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Nikolin Studio in Los Angeles, CA

Website: https://www.nikolinstudio.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_ivan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_photography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_wedding/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_newborn/

To be honest I don’t know what the hell is happening with this company.

The website just seems off. Some plagiarism, some stolen images. I think there’s more stolen on the website but I couldn’t find sources for it all.

The one Instagram account (Ivan) seems like a bot account with bought followers?

The maternity Instagram is full of AI images along the stolen ones.

The wedding Instagram has a “Backdropville” icon.

Very weird but they are advertising with the stolen images so are trying to get clients.

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Southern Elegance Photography in Mebane, NC

Website: https://southernelegancephotography40.mypixieset.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086542004496
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/southern_elegance_photography
USession: https://book.usesession.com/i/sVUvrG5ros

Originally I was sent this for the copious amount of mini session ads with others copyrighted images but then I found more as I dug so here we are.

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Tammy Dayton Photography in Saint Leonard, MD

Website: https://tammydaytonphotography.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100095370339170&mibextid=LQQJ4d

Website appears clear but the Facebook has a lot of images that are not her original work.

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Cyrus the Prodigy in Seattle, WA

Website: https://www.cyrustheprodigy.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cyrustheprodigy/?hl=en
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/cyrus-the-prodigy-seattle
Craigslist: https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/crs/d/seattle-wedding-photographer-award/7721030374.html
Marketplace: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/392432090100703/?https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1090990162169687/?mibextid=79PoIi
Marketplace: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/313922848339345/?mibextid=79PoIi
Marketplace: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1090990162169687/?mibextid=79PoIi
Marketplace: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1191124591859652/?mibextid=79PoIi
Bark: https://www.bark.com/en/us/company/cyrus-the-prodigy-photogrpher/3AbJn/

There are a lot of images I didn’t find sources for that I suspect are likely not originally his work but searching is failing me (or maybe my covid brain?) so definitely peruse the galleries to see if anything is familiar.

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Locals Only Style Shoot in Wadsworth, OH

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/localsonlystyledshoot/
usession: https://book.usesession.com/s/Gt4z3AikP
Brochure: https://www.canva.com/design/DAF6K-pgMvE/KmLPyusowot43DLQkYK95Q/view

The girl running this thing, Tina, aka Photos by Teenzy, is a photographer in Ohio and posted in a local photographer’s group a couple weeks ago trying to find models for her hosted styled shoot in March.

I immediately clocked that the photos were Pinterest and informed her that this was copyright infringement. She clapped back that this is mood boards and asked if I was familiar with the concept of Pinterest. Apparently she GNFs because here we are.

Today she’s blasting the boards across the whole of what feels like Ohio looking for photographers to pay $375 and is using the mood boards as advertisement.

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve had some Facebook rants lately about Pinterest not being a source, here is why.

I mean, for one board (peach) she basically used all the images from the Brides article for the 2024 Pantone Color of the Year and they all have the original photographers easily linked. It would take just two seconds to email the original photographers to get permission.

Even *if* the whole Pinterest-images-can-be-used-in-mood-boards-that-are-also-ads thing was legit, it’s blown out of the water with the fact that the brochure is FULL of images that Tina/Teenzy does not have the intellectual property rights to use. I did really like the added detail of a stolen image on the page with COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION, DUH on it.

I had a tough time nailing down sources for all of these so if you see something you recognize let me know.

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