Dancing Dandelions Photography aka Avelyn ARTography aka Tara Lynne Photography in St. Louis, MO

Website:  http://dancingdandelionsphotography.zenfolio.com/
Website 2:  http://www.taralynneseyephotography.com/
Facebook:
  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dancing-Dandelions-Photography/117903308363065
Facebook 2:  https://www.facebook.com/avelynartography
Model Mayhem:  http://www.modelmayhem.com/3181991

As the summer season revs up, posting may be less frequent but I will try my best to keep up!

Another submission from St. Louis!!  Missouri seems to be hot on the heels of Georgia and Florida!  A reminder, again, that one should never use someone else’s images for mini session advertisements.

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  • Amber Kost

    I specialize in capturing the natural beauty and unique qualities in each subject.

    Yea…Google capture :/

  • That March 6th fb post is just precious.

  • Marc W.

    This person: https://www.facebook.com/tara.cookcarter?hc_location=timeline has posted on images on DDP’s FB page. This profile has an entry that says “Going to close this account very soon. Find me here: Tara Tara Lynne Avelyn” https://www.facebook.com/tara.lynne.3110

    Now, if you look at old posts on DDP’s FB page, you’ll see watermarks with “Tara Lynne Photography”. Therefore, that user is DDP.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=163016070518455&set=a.117907625029300.24046.117903308363065&type=1&theater

    • Lindsay11

      Did her facebook name say “Tara Tara Lynne Avelyn” yesterday? Because today it just says La Tara. I would just find it terribly amusing if she was rebranding herself yet again to make it harder to find.

      • doncalifornia

        “La Tara”? lol. Tara Lynne Cook-Carter, if you are reading this, it’s too early for a come-back. You need to contact each photographer whose images you used on your sites and in your ads, and apologize, and of course plead for mercy and hope you don’t get sued. Denying it will only make it worse. After that, you can BEGIN the process of becoming a quality photographer who can deliver what you advertise. It’s a long process. It’s not days or weeks, or just a few months. One develops over years. Put in a lot of work with other photographers. Take classes. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. Learn, and take pride in your work. And don’t cheat. Perhaps I’ve just wasted two minutes of typing; often this kind of advice feels insulting to the person towards whom it is directed. But in any case, know that you have made “the list” here, which means people will always check up on you. Always. Calling yourself “La Tara” or Lynne’s Shotzapoppin or Ava Nutha Pikcha won’t hide bad behavior. Sorry if I am being flippant. I just don’t have any respect for someone when they are caught red-handed faking it, but choose to deny and bob and weave and try to sneak away unscathed. It’s not going to work.

        • Lindsay11

          haha Don, that was a fun read and you are very creative with your naming! I’m sorry Tara will never see it 🙁

      • Marc W.

        Yes it did!

        • Lindsay11

          Thanks for the confirmation Marc!

  • V323

    Why are there so many aliases for some of these people? I can barely keep track of 1 name, let alone 5 different iterations of me.

    • Photo Stealers

      It’s likely she either had disgruntled clients before, someone with a similar name or got caught stealing before? Who knows!

      • BullShite

        Either way, it’s a reoccurring theme with these people! One fly-by-night, unregistered business here, another over there….. just in case they get caught!!

  • Helena

    I tried to reply to this post and give her some facts and advice about using images from pinterest like a noob, but it was deleted, but not before I could take a screenshot.

    • V323

      Looks like the FB is now deleted? I commented on that particular picture, tagging the actual photographer, maybe 10 mins ago. Now gone.

      • Helena

        I couldn’t even reply. I hit reply and it said the post was gone. Glad I took a screen cap now.

        • V323

          It appears she’s removed the one picture I commented on & blocked me. #sadface

          • Helena

            I bet you’re gutted! :p

    • Justin Case

      …and again, how the hell can ANY real photographer use someone else’s images to sell their own product? Pinterest IS NOT A FREE IMAGE SERVICE!

      • V323

        She frickin’ WATERMARKED the top image, you cannot under any circumstance claim “pinterest inspiration” WHEN YOU WATERMARK THE STOLEN IMAGE.

        AND THEN SHE NAMED THE DAMN SUBJECTS.

        • Helena

          She’s going to be one that doesn’t see what they’ve done wrong.

          • Justin Case

            it’s all us haters, just tryin’ to keep a poor woman down. I can see a quick re-brand in her future.

          • doncalifornia

            The ONE? 😉

          • U Really That Dumb?

            One as in OMG ANOTHER ONE! LOL
            I’m SURE Jazzy will show up to defend this one too!

          • Helena

            Lol, no. Just one among many!

        • That is exactly what I wanted to say. Even if she found that image without watermark, it doesn’t mean that she can put her own watermark and use fake names to make it more real!!!

          • Justin Case

            Marta, aren’t you a friend of the photographer? Do you know if she has had contact from Tara Lynn?

          • Yes, we are close friends. There was no contact so far.

      • Helena

        That was part of my comment actually. She seems to have a lot of her own work so why use an image from pinterest?

    • Kym Zwick

      Um, sure… Promote an ad, complete with fake names of the babies, and talking about how easy it is to make the crowns… Weren’t trying to pass it off as your own, BULLSH..

      • Helena

        But it’s just an unwatermarked image from pinterest! She can change those babies names and violate their parents’ privacy because it’s only inspiration and that makes it okay! *rolls eyes*

    • Joseph Philbert

      No watermarks me its free for anyone to use ..smh!

      • Helena

        You mean I can’t use any image I find in Google? *shocked face*

    • peaceetc

      Why do people think that’s okay? I just don’t understand.

      Note to everybody everywhere: doing what this lady did it isn’t okay. Photos are copyrighted, even the those found on Pinterest. Using them without permission is illegal, and you can be sued for a lot of money. Just don’t do it and you won’t have a problem.

      Pinterest has done more to mislead people on copyright issues most other things, I think. That and Google Images (also not free images, kids!).

      • Not to mention that yo can clearly see that she cloned out the logo.. And if she’s not claiming it’s hers, why did she put her logo on it

        • peaceetc

          Yep. That’s another fine on top of the others, by the way. Watermarks are not to be messed with, and you sure as heck aren’t allowed to put your own on others’ work.

      • Helena

        I’m not sure pinterest has misled people as much as people are opportunistic bastards. :p

        • peaceetc

          True, but with the way Pinterest is set up, it’s very easy to forget those photos come from other sources. When I see my blog posts and photos pinned on there, I’m always torn between being happy with the exposure and that someone liked my stuff well enough to pin it, and cringing because of the mass confusion (or willful ignorance) regarding copyright found on Pinterest. The way Pinterest posts rather large “thumbnails” of the images on their server doesn’t help matters at all — actually, it’s probably the cause of the confusion.

    • grrr

      This was the same photo she had on Facebook that someone commented on how cute the crowns were and she claimed they were so easy to create/make. Easy to do it all when you steal someone else’s photo. What is wrong with people??!?

    • That photo was stolen from my website – http://www.najka.pl . It has never been on Pinterest. I never post photos without my logo.
      I haven’t been contacted by Tara so far, but anyway I am not going to leave it this way…
      http://www.najka.pl
      http://www.facebook.com/NajkaPhotography

      • Helena

        I hope you take legal action as it seems to be the only way these charlatans learn. Does confirm though that her apologies were completely worthless. She is a serial liar!

      • KimJ

        I am so sorry that this happened to you. I hope you take it further. She won’t stop stealing.

        And your photos are amazing.

  • DD Facebook is apparently gone.

  • Patrick Mitchell

    Her facebook is still up but she changed her Profile and background pics to some from her gallery that I believe might actually be hers.

  • OtterMatt

    Ooh, there’s a big ol’ check mark on the “Naked. Babies. Everywhere.” box of Fauxtographer Bingo.

    • Photo Stealers

      Complete with digital butterfly to protect the private bits.

      • Joseph Philbert

        yea I saw that .. its was a nice laugh.

      • Mom knows best

        At least she is being conservative.

        • peaceetc

          Okay… she used stuff illegally, but at least she covered up the private bits. Interesting take.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Hi Tara, what’s up?

    • Justin Case

      we also have the random use of ‘selective color’ square:

      • Mom knows best

        Random color is not such a bad thing. Now you are just digging to be a jerk.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Apparently you have not heard about Fauxtographer Bingo.

          • Justin Case

            I’ve been out of town. I think I left my subtlety somewhere.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            It’s hanging out with @josephphilbert:disqus’s subtlety…

          • Joseph Philbert

            HAHAHAHA
            You wound me 😛

        • Photo Stealers

          I see you are from St. Louis…

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Oops!

          • KimJ

            And off she runs.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Dropped her load and ran ran away!
            Probably never realized that all internet activity is not private. Just like Screen captures of stolen images, and ISP’s keeping track of everything you download and upload. Especially to your FB account and website. It’s a shame that attorneys don’t know how to request copies of those records.

          • doncalifornia

            bwaaah hahaha!

        • Justin Case

          You’re right. It is being a jerk to dig into someone’s PUBLIC business website in search of fraud. My intentions are rude and childish. There, feel better now?

          But since you seem to be acquainted with the subject identified above, you may want to take a close look at the quality of the images posted above and those that were posted on http://www.taralynneseyephotography.com/

        • peaceetc

          It usually is such a bad thing. It’s horribly cliched and usually draws attention to unnecessary things. Most people go through the selective color phase and move on, because they realize it’s not helping their work.

          In this photo, I’d rather look at the girl’s face (which is the focal point of the image, I believe), but my eye keeps going to her hair bow and that ‘S’ on her sweater. I just don’t see the point of using selective color on this photo. That’s a personal opinion, obviously, and others’ mileage may vary.

        • doncalifornia

          Yeah actually it’s a bad thing. It separates the pros from the amateurs. It really does.

        • Helena

          In fairness, the above example is nothing short of terrible.

        • KimJ

          It looks like the dude’s pants are colored. It also looks like a snap shot more than a professional shooting. If this is what she is advertising then it isn’t at all professional – but then she had to steal her images so , yip can’t use professional and Tara in the same sentence.

        • Yes … yes it is a bad thing.

  • Joseph Philbert

    Well it seems they removed everything..

  • KimJ

    She was so quick to delete. Damn I have to get up earlier!
    And I hate it when they stop you from commenting or posting on their pages.

  • Just a Girl

    Ooooh I wonder what the complaint was about! That the received goods didn’t look anything like what was represented perhaps!?

    • Justin Case

      a good point. It could just as easily be for any number of reasons, however. Anyone who thinks it is even remotely OK to use someone else’s images – paid for, royalty-free or whatever – is obviously not professional enough to be in the photography business. And what has gone on here – removing watermarks, ADDING watermarks, otherwise implying ownership. has moved from the simply naïve to outright fraud.

      This is NOT a matter of opinion. It is a simple, objective (and likely, legal) truth. Take a business course before you start taking other people’s money.

  • KimJ

    The baby feet on her one website is also stolen http://www.taralynneseyephotography.com/newborns.html
    I don’t know where the original is but this is what I found

  • Lindsay11

    Before one names one’s business, wouldn’t the first step to make sure no one has that name? Has none of the several pages of Dancing Dandelion Photography done that? If I started Lindsay’s Lovely Photography (or whatever) I’d google it first to make sure I wouldn’t get mistaken by all the million of other Lindsays in the world.

    Why is she Tara Cook-Carter on Model Mayhem and Tara Lynn Avelyn on facebook? A maiden name and a married name?

    ETA LOL See, good thing I looked that name’s taken. Darn! :p http://lovelylindsay.com/

    • Justin Case

      So, she’s got at least THREE different names she’s doing business under. She freely admits that she is aware that another photographer is using the same business name and is also using facebook for advertising under that name.

      It all just oozes legitimacy and good business practice. I’m sure that she is also registered, insured and claiming all that income officially as well.

      • Lindsay11

        The ones I know, so far
        Avelyn Artography
        Dancing Dandelion
        Tara Cook-Carter
        Tara Lynn Avelyn

        So four, and we know there’s more out there cause why stop at four?

        • KimJ

          Maybe she has had a run in before with stealing photos hence the name changes?

          • Lindsay11

            On that March 6th post, she’s complaining about how hard it is to start a new business. We know she was doing Avelyn Artography as late as Jan 30 2014. Does anyone know when Dancing Dandelion was started?

          • BullShite

            I would bet ANYTHING too that a search of businesses in the St.Louis area would yield NO names associated with this fraud…. the likely hood she is an actual business is probably nil…. which means she is probably NOT claiming any income that she makes from this.

            ALSO, it means the likleyhood that she has any INSURANCE to cover herself of her clients is also NIL.

          • Lindsay11

            So I searched for:

            Tara Lynn Photography
            Tara Lynn Avelyn Photography
            Tara L Cook Photography
            Tara Cook Photography
            Tara L Carter Photography
            Tara Carter Photography
            Avelyn Artography
            Dancing Dandelion Photography

            And I have found nothing. Maybe I missed something though…

          • BullShite

            I’ve checked them all too, except for one or two variations, though they should have shown up under “Tara” regardless…. so I think it’s pretty safe to say she’s a fraud!

          • Photo Stealers

            It was Tara Lynne Photography.

          • Lindsay11

            Oh, I see! Well, I still am not coming up with anything. No Records were found for the search criteria ‘Tara Lynne Photography’ on 6/13/2014 9:14:35 AM

          • KimJ

            The only thing I found for Avelyn Artography is this : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.324791954329546.1073741834.129391293869614&type=3 I have seen the picture of the woman with the veil on another page of hers. Can’t remember the link will look for it again. It seems like she was under that name with this model.

          • KimJ

            I can’t find the link as all her pages have gone.

          • Lindsay11

            Thanks for looking! I found her old instagram, but it was deleted for some reason. Something happened in the last few months and Avelyn had to go bye bye. I’m so curious!

          • KimJ

            so am I now so I will keep digging

          • KimJ

            This was posted earlier as her private account. https://www.facebook.com/tara.lynne.3110

          • BullShite

            Answer: NONE of her “businesses” that I can find are actually registered in her state. She’s not even a licensed business. That’s a shock.

          • V323

            I do oh-so-wonder if claimed insurance policy has the typical “willful acts” exclusion. While I’ve been out of the industry for a few years now, I do recall virtually every CGL policy I ever wrote specifically excluded willful acts, illegal acts, etc.

      • Lindsay11

        So wait, I missed the facebook stuff because it was deleted this morning. Did she say she deliberately named her business Dancing Dandelion so she could leech off of another business’ popularity?

    • BullShite

      I could be wrong, but it seems like the name Avelyn might be a variation of one of her kid’s names.

      • Lindsay11

        Oh, I hadn’t thought about that. I think you’re probably right. I was mostly wondering because it didn’t fit any of her other naming schemes.

        So why do these people name their businesses after their kids and then steal and lie? So weird.

        • BullShite

          More pattern behavior. I seriously wish I was still in school and could write a Psych paper on all of this. I think it might be a mix of one of her kid’s names and her middle name.

          Either way, it’s a Tasha/Aries style Red Flag when the names start changing with every new unregistered and uninsured “business” venture.

          Considering almost 100% of the photos she has that are hers are all family and friends, I guess she’s never considered what could happen if she goes out on a shoot and an actual CLIENT gets hurt, or what can happen to her (and her husband’s) finances when she gets sued for copyright infringement/physical injury and doesn’t have an LLC to protect her personal assets.

          DERP!!

  • BullShite

    Looks like the Model Mayhem page is down.

    • Lindsay11

      Hmmm interesting. Well, here are some screencaps in case any one wanted to look. BTW Tara since you are reading, I’m just curious, where did the name “Avelyn” come from?

      • Patrick Mitchell

        this was one of her more legitimate sites I think. Only 8 shots in her portfolio and they all have that, “I don’t know what I’m doing look to them”. SHe was able to find the clarity slider in lightroom though.

        • Lindsay11

          See, I find it interesting she’s removing all her web presence, not just the obviously stolen ones. I’m not a good judge but her photos she actually took seemed like good photos. So why remove everything? Because she hopes if she hides out long enough all the “negative energy” will go away?

    • Joseph Philbert

      I am confused …. why is she shutting down pages that did not have any stolen work on them?
      To me it seems she only did a few and the majority of the images are hers … unlike other outed photo stealers.

      • BullShite

        She’s probably going to have to re-brand 100%…. since a search of her “businesses” brings Photostealers right underneath it, so she would not only have some ‘splainin to do to potential clients, but perhaps her family as well.

        I expect this one to come back with something totally new….. but hopefully it will be all HER work, as amateur as it is, not false advertising theft.

  • Amanda

    I am not Tara, but I know her. I am sure each of you will say I am her, and that is fine. I am sticking up for her as I am a friend who has helped her with her hobby. She had 2 pages because one was for her photography with models and the other was for family photography. She differentiated between the two as they were different styles and she did not want Boudoir images on the same pages as infants and families.

    I have had her take our family pictures and and she is actually very talented and professional. Her original Tara Lynne Photography was when she was just playing around and only taking pictures of her family and friends and prior to her having any photography lessons. She is new…only a year into the business and was originally going by her maiden name and changed it as she did not like it. Yes, she took pictures from Pinterest for ads for her mini sessions and was naive without considering the ramifications. She never said they were hers, but I can see the issue. However, I can assure you she is not a fraud and has not made enough money at this point to even become a legal business or to report taxes. She has a professional job as an analyst and the photography is nothing more than a hobby. She rarely even accepts payment for her work. I have known her to do work for free for families who cannot afford pictures…including going up to hospitals and doing newborn shoots for single, young moms. I cannot vouch for the image with the crowns as I never saw that one. However, I can assure you that she is a very good person and not out to scam anyone. Take this for what you will, but as someone who has known her for over 20 years, I can honestly say I stand beside her and will always support her hobby / work. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know and would bend over backwards to make anyone happy.

    • Lindsay11

      It’s very nice of you to stick up for your friend. Your friend took other people’s work and passed it off as her own. Your friend removed someone else’s watermark and passed the photo off as her own. These things are not even remotely alright. I can’t do something wrong and say, “Oops, I’m just naive.” I need to fix the problem, which is what your friend needs to do.

      I hope your friend will make this right. The first step would be contacting the original photographers. No one has said she is not talented. In fact I see a lot of comments wondering why she is removing images that are obviously hers. It makes her look more guilty and is frankly kinda odd.

      If she is a good person, as you say, she will admit what she did wrong and fix it.

      • Amanda

        So, she has one picture of the kids with crowns that is supposed to be someone elses? I am confused as to why that would even happen as she has lots of happy people and beautiful work.

        And if you ask why she is not replying or commenting on her own, well, she works over 60 hours a week and has 2 kids. She is not able to just jump on here and defend herself or explain. Knowing her the way I do, I can assure you she will be contacting the original photographer if she has not already done so. She is a very good, caring person and I guarantee this is not something she is just sitting on.

        • BullShite

          Please take some time to read the screen-caps below, and take note of the issue. You might get to see the point here.

        • KimJ

          Regardless of her being a nice person passing other work off as your own is illegal.

        • Lindsay11

          Ummm, no offense, but have you even read the post? I see at least 5 photos Corey has listed up there.

          I am also confused as to why she took someone else’s photo, removed the watermark and passed it off as her own. Now that you mention it (because no, i didn’t ask) maybe she can explain why she did that. If it were my friend, I would certainly be asking before I jumped in trying to defend her.

          And if it were just one photo? She still stole one photo. She could be sued for $150,000.

          • BullShite

            …… and getting sued for $150,000 happens…. OFTEN. Again, she does NOT have a licensed business in her state… meaning she has ZERO protection for her (and her husband’s) personal assets. That is WHY people register as LLC’s Corporations, etc. It PROTECTS THEM.

            It ALSO allows them to get INSURANCE.

            Feel free to go to the page for your State and try to look up her business names. NONE of them are registered.

            So “Amanda” if you ARE her friend, she is lying to you too.

        • Helena

          She used 6 photos that I counted that were other people’s work. I would like to know why she felt the need to use other people’s work too? Only Tara can provide the reasons for that.

    • BullShite

      Supposing you are telling the truth, there are screen-caps down below that are there for your viewing pleasure. She not only stole images, she removed OTHER PEOPLE’S watermarks, put her own on and MADE UP stories to go with the photos as well as names of the children.

      Do you have kids? How would you feel to see your children’s images, used by some stranger, with strange names underneath them? How would you feel to see YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY used to advertise someone else’s amateur efforts? Do you understand how VIOLATING that is to people?

      So as “nice” as she may be, she PURPOSELY took these images to falsely advertise her own work. She did so because HER photography is NOT up to par for a professional. I don’t’ say that to be mean, I say that to be HONEST, and frankly if she is someone who wants to be a REAL photographer, part of being in the art world is having a BACKBONE and taking hard and harsh criticism. She isn’t terrible, but she’s NOT professional level. Period.

      I know it might be tough to accept someone you know (assuming you are telling the truth) could be a fraud and a liar, even if they are nice people. I am sure she is plenty nice. However, she KNOWINGLY took images with the PURPOSE of claiming them as her own, and by proxy LYING to any potential customers.

      “Nice” people can be liars and frauds. It happens.

      Tell her to woman up and just APOLOGIZE.
      For REAL.

      Wouldn’t she tell HER KIDS to do the same?

    • KimJ

      Any photographer going into business knows that it is wrong to steal images – or as they say “I found it on Pinterest and it didn’t have a watermark” actually one of the images did have a watermark, but she still should have contacted the original artists or used free stock images. That is what professional photographers do. If she wanted to go into this business, this was the first thing she should have read.

      Passing photos as her own and then adding names to the people is just wrong and she should have known.

    • Helena

      She didn’t need to say they were hers, as she put her watermark on them and in the case of the babies with the crowns, commented on how easy the crowns were to make and cloned the original watermark out of the photo. I would think by those actions that she knew very well that what she was doing was morally and legally wrong.

      Taking photographs from pinterest is another issue. Pinterest is not a free photo site, and just because a photograph doesn’t have a watermark on it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a copyright holder. The original photographers often have no control over their work being reposted on pinterest, but regardless, would you consider it right to subsequently use an image you didn’t create in your advertising?

      I am sure that she is a lovely person, but in fairness, if Ghandi was a photo thief he’d have been called out here.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Wait you have to make a certain amount of money to become a legal business?? Who knew.

      • BullShite

        Answer: People without legal businesses?

        • Justin Case

          point.set.match.

    • Justin Case

      “she did not want Boudoir images on the same pages as infants and families.”
      strange…

      • doncalifornia

        LOL

      • Lindsay11

        hahaha how I wish you had been able to post this while “Amanda” was still here. I want to hear her latest coverup lie. They’re not very good lies, but they are amusing.

  • Amanda

    Well, I, too, have a real job that is calling my name. I do not have time to waste on this petty behavior and be a vulture. I have mouths to feed and responsibilities. I am confident in my friend and cannot wait for you guys to move on to the next “thief” so that you can get off her back. It is one thing to bring something to the attention of the photographer, but commenting that she is not a good photographer and making fun of her work just shows that there is true hatred in people. Sometimes I think people have way too much time on their hands and this is just another prime example. Perhaps use your negative energy and turn it into something positive….go out and do something nice for someone in need. That is what Tara does in her free time. Donates hours with sick kids and animals while raising her kids as a single mom and working 60 hours a week. I will never look down on her. Ever.

    • KimJ

      Even though she steals —– says a lot about your character

      • Lindsay11

        Yes, c’mon, her friend is a GOOD person. Stealing isn’t a big deal, we’re just neglectful cultish vultures.

        • KimJ

    • Lindsay11

      OK, it was nice of you to drop by and show off your ignorance! I’m gonna keep on neglecting my kidsblahblahblahfuckers. There is never anything new under this sun, is there?

    • Helena

      Constructive criticism is not hatred, it’s a harsh truth of the business she’s supposedly in.

      Plus, our “negative energy” as you call it, does go into something positive. This site is incredibly positive for the photography industry. It helps photographers, couples, parents and children who have had their work or pictures stolen, seek justice from the person who committed the crime.

    • BullShite

      She just totally outed herself. 😉

      Someone who is not the thief would not have broken into the vitriol and “whaaaaa I didn’t do nothing baaaaad” victim mentality. Funny how these people always have the same pattern of behavior over and over.

      • Amanda

        She? As in you think I am her? Get real! She would not even give 2 moments of her time to this site. I assure you! LOL

        • Justin Case

          that’s a shame. She really could learn quite a bit.

          • Amanda

            Well, quite frankly, photography is a hobby that she does for fun, not for $. She has plenty of that and does not do this for income. I seriously doubt she will continue with any public pages and will stick to her personal friends as she had originally intended. So feel free to search all you want….I will be talking with her and knowing her the way I do, I know she will never be blasted on this site again.

          • Lindsay11

            So she won’t steal any more or she’ll just be more careful about it?

          • Justin Case

            honestly, that’s just complete bullshit. If she hadn’t taken down her facebook account you would be able to read her recent post saying EXACTLY the opposite.

          • Lindsay11

            BTW aren’t you late for work? Doesn’t your boss care that you’re sitting here defending your friend instead of working?

          • Guest

            Quite frankly that is a LIE, and there are more than enough screen caps to prove that is a load of crap Ta…. er… “Amanda”.

          • BullShite

            (See attatched image)
            Here is one of the screen caps with a STOLEN IMAGE.
            This is NOT A HOBBY WEBSITE.
            TRY AGAIN.

          • Justin Case

            that’s the first really positive thing you’re said. But how, if you don’t see the problem in the first place, can you possibly guarantee that?
            I truly hope she takes some time to consider if she is really ready to be advertising her service to people at this point. Take pictures for fun, and don’t take work from people who have spent years learning their craft and honing their skills.

          • Joseph Philbert

            I guess its fun to steal and pretend. 🙂

          • Piemonade

            Gosh, you sure know a lot about her business and finances! Almost like you ARE her. Lol!

          • BullShite

            People who REALLY want to learn and be better, and become true masters of their art WANT to get their asses handed to them. There was nothing better to me as an artist, to move away from friends and family who did nothing but applaud…. and get torn down by people who were WAY better than me.

            I’ve finally reached the point most of these people were at, and excelled past several of them, including several Art teachers, and yet I still look for the people that point out where things aren’t quite the best, where things could be better…..

            THAT is the mark of a REAL professional.
            NEVER EVER being GOOD ENOUGH to NOT be CRITICIZED….. because you will NEVER be perfect… the point is to be just close enough.

            People who can’t take it have spent too long with friends and family feeding their little egos, and not enough time with their betters.

        • BullShite

          She wouldn’t but you would? Is she better than you? A higher class? That doesn’t sound very nice.

          You know, an APOLOGY goes a long way. keeps the kids from having to be disappointed years down the road when they happen to do a google search on their parents… and something like this pops up. “Hey Mom, why didn’t you just SAY SORRY? Why did you do this in the first place?”

          She’s busy taking care of them, but the modeling of good values and morality is a little lacking for a “good person”. Sounds legit.

        • Lindsay11

          You’re right, she obviously doesn’t have time to run a photography business. So why is she doing it? If I had a business and I knew the first hit on google of my business’ name was for a photo stealing site? And I was a “good person”? I sure as hell would make time to figure out what is going on. Wouldn’t you, Amanda?

        • Joseph Philbert

          Hi Tara 🙂

    • Justin Case

      OK, a lot of people have already pointed out things that any friend should be aware or. I will just add, if this is a hobby, don’t charge people for your services. PERIOD. If you don’t have the time, experience or means to start and run a LEGITIMATE business, then don’t. It’s that simple.

    • Lori

      Common denominator of all these thieves.. They ALL volunteer time to the sick, animals and kids etc…. What a freaking joke… They are absolutely “in their minds” the pillar of the community. Lol..

      • Doing the right thing

        I never said I was a pillar of the community, Lori. I am human. But I am proud of my efforts in working with rescued animals and the time I have dedicated at hospitals in doing free pictures for those in need. I am not ashamed to admit that I made a mistake with the photos. I am human and I have learned. Not something I am proud of, but I am a big girl and confident that I am doing the right thing and fixing it.

        • BullShite

          Can I take photos of your daughter and post them to MY website? Give her a fake name and talk about how I sewed her dress myself, and how easy it was?

          Do you GET how VIOLATED that would make you feel?

          If I did this to you, would you turn the other cheek because I worked at a soup kitchen? I friggin’ hope not!

          • Doing the right thing

            Again, you are not seeing the album of which this was from. I did do a twin session that looked very much the same as the inspiration. No fake names were ever made. Good lord! That is the first I have heard of this and that now does make me pissed. Comments were made on a picture from the page, not within the actual album that included the pics of the client. There were no dresses sewn…it was a simple crown that was made from a piece of gold lace. Something that anyone can do! This has gone too far now saying I made up names. That is definitely defamation of character and if I see that written again, I will gladly get the parents of the twins to add on here as I am not okay with being portrayed this way.

          • captain-confuzzled

            I’m confused on your response about the crowns pic. You captioned the pic “Royal twins – Luke and Lindsay”, indicating that these were the names of the babies in the picture (since it is a caption). Since you didn’t take the picture, unsure how you could know the names of the babies in the picture – so it seems you made them up.

          • Doing the right thing

            No, I did not make them up. That photo was from the album “Luke and Lindsay”. They are real twins that I photographed and the image that is in question was the album cover, inadvertently, so when comments were made, this picture was often the one people went to comment first.

          • Lindsay11
          • Doing the right thing

            I cannot help what the screenshot shows, but it was from an album. It is even says on there “Back to Album”.

          • Lindsay11

            Why are you arguing so hard, Tasha? You took a photo, removed the watermark and added your own. That was wrong. Just because you deleted them doesn’t mean the original photographer can’t sue you anymore. He can still sue you. He can sue for up to $150000. So instead of arguing and trying to make yourself look better, stop and fix it.

          • Doing the right thing

            I have already contacted her. And my name is not Tasha. But thank you.

          • Lindsay11

            Oh gosh, I am sorry. There is another photo stealer named Tasha and you were starting to sound like her. I do apologize, I guess it sorta slipped out.

          • Marc W.

            It’s OK, you volunteer with sick puppies.

          • doncalifornia

            Can’t blame you.

          • Justin Case

            pan mówić po polsku? Nazwisko fotografa jest
            Ilona Szymańska. I’m sure she would love to be paid for your use of her photo as an ‘album cover.’

          • Lindsay11

            I’m dying right now.

          • There was no contact so far – liar!!

          • Justin Case

            Please let Ilona know that she has beautiful work. I am sorry this happened to her, and I hope she doesn’t let it trouble her too much. I think the parents of those twins deserve an explanation and apology as well.

            I think everyone now knows just what kind of person we are dealing with here.

          • Thanks Justin, I will.

          • Thank you so much Justin.

          • Marc W.

            “Why are you arguing so hard, Tasha?”

            I see what you did there!

          • captain-confuzzled

            yes back to the album titled “Dancing Dandelions Photography Photos”. Nothing in the album name indicates that it is a specific photo shoot. sigh. and your comment about how easy the crowns were to make, surely doesn’t hint that you didn’t make the exact crowns shown in the picture. In the future, IF you used a photo for inspiration and gave full credit and information that you had posted it for inspiration – which you didn’t – and IF you make something inspired by the shoot, it would be a lot clearer if you had replied to the comment with something along the lines of “weren’t these cute, see the pics I took of how the ones I made turned out”. Generally, people do not end up being written about on Photo Stealers for one little “mistake”. Going down the road of “I cannot help what.(the caption of the photo I posted)..says” is, I have to say pretty darn lame. You seem to want to make it all right, but you keep defending what you did that was wrong. That just doesn’t jive.

          • BullShite

            I’m under the impression that at this point, she’s started to believe her own b.s., and is in full “delusion” mode.

          • doncalifornia

            Idiot, that means back to the album Timeline Photos. Because you posted the photo directly to your timeline. Any photo you post directly to your timeline shows up in the album Timeline Photos. This photo is NOT in an album allegedly names Luke and Lindsay. You posted that description directly to the photo. You are not just a liar, but an unrepentant serial liar. It’s almost sick.

          • Screen shot also shows what you said … smh!

          • Justin Case

            Then contrary to what you wrote above, you are an idiot. If you can’t understand how to post an accurate description to your business facebook page and get the right photo on there, you have no business being in business. (even though it doesn’t make you any money, which again, is bullshit).

          • Marc W.

            To be fair, she says she’s “not making a profit”. But still.

          • Justin Case

            that’s because she’s not running a real business. Businesses have expenses. Businesses have bookkeeping and accounts. Businesses have owners, employees and responsible parties. Payroll taxes, unemployment taxes, social security taxes.

            What she has is a Nikon D3200, access to a free website and facebook. This gives her unclaimed, untaxable, cash-in-pocket. All the while her web presence claims ‘PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY.’

          • Lindsay11

            Do you have screen captures of the facebook posts where she was saying she wasn’t just a hobbyist? Or… whatever it is she was claiming? Most of this was gone before I woke up this morning, but I have seen a few posts about how she was talking up her professionalism?

          • Justin Case

            yep.

          • Justin Case

            sure do.

          • Lindsay11

            I wish I could vote this up more. Everyone needs to see it. Maybe Tara and “Amanda” and whoever else can explain what happened between “this is my livelihood” in May and “I do this for fun and don’t make any money” in June. Oh waaaaait, it was her being caught out as a photo stealer and a liar!

            Thanks for posting it!

          • Justin Case

            that’s what I was thinking every time she or ‘Amanda’ used the word ‘hobby.’

          • Lindsay11

            Yes! New rule: you must send me your screenshots before you are allowed to step away from Photo Stealers! ;p

          • Justin Case

            You just need a good memory and some investigoogling. I knew it was out there, but it took a bit of searching…

          • Lindsay11

            Well done!

          • Helena

            Well that changes things significantly I’d say. :/

          • Just a Girl

            I haven’t read thru all of the comments but THIS right here kills any “I’m just a hobbyist” argument she could ever make!

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Her unpaid intern must have done it without telling her. That or the app that removes others watermarks and adds hers.

          • ummmmm …I am confused now #sarcasm

          • doncalifornia

            Directly under the photo it says “From: Dancing Dandelions Photo’s in Timeline Photos” This means that, in direct contradiction to your claim that the photo was the cover photo of an album called “Luke and Lindsay,” the photo was posted directly to your timeline. And your description is not in the comments, it is your description which you typed in for that specific photo. You are such a blatant liar it’s breathtaking. Do you think we’re all idiots? Look at the screen cap again above, and notice how obvious it is that this was posted directly to your timeline, by you, with the names Luke and Lindsay made up by you.

          • Lindsay11

            I’m going to say yes, she honestly thinks we are idiots. She thought she could come here, blow a few lies our way (magic stealing app! Inspiration pic posted to a different folder! Hobbyist!) and this would all go away. That’s the only reason she came here yesterday.

          • Lindsay11

            It’s right on the top of this blog. You wrote “Royal Twins: Luke and Lindsay” right under the photo you stole, ripped the copyright off of, and slapped your own copyright on. Oh, I’m sorry, the app put your copyright on. Here’s a link so you can remember what you wrote. http://i1.wp.com/stopstealingphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Dancing-Dandelions_0004.jpg

          • MamaTried

            Uhm. Yea. I make those crowns.. And it isn’t “gold lace”. You buy the lace (white and fabric like).. Wrap it around a cylinder, spray the heck out of it with stay flo.. Then you paint it gold.

          • Justin Case

            how exactly is it ‘defamation of character?’ There is a VERY CLEAR screenshot from your facebook page.

            You’re “not okay with being portrayed this way”? Then stop your lying.

            I asked you very nicely not to make excuses, but now that I’m all caught up I can see that that’s exactly what you’ve been doing.

            Try this on for size: You, Tara, are a liar, a fraud and a phony. Have your lawyer send me a letter suing me for ‘defamation.’ i would love to waste some of your money.

          • Lindsay11

            I’m glad you’re all caught up. I am now too! I can see you’ve been trying very hard to help Tara and be patient with her and it’s sad that it’s … well, I’m not sure how much she’s learned but I do hope your time and patience with her has helped her.

          • BullShite

            Well please feel free to point me in the direction of your lawyer if you truly feel “defamed”. In fact, I could probably recommend you a good “Cease and Desist” letter writing lawyer on Fivver you could use!

        • V323

          I work with rescued Labs virtually every day. In fact, my volunteer work with lvlabrescue.com has become a part time job, given everything I do for the rescue. And you know what? I do not ever under any circumstance EVER use another photographer’s work on any of my pages, let alone claim it as my own.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          How much have you learned if you’re using other people’s email OR getting them to lie for you?

      • Crazy B

        Now that was a rather quip off caller remark form a passerby. It must be a joke to you, because it is something you would not consider yourself doing.

        • Lori

          Facts are facts!!!!!!!
          Nope not a passerby… The difference is I am NOT a thief and I would NEVER toot my on horn concerning my volunteer work. 🙂

          • Crazy B

            Posting on a guest account lends one to the assumption that you are a passerby. Sorry, not a fact, just assumption. However, Facts are facts? What in your above comment is a solid fact and not just a quip remark to be sarcastic?
            Eric, I quite agree with you, however, I do believe you may have put it in a much more tolerable way.

          • Joseph Philbert

            I love braggers #sarcasm

          • Crazy B

            Posting on a guest account lends one to the assumption that you are a passerby. Sorry, not a fact, just assumption. However, Facts are facts? What in your above comment is a solid fact and not just a quip remark to be sarcastic?

            Eric, I quite agree with you, however, I do believe you may have put it in a much more tolerable way.

          • Lindsay11

            …says the person posting on a guest account and jumping into a thread to concern troll.

        • Mehhh … I have to agree with Lori … we get plenty of people on here who try to garner sympathy by sayinh how they are suvch great people, or they have 10 kids, or they have cancer (man that one comes up a lot) … here take this for example.

          Ok so I random kidney punch old people on the street but I volounteer at a dog shelter so that ok right?

          Yea… no.

        • Helena

          No, it’s just a repeated pattern of behaviour. All the people featured on here are such great people allegedly. They give their time, money and expertise to help those who are less fortunate, all the while stealing from other hard working people and violating the privacy of their subjects.

          The difference is, none of us here have to defend our bad behaviour from behind a wall of charity and good deeds, so we don’t have to bring it up. Doesn’t mean the people on this page don’t do their bit for others less fortunate.

  • Amanda

    I have seen her do ads before where she said this is the setup but this is not my photo in the comments section. People need to chill. I am a good person and my character is not in question just because I stand beside her. I know for a fact that she took pics of twins last year with the crowns because they were the children of a girl we went to school with and there were a lot more pictures of the babies that were on her wall. She has done those kids pics all through their first year and I know they are not fraudulent. Nonetheless, I have said my peace. Think what you will. Enjoy your butchering…seems like you have little else to do with your lives.

    • Lindsay11

      YOU CANNOT REMOVE SOMEONE ELSE’S WATERMARK, SLAP YOUR OWN ON AND PRESENT THE WORK AS YOUR OWN.

      Honestly, is it that hard?

    • Lindsay11

      So does the girl you went to school with live in a foreign country? http://najkaphotography.blogspot.com/2013/07/leo-hugo-dwa-urocze-okruszki.html Honestly, stop and read before jumping in. Either you are Tara or your friend is flat out lying to you.

      • Lindsay11

        In fact, no, you are lying. You didn’t go to school with those people. Stop lying Amanda.

    • BullShite

      Well that’s a flat out lie…. you don’t know what an image search is?

      ALSO: I work 60 hours (or more) a week too. Heck I’m at work now. Funny I have a “life” but being (legitimately) self-employed with my own business allows me to do do this while working. So you can drop the “you are all losers but my thief “friend” is not” garbage. It’s tiring, and ALL of you thieves do it. ALL OF YOU.

      • Lindsay11

        ALL OF THEM! You know, you’d think someone would come up with something new once in awhile. Give us some credit stealers, we’ve seen this before and it’s kinda boring.

        • BullShite

          In fact, the whole I’m not the thief…. but I am the thief’s friend…. that’s old as well. Like super-duper ancient.

          I want to see a comment from the thief’s dog or something. Maybe some more Neighborhood of Make-believe members coming out of the wood work, vouching for the supposed integrity of someone who has NO PROBLEM taking people’s money for average work, stealing images when that average work fails to attract clients, and then throwing a temper tantrum when they get called out.

          • Lindsay11

            I am Tasha’s mailman and you don’t have to believe me but I just have to come on here and post that Tasha would never do any thing wrong. I have proof because I delivered her some film the other day! I saw a photo on a wall and it was totally a photo she took. She prayed with me so that makes it all ok. Why are you being so mean to her!!!

    • Justin Case

      Amanda, seriously, if you could actually stand back and look at this objectively, you would see that it DOES put your character in question when you stand beside someone and try to defend her bad behavior. Be a real friend. Help her understand what she has done wrong, don’t just say ‘she’s a good person, leave her alone.’

    • Joseph Philbert

      I have no idea why this concept is SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND.
      Even if you say the image is NOT YOURS you cannot REMOVE THE OWNERS WATERMARK!

    • V323

      Dear Amanda….are you seriously saying the picture, the one at the top of the posting with the babies in crowns, was legitimately Tara’s? If so, please, go here http://najkaphotography.blogspot.com/2013/07/leo-hugo-dwa-urocze-okruszki.html and tell this photographer they’re stealing Tara’s work. Here’s their FB page as well. https://www.facebook.com/NajkaPhotography

  • Doing the right thing

    Good morning everyone. I am here to apologize for the ads. I have already contacted the photographers, but not sure how to do so for the ones on pinterest as there is no link to the original sources. I had just pulled them when creating mini sessions.

    This is by far my worst nightmare and not something I am proud of whatsoever. I do not do photography as a business. I had considered doing so at one time, but with my schedule, it is not feasible. I am doing what I can to make this right.

    I have 2 sites. One for my Modeling/Art page and one for Family/Weddings/Newborns. I have never changed my name for being outed or anything as mentioned below. I have used examples in the past of work I would like to do for inspiration and they were all in an album titled Inspiration. However, at first glance on my page, I can see how that would not be realized. I did do pictures of newborn twins with the little crowns that I made…the one I had posted was one that was an inspiration picture for the mother to see what we were going to be doing during her session. Yes, I see now that it was very wrong in the way I presented it and am sorry.

    I do not consider photography anything more than a hobby and do not accept payment often. My lawyer has told me that I do not have to claim the income until it reaches a certain $ amount. I do have an insurance policy that protects my clients as we shoot on location on our farm. I am not a complete idiot as many of you may think….my integrity has been put in question and that above all things is the only thing that matters. I could be penniless and happy if my integrity is in tact. Amanda was kind enough to contact me to and suggest I get on this page to comment.

    I would appreciate information as to how to reach the original photographer for the broken sites that I did the ads for as I honestly have no idea how to do reach them and do want to make this right.

    Thank you.

    • Justin Case

      Well, Tara, I applaud your effort. Please do contact ALL the photographers. Then start again. Legitimately. Talk to your lawyer about ALL the things you need to do before you launch a business on the internet.

      And please, please, PLEASE do not make excuses. We have truly heard the EXACT words many, many times before.

      • Doing the right thing

        I understand that, Justin. I am not here to be a thief or do anything to impact my integrity. I have no excuses and am not here to make any.

        How do I contact the broken links from Pinterest? That is a concern that I do not know how to address. Do you have suggestions for doing so?

        • Marc W.

          Isn’t integrity something you start with and not have to fix?

    • Lindsay11

      If the twin photo with the crowns was just up for inspiration for your client, why did you put your watermark on it?

      • Doing the right thing

        I have an ap that I use that puts it on everything I post. It is something I will never do again as it clearly is a huge mistake.

        • Helena

          Which application out of interest? I could do with something like that for my photographs before I post them.

          • BullShite

            Yeah same here, I have to go into photshop and manually watermark my art work…. would save me a bunch of time.

            Hey, how did it remove the other person’s watermark?

          • Doing the right thing

            I will send you the information when I get off work. I got the link from another photographer bc it was taking me a lot of time to go in individually to each photo. This app just lets it go on there before posting. As far as the removing other logo, I am not sure bc I am not very tech savvy. I do not know if it picks up the surrounding areas to clone, but I will share it and perhaps you will find some benefit from it, as well.

          • Stephen Cotterell
        • V323

          Then why did you name the babies in the photo AND discuss how to make the crowns? Then block me for pointing that out? Seems less “oh the app did it” and more a purposeful intent to deceive.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Ok cool … Bravo. Now to move on.

    • BullShite

      You know, that was CLOSE, but you aren’t admitting what you did.

      Things that are not true in your above statement:

      You are NOT a registered, licensed business. Period. ALL licensed and registered businesses are listed online state by state. Something you would know if you were a legit business. (We have heard this before.)

      Therefor you DO NOT have insurance. Companies do NOT give insurance for unlicenced businesses, and most of your insurance policies that fit your business are gained from joining a business organization with ties to insurers that insure your specific business… again something a legit owner would know.

      You do NOT have a lawyer, no lawyer would tell you that you have to make a certain amount of money before you are a business. That is FALSE, so no lawyer would say that. Ever. (Heard this before too.)

      You did NOT post those images as inspiration, and there was no being clear about it. You purposely did it to deceive potential clients into thinking that was the level your work was at. (HEAR THIS ALL THE TIME!)

      PLEASE just be REAL?

      • Doing the right thing

        I have a homeowner’s policy that does allow me to add an additional liability for small home private business, even though I likely do not even need it since I shoot maybe once a month, but it was something I added just to be safe. I do have a lawyer and I am not running a business for profit. Like I said, I do most shoots for hobby and fun. This is not my career or bread.

        I am trying to do the right thing here, but I know there will still be those of you who do not accept it, which is why I was reluctant to even say a word.

        Also, I have been published twice in the last 2 months. I do not care if you like my work. It is a hobby. Nothing else.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Yea we all know being published in some unknown rag means something 🙂

          • Doing the right thing

            Well, it was an accomplishment I am proud of and so were the models and make-up artists involved. Considering it is not my specialty and I did not pick up a camera until a couple of years ago, I am happy about it and not really interested in whatever “rag” means.

          • Joseph Philbert

            rag means magazine/newspaper anyone can get published … it requires no real skill nor do you have to be a any good at photography. Its your personal accomplishment bravo … its not impressive.

          • Doing the right thing

            I am not here to impress you, Joseph. Enjoy “ragging”.

          • BullShite

            I’ve had my photos published in a magazine too….. actually the now defunct “Blender” magazine, I have a photo credit in, and an automotive trade mag. There are professionals with ZERO published credits. Does that make me legit, or better than them? Hell no!

            I am NOT a photographer, and barely a hobbyist, because I still suck, and I will probably NEVER be pro level. That’s cool, because I can paint…. but you won’t catch me dead pretending I’m at the caliber some of these people are, or pretending I am better than I am.

            That’s the thing. You are not there yet. Could you be? Sure, but you have not put in the work, and instead chose to take someone else’s who HAS put in the work. This is why we are so pissed, wether we are photographers or not.

            You can NOT just TAKE and then lie about it, and then get angry at the people that call you out. That’s bull!

          • Doing the right thing

            Feel free to continue being pissed. My time on this page is over. Feel free to follow me as well….you will find nothing on me. I have done what I need to and apologized. I have other things to do with my life than sit behind a pc and get all upset.

          • BullShite

            The only one you need to be upset with, is yourself.

          • Doing the right thing

            I am not upset…you said you were pissed. That implies upset. I am not upset. I am proud that I have the confidence and maturity to stand up to the truth and not be broken my a mistake. I am just fine, thank you!!

          • BullShite

            No one wants to “break” you.

            People just want a legit apology, because over and over, time and time again, (which if you read any of the other pages in this, you will note) that the same excuses and behaviors pop up over and over again. That is what the pissery is.

            Twice that I know of, busted people have come out and legit apologized… for everything, right off. No excuses, no “i have a lawyer” no, fake defenders, no bullshite, just I’m sorry…. and everything was cool.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            You committed multiple crimes! You are looking at PRISON! How does your family feel about that? Wait, do they know? Have you told them? Probably not!

          • Joseph Philbert

            Now now you know prison time for image theft is a stretch :p

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Insurance fraud, not the image theft.

          • Joseph Philbert

            O 🙂

          • Melinda Potter

            Not knowing that your personal property insurance won’t cover your computer or camera if they are being used to make income isn’t fraud. Not having liability insurance isn’t fraud either. Duping her clients to believe she’s a legit tax paying business and that everything she shows is her work etc is fraudulent, but so far she’s been lucky and her clients haven’t pushed the issue, even when unsatified with the service and/or product given to them. Sure she lied to us about being insured and whatnot. I can almost guarantee that she gave minimal thought to her under the table business of photography and never even thought about any of the legalities until now. When you are a “photographer” that puts such little value on photography and think so little of it that you use other people’s work as your own… Well really are you going to invest in and protect your business and clients properly?

          • Melinda Potter

            LMAO Now THAT’S funny. Do they have a special prison for fauxtographers that take photographer’s work and represent it as their own? Sorry don’t mean to laugh, but… It just struck my funny bone this evening. As much as the people that do this irk me, and their behavior when being called out on their complete lack of ethics makes me shiver, I think prison would be a little much.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Insurance fraud DOES land you in prison.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Prison aint happening … but it would be nice if it was possible 🙂

          • Marc W.

            I’ve been published in book. I win.:)

          • Helena

            Someone wanted my picture for a book cover but nothing ever came of it. *sad face*

          • Marc W.

            Don’t feel bad, it was just a snapshot in a dog book. haha

          • Helena

            Oh I don’t. I was quite flattered I was even contacted in the first place!

          • Justin Case

            you should be flattered, but they use that to pay you less than true market value. Truth is, images sell books. Unless you’re J.D. Salinger (remember his covers?) or maybe J.K. Rowling, people pick up books because of how they look. They may buy them because of the author or subject, but it’s the image that hooks ’em.
            Sadly, publishing isn’t what it used to be. Art budgets are one of the first things that get cut. I’ve done author photos (usually for friends), and it was always the subject that had to pay, never the publisher.

        • BullShite

          See, that doesn’t ring true to me. Registering your business is $100 where I am from…. that is a one time fee, but then you have an annual report due, every year, which is another $100, and you need an accountant to separate your finances and tell you what you owe… because the IRS gets really itchy when you have a business, yet make nothing. You would be in the financial hole in order to have a non-profitable business?

          We also have screen caps that make the whole hobby thing 100% untrue.

          I mean, everything you are saying doesn’t make sense, and as Judge Judy is fond of saying “if it doesn’t make sense than it’s not true”.

          It would be so much easier to just apologize 100% than it is to just keep making stuff up that anyone can poke holes in.

          ALSO if you were a registered business, it would show up under the state website. You cannot have a business registered under one name, and then run it as another either, so I’ll nip that excuse in the bud now.

          • Doing the right thing

            Listen, I worked in the insurance industry for 12 years. I have had this insurance for years and it has been an added piece of liability in addition to an umbrella policy. There is nothing you can tell me about insurance that I do not already know. I am not doing this for a profit. I make good money in my real job. What is so hard to understand about that? I am not registered as there is no income to register. I cleared less than $200 last year and when I took my taxes to be prepared, they said it was not claimable as it was under the $ amount for small businesses.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Idiot! Fraud and theft is ILLEGAL, and therefore voiding all policies! You obviously didn’t learn diddly working there!

        • U Really That Dumb?

          You likely just cost yourself your insurance! All US insurance companies have fraud and theft clauses.
          When you apply for another company it will be on your permanent record. It also carries over to your car insurance.
          Also, small home private business requires you become a licensed business in the state of residence. Failure to do so may cause your policy to void as well.
          As for your attorney giving you tax advice: unless they are a CPA or specifically a tax attorney, they don’t know.
          Keep up the lies, they really help the cases of the photographers that go after you for stealing their images! Goes to character.

      • “no lawyer would tell you that you have to make a certain amount of money before you are a business. That is FALSE, so no lawyer would say that. Ever.”

        Actually …she may be correct. In my jurisdiction … and I quote my provincial governments revenue department … :

        Details Concerning Small Suppliers

        Unless otherwise stipulated by law, you are considered a small supplier and, therefore, are not required to register or collect GST and QST in the following two situations:

        In the course of a given calendar quarter, the total of your worldwide taxable supplies does not exceed $30,000.

        The cumulative total of your worldwide taxable supplies for the four quarters preceding the given calendar quarter does not exceed $30,000.

        source: http://www.revenuquebec.ca/en/entreprise/taxes/tvq_tps/inscription/fournisseur.aspx

    • captain-confuzzled

      as far as reaching the original photographer from the mini-session ad, it is easy enough to go to the main site of the web address listed. You’ll find a “contact us” page there.

      • Doing the right thing

        Okay, what about the one that the site is broken? Thank you for your help.

        • captain-confuzzled

          in all cases, you should be able to just follow the “original source” links provided above to get a good start on where to find the original photographer.

    • Lindsay11

      I would like to say, it must have been difficult facing a group of dedicated people who had proof of your wrongdoing. That can’t have been easy and good for you, honestly.

      That said, no one put your “integrity into question”. You showed just how much your integrity was worth by your actions. Being called out on your actions doesn’t make you a victim. I too, would like the app that puts copyright onto photos. I don’t want to call you a liar, but it is confusing as I see many photos you’ve uploaded that don’t have a copyright on it. So does it only copyright some photos? Please show me the app and I will apologize for thinking you are making this up. Because I kinda think you are making this up.

      As for the other things… well… other people have caught you in some lies it seems. The best thing to do would be calm down, read a little and stop lying. This is a group of people who do this every day and have done it for years. They can spot lies a mile away. They’ve heard every story. All they want is an apology and an attempt to make things right. Stop being defensive, stop playing the victim and do what is right.

      I don’t see someone apologizing, I see someone who wants to make this go away as quickly as possible.

    • “I have used examples in the past of work I would like to do for inspiration and they were all in an album titled Inspiration. However, at first glance on my page, I can see how that would not be realized.”

      Just an FYI, that’s STILL copyright infringement. It doesn’t in any way, shape or form fall under editorial, education, research … fair use provisions.

      “My lawyer has told me that I do not have to claim the income until it reaches a certain $ amount.”

      That’s true … in my area (Canada > Quebec) you don’t need to register or collect sales taxes unless you make over 32000$ (or was that 35000$ … too lazy to check the site) a year.

      “I am not a complete idiot as many of you may think….my integrity has been put in question and that above all things is the only thing that matters.”

      You violated several peoples copyright and potentially/probably misled your clients … there is no question at all about your integrity.

      “I would appreciate information as to how to reach the original photographer for the broken sites that I did the ads for as I honestly have no idea how to do reach them and do want to make this right.”

      Pull everything off, contact those you can and hope the others don’t sue you.

    • Crazy B

      Tara, I wish you well and am very proud that you came on here to begin with. That takes guts and is a true showing that you do intend to do what is right,

      • BullShite

        How come they don’t understand how transparent they are when they make people up? Because we never see this every stinkin’ time?

        • Helena

          I think you’re saying what we’re all thinking here. Seems convenient that 3 people one after the other come on…

        • Lindsay11

          What? That’s… shocking! I never would have guessed that people who have never been here before all happened to come on the same day for the first time to defend Tara. How cynical can you be! :p

          • Joseph Philbert

            @photostealers when you get a chance let us know if all the new guests have the same IP

          • Helena

            Me and @Lindsay11:disqus have been wondering that ourselves!

        • Crazy B

          Sorry to burst your bubbles, but I have been following this site for a long time. I don’t normally post because I am not completely comfortable in my research skills and really don’t choose to take part in the break them down portion. I have not seen many actually apologize and admit. I did feel at first read that Tara’s apology was genuine and so it urked me to see the sarcastic remark from Lori just as Tara was making first attempt at sincerity. Nothing more

          • Lindsay11

            It’s usually considered good etiquette to read the threads before jumping in and accusing people of doing exactly what you yourself are doing.

          • Crazy B

            I’m not sure that I made any accusations. Only insinuated that it was quite a quip remark and from another that just popped in. Now, I will retreat back to my comfortable observation deck.

          • Lindsay11

            OK well, if you don’t find it ironic (and terribly amusing) that a guest account was criticizing a guest account for being a guest account then I don’t know what to tell you.

          • Marc W.

            First attempt as sincerity after saying she didn’t do anything. =/

            http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1087/6427/original.jpg

          • Crazy B

            Hmmmmm? Did not see that. 🙁 Well, I am a sap, always wanting to believe the best of people. Does put another spin it, I’ll give you that.

          • Justin Case

            sadly, quite a few of the posts on her facebook business page directly contradicted what she claimed here.

            I too, do try to find the best in people, sometimes despite the evidence. I actually hate the idea that calling people out makes them lose sleep. But remember, it is their actions that get them listed here, no one goes out trying to trick people into using other peoples’ images.

          • Helena

            Whoah whoah whoah, the sarcastic remark was made towards “Amanda” not Tara, so why did it irk you so much exactly?

        • Lori

          At least this screen name is more appropriate to describe her!!!!! LMAO

      • Justin Case

        It often takes a lot of digging and insulting before people actually acknowledge that they’ve done anything to be ashamed of. Fist it’s the hiding of the evidence, then it’s the lying, then the ‘friends’ show up, then comes the fake apology and the ‘I’ve contacted the photographers, what more do you want?’

        In this case, we also have ‘the software did it.’ (a new one for me).

        It’s true her website and facebook are down, but this is to hide the evidence, nothing more.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Have you called your insurance company to see if you are still covered after being outed here? Since image theft is illegal, your insurance company will most likely boot you. They also won’t cover the fines and legal fees.
      Also, bankruptcy court won’t help you, nor will the homestead act if you own.

    • ” I did do pictures of newborn twins with the little crowns that I made…the one I had posted was one that was an inspiration picture for the mother to see what we were going to be doing during her session.”
      If you were going to use the picture with twins as an inspiration only, you wouldn’t erase the original logo and you wouldn’t give that children fake names.
      You did that on purpose, and that is clear.
      Why didn’t you use your own picture since – as you mentioned – you have done your own???

      • Thats what a normal person with a conscious would do .. then again I dont know many photographers that would watermark inspiration images and “pretend” that they took it …

        I know I know that watermark app “vaporware” did it… 😛

  • BullShite

    Tara, I’d encourage you to look at this post. Chris Jones did the same thing you did, and eventually what you are doing.

    In the end he manned up, and flat out apologized. Honestly. No excuses, just came out an apologized. No one here has any ill will against the guy, and he’s even come in trying to talk to other busted thieves about his experience. He’s back to photography, but LEGITIMATELY, and he’s got something to be proud of for that, because he’s actually got some talent. I give him full props for doing a complete 180.

    http://stopstealingphotos.com/cj-photography-aka-ryan-christoph-images/

    You wouldn’t be ok with a half-assed apology from one of your kids if they got caught stealing…I wouldn’t’ accept that from my kids, and the real world isn’t too happy about it either….. and act that wouldn’t make them “evil” kids. Good people do bad shit…. but they don’t get to be “good” people again until they’ve bit the bullet and really apologized.

    • Doing the right thing

      I am not sure what you want from me. I have contacted the photographers of those that I can, but some links are broken. I have apologized to those impacted. I am sure Chris is a great guy, too and am happy he made things right, if nothing else, for his own peace of mind. I did not sleep a wink last night filled with worry and wishing I would have thought more about my ads. Nonetheless, it is the past and I am ready to move on. I cannot make you accept an apology, and honesty, that is fine. I am only worried about the photographers from the ads at this point. Thank you for your help.

      • BullShite

        An apology that was real. “I took these images, I did say that they were mine, they are not, it was wrong, I am sorry.”

        The thing is, with serious dedication, and work, and effort, you would not have ever had to steal.

        You would not have had to be here defending yourself, or making things (and people) up. If you had waited until you were either pro level through classes, practice, and critique, or just legitimately kept it as a hobby, none of this would be necessary, and you wouldn’t have the idea of being sued by the original photographers hanging over your head.

        That’s it.

        • captain-confuzzled

          while I am really proud of CJ for making the changes he finally made, I don’t think I would go so far as to hold him up as a pillar of good behavior on PS. How soon we forget the weeks and weeks of drumming it took to get through to him. There are a number of other photo stealers who immediately remedied the situation. I’m thinking they might be better examples, besides who in their right mind (other than us cult members) are going to read that WHOLE CJ thread! LOL

          • Marc W.

            I agree. I’m usually a quick forgiver, but I don’t think I’ll ever put him in the given column. To me, it’s the initial reaction that teaches us who these people are.

        • Marc W.

          Yep, remember…. it’s not a crime to take photos off pinterest and use them in an ad.

          Source: http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1087/6427/original.jpg

      • Helena

        “I have contacted the photographers of those that I can, but some links are broken.” That’s a complete lie and you know it. The copyright holder of the picture of twins above has confirmed you haven’t contacted her. You have made no effort to set things right at all. You are a liar and a thief. You should be ashamed of yourself, but that would involve having some conscience in the first place.

  • Doing the right thing

    Folks, I appreciate the feedback and have taken the steps to right this with those involved with the ads. I am comfortable with where I stand and feel I have nothing further to explain. If you feel you want to continue with your discussion, feel free to do so, but just know that I am not going to be back on here to respond and you will just be speaking to the wall. Thank you.

    • captain-confuzzled

      wow, thanks for sharing that you are a comfortable photo stealer. I’m sure that makes your victims feel so much better. I DO hope that you truly are contacting those involved to make things right and I look forward to hearing that it has in fact happened.

      • Marc W.

        Someone should contact the original photographers and see if they can come update us.

        • Lindsay11

          HAS anyone contacted them? I know it is a busy time of the year, so I don’t want them to get a pile of email, but it would be good to know if any one has written them. @disqus_ikAXyfA3Od:disqus is usually very good at this.

    • grrrr

      You alos had an album of a baby boy I believe you named the album Greyson?Grayson? Those were all stolen photos and you replied that he was so good to work with? You have some serious issues to deal with. 🙁

    • V323

      While you may not reply again, I have no doubt you’ll continue to read what is being discussed. YOU chose to seek out PS, and then chose to engage in conversation. You could have easily ignored this entire site, there is no requirement for you to respond to your thievery activities. Whether you came here thinking it wasn’t this bad, or came thinking you could easily absolve your actions, it’s clear you know what you did wrong, you just have a need for others to say “there there, it’s ok, you didn’t mean any harm”. Well, you did cause harm, you are wrong, and no one here nor anywhere is required to make you feel better about the choices & decisions you made. The responses here aren’t from people who have nothing better to do ( a common deflection from those caught stealing), they’re from like minded individuals that feel compelled to speak out against photography theft. If you were the one who had their work stolen, you’d absolutely adore random people cared enough to have your back.

    • MamaTried555

      Since I’m just speaking to the wall.. I will say that, there is no action that removes a persons watermark. If you find one.. That works and on top of that adds your watermark to the image.. Then, by golly, my effing hats off to you! You can sell that bad boy.

      • BullShite

        HAHAHAHAHA!!! Yes The PHOTOSHOP IS A LIE!

  • peaceetc

    I haven’t made it all the way through today’s posts, but I do have a few thoughts. I apologize for rehashing anyone else’s comments, but I’m half asleep, so be impressed I’m typing at all. 😉

    Tara (yes, I know you said you were through and not coming back, but I get the feeling you won’t be able stop yourself… that’s kind of a thing with the people who get outed here), I’ve seen what you’ve written below. A few things you should know:

    1. Reverse image search is your friend. If you can’t find the original photographers because of broken links, then do what Photo Stealers does, and reverse image search that puppy and keep going until you find the original source. Here’s Google’s help page for instructions:

    https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808?hl=en

    2. Your life story is all very interesting, but it’s not relevant. We all have stories, and we could all use them to justify ourselves for something or other, but it doesn’t make it right.

    3. Are you accepting money in exchange for your photography? Then you have a business. It may not be registered, and you might not have to file taxes (though you might want to double-check that, since you might still have to file even if you don’t have to pay), but you’re still in business (albeit a part-time one). Since you’ve assumed a lot about other things, I would suggest getting a second opinion on this. Your lawyer might well be wrong.

    4. I know you think we’re bullies because we question your explanations and don’t take them at face value. But that isn’t going to happen. We have a lot of experience with this stuff, and are pretty good at reading between the lines to try to find the truth.

    5. Putting your watermarks on others’ photos don’t just happen. You must have seen the image after it was uploaded, and you saw it had your watermark. You must have also seen you did not indicate in any way that the image was not yours. Even if you had, it wouldn’t be enough, because you still used it illegally. You need permission to use others’ images, and you did not have that permission.

    6. This page isn’t ultimately about you. Yes, this particular listing has your name on it, and we are concerned right now with your actions, but that’s because it’s part of a much larger problem. And you’ve contributed to that problem, on a large enough scale to warrant a listing here on Photo Stealers — taking from multiple sources, putting your watermark on someone else’s photo, etc.

    7. Finally, you are not a special snowflake. There are always reasons and excuses, but in the end, you stole images which were not yours. Whatever your reasons, you engaged in copyright infringement, which is illegal, and you can be sued for a lot of money. That is the bottom line. That is why this site exists — the site owner and the rest of us want to see an end to photography copyright infringement. By exposing it when it happens, hopefully it will educate and deter others from doing it themselves. Please, if nothing else gets through to you, I hope that will, because I think that is what is most important.

    Whatever your actions are to fix this, I think maybe you still might not understand why we do this. I hope the above helps you understand, because I think it would help you and others. Thank you for your time.

    • Lindsay11

      She said that after work she’d give Helena that information for the app that strips copyright and places your own on photos you steal, so she has to come back. … I hope she wasn’t lying!

      That was, as always, very well written Celine!

      • Helena

        Me too! An app like that would be very handy!

      • Joseph Philbert

        I need that app … Does it have an AI?

  • Kym Zwick

    Dang… And I was kinda bored today… I didn’t know all of this was going on…. Where’s my popcorn??

    • Joseph Philbert

      And vodka

  • Justin Case

    Still waiting for the link to the magic free app that deletes watermarks and adds new ones…

    • Marc W.
      • Justin Case

        hahaha… nice try!

        • Marc W.

          That seems to be how everyone gets those magic non watermarked photos.

          • Grrrrr

            If this is just a hobby “I do not consider photography anything more than a hobby and do not accept payment often” then why on earth would she need this tool? She then states ” I got the link from another photographer bc it was taking me a lot of time to go in individually to each photo.” So you are seeking out something to help save you time on something you rarely do? smh

    • Joseph Philbert

      Yea it must be like that iphone app with artificial intelligence armed with Adobe Photoshop .

      • KimJ

        I wonder if she paid for her Photoshop or got it off line

    • V323

      Seriously, is it wrong that this is the one thing I sincerely hope she was being truthful on? The one action none of us ever have seen, given all the different platforms, editing software, peer discussion, classes, etc that none of us have ever seen, used, had the privilege of expediting our workflow? Fuck, I just answered my own plaintive wail of hope. #wrong

      • Lindsay11

        Awww, I’m sorry she’s gotten your hopes up. But I have just trademarked my own app! I just tell it to find me super awesome photos. Then it goes out, usually to pinterest and picks up super awesome photos I could never ever take myself. It uses some sorta of clone tool to remove previous watermarks. Then it uploads the super awesome photo for me and adds my watermark. I don’t even have to pay attention to it. I call it iStealer!

        Also, you can’t sue me, because I volunteer with homeless single mother puppies.

        ETA ® ® ® ®

        • Justin Case

          Fauxtoshop™

          • BullShite

            YES!!

        • Joseph Philbert

          Ok that was a funny satire

          • Lindsay11

            The Joesph stamp of approval! My day is truly complete 🙂

        • KimJ

          That is okay I will just steal it from you and because I volunteer with homeless single mother sick puppies and cats ( I do more than you so that makes me better) AND I have had work published, it doesn’t matter at all.
          I do have an app that will remove your ® and put in my ™

      • MamaTried555

        Seriously.. Who needs that app? Or action or whatever she is claiming it to be. It can’t be harder than.. Brush tool, select logo, click!

  • Grrrrr
    • Justin Case

      good job. How about the original source for these?

      • Grrrrr

        Seems as if the link is broken, but if you look at her 1st post @ http://www.peekaboophotos.com/ titled Lyla’s room makeover you will see some shots from the same session, the girls are her children.

        • Justin Case

          do a page refresh. I posted another image from Tara. That is the one I’m looking for the original photographer for.

          (the kids link still works for me)

          • Grrrrr

            ooops, my bad. I hadn’t refreshed. That’s not her girls. 😉 We should just ask her since she contacted all the involved photographers. 🙁

    • Marc W.

      Why are you guys doing her work for her?

      • U Really That Dumb?

        She’s an idiot! No, seriously! She claims to have worked in insurance for 12 years, but doesn’t know that fraud and theft void all policies as well as carry over to all future policies. Including auto…
        So how can anyone expect her to do the google?

  • KimJ

    I wonder what her mom would say about her daughter stealing images? I came across her mom’s page but I won’t post it here, it is super easy to find.

    • Lindsay11

      Yeah, she’s all over this page too! I hope she would give her daughter a talking to.
      What is your new image? I tried to make it bigger but I failed.

      • KimJ

        It is from Chinese New Year. They write their wishes on a red piece of paper and tie it to a tree and in spring, when the tree grows and blooms so will your wish.

        • Lindsay11

          Oh that is a cool thing! I’d never heard that 🙂
          Well, I locked myself out of my facebook page so I had to change it (evidently if you don’t use yahoo email often enough they just delete it!). I’ll find you and send YOU a message haha

      • KimJ

        Sent you a message on FB 🙂

  • Lindsay11

    Our friend Tara, the hobbyist, who doesn’t do this for a business and barely makes $200 a year, according to her yesterday. (We already know she lied about this,) At any rate, here is our hobbyist friend shooting with wild animals on a farm with a model named Amanda for a calendar I assume she’s going to sell? I also assume she had all the licenses and permits and etc to work with these animals, yeah?

    Also you will be sad to know that her app doesn’t seem to work very well as there are several images it let be uploaded without a watermark.

    • KimJ

      Where did you find this? She is going down and down the rabbit hole.

    • I think you need a permit to shoot with a “Fawn” just like rabbits and baby chickens if I am not mistaken,

      • U Really That Dumb?

        http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/aw/awlicreg.pdf

        Edit to include quote:
        Promotional Exhibits: Anyone who uses regulated animals to promote or advertise goods and
        services must be licensed. (If you give away or sell animals as a prize, you must be licensed as a
        dealer.) You must be licensed even if you do promotions with only a single animal, such as a bear
        at a gasoline service station, a monkey at a trade show, or an elephant at a shopping center. You
        also must be licensed if you use animals to promote photographs or photography.”

        • THANK YOU
          “Promotional Exhibits: Anyone who uses regulated animals to promote or advertise goods and services must be licensed. (If you give away or sell animals as a prize, you must be licensed as a dealer.) You must be licensed even if you do promotions with only a single animal, such as a bear at a gasoline service station, a monkey at a trade show, or an elephant at a shopping center. You also must be licensed if you use animals to promote photographs or photography.”

    • Justin Case

      Hey Lindsay, double check this one. I’m pretty sure it’s not her work. I believe it’s a different photographer’s facebook page.

    • SuperSleuth

      Well, this gets weirder. Turns out she’s been making fake model profiles and making it seem like she has a ton of clients who are getting gorgeous photos. She’s literally been making them have friends and post (albeit, very little).

      • Justin Case

        Do you have any further proof of this? That would certainly put the last piece in this puzzle for me: namely, WHY is it that some of the best pictures remained up so long and we couldn’t find them anywhere but on the ‘model’s’ pages.

      • That’s not that weird.

        There are actually businesses built around that strategy. They have tons of accounts and you can pay for their accounts to like your page. When you look at the actual profiles you see that they liked like 10000 pages with no discernible pattern and have like 0 posts.

        Here is a good article fromt he washington post:

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/02/10/this-blogger-paid-facebook-to-promote-his-page-he-got-80000-bogus-likes-instead/

        • Why in the heck didn;t my reply attach to the proper comment? I HATE DISQUS!

          • And now it IS attached to the right comment. Disqus is sooo buggy.

        • Lindsay11

          It’s also not weird because the majority of stealers seem to have split personalities or made up personas they converse with. Thanks for the link, I’ll save it for when I have time to read it.

          I too would like to see some proof that the models are made up though. I believe it, but it’s always nice to back up claims and share links.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Tara, Amanda, Mom knows best,
    Who is using who’s account?
    Are you using your husbands email? How abut your daughters?
    Do the others know their accounts are being used?

  • Melinda Potter

    “I have an ap that I use that puts it on everything I post. It is something I will never do again as it clearly is a huge mistake.
    I will send you the information when I get off work. I got the link from another photographer bc it was taking me a lot of time to go in individually to each photo. This app just lets it go on there before posting. As far as the removing other logo, I am not sure bc I am not very tech savvy. I do not know if it picks up the surrounding areas to clone, but I will share it and perhaps you will find some benefit from it, as well.”

    I don’t know if anyone noticed… But we have a new bingo square “The app did it” I’m pretty happy about it. It’s not often we hear something new.

    • Justin Case
      • Melinda Potter

        Ha ha. So you did. Totally missed it. It’s a good one! Don’t get me wrong I think invisible interns, and web designers that hook their clients up with pre loaded weebly and wix sites are pretty cool too… But, this secret software sounds pretty freakin fantastic 🙂

        • Justin Case

          as Lindsay has pointed out, it’s kinda hit n’ miss software, though. It seems better at putting her logo on OTHER people’s images more than on her own.

    • reginassissimo

      Another bingo square would be (at least from 2 people who were featured here).. “It’s just a representative photograph for the actual photoshoot I did”

  • Helena

    Erm, did we ever get an IP check on Amanda, Mom Knows Best and Crazy B at all?

    Second, “Amanda” said: “That is what Tara does in her free time. Donates hours with sick kids and animals while raising her kids as a single mom and working 60 hours a week.” Was the single mum thing put in so we’d feel sorry for her, because she appears to have a partner of 6 years! :/ Seems weird a friend of 20 years wouldn’t know about her having a partner?

    • Here you go .. no surprises at all.

      • Helena

        Was Crazy B a different person then? I can’t say I’m surprised either, but I am having a good chuckle. Thanks Joseph!

        • Crazy B is a different person.

          • Helena

            Wow. I’m actually quite shocked at that. Cheers! 🙂

          • Lori

            Do share..

          • Helena

            Maybe Crazy B is actually Tara’s friend Amanda who subsequently couldn’t use her actual name? /conspiracytheory

          • U Really That Dumb?

            I wonder if Amanda, Tara, & MKB are all “Very close”… As in either the same person or all living under one roof.

          • Helena

            That roof is called skin!

          • U Really That Dumb?

            MPD
            MPD
            MPD
            MPD
            MPD…

          • Helena

            It’s not even that, it’s just thinking that we’re all too stupid to realise that the style of writing was exactly the same, that they came on one after another within minutes and having very little understanding of IP logging.

          • Lindsay11

            That’s what really annoyed me. We are not stupid! This group is not stupid!

          • Helena

            At least we’ve all matured beyond 3 year old level to realise stealing is wrong!

          • Justin Case

            I think Crazy B is exactly what she claimed: a lurker who decided to jump in when she felt a comment had gone too far. I could be wrong, but once more evidence came out, she certainly updated her response.

          • Ric New

            Crazy B is a different person or the same person using a VPN.

          • Helena

            Bearing in mind she made 3 comments under the same IP, I very much doubt she’d have the intelligence to pull that one off.

      • V323

        Hold on, I need to find my “shocked” face, it’s around here somewhere.

      • Just a Girl

        Oh good gawd… why why WHY! Even when they come on and apologise or half ass apologize they screw up what little bit of integrity they MIGHT gain.

        • Helena

          When you re-read the posts it is so obvious that they’re the same person, and it says a lot about her morality and integrity (or lack thereof) I think.

      • Lindsay11

        Thanks Joseph! Thank you Corey for making Celine and Joseph mods btw! Sometimes an ip check is much needed. I wish I had kissed up to you guys more :p

        • peaceetc

          And Norman, too, I believe. We are moving up in the cult!

    • BullShite

      I don’t know about you guys, but when I work 60 hours a week, I certainly don’t have ANY time for volunteer activities. She must not sleep at all!!

      • Helena

        I figured it out! She volunteers… in her dreams! 😉

  • Justin Case

    I posted this as a response below, but just so it doesn’t get lost:

    If there is still any question that La Tara Lynn Cook Carter Avelyn is a serial photo thief, just check out the post here: https://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryImages/posts/684200518293912

  • Paul G.

    I guess some creativity points for coming up with the “app did it” lie, that at least seems to be original. Maybe we should make a FAQ/recommended reading for the thieves, list the common lies/excuses we see, a quick mention of how we can check the IP’s of posters to tell when they’re the same person etc. These thieves seem to have plenty of free time to make up stories about the supposed pictures they took, you’d think they would be able to come up with something better then making a fake account to say they’re a good person, and then a fake apology.

    Some of the creepiest thieves are the ones who make up stories, especially about kids. Honestly, if I hadn’t seen the other evidence that was posted and only saw the apology post I might have actually been inclined to believe it. Making up stories though, especially about children and especially if you claim to have them of your own, that’s just a character damning act. That goes beyond being able to make the excuse that you’re new and didn’t know any better, or never claimed that the image was yours and it was just inspiration or any other excuse like that. At that point, you are actively going out to create a deception, you’re trying to convince people of the legitimacy of your lie. From here on out, you’re going to have a reputation as a liar because that act, especially when it’s with a child’s photo, is character damning.

    • BullShite

      Funny how she has ZERO issue stealing and renaming photos of other people’s kids, but when I suggested that I would do it to one of her kid’s photos she got pretty pissed. These idiots just to NOT THINK.

    • reginassissimo

      Yes they never claimed the image was theirs, they just removed the original logo placed their own watermark and it wasn’t explicitly written in the image description that the image was the name of the subject, just in the group description.

      And for photos with no logos… I saw that it was good (clicked the link to see if there’s an author, but since the link is broken), I claim it! Finders keepers.

    • Helena

      If you tell people what they need to do to make all this go away, they’ll do it, but it’ll be hollow because they’re following instructions just to silence the page. Let them hang themselves. It shows up the ones who do have a shred of decency about them.

    • Lindsay11

      If we did make a FAQ they would never read it. Tara couldn’t even be bothered to read her own page or look at the screencaps of images she had stolen.

    • Justin Case

      Not to be too sarcastic about it, but YOU haven’t read the FAQ so why do you think any idiot thief would?
      “Q: Will you be placing the thieves code of conduct and protocol for them to follow when busted?

      A: Call me an asshole (and many do!) but I’m not inclined to give the
      thieves any help getting out of the mess they’ve created. I’d rather
      see them prove themselves by doing the right thing on their own.”

      (Sorry Paul, couldn’t help myself) All the information that a thief needs to know already exists in past posts. It would take time and effort to go through them though, and since that is precisely the kind of thing that is lacking in the people who get listed here, the information is safe.

      I completely agree with Helena and Corey Ann: if you ask thieves a specific question or tell them what they can do to clear things up, you get excuses, phony apologies or a change of subject.

      I say give ’em enough rope. When they tie themselves up in lies and excuses, it shows people just how much an ‘apology’ from the likes of Tara Lynn whatever is actually worth.

      • Helena

        In fairness, we’ve repeatedly told people what to do to redeem themselves in other threads, and they pay bugger all attention to that too, so I don’t see why they’d bother to read an FAQ with directions.

      • Just a Girl

        Oh hell even the ones that post on the Photo Stealers Facebook page expect the answers to just be handed to them when they are the ones being stolen from.

        • Justin Case

          fair enough, but I think if I was stolen from, first thing I would do is look for a place like this where I could get information from people who have been through it and follow the process on a regular basis.

          AND that stuff actually IS covered in the FAQ, so that would be an excellent place to send anyone looking for information.

          • Just a Girl

            True… but there’s no reason to be bitchy when you don’t get the answer you want when you haven’t done much research yourself and that’s what happens!

          • Justin Case

            yeah, I was speaking generally, but I caught up on the nonsense on the facebook page a little while ago.

      • Paul G.

        That first part was a joke, obviously it would defeat the whole entire purpose of the site if we gave thieves an out after having called them thieves in the first place, plus the poor bingo card would suffer as well. There’s no valid excuse for stealing anyway, even if there was a magic app or intern or even weird hackers that remove and add watermarks. In all of those situations the photographer is still at fault for not taking responsibility of their business, even if someone was acting on behalf of them.

        Like I said before, it ends up being pretty character damning when you get posted on here, even if the thief doesn’t dig themselves deeper. Even if someone immediately posts an apology I’d be hesitant to actually believe it, because well, this person is a thief and could very well likely be lying solely because they were caught and are just trying to appease everyone. Thieves can recover and learn the error of their ways, but that takes time, and I’d like to believe that at least some, even if it is likely a small minority of the thieves on here will go on to learn something. It isn’t a one day thing though, it takes a lot of time and effort to get rid of that label, and that just gets harder with each lie and denial of responsibility that gets posted on here.

  • KimJ

    She is still reading this because she removed the comments her mom made on her FB page after I posted that I found her mom’s page.
    Wonder if her mom knows?

    • What comments did she make on her mom page? Any Screencaps?

    • Justin Case

      she didn’t remove all of them. There are still comments from her mother, brother and the man we assume is her husband on her facebook page. Don’t know what she’s trying to hide, but innocent people don’t usually go back and try to re-edit their past so completely.

    • Lindsay11

      Hi Tara! Remove more things that aren’t stolen and don’t have anything to do with this. It really makes you look very guilty. Why remove photos you yourself took?

    • KimJ

      Okay my bad wrong photo her mom commented on this one

    • BullShite

      I always wonder if the family ever mentions or asks the fraud why they are deleting all of their “business” pages, and photos and the like, or gets even remotely sketched out when it happens again and again. Even if family happens to love this person, they can’t be fooled by mass deletion, and lame excuses that just don’t add up at all.

      The reality is she’s lied to EVERYONE, family and friends included. That has to be something she can’t denial-away, and it makes me sort of sad for her Mother, knowing she’s lied to her too, as opposed to just getting by on her own legitimate work. I know if I posted a painting or something I didn’t do, said it was mine, and my Mom was all : “Oh that’s gorgeous I’m so proud of how talented you are”, it would friggin’ kill me.

      It would break my goddamned heart to lie to my Momma. 🙁

      • Just a Girl

        That is because some people have this silly little thing called a conscious! 🙂

        • Wait do I have one 😛

          • peaceetc

            Yes you do, Joseph. I think you buried it on that gorgeous island of yours and have the treasure map tattooed to your back.

        • C Sab

          What is this conscious you speak of?

  • Lindsay11

    Let’s play “I don’t believe Tara”! I’ll go first!

    I don’t believe Tara when she says she just a hobbyist. I also don’t believe she makes a livelihood off of her photography.

    I don’t (and didn’t) believe Tara and Amanda were posting on different ips. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1091/8929/original.jpg

    I don’t believe Tara had any sort of insurance, permits, licenses, etc for her calendar photo shoot at the farm.http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1091/1821/original.jpg

    I don’t believe Tara has contacted any of the photographers she stole from. http://stopstealingphotos.com/dancing-dandelions-photography-aka-avelyn-artography-aka-tara-lynne-photography-st-louis-mo/#comment-1433898761

    I don’t believe Tara was too stupid to upload “inspirational” photos onto facebook without labeling them as one of her own photos. I also don’t believe Tara thinks we are gonna buy the lie that the comments went under “her photo” and the original photo was the image for the album, http://stopstealingphotos.com/dancing-dandelions-photography-aka-avelyn-artography-aka-tara-lynne-photography-st-louis-mo/#comment-1433921564

    I don’t believe Tara has a magical app that removes copyrights, adds your own and uploads it without you noticing. http://stopstealingphotos.com/dancing-dandelions-photography-aka-avelyn-artography-aka-tara-lynne-photography-st-louis-mo/#comment-1433848002

    That’s all off the top of my head. Any one else wanna play? I know I missed a few!

    Also, Tara I know you are still reading this so if you have proof of any of these lies we would love to see them. Especially you contacting the people you stole from, we would LOVE to see that. I’ll flat out apologize to you Tara, prove me wrong. Prove me wrong.

    • KimJ

      That isn’t nice Lindsay, you left nothing for us

      • Lindsay11

        LOL I left some! How about I don’t believe Tara when she said “Amanda told me to come here because people were saying I was stealing even though 1. Amanda is the same person as me, 2. I already knew that people had caught on to me because I’d already removed Avelyn Artography and been outed earlier and 3. I’d already been removing things as people noticed them here so it was obvious I didn’t need Amanda to tell me to come here.

        Though that one is rather long and complicated?

        • KimJ

          What about the one where she said that she didn’t sleep as she was so worried? I bet she slept like a baby

          • Lindsay11

            Oh yeah, she was so upset she couldn’t sleep all night but the next morning she’s ready to be a big girl and move on. I guess one poor night of sleep was all the punishment she needed, eh?

          • Helena

            But she’s happy with the way she’s left things! She’s done what she thinks is necessary to put things right even though she’s lied consistently since she came on this page.

    • Helena

      Don’t expect to be proved wrong about contacting photographers. Najka, the photographer of the twins, confirmed she hasn’t made contact below.

  • Photo Stealers

    I added moderator status to a few people that have been with me from the beginning since this is the crazy season for me and I need a few extra eyes in the comments just in case. I had two weddings this weekend and apparently I have a lot to catch up on!

    • peaceetc

      I am honored to be one of the chosen few, and will try my very best not to break things on this here Disqus thingamajig.

      • Lindsay11

        Yay Celine! Oh no, wait, don’t push that bu

        • peaceetc

          It’s all Joseph’s fault.

          • Lindsay11

            Shhh… you should have blamed Norman as he’s been busy lately and hasn’t posted much.

    • Thanks … Yea you are one person. We can at least take over the IP verification process for those who pretend to be several pepole.

    • Helena

      Don’t blame you! Hopefully it’ll make your life a little bit easier!

    • KimJ

      I think that it is cool, frees up more of your time. Also they can add when more screen shots come in.

    • Lindsay11

      Thank you Corey!

    • C Sab

      You skipped me. lol But good idea.

  • Samantha Renn

    I didn’t go through all the comments here so it may have been pointed out already, but one of the images with an ‘unknown original source’, the one with the image of the girl with her arms out with the quote “she believed she could so she did”, is by UK photographer Rosie Hardy and can be found here:

    http://www.rosiehardy.com/1145-self-portraits

    • Lindsay11

      Good find!

  • Britaney Jourdain-Holman

    I am a local photographer in her area. She has approached us many times when we run into eachother at a local park that’s a popular shoot location & she always seemed a bit clueless. I am sooo APALLED that people actually take the time to steal from others versus learning & creating on their own. RIDICULOUS. It seems like she doens’t steal locally just out of state. I did pass along this post to all my local photography friends. Thanks for Posting!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Be sure to post it to as many local groups as possible. It may be the only way to stop her.

    • So you know

      ok, so I saw this link when I searched Tara’s photo business. This lady is crazy. You won’t get satisfaction dealing with her directly, just fyi. We worked together for a few months. She goes job to job kind of like she goes about renaming her business and facebook page. My team worked with her and she is nuts. Lies all the time and covers it up constantly.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Who is crazy?
        Tara or Britaney?

        • So you know

          sorry. Tara is the nutty one.

  • Tara

    This is the first time that I have even bothered to go onto this site. My admin, Amanda has been my biggest supporter through this. She has responded on my behalf previously as I was too emotional to get on the page at time we first learned of this posting.

    Only people who have nothing better to do spend time on sites like these. I have a personal FB profile page and FB page that is just to connect with my models. My admin has been in charge of most of my FB page for models, leaving my personal posts to only be on the personal profile which I manned.

    For those of you wondering why the name changes:

    I started off a year ago as a brand new hobbyist just learning photography by taking pictures of family. I named it Tara Lynne Photography. However, after a little while I decided to turn it into a bigger passion and venture out to working with more than family, hence the name change, Dancing Dandelions. However, after awhile I decided to expand and begin working with aspiring models. I did not feel all pictures would be appropriate that I captured with models to be shared on my family page, Dancing Dandelions. Therefore, I created Avelyn Artography. This was a page I used to promote my work with models. Ironically, I recently created a final page that combined everything one last time as I was having a mass of confusion with having the 2 pages.

    How could this happen? Here is how:

    Not until Amanda logged into Dancing Dandelions one morning did we know there was an issue regarding any theft. As I am new and still learning this craft, I honestly believed you could use Pinterest pics for inspiration. I have plenty of albums that I have labeled as Inspiration and were noted with each picture that they were not my work. However, there were several pictures that were used in ads that did not say they were someone else’s work. I see the error in this in hindsight. However, this was an honest mistake.

    What about the frogs and cute little crowns that were so easy to make? Here is how: (The crowns were easy to make, by the way!)

    Additionally, when I prepare for a shoot, Amanda and I sometimes create an album that has inspiration pictures for the subject to view prior to our shoot so we are on the same page. In regard to the frog picture with the newborns and the crown, this particular picture was the cover photo in an inspiration photo shoot that an expectant mother of twins and I had been planning for months. The picture that everyone is so upset about was not mine, but was the cover album picture. When Amanda added the actual pictures from the shoot, she did not delete the inspiration photo nor did I later think to check to ensure it was no longer the album cover. When my mother posted a comment, it was on the entire album, which then appears on the inspiration picture. This gives the appearance that it was a stolen photo.

    For those of you who would like to see me sued, I forgive you for having such hateful thoughts and not allowing a person to learn from their mistakes without wishing them such devastation.

    Shame on the professional photographers who I was friends with locally (whom I have not met) have shared this without coming to me first. I had higher expectations that you would want to see a fellow photographer grow and, not to tear them down publicly.

    I do not have time to read all the comments posted, but Britaney’s is first in line and grabbed my attention. have never worked with you. I have had one main job for 11 years and I have not had to work for several years now. Expect to hear more from me and my lawyer. He assures me he knows how to track who posted your slanderous accusations.

    I have had a huge support group of photographers, makeup artists, models, friends, and family who have reached out to me and are appalled as to how this has been handled.

    I have addressed everything for which I believe warrants discussion. I will not entertain any follow ups from anyone. I am not a dramatic individual and refuse to explain myself for I have learned from what was an honest mistake that I will no longer be able entrust my ethics to having an admin, no matter how close they may be as a friend.

    I will reach out to any photographers impacted by this mess. I can promise you I will not be back on here. This is the only time you will get my attention, so no need to expect me to have any rebuttals. I made my peace and I hope that all of you can do the same.

    Cheers!!

    • chuck knuckles

      BINGO!
      LOL, she managed to hit 4 or 5 of the most common bingo card excuses/deflections in one post!

      • Justin Case

        looks like the locals have discovered this and brought it all back again. Bravo.

        • Maria A. Cooper

          Hi All, I am a photographer from the St. Louis area and yes you are correct. The locals have discovered it. And the fb feeds have been blowing up all day. Here in St. Louis even though it is a large city the art community specifically the photographers are all aware of each other. WE tend to be friends on facebook. It has been extremely chaotic with all the feeds talking about Tara. The majority have seen through her excuses and have passed around this page. Thank you for compiling the information! we appreciate it very much. There are quite a few people that have been hurt by her including those that paid for shoots expecting to have photos that looked like those she stole. Thank you and keep up the great work!

          • Justin Case

            well Maria, thanks for joining us with your information. To tell the truth, I’m quite sad that this has gone on for so long. I often hope that the stolen pictures is just a single bad decision for those who get posted here, but unfortunately it’s often just the tip of the iceberg.

          • BullShite

            Funny how they ALL, with rare exception, have multiple “businesses” that are all sketchy along with the photography, or have re-branded several times already, or have come up with fake names, or have criminal records, or who’s businesses are NOT listed with the local government…… it’s such a distinct pattern of fraud and deception.

          • Lindsay11

            Maria, any facebook feeds you can share with us? I would really love to see what the local photographers are saying.

    • V323

      Stunning display of a complete lack of accountability. Bravo.

    • Melinda Potter

      Aw man…. Still no link to that magic app that automatically removes watermarks and then replaces it with your own :/ darn it!
      Glad you finally came here yourself Tara instead of sending your representatives. Very enlightening, and so nice to hear the same story slightly rearranged and slightly reworded (eye roll)
      Translation: I’m kind of embarrassed with the way I responded before, and it didn’t go very well. People here sorta saw through it all. Here is another attempt at making myself look as though I’m honest and have integrity and good work ethics.

      Nope, sorry it didn’t work this time either

      • KimJ

        But Amanda is Tara. Bet ya 🙂

    • KimJ

      OMG you have got to be kidding! YOu stole, lied, lied some more, lied just for a change and then you come with this. Karma is a bitch honey.

      “For those of you who would like to see me sued,” – you stole, you should be sued. If I go and kill somebody I will pay for it. It is ILLEGAL to steal regardless.

      You loaded up those images as your own. You removed watermarks and put yours on. ILLEGAL.

      Now what about that magic app that you said automatically added everything. oh wait another LIE

    • Somebody PLEASE SUE HER!

      • Justin Case

        It’s OK Eric, she forgives you and your hateful thoughts.

    • Helena

      This is the biggest pile of self indulgent crap I have read today. Not to mention it’s complete bollocks.

      “Only people who have nothing better to do spend time on sites like these.” Better to be on the other side than be a thief like you dear. I do hope you get sued, not because I’m hateful, but because you obviously haven’t learned a thing from this.

    • STL

      THIS IS ALL LIES. EVERY LAST WORD. There is NO ‘admin’ named Amanda – its all from her IP address.

      & Tara has NO SUPPORTERS left, except maybe her family.

      She absolutely posted that photo of the twins by itself. It was not an album cover. I remember it.

      The most psychotic thing she’s done, though, is this: Tara created MULTIPLE fake model profiles and had them interact with each other and even other photographers. She had them post about how much they loved their shoot with her, etc. It was all fake. All of the images were stolen. She even had one of the models set up a shoot with a local photographer, which is what the screenshot below shows, because “Jamie” had to cancel on the photographer.
      She posted so many photos that listed clients – and even made up stories about them.

      You’re stupid, Tara. I really hope you’re reading this. If you think you can escape this by blocking everyone, you’re pathetic.

      I’ve attached a screenshot of the fake model profile she created to interact with herself and her other fake models, there were at least two others. Also attached some of “Jamie Ryan”‘s statuses about Tara. They type the same and everything.

      The real model’s page is here: https://www.facebook.com/JemmaFungeModel — she is based in the UK.

      • Guest

        The photos didn’t attach! i attached links instead.

        • BullShite

          WOW.
          That is one super-involved, really f’ed up lie there.
          What a rotten good for nothing…. and with the gall to make up even MORE lies in the apology…. I am so GLAD her “career” is over.
          May she dupe no more unsuspecting clients with her lies ever again.
          I guess we can add “catfish” to the deception roster.

          Nice legacy for those grand babies Tara. Real nice.

          • STL

            Actually, she’s blocked pretty much everyone in the community so no one can post to her page about it. So she’s retained clients. Her Facebook name is La Tara, someone needs to out her.

        • Holy CROP!
      • STL
        • Helena

          It’s Disqus. Reload the page. I can see them… And… Err…. OMG! That’s beyond insane!

      • Can you say IDENTITY THEFT?
        Straight from the US Department of Justice.

        The Department of Justice prosecutes cases of identity theft and fraud under a variety of federal statutes. In the fall of 1998, for example, Congress passed the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act . This legislation created a new offense of identity theft, which prohibits “knowingly transfer[ring] or us[ing], without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of Federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable State or local law.”

        18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(7). This offense, in most circumstances, carries a maximum term of 15 years’ imprisonment, a fine, and criminal forfeiture of any personal property used or intended to be used to commit the offense.

        Schemes to commit identity theft or fraud may also involve violations of other statutes such as identification fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1028), credit card fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1029), computer fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1030), mail fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1341), wire fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1343), or financial institution fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1344). Each of these federal offenses are felonies that carry substantial penalties ­ in some cases, as high as 30 years’ imprisonment, fines, and criminal forfeiture.

        Federal prosecutors work with federal investigative agencies such as theFederal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the United States Postal Inspection Service to prosecute identity theft and fraud cases.

        source: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html

      • Holy CROP!
        • STL

          she even edited it…sick.

      • BullShite

        Wait….. did she just say that she herself has a “fine ass”?? Am I reading this right? LOL!!

        • Helena

          Yes. She’s so vain, I bet she thinks this site is about her.

          • Justin Case

            ‘don’t you, don’t you, oooohhh’ (cue the horns)

      • Lindsay11

        STL, you don’t even have to remember the crown picture, it’s right at the top of the page big as can be, proof that Tara Lynne is thief, a fraud and a liar. She is freaking stupid for lying when the proof is RIGHT HERE. She STOLE this photo. She uploaded it with HER OWN WATERMARK after REMOVING the original photographers! (Dammit Tara has me typing like a Fox News Commenter now) http://i1.wp.com/stopstealingphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Dancing-Dandelions_0004.jpg

        I am a little lost here, I admit. Is Bonnie Nichoalds a made up person too?

        How on earth can she say she has only been here once? I mean, “doing the right thing” was obviously Tara… she even said both times, “I’m only going to post once” and flounced off both times. Coward.

        Which made up personality wrote the last bit? I think it is HYSTERICAL her made up model personality said Tara had a fine ass! LOL!

        • llolol

          No, Bonnie nichoalds is the photographer that set up a shoot with the jamie Ryan profile that Tara created

      • Lindsay11

        Also, has anyone contacted Jemma Funge? What about the original photographer Ade Davies?

      • peaceetc

        …. wow. I had no idea.

    • Justin Case

      since you have already let us know that you won’t be replying, I’ll skip the point-by-point rebuttal of all the horseshit you have posted above. I just thought it worth letting you know that you’re fooling no one, and if you really want to ‘grow’ as a photographer, I would suggest growing-up first.

    • Such long winded bullshit .. smh

    • Just a Girl

      Well, ya started this whole story above with a lie, ya shoulda just stopped right there cause you sure didn’t do yourself any favors by continuing! AND you didn’t address how your watermark got on photos you didn’t take. Aren’t you just a wee bit sad that this “huge support group of photographers, makeup artists, models, friends, and family” that you have seem to be awfully quiet when it comes to publicly backing you. Perhaps they feel shameful FOR you. I know I’d be sad if my support system didnt support me. Usually when people believe IN you they have no qualms about letting others know. So sad….. nah, not really cause at the end of the day everyone who has seen the proof knows….. KNOWS that Tara at Dancing Dandelions Photography aka Avelyn ARTography aka Tara Lynne Photography in St. Louis, MO is a Photo Stealer and is obviously incapable of taking her own photos professionally.

      • Lindsay11

        Interesting that after you posted this one of her “friends” came to post eh?

        • Just a Girl

          yeah I noticed!

    • BullShite

      LOL… you KNOW we have screencaps right? Oh, and we’ve heard the whole “the admin” did it… like a MILLION TIMES before.

      You know what you should have done? What could make people “move on”?

      LEGITIMATELY APOLOGIZE.

      Apologize for PURPOSELY taking photos and putting your logo on them, stop pretending you have an “admin” and stop pretending we are STUPID.

      Again…. WE HAVE SCREEN CAPS.

      Liar.

    • Lindsay11

      Yeah I’m not gonna even bother addressing you, you’re really not worth my time.

      Friends, cult members, lend me your ears! Tara would have us believe either
      a. She is a complete fucking moron (as Lucie would say), a fraud, a liar and a thief. or
      b. She thinks WE are complete fucking morons and she’s a fraud, a liar and a thief.
      c. Some combination of the above.

      Who wants to count how many lies are in that mess of an excuse for an excuse? Who makes up such complete shit and expects people to swallow it and ask for more? Who can look at all the facts presented here then make up bald faced lies?

      It’s really fucking insulting to all of us and I apologize for my language guys, but I’m exhausted taking care of my mom and reading this idiot’s excuses really makes me angry. Not a one of us is that stupid. She thinks we are that stupid. It pisses me off.

    • Lindsay11

      In case anyone missed it further down/up, here’s her linkedin page where she has had a shit load of jobs, not one in 11 years. Go ahead and call that lawyer, idiot. https://www.linkedin.com/in/taracarter1974?_mSplash=1

    • Lindsay11

      So, are you saying this isn’t you? Because that would be a pretty freaking stupid thing to lie about. Do you think we have super short memories or something? Do you think we are idiots? Just because your friends swallow your bullshit doesn’t mean we will. http://stopstealingphotos.com/dancing-dandelions-photography-aka-avelyn-artography-aka-tara-lynne-photography-st-louis-mo/#comment-1433836879

      Why are you lying about things you don’t even need to lie about?? Is it fun for you? Do you get a thrill pulling the wool over gullible people’s eyes? Do you like getting caught and trying to figure a way out of your lies and theft?

      • BullShite

        I am seriously thinking that some of these people have legit catfishing issues. Very much like Aries Lanna…. they just don’t involve catfishing for romance

        • Lindsay11

          There does seem to be some sort of connect between lying, stealing and faking, doesn’t there? I’m absolutely fascinated by these people who have spent years pretending to be other people online. So many of these stealers have issues!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Tara,
      Have you told your friend Jamie Mays from JustADollFace.com that your friend Amy gave her a major Google bump? Oh, and NOT in a good way since she’s now permanently associated with YOU and image theft and fraud.

    • Kat

      Shame on us. You really do believe the excuses you’re spewing, do you? Nice attempt at trying to spin this around but come on girl, stop lying, stop stealing. If you call yourself a business, you better know the ins and outs. Those of us who have been in this business a bit longer than you, those of us who have had photos stolen before … guess how many of us have heard “I didn’t take the photos, my webmaster did it” excuse? Right, all of us. It’s about as original as “my dog at my homework”. So please don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re pulling the wool over anybody’s eyes. Once you actually have a body of work you can be proud of, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. In the meantime, you’re nothing but a fauxtographer.

  • Melissa

    THANK YOU Photo Stealers… i feel better with you around.. 😀

  • Amy

    Tara is legitimate. My good friend @Justadollface does hair and makeup as well as photography and I have accompanied her to Tara Lynn’s legitimate studio with a real model, Miss Sammie B, for a real photoshoot. Shame on all of you who feel the need to make yourselves feel better by trashing the name and reputation of a good and honest woman.

    • Marc W.

      So she’s done one photo shoot? What about the photos she stole?

      • lol

        Let’s look at the ip address on this one

    • Twitter

      Yeah the studio in her basement. & that model has now spoke out against her so try again. Does a good and honest woman make fake model profiles and talk to people on them?

    • KimJ

      And what about the photos she stole? So what if she is legit or not at the end of the day she stole photos, lied, lied and lied, came back and lied.

    • Helena

      No one here is trashing the reputation of a good and honest woman, because she isn’t one. She was caught out stealing by another Facebook page, hence Avelyn Artography disappearing and then caught out here, where she lied and said an app uploaded her pictures and watermarked them for her. She told me she would get me the details of this app, but it never appeared… because she was lying!

      Whether she does photo shoots or not, she is not a legitimate photographer, she’s a faker. A legitimate photographer wouldn’t feel the need to use other people’s work as their own and would understand why that was wrong. They wouldn’t blame the “admin” and they wouldn’t make out they were so high and mighty in light of the vast evidence against them.

    • Justin Case

      Amy, I understand that you think you’re helping a friend, but you really should do your homework before you start accusing people of ‘trashing the name and reputation of a good and honest woman.’

      None of her excuses hold up to even the slightest investigation. She is obviously doing a better job of convincing you than she is at deceiving any of us here.

      Be a real friend to Tara Lynn and help her understand that her behavior is unhealthy and hurts others. If you are still unconvinced, read the comments here and contact a few of those who she has stolen from.

    • Fact. She violated copyright law.
      Fact. She violated Canadian False Advertising Law.

      Nothing else you can say can change those two facts and the fact that she is-unrepentant just clinches it.

      • Helena

        Not to mention she violated the privacy of the people whose photos she stole.

        • BullShite

          Plus she Catfished another photographer by creating a false profile of a real model from another country no less, and using that profile booked a shoot with a legit photographer, only to cancel because the fake model’s “mother” fell.

          The above is just one other whole level of deeply, mentally, messed up this woman is.

    • BullShite

      THE SCREEN-CAPS SAY OTHERWISE.

    • Lindsay11

      Amy, if you aren’t in fact Tara, can you not see how it is possible to create photos AND steal photos at the same time? I’ve seen MUCH better photographers than Tara Lynne aka La Tara of Dancing Dandelions Photography aka Avelyn Artography aka Tara Lynne Photography aka whatever the hell she wants to call herself today steal photos, she’s not that special.

      • peaceetc

        Amy and Tara posted under two separate IP addresses — one’s through AT&T Internet Services (shown as being in Texas) and the other is Charter Communications (shown as being in Missouri). That’s all I know.

        • Helena

          Is Tara’s ISP the same as the previous Amanda/Mom knows best/Doing the right thing?

          • peaceetc

            Those are from the same network as the latest Tara post, though the IP address itself is slightly different. I think she was just allocated a different IP that time, but I would guess they are the same person.

            I don’t know why she bothered to lie about not having come here before, especially when it’s so easy to check.

          • Helena

            My guess, and I won’t put it as eloquently as you, is that her head is rammed up her own arse and her giant ego is preventing her from removing it. As a result, she thinks we’re all idiots who will buy her bullshit, despite her cataclysmic displays of stupidity.

          • peaceetc

            I’m a mod now, so I have to avoid such creative wording. 😉

          • Helena

            Oh man, that’s no fun! 🙁

          • peaceetc

            Well, to be fair, I tended to avoid that, anyway. I have to be really pissed off to go for the jugular. 🙂

          • U Really That Dumb?

            It’s called CRI
            Cranial Rectal Inversion

          • Helena

            LOL! You really are on form recently.

          • Justin Case

            nice. I will be quoting you extensively, if anonymously.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            If you look at PD, EMS, Fire, and ER reports you may find that written in a corner… Just saying.

          • BullShite

            It seems to me that a lot of these fakers lack basic computer common sense. Like how to check to see if they have stolen a photo, we simply need to use an image search… or use a cache to look at things deleted…. and it’s not just older people, it’s people younger than 30. It’s sort of surprising.

        • Grrrrr

          I have AT & T and live in MO, what does my IP address show up as?

          • peaceetc

            Now this is interesting — you show up as being in Richardson, Texas, the same as ‘Amy’ above. Your IP address is entirely different, though. I would guess Amy is also in Missouri.

          • Grrrrr

            NB nailed my location, I do know AT&T has a base center in Texas, our son happens to work for them as a tech and that’s where he trained.

          • NB

            I assumed you didn’t want your street address along with the Google
            Street View posted. On that note, you really need to trim that tree! 🙂

            Kidding! It looks fine.

          • Justin Case

            woah, careful there. You’re going to get the cult in trouble again!

          • captain-confuzzled

            I’m in California and when “my location” shows up on websites, it often says Richardson Texas, so maybe it is some kind of default.

          • NB

            City: Saint Charles
            Hers is is also in MO.

          • peaceetc

            My IP lookup thing is evil.

        • Lindsay11

          Thanks for the confirmation Celine. I really love your new photos btw!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Amy,
      I’m curious. How often have you been there? How often do you see her?

    • peaceetc

      I don’t think anyone is disputing she takes photos, so while what you’ve written is all well and good, it doesn’t have anything to do with the issue at hand. The issue is she used others’ images without permission, which is copyright infringement. That is illegal, and an offense for which she can be sued. She even put her watermark on at least one of them (also illegal), and never said it wasn’t her own work. She mislead clients and potential clients by implying those stolen images were her work, and that the photos she would take for others would be of similar quality. I don’t want to sound harsh, but that is not the case. Her work is pretty different from the stolen images. I’m not trying to criticize her abilities, but rather I’m trying to point out how misleading it is to show one thing and to give paying clients something entirely different.

      I’m going to write it again — it isn’t legal to to use others’ images without permission. That’s it. She can be sued, and she may well be. That is up to the photographers from whom she stole. Please, Amy, learn all the facts. There is more to this than I think you realize. I understand it is difficult to be objective when it comes to someone you know, but I hope you can take a step back and try to look at the effects of her actions, and to remember there are victims here, and that is the real crime.

      • peaceetc

        I just read further down and saw the evidence about Tara creating fake model profiles, etc. I didn’t realize this whole thing was that involved, and am frankly blown away by Tara’s many apparent deceptions. This seems to go much further than some stolen images. If even a portion of what is below (under ‘STL’), then holy crap.

      • Helena

        Wonderfully put as always!

      • Grrrrr

        I’m fairly new to the St. Louis area, but these people scare me, the app that removes watermarks? making up fake profiles and having discussions with yourself? Did she even bother to read what she wrote on here a few weeks ago? So hard to keep up with….You hit it on the head, yes, she takes photos AND she takes photos from other photographers!!! 🙁

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Amy,
      I wonder if she, Jamie Mays from JustADollFace, knows she’s associating with a known fraud and thief? Have you discussed this with her? Does she realize that because of your tagging her, she’s going to be forever associated with a known thief on Google?

    • BullShite

      I am not a photographer. However, if I wanted to I could hire a real model, and a real make-up person, and take photos.

      This would never in any sense, make me a Professional Photographer.
      I hope this makes sense.

    • Sniff sniff

    • Katrin

      Sure. Good to see her friends coming to the thief’s defense.

  • Mikey

    very interesting: all the site and Facebook links above are now dead.

    • She will rebrand soon.

      • John Vincent
        • Justin Case

          wow. down already?

        • Justin Case

          John, if you notice it again, be sure to screengrab it and post the images. Phone numbers, names and addresses can help others to track her down.

          • Lindsay11

            Hrm… I see it. So we have St Louis MI. She joined July 7 2014. Email is suglarlandimages1@gmail.com But I haven’t found anything that for sure says this is our Tara yet. I also don’t see stolen photos but I didn’t check them all. Will get screen shots.

            ETA I think she is trying to make it look like Sugarland Images has been up for about two years. She’s added a “life event” for 2012.

          • Lindsay11

            OK I’m now convinced this is our Tara. I don’t really want to link my evidence as it uses small children and their mom’s not careful facebooking. Suffice to say, Sugarland Images posted pictures of kids and linked to Mom’s page. Mom is friends with our Tara. https://www.facebook.com/tara.lynne.3110?fref=ts

            Nice train track photos! https://www.facebook.com/1452119345043189/photos/pb.1452119345043189.-2207520000.1406300631./1452138748374582/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpa1%2Ft1.0-9%2F1511592_1452138748374582_7100082832404825027_n.jpg&size=960%2C640&fbid=1452138748374582

          • BullShite

            The page is definately sketchy. There is no phone number (what professional photographer doesn’t have a phone number?) and there is no official website (repeat) and there is no photographer information, bio, etc. HOWEVER….and I am SURE this is going to be a SHOCK to you all….

            “Sugarland Images” is NOT a legally registered business entity with the state of MI.

            Also on the page of the state of MI under information about registering a business:

            What are the penalties for not registering?

            Failure to register your fictitious name is a misdemeanor under Missouri law and persons failing to register are subject to charges by their local prosecuting attorney.

          • BullShite

            Business name lookup screen cap for posterity attachment:
            (everything coming up under just “sugarland” is either too old or does not have anything to do with images or photography)

          • Lindsay11

            Sorry, here’s the about page.

    • Justin Case

      It may very well be that one of the MANY professionals she stole from is suing her. This was not an isolated incident and there was not much of a way for her to launch again under any of her previous names without drawing more attention to this site and her past behaviors.
      IF she rebrands, it will have to be with a completely new name. And hopefully this time with only her own work to show.

      • This is true usally when everything is gone it’s because someone decided to actually sue. Other times it’s just to start over clean so clients won’t see their past transgressions.

      • Lindsay11

        hahaha well, at least she didn’t take credit for it? Maybe she is learning just a teeny bit! Still, I would assume any photos a PHOTOGRAPHER uploaded to facebook would be, you know, their own photos they themselves took. (attached)

      • BullShite

        Oh I DO hope she gets sued!

  • Lindsay11

    Tara was very VERY careful keeping all the information that could connect her to Sugarland Images as best she could. (Not adding her name, phone number, making a new email, etc) But unless she makes entirely new friends and doesn’t shoot with the same people anymore and doesn’t link to anyone, she can’t stay hidden for very long. Here’s proof that “La Tara” aka Tara Lynne is Sugarland Images. (The Tara mentioned here does in fact link back to our friend “La Tara”.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1453579758230481.1073741847.1452119345043189&type=1

    • Lindsay11

      Wrong screen shot! Sorry, here’s the one I meant to share.

  • Melinda Potter

    well looky here… The magic app that removes other people’s watermarks before posting http://www.inpixio.com/photo-software/inpixio-photo-eraser/

  • Maria A. Cooper

    Just an update to this line. Tara Lynn has a new name and FB page Lance & Lola.

  • Maria A. Cooper
  • John Carnes

    So, notice no mention of the photographer’s credentials or even contact information on this new site. Hiding are we? Too funny the lengths some people will take to cheat.

    • Are they stealing again?

      Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.