issue isn’t worth my time and I don’t think I did anything wrong, and don’t care if I run my business ethically or not, but to get you pathetic people off my back, I’ll do what you ask, if you tell me exactly what to do. Yeah, right, uh-huh, and we’re so likely to help you with that attitude. Dream on.

        • A and K Photography

          What I am saying is stay in your own state leave other people alone and pay attention to your own work. You folks just dont get it. I address your concerns but thats not good enough and you want to continue to hide behind a key board. Fact is I am done with thiis crap yes. You all have proven that no matter what one does your going to continue to attack and in fact some of you may even be in my area trying to grab a competive edge….. Im going to go about my bussiness make some corrections and not return to this site… Now kindly once again let it go and know it is being done when I have free time between my weddings because they come first before you.

          • Just stay in your lane and learn to use and appreciate your own photography.
            For some one booked till 2016 and did 41 weddings last year (so you say) how is it that you need stock images … I guess yours are not good enough yet #facepalm

          • Just a Girl

            You’ll be back. Those photo thieves who threaten to stay away ALWAYS come back. The size of your ego and arrogance far exceeds basic common sense. You’ll be back.

          • Lindsay11

            Actually, you had an awful lot of time on a weekend in July during wedding season to be posting here. Could it be you’re not as busy as you claim?

            We don’t mind if you don’t come back, just clean up your mess and we won’t have to look at your page anymore. How hard is that? If you had stopped 2 YEARS AGO we wouldn’t be having this conversation, so please don’t lie and say you’ve been jumping through hoops to get us meanies to leave you alone but we just won’t stop. You are a terrible liar.

      • Melinda Potter

        Are you freakin serious?! What the hell?! Just quit being a jerk and take down ALL the images you didn’t create. You know which ones you made and which ones were made by someone else. Just stop with the crap already.
        I can’t get over this… SMH

        • A and K Photography

          BINGO

          • captain-confuzzled

            bingo what? you copied the photo she uses for her avatar. Genius I say, Genius!!!! smh ooh, ooh, ooh, can you copy my giraffe and post it too. How exciting this is. Bingo me too!

          • Melinda Potter

            BINGO

            Here you go Captain 🙂

          • captain-confuzzled

            oh yay!!! I’ve been Bingo’ed!!!!

          • Wes Jones

            I can’t stop laughing… check out the #1 entry in the urban dictionary for BINGO

            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bingo

          • Melinda Potter

            Huh? What is this supposed to even mean? lol. I don’t get it

          • Wes Jones

            Let me see if I can decipher his tortured logic… it is a picture of you, therefore it was probably taken by someone else (unless it is a selfie), hence IT IS STOLEN!!! OH MY GOD!!! BINGO!!!

      • Lindsay11

        LOL! So you lie, cheat, steal, threaten and call me names and you want ME to be professional and clean up your mess? That’s rich!

      • susan

        Using stock photos most certainly is an issue. It’s called “bait and switch” and that is against the law! That is a very big deal! Also, the TOS with every stock company I am aware of states that you may not claim the image is yours!

        Why people don’t understand this is beyond me…smh.

        • Justin Case

          Sadly, way too many people have a sliding scale of ethics when it comes to being honest with their clients/customers/friends/the-public-in-general. The ‘I didn’t claim it was mine’ excuse when a photographer posts stock images AS THE FIRST IMAGES ON THEIR WEBSITE or in their advertising all over the internet is just so transparently disingenuous that it makes my blood boil.

          ‘it doesn’t have my watermark on it, so just because YOU assume I took it, well that’s your problem. I’M not doing anything wrong. (Sucker).’

          • susan

            Exactly. It is deception by omission…that nor any of the other lame excuses we hear will fly in a court of law. Copyright law and its application in real life cases is explicit that igmorance of the law will not even be considered.

            I do believe that in some cases, a very few, the infringers really do believe they are showing examples of the “types” of shots they will do. Even that is shadt to me, but without labeling them as that, very clearly i might add, then they know damn well they are deceiving clients. Even then there are some who do it “onlu till i build up my portfolio,” Those piss me off the most because yeah, id like to have my own portfolio built up but im not stealing to do it. Then there arw the ones that we seem to see the most with a clear pathology of narcisism 🙁

      • susan

        Here’s an example: I worked for a man who owned many auto dealerships here in MD. New and used. The used side is pretty cutthroat with auctions and online sales and such. Trust me, it can be shady. Now, if the dealership posted a pic of a 2012 Mercedes for a certain price and got a customer to come in for that, then presented them with different model, year or whatever….that is called “bait and switch” and “deceptive advertising,” If the customer actually paid for the 2012 (the quality you advertised) and you then delivered something else (the quality you can produce) then whoa…you are in big trouble and can face criminal penalties and have your license to do business revoked.

        I hope this analogy makes better sense for you. A photographer who shows work that they did not do in order to sell their own work is misleading their customers. Period.

  • captain-confuzzled

    Okay, so this “Constant Contact” thing is nagging at me..so followed that info…Constant Contact uses Bigstock for stock images. Bigstock’s license terms http://www.bigstockphoto.com/usage.html say “This Agreement grants you the right to:Incorporate Images on web sites, provided that no Image is: i) displayed at a resolution greater than 1200
    x 800 pixels; or ii) displayed as part of gallery, collection, album, archive, scrapbook or other aggregation of
    individual images;”

    and “Use Images in coordination with opt-in email marketing”. So, yeah, use the image in a Constant Contact email campaign – it’s what Constant Contact does (help with email marketing), but put them in your gallery? Uh big NO, NEGATORY on that one big guy. arghhhh, this drives me nuts! Read the license terms people when you use stock photos! Terry, with 30 years of stock work, you outta be clear on that one. How about advising your buddy?

    • Then to use them outside the constant contact email campaign … and can’t figure out you are wrong smh

  • Big Ron

    Aaron, in one of your posts, you call yourself the best photographer in Des Moines. If that’s the case, why do you have to make up a city award about yourself, and also why would you have to use stock images to promote yourself? That’s the part I don’t understand.

  • Word to the wise … Innocent people never ever remove or delete factual information.
    If the press release for an award is real then there is never a need to remove it.
    The very fact that Aaron deleted the post is because he lied in the first place.

  • Well on the about of his website he also got an award in 2013.

    He was a “premier” not once but twice…

    Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A & K Photography Receives 2013 Des Moines Award Des Moines Award Program Honors the Achievement DES MOINES December 3, 2013 —

  • Lindsay11

    Hi all! I’ve updated the timeline I’ve been keeping and it should be recent through this morning 7/28/14 so anyone coming in late can catch up. Please let me know if I’ve left anything out or you see something that isn’t right. http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1504169852

  • captain-confuzzled

    Well, looky here, thinkin this is our buddy. Is this you Aaron? Why, oh why am I not surprised. (image)

    • BullShite

      …..and yet AGAIN it is revealed that those that have no problem stealing photos, or using stock to represent themselves are most often only revealing the tip of the iceberg. I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you!

    • Hahahhahahahahh on the floor hahahahha hava rolling hahahahha hahahaha coke out the nose hahahaha hahahahha

    • Just a Girl

      Hahahahahaha Oooh that’s good!

    • Lindsay11

      I just got home from the dentist so it’s entirely possible I’m hallucinating! Family Values indeed!

      Aaron Haskin…. you know if you had stopped lying and stealing etc 2 years ago (or hell, 2 days ago), we never would have looked and found this? I highly suggest you clean up your act now, asap!

    • Wes Jones

      I think someone in Iowa is going ballistic right about now.

      • Just a Girl

        Yep! But we won’t know cause he’s never coming back here again! HAHA!

    • This was flagged recently..

      • Lindsay11

        Huh, you would think Aaron Haskin would know better than to start this all up again.

  • Wes Jones
    • Justin Case

      I gotta say, that one made me laugh. So bad it’s good, and I actually think A&K meant it to be that way.

      • BullShite

        Better than that “Dad with the shotgun” shit.

    • Who knows who idea it was .. smh

    • captain-confuzzled

      have to say I don’t find it even remotely funny – makes my throat hurt.

    • Wow … that is pretty bad but if the clients are insistent … of course, I wouldn;t post it in my portfolio or add my watermark to it.

      Oh and that noose is WAY to well made for comfort! Look at the knot! That’s a proper collar knot!

  • captain-confuzzled

    looks like their website is down

    • No its up. The listing to the default.html n longer exist.

      • captain-confuzzled

        ah, so he probably *thinks* he took it down.

  • Aaron

    “That’s what happened when too much alcohol is combined with an angry spiteful woman. I’ve since married a wonderful woman, have a happy baby, good business associates and mentors, and started this business two years ago with the best of intentions and goals. Sometimes I can get cocky or over zealous, especially with things I’m ignorant of and still trying to learn quickly & well. I’m not a web developer, and I was careless when I first started. After the last ‘go around’ a couple years ago, I’ve tried really hard to ‘do what is right’ and legal in growing my business. I’ve tried really hard to meet or exceed my clients expectations, and all but a couple in the last two years I’ve done exactly that, to the point they bring in referrals and are happy enough to have me photograph their family & friends. I haven’t ‘stolen’ anyone’s images in over a year, but I have ignorantly used some ‘legal’ and paid for stock images without any intent to mislead… and call it ignorance, laziness, even stupidity. But a ‘crime’ it’s not. However, I do – after days of disrupting my life, understand the points you’re making, and how it could be misleading and ethically wrong. For that I apologize, and will make my best efforts to a) clean things up, and b) not have it happen ever again. I’m sincerely working my rear off trying to build a solid business, and have thousands of engagement, wedding, and event photos I have taken over the last couple years which my clients do love & appreciate.

    I’m sorry my actions have wasted peoples time… and clearly I’ve tried to turn over a new leaf and do things better, more correctly, and 100% legal. I’ve made mistakes, and unfortunately have had to learn from many of them the hard way. This business is intended to be my ‘new leaf’ – my fresh start – and my chance to do right for my family. Since I was born & raised in Des Monies, most people that know me, know I’m not a bad guy… just one that screwed up a few years ago. I have a wife & son, and they are the motivation for getting things turned around, and pushing to do them better and right. I apologize for my mistakes and lapse of judgement, ignorance, and arrogant. While I’m new to the ‘photography business’ (started in 2012)…. I am good behind my cameras, and strive to have satisfied clients, and to build something my family is proud of. I’ll be going through all my web stuff, and try to make sure that no images I don’t own the rights to – that either me or my ‘second shooters’ didn’t take – are eliminated. And I’ll be more aware of ‘awards’ by people and companies I haven’t met face to face, or know is well established. Life is a learning adventure, and learning that not all short cuts and easier looking paths are the right choice can be a challenge.

    Anyhow, it is what it is… I’m trying my best to do what is right, and what makes my clients satisfied. I’m still learning, and your lessons and points are tough to shallow, but I understand that if I’m to be in this business, and pushing hard to grow & last, I will need to be more careful. Lesson learned, the hard way. I’m sure you’ll be checking here and there in the future, but hope that you’ll be willing to remove all this stuff once I get everything cleaned up. Facebook, my web site, and google + have been checked for any images – including stock – that I don’t own or control the rights to. I’m computer ignorant, and still learning that aspect of things. I don’t believe I have anything on any other web sites, aside from my zenfolio account & facebook, but will try to do some searches and double check. Thanks for the reality check… sorta like being caught stealing a candy bar and being beat to a pulp by security… but your point was made. I was wrong, and will take steps to help ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future.”

    • captain-confuzzled

      more like when a kid steals a candy bar and runs around flaunting it in the security guard’s faces, but thank you Aaron. I wish you well with your business done ethically and above board in the future.

    • Justin Case

      I support your effort to clean up this mess.

      For the sake of your clients and peers, next time, before you post anything to represent yourself, take a minute and ask: ‘is there any way a reasonable person would misinterpret or misattribute this image/statement/post? – if there is ANY ambiguity, just clarify it. Is it not your image? Then credit it and explain why you are using it. Not your words? Then give a proper credit to the writer. Not an award that you truly earned? Then it isn’t worth posting.

      I’ve been disappointed before by people posting phony ‘I’m sorry, please forgive me’ posts. An apology here is not as important to me as understanding and sincere change is. And you can’t change unless you understand what you’ve done wrong.

      I really hope those quote marks are a mistake.

    • BullShite

      If this is indeed sincere, chances are you will never have to hear from anyone again, and you will have a business based solely on the merits of your OWN TALENT, not relying on that of others. No one here LIKES having to do this stuff, we just want INTEGRITY from people. That is all this is about.The people in this industry care about it, and all that is wanted is HONESTY. That said, if this IS HONEST I wish you well.

      • Marc W.

        I might take away my upvote because I think “this apology” is not really from him.

        • BullShite

          When I first read it I figured “wife”, but held down saying it “out loud” because I figured HE would have HAD TO have approved it, so there had to be some modicum of understanding somewhere in there, and was HOPING that this would be the end, so I didn’t want to encourage any more debate. Guess I didn’t have to worry.

          • Lindsay11

            There is no way his wife knows about all this. I wonder if she even knows her husband was arrested for domestic abuse?

        • Justin Case

          there seems to be something strange going on: the quote marks, the fact that the ‘Aaron’ who posted the apology is not using the same account as the ‘Aaron’ who was posting the reviews.

          And whatever happened to the ‘A and K Photography’ account he had been posting under?

          No, even the posts made less than an hour after this apology appeared sound totally unapologetic.

          I hope I’m wrong.

        • Aaron

          it was from me. I had to resign in after I cleared my cookies so I had to use old email address due to I dont plan on coming back to this site once this is corrected.

          • Lindsay11

            hahaha you mean that email address you claimed you deleted 4 years ago?

          • Aaron

            Yeah it is not an account that recieves emails anymore and is not accessible to anyone to use. I You do know that you can just put in any email address in order to sign into things right??? You would think you would know this as much accounts you have created.

          • captain-confuzzled

            you might want to update the city. They were using it up to a couple of months ago to email you.

          • Aaron

            And what would they be wanting to email me? And how would you know

          • Marc W.

            Exactly, so why can’t Terry do that?

    • Lindsay11

      I ran this through the Aaron to English translator. “OMG you guys keep finding stuff out about me that I really don’t want you to find! Maybe if I vomit up enough words you will think I’m really sorry and leave me alone. Also I, Aaron Haskin, blames the woman in a domestic abuse arrest, it was totally her fault, not mine! Also if I throw a few more lies in there you guys totally won’t notice.”

      Yeah the quotes confuse me too. BTW your newest page had not only stock on it, but a photo you stole from an actual photographer.

      At least this time you didn’t say it was the last time you were posting.

  • Aaron

    Wedding Reviews (5)

    5.0

    out of 5.0

    Quality of Service:

    (5.0/5.0)

    Responsiveness:

    (5.0/5.0)

    Professionalism:

    (5.0/5.0)

    Value:

    (5.0/5.0)

    Flexibility:

    (5.0/5.0)

    5 Reviews

    Sort By: Wedding Date: Newest Wedding Date: Oldest Rating: Highest Rating: Lowest

    5.0/5.0

    Quality of Service: 5.0

    Responsiveness: 5.0

    Professionalism: 5.0

    Value: 5.0

    Flexibility: 5.0

    Kristin1 Reviews

    Aaron and his team were fantastic. They kept professional throughout the whole event and made our day very special. I have seen a few of our photos from our wedding and I couldn’t ask for anything more. They are beautiful! I would highly recommend A&k for any event!

    Wedding: 06/28/2014
    Services Used: Photography

    5.0/5.0

    Quality of Service: 5.0

    Responsiveness: 5.0

    Professionalism: 5.0

    Value: 5.0

    Flexibility: 5.0

    trisha1 Reviews

    Excellent service, great quality and very passionate about their work.

    Wedding: 06/22/2014
    Services Used: DJ, Photography

    5.0/5.0

    Quality of Service: 5.0

    Responsiveness: 5.0

    Professionalism: 5.0

    Value: 5.0

    Flexibility: 5.0

    Jessica1 Reviews

    Aaron is quite personable and really understands the importance of a good picture. I would definitely recommend him to everyone I know!

    Wedding: 06/21/2014
    Services Used: Photography

    5.0/5.0

    Quality of Service: 5.0

    Responsiveness: 5.0

    Professionalism: 5.0

    Value: 5.0

    Flexibility: 5.0

    Caleb1 Reviews

    Aaron is very meticulous and it shows in his amazing photos. Very reasonably priced for the quality of work provided. Great ideas and innovation when taking photos, so you know you will get some classics and some one of a kind shots. Highly recommended!

    Wedding: 06/20/2014
    Services Used: Photography

    5.0/5.0

    Quality of Service: 5.0

    Responsiveness: 5.0

    Professionalism: 5.0

    Value: 5.0

    Flexibility: 5.0

    Private User1 Reviews

    A and K Photography is amazing!!!! The time/work they put into our day exceeded all of our expectations, our guests remarked, multiple times, at how great the staff was. The teams personality and photography skills/creativity truly made a picture perfect day! A and K Photography is the best a Bride and Groom could ask for!!! I would defiantly recommend their services!

    Wedding: Recently Married
    Services Used: DJ, Photography

    • captain-confuzzled

      stop with the reviews Aaron, it isn’t relevant and is not helping you here at this point. No one begrudges you happy clients. We hope all photographers have happy clients. It doesn’t have anything to do with the misuse of photos and misleading potential clients. If you are just trying to “pad” the story here with stuff to try and make you look good, it probably won’t turn out well. You were good with your apology and apparent understanding of the situation. It is eroding rapidly at this point. I’m sure you know that there is more to the story relevant to previous encounters with law enforcement and financial situations in your past. If you don’t want to see that published here, quit while you are ahead (just my humble advice).

      • Aaron

        Not trying to pad anything . The apology was sincere. What was posted about me personaly was uncalled for and can severly damage my bussiness so in retort I posted some positives I think thats fair.

        • BullShite

          The problem was that it never had to get that way. It would have been more than fair had this apology appeared in the first instance. Then someone would have looked at your business NOW seen only your own photos, no stock, no plagiarized words and moved on, because you were legit.

          Instead you thought that everyone would forget.

          If the apology is sincere, and people REALLY ARE as happy as you say they are. Then just be legit from now on, and you will be fine. That’s all anyone in this group ever wanted from the first time. Legitimacy and honesty.

          No one here damaged your business but you, because you did the wrong thing, and didn’t own that until your record was found. Repairing your reputation won’t be that hard if your reviews are honest, but you’ve got to just let this page go so you stop boosting it’s SEO under your name, and just DO THE RIGHT THING. Every time you come here and make a comment, it boosts the page. Every time we come here and make a comment, it boosts the page.

        • Lindsay11

          I think when you lie during an apology that voids the apology. If you really want to apologize a simple I’m sorry and I won’t do it again will suffice. Then, and this is the important part, don’t do it again!

      • Just a Girl

        I don’t think he realizes at this point that every post to this thread solidifies the fact that one of the top Google searches connects him to being a photo thief. Keep posting Aaron! Keep posting!

    • You started so well with the understanding and apology … Then you devalue everything by doing this

      • Aaron

        So positives cause issues? Well noone ever claimed the personal crap on here as wrong doing is all I was pointing out. 2 wrongs dont make right is all I am saying. My apologies.

        • captain-confuzzled

          No Aaron, positives don’t cause issues. What causes issues is when you show that you really don’t understand what you have done wrong. Many people have tried to explain it to you. The whole point of this site (IMO) is to protect photographers who are affected by those who steal photos and to educate in general about the issues surrounding it. The industry is greatly affected by unethical practices and it hurts all photographers trying to make an honest living. Personal ethical traits are raised when it becomes clear that the photo stealer being called out is not getting it, or is defending bad behavior, which you did. And yes, you did do something essentially criminal when you violated the terms of use of the stock photos. It is real and it does real damage. You are taking income away from other photographers when you misuse and steal their work. You are not the victim here. You are the perpetrator.

        • MLee Kneer

          Do you really think anyone is going to trust your “reviews” over your blatant theft?
          IDK what planet you’re living on.
          You’re a thief. REPEAT thief at that. If you have all of these amazingly
          satisfied customers, why the need to get caught stealing multiple
          times???
          Give it up.

        • Positives don’t cause an issue. Your clients might be happy with the work they get but you still:

          1- Violated several photographers rights.
          2- Used a PURCHASED award.
          3- Violated you agreement with several stock sites.

          Right now, what you are doing is trying to bury your guilty behavior with positive comments.

          Here’s an example of what you are saying (exaggerated for effect).

          “So what if I kill a puppy a week with a shovel for fun? I donate to charities and volunteer one day a week at a seniors home!”

          If someone told you that, would you say “Oh! Well that’s ok then.” or would you point in indignation and scream “PUPPY KILLER!”?

          At least you didn’t create a bunch of fake accounts and come on here as a “client” to defend yourself like so many other outed photographers have done in the past.

          So your several happy clients don’t change what you’ve done (see list above) and bringing them into the narrative only makes you look worse.

    • You can’t fix stupid

      What the hell has reviews got to do with you stealing?? Lost that one ~~

    • Lindsay11

      For someone who has over 200 clients or whatever, it seems odd you only have 5 reviews and 1 bad mark against you with the BBB.

      I think you posting those reviews is harming, rather than helping your case. Take the time you could have used and make sure your mess is cleaned up.

  • Aaron

    Jessica and Willie

    “Our wedding expressed our personalities perfectly. The Photography and the music and videography were flawless!!!!!

    Thanks Aaron of A&K Photography

    Millie and Josh

    “What we really appreciate about

    A and K Photography is their attention to detail. The little things, the big things – they wove it all together into a day we will never forget”

    Thank you A and K Photography

    Heather and Ryan Jenkins

    “I came to A and K Photography for help with our wedding and A and K Photography really came through for us. I’m still getting compliments on our treasured photographs.

    Click here to contact us

    Our Clients Speak

    A and K Photography

    Joseph and Jamie

    ~~Aaron of A and K Photography made sure that we would have beautiful, memorable photos to capture our special day. Always willing to do what’s best for the bride & groom, and is easily accessible for any questions, comments, or collaboration! We are very happy with the service and quality we received!

  • Aaron

    Super personable and great ideas! Aaron did everything we asked and helped keep our party organized and under control when it was necessary. Highly recommended!

    • Marc W.

      Why are you speaking in the third person. So does that mean that quoted apology was not Aaron’s also?

  • Marc W.
  • U Really That Dumb?

    Same IP address

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Setting up the rebrand before the apology?
    AANDKPHOTOGRAPHY.BIZ
    Registered 07/23/2014
    A & K PHOTOGRAPHY

  • It’s sad when a photographer produces decent enough work is not proud enough to use it.
    It’s not like Aaron is a bad photographer … I mean I like a great deal of the images that are his. Too bad he does not himself feel proud of the work he produces.

    • That always confuses me when I see a photographer with talent (Chris Jones for example) using images that are not theirs.

      Aaron has a good portfolio to pull from so why did he feel the need to use images not his own?

  • Lindsay11

    Here’s the facebook page he started a few days ago. (July 25) https://www.facebook.com/aandkphotography2?ref=stream Interesting there are no reviews there…

    His new website looks like this now, I know it had actual text and (stolen and stock) photos on it a few days ago. http://www.aandkphotography.biz/

  • Marc W.

    Another domain, pointing to same site:
    http://aandkphotography.org/

  • captain-confuzzled

    About a year ago, there was apparently some other situation relating to business practices, both as we’ve seen with the BBB report and also with other photographers in the area. http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/A.and.K.Photography.515-803-2612 (also see image). Its so hard to understand how someone who, as you guys have pointed out, takes quite nice pictures, can have such a hard time with business relationships.

    In fairness, I did see that he experienced a significant family tragedy early last summer, one that I have also recently experienced in my family, so I can understand all too well how that pain can make it hard to get things done. But unethical practices are never okay and I know everyone has bad times in their life. It is no excuse. But, Its okay to be human Aaron, you don’t have to tough everything through, or share your personal stuff with everyone, just let your customers know you have some personal challenges going on if needed. I promise, they will understand. Pissing people off in your business is not the way. I have a friend who’s past and story sound much like yours, with similar bad decisions, turned around. He battles often with anger, so I get it. Its not easy. Having said all that, everyone here would like you to succeed in your business. Your pictures are good. Listen to your wife on how to handle the hard people stuff if necessary. I’m rambling a little cause I’m having a tough day myself. But just want you to understand that the harder you fight, and the more you lie, and just don’t open your brain to understanding what is being explained to you, the more push back you will get. When you cause other people pain, loss of income, etc, it is not okay. As I have said so many times in this thread, you have the power Aaron. We will all celebrate your success when you do it ethically. I know you think of us as petty people, but I promise you (and you may want to read some of the other threads on this site), the people who post here care a great deal about the issues here, it is not just a lark or witch hunt as many accuse us of. It is a larger effort to stop people from causing pain to others. Okay, I’ll stop now, I’ll probably regret this post later. It is more of myself than I am generally willing to share LOL.

    • Lindsay11

      I see Terry is posting there defending Aaron like a good friend. They don’t really live near each other and we know how well Terry researched the issue before posting here so I might take anything he says with a grain of salt.

      Anyways, this was very well written and I, for one, appreciated you taking the time to write it all. If you feel you need to delete anything too personal I don’t think anyone would be offended. 🙂 Have a better rest of your day!

      • captain-confuzzled

        thx, I also found Terry’s continual defense postings interesting. Wonder if he is rethinking that after all this? He hasn’t popped up here in a bit.

        • Aaron

          He has been blocked by this site folks

        • Lindsay11

          Terry was banned.

          • captain-confuzzled

            oh yeah, forgot that

    • Aaron

      So if you say most of you get it and it will stop then why is this lindsay continuing to try and dig?? Its pretty damn ridiculous. Why are you digging ? Theres nothing there to hide so it makes no sense to me anymore and makes on wonder why people on here would stoop so low to ruin a bussiness. Some things were wrong but not out of malice. So why not except my apology and move on? I have taken stock mages down and pretty sure I got them all down if not I stand corrected but I am sure I did. Trying to drag in every source I use for advertisement in this thread is a attempt to ruin my work thus effects my family and that I dont take kindly. So one last time I will ask kindly of all you folks to stop imediatly lesson learned.. I have a family to care for and this is now beyond lesson learning its taking cheap shots by linking pages that have nothing on them to hear and that speaks of cruel intent.

      • captain-confuzzled

        So, here’s the thing. Since you have shown yourself to only be willing to change, kicking and dragging your feet in the mud, the posts now are generally to document, so that when people want to follow up or know the history, they will have the information at hand. You’ve no doubt earned the joy of being monitored by some here. Keep it clean, do the right thing and all of this will fade away. If not, well, the info is here. No one is trying to ruin anything, just reporting what you, yourself have posted. Does that mean you are trying to ruin yourself? I might make that case. If there is “nothing here to hide”, then its just free advertising for you, so think of it as a good thing.

        • Aaron

          2 wrongs do not make a right. At this point its becoming harrassment. I used stock images in a few places and yes I was careless not to take them out of my file folder when uploading to my site that is my bad I except that but after that there is no reason to go personal in digging up personal information. How about we judge your character Marc W Lindsay 11 bullshte are you that stupid??? I mean really there is something right about reporting stuff but to go beyond that and take personal jabs and set out to offend thats just wrong and speaks of hatred.

          • Lindsay11

            “…take personal jabs and set out to offend thats just wrong and speaks of hatred.”

            Personal jabs like calling me a pissy woman liberal? http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/312/563/05d.jpg

            At any rate, I really really don’t want to look at you or page any more. So stop lying, take every thing down and none of us will have to look at you. You might want to apologize to all your friends and family for what you’ve done but I doubt that will happen. You have held the key to making all this stop all along but you seem to like the attention.

            Did you know we have been concentrating on another stealer today? So by posting here (again, after the 5th time you said you wouldn’t post) you not only upped your SEO you get our attention again.

          • Aaron

            Well my apologies it was a reaction to this ordeal. But no where near the jabs I have taken beyond the one that was warranted with stock images.

          • Lindsay11

            You… you don’t like conflict yet you continue to post here? What do you think this will accomplish?

            Stop whining and do the right thing. Be a good husband, a good dad and a good human being. That’s all anyone here is trying to get you to do and it’s been like pulling teeth. Aren’t you tired of having this conversation? I sure as hell am.

          • BullShite

            No one here would know who the hell you were, or what your name was if you hadn’t screwed up the first time. That offence was pretty much BURIED by the internet, until it was discovered that you DID NOT LEARN. Now your SEO is pointed right here. YOU DID THIS TO YOURSELF.

            You need to learn another way to deal with people. Your way of insisting again and again that you are right and there is something wrong with the people that called out out on it isn’t working. At some point you need to stop slamming your head against the brick wall, and use the door.

            You want to call me stupid? I man up to my mistakes and what I do wrong. I don’t insist the fucking sky is green when everyone and myself can see that it’s blue because I don’t feel like I am losing something when I admit fault. Stupid is pretending you didn’t fuck up. Stupid is to continually hit that brick wall again and again. The only one it hurts is you.

            I don’t know, maybe in life you are used to just intimidating or wearing people down with behavior like this, until they give up or shrink away. I’m sure that is the case, because it seems like the only way you know how to deal with people that don’t agree with you. Unfortunately that doesn’t work with us, because you are just a line of a whole ton of people that pull the same thing over and over, and no one is either impressed, intimidated, or amused.

            I would also rather be “stupid” than refuse to see where people were TRYING to be nice, and steer me toward turning this around. More than one person has complimented your REAL work….. frankly they are a lot nicer than I have the capacity for at this point.

            Maybe you should ACKNOWLEDGE what they say instead of continuing on this bullheaded path that is neither productive for you or anyone here.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            The criminal charges would make one think it’s been his MO for a while now…

          • BullShite

            Yeah, I am starting to disbelieve the idea of too much alcohol and a vindictive ex, and more believe a pattern of behavior that suits the that type of person.

          • Aaron

            I was naming off the people who were making personal jabs… The guy or gal with the name u really that dumb>>>>>>> hello look in the replies.

          • Marc W.

            Wait, wait, wait. Where were personal jabs from me? Are you mad because I found you had a new Facebook and are still not being honest? Yes, using stock photos and passing them as your own for your photography business is not honest.

            I even defended you when someone posted about you using some else’s photo for your cover photo on your personal account. In case you forgot: http://stopstealingphotos.com/a-k-photography/#comment-1503150604

          • Lindsay11

            Marc, I wouldn’t worry about that. I think for Aaron Haskin “personal jabs” equals to “pointing out harsh truths I, Aaron Haskin, don’t want to look at”.

            The only one name calling was Aaron and his good friend Terry.

        • Justin Case

          Exactly! You yourself have created your own web and social media presence. If you aren’t doing anything to be ashamed of, then who cares? We are actually raising your SEO.

      • Marc W.

        “… and makes on wonder why people on here would stoop so low to ruin a bussiness.”

        Only you were ruining your business. Does a health inspector ruin someone’s business? No, the careless owner / manager / etc is responsible for failing to keep up being honest.

        ETA: Who is the one who stooped low to use someone else’s photos to promote their own photography business?

      • Christopher C.

        “except my apology”

        Accept.

  • Marc W.

    Wait, Another FB? Was this already mentioned?

    https://www.facebook.com/myiowaweddingphotographer

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Nope! That’s a new one called: Wedding Photography by A and K Photography
      Way to InvestiGoogle!

      • Just a Girl

        Looks like it’s been around since March without much use until recently.

      • Lindsay11

        It’s hidden way down in the links below. I tried to report it a few days ago but I guess it’s still up. How many facebook pages does one guy need?

  • Marc W.
    • Guest
    • Aaron

      And your point is Marc? I own numerous domains. Apparently you dont know how to market or you choose to continue this crap.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Crap? You mean like the crap you pulled stealing images? Lying to customers! Committing fraud? That kind of crap?
        I was hoping with today being a new month, you would have your shit together, apologize, delete everything, and actually try to make a change in your life, attitude, business. But I guess not. You’re still not getting it. This site is like an elephant… It never forgets and never stops looking!

        • Aaron

          As far as I know I have yanked all stock images down but if i missed any my apologies. And nothing about last word here I just happen to check inbox and see that after a quiet few days that you all started again

          • U Really That Dumb?

            It’s not our job to tell you what you missed. Not sure why you keep saying that.
            As for further comments here… Yeh, expect them to come forever!

          • Aaron

            lol dont believe in this last comment anyone said its your job. Apparently you dont have enough work otherwise you wouldnt be on here. As far as your smart ass remarks about domestic violence its doesnt matter to me its your opinion. Strongly suggest to you that you may want to stop with personal jabs for there is a fine line your toting at this point with the law as well

          • Lindsay11

            blah blah blah. You obviously don’t have enough work because you keep commenting here and you stole photos.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Smart ass? There is NOTHING smart ass about domestic violence! You have no idea who I am or what I do.
            As for the law? Public information is just that, public.
            I just have to ask, how’s that mug shot working for you? Guessing not so well…
            As for ‘personal jabs’. You came here and lied. You caused all of this to happen. Your actions only caused the community to start digging deeper.
            If you think it’s a personal jab because I related a story about domestic violence abusers, keep dreaming!
            One more thing regarding the law. YOU have broken the law. That is evident herein and likely to cause you pain and suffering the rest of your life either financially, behind bars, or in a Google History that never goes away.

          • Actually look at the posts … You started this up again… We are working on a new outed photosteaker worse than you.

          • Marc W.

            I found copy on your website that you did not write and I see no attribution to the writer.

          • Marc W.

            I found another part that comes up on other sites. =/

          • I don’t get it … why have multiple domains with different content but still relate to his photography business. Most who have multiple domains have it forwarded to their main one you know for marketing

          • Marc W.
          • Marc W.

            I understand owning multiple domains pointing to the same site. This is for SEO / keyword marketing… but usually people use different text in a URL, not the same [company name] with different variations.

            http://domainnameadvice.com/using-multiple-domains-marketing-strategy/

          • Aaron

            Well my web iste was written by me so refrain from that accusation please.

          • Don’t be so proud that you built it by hand. At least I know it was you that plagiarized it.

          • Marc W.

            What accusation? The one that you didn’t write things on your website?

      • Lindsay11

        FFS. I started to wonder why Aaron Haskin keeps posting here when we’ve moved on to other stealers. But then I realized that Aaron Haskin of A and K Photography absolutely HAS TO HAVE THE LAST WORD. You don’t know how to market or you don’t understand SEO Aaron Haskin.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Having dealt with domestic violence cases for years, it’s typical behavior for an abuser. They have the need to get in the last word.
          The one I loved the most was when a convicted abuser kept trying to get in the last word at sentencing. The judge finally said “you’ll have plenty of time to tell it to your cell mate”. He then left the bench and walked out. The convict was so stunned he just stood there with his mouth open. Someone made a comment under their breath that he’ll have that expression often for the next 10-15 years.

      • Marc W.

        Point? Not sure, I guess for rebrand watching.

        I do not know a little about marketing. What I do know that as a business that provides creative materials, you do not provide material you did not create.

      • You don’t need multiple domains for good marketing. If you need multiple domains then you lack the skills to push your brand. 99 of the business on the net only need one and the push that brand only,

  • U Really That Dumb?

    WHY oh WHY does any thief, or friend of thief, think that flagging a post that provides more evidence of the theft would ever get deleted? Seriously, think about how stupid you look even trying!

  • Melinda Potter

    I just noticed THIS in my other’s FB message folder from Aaron Haskin

    “caught ya………. Any further comments about me or my bussiness will be reported to the authorities”.

    OMG! He knows I’m Melinda Potter!!!! Shit! What do I do now?! I’ve been found out! Maybe people who are always hiding something, or out to scam people think others are also trying to hide something?

    BTW The only comment I made on this whole post was after he asked another poster to tell him which images weren’t his and help him clean up…

    I said

    “Are you freakin serious?! What the hell?! Just quit being a jerk and take down ALL the images you didn’t create. You know which ones you made and which ones were made by someone else. Just stop with the crap already.

    I can’t get over this… SMH”

    It still stands. You’re being a jerk, and that’s putting it as nicely as I possibly can. Anyone else here get a studied idiotic message?

    • Oh oh this to me scared … but I am jealous I did not get a message like yours. I even checked my other box 🙁

      • Marc W.

        What is this “other box” everyone gets messages into? Do I not have it because I don’t get messages from people i’m not friends with on FB?

        • U Really That Dumb?

          On your computer:
          Click on Messages
          Click on See All at the bottom
          You’ll see this:

          • Justin Case

            I fell a little silly for never knowing about those hidden messages.

            I don’t often post things to people’s facebook accounts or reviews, but I was quite a surprised to find several nasty messages from people whom I contacted though other means. Enlightening.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            So what you’ve just admitted to is you no longer have an excuse for ignoring messages from the rest of us cult members. 🙂
            Go Team Grape Kool-Aid!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      I am SO jealous! I only get messages like that from Joseph!! Never from a thief!

    • Lindsay11

      BINGO!

      • Melinda Potter

        lol BINGO! At first I thought maybe he just really liked my profile picture lol, but now I know I’ve just been “caught”. Kind of disappointing.

  • captain-confuzzled

    just a little fyi – I thought I’d check to see how our buddy Aaron is doing at taking things down. The website link above comes up as “not found”, but if you just enter the domain name, its still there. http://www.aandkphotography.com/ looks pretty clean at first glance, but it is so slow it drives me nuts – no patience to check more thoroughly at this moment. I give Aaron points for clever, changing the website landing page, but that just tells me that he knows very well how to manage and put together websites, no “I didn’t know” excuses will fly here.

    • Lindsay11

      The photos seem to be clean but unfortunately, his “about me” is plagiarized. We know Aaron Haskin can talk about himself a lot, so how hard is it to write your own biography?

      Words matter just as much as images Aaron!

      And he still has that stupid scam award press release up.

      Who uses hotmail and then charges $7000 for a wedding??