Category Archives: Plagiarism

Shamrock Photography aka Kevin James Photography in Riverside, CA

Website: https://www.shamrockportraitsphotography.com/
Thumbtack: https://www.thumbtack.com/-Riverside-CA/service/3022060
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kevinjamesshamrockphotography/ (currently down)

He has removed his Facebook page but somehow hasn’t managed to remove the stolen images from the website.  Of course, that nefarious “website designer” is being blamed.

Update @ 5:55PM EST

He’s changed all of the images on the landing page to stock images.  Still misrepresenting his own work…

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Platinum Photography LLC aka Expressions Photo & Design aka Expressions by Aaron in Des Moines, Iowa

Website 1: https://www.expressionsphotoanddesign.com/
Website 2: http://expressionsbyaaron.com/index.html
Website 3: http://desmoinesweddingphotographer.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Photo-1552624121673737/ (he changed the name and has deleted all of the images)
App: http://myapp.buzz/expressionsphotoanddesign/
Newsletter 1: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Fall-Bridal-Shows-Are-Upon-Us–Come-See-Us-at-Bridal-Forum-.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=bYMNVFmQCT0
Newsletter 2: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Summer-Special-Wedding-Photographer-and-DJ-For–1995-00-.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=ZnO9Vn39XHE
Newsletter 3: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/You-don-t-want-to-miss-this-wedding-sale.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=uBgj7yRl8rA
Newsletter 4: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Pre-Bridal-Show-Specials-and-Upcoming-Bridal-Forum-Information.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=JGCkaqnYXz4
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikFZ7nylFjo&feature=youtu.be
Current Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expressphotogroup/
Wedding Wire: https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/expressions-photo-and-design-des-moines/ad0388bd2a22dc27.html
The Knot: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/expressions-photo-and-design-des-moines-ia-661088
Website 4 (rebranded): https://platinumphotographyllc.com/
Website 5: https://platinumphotography.godaddysites.com/

 

Last night I received a tip that one of the photographers listed here in 2015, A&K Photography, was back up to his old tricks and using stolen images in his portfolio.  Not only that but he’s been pulling no shows at weddings as well.  I wonder if he’ll blame the former partner again?

Here is a link to the news story that aired last night about two weddings he no-showed to.  http://www.kcci.com/article/newlyweds-say-photographer-scammed-them-on-their-wedding-day/8677634

Also of note is that right when all of the shit started to hit the fan there was a sudden influx of 5 star reviews on his listing on The Knot.  Now you have to dig to find the negative reviews.

Of course most of the client reviews on his website are plagiarized.  Color me shocked.

Updated 2/16/17 – New Facebook Page has been added.  More plagiarized reviews have been added to his Facebook and Website and the original sources are linked below.

Update 2/26/17 –  There’s a few updates that I’ve done but in the past week haven’t had the time to properly document so I am adding those here now.

  • On 2/18/2017 PlatinumPhotographyLLC.com was registered anonymously on Go Daddy.  The website not only showed Expression Photo & Design’s images with the same name used to title the images but the phone number for the new company also is linked to Expressions Photo & Design.  Since the proof is in the pudding, all of the proof is shown below the cut.
  • On 2/19/2017 I received a slew of fake reviews across various platforms for my business.  One of those reviews had also given Expressions Photo & Design a glowing review… which was plagiarized from another review on a different photographer.
  • Since 2/21/2017 (my birthday, well done!) I’ve been getting increasingly angry emails, phone calls and texts from a “Gary” claiming that Platinum Photography LLC has no affiliation with Expressions Photo & Design and demanding that I remove the added link to this listing.  I even received a Cease and Desist from a law firm that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

 

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Jasmine Star, Part Two

Three years ago it was discovered that Jasmine Star was plagiarizing quotes on Instagram and Facebook and shortly thereafter it was discovered that some of her blog posts were also plagiarized.  Unfortunately, I’ve received multiple submissions that she is doing it again.

Jasmine Star’s Blog “Inspiration is for Amateurs” (which is also shared on Instagram and Facebook) is awfully similar to a quote from Chuck Close.  Some of it is verbatim, some of it is heavily inspired by the source quote much like her blog posts were the last time.  Below I’ve highlighted the words that were identical.

Update: there’s also at least one more quip that wasn’t Jasmine’s original words and you’ll find that added below.

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