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Laura Ayala Photography in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Website: http://www.lauraayalaphotography.com/?hc_location=ufi

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  • U Really That Dumb?

    Let’s just nip this one in the bud, shall we? I know, it won’t work, but let’s pretend it will.
    To LAURA AYALA PHOTOGRAPHY IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA,
    Welcome to the world of being outed by Photo Stealers (Stop Stealing Photos). It is our goal to root out and put a stop to photography copyright infringement. Your outing is one step towards that goal. You used photos you were not authorized to use, which is illegal. You’re probably confused and angry, so let us try to help you get a handle on things by giving you a checklist of things you should be doing and not doing.
    Please do NOT do the following:
    1. React with anger, go into denial, or start in with the threats. We already have the evidence against you. The best thing you can do for you is to be honest and to deal with this head on.
    2. Flag comments on this listing. The mods will just put them back, so don’t waste your time.
    3. Lie or offer excuses. We have heard every excuse in the book (really, we have. One guy even blamed Obama.), 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Create fake accounts to defend yourself. We will see through it, and it’s just a waste of time.
    Please DO the following:
    1. Remove any and all stolen images immediately. That means now. Right now. And no, simply hiding them from public view doesn’t count. They need to be completely deleted.
    2. Apologize DIRECTLY to those from whom you have stolen (and tell the truth!), and offer monetary compensation. You used their images in a professional setting to try to make money, so 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, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, for EACH stolen image. Yes, seriously.
    4. Apologize publicly, on all the sites and social media accounts where the stolen work appeared. Again, you owe it to your clients, fans, friends, etc., to be honest.
    5. Learn about how copyright works. Look up the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. What you may think you know and what is actually the truth are probably two different things (as in: no, posting someone else’s photo as “inspiration” is not a valid reason, nor is it good enough to provide credit. If you don’t have express permission to post someone else’s image, then you don’t post it. That’s it, the end).
    6. 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. We go back and check old listings to make sure they haven’t started stealing again. And don’t forget — Google knows. Anytime 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. And think about the clients you’ve mislead by presenting a false front. They’re victims, too.

  • Me, Myself and I

    Lots of stolen maternity pictures there … at 25000$ per picture (since you are in Canada) that’s a whole lot of Liability! almost half a million dollars worth + legal fees.

    Also it’ FAQ, not FQA. Frequently Asked Questions, not Frequently Questioned Answers or whatever.

    Suggestion … shut down your site temporarily. Pull everything you stole and replace it with your own work, contact the slighted photographers and apologize and PRAY they don’t sue you.

    • FQA ha love it

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

  • captain-confuzzled

    anybody else find it a bit suspicious that two of the testimonials have stolen photos next to them?

    • Photo Stealers

      I missed that page – it thankfully appears to be down now.

    • Melinda Potter

      “Laura is truly the best at what she does. I loved every single shot she took and she was really fun to work with. I highly recommend HIM for all types of photos”
      Oops! A little copy paste problem there

  • C Sab

    I’ll see if I can get a few friends from Toronto to spread the word. It’s sad this is happening so close to me. Oh well.

  • Doug W

    it seems she may have cleaned up her site… There’s nothing left.

    • Justin Case

      still up for me.

      • Doug W

        it’s still up but the images left are most likely hers

    • Walter White

      Yup, looks like she’s down to three newborns, a toddler, one belly and one model.

  • Justin Case

    Laura, I hope you are reading this.

    • you are a mother. Think about how you would feel if someone took your children’s images and claimed that they were someone else and that they had taken the pictures.

    • you are not ready for this. Your images are what they are. Nice snapshots of your kids, friends and vacations. You are not a professional photographer running a professional service with insurance, contracts, professional equipment, a studio, real contacts or, most importantly, real experience.

    • your lack of respect for the people you have taken images from and the real professionals you are trying to take business from is insulting. Consider that before you respond and I think you will understand where some of the anger comes from.

    • be a good example for your friends and family. Admit to them what you have done, and be honest. It’s by far the best way to correct this.

    • actually this is something I’d like to look into, and ask advice on if I may?

      I am not a professional photographer (yet) but I have been doing some photos for my local paper (which I get paid for). I’ve just been commissioned by the newspaper to cover a music festival later in the year as both a reporter and as their official photographer (my first photography assignment). I don’t have a studio, as all of my shots so far have been on location.

      I don’t have what would be classed as professional equipment per sé as I’ve a low end DSLR (Canon EOS 550D/Rebel 2ti, which was bought used, because of budget). It produces decent shots, and all the money I’m making from photography (which isn’t much) is going towards new equipment. So far I’ve bought an all purpose 18mm – 270mm lens to replace the kit lens, a tripod and a flash gun. My next investment will be a “full frame” DSLR, but I can’t justify spending so much money on equipment if I don’t have the ability to get the best from it.

      As I’ve been working as a photographer, I decided to purchase public liability insurance (£1m) and insurance for my equipment. Obviously while working for the paper, they maintain the copyright for my photos, which I’m ok with as I can still use them in my portfolio (eventually) and having the newspaper’s logo on them probably looks better in some respects.

      I think my photographs are of a decent quality, but I’m not 100% confident in my ability. Is it worth contacting some local photographers and asking if they’d mind me tagging along on a shoot to get some real experience? I want to make the move into professional photography, but I want to make sure I do it properly and don’t rush into things before I’m ready.

      I’d really appreciate it if maybe some of you could take a look at a few of my photos and offer me some real critique. Family and friends tend not to be as honest as strangers ;0)

      Here’s my Flickr link http://www.flickr.com/photos/115261402@N02/ and a link to my ViewBug profile http://www.viewbug.com/member/JonSeymour

      Be as brutally honest as you like. I know a lot of them probably look like snapshots rather than professional quality photos, but I’m willing to learn and soak up knowledge like a sponge ;0)

  • LoLTonelica

    Can anyone check the site code like they did the Denise Visions one to see if the stolen photos are hidden behind the password protected galleries?
    If find it odd that she has passwords on any galleries, considering they aren’t “proofing galleries”, and are simply image galleries.

    • Melinda Potter

      I was thinking the very same thing. That’s one way to still dupe your potential clients into hiring you.

    • Justin Case

      I don’t suggest that anyone start hacking into anyone’s site. If it can’t be seen by the average viewer, it shouldn’t really concern us here. If one of the real photographers Laura Ayala Photo has stolen from wants to take this further, I’m sure that their lawyer can get a court order to inspect her website and subpoena to find even deleted files on her provider’s servers.

      I think we won’t see a better resolution than the fact that the stolen images are hidden, and any web search for Laura Ayala Photography leads directly to this site.

      Caveat emptor.

      • LoLTonelica

        It’s not “hacking” a site to look at the code and find a sitemap. It’s just looking for a direct link to the images, despite them being behind a password. It’s the same thing that allows Google to still pull the images in search results.

  • Doug W

    BTW – Here in IL you can get a 19.5% abv “Not Your Fathers Root Beer” on Tap. it’s insane and sneaks up on you… cheers

    • Photo Stealers

      I think I need to make a road trip…

  • Justin Case

    So, I see that reviews have been shut down, images have been hidden and comments have been deleted from Laura Ayala’s photography page.

    Oh well. You can’t blame people for trying to give you advice.

    • Justin Case

      Also, I noticed that you also deleted at least one image that wasn’t posted in the original listing above. That, at least, is a good move. (I can practically guarantee, if there is something left on your site you didn’t take, someone here will find it.)