Catchy Title Photography in Los Angeles, CA

Website:  http://www.catchytitlephoto.com/
Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/CatchyTitlePhoto
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/CatchyTitlePhotography
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Catchy_Title
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/catchytitlephoto
500px:  http://500px.com/CatchyTitlePhotography
Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/123729231@N04/
Model Mayhem:  http://www.modelmayhem.com/3054585

This photographer was caught when they replied to a want ad for a second shooter for a wedding with their website which is full of very recognizable work from other photographers.  Note that these images are all for sale on the website.  They also are on the slideshow at the opening of the website.

The other galleries appears to be their own work.

Update 06/28/2014 @ 3:30PM

This guy claims he had his gear stolen at a wedding and has a crowd funding site set up… whoa.

 

Website: 

I have a party to attend so I’m taking the “easy” way out because there’s SO much stolen that I don’t have time to side-by-side every image.

Wedding Gallery:  

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Key:

? = Unknown Source

JG = Original source is Jerry Ghionis

HP = Original source is Hepburn Photography

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Original source

  • Marc W.

    Irony.

    • peaceetc

      Too bad that post she linked didn’t talk about copyright infringement.

    • Amber Kost

      Haha just saw that!

  • peaceetc

    Wow, they stole from Jerry Ghionis, eh? That’s brilliant! Nobody would ever recognize his work, since he’s not well known or anything.

  • peaceetc

    They use Smugmug to sell photos, so I posted on Smugmug’s wall with a warning about it, and included this link and a link to their Smugmug gallery.

  • Amber Kost

    If those were really their work, one would expect the page to have more than 14 likes

    • Amber Kost

      Oops, 13

  • Helena

    Website wedding samples is suspiciously empty.

  • peaceetc

    Hey, kids — one of their Facebook URLs is a profile being used as a business, which is a giant no-no in Facebook world. It would be helpful if you could report it as such.

    Instructions (after most of the steps, choose ‘continue’ after doing that step):

    1. Go here: https://www.facebook.com/CatchyTitlePhoto

    2. Click on the three dots (not DOGS, as I wrote the first time!) next to ‘message’ and a box will come up.

    3. Click on ‘report’.

    4. Choose ‘report this account.’

    5. Choose ‘this profile represents a business or organization’.

    6. Choose ‘submit to Facebook for review.’ Then ‘continue’ and whatever else. I’ve already reported it, so I can’t see what happens after that.

  • Melinda Potter

    I know this has nothing to do with the infringement, but I love the model mayhem bio and the main site’s fine art section 🙂 WOW

    • peaceetc

      Ooh, that says they’re male. I shouldn’t make assumptions. But I love that they say they’ve been a photographer for 10 years and has been published in various places, but they still feel the need to steal others’ work to make themselves look better.

      • Melinda Potter

        They are award winning, and it shows 🙂

      • Helena

        Also, points out other people’s flaws, while infringing copyright.

    • Helena

      Well I hope Chaz maintains a stiff upper lip in light of this. FFS Chaz, one’s queen would be disappointed.

      • Kat

        The funny thing is [funny fucked up, not funny ‘haha’] is that he also posted a campaign to fund him because he had his camera/lens stolen at a wedding. Sucks when the shoe is on the other foot. What a flipping doche.

        • Photo Stealers

          WHOA, wait, seriously? He had a go fund me!?

          • Monica Lewis
          • peaceetc

            Thanks, Monica. I see it has zero donations.

          • Melinda Potter

            Something tells me we aren’t going to see a line up of people coming here to support him or defend his wrong doings like we see quite a lot here.

          • Not counting the multiple fake accounts right?

          • Helena

            Isn’t this one of the reasons you should have two bodies with you when you’re shooting weddings?

          • peaceetc

            Yep. One would think, after their 10 illustrious years in the business, that they would know to be prepared for such occasions. But, hey, they say if I donate, I can get him to shoot my wedding! It doesn’t say he’ll do it for free, of course, just that he’ll do it.

          • Melinda Potter

            “My children are hungry”??!? What a douche! Insurance?! or maybe doing something you excel at? Those are some ideas on how to feed your children, but begging works too I suppose

          • EVERYONE has a GoFundMe to replace their gear … it’s sickening.

            Try this google search result.
            https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Photographer+Gear+Stolen+site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2F

        • peaceetc

          Seriously? That… oh, that pisses me off. People always expect others to pay for stuff they need. Didn’t they have insurance?

          Well. I had a lens break the other day, so I’m going to ask (read: demand) all of you to pay for it. My old one costs about $500 to replace, but I expect y’all to get me an L-series lens.

          • Helena

            I’ll give you $5. Just because I like you. 😉

          • peaceetc

            Sweet! At this rate, I’ll be able to get that lens… let’s see here… oh! Never! 🙂

          • Helena

            Lol, I need more L series in my life too! We can save and beg together. 😀

        • Helena

          Wow. I have no words.

        • peaceetc

          Do you have the link or information on the campaign?

        • We’ve heard that one before. *ROLLS EYES*

          • Marc W.

            Also found this when image searching.

            https://fundly.com/users/594754

            edited: woops, Monica already found this one.

          • KimJ

            How do you have equipment stolen at a wedding you are shooting? Surely, and correct me if I am wrong, you would have your equipment in a bag on you or right next to you?

          • To be fair, I’ve shot weddings where my bag wasn’t on me at all times and it had lenses, back-up body, etc in it.. never my MAIN kit mind you, but lots of back-up kit.. So, yes, it can happen.
            I just happen to lock my back and chain it to something immovable because I presume this crap could happen.

          • Justin Case
          • That and well … I assume you have insurance and even if you didn’t I doubt you would go begging for donations.

          • Ric New

            Equipment can be easily stolen at a wedding. Other than some type of belt system where everything it carried with you the whole time (which I tried for about three weddings then I went back to my old ways) its impossible to carry all your gear with you the whole time. Yes, you try and keep it in line of sight but not always possible (it would be annoying for the bride/groom to have to stop all the time waiting for you to move gear around as you move throughout a venue). If I’m outside at a park or somewhere, my backup gear is normally locked in my car and I pray I don’t need to stop things and go get it. But, at the wedding itself or during the reception its in my rolling bag which I don’t take around with me.

          • That’s what my assistant is for.

          • Marc W.

            Or insurance. Even my home owners insurance covers my gear. Not sure how much, or if in all circumstances, but it’s covered partially.

          • Justin Case

            awww, poor Lodewyk Goosen, I mean Chandler Kim, I mean… oh f*ck, whoever.

          • Amber Kost

            So THAT’S how I get that upgrade I don’t want to actually pay for!

          • CrackerJacker

            All these pros and none of them have insurance on their gear? SMH!

        • Monica Lewis
          • peaceetc

            Too bad the link doesn’t still work. I wanted to know if he worked copyright infringement into his act.

        • Justin Case

          strange, but might be true. He was shooting in 2013 with a Canon 60D, then in February with a Canon 70D, March with a Canon 5D mk II, then in April with a Canon 5D mk III. I work full time and I can’t afford a new camera every month… not at that quality.

          • Helena

            I was just about to say the same thing. Why does he need funding for a new camera because one of his was stolen if he already has another 3 at his disposal?

          • Helena

            Ah, the images taken on the 60D are likely stolen.

          • Helena

            Was Chaz Blackwood. :/

          • 3 different 5DIII,5DII,70D,60D

          • peaceetc

            Wow. Also: wow. I might add: wow.

          • Word…

          • U Really That Dumb?

            What, never heard of camera rental?

          • Well I dont know of anyone with the ability to rent the same camera all the time.
            EXIF is a MF .. 😛

          • Justin Case

            anything is possible, but when you claim you only have ONE camera to use at a wedding (a Canon 5D mkII), then post a photo taken three days later with the same Canon 70D you’d been using for the past few months (with the same kind of lens you claim had just been stolen) something doesn’t add up.

            And if HE knew about camera rentals, why ‘call a friend at my own expense’ to come and finish a wedding for him?

            (oh, and he’s a serial con man and photo thief, but don’t let that cloud your judgement 😉

          • C Sab

            And yet his photos look mediocre at best.

    • lilac

      You’re kidding, right?

      • Melinda Potter

        Award winning lilac, award winning is what we see here

        • lilac

          Thank god.

          • Melinda Potter

            I especially like the “I can’t believe it’s not Butter” photo

          • lilac

            Heh. That yellow goodness tastes *just* like butter.

    • Justin Case

      all down.

  • Kevin Berry

    Does anyone know if the Model Mayhem pictures have been stolen, let me know and I will report to the admins

    • Melinda Potter

      They all look pretty mediocre and kind of beginner blah. I think they are all his pictures on model mayhem, but I haven’t done an image search on any of them

    • U Really That Dumb?

      At least two appear to be.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    What a sharp TOOL!

  • Marc W.

    Website doesn’t work anymore. :-O

    • peaceetc

      And both the Facebook profile and page appear to be down.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Pulled by FB and up for review. May be back in 24hrs.

        • peaceetc

          Interesting. I hope Facebook lays down the law on him, but I know they tend to be wimpy when they should be hardasses, and vice versa.

    • KimJ

      It looks like he was quick to delete

  • U Really That Dumb?

    He’s hiding and waiting to rebrand…

    • peaceetc

      Turnips? Okay. Well, maybe his next business will have a catchy title!

      Oh, wait.

    • peaceetc

      Ah, I just went there and it shows the profile has been removed.

  • Steve O’Donnell

    Hell….a well known wedding photog here in Orlando who has been in business for 10 years recently tried to crowd source funds for a new D4S so he could remain “cutting edge”. That didn’t go over too well. HAHA!

    • I wish I could crowd fund my operating costs! LOL!

  • BullShite

    “Catchy Title Photography” is NOT a registered business in Los Angeles.
    Another half-assed, fly-by-night scam artist….. shocking.

    • I cant stand Gimmicky Names these photographers create.

      • BullShite

        Egh, ditto.

  • This is one thing I can say… this one shut down every website that was out there. No fighting.

      • After more checking according to flickr he owns 3 different 5DIII,5DII,70D,60D .. man LOL!

        • Helena

          He really needs another one funded by the general public. There are several things like this where he’s begging for money for various schemes.

    • peaceetc

      This guy will go underground, hide for a little while, change him name, and do it all over again. He clearly has a history of doing it, from reading the articles linked above.

      • KimJ

        This is one we need to keep an eye on. He will be back

      • C Sab

        And we’ll be there every time he pops his head out of his little hole.

  • Helena

    OMFG we have another nutcase. Real name Scott Lee Russell apparently.
    http://rodneymbliss.com/2013/08/26/the-pedophile-the-comedian-and-the-englishman/

    • Helena
    • Justin Case

      no. and no, please, no.

      • Helena

        Afraid so!

    • Helena

      More.
      http://wheresthepunch.podomatic.com/entry/2013-08-21T10_05_05-07_00

      There’s a frickin’ Twitter hash tag. #chazblackwoodexposed

      • Helena

        Really, listen to this podcast. Currently talking about how within an hour he’ll take every thing off his sites.

    • captain-confuzzled

      WTH!!!? amazing find! This dude is scaaaaary.

      • Helena

        No wonder he’s deleted everything. He probably didn’t want this stuff exposed.

        • doncalifornia

          tooooo late. He always wanted to be well-known. And, now he is.

    • BullShite

      Oh DISGUSTING.
      No wonder this pig ducked out without kicking and screaming. Doesn’t want thousands and thousands more people knowing he’s a kid-diddler….. excellent Investigoogling BTW!

      • Helena

        Yes exactly. He also appears to have children. :/

        • BullShite

          Oh no, those poor kids….this sicko should be in jail for life….stupid “justice system”. I’ll be listening to this later when the kid is not present. I love how photostealing is almost ALWAYS the tip of the iceberg for so many other frauds and crimes… though this one is by far the worst, and these “people” are NOT rehab-able either. I don’t even want to think of some of the young girls he could have coerced to “model” for this farce of a “business”.

          15 year old girl….. sick, worthless pig….

      • captain-confuzzled

        I’m listening to the podcast Helena found, seems he did the quick internet disappearing act when outed the last time too.

      • Justin Case

        It looks like he was a young man accused of sleeping with at least one under-age woman. I have seen one statement saying he plead guilty to lesser charges. I don’t want to open up a big can of worms, but ‘kid-diddler’ might not accurately describe what he has been convicted of.

        His criminal conviction is certainly noteworthy, and goes a long way toward understanding his character, but until we find out more specific information, I’m just going to stick with the serial-fraudster, unsavory-character aspects.

        • BullShite

          There is no reason a guy that old should have ANYTHING to do with a 15 year old. Period.

    • Helena
    • peaceetc

      Oh no. This is so much worse than I ever would have thought. This guy deserves to be brought squirming into the light so the whole world can see the kind of person he is. I just can’t wrap my head around that sort of behavior.

      • Helena

        Well the sad thing is, by using what I assume is his partner’s surname, he’s dragged her into it too.

        • peaceetc

          I wonder if the woman associated with his camera gear replacement fund has any idea about this stuff.

        • captain-confuzzled

          she also is the person who registered the domain and on her Facebook page she talks about what a great photographer he is.

          • BullShite

            Has anyone contacted her? Hopefully she’s NOT aware of this and NOT stupid enough to stay tied to him.

          • peaceetc

            I am writing to her on Facebook, but I’m sure it will go into her ‘other’ folder, so she may never see it.

          • Helena

            Surely she must know something about it? Surely? They appear to have a kid who is old enough to have been about when the whole arrest etc took place. :/

          • peaceetc

            No idea. I wrote to her with the assumption she knew nothing, and explained what’s happened. I told her I wanted to provide information she might not have and will let her do with it what she will. That’s really all I can do.

          • peaceetc

            The person listed on the Fundly page is a photographer who apparently lives in VT and is married to someone who is not Chaz, according to the bio on her web site.

          • Helena

            Oh right.

          • peaceetc

            It just occurred to me we’re talking about two different people. The person I messaged on Facebook is the woman listed on the Fundly campaign along with Chaz. I did not write to his wife.

      • KimJ

        Oh no! this man is sick

    • C Sab

      How the hell are these people able to walk free?

    • HOLY $#!7!!!!

      • Helena

        I KNOW! Why are they always batshit crazy?!

      • Justin Case

        truer words were never censored.

  • Justin Case
  • Helena

    He’s on IMDB too.

    • C Sab

      Anyone can make an IMDB page for someone. Means nothing.

    • doncalifornia

      Is anyone actually given the name “Chaz” at birth?

      • Helena

        No. Never.

        • Justin Case

          well, maybe in Utah… or L.A. I guess ‘Charles’ is just too hard to spell.

          • Helena

            C… H… R… L… Z…

            Yeah, you’re probably right. 😉

      • U Really That Dumb?

        I know one gal and one guy named Char. Yes, given names at birth.

    • Helena

      He appears to have taken a lot of photos of young women. :/

      • C Sab

        There’s someone like that in my city. Some people are desperate.

        • Helena

          Given his criminal convictions though it’s somewhat concerning.

          • C Sab

            Makes me wonder how people like him are allowed to walk the streets.

  • Justin Case

    This whole thread will need a NSFW very soon…

    • Helena

      You ain’t kidding!

  • captain-confuzzled

    so he’s apparently married with two kids, 29 years old and this (image attached) is on his FB page from two weeks ago. ummm, probably just looking for a model, yep, that’s it. Well at least she lists herself as being 18.

  • Helena
  • Justin Case

    OK, so this guy is a serial con-artist. He has reinvented himself multiple times, for various reasons. The photos are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Anyone who comes across Chaz Blackwood, aka Chaz Ahlstrom aka Comedian Chaz from Manchester England, aka Scotty Lee aka Scott Lee Russell posing as a photographer, do your research.

    He has a rather ‘colorful’ background to say the least.

    • Helena

      Should add that some of what you find is NSFW.

    • that a lot of AKA

      • Helena

        This dude is desperate for fame, so he’ll be back with a different name soon enough I’m sure.

        • Justin Case

          That much seems absolutely clear.

        • C Sab

          Not the first time.

          • Helena

            It will be the 5th by my estimates.

    • KimJ

      This guy was quick, there is nothing up

    • Justin Case

      a few images to prove the connections:

  • Helena

    Oh of course there’s a groupon…

    http://touch.groupon.com/deals/catchy-title-photography

    • KimJ

      You are on a roll today. Wow

      • Helena

        I hope it’s a sausage roll. I’m a bit peckish. 😛

    • peaceetc

      You are rocking the investigoogling (did I spell that right?), Helena. Also — zero bought on the Groupon offer.

      • Helena

        Thanks!

      • C Sab

        I am shocked.

      • Considering the description and lack of sample images, I’m not surprised.

    • What’s that banner picture for the group on?
      Seems like a stock image …

      Also, there’s no description about what you get! It’s all about how local businesses help the economy!

      What a FAIL!

      • Marc W.

        Yeah, I’m 100% sure he doesn’t have an RZ67

    • And the Groupon is closed.

      • Marc W.

        I sent in a comment to groupon. It was easy because the website/company no longer exists.

  • Helena

    https://local.ksl.com/listings/catchy-title-productions/148700

    Apparently Catchy Title Productions is a full scale production company in LA but expanding into wedding photography and videography in Utah (hence all the stolen work). This guy seriously brings new meaning to “fake it ’til you make it.”

    • Marc W.

      was.

      • Helena

        You mean never was. I doubt either company (and I use that term very loosely) was ever registered.

    • C Sab

      That won’t be happening.

    • Justin Case

      The L.A. connection keeps reappearing, but as the podcast suggests, he can’t seem to stay away from the Salt Lake City area. I would guess that’s where he will rebrand, if he dares to do it as a photographer again.

      • Helena

        Well I think his plan was to move to California according to this. Of course he wants to move there… that’s where the famous people are!

        • wait his wife was/is endorsing him?

          • Helena

            Yeah. I don’t know how much she knows. It’s weird.

  • Logan Smith
    • CrackerJacker

      BINGO!!!

    • C Sab

      Wouldn’t be the first time a thief has used something like that to try and get sympathy.

      • BullShite

        Screw him, I hope it is true….. but I doubt it. Every time these people want sympathy, they always come up with the “I have cancer” bullshite. Always goddamned cancer.

    • Helena

      Wow, this guy is really sick, but in the head, not physically.

  • Justin Case

    It’s always wonderful how ironic ‘about me’s can turn out to be:

    • Helena

      Low and behold, the videos recorded as Scotty Lee he has an american accent…

      • Justin Case

        …as if there was ever any doubt. Quite painful to watch, but that might just be because I now know his history.

      • Chris

        The phrase is “lo and behold.”

        • Helena

          Forgive my phone’s auto correct please pedant.

          • Just a Girl

            hahahah! Someone needs to find some other form of entertainment! jeez

        • Justin Case

          actually, with this clown, ‘LOW’ is perhaps more apt.

  • Lindsay11
  • U Really That Dumb?

    Hey Chaz,
    Probably not the smartest idea to use an alias that matches that of a convicted sex offender. Especially with your criminal record.

  • captain-confuzzled

    I don’t think this link has been posted yet – a more detailed listing of charges, etc “A local comedian has been charged with 25 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for taking photographs of underage girls” http://phonesystems.tmcnet.com/news/2010/11/06/5119917.htm

    • OMG …no wonder he turned off all the links to his photography sites quick.

  • Lindsay11

    A few days ago I emailed the author of one of the stories we found http://rodneymbliss.com/2013/08/26/the-pedophile-the-comedian-and-the-englishman/ and I heard back from him. He feels about stealers the same way we do. He’s going to write a new article about our friend Chaz next week!

    • BullShite

      Good call!!

    • Marc W.
      • Just a Girl

        *BOOM*

      • Lindsay11

        Wow that was fast! Good going Rodney!

    • Justin Case

      Nice. It makes a great follow up to the original article and even has a shout-out or two to this page. Good job, Lindsay.

    • KimJ

      Yay Lindsay

  • That girl

    First off, I owe you all a HUGE thank you for posting and sharing this. I met Charles (or whatever alias you want to call him) through a dating app. We saw each other for about a month. I really liked him then he disappeared. So I decided to google him and found this, I had no idea about any of this, and I’m completely in shock. I really don’t know how accurate anything he told me was but apparently he is currently a successful auto photographer working in Utah, Nevada, and California. He also told me about his kids and their mom but said they weren’t actually married they just told people they were. I’m not defending him in anyway because quite honestly I’m really hurt that he lied about & hid his past, especially when we got to the point we were intimate. I do want to clear the air about his cancer, he did have cancer and I know for a fact that he was honest about that. As a cancer survivor myself I know that everything with that was true. I really hope this helps any other people in his life that he might have tricked like he did to me. It sucks getting your heart broken but even more so when you were lied to straight to your face.