Expressions Photo and Design Stealing Photos

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Facebook

By the time I was alerted to the news story that aired Aaron had already begun to scramble and his Facebook has been cleared of images and the name was changed so it doesn’t come up in a search.

I couldn’t help screen cap this tip from January though.

Newsletters

On his Facebook Page he also posted a few of his newsletters he sent to clients.  I am listing the images below that haven’t been seen above.

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  • Marc W.

    Wow, his replies to bad reviews are so arrogant.. especially when he’s caught stealing again.

    These: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/expressions-photo-and-design-des-moines-ia-661088#reviews-area

  • Photo Stealers

    The You Tube is FULL of stolen images but I had to take a break.

  • Michael White

    I was never a partner of his. I shot his wedding and tried to show him a few things after. Cause he wanted to do photography till I saw he had pictures that were not on his on his website. I wanted him to take him down he didn’t didn’t so I busted him out .

    • Photo Stealers

      I know, but that was his prior excuse.

  • Thanks so much for the heads up on this! Already taking action!!

  • Peter Kelly

    It’s unforgivable to use another photographer’s pictures, portraying them as your own work, even worse if you can’t produce good quality, but I just don’t get these loathsome clowns who go to all the trouble of creating this persona and provide very little.

    I always feel it must be exhausting to go around fighting these fires, when people complain, and constantly inventing appointments and excuses.

    It must be only for the money, but I can’t help thinking that they must work as hard at their criminality as if they did the job properly, so why not make an attempt?

    Clearly this character has no intention of going straight, though, so I just hope he gets done for fraud and ends up in prison.

  • Photo Stealers

    Appears his website may be down.

  • You can’t fix stupid

    Wow, really wow. What an asshole. The time he has spent stealing images he could have studied and practiced and might have been able to actually shoot something decent. I just feel so bad for all those people who he scammed.

    I have just read the replies to the reviews on The Knot. Wow he is full of excuses not to mention how rude he is.

    • Photo Stealers

      I feel awful for his clients.

  • Photo Stealers

    Take some time to read the comments from some of his past clients. It goes far beyond just stolen images in his portfolio.

    https://www.facebook.com/kcci8/posts/10154199822705079?hc_location=ufi

  • Jayme Peters

    First and foremost, I want to give a huge shout out to Photo Stealers for getting this story out right away!! I was the person who contacted her with information, and I honestly do not care if Aaron knows it. This is going above and beyond any scam I have seen — this is DELIBERATE!!! As we are now 5 years out from his first offence, and he is still out there doing it. Shame on you! #1 YOU DO NOT scam clients or steal photos from other photographers..that is illegal. I am planning to make a phone call to the attorney generals office in Des Moines in the morning as soon as they open, because he is and continually has been committing fraud. This HAS TO END! It’s hard enough for the rest of us, don’t ruin this industry because you can’t do what it takes to be a REAL PROFESSIONAL photographer. I’ve also talked with at least 20 brides today who have ALL now asked for refunds to avoid this creep…

  • Photo Stealers

    Updated to include Platinum Photography whose number was the same as Expressions Photo & Design, who had the same reviews on their page as those for Expressions Photo & Design and also had images with Expressions Photo & Design in the file name. He has claimed it was not him but after the listing the website has been removed.

    I also have had reviews on my personal business with at least two “brides” who also reviewed Expressions Photo & Design but their original reviews were plagiarized. Those reviews have been removed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a2f9cd469e09f418dd326b75b17f49073986a7c8d38477c587b45461d5a2c23.png