Lera Photography in Miami, Florida

Website: http://www.photolera.com/
Craigslist: http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/pho/4852218351.html

First off, I want to clear something up that came up with the last thief.  I was accused of doing this for the money and that could’t be any further from the truth.  Yes, there are ads on this site but they don’t pay much.  I make about $30/month on the ads (and thus far 10¢ on Amazon, wahoo!) which covers hosting.  I’ve received some donations and I’ve used that money for things for the site (Blog Stomp, security plugins etc.).  This is a mission from the heart, not one of money.  I put a crapton of time and effort into this site and I don’t feel guilty about trying to do a few things to make it self-sustain.  However, I absolutely am NOT in this for the money.  If I was, well, that’d be silly since it makes none.

Ok… onto this listing.  Florida – it’s been a long time.  This one likes to use Russian photographers.

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  • Marc W.
  • Helena

    I donated money specifically for you to have an alcoholic beverage. 🙁

    • Photo Stealers

      Don’t worry, I’ve definitely consumed a few of those 😉

    • GlennMcQuaig

      Same here. That was Martini money, dagnabbit!

  • 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 LERA PHOTOGRAPHY IN MIAMI, FLORIDA,

    http://www.photolera.com

    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.

  • Justin Case
  • Christopher C.

    EVEN IF you were to do this in an effort to raise money – we know you don’t but EVEN IF, who cares? That doesn’t in ANY WAY make anything posted here any less valid whatsoever. The motivation behind it is completely irrelevant.

    The fact that you DO maintain this site without a profit motive is exactly why I donated. This site and the service you provide is invaluable and important, and like pretty much everyone else here, we support you.

    • Paul G.

      I get the feeling people only care when they’re trying to deflect attention away from themselves and the fact that they stole.

    • Ric New

      Certain segment of society considers making money evil. Of course, its normally those same people who go on strike for more money. I agree, who cares if this site makes money (even though it probably doesn’t). The fact is outs crooks and I like that and it keeps me coming back.

    • xma1e

      the only people that care about the money are those trying to deflect from the fact they stole it by fraudulent display of someone else’s photos

    • Me, Myself and I

      Exactly … do they think a website runs itself?
      Domain name (15$/year), proper webhosting that can handle your kind of traffic … 87$/month and up …

      They just want to distract from the real issues.

  • Christopher C.

    Some more information: The person’s name is Lera Quevedo.

    Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/lgurkova

    G+: https://plus.google.com/108920283914886519719/about

  • LoLTonelica

    Wowzers,those photos got pulled fast. Except that godawful composite, that’s still there.

    • Me, Myself and I

      Holy … she pulled that stolen stuff off her site FAST! Now all that’s left are sub par photos.

  • Darko Dan

    You SHOULD make money from the PS site and work associated. LOTS of it. One of the BIG photography oriented corporations should sponsor you to do this full time. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • CNN makes money so can you 🙂

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

  • GlennMcQuaig

    This thief pulled everything down really fast. She should be a great example for the ones who claim to have pulled everything down, but have stolen images still lingering all over the place.

    See, it can be done? Now if she will only get with the real photographers from whom she stole, this could have a happy ending.

    Odds?

    • Just a Girl

      The Craigs List ad is still up and while she has stripped most of it the Composite is still there

  • Robert

    You guys are slanderous and absolutely horrible people, you have ruined this girls photography company. For proof I’m not simply Lera, look at my IP adress, mine will show “Virginia”. It might be hard to believe not everyone agrees with all of your horrible practice here.

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      A few things:

      1. Lera stole images from others. That’s copyright infringement, which is illegal, and she can be successfully sued for each image, and could end up paying as much as $150,000 per image. We didn’t do that, she did. This site is merely providing evidence of that, and doing what it can to defend the photographers from whom she stole.

      2. Slander is spoken, libel is written.

      3. This is not a victimless crime. Real people had their real work stolen and used without authorization by Lera, and she may well have made money from that illicit use. Again, this is illegal. I don’t see you stepping up to defend the victims here, Robert, only the person who did wrong. Nothing ever gets posted here without ample evidence, and it’s usually the photographers whose work was stolen who alert Photo Stealers.

      I would suggest you take a step back and think about how her actions have affected others, and maybe you’ll understand why this site does what it does. If you had your hard work stolen and used for profit without your knowledge, you’d be pretty upset, and would want something done. You’d want people to know who stole from you, and how it happened. This site provides that venue for photographers.

    • No no its the other way around she ruined her so called photography business by stealing/using images from other photographers illegally … Yes its a crime and she got caught with her hand in the cookie jar.
      Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.

    • CNN, NBC News, etc… Have also ruined lives by posting images of criminals all over the internet … If we go by the same logic. As twist as it may be.
      Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.

    • Helena

      My heart bleeds for the poor photographer who padded her portfolio with other people’s much higher quality work. I can’t sleep at night knowing how horrible we all are here, outing thieves and defending the original creators of the work. Except neither of those things are true. Now get your head out of your butt, stop victim blaming, and think about the people who booked her services based on a standard of work she had no hope of achieving.

      • Celine (peaceetc)

        Great point, Helena. Lera’s clients lost, too, because they thought they were hiring someone based on the examples she provided — the photos she did not take. Her actual work does not have the same quality as the stolen work, and her clients were severely misled.

        So, Robert, I have to ask you — are we still wrong here? Or might Lera be the one at fault for creating a business built around lies?

    • GlennMcQuaig

      Robert, how is publicizing a thief “ruining her photography company?”.

      What happened was this:

      1. She was reported to this site by someone else for theft of copyrighted works.

      2. This site then put up evidence of the theft.

      3. People here commented on the theft.

      Which one of those actions “ruined her photography company”? I’d love an answer to that.

      She’s a thief. She got caught. And if I or anyone else here enjoys publicly shaming a thief, well consider that the least of her worries. What she did is illegal and carries penalties in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

      Do you still support the thief?

    • V323

      Awesome. A drive by poster, throwing out hyperbole & hypocrisy, with no intention of actually addressing the factual actions of those he defends. Robert, if you’re going to make a grandiose defense comment, at least have the courage of your convictions to stick around and respond.

    • ALP

      I’m pretty sure she ruined it by using stolen photos. And, for the record, slander is verbal, libel is written. But I love your random use of quotes around Virginia.

      • Marc W.

        “What” are you talking “about”?

        • ALP

          I’m a copy editor. Extraneous quote marks make me nutty. Unless they are funny. Then I will repeat them endlessly using airquotes and make my husband nuts. But this does nothing for me.

          • Marc W.

            That’s funny. Irregardless, using the English worsely makes my skin crawl.

    • Me, Myself and I

      Slander

      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/slander?r=75&src=ref&ch=dic
      “a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report:”

      None of what is posted here is False, it is either fact (backed by proof) or opinion … therefore it is not slanderous in nature.

      Also slander is spoken, libel is written.

    • C Sab

      Good. That’s what people who make companies that make money off of stolen work deserve.

  • Chris Swartz

    Lol ok guys, Robert isn’t actually his name, but this guy is my dumbass roommate who doesn’t really have a life, and likes to troll and stoke the flame. He has been following this site for awhile now and I guess he doesn’t get enough drama in his life but trust me, no f***tard is actually going to stick up for this girl.
    And just because you guys probably would like to know, he really does use quotes a lot, yes that much.

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      I see your IP addresses do match. Tell him to chill, eh? The email address he used points to a real person in your area, which is odd.

  • Chris Swartz

    By the way for the record, I am getting too much enjoyment from reading all the comment threads on this website, some of the thiefs are psycho. Can you guys recommend me the best posts for craziest thiefs? Alright read the girl that threatened to kill herself, and the guy that blamed obama.

  • Tanisha Booker

    Dumbass roommate or not, he kind of had a point, however not very well made. I have been following these listings for well over a year now, here and there. One thing I don’t quite get and I think Celine pointed it out again. You people say you are doing this for the sake of the injured photographers. Thing is, I haven’t seen very many injured photographers come on here, sing your praises, and continue to stay. I think, and have read in other blogs, that they don’t really want their names associated with such a vicious group. In fact, there is a blog that was started by a photographer whose work was stolen, the thief featured here, and said photographer has said over and over in the blog that they regret and actually resent this blog publicizing their business because they have had clients think they are a part of this group and walk away, for fear of being featured in online drama. About 2,000 subscribers to the blog in just 6 months time.

    My question to you is; Do you check with the affected photographers to see if they really want you fighting their battles for them, in such a public and hateful forum?

    Any non-regulars here, feel free to spot me an email and I will point you in the direction of the above mentioned blog. It’s quite interesting and really gives an insight to how the real photographers are negatively affected by your desire to fight for them.

    • How about regulars? Can we read the blog too?

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Prove it or it doesn’t exist.

      • Me, Myself and I

        Spent a couple of minutes … 10+ pages of Google results showed nothing … other than apparently this site receives 5500 unique visitors a day … just saying.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          She’s a troll and nothing more. If she really had any evidence she would have presented it to begin with.

    • Me, Myself and I

      I’d like to start by stating that I don’t speak on behalf of PS … I’m not even an admin.

      What is the option then, let the thieves and frauds keep digging the industry deeper and deeper into a pit? If not this then what? What is YOUR solution to this epidemic?

      It’s easy to come on here and point out problems … how about coming up with solutions.

      You think THIS is a hateful forum? You think we should coddle these un-repentent thieves and frauds? You want to see HATEFUL head over to rippoffreport and other such slander venues … you’ll see just what a REAL hate forum is like.

      Most of us here are not vicious in our approach, we simply ensure that these thieves and frauds are discovered and exposed. None of the regulars condone harassing phone calls and threats.

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      Tanisha, I’ve seen plenty of the photographers post on here and on the Photo Stealers Facebook page who have been happy about what Photo Stealers does. Popular photography sites like PetaPixel regularly feature stories about the thieves outed on here. Gary Fong is a supporter, as are other respected photographers and others in the industry.

      If you read through the comments sections on here and on Facebook, you will see ample evidence of what I’ve written. I would expect you to back up your own claims, otherwise the discussion is fairly pointless.

      If there is a blog, we would love to see a link. If there is criticism, I think Photo Stealers should be able to read it and potentially respond, if she so chooses.

      Stand up for what you say you believe in, and let others’ voices be heard. That is the point of this whole thing, after all. Google can’t find this blog you mention, which I find extremely odd. Why the secrecy? Why not just post a link? Because, frankly, to do otherwise makes no sense. A productive debate on this can’t happen if both sides aren’t willing to take part. We are here waiting whenever you and those who write or follow that blog are ready.

    • Helena

      With all due respect, citation or gtfo.

    • Factitious_Detector

      Show me ONE business you are referencing that was a victim of a thief that was featured here, that has PhotoStealers show up in a google search of that business please. All I need is a name, I can do the leg work myself.

      You see I HIGHLY, HIGHLY doubt that any potential clients are “walking away” from a photographer, because said photographer was stolen from, and the thief was featured on PS. Not only because it is HIGHLY unlikely that it would pop up in a google search, but it is ALSO highly unlikely that most clients WOULD DO A SEARCH IN THE FIRST PLACE. (How do you think these scumbag, scam artists get away with it for so long?)

      Also, if a business who was stolen from was REALLY suffering from clients walking away because they were victimized, we would have heard about it.

      Links or it didn’t happen.

      VERY EASY TO PROVE.

    • Many injured photographers either msg us here or on facebook all the tome saying THANKYOU its your fault you refuse to see it.
      Real photographers the ones who dont steel are never hurt. Well i will take that back “Real Photographers” are hurt by those who get listed here each time a fauxtographer uses one of their images illegally.

    • V323

      Why the caveats “shoot me an email” and “non regulars”? If you truly believe what you wrote, and truly have proof of such, why not simply point any to that blog? I’d love see if photographers that had their work stolen were actually affected negatively by the thieves being outed.

      Shoot ME an email if you’re in fear of following through.

    • Justin Case

      And how is a ‘non-regular’ supposed to “spot” you an email, since like the blog address you neglected to post your email.
      Or maybe, like that photographer’s blog, Tanisha Booker doesn’t really exist.

    • Melinda Potter

      Maybe you’re mistaken? I know that some of the past/present photo stealers have given photographers of the stolen images a hard time, and those that comment here using their real names as well. Sometimes they just dig and dig, and are quite relentless and vulgar about it. I used an alias when I first started commenting here because of all the hate and vicious behavior that most of the photo stealers featured here have dished out. I decided to start using my real contact info/name a while ago because right is right, and I knew that everyone would have my back. Since I’m not in business, I have that luxury. So when they take their crap to my pages, they aren’t really hurting my “business” because I don’t have one to hurt. If I was a pro with a strong social network… I wouldn’t want to have to take the insanity on at all, and I wouldn’t want my clients exposed to their behavior either. But I understand those that do choose to take it on… Right is right. Since I’m just a peon, all I had to do was explain to my handful of family/friends/followers that I sometimes help expose photography thieves. It’s a topic I’m quite interested in, and most times they’re not very savory types of people. They know to ignore when anything crazy pops up on my page, or I receive a strange comment. “It’s just some idiot that doesn’t like that I know they are up to no good”.

      I searched pretty hard for the blogs you mentioned, and couldn’t find a thing using all kinds of keywords you provided. The only negative thing I found about this blog was this http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Photo-Stealers-Website-/internet/Photo-Stealers-Website-Stopstealingphotoscom-CYBER-BULLIES-who-harass-people-Internet-1152231 written by an outted photo thief.

      • keca

        100% this. Some of these thieves are seriously, seriously unstable and that’s not a risk I, as a photographer in business, would never bring upon myself. It’s just not worth it.

    • Michael Goolsby

      Tanisha, I’m not going to try and prove a negative by saying that such blogs don’t exist. But I will say that I’ve never seen one, while at the same time I have indeed seen plenty of thankful professionals.

      As to anything in this site potentially being a threat to a victim photographer’s business, I’ll also go ahead and say “baloney” to that idea. Clients and potential clients of genuine photographers who have had their work stolen are not likely to end up here in the first place. Of course, you don’t have to believe me. Do a general search YOURSELF for one of the legit photographers and find out if this site comes up in the search in any significant way.

      I always appreciate an alternative perspective. I just don’t see yours as being any cause for concern. And, from what I see, you do not even offer any remedies or suggestions if the concerns did actually have any validity. So, I’m not quite sure what it is that you expect.

    • Marc W.

      Everyone, this is a troll. Please don’t feed it. Ask the mods to confirm.

      • athenamor

        whoops missed this. Sorry. I’m not a big disqus poster or forum poster in general. What is a troll? (yes I’m really that dumb LOL)

    • athenamor

      Tanisha, you’ve said this well, and in a calm manner. However I disagree. I too, have been following this page and very rarely post, as I usually have nothing new to add. Have the regular posters ever been defensive after a thief or defender of thief lets off a belligerent rant ? Sometimes, that’s human nature. Mostly I feel the mods keep it controlled. They call out posters that attack how someone’s kid looks or something non related like that. Most of the time the initial start of the comments is first by URTD in his “Welcome to the world of…” followed by comments pointing to further research, or questioning the thief’s skills, etc… I do not recall belligerent behavior being initiated by a a regular poster on this page. If I’m wrong, then I’m sorry. To call this group vicious on it’s own I think is incorrect. Things do get heated, but usually after the accused jumps on here threatening, lying, name calling, etc… I don’t know if the victims are damaged or not, but seeing how Cory has handled this site since I’ve started following, I feel it is safe to assume that if a victim wanted their info taken down, I think she would do so, because usually the thief has stolen SO much work, she wouldn’t need that one victim’s stolen work as proof of the thief. I don’t know Cory or any of the mods, so I could be very wrong in my assumption.

      • Melinda Potter

        nah, I don’t think you are wrong at all. I know Corey would do all she could to help honest photographers. It’s why she’s in this

      • Photo Stealers

        I have actually removed a few listings when the thief has made restitution (be it apology or a fee) and the wronged photographer has requested the listing to be taken down.

    • Photo Stealers

      The only person I know that has started up anything against Photo Stealers is a thief who was wronged. She has a FB group that she invites every single thief outed into and they all talk smack about me. Whatever. I have removed a few postings when the original photographers have requested it and been in agreement (or one one case, one photographer that someone stole the entire portfolio of). If that photographer is upset, send them to me and I’ll see what I can do.

      He hasn’t been around in a few months but Chris Jones often sings the praises of me, which is still odd. He even called me at Christmas to wish me happy holidays. There’s another couple outed thieves that post and support what I’ve done.

      Also, 9 times out of 10, the wronged photographer is who submits the thief to me. I don’t go trolling for submissions unless one of the images stolen is my own and even then it’s rare I go LOOKING for an image but someone usually tells me.

      • C Sab

        Link to the group?

    • Melinda Potter
    • Kat

      “My question to you is; Do you check with the affected photographers
      to see if they really want you fighting their battles for them, in such a
      public and hateful forum? – The victims are not just the photographers whose images are stolen. The real victims are the future CLIENTS of the thieves because they pay for a level of work that they’ve seen in the portfolio of the thief that the thief simply can’t reproduce. As such, it’s about protecting the integrity of the industry and protecting paying clients from being ripped off.

  • C Sab

    You don’t need to tell us you don’t do this for the money, we know the truth so who cares what the little bitches say?