Jennifer Boswell Photography

‘Tis the season for mini sessions!  Which means… lots and lots of submissions of photographers stealing others mini session set ups and posting them to drum up business for themselves, not clarifying that the images were NOT taken by the photographer POSTING THE IMAGE.  Sigh.

Here’s the problem when you do this.  It is false advertising.  A photographer posts a picture(s) and it promotes that THIS is the type of image you will be receiving.  I try to shy away from critiquing others work because we all start somewhere but it’s painfully obvious that this photographer is promoting imagery that is above her skill level.

Also, it’s illegal to photograph on train tracks FYI.

Update: She’s already removed the stolen works from her Facebook but luckily I have screen captures 🙂

 

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Original source

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Not sure who the original source is but… not Jennifer.

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Again, unknown source but not Jennifer

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Original source (not linking b/c it’s popping up with malware)

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Not her original image (or card design)

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The petition, which ironically originally included my logo.  

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The highlighted text above, sent to me in a message on Photo Stealers when I originally created the post here.  When I read the petition I pretty much knew immediately who was behind it.

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The source for the highlighted text is on the NCSL website.  Note that her petition stole my logo and also plagiarized text.  I don’t think Jennifer has learned anything from this mess.

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One of Jennifer’s original comments on this blog (she later removed her name).  Note the IP address.

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The comment left on the Rob Adams post.  Note the IP address and email address.

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What was posted to Jennifer’s Facebook Page (which I believe has been shut down again) around the time that the petition went live.

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A comment left on the Behind the Shutter blog post regarding the Rob Adams mess.

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The message I got after plainly stating on Facebook that I was pretty certain that Jennifer was behind the petition/”Stop the Cyberstalking” movement.

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Please.  I’m not stupid.  I’m many things but stupid is not one of them.

Update:  The petition is being shut down because Jennifer is afraid for her safety.

  • peaceetc

    When are people going to learn not to do this? I get they’re probably just hoping to get some business by using the images, but they aren’t their images to use, and like you pointed it, it’s terribly misleading.

    The bottom line in this: if you are a photographer, use your own images… on advertising, your Facebook page, your web site, everywhere. Using others’ images is stealing. Even if you buy stock images, you’re still leading people to think that work is yours and that they will expect something on the same level.

    If you don’t have the portfolio to promote your own work, then you shouldn’t be doing it. It really is that simple. Go out there and do free sessions with friends and family. Build your skill, gain experience, and use your own photos. Do not steal. You may think it’s a victimless crime, but you’re wrong.

  • April Erickson-Colby

    There’s a local photographer using the ornament image in her advertisement for her mini sessions too! Small world… http://chatham-kent.kijiji.ca/c-ViewAdLargeImage?AdId=549450552&ImageIndex=1

  • Christina Coastin

    People do this because they can. If they were going to be shamed by peer exposure, they wouldn’t have done it in the first place. And as popular as this site is with photographers, my guess is few – if any – clients trouble themselves with seeking out this information. For those reasons, I disagree with your guidance to NOT comment on the person’s webpage. I don’t like bullying and I don’t believe insults are productive. But calling a person out in a direct and specific manner, at the place in which they are doing “the crime,” makes a great deal of sense and is probably the only way to make a dent in this practice. Just a suggestion. C.

  • Guest

    I don’t believe the cover photo of the family dressed in white and khaki for her “portraits” page is hers either…it looks like the couple on the left of that photo are her and her boyfriend if you compare it to the photo on her “about” page.

  • Guest

    Well now she has taken to sending me messages blaming me for her plight. She has gone as far as accusing me of stealing images. This has nothing to do with me, she needs to grow up and quit stealing, oh and leave me alone!

  • Guest

    Ok Cheryl Logan from hillsboro Missouri has nothing better to do then to bash people. The hot cocoa picture was clearly an idea of having a hot cocoa stand and if you go thru her pictures, you will clearly see the project at hand of the making of a hot cocoa stand. Their all ideas and not the same percussion of photos will be used. Look a little further people before you bash people and go to her website with your bs. Templates being used are purchased. Get your facts straight before commenting. The family photo on the beach is her FAMILY you idiots!!!

    • PhotoLove

      What this photographer doesn’t understand is that it is false advertisement. The hot coco stand was not the only picture that was discussed, their were several others that was not her work and the photographers were notified (when they could be found) and they were not happy about her using their images.

      I know that if I purchased a pair of pants online and they looked brand new in the photo but had holes in them when I got them I would be very upset. It is a very similar concept. I also think that her calling out the photographer on her page was not called for. This is Slander and defamation which are crimes.

      • boohooyou

        the same goes for bashing this photograher!

        • PhotoLove

          But she didn’t bash this photographer. She doesn’t run this site, and those words above are not written by her. She didn’t come out on her page and said that this photographer did this and did that (at least from the research that I found…if I am wrong please correct me). I wonder if Cheryl contacted this photographer first? I know with experience not everyone takes criticism well and even though she seems she was trying to be helpful, she may have been met with no response or a snarky response instead, so Cheryl may have felt defeated and wanted to not only protect the photographer but her clients and potential clients.

          • boohooyou

            those words are by her. She personally admitted it to the photographer thru a message. She herself has used other peoples work and it has been reported. Each and everyone of the people that have slandered her are being reported. this website and its facebook page are being reported. Clearly she didn’t have all the facts before posting this.

          • PhotoLove

            Who else has slandering this photographer? I don’t see anything on Jennifer’s page? I do not know what was said in private message nor is it any of my business. The point of this site is to “out” photographers who do wrong, their are thousands on here and when you steal from others you will be punished one way or another.

          • Cheryl Logan

            ROFL! 😉

          • PhotoLove

            What was said Cheryl? Did you say this? That is a pretty strong accusation from this person.

          • Cheryl Logan

            Um no… I’ve not stolen any images ever. Nor am I the author or creator of this page. 😉

            There is not a single stolen image on my website or fb page. Most images have my clients tagged in them. and a good majority of them are personal friends.

          • PhotoLove

            Cheryl, it sounds like you were in the right and applaud your bravery for speaking up. It doesn’t matter if someone is showing ideas or not by law you must ask permission first and at the very least give the photographer credit.
            But as stated above in this post the “false advertisement” is a big no-no.
            The coco stand picture above did not bother me as much as the others, as they had no watermark on them and no credit. If I was a client who knew nothing about photography then I would assume she took those photos and I would have been honestly disappointed if they quality wouldn’t be the same.

    • Guest

      She made a flyer using the photo, not just posted to share an idea. That is stealing no matter how you look at it.

    • Marc W.

      So, lets say, I’m a plastic surgeon or a tattoo artist and open an office / shop. Is it right to post photos of completed work that isn’t mine? No. Absolutely not! Photography is no different.

  • Doe L

    I think the connection that a lot of these photo stealers are missing is that there is a clear difference between the work they steal to represent themselves and what they actually produce doesn’t match. If you look at her FB albums there is a HUGH level of quality that is not shown in her work. Do they think clients wouldn’t notice?

  • Cheryl Logan

    I did not make a personal attack against this photographer, nor am I the author of this page, which is what’s being said elsewhere.
    However, she did use images that were not hers to book sessions. This is not just about posting and sharing ideas. She actually used other photographers images various times without any credit given mixed in with her own, which leads customers to believe that the images were taken by her. This
    is not ethical, and not acceptable in the photography community. Stealing is stealing. Now she is making personal attacks against me. I have thick skin, and I can handle it. However I am not the person in the wrong.

    She is showing her lack of professionalism by getting customers on her bandwagon. Not all customers understand copyright laws, and the unethical views of using another photographers images as their own, or using it to advertise. It is wrong, and being delusional and justifying her behavior
    does not help the matter.

    If she feels that what she did was not wrong then why did she delete all the images from her page? She knew they were not hers to use.

    • PhotoLove

      That is a very valid point. If she did no wrong then their was no reason for her to remove the said photos.

  • Guest

    A photographer from Hillsboro
    Missouri decided she had nothing better to do on a Friday night and go
    thru all my images and did this for me. Any images that are not mine had
    the photographers name on them or were solely used to show
    an idea. As you all know, I make my own products or I purchase them. If
    any of you feel like I may have done you wrong, I give you my
    apologies. I did not intentionally steal anything and may have forgotten
    to add a note to the image. I also had someone comment stating that
    they did not think the beach photo of my FAMILY was mine. REALLY?!?!
    Cheryl also stated “but it’s painfully obvious that this photographer is
    promoting imagery that is above her skill level.” Let me clarify here, I
    have a degree in Web Design which included graphic and photography
    work. I am working on my bachelor degree in Web Development as we speak.
    If anyone has the need to leave me bad comments, please feel free to
    discuss this with me beforehand. I love my work and I work hard and long
    hours doing it. I know personally other photographers who have been reported for using other peoples work. I solely took off the images to make new ones and will contact the photographers personally. Leaving comments such as “ROFL” is so childish! My clients will back me up all the way and love my work. i am done with this childish stuff and people targetting me to make a quick buck or take my clientele away from me. All my clientele have personally wrote me and told me they will use me again. Have a great day and I wish you all the best of luck!

    • PhotoLove

      You do realized that Cheryl did not write this post right?
      http://stopstealingphotos.tumblr.com/ is the main page and it has many submissions not just yours but many others.
      Also I may add that having a degree doesn’t make you a great photographer…it takes years of practice, learning and patience. Instead of taking what the poster said to heart, try to improve yourself.

    • Cheryl Logan

      FYI- Cheryl, being me, never stated “”but it’s painfully obvious that this photographer is promoting imagery that is above her skill level.”

      Not that it matters. This page is not operated by me, so I cannot take credit for the words mentioned.

      I find it Childish that you are telling people publicly that I am stealing images, just because you got your hand caught in the cookie jar.

      • Guest

        FYI- you did indeed copy other peoples work and its been recorded. Before you go and point fingers, make sure your hands are clean!

        • Cheryl Logan

          Ok then who did I copy? Please enlighten me with your wisdom?

          • Guest

            From my facebook messages:
            12/7, 3:05pm
            Cheryl Logan

            I merely alerted the other tog of what was going on.

            Were those not your exact words Cheryl?

          • Guest

            those images are from yahoo images and the card design images are from walgreens that i Purchase for my clients.

          • Guest

            http://photo2.walgreens.com/walgreens/fe/p/store/facettedbrowser/FacetBrowser/bk=Cards/merch_oid=16354/facetFilters=product_type:pt_card-facet_holiday:h_christmas:Christmas:Christmas/ep=C#pageState={%22designGroupUuid%22%3A%22216738609214096bb8ee5d1e0486f5c%22%2C%22frontDesignUuid%22%3A%2289dc65322dba493197b760ec233f5c24%22%2C%22mrchOid%22%3A%2216354%22%2C%22selMrchOID%22%3A%22%22%2C%22designerId%22%3A%222380848001%22%2C%22itemsPerPage%22%3Anull%2C%22sortMethod%22%3Anull%2C%22facetFilters%22%3A%22product_type%3Apt_card-facet_holiday%3Ah_christmas%3AChristmas%3AChristmas%22%2C%22pah%22%3Afalse%2C%22productTypeLabel%22%3Anull%2C%22cardTypeLabel%22%3A%22Flat%20Cards%22%2C%22bk%22%3A%22Cards%22%2C%22profileType%22%3A%22PUB%22%2C%22designerName%22%3A%22WellWishes%22%2C%22stl%22%3Anull%2C%22isDesingerDescAvail%22%3A%22true%22%2C%22layoutUUID%22%3A%229cb87a8acafd4c5b9dc29abdda24d021%22%2C%22urlEP%22%3A%22C%22%2C%22appType%22%3Anull%2C%22builderTrackingFacetFilters%22%3A%22product_type%3Apt_card-facet_holiday%3Ah_christmas%3AChristmas%3AChristmas%22%2C%22app%22%3A%22pd%22}

          • Guest

            I clearly stated my husband was making me a hot cocoa stand and showing people what it looks like. I also showed pictures of it in the making. I have receipts to prove it was paid for.

          • Guest

            what one looks like

          • Cheryl Logan

            So now we are back to defending yourself, since you cannot prove you accusations against me.
            What about all the other images you posted that were not yours, and the fact that you cropped out the photographers watermark, and used it on your flyer? You had some Christmas Pictures of your own at that point, why not use yours?

          • Cheryl Logan

            Furthermore why not just say SORRY and move on with your life.

          • Guest

            cheryl I did say sorry! You need to get a life! and move on!

          • Guest

            I have every right to defend myself and this was while in the making of my husband making me a stand as previously stated!!!

          • Guest

            do you not see the dates on those images? I clearly did not have christmas shoots until the 23rd of November

          • Cinobite

            So you make your marketing material first.

            That’s like saying, “I’m opening a doughnut shop next month, instead of making a batch for marketing, I’ll buy some Krispy Kremes and pretend they are mine”. Where do you think Sony and Microsoft got all of the photos of the PS4 and XboxOne before they were released? That’s right, they made some to take photos of for their advertising. (most probably just shells or paper mock ups)

          • Guest

            I have the facebook messages from you and then you blocked me so that i could not talk to you about this

          • Marc W.

            Wait, your husband made the hot cocoa stand that TINA STINSON photographed here: http://www.familypictureideashq.net/family-holiday-ideas-hot-cocoa-booth/

            I’m confused.

          • PhotoLove

            which images those two you posted showed stock graphics in which you can purchase and use for commercial use.

          • Guest

            the images that were posted about me. I did not intentionally try to steal anything. I will fight this no matter what. Whether i made a mistake and didn’t say where it came from, I am learning. By no means do i think i am better then anyone. The images were from either yahoo images that has tons of images or from Walgreens that i purchase for my clients when they order greeting cards. The images were merely to give an idea of what the mini sessions will be and by no means to copy someone else works. The summer fun was supposed to be water balloon fights and a swimming pool for the kids. Cheryl is friends with a local photographer in my area who clients have come to me for work. the lemonade stand was to show about having a lemonade stand mini session with the stand my husband built for me. Cheryl intentionally targeted my facebook accounts and sent me messages. I don’t appreciate this at all. My clients will continue to use me. I posts pictures of my work and the work in progress. I did not copy anyones work by making my work the same. All my clients know that I make my own props or I buy them. This is ridiculous!

          • PhotoLove

            What does being friends with another local photographer have anything to do with this mess?

          • Cheryl Logan

            I did not target you… You happened to post images from photographers that I follow. There was no strategic reasoning here. I have photographer friends all over the country.

            I hope that your clients do continue to use you, and you are able to grow your business, without unethical business practices. Best wishes to you, and please stop accusing me of things that I did not do.

          • Cinobite

            “Whether i made a mistake and didn’t say where it came from, I am learning”

            You still don’t understand do you. Most simply put YOU NEED PERMISSION TO USE THE PHOTOS FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.

            This might be by asking the photographer themselves (I do this when I use images on my blog write ups and they say yes its ok), by commissioning a photographer, by buying the photos or by licensing them via stock suppliers. Just putting a line saying where they came from doesn’t mean shit.

            “Oh sorry officer, I didn’t know that I couldn’t illegally download this new film and show it at my community group – I did tell everyone where I stole it from though!”

            Twat

        • PhotoLove

          I would like to know as well…please share

        • Guest
          • Cheryl Logan

            LOL I have a commercial licence for this image through graphic stock. I have a collection of thousands of vector images, all with a commercial licences. 😉 Report away.

          • Cheryl Logan

            That was a nice try though… see the only problem is I don’t steal.

          • PhotoLove

            You must truly not understand the copyright law. When you purchase a stock photo such as this for commercial use you are able to resell them. if this is all you have then I am afraid Cheryl is clean and has not broken any laws.

          • Guest

            The camera image is not from graphic stock

          • Cheryl Logan

            You are correct, it’s from depositphotos.com. I have more than one site I buy images from.

          • Cinobite

            Dumbass, those are paid for stock images. Cheryl is a photographer, no one is going to assume that vector graphics are part of her photography portfolio. You, on the other hand, stole other peoples work and tried to pass it off as your own.

            By your logic, any photos used by UPS, McDonalds, FedEx etc are all stolen.

    • Helena Handbasket

      So because you conveniently “forgot” to tag the photos or give credit, it’s ok? It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have, I am quite certain that in none of these classes do they teach you to covet others work and claim it as your own. It is people like you that think this is acceptable that gives all the more relevance to sites such as this. What you did was WRONG, plain and simple. And until you stop using the diversionary blame tactics and admit your guilt, and realize what you did could land you in jail with whopping fines, you’re no better than anyone else that was ‘outed’ on this page.

      Stop lashing out at others, put on your big girl britches, and get your sh*t together. Your apologies are meaningless to those of us you wish to steal from, and your rationale is ridiculous. I don’t care what your intent was, you STOLE. PERIOD.

      That’s the problem with stealing; you do it once, most will have a hard time believing that even the most authentic photographs are yours. Kind of a viscous little cycle you’ve gotten yourself into. You may have 160-ish fans of your work that might be able to authenticate your validity of some of your images, but do you for one second think that any new clients will be breaking down your doors for images?

      Have a great day, and I hope you have a good attorney. But I assume that since you decided stealing was a great idea, the thought of an attorney in your arsenal has escaped you.

    • Cinobite

      “I have a degree in Web Design which included graphic and photography work.”

      And yet you choose to use generic WIX templates and haven’t registered a domain yourself. I DON’T have a degree in web design, yet I design and code all of my pages by hand, manage domains and email accounts and use my own photos.

      I’m guessing your “degree in webdesign” is akin to your “professional photographer” title.

  • Guest

    I really have to applaud the makers of this. I understand that there are some people out there who really do take other peoples work and make it their own. As I recently stated, every image was used for an idea and an idea only or was purchased. Nothing was copied to make as my own. I have found the original photographers and as well contacted them who I got the source from with apologies for any conflicts this may have caused with apologies being accepted. I know about copyright laws and the fair act. Everything i do is documented and receipts kept showing my work. If you feel the need to keep this drama going, then more power to ya. I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors! Keep up the good work!

    • Guest

      If the makers of this page would have done a little bit more homework, they would have found the original sources and not just assume something has been stolen. Gotta love them! God Bless ya!!

    • Cinobite

      “I understand that there are some people out there who really do take other peoples work and make it their own.”

      Yeah, you’re one of them, hence the reason you’re on the page.

  • MarisaTaylor

    It looks like your Facebook page is shut down? I just went to the link for PhotoStealers on FB, and it’s gone! 🙁

  • C Sab

    lol Another one bites the dust I’d say. Well done PS.

  • P

    Another person used the same photos….

    https://www.facebook.com/MCTT405

  • Isawwhatyoudidthere…

    I think the reason you keep getting banged on the head with this is because no matter how you swing it what you did was wrong. You stole images that didnt belong to you. Period. It isnt about how you got caught, who outed you or whyyou speculate they did – in fact that stuff just digs the hold deeper, as though people arent intelligent enough to see you stole, but they are psychic enough to know how/why or whatever you were exposed in your theft.
    Just apologize, and change. no excuses, no reasoning. Apologize and change done.
    As to the commenting on your work vs the images youve stolen and used to represent the product you would be providing your clients. Number one, when you publish your work for the world to see it will be critiqued. Get over and get better. Number two if you are providing images as to what a client can expect to recieve THEN your work should be on par. Third, your work is no where near the images provided as examples of the product your clients could expect to recieve. Yes your price reflects being new to selling your services behind the camera and keyboard, I acknowledge that. But you lack rudemintary elements such as understanding white balance, or even capturing a clean image. Were I you I would be ashamed that I wanted people to call me a professional photographer. I, myself, am a self proclaimed hobbyist. Because I know my skill level and my knowledge level. Sure I ave several friends wjo ask me to use the glass, skills and knowledge I have. And yes I do it. I do it for new subjects, new places, new challangesan d opportunites to learn and practice so I can continue to grow in a subject I glean great joy and passion from. It doesnt matter what equipment you own or programs or overlays. It doesnt matter what degree you have. I, myself, have a degree in chemistry, however, I am not a chemist.
    getting mad that it has been remarked that you provided examples of a product the client would recieve but didnt deliver has little to do with your wording in posting a picture of a cocoa stand that wasnt in your hands or photographed by you. But that is where the real jib is here. A photograph you did not have rights to use, did not acknowledge wasnt yours to your clients – before- this or ever selling rights to the featured product. Stop being defensive acknowledge you were 100% wrong no matter what, apologize AND CHANGE!

  • Photographizinglife.com

    I just got done reading through the photographers apology on Facebook. And what i still cannot wrap my head around is this ” My intentions were only to use the photos as an idea because I am a new photographer and didn’t have my own to use yet” WTF? If your a new photographer and have nothing to show as your own work then why are you taking on clients? So is what we do these days? Go buy a low end DSLR and think, i’m now going to charge people for my sh!tty photography? Wow!