Kristen Hunt Photography in Ottawa, Ontario

Website:  http://kristenhuntphotography.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kristenhuntphotography
Craigslist:   http://ottawa.craigslist.ca/biz/4610333518.html
Kijiji:
   http://www.kijiji.ca/v-photography-video/ottawa/cheap-wedding-photography-and-other-sessions/1010102686?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
Kijiji: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-photography-video/ottawa/20-newborn-photography-limited-time-only/1004375980?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
Kijiji: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-sales-retail-jobs/ottawa/sales-representatives-for-photography-business/1009841588?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
Indeed Ad: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fca.indeed.com%2Fcmp%2FKristen-Hunt-Photography%2Fjobs%2FSales-Representative-Photography-Business-2c9ae5d2133ee258&h=pAQEoJQGr

This may be one of the stranger submissions I’ve received.  At first glance it looks like a girl who is just starting her new photography business… but when you look deeper you see she also is advertising for janitorial/cleaning service.  Odd combination.  Of course, the sessions are all free.  You only “pay” for her time which is $20 for a portrait session and $40 for a wedding.  Wow.

Thanks again for the ad clicks to keep the site running!

Update 08/11/2014 @ 10:30AM

Added the plagiarized About Me source.

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  • “Our Business is Making Your Business Shine

    In business for more than 20 Years, Kristen Hunt Photography has a solid reputation for providing detail oriented commercial cleaning services.”

    WHAT?!?!?

    • Marc W.

      I really hope this is a satire, because there is no other explanation!

      • Her facebook about us makes a bit more sense but is full of obvious lies.

        Kristen Hunt founded the studio in 2009, in Ottawa. Her professionalism and innovative photography style made her reputation climb quickly.

        So 5 years in business but her site half finished, her rates are un-supportable, her images are all stolen …

        • Cinobite

          Derek up there found this: Same name, same area, same poor quality site: http://kristenhuntphotography.weebly.com/

          Now if you follow her through on the text there, you find this girl – her “co founder”:
          Ashley Libioron: https://www.facebook.com/ash1rox?fref=ts

          Who just happens to have a friend called Kristen Hunt, who has a collection of photographer-esque photos and who looks about 12: https://www.facebook.com/sixxchica

          • MPR1776

            Nevermind, was a different url

          • Cinobite

            Where did you get that? A whois on the website listed at the top of the article is cloaked using a privacy company from Florida. The text on the page says it’s based in Ottawa

          • MPR1776

            I spelled the name wrong, hers is Kristen and I spelled it Kristin

          • You guys are just WAY too good at this. 🙂

    • gfxchick

      By putting the last half of this bizarre client quote for a photography service, I found the site that Kristen Hunt Photography lifted the design, etc from. It is for RichardTorres3D Cleaning Services in Chicago. http://www.richardtorres3d.com/about.html

      • Ok then it’s the Web Desinger fault

        • gfxchick

          For sure. Those darn web designers. They are always mucking things up for innocent photographers who must not know how to look at their own websites. 🙂

        • We web designer / developers get such a bad rap on here. 🙁

  • Marc W.

    Same?: http://kristenhuntphotography.weebly.com/

    “Welcome!
    Kristen Hunt Photography is a Ottawa based photography business, that consists of founder Kristen Hunt and co-founder Ashley Liboiron. What sets Kristen Hunt Photography apart from any other is the availability to negotiate with the client to what appeals them most. All of
    our packages/sessions offer rescheduling and many other benefits that set us apart from any other photographers. We also do not own a studio, as we are in the middle of getting that set up. we offer to take photographs of people at a location of there choice, this again is available with all packages as well.”

    • Could be! Hard to tell since the weebly account has no info other the the about us and since it is a weebly site we don;t have a whois to fall back on and even if we did her pother website was registered with a “privacy” registrar. 🙁

    • Cinobite

      If you follow this through, that weebly link you posted is this “girl”

      https://www.facebook.com/sixxchica

      If you look at her “likes” there are A LOT of ones she’s made herself with only her as the member of the Page/Group.

      The page text doesn’t fit the persona. It’s almost as if this is a completely automated process – Skynet is becoming self aware!

  • Marc W.

    “They” are looking for sales representatives to give away photos? heh?

    http://www.kijiji.ca/b-ottawa/kristen-hunt-photography/k0l1700185

    • OF FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!

      Looking for one person to add on to my team of photography people! Will be going door to door to encourage people to invest in my photography business, whether it be for their wedding, newborn or engagment/couple shoots.

      Newborn Sessions – 99$ – You make: 25$ PER SALE
      Engagment/Couple – 250$ – You make: 60$ PER SALE
      Wedding – 500$ – You make: 125$ PER SALE

      Door to door for 25$ to 125$ per sale? SERIOUSLY? Wow! that company is doomed to failure!

      • MPR1776

        How is she going to pay that when she is only charging $20 and $40 for sessions?

        • The door to door stuff is WAY more expensive!!!

          Newborn: 99$!
          engagement / couple: 250$!

          And a WHOPPING 500$ FOR A WEDDING!

          500$ – 125$ for the door to door rep = 375$

          Let’s take 66% of that to pay for hard costs and business costs (like employer contributions for those sales associates): 125$

          125$ / 8 hours (assuming): 15.62$

          Of course, a 8 hour wedding is more like 23 hours of work so …
          125 / 23 = 5.43$

          Seeing how minimum wage in Ontario is like 12$ an hour … might as well just flip burgers at McDonalds.

          How has she been in business as a photographer since 2009 at those prices?

          • Helena

            She hasn’t?

          • BullShite

            This has GOT TO be a front for something else, or a straight up grab and go scam. The unsustainability of this it far too blatant, and the mixing of the businesses together is a little too weird.

      • peaceetc

        Don’t have you have a permit to sell door-to-door?

  • Marc W.

    Add with stolen: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-photography-video/ottawa/20-newborn-photography-limited-time-only/1004375980?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    Sources:
    https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZisR_141SfVyUPDYnMETwechvooWFPZKPBCOd6rNzZzpKoUvzLLbbiEB88T0ObFf_1paKAVQRTocYm5iuLySYIjwUd_1Ll7z0fZbpw6h5zXzCzi1psWty70phQfX4reWNMVn197Se2jUMtSP3DzU85tZGqxMU60jIUoTmca_1dbu9AE3HLXdWRNrYZ7LMnpf7Nw0hyC2IIn1iD-9OWR_1VtXF_1bib-YSHTHNkBtWP_1WdDvnTQLCC95-nOPja2QGCODKUGjUTCxLxgFZUw6nM4GX5sxNPk8kNLLDw7Z464uCjPxhYgUv48TerLjNdSdvbxiegWrHqSGdqWFTscs0QMOawmVhKruz-zK09pZREjlD-tWE6JcdVeBCl0-5cPyB5re3Gp4kNuH_1Fq3t0Q-TijIWu4io7wI9Rt0peitQHmDi2OBAgdkDF_1d8pR9PTMdUrDSV14AQ9jL9NeY3vjTcnh824mb5yd0BUs6fOSWH0bH-lC7tduIXipgY8SUc36k-aOOIsSC2odO-f66qEqJohF_1gnY9dYmFPsbLSLGyM2ZsbobCPudYB1mDtPMHhFoexuaJjdPvJJHETXWUaVfJLtH0HbQw7zRXlMnxfgUFUbkBisAbgssYGLtr9eSR_1DAJc88RN_1lNhMGl3GVsy2k5FKLwV1tb7HayUc2VxJWL8rWoi0qL6D3bK7ch6RZwGAqlGO8X-8WE3NE9OB5eKl0sf4MTrXwkZFkZblFqMcqm7XjhYHauemLXKUIuVpXW4rmKq4LKQJLCl1AvNTCqsNsNHXbaj1nyFBankZgSQY75ga8dmezJodvqYrXzdwIiC4T0ErotV6KhwO3w675fTSXanexbG-A3wv88fCM_1YIXtLgjf7WhGfdnXq4MrFqTcLdOApCnV4tooAcr5_1xJnM68C4B1gSucq5nYayjOh3tQPtJlhIyZ5Tj8GLNuxOfFYLp_143r8P-lh7M-cuXg6S02rFK0LSwf-bYXd7wNm0GSGU19YnfyGR4fhDlLfFuqPGEN9PAvje1wGMkx-yx2O1TUu6fyvbOXuiqIKpCHWNgpiJLxNoAcXbyxWojP4zKzqMyvyAUWB6es9OZRT6g5e_1nYLtreTTbDQxNdE3oXipS7T7N9h_1IMHRC8XoqyWBue9kK7-9Rke_1MR2fAMparjqjVf9kOXtN532zsZ4gjlKb47MWGuhZ9sxy7zvZlRHD1xYpwDq1C8ZAnAwzsz0DxuYP-yD34314eIdNqgJDs2qhi1SyP-v1oZvtSsvaz_1u2S-vRMbsJvj57t6eimaO_1Ul7jjBzMNI3WapmBN5W05-QZt3A5UzsUoXB5s-ObS8LijY&safe=active
    http://jcgoulding.blogspot.com/2012/03/norahs-newborn-pictures-unedited.html

  • Patrick Mitchell

    My antivirus blocked a malware pop up up when I went to her Photography cleaning website.

    • MPR1776

      Mine did that too, says Janitorial, Commercial in the tab at the top

  • Lindsay11

    This is a weird one for sure. You will not be surprised to learn her about me on facebook has bits plagiarized from http://www.martinphotography.ca/about_us/index.html

    • Lindsay11

      Even her janitorial pictures are stock. And this:

      What Clients Have to Say

      “Since Kristen Hunt Photography started, we have had numerous compliments on how nice our facilities are. It is amazing what difference a good professional cleaning company makes.”
      Jeffrey T

      It’s almost like she’s doing a find and replace. Find cleaning and replace with photography. Except she didn’t catch all of it.

    • Photo Stealers

      Added that, good catch.

  • Patrick Mitchell

    Ha ha!! Joined facebook August 8, Joined Photosteelers August 11. Priceless.

    • Photo Stealers

      That may be a record.

    • I don’t think we’ll have too much trouble making it to the top of the search results with this one.

  • OtterMatt

    I don’t even know what to say. It appears that we may have found the world’s first walking drug front business, so there’s that, I suppose.

    • Marc W.

      *worst

  • MPR1776

    What I want to know is where did she learn math, a free photo shoot that costs money is not free. See her Craigslist Ad

  • peaceetc

    Photography and cleaning services? But she has terrible, unsustainable prices? So you mean she’s not really cleaning up with her photography? http://www.myinstants.com/instant/rimshot/

    • BullShite

      This is what I get on my browser tab:

      Janitorial Service, Commercial Cleaning, Cleaning Service- Ottawa, Ontario, On

      Methinks this is NOT the first no experience fly-by-night business this person has owned. (If this is mentioned in the comments already, apologies.)

      • Photo Stealers

        On her gallery page she has Wedding Planning.

        • peaceetc

          Of course she does. So she plans the wedding, shoots the photos, and then cleans up afterwards?

          • Surprised she isn’t offering catering, dj, floral, decoration, celebrant … services as well.

            she could be a one stop shop.

          • Ric New

            Catering, dj, floral, decoration and celebrant services are $20 extra.

        • Marc W.

          Planning Virtual Weddings?

  • peaceetc

    I figured U Really would be here posting my post, but he must be doing something silly like working, so I’ll post my post instead:

    Let’s just nip this one in the bud, shall we? I know, it won’t work, but let’s pretend it will.

    To Kristin Hunt Photography in Ottawa, Canada, please do NOT do the following:

    1. Flag comments on this listing. We mods will just put them back, so don’t waste your time.

    2. Lie. We have heard every excuse in the book, and you will not come up with something we haven’t heard before. You are not a special snowflake. Nothing you can say will justify what you did, so don’t bother.

    3. Accuse us of slander (because nobody ever figures out it has to be verbal to be slander). We stick to the facts, and if something is publicly available, it’s fair game.

    Please DO the following:

    1. Remove any and all stolen images.

    2. Apologize DIRECTLY to those from whom you have stolen. You owe them that much.

    3. Hope they don’t sue you. Copyright infringement is illegal under the law, and you can be sued for thousands of dollars for EACH stolen image. Yes, seriously.

    4. DON’T STEAL. It’s not complicated — if you didn’t take a photo and don’t have permission to use it from the actual copyright holder, then don’t use it. It’s that simple. Yes, seriously. You claim to be a photographer, so why on earth would you want to use others’ images, anyway? How does that make sense?

    And remember:

    1. If you do it again, you will be caught. Don’t forget — Google knows. Any time someone searched for your business, this listing will come up.

    2. Think about the actual victims here (no, not you) — those whose images you stole. You screwed them over. And frankly, that’s a pretty damned crappy thing to do.

  • BullShite

    Under the “website name” it says “Cupcake Bakery, Bakery, Custom Bakery”…. who ever is behind this site is a flat out scammer. There is no other explanation for this.

    My guess is that “Kristen Hunt” does not even exist, which is why the “whois” information is blocked, and these sites are dummy sites that serve either as a front for some illegal activities, OR as a grab and go scam…. for instance, people pay ahead for services, that are solicited by the “employees”, and the “employer” takes off with the money, and leaves the “employees” unpaid, and no services rendered.

    http://whois.domaintools.com/kristenhuntphotography.com

    • Cinobite

      You posted that 3 minutes ago – when I looked it’s about cleaning services lol

      “Cleaning companies are common; however, finding a reliable and respected commercial cleaning company is a bit more difficult. At Kristen Hunt Photography you get a competent and professional team that takes the work seriously.We take pride in our services and are committed to ensuring you get all that you ask and more.

      We tailor janitorial services to perfectly suit your needs. Whether your office is 3,000 or 500,000 square feet, we have the equipment and the experience to make sure it is well maintained and spotlessly cleaned.”

      • BullShite

        I think the “cupcake bakery” was the scam that predated the “janitorial services”.

  • Hannah

    YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY

    • BullShite

      “Hannah” I hope you are the scammer?
      If you are you now that your whois information, by law, can be made public by those that would prosecute you….which they will if say… a bunch of people contacted your service provider and let them know you are a scam artist. I am SURE that there are people you’ve ripped off that are more than willing to come forward. People like you are too stupid to not eventually get caught, and you leave a VERY TRACEABLE trail behind you. Luckily there is TONS of information here that someone looking to go after you could use!

    • Most cult followers are 🙂

    • Marc W.

      I know you are, but what am I?

    • peaceetc

      I’m not crazy! I’ve been tested and everything.

      • I’m only not crazy when I take my pink pills.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          The blue ones do it for me!

    • MPR1776

      No just relentless when it comes to dealing with photo thieves.

    • Hi Kristin 🙂

    • Justin Case

      Hahaha. Probably.

      But I think it’s more likely that crazy is starting a company using other people’s work and charging so little that no one in their right mind would ever believe you were for real.

      THAT sounds like craaaazy to me.

    • How are we crazy?

      We found a “photographer” uing stolen images to gather clients (both on her page and in Kijiji adverts) and exposed her as a fraud and a thief.

      ART III
      INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT AND MORAL RIGHTS AND EXCEPTIONS TO INFRINGEMENT

      27. (1) It is an infringement of copyright for any person to do, without the consent of the owner of the copyright, anything that by this Act only the owner of the copyright has the right to do.

      (2) It is an infringement of copyright for any person to
      (a) …
      (b) distribute to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the owner of the copyright,
      (c) by way of trade distribute, expose or offer for sale or rental, or exhibit in public,
      (d) possess for the purpose of doing anything referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c), or
      (e)…

      a copy of a work, sound recording or fixation of a performer’s performance or of a communication signal that the person knows or should have known infringes copyright or would infringe copyright if it had been made in Canada by the person who made it.

      source: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-42/page-16.html

      On top of that, using other peoples photos to drum up business for your photography business falls afoul of the “Misleading Advertising and Labeling” in Canada.

      Misleading Advertising and Labelling

      The misleading advertising and labelling provisions enforced by the Competition Bureau prohibit making any deceptive representations for the purpose of promoting a product or a business interest, and encourage the provision of sufficient information to allow consumers to make informed choices.

      The false or misleading representations and deceptive marketing practices provisions of the Competition Act contain a general prohibition against materially false or misleading representations. They also prohibit making performance representations which are not based on adequate and proper tests, misleading warranties and guarantees, false or misleading ordinary selling price representations, untrue, misleading or unauthorized use of tests and testimonials, bait and switch selling, double ticketing and the sale of a product above its advertised price. Further, the promotional contest provisions prohibit contests that do not disclose required information.

      The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, Textile Labelling Act and Precious Metals Marking Act all contain prohibitions regarding false or misleading representations. They also require certain labelling or marking information aimed at assisting consumers in making informed purchasing decisions.

      So yeah … double whammy so tell me, who is crazy?

      source: http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/02776.html

  • Cinobite

    Damnit facebook has gone already 🙁

    • peaceetc

      Darn. I hadn’t gotten around to looking at it yet.

    • Marc W.

      Yep, full clean up mode

  • BullShite

    Website is down, as is the “indeed” add…. if only there was a screen-cap of that…OH WAIT, good thing I screen-cap the bjesus out of everything nowadays!!

    • Cinobite

      I always thought Indeed was just in the UK 😛 Got my staff from there, great service – free to advertise, spent £500 on other job sites and didn’t even get a single enquiry. Had about 30 from indeed

      • BullShite

        Crap, I just deleted this by mistake Disqus is being wicked off for me today.

        • peaceetc

          Eh, all it did was remove your name and put ‘guest’ instead. You can’t technically delete your own post unless you’re a mod.

          • Guest

            really?

          • peaceetc

            Yup. 🙂

          • Cinobite

            ^^ lol

  • Guest

    Website is down, along with the CL and FB, and as well as the “indeed” add…. if only there was a screen-cap of that…OH WAIT, good thing I screen-cap the bjesus out of everything nowadays!!

  • Christopher C.

    Apparently the other half of “Kristen Hunt Photography” is a woman named Ashley Liboiron. See here: http://kristenhuntphotography.weebly.com/index.html

    Ashley’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ashley-liboiron/92/a19/106

    Most definitely the same one, since her profile picture has a Kristen Hunt copyright watermark.

    • Guest

      S–

      • BullShite

        OK this is where I got confused. This is Ashley, and then Kristen in the back ground. These two are just barely out of High School too.

        • Christopher C.

          Correct.

    • V323

      That image for Kristen Hunt photography seem stolen as well, I immediately thought of photofocus.com. I’ll do some investigoogling.

      • Christopher C.

        It’s Weebly’s default Photograhy banner.

      • V323

        Wow, it appears to be a stock photo, used by many other photog’s. Ugh.

    • BullShite

      Waitaminnit here…. I thought THIS was “Ashley”.
      https://www.facebook.com/ash1rox
      This “Ashley” was linked to Kristen’s profile before Kristen made her friends list invisible.

      Isn’t the linkedin profile Kristen?

      Man I am so confused! Or do these girls just look that much alike?

      • Marc W.

        Here is an old post on Kijiji that she’s posted before:

        http://www.kijiji.ca/v-childcare-resumes/ottawa/fun-with-kids/1007299255

        From this page of her other ads: http://www.kijiji.ca/o-posters-other-ads/90596453

        • captain-confuzzled

          Nice find! So now (as of 7 hours ago) she’s advertising as a Nanny! Clean background check, huh. Maybe so far, she’s young. Wish we could notify any potential parents that might hire her, what they are getting in to.

        • captain-confuzzled

          At the very least, she ought to be arrested by the spelling police *smh* She says she is 18 years old and this is how she spells? Scary I say, scary! (image)

          • Marc W.

            *le sigh* smh

          • BullShite

            Maybe someone should just tell their parents what kind of kids they are turning out to be.

      • Christopher C.

        The LinkedIn profile is Ashley, as is the Facebook profile you just linked.

        Kristen and Ashley look a lot alike but they aren’t the same person.

  • Kristen Hunt

    Hi to whom it may concern, this is Kristen Hunt! As you people may have figured yes I’m barely out of high school. I turn 18 in November and as for the website, you can clearly tell that my website was under construction, you would be out of your minds to believe that I’d offer cleaning services and photography. As a response to posting the copyright images, yes I used them to outline my template that I was clearly creating, using these images as guidelines for what I’d put there eventually as I was building this from scratch via a pre-made template… Hence CLEANING SERVICES, that was the default site. The logo and banner was created by myself and are you in no way to claim that it’s not. Unfortunately the web hosting I was going through automatically publishs my site before it’s even finished. Making it look like I was straight out of a mental hospital. At first I was not ok with this posting, but I agree about copyright laws and the photos have been removed and were removed even before this posting ever came about. Because I spoke with the owners of the images. I never claimed these to be mine at any point. As for you guys tracking down a website I made in 8th grade with my best friend, and not only doing that but digging up all of our personal information. Yes it’s out there on the internet, but you have NO right to go that far! I could see you doing so if these were your images, but you people are just a bunch of trolls. Everything has been taken care of and no legal action will be taken against me. Please stop trying to invade my PERSONAL privacy. Thanks.

    • Christopher C.

      Yeah, you can’t really claim that at all. If the people on this site were “a bunch of trolls” then the extent to which you flagrantly violated others’ copyrights over and over would have never happened whatsoever. The posting on this site was in reaction to your violation of those copyrights, which means the concept of “trolling” is not at all applicable.

    • BullShite

      Did you register this business with the STATE? (And don’t lie, it’s public record.) What happens if you go out on a photoshoot and the person you are photographing, or the baby or child is injured or killed? ARE YOU INSURED? Did you even THINK of that?

      Where did you go to school for photography? Oh wait, you haven’t done that. Where is your extensive portfolio of work? Oh yeah, you don’t know what THAT is. How many decades of time, work, and effort…. oh wait, yeah. YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. You two have NO CLUE what you are doing.

      This is NOT the way to make a “quick buck”, just a way for two young fools to invite lawsuits, and squelch any remote chance of ever being legitimate photographers, and LIE TO POTENTIAL CLIENTS.
      DO you think that you can just snap a photo and get paid all of this money for it? WAKE UP!

      Do your parents know that you are doing something that could have serious financial and legal consequences?

      This stuff is on the internet for LIFE. You are both young enough were you can walk away from these lies, and chances are when you are real adults this won’t follow you, but you need to stop pretending you have what it takes to be legitimate photographers, and APOLOGIZE to all the people you STOLE FROM.

      • Actually @BullShite, she is in Ontario > Canada. As such, she doesn’t have to register her business or collect and remit sales taxes.

        Generally, you do not have to register for GST/HST if your worldwide revenues are $30,000 or less as we consider you a small supplier. However, you can register voluntarily.

        Source: Canada Revenue Agency.

        And at the rates she was charging on Kijiji … that shouldn’t be a problem.

        But yeah, insurance, being sued, not being able to claim expenses on your income tax …

        • BullShite

          True, my bad!

          • It’s not like you can be expected to know all the laws in the whole world.

            But even if she doesn’t have to register, she CAN register and she SHOULD register. Registering has a lot of advantages and only really requires that you do a bit of paperwork once a month (tax remittance).

            Incorporating isn’t worth it unless you make over 80000$ in sales and the asset protection it gives (by being it;s own legal entity) isn’t foolproof especially not in a one man show like a photography business.

            Of course, Kristen should have looked into all these issues before she started her business. The government of Canada has made all this info super easy to find and relatively easy to understand.

    • Template? Ok explain the pictures in the Kijiji advert then … the one with the two pictures of babies (see above) from Julie Harding and Jordan and Chelsea Goulding?

      So you are 17 and have been running a photography business since 2009? Or so says your FB page? So you started your business when you were 12?

    • captain-confuzzled

      Kristen, if you and your friend want to dabble in making some money in photography, that’s fine. You just have to do it in an honorable and legal way. The comments about insurance are pretty important, and newborns is a really, really tough place to start. So much can go wrong and just getting the pictures is hard. Build up a portfolio of your own work with less dangerous shoots. Your prices are crazy and you can’t make any money with those. I don’t care if you want to work for free, but be clear, learn about the photography business and build up your skills, so you have photos to show on your website advertising your own work.. Maybe do Senior pics of your friends or the Juniors to get practice. Please don’t practice photography on newborns. It is just not safe, it’s way different than babysitting and handling little ones normally. .

      • Helena

        Just as a side note, I wasn’t comfortable doing poses with my own newborn daughter, so there is no way I’d allow someone inexperienced to handle her like that. Problem is, based on the images on the website, someone may have assumed she IS experienced and entrust her with the safety of their newborn. It’s a pretty scary thought.

    • Amber Kost

      So ‘I’m young’ is a new bingo square….

    • Hahahahha hahahahha such bullshit.

    • Ric New

      So, you’re a young thief. Nice way to get started.

    • Photo Stealers

      Hannah = Kristen

      • peaceetc

        What a shock.

        • Helena

          Practically had a heart attack at that shocker.

    • peaceetc

      Kristen, younger people need to be careful what they put online. Once it’s out there, it’s out there forever, if you know where to look. It’s not trolling, and it’s not an invasion of privacy, because you already made it public. So don’t blame us for what you did. We just used the power of the Google to find it. That’s all.

      Your age does not excuse using others’ images without permission. Your use of a template does not excuse using others’ images without permission.

      There is always more to the storey, and I’m sure there is more to it than you’ve written. Oh, and I see you are also Hannah, who commented earlier and call us all crazy. Not cool, Kristen. That’s ridiculously easy to figure out, so don’t try to play games with us. You will not win.

    • Wes Jones

      ” I never claimed these to be mine at any point”. You don’t seem to understand… just the mere fact that you used another photographer photos without permission is illegal.

      • peaceetc

        Exactly, Wes. She never said they weren’t hers, and put them up on a site representing her photography business. Anyone viewing that site would naturally assume she took the photos. So, no, Kristen, your reasoning doesn’t work here.

        And even if you did say who really took them, Kristen, it will still be illegal, since you didn’t have permission to use them in the first place. Copyright infringement is a very serious thing, and you’d do well to learn it.

    • doncalifornia

      Kristen, I have kids both older and younger than you. I can see how you might have been building your site, templating it out, accidentally publishing it, etc. However, if is is on the internet, it’s on the internet. Sites like Photo Stealers exist because real people steal or misuse other photographers’ work. So in your paragraph above, I was with you when you explained about using the images as an outline, however if for instance my 23-year old daughter had done that an said the same thing, I would have given her a piece of my mind about putting illegal activity in the public sphere. What you did may not have been purposeful fraud; but what you did was still copyright infringement. You can’t use a professional photographer’s photos in any way without permission. Not in a template, not in a slideshow, not on your blog. Anyway, as I said, I was with you up to explaining how this all came about. But to get on everyone here about “digging up” your personal information is really out of line. We investigate copyright infringement. You are an adult. You might have been 40. You might have been a professional scammer. Who knows. So we checked. This is not an invasion of your personal privacy, it is an investigation of your online persona. You go around advertising as a professional photographer, using other photographer’s images, and you bet, we’ll come a snooping around! Sorry 😉 With all that said, I am giving you a lot more credit than what someone who says “you people are just a bunch of trolls” really deserves. I don’t want to sound patronizing (or maybe I do) but I am going to accept the excuse that you are too young to really understand what you’re saying. Only piece of advice I can give you, and one I actually really really do give to my kids: Don’t be a jerk to people for pointing out that you did something illegal. Now kindly grow up.

      • peaceetc

        Well written, Don. I hope it will get through to her and she will stop insulting us and instead focus on doing the right thing.

      • Kristen

        Don thank you for explaining this is In a mature, adult way. I have respect for you, you don’t need to worry this will not happen again.

        • Lindsay11

          I just LOVE it when our 18 year old photo stealers tell us to act like adults! LOL

          Honey, why don’t YOU act like an adult, clean up your mess, apologize to everyone and never ever ever do it again. Right now you better hope no one you stole from is gearing up to sue you. But I’m sure you have hundreds of thousands of dollars just laying around to pay for your theft, right?

      • Lori Hoddinott

        hang on … the website builder template has ‘type your about information here’ as the ‘template holder’ … not the copy and paste bio that she plagiarized. The ‘sample’ photos on the website builder while you build it does NOT crop and cut out watermarks. Don’t be fooled by all this ‘it was published w/ sample info while I was building it’. As an Ottawa photographer, hers a name I wont forget. Suggest Kristen goes to post secondary school and selects a new career. Ottawa is a small town.

    • Justin Case

      Hey Kristen.

      I actually woke up this morning and was going to write a post asking you to come and explain yourself because none of this made any sense to me. Your explanation actually clears things up quite a bit, and I imagine it wasn’t so easy to come here as yourself, so thanks for that.

      Lots of people have offered you some good advice below. I would just add that I hope if you are really interested in photography that you think long and hard before you try to start a business with it.

      You offered to do sessions for free but you were asking for money for your time. As someone already pointed out, if you ask for compensation your work is not free. If you are charging for your work, then you are in business. Trying to open and run a business is one of the best ways to ruin any fun you might get from learning to be a good photographer. It may look easy on the internet (what doesn’t look easy on the internet?) but I can assure you running a profitable business, even a small one, is stressful, tough, complicated and more than full-time.

      Take photos. Take photo classes. Enjoy photography. Keep at it until you have a real portfolio of your own images you are really proud of. Try to get people other than your friends and family to give you real criticism so you can see your own work through other peoples’ eyes.

      And this is really important: keep your work off the internet until you are ready. If you put your mistakes out there for everyone to see, you can’t complain when people call you out on it. Eighteen or not, you are old enough to know that the internet is both public and international, so not everyone is going to react the way you would like them to. That’s life in the modern world.

      You’ve shut everything down, so that’s good. I hope you can take some time and space to get away from this and realize how big a mistake this was and stop focusing on comments and instead focus on making sure this stops here. A real, honest apology goes a long way toward making this go away a lot sooner. Wouldn’t it be nice if anyone who searches your name finds you being honest and sincere (and young) rather than angry, bitter and full of excuses?

      I really wish you good luck.

      • Lori Hoddinott

        she’s back in action again.

    • Kristen, let me give you some advice (none of this constitutes legal advice and you should consult a lawyer).

      1- As a business you should make yourself aware of at least the basics of the laws surrounding the industry you have chosen.

      This isn’t a lemonade stand and you aren’t 5 years old anymore. There are laws and rules that you have to follow.

      I’m not talking about studying law but at least understanding the basics of:
      a- copyright law (so you don’t violate copyright and can protect your own rights).
      b- business laws (business registration, tax collection and remittance …)
      c- contract law (you’ll need contracts for your clients and for your staff)
      d- Employment laws (employment standards act, employer contributions to CPP …)
      e- Advertising laws (competition bureau has tons of important info)

      There are resources available for starting businesses. Look into them and use them.

      Here is a good question for you. You were looking at hiring sales reps to go door to door to book your shoots. What employment type would these sales reps be? What are your legal requirements in regards to CRA for those employees? Do you need insurance to protect them in case they get injured on the job? Is the renumeration scheme you chose even legal in ters of the employement standards act (minimum wage and the likes) …

      Did you even ask yourself any of those questions?

      2- As a PHOTOGRAPHY business 99.9999% of the images you use should be your’s.

      Using someone else’s images can lead you to HUGE problems.

      Commercial use of the images (like on your business website) means that you are liable (in Canada) for up to 25000$ PER IMAGE (in the US it’s up to 150000$ / image) plus legal fees for you AND the photographer (if you lose in court).

      So with just the bit we found while searching over the last few days you could have been on the hook for 9 X 25,000$ = 225,000$ + legal fees.

      On top of that, the subjects of those photos (or their legal guardians) could sue you for un-authorised use of their likeness.

      Even if the images you end up using are stock images you purchased, as a photography business it is misleading and could run afoul of the “Misleading Advertising and Labeling act” from the competition bureau.

      That would be like a home construction company using pictures of their competitors homes for their advertising.

      3- Developing your web presence.

      My main job is a web developer / designer and a communications officer.

      When building your web presence you should work on an offline or private version of your site. You should also write your content in word or whatever before you put it in your website and not replace it haphazardly as you did with your site.

      You started advertising your services on Kijiji but your website wasn’t ready. The first thing someone will do when they see a Kijiji ad is go to your website.

      If you need to start booking now just start with a Facebook Business Page … it;s not ideal but it;s better than the mess you had up originally.

      You aren’t a child anymore, there are consequences to your actions and you need to be more careful.

    • Lindsay11

      You aren’t the youngest person to be listed here so knock off your whinging.

      Not only did you steal photographs that weren’t yours, you stole words and posted them as a biography. They were just a “placeholder” till you thought up what to say, right?

      “At first I was not OK with this posting” LOL Who cares if you are ok with it or not? The things you did were illegal and wrong. So if you got arrested, do you think if you tell the police officer that you are “not OK” with being arrested they would let you go? Grow up!

      “I never claimed they were mine” BS you posted them on your website. Without permission. Without explanation.

      We have no right to look up things you post on the internet? Sounds like you just got a real harsh lesson about the real world young lady. If you have any brains at all you will take this as a learning experience. AND NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

      The bad thing is, you are on our radar now so we’ll be keeping an eye on your next attempts. I really hope you learn something, not only about copyright but about being safe on the internet. Don’t cry like a child and hide behind your age as an excuse. I also hope you really did apologize to the people you stole from, including the photographer who’s bio you stole.

      If you don’t like being labeled a thief and a fraud then don’t act like one. Pretty simple.

      • Just a Girl

        Damn Lindsay…. Ain’t you just a big ole meanie!

        • Lindsay11

          I guess when a thief and a fraud calls us names we are doing something right, eh?

          • Just a Girl

            WOW! I have some catching up to do! Just got home from doing 1170 miles in 6 days. My brain is fried and these people wont help the recovery process!

      • captain-confuzzled

        “If you don’t like being labeled a thief and a fraud then don’t act like one. Pretty simple” Classic! that says it all! I’m saving that one for future use! .

        • Lindsay11

          LOL It’s pretty close to what I tell my 6 year old. “If you don’t like being treated like a baby then don’t act like one.”

          • “I am only 4 and a half years old”

          • Marc W.

            Jeffery
            Jeffery
            Jeffery

    • V323

      Anyone has EVERY right to to delve in to anything on the internet, whether you like it or not. Stop your whining & learn that YOU ARE WRONG.
      What a juvenile, imbecilic tantrum your explanation is. YOU alone are responsible for your illegal actions, and YOU alone should and will be held accountable. Name calling just further proves your ignorance.

    • brooklynandme

      I keep chuckling to myself whenever I re-read this: “I was building this from scratch via a pre-made template…”

      • You can’t fix stupid

        It is the same as “Free photo shoot but you have to pay for my time” LOL

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Kristen,
      You do realize that people are watching you every step of the way, right?

    • Lori Hoddinott

      You continue to present yourself falsely on the internet. You are not a photographer. You did not open your photography studio in Ottawa in 2009 as you claim in your ‘about’ section on facebook. You would have been 12 going on 13 when you opened it. STOP LYING. “Kristen Hunt founded the studio in 2009, in Ottawa. Her professionalism and innovative photography style made her reputation climb quickly.”

      https://www.facebook.com/kristenhuntphotography/info

    • Lori Hoddinott

      if I read your note above correctly … you’ve deleted the stolen photos so no legal action will be taken … no deleting them does not make it all ok. Let me put it so you understand it a little better. You are at Walmart. You steal a tube of mascara. You get caught in the parking lot by security. You say … oh ok I”ll just go back in and put it back on the shelf, it’s all ok now, no legal action will be taken. Guess what the security is going to say to you … NO. Just because you put it back (deleted in the case of stolen photos), doesn’t mean you are off the hook. Theft is theft. Perhaps a quick message to those you stole your images from can confirm you spoke to them about using their photos on your business website. Bet you didn’t.

  • brooklynandme

    I do believe we have a bingo 😉

    http://www.gofundme.com/6yz9vk

    • You can’t fix stupid

      She would get more money asking people to help put her through school than buying a camera.

      • Actually she LITERALLY could.
        http://www.gofundme.com/Education-Schools-Learning?page=1

        So looking at that, some people have raised over 6000$ for tuition.

        In her region people have raised over 1000$ for tuition!

        • Wes Jones

          When did begging for college money become a thing? Sorry but this pisses me off. I had $0 when I started college and I worked several jobs to put myself through college. Nobody gave me a dime.

          • Same with begging for money for your business.

            So many GoFundMe campaigns by “photographers” begging people to send them money so they upgrade their gear and crap.

            My kids daycare does fundraisers and uses part of the money to purchase equipment for the daycare … things like replacing the kids chairs and the likes … when did capital costs start getting funded through donations?

            I had to replace a bunch of my lighting gear (mostly strobist stuff) … I had the money put aside from my business revenue put aside for it … i didn’t go begging for it.

            ANGRY!

    • Peter Kelly

      I think this young lady would be better going to a school that teaches good behaviour, honesty, manners and English.

      Rarely has a sentence contained so many errors of grammar, let alone it being an appalling display of cheek.

      Give her a dollar? I’d be more inclined to give her a good slap!

      • Justin Case

        ahem.

        “Spelling hard. Grammar hard. Stealing easy.” -the unknown commenter.

    • peaceetc

      Yeah, I don’t get it. Why is she asking for a camera? Why would people want to buy her a camera? Why do people think others should buy them a camera for no good reason? Why do people do this?

      I run a daily photo blog for my hometown since 2006. A few years ago, my camera broke beyond repair, and people took it upon themselves to donate the money ($500) needed to buy a replacement, which still amazes me. It’s not something I would have been able to purchase myself. But I know it was because of my site that they did it, so they were getting something in return. And I cherish both the camera and the people who donated very much. Most of them I didn’t even know.

      I purposefully chose a low-end refurbished camera on the Canon loyalty program (which required me to trade in my old one), to make it as cheap as possible. Miss thang up there is greedy, not only expecting others to buy her something, she expects them to buy her one of the nicer cameras. For no reason.

    • Wes Jones

      Kristen, I’ll let you in on a little secret… there are these things out there called JOBS. You do work for someone and they pay you actual money… then you can buy things like a camera.

  • Christopher C.

    The “indeed ad” in the original post is broken. Somebody copy and pasted it directly from a link on Facebook which sends it through a redirect. The link SHOULD be:

    http://ca.indeed.com/cmp/Kristen-Hunt-Photography/jobs/Sales-Representative-Photography-Business-2c9ae5d2133ee258

    And there’s also a profile on the same site:

    http://ca.indeed.com/cmp/Kristen-Hunt-Photography

  • U Really That Dumb?

    To those about to steal, those that have stolen, and those that say nothing ever gets done.

    In a different jurisdiction or a different judge, she would have received all of it. She may still on appeal.

    http://sassy-designs.net/blog/?p=443

  • scared yet?

    So Lindsay….How is the Kind Exchange business going? Haha even if that’s not your business, I’m confident that I will find what I need or that you with your obvious OCD level of obsession with this site won’t be able to keep your mouth shut long enough to avoid giving me the intel I need. For the record, Mr. Eric Richard Wolf…Real men fight with their fists and don’t hide behind screens..! Keep your eyes off the screen and your hands up and maybe next time you won’t eat a punch to the orbital socket hahahah

  • Lori Hoddinott

    She’s back on facebook and running ads … https://www.facebook.com/kristenhuntphotography

  • Lori Hoddinott
    • Lori Hoddinott

      she’s deleting the ps link as fast as we are posting it on her page …

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Screen Capture everything!

  • Lori Hoddinott
  • Lori Hoddinott

    this is one of her ‘watermarked’ photos …

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Finding any stolen work?

      • Lori Hoddinott

        guaranteed this is not hers.

  • Lori Hoddinott
  • Kristen Hunt

    This is MY photo thank you very much! I would like to ensure that everyone may please leave everything. You may monitor my page as you wish to ensure that I do not post any photos that aren’t mine… I would like to clarify that I have started a project to edit terminally Ill children’s photos to make them look professional due to the fact that the parents cannot afford the photos due to medical bills…

    • Marc W.

      *now

      • Kristen Hunt

        I do this free of charge and ask the moms of these pages before hand! Some have even asked me to edit the photos! It’s my way of giving back. I find it very disrespectful that these moms are able to view my pictures and all they see is this link. Especially when I ask for prayers. One little girl just got a a new liver :). Another one has leukaemia… Another one suffered a heart attack at birth…

        • U Really That Dumb?

          That would make you a retoucher. Not a photographer.

          • Kristen Hunt

            I do have some of my own work up there though!

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Once again, you are missing the point.
            You didn’t open a studio in 2009.
            You have a history of theft and fraud.
            You have a history of lying.

          • Lindsay11

            Oh, SOME of the work there is yours?

        • Melinda Potter

          Kristen, Due to the sensitivity of your new project, and taking into consideration your past transgressions, you may want to concider delivering your final product in person and keeping the children’s images offline or at least kept private. I doubt any of these parents realize how public their children’s images will be if posted to your business page or website, or the negative connotations. Make it about them, not you

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Exactly!

            As Melinda said, make it unconditional and about them. Get your ego out of it.

            The last thing a grieving parent needs is their child associated with a thief and a fraud.

        • Melinda Potter

          and please Kristen, Change your “about” to a more honest description of yourself and what you do. Don’t mislead people

          • Lindsay11

            “Kristen Hunt founded the studio in 2009, in Ottawa. Her professionalism and innovative photography style made her reputation climb quickly.”

            What’s wrong with that? That’s all true, Kristin Hunt is so “professional” she quickly made a “reputation” as a photo stealer! :p

        • doncalifornia

          I have a question. Where do the photos of these kids come from? Who took the photographs in the first place and how do you come about editing them?

          • doncalifornia

            Oh and by the way I forgot: yes what everyone is saying about your description of yourself, is true. You should change it. You did not start a studio in 2009 by what I’ve read. You might claim that you’ve gotten a lot of acclaim since then, which is not really something anyone can disprove; however, if you didn’t start a studio in 2009 you should not claim you started a studio in 2009. Right?

          • You can’t fix stupid

            She did start in 2009 – started stealing photos in 2009

        • Lindsay11

          I find it disrespectful you are linking these small sick children to your theft and lies. I really think you need to keep them away from your web presence completely.

        • Personally I could careless if you doing it for free or the state of the infants. Just make sure you have permission from the actual photographer and the parent who did not take the image..

          • Marc W.

            Pretty much this. I volunteer with a dog rescue group and I wouldn’t dare take another photographer’s photo, without their permission, and use it in a ad or our upcoming calendar.

        • doncalifornia

          Kristen it might seem like everyone’s ganging up on you, but… this question of who actually took the photos vs who “owns the rights” is a valid one. It’s particularly appropriate to this case because you are someone who is young and until pretty recently appeared to have no conception of copyright law or ethics. So it’s not that every time you post a photo everyone is jumping up and insisting it’s stolen. But there are questions, because what you are posting looks, frankly, odd. You in fact still have an “about me” description which sort of defies reality. You may have picked up a camera in 2009 but to say you “opened the studio” at that point and your reputation quickly soared, just shouldn’t be there. Did you go get a business license in 2009? Do you file taxes? That’s kind of what opening a studio means. And where is evidence of this soaring reputation? You can’t just SAY these things and make them true. People WILL realize there is no discernible body of work which someone who opened a studio in 2009 should have online. Any awards? Anything published? All of the people here are back making comments because they are all noticing these little things at the same. So, just to be clear, this project of yours appears to be a sincere and honorable idea. We’re just recognizing however that there are some sticky copyright and personal identification issues that go along with this. My question last night is important: Who took the photos? If it’s YOU, then great, as long as you have a really good, legal, signed release allowing you to post and publicize it. I’ll get into why, below. If a parent took the photo, and the parent then gave you permission to retouch and crop, you should have that permission – and this is crucial: in writing. If the parent is not the person who took the photo, the parent can not give you permission to alter and post it. And, if the person who did take the photo gives you that permission, in writing, you additionally need a release – in writing – from the parents before you post! You should understand all this clearly and you should insist on following it precisely and documenting it. Here’s a hypothetical: You find a photo, you beautify it, you approach the parents, ask if it’s OK, they say oh it’s wonderful, thank you and of course go ahead and post it. In the first place, if the parents didn’t take the photo, you’ve already created a problem. A real copyright issue. Your logo is on a photo you didn’t take. You already know how that turns out in the long run. And maybe you haven’t been sued yet but that’s always a possibility. But let’s say they took the shot, and they say yes thank you very much. They still have every right at any time in the future, near or far, to rescind that permission. Photographs of terminally ill children carry extra weight in this regard. If a child dies in 12 or 18 months, say, the lives of the parents will change drastically, and their views may, too. They may immediately wish you to remove the image from online. A. did their signed release give you a time frame or was it a permanent release? B. Even if it was permanent would you dare keep the photo posted anyway? C. If the parents are split, either emotionally or legally, one asking you to remove the photo, what do you do? Did BOTH of them sign the release? Again, would you hold both of them to it? You see the possibilities here? Go a step further, like, you don’t have any written permission at all, it’s just a verbal OK, either before or after the fact. Now they want the photo down. If they have a hard time getting hold of you, or you are slow to respond, or if for ANY REASON whatsoever, they are a little disappointed with you or mad at you, or if they literally forgot you ever got their OK (it happens!!) you’ll have some major trouble. They could claim you never had permission from them at all. And if you don’t have a great, legal, signed release on file, you lose. It’s your word, an outed photo stealer, against theirs, the grieving parents of a deceased baby. They could sue you from here to the moon. Do you have indemnity insurance along with that business license, my friend? A court case could ruin you financially even if you win, and you wouldn’t win. And this is the parent or parents of one single child. You are rolling the dice; and at such an early point in your career! These are just a few things to consider when embarking on this project! I’m trying to be all nicey nice here, really. This is not to jump all over you, it’s really a serious issue!

          • Lindsay11

            This is a fantastic post Don, truly. Just a quick… well I guess it’s a nitpick. It’s a bit hard to read. Can you go in and put some paragraph breaks? I really really think Kristen Hunt needs to read it.

          • doncalifornia

            lol yes no problem. I can be run-on-ish

          • Lindsay11

            I can be too 🙂 Very excellent edits!

    • U Really That Dumb?
      • Kristen Hunt

        Yes sir! You have made your point. I gave everyone permission to view my page as they wish. But please do not SPAM my page (not you, but others) or even mention this link on my page. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, For now I’m just touching up photos for children who are terminally Ill. I have done NOTHING at this point in the past 24 hours that would make this an issue on my part again. I just want to thank everyone for all the nice comments that have been made, and all the advice and opinions that I have truly taken to heart and will definitely not only make me a better person, but a better photographer. I guarantee that there will be no more copyright issues.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Again, that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works. You don’t get to dictate what’s legal and what’s illegal. You admitted that you are retouching images. You have not proven that you have a legal right to do so.
          Suggestion: STOP Do NOT touch another image until you have talked with an attorney! You are looking at ruining your entire life. You could face millions in fines and damages. Continuing after being given notice shows willful intent and could easily up those costs.

          • Kristen Hunt

            These are not photographers taking the images. I am editing photos that these Mom’s have actually sent me to edit. And as you can see above I do have the right to these images. All has been discussed in a private manner. Anyhow if it’s really an issue, all has been removed and I am taking a break from Photography. Thanks so much to the people who have made this a big issue once again! I need to focus on my studies now though.

          • captain-confuzzled

            Kristen, I think its really nice to want to help those Moms and I hope that you do keep helping them, just send them the photos privately, and if they want to post them, they can. And its great to hear that you are going to focus on your studies, you are young and once you get the credits to finish what you are doing, you’ll have them forever and what a cool accomplishment! Photography will be there when you are ready and can focus on it.

          • Melinda Potter

            Yes, there’s really no need to post online or market in anyway somthing you are doing just for the enjoyment of it. Like I said before, make this about them, not you.

        • Marc W.

          If you gave us permission, why is it changed / down again?

      • Lindsay11

        Interesting. This page is down a day later. She musta changed her name yet again. Definitely not a legal registered business with insurance and all those other goodies a professional photographer would do.

    • Me, Myself and I

      Kristen, by editing those pictures you are violating the photographers copyright AND moral rights.

      In Canadian copyright, moral rights are recognized:

      Section 14.1 defines moral rights as the author’s right to the integrity of the work, the author’s right to create the work under his or her own name, pseudonym or anonymously (known as the right of attribution). Section 14.1 also lays out that moral rights can be waived in whole or in part, but cannot be transferred or waived using an assignment or license. Section 14.2 states that moral rights last the length of the term of copyright and upon the author’s death the rights do pass to those upon whom the work was bequeathed.

      By editing the pictures you are in fact violating their right to “the integrity of the work”.

      So you are violating their copyright by posting the images on your site and violating their moral rights by editing the images themselves.

      The parents don’t typically own the rights to the images.

      As of November 2012, Canadian photographer own, by default, the rights to any images they produce for clients unless those rights were specifically waived in writing. (Bill C-11 | The Copyright Modernization act)

      Before November 2012, the client would own the rights unless there was an agreement in writing but any photographer worth his gear had a clause in their contract to assign copyright to themselves.

      So it is HIGHLY unlikely that the parents own the rights to those images and as such you could, as we’ve pointed out REPEATEDLY, find yourself in court for copyright violations with penalties up to 20000$ per infraction (each image would be up to 40000$. 20000$ for the displaying and 20000$ for the editing … ps, I’m not a lawyer).

      It’s great that you want to help these families but what you are doing is ILLEGAL and could RUIN YOU!

      The parents can’t afford the photos? Can you afford being sued for several tens of thousands of dollars?

      If you want to help families with sick children then look at the charity “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”. They are an org that groups up photographers all over the place to go and take pictures of sick and dying infants for their families.

      http://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/

      I don’t volunteer with them because I don’t think i could handle that intensity for very long (I ave a 3 year old) but maybe you are built tougher than I am.

      We’re not trying to “pick on you” but what you are doing is immoral and illegal.

  • Kristen Hunt

    I do own the rights to these.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      That may very well be the case, but based on your past history and lies on this site, there is no way anyone here is going to take your word for it. Especially based on those screen captures. You are welcome to have the parents come here and attest to that.

      • Nick Sirmans

        I will give her the benefit of a doubt and believe her. Kristen, please don’t let me down. I believe you will do good things from here on out.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      BTW: that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

    • Helena

      By own the rights, do you mean you took the photographs?

      • Kristen Hunt

        I own the rights to publish them 🙂 because i have privately talked with the mothers

        • Helena

          And they are being displayed with the knowledge, and permission, of the copyright owner, with appropriate credit given?

          • Kristen Hunt

            Yes m’am! I would mention to give prayers to them and I mentioned there name and who they were 🙂

          • Helena

            Fair enough. As long as it’s clear that you didn’t take the photos and only retouched them.

        • Me, Myself and I

          THE MOTHERS DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS!

          Unless they, themselves, took the pictures, they do not own the rights to the images!

          It doesn’t matter that they paid the photographer for the images, they do not own the RIGHTS to the images (unless they negotiated a license from the photographer).

          Read this bill:

          http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5697419

          This is one of the major legal components that govern the industry you have decided to work in.

          Not understanding at least the basics of this bill can and WILL lead you to being sued into bankruptcy!

          • Kristen Hunt

            Sorry, but all of the photos that I edit are taken via an Iphone by the mother and not by a professional photographer

          • Me, Myself and I

            Excellent!

            Just be 100% certain of that when you do do these edits. All it takes is one mistake and you could be RUINED.

            Good luck.

      • Lori Hoddinott

        Who took the photo?

    • Lindsay11

      Did no one ever teach that “liking” your own comment is unbelievably tacky? That lesson should come right after “do not steal” and before “do not be a jerk to 16 year old girls (or anyone)”. You owe this child and her mother several apologies. Disgusting behavior. If you were my daughter your camera would be gone and I’m not sure I could even look you in the face. What on earth are your parents teaching you? Do they even know what you’re up to?

      Apologize to Lori and her daughter immediately. Never ever contact the daughter again. Stop being such a little shit. Doing “work for sick little babies” doesn’t make your stealing and subsequent actions go away. I hope those mothers never ever ever find out who you really are as they have enough emotional stress to deal with. In fact, the best thing would be to just leave them alone. Learn how to be a human being for Pete’s sake. http://stopstealingphotos.com/kristen-hunt-photography-ottawa-ontario/#comment-1581590755

      *attachment*

  • Lori Hoddinott

    editing another photgraphers work does not give you the right to put your photography watermark on it. you are implying that it is your work. it is not.

  • Lori Hoddinott

    Love the harassment from this little piece of work. She doesn’t have the nerve to message me, but is instead harassing my 16 yr old daughter thru messages on facebook. She’s learned NOTHING from all this. Apparently we are a “stupid page” here and have ruined her charity work. Here’s a string of the messages she’s sending. Riddled with lies. Told my daughter to block her to stop the onslaught of messages. ….

    ” That post was made due to the issues with my website hosting. It’s been resolved now and
    does not effect me anymore! How could you do this to my page???? I edit images of terminally Ill children!!! You ruined my charity work ONCE AGAIN!! You put moms in tears because you were spamming my page and they were getting notifications. You do not
    realize the damage you have done! Every one of the moms was aware of that
    stupid site but you still ruined it!!

    I don’t do Kristen hunt photography for money, I do it for the enjoyment and giving
    back to the kids that I follow on here!! How selfish and sick can you be??? Paying for my time was an option

    All you are is a selfish and jealous little girl!

    Myself and my dad Have shot for the Arkels, we’ve shot for Marilyn Manson, we’ve even
    shot for motley crue and Motörhead. Not to mention bon jovi …, if you read
    the freaking article and looked at the screenshots of the website you’d realize
    that I was creating a layout for the god damn thing… I myself have worked my
    ass off to get where I am

    You ruined my charity page and you guys were even shot down on the stealing page
    because everyone realized I was doing this for little sick babies “

    • U Really That Dumb?

      WOW! What a piece of work! She needs tome serious help! I wonder, do you have any way of getting in touch with her parents and having a talk with them? They really need to know. Yes, even if she is 18, they may be able to get her help.

      As for shooting all of those bands, using your cell phone doesn’t count. Until I see proof I don’t believe it.

      • Kristen Hunt

        Let me emphasize one thing! Lori I messaged you Sunday when you spammed my page with the link. Two I also messaged sabrina her daughter and sabrina only got back to me today! So calling this harassment is not right because she messaged me first.

        • captain-confuzzled

          OMG Kristen, why were you even contacting the daughter? That really sucks! Your dad is a professional photographer? What is his name? Does he know what you’ve been doing? Does stealing run in the family? I hope not!

        • Lindsay11

          If even half the things Lori posted are real then yes, it is harassment. You owe both of them an apology. Stop acting like a spoiled brat.

          Also, make sure every single thing you’ve ever stolen is offline. Then I’d suggest talking to your father about photography and ethics. If he’s a decent person he will be completely shattered and disappointed to find out he’s raised such a monster of a child.

    • Marc W.

      If someone can’t come back from a Website “issue” like this, then they aren’t ready for business in the real world.

      • Kristen Hunt

        I messaged Lori and her daughter the same day. In my defence… Anyhow this done and over with. Sabrina clearly only got back to me today to start this all over again. You please have to realize photography isn’t my focus right now. I tried it out, and I failed. That’s ok, we can’t win everything in life. I respect all photographers. As for the event photography, I was explaining to sabrina that my dad is an event photographer and I have shot some concerts with him too because she was talking about her gigs. This was blown way out of proportion again! Just leave it guys, move on.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          You need serious help!
          No, this is not over. This will never be over for you as long as you keep stealing and lying. BTW: You are STILL STEALING AND LYING.

          You can’t even prove that you’ve shot any of the bands you listed. You have a page up that has stolen images. When is this going to end?

        • Lindsay11

          So… you just proved to us all that you lied to Lori. Well done!

          ETA: And actually, I think “these posts” are the first thing the mothers of terminally ill children need to see. The very first. They should know not to be involved with a thief, liar, fraud and bully.

          ETA2: YOU are the ones who put moms in tears, if any such thing happened Kristen. Not the people calling you out on your fraud and lies. YOU. Back away from the emotionally sensitive moms and families until you can get your shit together.

        • So your father taught you steal … Interesting

        • captain-confuzzled

          Kristen I had hope (and still do somewhere in my heart) that you would understand just how bad what you have been doing is. Doing something for terminally ill kids would be a great thing, except you are throwing it around like a hammer, beating us over the head with it and crying poor me, ’cause I’m editing photos of terminally ill children’. At this point, all I see is that you are USING these poor kids and there is nothing lower than that. Find an adult you trust and please, please get them to explain how this is playing out in the big internet world. It really isn’t coming across the way you think it is. It seems like you are using terminally ill kids to try to cover up your lies. I’m really disappointed and hope that in your heart, there is a place that does truly want to help the kids. that little aside comment of “payment for your time is optional” for editing the photos is pretty cheesy, and looks really bad. Charitable work is really never paid for. It wouldn’t be charity then. I hate to say it, but I think you are the one who is hurting the ill kids and their parents by exploiting them. Please stop it.

        • Marc W.

          You messaged someone from here’s daughter… so does that mean someone from here can contact your dad about your behavior? Seems fair, eh?

        • Lindsay11

          You know, liking your comment as a guest is possibly even more tacky than liking it with your name. I’m not sure though. Either way it’s still super tacky.

          • You can’t fix stupid

            It is the same as giving your photography business a 5 star rating.

          • JD Montana

            And here I thought I was the only one who thought that was tacky…

    • Kristen is an idiot ….and liar …. Shot for Bon jovi hahahhahah

    • Lindsay11

      If at all possible screencap all of that! I’d be livid if someone brought my daughter into this. I am SO sorry it is happening to you and your daughter.

    • Melinda Potter

      anyone who uses sick babies to try to promote themselves… well…

    • Helena

      I’m so sorry Lori, this is horrendous and disgusting.

    • Marc W.

      I would love to see a screenshot of the message(s) to your daughter.

    • Me, Myself and I

      “and you guys were even shot down on the stealing page because everyone realized I was doing this for little sick babies”

      No. That’s not why you were “shot down” you were shot down because she SAID she had permission to edit the images from the copyright holders.

      IF she was editing pictures without the COPYRIGHT holders permission, even for sick little babies, we’d call her out on it.

      “Yes, I steal cars officers but it’s for sick little babies” … think that would fly Kristen.

      • Marc W.

        If she had full rights to use the images, I see no reason for her to take it down. I bet it was just a temper tantrum.

    • BullShite

      What a SICK, SICK woman.
      You know what? She had to message a 16yr old, because the concept of being an ADULT seems to escape her. This has got to be the most CHILDISH and MANIPULATIVE garbage I have ever read.

    • Photo Stealers

      Random fact of the day: I grew up with Marilyn Manson aka Brian.

  • Melinda Potter

    Is this are Kristen Hunt as well?

    http://kristenmichellephot3.wix.com/kmphoto#!about

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Same
      More stolen stuff.

    • Me, Myself and I

      I don’t think so Our Kristen was based in Ottawa less than a month ago.

      • Melinda Potter

        Yeah, the link I posted looks to have been made in 2011, but… Same name???

    • Melinda Potter

      good God! I hate when I make typos! Are instead of our… lol NOOOOOOO!!!! All fixed now… everything will be ok Melinda, everything will be ok

      • Lindsay11

        I am so glad you fixed that! haha

      • Marc W.

        At least you didn’t write that on your professional website. =/ Am I [copy]Wright?

        • Melinda Potter

          Rite

  • Stephanie

    It reads below that she stopped doing photography, so why is this still posted? http://www.kijiji.ca/v-photography-video/ottawa/free-photo-shoot/1017170927?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

    • A liar is always a liar..

    • You can’t fix stupid

      Because she stole and for now maybe she won’t take photos but in a few years time she will pick it up again. You can’t change history. Just because somebody stopped killing , it doesn’t mean that you can remove all the files. – you get what I mean.

    • You can’t fix stupid

      Just where do you see that she has stopped? I see a “free photo shoot”

      • Stephanie

        In her rant posted below she wrote “I tried it out, and I failed. That’s ok, we can’t win everything in life.” Forgive me if I thought that meant she gave it up.. Why would you continue to do something that you failed? Especially after committing such a disrespectful act against your peers..

      • Lori Hoddinott

        she’s posting ‘fall mini sessions’ on the for sale sites on facebook … she hasn’t stopped.

  • http://ca.linkedin.com/in/kristenhuntrandstad

    Ontario College of Art and Design

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA),

    Photography

    2005 – 2009
    Bullshit

    • Marc W.

      I don’t think that’s her… but I could be wrong.

    • Kristen Hunt

      Trust me, I know you guys will always have the urge to snoop around the Internet to see if you can find anything new that I may have stolen or any new ‘news.’ I do it to people now too, lol it’s human nature. But this young beautiful woman is clearly located in Mississauga and although I was born in Toronto, I can give you a straight fact right now that I’ve never been to Mississauga nor will I ever go. As a response to that ‘Kristen Michelle’ though located in Toronto, that’s not me either lol. That’s not my name. Sure it’s a coincidence that this Kristen Hunt studied photography in college, but I don’t think that’s what her main career is at this current moment. Plus I plan to study Psychology so that’s quite the difference lol. I respect and thank you guys SO MUCH for trying to keep the Internet free of photo stealers, once again I’ll say that this website has truly taught me a lesson and I have actually been inspired to reach out to these sort of people as well :). Just wanted to clear the air xoxoxo

      • Lindsay11

        Kristen, it’s lame to upvote your own comments. I hope you stop doing that some day. Also, I’ve asked you several times, but have you apologized to Lori and her daughter yet? I certainly hope so.

        • Kristen Hunt

          Lol I didn’t upvote my own comment, didn’t even know that was possibly. And as I’ve mentioned before yes I apologized to both. Numerous times.

          • Lindsay11

            “Lol I didn’t upvote my own comment, didn’t even know that was possibly.”

            http://stopstealingphotos.com/kristen-hunt-photography-ottawa-ontario/#comment-1578767307

            You see why people might be having a hard time believing you when you keep lying? BTW don’t bother going now and un-upvoting it. It’s a stupid thing to lie about Kristen.

          • GhstInShll

            @Lindsay11 – Aaron Haskin has hid from A&K’s past on https://www.expressionsphotoanddesign.com/

          • Lori Hoddinott

            Bullshit ! Today she posted on a for sale site that I’m a pain … since I post the PS link on her ‘fall mini sessions & terminally ill newborn ads’ … she’s back at it folks !

          • Kristen Hunt

            So I wish to spread my kindness and edit these photos for the parents, I’m not stealing, I’m not causing any harm? So why comment here again? That woman you messaged and sent this link honestly said and I quote “she must be obsessed.” BECAUSE you are the ONLY person that watches every public move I make in GREAT DETAIL. And she did indeed check out the site and read everything.. She agrees with everything but still continued to let me edit her photos, because she asked me! I get that it’s because of this site, but you don’t need to go nuts about it! I’m not stealing anyone’s photos, I’m not hurting anyone… I’m just retouching photos? And not for profit? I’m not doing photography? All you are causing is uneccesary drama. I apologize if I have offended anybody, but I am just tired of your obsessiveness with running me down.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Just make 100% certain that you are NOT NOT NOT touching any images that were not taken by the person giving them to you to edit!
            Also GET IT IN WRITING!

          • captain-confuzzled

            you are not doing photography, but you are offering fall sessions? I’m confused.

          • Kristen Hunt

            I was going to attempt to. At about the beginning of September, but fell through once again. I feel as if I love editing as a hobbie more or so then for profit!

          • captain-confuzzled

            Frankly kiddo, you need to pick a story and direction and stick with it. I sure hope all those skills you list as a babysitter are factual. If you are lying about those, a child’s life could be on the line.

          • Lori Hoddinott

            “NOT FOR PROFIT” … umm … I believe this says $10 per photo … get your lies straight.

          • Kristen Hunt

            Why are you so into running me down and ruining MY WHOLE ENTIRE PERSONALITY. You have no idea how much this is eating me up inside… And so what…. Yes, I asked for profit… Then I was confronted with a still born image and it melted my heart!!! Please and I ask you repeatidly. PLEASE STAY AWAU FROM ME

          • Me, Myself and I

            Kristen, you texted Lori’s 16 year old daughter to complain about her mom … perhaps Lori is a bit angry with you?

            Did you ever apologize to them?

          • Just a Girl

            I don’t think anyone wants to ruin your WHOLE ENTIRE personality… just the part that is dishonest. And maybe Fake…. *shrug* I think you can choose which part that is. If its, as you say, your WHOLE ENTIRE personality.. then there’s lots you can do… if its just a little bit… like you would like us to believe… then you do what little bit you think you need to do and we should see the result by this not coming backatcha!

          • You can’t fix stupid

            Don’t you think she wanted to say “reputation” not “personality”? I have never know anybody to cause another person to ruin their “personality”

          • Well we are if she wants to keep a dishonest personality as we attempt to change it so she is more honest :p

          • Melinda Potter

            “for the longest time I did this for moms who have terminally ill children” “I noticed I became exceptionally good at it and decided maybe to start earning from it”

            For the longest time???

            Kristen, if you are looking to get better at photography and/or editing, and want a fresh start. If it’s truly not about the money, Why not photograph and edit for yourself and the learning process? Make images that only YOU yourself are invested in emotionally. If when you share them you gain an interest, then you have succeeded in touching someone with your work, without any strings attached. The reason why I say this is because you are jumping right in to a very emotionally invested endeavor. It doesn’t get any more emotional or personal or important than this. These parents are so completely invested in every sense of the word, and you are trying to take advantage of that. You are a beginner with loads to learn about editing and photographing. Get out there and do it and do it honestly. You wouldn’t believe the amount of pride and fulfillment that is possible when no one is being taken advantage of, and it becomes about you and your art.

          • Melinda Potter

            at the very least, continue with what you do, but keep these children off of Facebook and don’t use them to market yourself. It’s just so tasteless

  • Lori Hoddinott

    she’s back at it … offering mini fall sessions and posting photos of terminally ill newborns.

  • Lori Hoddinott

    Today she posted on a for sale site that I’m a pain … since I post the PS link on her ‘fall mini sessions & terminally ill newborn ads’ … she’s back at it folks ! No apologies. She blocked me so I cant see her ads.

  • Lori Hoddinott

    each time she posts a photo ad … I’ve commented with she’s famous … and the link to this page. She says she’s calling the police and getting a restraining order against me to stop me posting the link. She’s all over facebook with it … Arnprior Yardsale free 24/7 is one group she’s posting in … several others as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/122795901152821/search/?query=kristen%20hunt

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Lori,
      Since she’s being evasive and refusing to answer the question we have to assume she hasn’t apologized.

      • Lori Hoddinott

        no … I had to block her to stop her messages

  • Me, Myself and I

    Lidsay, I sometimes accidentally hit upvote on random posts, sometimes even my own. don’t think that’s such a huge deal. 🙂

  • Kerry
  • Marc W.

    CEO? When did she incorporate her business?
    https://www.facebook.com/kristen.hunt.5682?ref=br_rs

  • anonymous

    She’s back in Renfrew area selling groups. Asking if people want photos edited so she can raise funds to go to Asia. I grabbed a screen shot.

    • Marc W.

      Geez, that’s the only groups she in; buy/sell

  • C Sab

    Learn the difference between justice and attacking people. Fool.

  • Who are we attacking ??? Some of this content bern here for years and it will be here years after as long as its legal it will never be removed plain and simple..