MD Studios Photography aka Boeckelmann Studios in St. Louis, MO

The Bump  (Ad on Page 59): http://issuu.com/thebump/docs/thebump_stlouisv9e2

Boeckelmann Studios Website: http://boeckelmannstudios.com/

Boeckelmann Studios Website Portraits: http://www.boeckelmannphotography.com/

Boeckelmann Studios Blog:  http://saint-louis-bestwedding-photographers.blogspot.com/p/photobooth.html

Wedding.com:  http://www.wedding.com/reviews/boeckelmann-studios/143813

Groupon:  http://www.groupon.com/deals/boeckelman-studio

Guess they don’t have the luck of the Irish today.

This photographer has been contacted about their stolen images but chose to ignore the requests to take the images down.  Ironically this photographer duo just went to WPPI “to get better”.

Update 03/18/2014 @ 1:00AM

I didn’t get a chance to source the text earlier when finding the links and posting the image sources but am going back through what remains live and sourcing the text.  There is a lot of plagiarism, including their About Us page on their website (at this time, still is there).  There’s also at least one two reviews that has been plagiarized.

Update 03/18/2014 @ 11:30AM

Found a few more links, more plagiarism on their website and PDF’d some of their blogs.

Update 03/18/2014 @ 12:00PM

Found an ad they published in The Bump with stolen images.

Update 03/18/2014 @6:00PM

Updated with a few more websites they are located on, another stolen image from Google +.

Update 03/31/2014 @ 5:00PM

They’ve rebranded.  Links updated.

Update 06/12/2014

They’ve rebranded for the millionth time.  I updated the links and deleted all of the dead ones.

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Blog/Original Website

It’s my favorite when people make stories up about stolen images, although it seems like the stories are more often than not just the text copied along with the images, in a few of these cases Megan and/or Dan also added a tidbit here or there.

It seems that once they purchased the current Blu Domain website, they made their old website their “Videography” and blog.

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From Daniel’s personal Facebook he’s got a gallery of what MD Studios offers.  Original source.

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The excuses are starting, they hired an associate yesterday that loaded the snowfall image from the fauxtographer’s inspiration folder.  Too bad Facebook shows this image goes back to at least January on their page.

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The Knot 

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The #ichooseprofessionals hashtag is amusing.

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Book Me Online

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Boudoir

They are selling a Living Social deal which ends today for boudoir.  Posting images from the website that aren’t sourced above.  I have a feeling the blurb at the top and the pricing on the bottom are lifted as well but can’t find sources since they screen captured.

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Wedding.com

Despite Megan claiming all images have been taken down I keep finding more and more links with stolen images under the MD Studios name.   It’s like Gremlins!  I’m only showing the source for the image that hasn’t been seen on one of their 100 other pages.

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Their directory is down but the images pinned by Snap Knot and credited to MD Studios Photography still remain.

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Wedding Wire

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Angie’s List

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The Bump Ad 

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I have a feeling the album images aren’t theirs either.

 

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  • Thank you for including us as the original source!

    • Joseph Philbert

      WE try 🙂

  • peaceetc

    So they were telling the actual photographer of an image to stop spamming their page, just because the photographer wanted them the unauthorized use of their image? Now that’s just asinine.

  • Photog

    oh the old, my facebook has been hacked routine….

  • Amanda

    They’re claiming their page was “hacked”??? That the allegations are “false”.

    Interesting……

  • Paul Ferrer

    “Please stop posting spam” …. hahhahahahaah

    • Amanda Hunter

      I commented as much as I could before they blocked me and started deleting comments.

    • Joel

      lol, Please stop stealing!

  • Photog

    Facebook page is now down

  • Photomedic

    that didn’t take long. i saw a few of the comments posted, like the photostealers.com link, went to get a drink out of the fridge, and when i came back to refresh the page….it was down.

    might be a new record.

    • Joel

      People where posting for a hour or so already before PS had a chance to get this post out.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Stop lying … you went to microwave some popcorn…

  • peaceetc

    So they went with the “my FB page was hacked” excuse. It’s always interesting to see which one they choose.

    • Paul Ferrer

      I wonder what their excuse will be for their website, though we will probably never get one since FB is done.

    • Photomedic

      someone should make a photo thief roulette wheel of excuses. that way the photo stealers dont have to think too hard…they just spin the wheel and post!

  • stephanie necessary

    Have they already removed all those images from the website? I don’t see any of the above sourced images on there – I did see them all over the FB page before they pulled it down

    • Bride222

      All images on our website are ours.

      • Photo Stealers

        So how about that boudoir website?

  • Joseph Philbert

    PS can post a stealer once a week easy…

    • Joel

      Yup, already done 3 in two days. Thats actually pretty sad, so many thief’s…

      • Greg Eigsti

        My thoughts exactly, sad. But we would be fools to not think these at PS are not just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Joel

    This is cracking me up:

    • Confused

      I am confused. Some of this stuff, if it hers, is not bad.I am wondering why she felt the need to steal. The photos of the couple that was interviewed on youtube are not bad at all.

      • Confused

        Screen cap on left of a photo she took from the couple on the right screen cap’s wedding. Just wondering why she felt the need to steal?

        • Joseph Philbert

          Sometimes its just pride … thinking they are not good enough.

          • Bride222

            I’m so sorry to everyone. I expect so much of my self, and then this. I want to publicly apologize. Regardless this is my fault and I am sorry.

          • LoLTonelica

            So how about we see a real, public apology then? Right now your friends and fans only have “we were hacked”, “an assistant did it” and I’m sure a myriad of other excuses and not the truth. Since the facebook is down, I recommend you put a public apology on your home page. Being honest could help you recover your client’s confidence – although it’s unlikely you’ll drum up business for some time now. Until we see that, this little blip here in the comments is hardly worth the read.

          • Bride222

            Actually an assistant did do it, I personally did not, however I am still responsible and I realize that. My assistant is my partner and he was using my inspiration folder. I am so sorry. That is not my hat, but I will have to make it one. And it is completely true what I was texting people. I think I only text 2-3 people. But that is the truth. I’m sorry to everyone I hurt, and I’ve deleted my Facebook, Twitter and hidden the main website until it can be redone. Which I’m considering not even doing (meaning deleting the website, or trashing the entire thing). Yes it’s true at this point any money is good money, I’ve eaten soup this last week and have cc piling up and can’t find a job in this economy. This business is all I have, and now I don’t even have that.

          • captain-confuzzled

            well…maybe write a quick ebook on how NOT to start and run a photography business. I’m sure many could learn from a “what not to do, and what can happen” or even better “I was a victim of the Photo Stealers website” ebook. Sell it for a few bucks, you never know, could be some quick cash there.

          • LoLTonelica

            See, there are holes in this that make it unbelieveable. You say your partner is your assistant (demotion much?), but would a partner know what photos are clearly not yours? Did they remove the watermarks? If you’re hurting for money, how are you paying said partner/assistant? Why employ someone so untrustworthy? Here’s the thing: we’be heard this over and over. It’s on our bingo card, that’s how commonplace it is. It is never truth. I’m sorry for the loss of your business because honestly you never needed to steal in the first place, but this is what happens when you decieve others… We have all been there and struggled and lived on ramen at some point in our lives, but the difference is we carried on in an honest and ethical way.

          • Bride222

            He’s my life partner.

          • Bride222

            I don’t pay him.

          • Joel

            You knew those pics where posted. Even if your Partner did this without you knowing, you would have looked at your Facebook page sometime within those few weeks since they where posted. Those pics were up for weeks before it all came crashing down today.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Life partner sounds like a LBGT term LOL

          • Greg Eigsti

            Bwahahahaha

          • Jim

            Is his back hurt from being thrown under the bus?

          • Joseph Philbert

            LOL I would be hurt if my “life partner” threw me under the bus

          • captain-confuzzled

            from my understanding he is also a photographer, making the whole “he was using my inspiration folder” (implying he didn’t know any better) argument a bit hollow.

          • Lauren Aves

            The problem with this excuse is that you cropped out our logo before posting them on your home page. So your inspiration folder already had our logo cropped out? That is an awful lot of work just to look at inspiration…. However, we forgive you because we know that people make mistakes. We just wish you’d be honest about it since we worked hard to create those images for our clients.

          • captain-confuzzled

            Thanks for the apology, but I don’t really get the “and then this” part, makes it sound like something happened TO you, instead of the fact that you made this bed. The only “and then this” part is being outed. You posted all the stolen pics. You are not a victim. A little advice: the sooner you own it and fix it, the sooner you can get back to building your business in a more ethical way (should that be your goal).

          • Bride222

            I owned up to it, but at this point I think Shane Elliot is right, no amount of apologizing looks to help.

          • You should probably remove copyrighted works from your sites (and sites you uploaded to) and step away from the computer for awhile. Maybe think about things. Apologizing won’t change anything. Especially not here. The copyright owners have legal rights and no one else. People here will just tell you what they think of you based on your actions regarding violated copyright and unethical business practices, which may not define you as a person, but it won’t be a good time for you. Most people who get caught stealing say sorry. It doesn’t change anything.

          • Scott T

            Just to be clear….. wasn’t an associate’s fault….. wasn’t a hacker’s fault….. There are no short cuts sweetheart.

    • Bride222

      I sound so stupid.

    • Greg Eigsti

      And it is down 🙁

    • Joseph Philbert

      Dam did not get a chance to see it. 🙁

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  • MPR1776

    What I don’t get is why these people don’t realize how much harder it will be for them to re-establish their business once they are found to be thieves and untrustworthy than to just build an honest business in the first place.

  • carlonicora

    Thanks for the links.

    Contacted some hours ago, since then their twitter went dow, Facebook down, site reduced to a minimum, but some internal pages are still reachable with the incriminated stolen photos still there 🙂

    http://www.weddingphotographersbymd.com/p/moonlight.html

    • Melinda Potter

      Yes, I see that there are still stolen images on the blog as well. Lot’s of cleaning up to do

  • carlonicora

    More insight: their website is full of stolen images in their galleries. Look here:
    http://72.29.89.77/~mdphotoo//site_images/galleries/gallery87/

    They have just loaded a new gallery, version 88, but in the version 87 all the proofs are there! 🙂

    • Photo Stealers

      Nice find!

    • MPR1776
      • MPR1776

        They are a piece of work, even after getting caught they are still at it.

        • Bride222

          All photographs on our website are ours.

          • MPR1776

            Really? You didn’t even bother changing the names of the files you stole. http://www.ohlalaboudoir.co.uk/

          • Joseph Philbert

            THAT is a LIE!!! Look and read ….you have been caught!

          • doncalifornia

            LOL

    • Bride222

      These were deleted

      • carlonicora

        They are still there!
        Still on the server.

        • Bride222

          All photographs on our website are ours.

          • Oh? So this is oyurs?
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            Notice the filename … oh la la boudoir photography …

            It’s still on your server.

          • carlonicora

            if you are the real one, you are delusional. Thinking that stealing is a good way of promoting your business and not even taking the time to reply to a kind message telling you to remove a stolen image? I am sorry, I have no pity for you, and invoicing you for copyright infringement, usage fees and research fees should have been the right thing to do.
            Do you call yourself a photographer? Shame on you!

  • sarah kate

    thanks for the heads up. i have had people steal my images before and it seems so feeble minded. i wish i would have seen this before they had taken everything down so that i could heckle them too. at least they are down now. and to think i probably passed them on the trade show floor at WPPI…

    • James McNash

      Don’t worry, you probably wouldn’t have seen them anyway. They were too busy hanging around Doug Gordon.

  • Photo Stealers

    Updated with more boobs.

    • Josh Kincaid

      Yay!

      • Ted Nghiem

        I like boobs.

  • GROUPON?!?!?! Are they INSANE?

    The Deal
    $49 for 2-hour photo booth rental ($200 value)
    Includes props, cameraman, and social sharing of pictures

    So they are providing gear and a cameraman for 2 hours for something like 25$ (groupon takes like 50%)

    15 minutes planing
    30 minutes driving to the location
    15 minutes setup
    120 minutes shooting
    30 minutes tear-down
    30 minutes driving home

    240 minutes total or 4 hours.

    Ignoring costs (prints, disk, travel, business costs …) that means they are paying themselves 6.25$ an hour … BEFORE COSTS!

    WTH!

    • Photo Stealers

      She’s telling everyone that contacts her she only has $27 to her name so I am guessing that she’s desperate and any money is good money?

      • Bride222

        wow. thanks.

        • Photo Stealers

          Trust me, that was the kind version of what I could have said.

        • photog

          SOOO, you don’t know how to drum up business and you decide to steal someone else’s images (smart move picking most from other countries ) 🙁 You are just a pathetic thief, trying to make excuses. It was just as draining for the people you stole from. then saying you got hacked, your disgusting.

    • Bride222

      It’s hard, I have no idea how to drum up business. SEO fails, and or costs money. I’m trying to learn how to be a better photographer/business person but have no idea how. Sometimes the easy way out makes things harder. Photography is so incredibly exhausting.. mentally and physically draining. At this point I’m ready to throw in the towel.

      • Photo Stealers

        SEO fails because you stole verbiage from the blogs word for word. That not only hurts your site but the people you stole from as well. Maybe this is a sign you shouldn’t be a photographer and just enjoy it as a hobby if it is so hard for you.

        • Bride222

          What do you mean it fails for verbiage?

          • Photo Stealers

            Google penalizes you for duplicate content. When you stole the blogs word-for-word along with the images it sees it as spam and will rank your site AND the person you stole from lower.

          • Bride222

            The only text we have is the about us and describing our style and I think one blog post.

          • Photo Stealers

            Maybe NOW but before you stole quite a few blogs word for word. Look above to refresh your memory, oh wait you deleted them so obviously you knew they existed.

          • Greg Eigsti

            Repent much? OWN IT!

          • A better metric for Google is how many external links you have to your site.

          • Joel

            This is just another way on how Thieves hurt the person they stole from.

      • yes. photography IS hard work. a lot of people think its easy. my wife interned with a wedding and portrait photographer for FIVE YEARS before ever shooting a job on her own to build her skills and her portfolio. now imagine YOU put in years of learning, thousands of dollars in equipment,web hosting, lighting, and backup gear. hundreds of hours practicing new techniques and building a portfolio….now imagine someone who doesn’t want to do all that comes along and steals your hard work so they don’t have to put in the effort…. its soul crushing. and its why people get so mad when it happens.

        • Bride222

          You are right, regardless of excuses, this is my fault.

          • well, you’ve already gotten over the hardest hurdle, admitting fault.

            now you have to decide whether you want to regroup and try to make another go at photography, or move on to something else.

            IF you decide to make a legitimate run at photography, and IF you are interested in some ideas for drumming up business (not saying they are 100% effective, but they have worked, to some extent, for us) email me at forevermedic@yahoo.com and ill give you some ideas that we have used to get clients.

          • photog

            Photomedic you are wayyy nicer than most should be, she hasn’t owned up, she’s telling her contacts she got hacked. I’m guessing the video on her site is not her customers either, she doesn’t have a studio. 🙁

          • Bride222

            They are my customers, I photographed them October 12th 2013.

          • photog

            You’re still a liar, telling people you got hacked. you think owning up to people on here helps you. what about the people and photogs in St. Louis you are screwing with your lies and false advertising?? waaa it’s so hard, it’s hard for all photographers and people like you make it worse!

          • Bride222

            Thank you so much @photomedic:disqus ! You have been one of two people who have been understanding, it’s been so hard these last two years. All I want to do is cry sometimes. I’m at war with myself. I love photography but there’s so much more to it than just taking a picture. And I’m beginning to lose my friends, lifestyle, body, mind… I need to regroup. But once I do I will reach out to you!

          • Joel

            Look dude, dudette, whatever…We have all had struggles and hardships (personal and business) when it comes to starting a photography business. Lets be honest, the business/marketing side of photography is hard as shit to learn. I am still learning myself. But thats something you need to research, you need to figure out. This is 2014, there are a million sites and youtube videos out there that will teach you what to do, and how to market, and how to get started, and how to build a portfolio, and how to get clients, etc, etc.

            Not one of those websites ever teaches you to steal other peoples photographs and words. Stop being the victim. The only victims I see are the ones who have had their hard earned work taken, and published on your site as your own. Those are the real victims.

            I would rather have $27 to my name, and know that I tried as damn hard as I could to get business and did it the honest way, than to have made one cent off the stolen hard work from another person.

          • Greg Eigsti

            Thank you good sir!

          • Ted Nghiem

            Photography is tough to pursue as a career. You need to live and breathe it to make it work. It is a ton of work, sweat, tears, and blood. All the hugely successful wedding photographers got to where they are by putting in the time and effort along with their own talents to be photographers. They learned from their mistakes and tried to do better than their last image.

            If you can’t pound the pavement then you don’t have what it takes to be a photographer.

            There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing photography as a hobby. And/or having a day job that pays your bills. It’s work. There is no shame in whatever work, as long as it is honest work. 😉

        • Joel

          Amen…

        • Greg Eigsti

          Thank your wife for me, she did it right.

      • rm

        The work on your site now is actually good, but looks like it came from one (or two) weddings. Is that the issue? Do you feel you don’t have a broad enough portfolio?

      • Photography is a difficult business but you also need to invest in that business. I spend a significant (for me) amount of money on marketing, mostly by hitting wedding shows (the bulk of my work).

        The thing is that photography, like any other business requires marketing and marketing costs money. There are things you can do for free but they only go so far.

        Groupon is NOT a good deal for photographers.

        Google search results on “Groupon is not good for photographers”

        https://www.google.ca/search?q=Groupon+is+not+good+for+photographers&oq=Groupon+is+not+good+for+photographers&aqs=chrome.0.57j62l3.6240&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&safe=active

        PetaPixel article on the subject:
        http://petapixel.com/2013/06/26/why-group-buying-deal-services-are-bad-for-photographers-and-customers/

        http://petapixel.com/2013/06/26/why-group-buying-deal-services-are-bad-for-photographers-and-customers/

      • Greg Eigsti

        >>Sometimes the easy way out makes things harder.

        Sooner or later the easy way out always makes things harder.

        There I fixed that for you.

      • Kym

        How about this…. Stop playing the victim…. YOU are not the victim here… This business IS draining, but suck it up buttercup, its a pretty kick ass career…. But like anything, it takes WORK…

        • Joseph Philbert

          Color me confused!

          • wtf is going on?

            First Jones had some advice and now Kym? I’m confused colored too.

          • Kym

            I am not the Kym that was posted yesterday… My name is Kym Zwick http://www.kzwickphotos.com... My name just so happens to be spelled the same…

          • Greg Eigsti

            Can you authenticate with the super secret PS handshake?
            And that would be: you have ethics/morals/integrity? Oh wait never mind, see your post, welcome. 🙂

          • Kym

            Stupid photo thieves wrecked my name…. That makes me even more pissed…. 🙂

          • Greg Eigsti

            PLEASE TRUMPET THIS FROM ON HIGH

            This is what the [insert PS bingo square text here] folks and their (few) supporters refuse to acknowledge. There is collateral damage – and they should be held accountable. I am sorry for your trauma and hope for your swift recovery.

            Wifey swooped in while I was looking at your work – do you have a good NE fall fine art shot for sale? We like your artistic style. PM me or whatever.

          • Kym

            Of course!! I have a lot more that I don’t put on my site… Go ahead and friend me… I have some on my facebook page you can browse… https://www.facebook.com/kym.zwick

          • Greg Eigsti

            Gotcha!

      • Joseph Philbert

        You mean stealing, copying, and misrepresentation is hard ass work.!

      • Michael Goolsby

        Want to drum up business? Here’s the NUMBER ONE way I’ve used for years: make the clients you do have happy. I get 90% of my jobs from REFERRALS. I had a mother email me today ASKING for sites where she could post positive comments. I shot 40 weddings and lots of other jobs last year and I didn’t spend a dime on SEOs (I don’t even know what that is), Facebook clicks, or vacation giveaways.

        This is what so many newcomers do not understand. They want jobs right away. One recent girl wanted to do corporate style headshots. And so she stole someone’s else work and advertised with it. And then she got into trouble with it. What she COULD have done was have a “dinner and pictures party” with friends in her home. Everyone would get dinner and pictures, and she would get lots of practice and shots to use later. And if they were good enough, she might have gotten referrals, too. What would have been so hard about that?

        Want to take children’s portraits? Commit to doing as many as you can for friends and family for six months. You learn, and they benefit. Resist getting paid until you know it inside out. And when you do, you might just have earned some actual paying referrals.

        Want to shoot weddings? Attend every wedding you can and shoot as much as you can without getting in the way. Try sending some shots to the paid professionals and offer them to him for free in exchange for letting you attend some more weddings with him under a similar deal. Eventually, your role might expand, you’ll get a lot of shots for your portfolio, and when you do finally shoot your first wedding, you’ll be far more experienced.

        Of course, these methods take time, when so far you seem more interested in short cuts. Considering how much time it’s going to take to rebuild your business and reputation after this massive train wreck, maybe taking time to do it properly from the start is beginning to look like it would have been a good idea after all.

    • wow. my wife gets $200 for portraits, up to 10 images on disk. additional images extra and prints al a carte. I thought that was pretty moderately to low priced.
      formal portraits are pretty quick though, once the backdrop and lighting is set up. maybe an hour of actual shooting. then add processing time, but with studio shots and proper lighting, processing is minimal.

      If groupon takes 50% (ish) she would have to charge at least $350 to make it even worth doing. maybe if she could get 5-6 people lined up for the same day it would work out OK cheaper…leave everything setup and just rotate people through.

    • Bride222

      Actually Groupon takes half, right from the go.

      • Joseph Philbert

        yes they do

        • Scott T

          …. and that’s why there is only $27.00 in the bank account.

      • That’s what I said.

        “So they are providing gear and a cameraman for 2 hours for something like 25$ (groupon takes like 50%)”

        50% = 1/2

  • Scott T

    For those who missed it earlier….. some of us reached out via text…… this was the first response from her via text. She apparently had to forward this on to a few admirers. Claimed hackers, and people spreading lies initially on her FB page…… only to get the truth via text.

    “I’m so sorry. I have about $27 in my bank account and I can not afford this, please know that I am truely sorry, and I said our account was hacked because I got incredibly scared. I didn’t want the little business we have to go away. I’m self employed but barely, I have to pay taxes next month and I was just scared. Please stop posting. I am sorry all of your photographs were removed.”

    Enjoy the squirm.

    • Being sorry won’t stop the lawyers.

      Bride222: I hope you understand that if they go after you its for 150000$ PER IMAGE YOU USED and add on another 2500$ to 25000$ per watermark you removed or cropped out.

      It doesn’t matter that you have 25$ to your name, you have photo gear, you must have a car … since you aren’t incorporated, all your personal assets are fair game.

      You have taxes to pay next month? So do we!

      • Bride222

        I don’t have a car, I borrow one. I rent my place. All I have is my camera.

        • grrrr

          You have a photobooth,cameras and gopros?

          • removethisphoto

            Remove this photo.

          • removethisphoto

            Remove this photo. Talk about not being allowed to post.

          • Scott T

            ironic…. isn’t it.

          • removethisphoto

            Remove this post! I’ve removed everything. You’re a hypocryte

          • Photo Stealers

            No you haven’t. I am still finding images online that were stolen that are up under MD Studios Photography.

          • Greg Eigsti

            Thank you. Tried the donate button last week and it was busted, please PM (or whatever) me to work out a donation.

          • Groom444

            REMOVE THIS ENTIRE POST. Or Personality rights, is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness, or other unequivocal aspects of one’s identity. It is generally considered a property right as opposed to a personal right, and as such, the validity of the right of publicity can survive the death of the individual (to varying degrees depending on the jurisdiction).

          • Photo Stealers

            Fair use, editorial.

          • Scott T

            I believe the life partner has entered the room. By the way, she was blaming you. How are those bus tires looking on you back??? I took my photo off above, as the one here is a much better shot of you two, so we know what you look like at WPPI….

          • Joseph Philbert

            Fair use law …. look it up. Irony is a son of a bitch

          • Photo Stealers

            PS: you should have cited Wikipedia as your source.

          • Read up on Fair Use | Editorial.
            Also, go check out the definition of irony as you request that pictures be removed due to Personality Rights violations … where was your respect for Personality rights when you posted pictures of brides and groom over 19 websites?

          • grrrrr

            NO……” When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).”

        • Jim

          And the memories of an expensive trip to WPPI?

        • Joseph Philbert

          you sound like a lying lowlife …next lie please

    • Joseph Philbert

      Now that is funny!

  • Photo Stealers

    Updated again with more stolen photos. Keep saying that all images online are yours. I like the challenge.

    • Joseph Philbert

      No words needed

      • Greg Eigsti

        Oh the subtle, beautiful, irony.

      • Joel

        Bravo good sir.

      • You win the internets!

    • Photo Stealers

      Updated again since I was told to take the entire post down.

      • Joel

        I love PS so much. 🙂 You literally brighten my day.

  • Scott T

    To all of the people I’ve stolen from…..

    • removethisphoto

      remove this photo, talk about not having permission to post

      • Scott T

        I’m not trying to profit off of it.

        • Groom444

          This is obscenity, remove this photo. REMOVE THIS ENTIRE POST. Or Personality rights, is the right of an individual to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, likeness, or other unequivocal aspects of one’s identity. It is generally considered a property right as opposed to a personal right, and as such, the validity of the right of publicity can survive the death of the individual (to varying degrees depending on the jurisdiction).

          • Derek Montgomery

            And you lifted the above from Wikipedia. Nice work!

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_rights

          • Grrrrrr

            Funny these were taken from FB Im guessing….and under FB Statement of Rights and Responsibilities…. “When you publish content or information using the Public setting, it means that you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).” uhhhh yes I copied that from their website (facebook)

          • Joseph Philbert

            Facebook has no such Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

          • Scott T

            …. and to think I was showing some sympathy. Oh well, off to the lions they go.

          • Riiight … you do have the right to request the image be removed as the copyright holder (since that image isn’t being used in an editorial way) … you could even sue the person who posted it (if it wasn’t for the fact that they posted anonymously) but as far as personality rights? You do understand what “commercial use” is right?

            You do realize the image isn’t being commercialized … we aren’t selling it, we aren’t using the subject for endorsement …

            Like I said, you (or rather the actual person who took the picture), as the copyright holder can request the image to be removed (like numerous people here have asked you to do with images you STOLE) for COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT but you have ZERO ground to demand it on INFRINGEMENT OF PERSONALITY RIGHTS as the subjects personality rights were not infringed upon (no commercial exploitation).

            As far as this entire thread … welcome to the world on editorial.

          • “oscenity”

            *puts on his best fake spanish accent”

            You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

            http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/obscenity?s=t

            ob·scen·i·ty [uhb-sen-i-tee, -see-ni-] Show IPA
            noun, plural ob·scen·i·ties for 2, 3.
            1.
            the character or quality of being obscene; indecency; lewdness.
            2.
            something obscene, as a picture or story.
            3.
            an obscene word or expression, especially when used as an invective.

            Nothing oscene or lewd here.

          • Greg Eigsti

            >>You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

            Thank you! Been wanting to work that one in 🙂

    • remove this photo

      Remove this photo. talk about not being allowed to post.

    • Joseph Philbert

      ?!?!?!?!?! Say its not so smh

  • Don’t steal!

    If the people posting are actually the people who have stolen images. You are in hot water. Boiling hot and are in no position whatsoever to be demanding anything. You have stolen images from quite a few photographers. This is NOT something taken lightly by the photographic community as you can plainly see. You have no argument, you are in trouble. Acting childish and demanding things is not helping. You need to get legal counsel instead of playing online right now. If I were you I would do it very quickly!

  • sasdg

    I’m going to commit suicide.

    • Photo Stealers

      Yes, this is actually Megan/Dan that is threatening suicide now.

      • Joseph Philbert

        OHHHHH got it.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Good luck with that…

      • Come on…

        (I tried to post from phone but managed to lock myself out.)

        Let’s show a little mercy in regards to suicide. I’m angry as hell about people who steal stuff and make money off of other people’s hard work – but I don’t want to suggest suicide is the answer.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Please … I will do no such thing becuase I hold no belief in that statement they/her made.

        • Joseph Philbert

          I don’t suggest suicide either… My comment was to show them it’s a bullshit claim.

    • dont steal

      Suicide is not the answer. This isn’t that bad. You still have each other. But you need to figure this situation out. If you are a member of the PPA they have lawyers that will consult with you for free.

    • Justin Case

      seriously, if you really want this to go away, as I imagine you must, shut down ALL your sites, get off of this forum and have a good cry.

      Then, when you get your breath back, compose an honest, REAL apology to everyone: photographers you stole from, people you lied to, your clients who you defrauded and maybe even any of your friends that you’ve dragged into all of this. And then start thinking about how your actions hurt the industry as a whole, the very one you are trying to make your living through.

      I could give a shit if you post it here, but put in on your empty website, reopen your facebook page and post it there, and then start retracing your steps and locating all the photographers you ripped off and try to make amends.

      It sounds like a lot of work, and it should be. You tried to cheat and take the easy way, and even without getting caught it sounds like it wasn’t going that well. Is this really the life you pictured yourself living?

      Just my opinion, and may rub a few people here the wrong way, since you HAVE lied and misrepresented yourself directly even when confronted with the evidence. I sincerely hope you get things straightened out. But if you continue to drag this out and keep up the charade, well then you deserve the wolfs you’ve been taunting.

      • grrrrr

        Good advice…..but I wouldn’t hold your breath. She’s too busy telling people how she got hacked and spammed. 🙁

    • Seriously … just clean up your act. Stop stealing from people and pray no one takes you to court.

  • MPR1776

    This is funny, she doesn’t want you to steal her stolen pics so ‘no right click allowed!’ http://www.mdphotoonline.com/htmlver/galleries.php?sec=1&galnum=1

    • MPR1776

      No right click

    • Greg Eigsti

      Funny. I ran into same thing on another “hall of famer” site the other day whilst poking around 🙂 Wonder if the no-right-click option is on by default in any “canned” sites or if it is something that you have to purposefully set?

  • Photo Stealers
  • Joseph Philbert

    Ok are they talking to themselves?

  • Joseph Philbert

    Are they talking to each other??

    • Photo Stealers

      May be a disqus error. Refresh and the names may correct themselves. They are Bride222, Groom444, removethisphoto so far.

      • Joseph Philbert

        ok got it…

    • captain-confuzzled

      I noticed it looked like that on mine earlier too, but when I left the site and came back the names had changed to the correct poster

  • Jay Weiss

    Lawyer has been given info on this website. Will be in the court’s hands now.

    • captain-confuzzled

      somebody got the bingo card?

    • MPR1776

      That would be insanely stupid since this entire page shows how you’ve violated several photographers copyrights by claiming their images as yours.

    • Photo Stealers

      Have you realized yet that every time you post something stupid I get more pissed off and keep searching? Guess you are not too terribly sorry after all.

    • Cool … what are you claiming? Libel? Plenty of proof available. Copyright infringement (posting images here?)? Editorial.

      Not sure what you are taking PS to court over …@photostealers:disqus let us know if you need us to hit the donate page if he does go ahead.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Oh no …. they called the lawyers…. O what shall we do 🙂

    • Melinda Potter

      lol If anything your lawyer might be able to help the people you stole from. I say go for it. Just wish I could be a fly on the wall during THAT meeting.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Yea when your own lawyer calls you an idiot.!

    • peaceetc

      Why, Jay? All of the information Photo Stealers has posted is correct. If it’s true, then there’s nothing to sue over. It’s not libel, as it has to be knowingly untrue to be considered that. You have absolutely nothing to go on. Any court would laugh and dismiss the lawsuit before it ever saw the inside of a courtroom.

      As you may have noticed, you can’t intimidate Photo Stealers into submission. It just makes her more willing to prove you wrong.

      The MD Studios site and Facebook page were filled with stolen images. That is illegal. It’s extra illegal since they were used to make money.

      This Photo Stealers listing would not exist if those photos hadn’t been stolen. How about you deal with that and stop trying to blame others.

    • Michael Goolsby

      Wow, we’ve NEVER heard that before. (cue Darth Vader’s theme)

    • Photo Stealers

      Ok this is bizarre, earlier this was under the “removemyphoto” username but now it’s changed to Jay Weiss?

    • Big Bhad Wolf

      GEE…. I WONDER WHO JAY WEISS COULD BE??
      (Any ideas?)

  • MPR1776

    Yes, names have changed now too for me

  • Photo Stealers

    Lawsuit threat = updated with more images that were stolen.

    • captain-confuzzled

      wow you are up to 19 sites posted! gotta be a new PS record!

      • Scott T

        Maybe she did work hard….. just not on the photography.

        • Photo Stealers

          They certainly were making an effort, there seems to be a lot of hustling going on.

          • MPR1776

            Sad part is that had they put that much effort into an honest business and learning their craft, they might doing pretty darn good by now.

    • Joel

      Remember how Kym made you bored yesterday? Well you found your answer to boredom!

  • Photo Stealers

    Note that there is still stolen images on the website.

  • Joseph Philbert

    Interesting…
    Uses a Sony Point and Shoot and edits in Picasa

  • Joel

    29 sites posted up top now! That is definitely a new record!!!

  • Michael Goolsby

    I have waited this one out to see where it was going to go before commenting. Each time I have returned, the number of websites just keeps going up and up. But there was one which was finally the proverbial “last straw”:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/formResponse?formkey=dDNabUt1WnFHa0pKVmxtMTZzX3BvUFE6MQ&theme=0AX42CRMsmRFbUy1mM2MxMmQxMi1kNWM3LTQzNDEtOTVhZS1lNGNmZjk1N2Q5MzY&ifq

    So, of all the stolen photographs, why this one? A simple cake? Because it is just that: a simple CAKE. How incompetent must one be that they do not even have a single goddam cake shot of their own good enough to represent themselves? What kind of person goes into the business of wedding photography if they can’t even take a good picture of a cake? For godsake, the cake shot would be the first shot I would be teaching anyone learning from me! There’s no people, the cake isn’t going to just walk away, and they can stay there and experiment with it until they get it right. And these ASSHOLES can’t bother themselves to take their own friggin cake picture????

    When this one first came out, I thought “gee, they’re being kind of hard on her. It sounds like she’s really sorry.” But now I look at the “rap sheet” above and I am just flabbergasted. If this jerk bag had spent just one iota of her time trying to learn to be a professional photographer instead of just trying to market herself as one, she wouldn’t be in this crap to begin with… and might actually be doing ok.

    Listen up MD Studio… everyone isn’t mad at you just for stealing some pictures. THEY ARE MAD AT YOU FOR TRYING TO TAKE SOMETHING YOU DID NOT EARN. You want to take great pictures? EARN IT. You want to impress potential clients? EARN IT. You want to have a prosperous business? EARN IT. Finally, you want to post a beautiful picture of a wedding cake and slather your name all across the front of it? FUCKING EARN IT! Until you do that, you’re just going to put up with a lot of photographers across the country hating your guts for trying to steal your way up on the toils of their labor. And you know what? YOU WILL HAVE EARNED THAT.

    • MPR1776

      Wow, that was a fantastic read!

      • Michael Goolsby

        Thanks! I guess that one stupid cake picture really set me off! 😉

    • Joseph Philbert

      I feel your anger

    • LoLTonelica

      Man, I hate taking cake photos. Maybe I’m weird.

    • grrr

      AMEN!!

  • Dr. Catfish

    Wow… all those websites and they still can’t scratch together more than $27? You’re doing it wrong. If you spent half as much time learning how to take pictures and run a business as you do signing up for every gimmic ass business website you can think of, you might stand a chance.
    What really frosts my cookies about all of these photostealers is not only the hubris, but the complete comtempt for learning. None of them mention any kind of education, and for obvious reasons. I have been a student of photography for over 20 years now…and the learning is never done. With most of these tools it has never begun.

    • Photo Stealers

      BUT they went to WPPI to get better!!!!!

      • grr

        This was from HER site “Daniel & I are a team, we are a couple ourselves, and have worked together photographing over 100 weddings since begining our business in 2007.” OVER 100 weddings since 2007!!!!

        • Michael Goolsby

          Is that claim real or not?

          • grr

            It’s on her website in the About Us section. I’m going to guess since she couldn’t even find a decent cake photo of her own with 100 weddings under her belt, most likely a lie. 🙁

        • Joseph Philbert

          Any idiot knows that is impossible..(not saying you are one)

          • Photo Stealers

            No, I’ve shot over 100 weddings and I started in 2007 professionally.

          • Amanda

            I started in 2008 and have shot over 100 weddings…..how is it impossible????

          • Joseph Philbert

            How many weddings have you done this year? Lets do some math..

            2008 to 2014 that is almost 6 years there is 12 months in a year.
            If she did a wedding a month then that equals 72 — so she is saying she has done multiple weddings a month over her career all on her own.. and meeting deliverable products??

            Most wedding photographers do not care to do more than 1 or 2 per month.
            Do you want to calculate the hours it takes to compete 100 weddings also.

          • Aaron Lee

            Dude… I know photographers that will do 8 weddings a month…

          • Joseph Philbert

            Yea how many photographers you know do 8 weddings a month and cant pay their bills … further more if you do that many you have a team.
            8 weddings you cant meet deliverables in a timely manner if you are a one person team.

          • Aaron Lee

            It’s just photo editing… not like it’s that hard… 😉
            Source: I’m in video…

    • Michael Goolsby

      Well put. And unfortunately, I have to call out the professional community just a little bit on this one. When competition got tough, a lot of pros turned to teaching, publishing, endorsements, magazine articles and so forth. They made a killing on selling the idea to tons of amateurs the idea of “going pro”. They made it look EASY. Want to be a wedding photographer? Just buy this Amhurst instruction manual or Doug Gordon DVD and you’ll be be one by next week.

      I’m not saying that pros are responsible. But I am saying that an awful lot them exacerbated the situation when they sold out and made it all look too easily obtainable.

    • MPR1776

      I can’t agree more. I have a friend who likes to take pics and she has a great eye for composition. But refuses to learn what her camera can do, just keeps buying more gear instead of learning to use what she already has in her hand. She also likes to be patted on the back for all her images, but doesn’t want to learn how to trust herself to take the good pics, instead she prefers to try to replicate another person’s shot. She doesn’t want to shoot anything but jpg and spent 6 months on auto area focus allowing the camera to pick the focus point. (So she bought another camera) And couldn’t understand why her pics were coming out fuzzy, she was sure she focused on the eyes. She had me test her first camera and lenses, which is how I noticed the focus point was being set by the camera. But at least she uses her own images on her site. The people who go around stealing other people’s images on here remind me a lot of her. And it’s so frustrating because they could be good, really good if they worked on their craft more than they worked on the stealing part.

  • Jennifer Tai

    It’s done, guys. Let it go. Cyber-bullying is as bad as image theft.

    • Photo Stealers

      Sorry but it’s not so long as I keep finding images on their sites I’m going to keep updating. They STILL have stolen images on their main website.

      • Jennifer Tai

        You have a job to do, I understand but the public shaming is just going a little…bloodthirsty here.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Public Shaming is the only thing that works… its a means to an end.

          If they dont want to be shamed in public they can stop it at ANY time … anyone can. Denial is not the way and you are not helping their cause.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Actually no. Music copyright enforcers just send you a bill. I’ve done that myself a couple of times. They usually just remove the pics. Very rarely, some send me money. It does work.

          • Joseph Philbert

            99% of the music enforcers dont have to deal with someone saying that they created that music … BIG difference.

          • Greg Eigsti

            Debatable if public shaming works – but it is an attempt.

        • LoLTonelica

          So you would have this post get buried and these people go on to continue to lie and steal? Consider the brides who are duped and lose out on their big day. Yes, it’s humiliating and it should be. Without shining the light on their massively stupid choices, they would brush it off and continue to deceive people. Brand new business name, new sources of theft, etc. We’be seen it enough to know the signs and the steps.

          • Jennifer Tai

            The post may be buried but there will always be thieves out there. I’m just saying this here, is done. She is already humiliated. Have a little kindness, man. That’s all.

          • Joseph Philbert

            For kindness to be given one has to ask honestly for it.

          • Jennifer Tai

            That makes me sad. I could give you a hug even if you didn’t ask for it, dude 🙂

          • Joseph Philbert

            So if I was a wife beater … and hitting you …then said I was sorry and that some one else was hitting you… and I continued to hit you even when I said it was not me … you would still hug me and show me kindness?
            Yea you have the batter housewife syndrome … seek help.

          • Greg Eigsti

            Wow, I am having the same battle over in L&B land.

    • LoLTonelica

      No one is actually bullying them at this time. The discussion here is by far one if the most tame I’ve seen in a while and it’s pretty confined to the comments here. Realistically they made their bed and they are lying in it. Sadly, it’s probably the death if their business now but they should have considered that before trying to cheat their way to “success”.

      • Joseph Philbert

        People like her freaks me out …

      • Jennifer Tai

        I don’t think anyone who steals like that is ever in danger of being successful. Nature – or Photo Stealers – will suss them out :).

        • Photo Stealers

          Have you heard of Jasmine Star? How about Doug Gordon?

          • Jennifer Tai

            They got famous and THEN stole.

          • Amber Kost

            I’m sure neither of them just woke up one day and decided to steal. Something like that is ingrained in a person. I’m sure they stole throughout their careers, but nobody paid attention until they were household names.

          • captain-confuzzled

            how do you know they didn’t steal before they were famous? Perhaps they were just found out once they were famous.

          • Photo Stealers

            There’s been quite a few others that have done workshops and the like so were well known within their own circles enough to get $$ from people to teach and so forth i.e. Chris Jones, Sarah-Anne, Meaghan Kunert.

          • juice

            Significant assumption, that.

        • captain-confuzzled

          regardless of whether they are successful, imagine being a bride who misses out on pictures of your important day because the photographer misrepresented themselves. Each time that happens, someone is hurt and the photography profession gets a little tarnished. This is not a victimless crime. Or consider a recent PS post where someone had posted pictures of children without permission. There is real harm being done by these photo stealers, whether they are “in business” for 6 months or 6 years.

    • Joseph Philbert

      It’s not over until they come forward… This is not even close to bullying.

      • Jennifer Tai

        If you read all the comments, she has apologized. Her face is on here. C’mon now.

        • Photo Stealers

          You did see that she “apologized” only after blaming it on an assistant, hackers, spammers, she didn’t do it, she didn’t mean to and it wasn’t her oh and telling the original photographers to stop destroying her business over this? After the half-hearted apology (only to one or two photographers they stole from at this point), they threatened me with a lawsuit. They’ve yet to delete all the images from their website, they keep claiming everything online is theirs yet more and more keeps coming to light.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Pretty sure with $27 in her pocket that lawsuit is not a real threat. I can’t help but feel like she needs professional help, you know? Just not sure if you wanna make headlines by being the leader of the mob. I know these things can get pretty spirally after a while esp. when you’ve tapped a rich vein (and fueled by a little anger from being threatened) but maybe stepping away for a bit will give everyone a chance to calm down.

            Here’s a young girl who made a huge mistake. Now everyone knows. She’s likely never going to survive another six months, professionally since as we know, this business is as much about peer referrals as it is client referrals. Perhaps that’s punishment enough (on top of the lawsuits she will probably be facing).

          • Amber Kost

            It was not a mistake, it was a CHOICE. Huge difference.

          • Jennifer Tai

            She made the mistake of choosing wrongly. All of us have made those costly mistakes.

          • Joseph Philbert

            No honey not all of us…

          • Jim

            I’m pretty sure that in the 10 years I’ve been taking pictures, I’ve never said anyone else’s work was mine.

          • MPR1776

            Off subject, Jennifer, How upset would you be if your boudior images were being linked to porn sites?

          • Jennifer Tai

            Not sure my pics are THAT good but now I know who to look for if they DO end up there 🙂

          • MPR1776

            There is a program that pulls images off websites it’s called a fusker. When I did a search on two of your images, that last latvian site is an xxx site, but as you can see it’s your image next to the site.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Wow, that’s impressive. Luckily for me I have model releases for those pics 🙂 Good luck to that Latvian site!

          • Joseph Philbert

            Model release does not make a difference.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Why not?

          • MPR1776

            Well, just thought you should be aware of the situation.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Thank u. I read that article a while ago too.

          • Joseph Philbert

            What does a model released do ?? If you have one or not means nothing to the other site using your images.
            Maybe Educate yourself on what a model release is may help. Google is your friend.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Yea so they are in danger of being sued, not me.

          • MPR1776

            You’ll never find them, would bet they aren’t even in the US, but if I am looking to hire a photographer and I see the photographers images linked to a porn site, not sure I’d want to use them as a photographer.

          • Jennifer Tai

            That is true.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Again model release has jack to do with that.. The fact you press the shutter is the reason you can sue them.

          • Amber Kost

            She chose to steal and misrepresent herself. No sympathy on this end. I’ve never stolen an image, tho I’ve had mine stolen. You learn when you are a child that stealing is wrong. So if someone robs a bank, they shouldn’t go to jail, under your ideals. They made the wrong choice by robbing the bank. Oops. Illegal is illegal. No grey area there.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Ding Ding …

          • Jennifer Tai

            So we are equating being dissed online to the legal system?

          • Joseph Philbert

            If public outing works and it’s legal then sure.

          • Amber Kost

            And that’s why I love ps 🙂 She helped me out a local photog that was stealing. I discovered the theft, and she let everyone know about it lol.

          • Amber Kost

            If she hasn’t done anything wrong, this post wouldn’t even be here. Stealing one or two images, while still not ok, isn’t as bad. But most of her portfolio is stolen! She’s misleading paying customers, and screwing the original photogs. Plus, she chose to come on to this page and comment. You can’t feel bullied if you ignore the source. That image she posted of someone sticking their tongue out, referencing continuing to steal, grinds my gears. She’s not sorry for her actions, she’s sorry she got caught.

          • Amber Kost

            Either way, what she did IS illegal! Therefore, yes, 100% equating!

          • Don’t steal

            I do see your point. But those young poor kids who get bullied NEVER asked for it, or did things to deserve it. That is not the case here, she is a thief and got caught.

            If perhaps she/they had just chosen wrongly. All may have been forgiven. But it does seem that she/they have chosen wrongly over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over multiple, multiple, multiple, multiple duplicitous times. The treachery and lies are seemingly never ending. You do realize that right Miss Tai? This is borderline sociopathic behavior. It’s unfair to her clients and to the people who have been stolen from. You do see the obscene list that is being generated as we all type, don’t you?

          • grrr

            You have beautiful work Jennifer….would you feel different if she stole your work?? She stole boudoir, weddings, engagement’s, family sessions, babies. In thinking it might rub you a little bit different if it was your work.

          • Jennifer Tai

            I think I’d be mad yes but I don’t think I’d want her to go off the deep end.

          • MPR1776

            And she didn’t do this all by herself either, she does have a partner, so the two of them colluded to steal other people’s work for profit.

          • Joseph Philbert

            YEP!

          • grr

            No one wants her to go off the deep end…maybe you need to read her posts where she’s saying her whole site was hacked, she had a person in the office that uploaded photos from her inspiration folder, all HER photos were deleted and people were trying to ruin her business. She like a kid getting caught and they try to blame everyone and never take responsibility. If she had taken responsibility, this would be a whole different situation. She put blame every where else.

          • Jennifer Tai

            THAT is what makes me think she’s unstable, really. Stupid yes, but also like off-kilter.

          • grr

            This was from HER site “Daniel & I are a team, we are a couple ourselves, and have worked together photographing over 100 weddings since begining our business in 2007.” OVER 100 weddings since 2007!!!! not a newbie. Just a good thief. 🙁

          • Scott T

            I missed that. Wow.

          • Joseph Philbert

            professionally?? professionally?? They are far from it…

          • Jennifer Tai

            U know what I mean. Take it easy man.

          • dontsteal

            Are you nuts? Like really. She stole, so stealing is ok to you? There are cops out there because people steal and they need to get arrested..lol…..if you want to steal, guess what? OMG you may get caught…..usually when they get caught it’s a bunch of whiny lies and bullshit…..too fucking bad………they stole, got caught…you pay……you want to play with fire, you may get burned, those are the consequences…….she is 2, a little slap isnt gonna cut it……i mean they are wrong 1000 percent….too fucking bad, dont steal if you dont want to get caught…….AND ESPECIALLY DONT FUCKING STEAL FROM PHOTOGRAPHERS BECAUSE THEY GET REEEEEALLLY FUCKING PISSED OFFFFF!!!!!!!!!

          • dontsteal

            And to add…….They didn’t just steal one pic…..there is a humongous list, that is cold calculating law breaking stealing going on there…not an innocent omg i didnt realize i put that one pic on there…its a lot, a real lot ….so fucking many its insane alot…..do you get that? lol…..holy shizzle…..they stole so many pics this thread should never go away…it should show every other dumb fuck dont try this at home kids, you will pay if you get caught……

          • Jennifer Tai

            Wasn’t clear even after 295 comments but your two really brought that home.

          • dontsteal

            Thank you for acknowledging my posts out of all of the other 295. I will sleep very well tonight. Cyber bullying I don’t think so. Amoral vs. immoral…In this case immoral wins. Now Lizzy from the walking dead, more on the amoral side..poor thing RIP lizzy!

          • doncalifornia

            Please please never take this article down.

        • grrr

          It wasn’t really any kind of apology…just trying to get people to leave her alone. She still has stolen images all over the place with her name on them. If she’s really sorry, she would have gotten it all off and not be rude to the photographers she stole from. She wouldn’t have blamed hackers or spammers. If she did nothing….no one would be here. She did some pretty epic fuck up. Did you see her FB? I did…and it saddens me that she found nothing wrong with continually posting others work as her own.

        • Joseph Philbert

          That is bullshit she has not … It’s half lies,and passing blame.. If you want to see a true apology from others I can post a link

        • Joseph Philbert

          Further more when photographers who get listed on this site actually take a step forward and make a honestly apology and step forward and accept BLAME @photostealers:disqus has been known to remove the post.
          Maybe you should speak to her… there is still time to save her career and that $25 bucks in the bank.

          • Sctually. Even ifcthe postvremain, ifvthe images are pulled and we are sparedvtge bullshit tge comments dont evem makebit to the tripple digits

          • damnautocorrect

            writing from your phone, I see Eric 😉

          • And half asleep still in bed.

        • Melinda Potter

          Do me a favor Jennifer, up at the top left of the comment section you are able to sort comments by best, newest, or oldest. Go ahead and click oldest. Read the comments in order as they happened. I think maybe then you might get a clearer picture?

          • Jennifer Tai

            Yes I did make all these asinine posts only after reading everything 🙂

          • Melinda Potter

            No, not asinine. Not at all. I like to think the best of people too, and I too get a little uncomfortable sometimes while reading some comments posted here on PS. At first I was feeling like “ok give this girl a chance to breath” but after saying more than once that all the images were down, and they weren’t, and all the other things she and he said in her defense… Nope, go ahead and bring it on folks. Find as much dirt as possible. They do not have good intentions, and if continuing to talk about it helps put a stop to their business, I don’t think it’d be such a bad thing. Most likely though, like others have said, I don’t think the discussions here are what will put them out, and it’s more their own doing. I get ya Jennifer. I do, but I still don’t think anyone here got bullied. If anything it’s the other way around.

          • Melinda Potter

            I really enjoyed going through your port BTW. Your work is quite nice. I’m sorry some nasty porn site is using an image of yours. Hopefully you can get it taken care of with very little trouble. I wish you luck.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Thanks.

            I get that all these helpful tidbits are to help me feel the indignation of this atrocity, and then perhaps I’d not go off like some righteous bleeding heart. It’s crazy to think I don’t get mad at these things. I do – just not mad enough to push someone over the edge.

            The truth is I truly feel something is amiss, and would have regretted not speaking until it’s too late. Will making her jump off a building be satisfying enough for all of us? Will her death be payment be enough for all the photos she stole? Will we then chalk it up to another poor choice? Is this what we will use to help us sleep at night after? Justify to her loved ones?

            Let the punishment fit the crime. PS has done her job. Let the cops and courts and victims do theirs. We can spend our time more usefully, looking for other thieves. Or teaching up and coming photogs not to steal. Or making pictures, maybe.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Her suicide plea is all bullshit .. she is not the first one to claim it and wont be the last.
            We even hear the cancer excuse A LOT or they just came out the hospital or sick and dying. Most of the regular posters did not just get here we know the pattern they say shit … ALL photo thieves do it like its a script.
            Your naive about it … not a bad thing but look around you … you think anyone cares what she says if we already know its the same shit 60+ other thieves did?

            Get a CLUE!
            BTW her punishment has of yet fit the crime and this site is a good teaching tool for others that see it.

          • Jennifer Tai

            I guess that’s what I was afraid of. That the regulars here see this sort of thing so much they brush it off as just another lame attempt. I just don’t believe it is this time. Call it instinct or call it experience.

            I hope to be wrong.

          • Photo Stealers

            Considering that within a few minutes of her suicide threat she was posting everywhere with lawsuit threats and their posts continued for quite a time afterwards, I’m fairly certain she’s OK although now that you’re questioning this I’m sure tomorrow may lead to some dramatic postings.

            Sorry that you believe what I do is so evil but it’s the only thing that got these people to take down the images. Requests by the photographers until I posted fell on deaf ears then were told that the image was used once and only the day before and by an associate on accident (which was not true). Blue Domain is a fucking joke when it comes to DMCA. Outside of a legal battle many of us don’t have the time or money to resort to, this is it.

          • Jennifer Tai

            What YOU do is not evil, m’am. One day I might just need your help (I doubt it – you know you’ve made it when your shit gets stolen!).

            I was mainly speaking to the commenters, aka the mob.

            I dunno. Maybe I really should read all the stuff here to know this is regular theft behavior.

            Her actions just seem erratic but very familiar to me. It’s a painful reminder of someone I used to know and it’s another situation where things just got kind of crazy online with strangers who hardly knew him.

            Some people just want to make a dramatic exit, u know?

            I appreciate what you do, Corey, I truly do. It’s gutsy and needed. Thank you.

          • MPR1776

            Guilt trip? Emotional blackmail? Save it, you have nothing on my mother and she can’t guilt me into going against what I feel is right either. She and her partner not the victims, she is the criminal, the poor photographers who worked long hours to get where they are, they are the victims. And all the people that expected great work for the money they paid but got crap instead? How about a little sympathy and compassion for them instead of the ones who willfully committed the crime with malice and forethought. They knew exactly what they were doing.

          • Joel

            I think we have the same mother!

          • Melinda Potter

            I can’t speak for everyone, but my comment to you above was sincere, and wasn’t made to try to prove a point or make any sort of dig. I gasped when I found out, and all I could think of was how I’d feel if a beautiful/sexy picture of myself was found on a porn site. I’d be devastated, panicked and ill over it. I can’t even put it into words how I would feel. I really DO hope that you aren’t given a whole bunch of trouble over it, and the matter is solved as quickly as possible.
            Now I feel I can speak for everyone here and say… No one here wants anyone to take their life. ALL stolen images taken down off all their web advertising and web presence, and a honest approach to making amends/restitution and attempting to be a legit business from here on out would be ideal.
            I honestly don’t believe they are contemplating suicide. I think it’s more like what my nine year old does when he’s in trouble and has been caught. He’ll say things once his denial phase is over, like “I hate myself!” and the like to try to get some of the heat off, or in an attempt to lesson his punishment. I always interject, and let him know that I love him, and that’s why the punishment stands. All in all, I don’t think any of us are here because we want to hurt people. Quite the opposite.

          • Jennifer Tai

            The whole porn thing is worrying sure. Totally innocent pictures have ended up there as well. Kids pics on pedophilia sites, for one. The only way we can ever prevent anything – not just boudoir pics – from ending up somewhere we don’t want on the Internet is to keep them offline. Do we tineye every piece of work we make going forward?

            But that’s a whole different discussion.

          • MPR1776

            While I don’t know much about the fusk program, I did, however, read that it tends to pull images in sequence, the programmer enters in a group of numbers in sequential order and the program then pulls all of those. So perhaps giving the images odd names plus numbers combinations that are not in order would help.

          • neilvn

            I don’t follow the logical train of thought here – so people would steal, they’d get busted, and then we’d teach them not to steal (while all the time they had benefited from the theft, knowingly.)

            Why do we owe them anything?

          • Evi

            I completely agree that bullying is not okay and do not support any bullying that occurs as a result of Photo Stealers, but I fully support Photo Stealers calling people out.I do think plagiarism is a problem that runs rampant in our society. I also believe it is very much on the rise due to the internet – it just makes it so easy for people plagiarize. Not just in photography, but writing and other forms of expression. It’s a real problem. In addition to photography, I have worked for a college and the policy is that if students have been found to plagiarize – take someone else’s work and use it as their own – they must fail that paper, test, project, etc where the plagiarism occured and in some cases also end up failing the class. Becasue the problem is so rampant, the college has to collect an ‘inventory’ of plagiarism cases because so many students plaigiarize, are caught by one professor and reprimanded but then don’t learn their lesson and just do it again in another class. As a result, the college where I worked had to implement a centralized tracking system and multiple offenders may be suspended or even expelled. This really bothers me! It shows that plagiarism has practically become a societal norm. As evidenced by what happens on this site. People aren’t seeing why it’s wrong to take someone else’s hard work and claim it as their own. I acknowledge that it’s easy to be influenced by someone else’s work, but that’s not the same as taking credit that wasn’t earned. Ok. My rant is over.

            P.S. Jennifer Tai, I <3 <3 <3 your work!

          • Jennifer Tai

            Thanks Evi.

            I am completely against plagiarism. All I can say is I wished the system has some way of dealing with this to everyone’s satisfaction without so much…glee.

            I’ve done what I’ve set out to do, and that’s all I wanted.

        • neilvn

          How does a sorry compensate for such long-term theft and deception?

          • Jennifer Tai

            I’m sure the victims will seek reparation but evidently, for the mob, an apology and abject humiliation is not enough. We want groveling. As an educator, Neil, I’m sure you could do more good with some kind advice for one as lost as her.

          • Jennifer Tai

            An unexpected, undeserved gesture of kindness from someone respected and wise. How would that look like?

          • neilvn

            Jennifer … you know I provide so much free content and help. So my approach to other photographers are without fault always helpful. But when it comes down to this type of thing – theft and plagiarism – then I have no sympathy whatsoever. I would love to see much more stringent punishment and real retribution. I’d like to see these assholes cleaned out. Gone. Done.

            I’ll help people .. but don’t steal from me or others.

            So yeah, I have ZERO empathy for them. Their sorries and apologies mean nothing. NOTHING.

          • MPR1776

            I love your work & have learned much from your articles and website, thank you so much for offering that to the rest of us. The people in this particular case could have learned much from reading your articles and all you offer on your through your website.

          • Jennifer Tai

            I’m not saying she deserves any kindness. It’s all been dishonest and careless, disrespectful and deceitful. But she’s also young and stupid and very likely misguided in her wanting all the things she wants right now thinking she won’t be caught.

            She may not deserve it but perhaps this is the time to give it the most. Whether or not she takes it, is up to her. She will still have to face the music but look at her work, Neil (I mean her real stuff). It’s not too bad.

            Fear and greed makes monsters of people, but we’re still human.

          • MPR1776

            Misguided would be 1 site maybe FB page and a few images, 29 different pages/sites of 100s of images not hers are not simply ‘misguided’ it’s serial theft. Maybe she’s an image klepto? And yes I looked at her images and thought what a colossal waste of potential talent. Just think where she’d have been today had she applied as much effort into her own work instead of into taking other people’s work?

          • MPR1776

            You are incorrect, we are not requesting any groveling. Actions speak louder than words and thus far, they have attempted to garner sympathy without the benefit of actually doing anything to remedy the situation. I repeat an earlier statement saying ‘Oops, my bad’ & go on your merry way does not cut it. In addition, look at the amount of effort they put into their fake sites, tis mind boggling and utterly disgraceful. And it worthy of this type of response in order to get the offending people to remove all content that is not theirs to display.

    • Melinda Potter

      Her law suit isn’t a real threat. I think she needs professional help, she seems a little unstable. She made a huge mistake and now everyone knows. She’s lost respect from her peers. She’s likely not going to survive another six months professionally. She may also be facing lawsuits.
      You’re so mean! Why do you feel the need to bully her like that?
      But seriously, you aren’t saying anything that hasn’t already been said by everyone here. Other than calling this “cyber bullying”. I think maybe you should read up on the differences between bullying and criticism, and bullying and public complaints about shoddy businesses and shoddy business practices. Don’t belittle bullying like that. mislabeling like you have, doesn’t help the great strides that have been made against bullying, it only makes it seem less serious, and less harmful. I’m not a bully, and I don’t stand for it.

      • Photo Stealers

        It sounds like they weren’t likely to survive another six months if her claims are true regardless of the stolen imagery and words.

    • Aaron Lee

      No, it’s not.

    • Justin Case

      Jennifer, I have been reading your posts and know that your heart is in the right place. Several people, myself included, have pointed out that the best way to make this all stop is for MD studios to shut down all their sites and step back. So far, all we’ve seen is denial and claims of victim-hood. ‘Sorry’ just doesn’t cut it when there is no effort to correct the damage.

      If you feel you can help – in whatever way – they have posted an email address below and I think you should try to contact them directly. Otherwise, l think you should just let people voice their opinions. I don’t think you can call what is going on here bullying… after all, no one is forcing MD to keep posting – or even reading – here.

      • Jennifer Tai

        Thanks Justin.

  • Peter

    When someone steals they make a CHOICE to do so. That CHOICE has CONSEQUENCES…

    If you want to avoid those CONSEQUENCES completely there is one simple CHOICE to make… DON’T STEAL.

    • Jennifer Tai

      Agreed. But the consequences are between sending someone a bill and taking them to the cleaners if they don’t pay (thanks to people like Photo Stealers who make it possible for the victims to know where to send the bill to – take a commission, maybe, aye PS ;)?), and virtually lynching them to pieces with no possible positive outcome other than them going sobbing into the night, or careening off the deep end.

      This is Gangster 101. They can’t pay if they’re dead.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Lynching is what works for those who are in denial its funny how that all stops with they stop lying,

      • Peter

        The CONSEQUENCES are that they risk the maximum possible fine/award against them per photograph they CHOOSE the steal. Don’t like the CONSEQUENCES… DON’T STEAL.

        If the consequences were jail time I wonder how many of these folk would make the CHOICE to STEAL?

        The POSITIVE outcome is the PEOPLE WHO STEAL not only being caught but also PAYING FOR THEIR THEFT. If that bankrupts them so be it. They made a CHOICE.

        They are no better than a common thief. In fact if you look at how many instances of THEFT and the lengths and complexity some of them go to to carry out that THEFT they are much, much worse. Deliberate, manipulative and deceitful THEFT on a grand scale.

        JUSTICE would be every single image theft being taken to court and PAYING for their THEFT.

        • Jennifer Tai

          My point exactimo.

        • MPR1776

          Up to $250,000 fine and up to 5 yrs in prison

      • MPR1776

        Why do you think this happens more and more instead of less and less?

        • Jennifer Tai

          I don’t know if this happens more and more (well maybe it does with digital photography). It’s just more known. Like how people think pedophilia is more rampant these days. The truth is it just is more known. Nobody knows if it’s more or less compared to 2000 years ago really.

          • MPR1776

            Because no one really ever gets held accountable, it’s always some excuse. If there were a handful of people that got plastered all over the news for copyright infringement, having to pay large fines, it wouldn’t be so prevalent, but no, oh she’s young, she made a mistake, oh she’s poor, etc.

          • Jennifer Tai

            Oh I think the large fines and legal shitstorm is going to rain down on her regardless of us sitting on our asses here all the live long day calling for rain. PS has done some fine digging.

          • MPR1776

            I will believe it when I see it.

          • MPR1776

            Besides, unless those images that were stolen were legally copyrighted through the gov’t the chances of filing a suit are pretty slim.

          • Then concentrate on the ones where she willfully remived the watermark.

            Penalties for that go from 2500 to 25000. No need to prove loss or anything.

          • MPR1776
          • Peter

            If I walked into a shopping mall and stole from as many shops as some of these photographers steal from many photographers I’d run out of shops to steal from.

            Young, poor, religion, ignorance etc wouldn’t get me off the hook. I’d be a prolific serial thief and have the book thrown at me. Why should photo thieves be treated any differently?

          • Michael Goolsby

            This is my 20th year in the business. When I started, everything was film. Quite simply, the average person did not have the means to steal the work of others the way they do today. To get clients, you had to have prints. To have prints, you had to have negatives. Pure and simple. I’m not saying that it never happened, but I can say that it was NEVER a concern.

            Today, there are tremendous resources on the internet for fauxtographers to invent entire businesses out of thin air. And they are doing it.

      • MPR1776

        Who are you kidding, this is the only way the victims will ever get any type of restitution from the criminal, it takes anywhere from between 6 months to 4+ yrs if your image has a registered copyright, then you have to prove damages, which would mostly like be less than $1000, they’d have to pay a lawyer for all that work and it would end up costing them more than it’s worth and the criminal knows that. That is why this place is so important, it takes back what they stole from everyone else by removing the fake brand they created out of other people’s work. And hits the criminal where they will feel it the most, in their wallets.

        • semi

          Just a quick correction… you don’t have to prove damages if you have a registered copyright with the copyright office. If you win the suit you’re entitled to statutory damages, which is the whole point of registering your copyright. If your copyright is NOT registered with the copyright office then you will have to prove actual damages.

          • MPR1776

            Here is what the law reads: The copyright owner is entitled to recover actual damages suffered by him or her as a result of the infringement, and any profits of the infringer that are attributable to the infringement and are not taken into account in computing the actual damages. In establishing the infringer’s profits, the copyright owner is required to present proof only of the infringer’s gross revenue, and the infringer is required to prove his or deductible expenses and the elements of profit attributable to factors other than the copyright work. From: 17 U.S. Code § 504 – Remedies for infringement: Damages and profits- http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/504

          • Don’t forget to hit her for violating the DMCAs provisions on circumventing digital rights management information when they removed watermarks … that’s another 2500$ to 25000$ of statutory damages.

            http://www.photoattorney.com/2007/07/watermarks-can-be-music-to-your-ears.html

            BAM!

  • Chris Jones

    …. I have $25 in my account too. But that’s still no excuse. Man up grow some balls, apologize and stroke some checks to everyone you took from. Then don’t ag them on or you will make it 1 million times worse.

    • juice

      If you don’t, it’s really hard to move onto the next group of marks.

  • Photo Stealers

    Updated with more plagiarism, which includes their current About Us page on their website.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Wow … Not even her about is original .. I mean she can’t even write about herself … Sad

      • Photo Stealers

        Fuck, the reviews are stolen too.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Ok “stealing reviews” is a new low

          • Photo Stealers

            I’ve seen fake ones but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them plagiarized.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Neither have I…

        • Joel

          No…fucking….way…. At first I thought this was just gonna be another small timer thief, how deep is this rabbit hole?

          • Joseph Philbert

            Very very deep

        • MPR1776

          Well for sure, let’s see Jenn tell us we should feel even sorrier for the poor criminal who didn’t give a damn about all the other ppl that got hurt with her diabolical scheme.

        • Peter

          All that is missing for a full house is a stolen bio selfie picture

        • Justin Case

          she even gave herself 5/5 stars and the original only got 4!

          Really, I started out feeling a bit sorry for this woman, but you simply don´t go through so much trouble by accident. This is cold, calculated fraud and misrepresentation, more than just laziness.

          • Michael Goolsby

            Yes, the whole “I worked too hard for this” just smacks of contempt for those from whom she stole, and makes any so-called apology just come across as feeling more sorry for getting caught than for actually doing anything wrong.

            The extent of this photostealer’s deception is ENORMOUS.

  • Michael Goolsby

    I went to bed last evening having just read the exchange here debating whether or not some of the comments here have been too tough. The word “cyber-bullying” was used at one point. After sleeping on, please permit me to share some brief thoughts on my own.

    First, I detest “bullying”, whether it’s in the office, on the internet, or around the schoolyard. It exists whenever a person or entity in a position of authority, power or control intimates a person or entity of lessor position or power. I hate it when big kids do it to little kids, employers do it to employees, cops do it to citizens, and when professionals to it to amateurs.

    Some of the remarks here are indeed harsh. Is this bullying, however? Is is sometimes too tough? Though I have seen “the line” crossed here and there, for the most part I do not believe so. And here’s why:

    Photostealers.com is not a regulatory entity. It has no authority. It can provide no legal recourse. It cannot punish, enforce restitution, or make anyone apologize. It is a website designed by a photographer for the photographic community. It’s sole purpose, as clearly stated on every page, is to provide a “wall of shame dedicated to those who think it’s ok to steal”.

    It has been discussed here how, even when proof of theft is incontrovertible, it is costly and time-consuming for the offended to seek legal recourse. Indeed it is. So much so that, though we have no numbers on the issue, I would find it likely that very little legal action has resulted from the “outing” of a fauxtographer here. Which means that just as often, the sole consequences of the offense are going to come from… photostealers.com.

    It has been said, too, that, as a result of being outed, some of these offenders’ businesses might likely suffer and even shut down, and that this consequence is too extreme. But I do not agree. Stealing photos doesn’t just hurt the original owner. It hurts the entire photographic community. When someone steals intellectual property by claiming it as their own creation, they are elevating their status far beyond what they actually EARNED. They are robbing the hard-working photographer who built themselves up honestly. To the thief, using a few wedding pictures by someone else because they have none of their own in order to “get started in the business” may seem harmless. But those stolen photographs likely represent a LOT of a hard work by the victim, including years of study, apprenticing under an established pro, and then slowly breaking out on their own and learning through trial and error. When a photo stealer uses the work of someone else, they are really saying “this is me!”, when it is really not. And on the basis of that claim, unknowing clients may hire them instead of the person who actually did the work. It is, functionally, the same as taking money directly out of the hands of other photographers.

    And so, some of the photographers here may come across as angry. And that anger may be considered by some as bullying. But it is, in fact, the photo thief who has already bullied, taking much that they did not earn from many — industry and public — and not just original creators whose photographs they stole. And when they do it, they may never see any other form of justice other than what this site provides. The damage to their business and reputation are the simply the consequences of their own behavior. But considering that they will likely never pay a fine, see the inside of a courtroom, or spend a single day behind bars, knowing that they may only end up having a few people use them as a punching bag for a few days on an internet site makes it seem like they got off pretty easy, doesn’t it?

    • Joseph Philbert

      I can agree with most of this.

  • Michael Goolsby

    For chrisake… there are STILL stolen pictures up on these sites.

    • Please

      All photographs have been removed, all images that are on our website are ours please send me an email directly if there is an issue meganb@mdphotonline.con

      Again so sorry (although it most likely will not be heard) we are truly sorry for anyone we’ve hurt. And would like to publicly appolgize.

      I am so irrevocably sorry for the mistake.

      Please hear me when I say this, this misunderstanding will never happen!

      I’m so sorry I spent a total of 3 hours last night, thought seriously about committing suicide and than just prayed.

      Please, please hear me when I say I’m so sorry.

      • Photo Stealers

        Your About Me on your main website is still plagiarized from Good Eye. http://www.goodeyeblog.com/pricing-services/

        • neilvn

          But but but … it’s just a misunderstanding!

          • Guest

            “Just a mistake that it was copied on my website.”

      • neilvn

        I don’t understand the use of the word “mistake” here. How does one accidentally copy & paste? And accidentally upload other people’s images?

        With cases like yours, so deeply rooted in long-term wrong-doing, a mere “oops, sorry, my bad”, should never be allowed to be an escape clause.

      • Scott T

        ^^^^^^^^ “….please send me an email directly if there is an issue meganb@mdphotonline.CON

        I just wanted to say, she couldn’t have typed it any better. Oh, the irony.

      • Melinda Potter

        Remove ALL stolen content please

      • This was not a mistake. Why do you keep saying that? You deliberately stole pictures, plagarized passages and reviews for your company’s benefit. That doesn’t happen by “mistake”.

        I do want to believe you that it will never happen again, though, now that you know you’ll be caught.

      • jafabrit

        Consider calling a suicide crisis hotline in your area, and it might help if you stop reading the comments here, and as others say remove ALL the images/text you have plagiarized and yes pray you don’t get sued.

      • Michael Goolsby

        First, none of this worth a life. Seek out help if you can’t deal with this emotionally.

        Second, who’s “misunderstanding” do you think this is? Ours? You’re apologizing for US misunderstanding YOU? On what planet do you think that someone can commit so much deception and then be allowed to hold others accountable for incorrectly understanding? This was not a mistake or a misunderstanding. The number of things evident here demonstrates a clear and systematic scheme to deceive both clients and photographers over a long period of time and at every turn.

        Third and finally, realize that this place is exactly intended to be a “wall of shame”. It’s the price you pay for trying to deceive so many people. The best way to move on is to admit the deception, accept that you alone are responsible, apologize for the wrong (and NOT the “misunderstanding”), and make amends to whomever you should. Until you do those things, you might be better off removing all of these sites for the time being. Just a suggestion.

      • Justin Case

        If you really want help, shut everything down and stop all this nonsense. I don’t want to be a part of a lynch mob, but YOU are responsible for all of this, and only YOU will stop it.

        Shut it all down. Then think about what you want to do with the rest of your life.

        We hear you. But you don’t seem to hear us. Sorry doesn’t make anything better for you or anyone else around here.

      • Melinda Potter

        How are we supposed to consider what you say as sincere and truthful, when you still have stolen content on all of your web presence? Honestly, I wish you no ill will. Do right by the people you have hurt, AND do right by yourself. Please put an end to all the posting here under your name. Only YOU can accomplish this. It’s such a shame. I really think you could have been really good at this. You have WAY more talent and potential than I have in this genre. If only you had chosen the harder more honest, more prosperous and rewarding approach. Maybe you CAN start over? But, only after ending the deception you yourself started.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Why are you lying STILL!
        Dont even think about suicide … wake up do the right thing and this will stop its REALLY REALLY simple.
        There is no misunderstanding its deliberate you trying to deny again.

      • And in come the religion ball for the Photo Stealer bingo.

        Instead of spending 3 hours praying you should have spent that time pulling all the stolen content off your 8 billion websites/profiles/portfolios!

        Now get off this site and go clean up your mess! IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Then contact a lawyer and ask for a consultation so you can get proper legal advice on what to do to avoid being sued into oblivion!

        Also! If you want to stop pissing us off, stop calling this a mistake! YOU PURPOSEFULLY AND WITH INTENT TOOK IMAGES THAT WERE NOT YOUR OWN AND USED THEM TO MISS REPRESENT YOURSELF TO POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS! There is no MISTAKE!

        A mistake would be uploading a picture from another photographer when you meant to upload one of yours (selected the wrong file) … uploading HUNDREDS of images and copying and pasting text from other authors shows a systematic process … a plan.

        the only mistake you made was thinking you could get away with it!

      • Me

        A misunderstanding? Really. This was not a misunderstanding but a deliberately crafted exercise that went on for months. It was not a misunderstanding but an undertaking.

  • Photo Stealers

    Updated with their second Wedding Wire listing as well as another plagiarized review.

    • Michael Goolsby

      It probably takes a whole lot less time to simply copy and paste someone else’s words into your advertisement than it does to thoughtfully create your own. That time saved could then be invested in copying photographs belonging to other photographers that might otherwise take days, weeks, months or even years to learn to create for yourself.

      I have to admit, this whole idea of stealing from someone else instead of creating your own must seem like a tempting concept.

      If only there were no damn consequences…

      • captain-confuzzled

        honestly after watching these debacles happen, I have asked myself if it would be tempting, and not in the farthest reaches of my mind would I want to steal creative work to pass off as mine. I try to understand the minds of these photo stealers a little bit, just as a human study, and end up thinking my creative work is a part of my basic identity. To steal someone else’s work, is just beyond my comprehension. Oh I guess somewhere in my mind I understand the concept of identity theft for profit and certainly we see it in other realms, but creative work is just so personal. I’m just completely flabbergasted. And the idea mentioned above that PS has to drag them kicking and screaming to find every stolen photo just boggles the mind, surely they know what work is theirs and what isn’t. They act like they don’t know.

        • Marc W.

          I’m fighting the issue of being able to reproduce my own work and not screwing up a clients shoot… for hell not going to steal someone else’s work and be called out by the client.

  • Scott T

    I say we go after their pig.

  • doncalifornia

    This youtube account under Megan Boyd is still up. This video in particular is an an interview with a couple. The first minute is why they went with MD Studios (the web site, the knot, the GORGEOUS photos). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqFi46EtqVY

    • Real clients

      Those are real clients! Which I addressed earlier, they loved me because I photographed their wedding OCtober 12th, 2013. I will be loading photos this week.

      • Grr

        Even if they are real Clients he’s saying they picked you because your website had beautiful photos, photos that were not yours. Reviews that were not yours. Wording that was not yours. They picked you on someone else’s advertising. Someone else’s Hardwork.

        • Scott T

          And I quote…….”the reviews were positive”……. and yet they were lies, fake, and or stolen.

      • Photo Stealers

        If they are still waiting on those images to be delivered from an October wedding I really do hope that you find another career path.

      • doncalifornia

        Yes Megan I know they are real, I watched the whole thing, and they are really happy with their experiences. In fact a number of people here have remarked at the quality of your work and how puzzling it is that you would resort to packing your eight zillion sites and referral portals with other photographers’ images! The video points out a valuable consideration, that you have gotten clients through false advertising and copyright infringement, meaning, on the talent of other people. Nice that you lived up to their expectations. If they, or any of your other clients, had had a bad experience or received images which fell clearly short of advertised quality, they would have had cause to sue the pants off you. As it is, every single photographer whose images you’ve displayed on your sites, have multiple causes to bring legal action against you and Brian. That video is evidence that you have acqired work by using their copyrighted work.

      • grrr

        Megan, you really need to absorb what people are saying here. Especially Melinda Potter’s comment above. Saying your sorry is one thing, but only removing content that has been pointed out as stolen only continues to infuriate people. You not only stole peoples hard work, you stole people reviews, pretty low. Have you contacted the people you stole from and apologized? Seems like you are only upset that you got caught…not really being sympathetic to what YOU did to soooo many people. 🙁 think long and hard about them….

      • October 12th wedding … we are now March 18th.
        6 month?

        You might want to streamline your workflow. Ideally it should only take you 2 months at most.

      • Joseph Philbert

        This is WHAT FREAKS ME OUT.. you have your own content and seem talented …this is even more reason for the community to be pissed off.

  • Photo Stealers

    Of course it is. Thank you.

  • Amanda

    This one is FASCINATING. The amount of “work” and effort that went into crafting a completely fake business….it’s bizarre. What a nutjob.

  • Photo Stealers

    They published an ad in The Bump with stolen images. WTF

  • Melinda Potter

    You know what really bothers me? When a thief gets caught, and only takes down the content that was discussed/outed as stolen, and says “I took everything down”. They then need to be walked through the process by finding ALL the stolen content, and presenting it to everyone. Happens quite a lot on photostealers.
    There was a young man who posted in a forum asking for advice on approaching a gallery to show his work and possibly have them represent him. It was found out that he had a couple photos in his port that weren’t his. Myself and others had to find every single last piece of stolen content before it was all removed. “Here’s another one, and it’s original source. Take it down!” Come to find out, the majority of what he claimed was his work, was indeed stolen, and he was left with only five or so snapshots of his friends that were his own.
    What started out as an attempt on my part to learn about a process I am very interested in, by reading his post, turned into me babysitting him through removing stolen content from all of his websites and contacting all the original artists. What a flippin jip!!
    If you have been caught REMOVE EVERYTHING THAT DOESNT BELONG TO YOU! Don’t be an ignoramus and waist people’s time. You already screwed up, and screwed people over, don’t continue to have people bend over for you. Grrrrrrrrrr

    • Michael Goolsby

      Even better, shut everything down and just start over. Or better yet, don’t start up again at all.

      • Justin Case

        Exactly what I was going to say. It’s just furthering the fraud by hiding the evidence. There are no ‘mistakes’ here, only lies and misrepresentation.

        If someone has truly seen the error of their ways and wants to make amends, they do it on the same forum they used to promote their fraud – in this case at least 29 of them! They stop lying/hiding/blaming and most importantly PRETENDING to be professionals.

  • Heather

    OMG!!!!! Not only did she steal pictures that my company took THEY ARE OF MY ***OWN*** gender reveal party!!! She has posted pictures of ME and MY daughter on her site, craigslist, etc. I feel doubly violated!!!!!

    • HOLY!
      Get the photographer who owns the right to sue for copyright infringement and then sue her for Personality rights violation!

      SUE! SUE! SUE!

      • Michael

        Perhaps there is an photo-friendly attorney who could take on the case pro-bono (with perhaps donations from the community to cover expenses)? MD would have to hire representation and respond to the suit, or face a default judgement, and of course if they fought they would eventually lose anyway. The thing is, aside from a used camera and the $27 in the checking account, there’s probably not much hope of actually collecting on a judgment, but it would still be a worthwhile endeavor to have a judgment rendered against them.

        • Melinda Potter

          I wish one of us had went to law school. Corey and our resident copyright lawyer could partner up ;). I think it would be quite prosperous, even at a discounted rate. Your one stop shop for all who have been infringed/plagiarized

        • Brian Mullins

          Michael – all of this begs the question, why would she tell the truth about $27? She’s lied about everything else.

        • I wrote and deleted a variation of a comment on here 3 times now … this makes me so angry. I wasn’t affected directly but I work my butt off on my business and seeing asshats like her pull stunts like this and get away scott free?

          So angry.

          I’m not going to post what I was going to … starting to sound far too vindictive.

  • Brian Mullins

    I’ve really avoided commenting on this as I am not one of the affected parties (at least not yet – but who knows). I am in sheer awe of the scope of this theft. There is no “sorry” meaningful or heartfelt enough to make right the sheer amount and depravity of your deeds. You literally have created the first ever franken-business in the photography world. You stole bits & pieces from others who pour their heart and souls into this business to deceive, defraud and lie to your clients. You’ve used people who gave real photographers their trust to document once in a lifetime occasions and leveraged it for your own personal gain.

    Stealing others reviews??? That is so far beyond anything justifiable regardless of your bank account.

    Your only hope at this point to avoid some serious civil (and potentially criminal) legal action is to find EVERYTHING you’ve ever posted that is stolen and remove it. Then you need to inform each and every current client of your theft. Not doing so constitutes fraud. Then, and only then, can you ever hope to rebuild your life. Google will index this site/page and your name will be forever tied it it. Don’t think of today, don’t think of tomorrow, think of his this is going to impact you in 5-10 years from now.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Its just easier for her to shut down EVERYTHING take a break, reflect on what she has done and re-brand and start over.

  • Amanda

    Maybe she can take the Meagan Kunert Route to Redemption and post some sad-sack blog post on People of the Second Chance.

    And then get arrested a few months later.

    Yeah.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Meagan got arrested?

      • Photo Stealers
        • Joseph Philbert

          I followed that trainwreak a lot and did not remember that … I do know she lost everything and then some.

          • doncalifornia

            Yep check fraud. THEN I think something else like driving under the influence and then failure to appear. About then is when she and her husband divorced. Also I cannot confirm the details but a story came out that a couple of years previous she had faked cancer. Whether or not that one is true she sounds absolutely unhinged.

          • Photo Stealers

            Fake cancer happened not long before she became a photographer. No proof it was fake but her (now ex) husband said he never knew of her going through any kind of cancer.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Dam how many fauxtogs fake cancer it’s like a recipe…

          • Joel

            Its like the lowest of the low…

            Stealing from photographers: Low.
            Having fake reviews: Low.
            Fake conversations between yourself: Low and creepy
            Fake stories about how you took those pictures: Kinda psycho.
            Faking Cancer to make people sorry for you: FUCKING BOTTOM PIT OF HELL LOW!

          • Photo Stealers

            There’s worse out there than faking cancer. Like stealing photos of kids with cancer to raise money for your business (Childrens Hospital Foundation just got caught doing this, more than once).

          • Joel

            Speechless…

          • neilvn

            I managed a quiet “holy fuck!” at all this.

          • Justin Case

            Really? only a quiet one? 😉

          • hypochondriac by proxy

            It’s so weird, it’s like part of the 5 steps with photo thieves. It’s not munchausen, it’s got to be some sort of malingering. They are con artists, looking for sympathy and donations?

          • hypochondriac by proxy
          • Joel

            WOW again!

          • Guest

            Really? I can’t find anything about that.

          • Joseph Philbert

            I did find a bit of it.

        • C Sab

          Awesome.

        • Joel

          WOW! I never knew that!

        • C Sab

          Couldn’t find any info about any of that.

  • imsosorry

    Please don’t press charges, I can’t go to jail, I can’t be raped again. Please I am so sorry! I have no money and I have beyond learned my lesson…Im so sorry!

    • OceanGirl1026

      No one is buying a word of this. Let’s see, so far we have 1) You are
      broke 2) You are suicidal. 3) You have been raped. The first one, too
      bad, so sad. The other two attempts at sympathy are pathetic and
      insulting. There are REAL victims of rape and REAL people who thought of
      suicide or lost loved ones to suicide. Stop trying to garner attention
      through these false statement and show true repentance. The hatred for
      you in the photo world only grows with these ridiculous postings.

    • Grrr

      Seriously you need to seek professional help…everything was all good on your FB postings, going to Vegas, getting engaged, riding hot air balloons. Then you got caught and you are trying to garner sympathy, show no sympthy to the people you stole from. Get help!!

    • Joseph Philbert

      Sniff Sniff….That is not a proper apology nor are honestly sorry.
      Admit your wrongs and assure us you understand…simple.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Here is a hint …saying “I am sorry” is not going to do it. Why?? simple becuase you did WAY too much.
      Right a book from the heart ….

    • Joseph Philbert

      @imsosorry:disqus Read this and get a dam clue
      http://www.secondchance.org/potsc/how-i-ruined-my-career/

    • captain-confuzzled

      hun, please calm down. if that happened to you in the past I am truly sorry. Take a deep breath and methodically go and remove all photos that you didn’t take from any place that you have put them online. I’m sure you know which ones are yours. As others have mentioned, it looks like your pictures show talent, so try to deal with today’s issue today and then you may well be able to plan a profitable future with your own work. That’s all. One day, one step, one breath at a time. If you receive a bill from someone for using their work, do what you can to work honestly with them to make amends. You can do it, I promise.

      • Photo Stealers

        Honestly? IMHO she doesn’t deserve to be a photographer. Hang it up, photograph the clients you have outstanding and get a 9-to-5 job and enjoy photography as a hobby.

        • Michael Goolsby

          Absolutely. This fauxtog’s offenses are so egregious, remaining in the business is just in extremely poor taste. The websites need to come down, and every current/future client needs to be fully informed of the deceit and have the opportunity to cancel their contract if they wish. And with any remaining jobs fulfilled, they need to step away from this. This train wreck will only haunt them if they try to remain.

        • C Sab

          Agreed. Once you steal images to benefit yourself and to make yourself look better, you’re no longer classified as a photographer. Merely a fake.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Sadly I agree. Waste of talent … shame.

    • Mark

      I’m honestly not sure if you truly know how to be sorry. And I don’t mean that as an attack. Being able to really recognize, hold yourself responsible, and move away from poor choices is freeing. I guess this is a lesson. If you go through it the right way you’ll come out much stronger. But it will be hard. You’ve gotten into this mess by trying to take the easy way. Time to do things the hard way for a while. In the end you’ll be a better person for it.

    • You want to know a good trick to avoid going to jail? Not committing crimes.

      That being said, I doubt you’ll go to jail over this it’s not a criminal offence (not part of the criminal code) UNLESS FRAUD CHARGES are brought to bear. you might get sued into bankruptcy but I doubt you’ll get jail time.

      ps.: I’m not a lawyer.

    • Photo Stealers

      Photographers suing you over this won’t get you put in jail however clients suing you for fraud will. It’s your clients that you need to suck up to, not us.

      You still have published plagiarized text all over the internet. If you were truly sorry you’d be cleaning that up instead of posting here.

    • doncalifornia

      Corey I am pretty sure this clown’s comment should be deleted.

      • Joseph Philbert

        The comment above?

        • doncalifornia

          Yes the one about going to jail and being raped; it can’t be real and is in horrible taste

          • Photo Stealers

            It’s from their IP so while it is in bad taste and I can’t help but think it’s a sick kind of joke, it’s from them.

          • Melinda Potter

            :/

          • Joel

            Ok…now that’s just sad if its true. :

          • Justin Case

            real or not, it’s terribly sad that it’s come to this. I mean it. Who wants to live their life like this?

      • doncalifornia

        Ok so I stand corrected it appears the message might really be from one of them. Wow

    • Photo Stealers

      You also need to get the images deleted from the server because they are still coming up under MD Studios in Google Image search.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Just shut everything down and rebuild …. your name is crap right now because your head hardened and you dont listen. Another way of saying your name is shit.

    • C Sab

      Do you really think we’re gonna believe that sob story? You’re not the first thief to try and make themselves look like they’re the victim. I’d get a different job and never try to represent yourself as a photographer again. That is, after you’ve made things up to everyone you stole from.

    • Big Bhad Wolf

      WOW. Just…. you know, when you go so low as to trivialize RAPE, because you are trying to gain sympathy for your own stupid choices : stealing from people who have put in the time, effort and money it takes to do it right….. man that is just about the lowest thing I can think of.

  • Photo Stealers

    The Bump is pulling the digital ad but the ad will remain in the print magazines as there’s not a lot they can do about it.

    • Joseph Philbert

      That is sad …. very sad.
      Does she even know what she has cost them?

    • Joel

      How much does a ad like that even cost?

    • Juan Verduzco

      My favorite part about the ad is that the web address is wrong in the ad. (MDPhotonLine.com not MDPhotoOnline.com) Not that it matters now, but I thought it was pretty funny.

  • Darren

    It really does seem like the only thing this person is sorry about is getting caught.
    Corey Ann, has she been writing you directly about this, or are her comments here the extent of it?

    • Photo Stealers

      Have not heard from her directly. Comments here are all that I’ve “heard” thus far. I have heard things secondhand.

  • Michael Goolsby

    I’ve given it some thought and I suspect that, like many fauxtographers, they stole so much photography because they were not actually selling very much. Of two online coupon/discounts, they sold only package on each site. And a third site where they sold “more than 10” was the 2-hour photo booth for only $49, of which they get half (which means they work for less than minimum wage). Photo businesses that do work that cheap are just desperate for ANY kind of work, and so it was probably quite disappointing that these deals generated such little revenue.

    Adding to the woes of what is likely slim booking is the clear fact that overhead was probably pretty high, from monthly website hosting and referral memberships to expensive print ad costs for The Knot and The Bump.

    I think if I were this girl, I’d liquidate all my gear to pay off debts and return any pending retainers or deposits, cancel every website and membership, and walk away from this business. Heck, I’d be paranoid about snapping a picture of my own dog with my smartphone after this.

    • Aaron Lee

      Three words… Olive Garden Server.

      • Why do you want people to get shitty service at the Olive Garden???

        • Aaron Lee

          My bad…

          • guest

            Olive Garden is cheap pasta and frozen sauce for 11 dollars never ending and limp lettuce salad. The servers suck. She could probably cut it as an olive garden server.

          • Jason M

            Don’t get off track here. These last comments have nothing to do with the issue that is being discussed. I have no relations with OG but you are implying that it is a bad job. Maybe, maybe not. Again, stay focused.

          • Photo Stealers

            I’ve had some really wonderful servers at Olive Garden. There’s no shame in honest work, no matter where the location or venue is.

          • Aaron Lee

            Megan could also look into being a Barista.

          • Jason M

            PS, this JA is a boot….

          • Aaron Lee

            Go fuck yourself?

          • Jason M

            hmm, OK, that is really meaningful. Since I have never done that before to myself, perhaps you could you add some insight to this process?

          • Aaron Lee

            Say jackass if you’re trying to insult me, and let Corey Anne control her own forum. Calling teacher for help is so incredibly weak. I find it offensive. It’s just so, I’m not sure how to describe it… It’s like the annoying kid in school who loves to tattle. I think it’s like hall-monitor syndrome or something. The other terms that come to mind are also a little off color…

          • Jason M

            Aaron,
            GFY? I never tried to insult you. Listen, it was after refreshing my screen did I see your comments. Your initial comments were 4 hours ago, then your “kinder” comments were since my comments? This is not about that, as I said earlier, it is about the issue at hand

          • Aaron Lee

            Jason M Aaron Lee • an hour ago
            PS, this JA is a boot….

            So what exactly does this mean?

          • John galt

            Who is ja?

          • Jason M

            JA= Jack Ass, which upon further conver, Aaron is not, lol

          • Aaron Lee

            Stick around…

          • Aaron Lee

            The issue at hand is the same tragic comedy of errors every time. I come to the comments section to break balls, and crack jokes… Are we ever going to uncover some new reason for this type of behavior?

          • Jason M

            Aaron, I do not know you, perhaps that is a shame.
            I have no issue with you, are you OK with that? Whatever the point is, it is not our point. It is perhaps elsewhere. There is a bigger issue here

          • Aaron Lee

            awwww. I wanted to fight more 😉

            The issue is the same one… over and over again. Greed, stupidity, denial….

          • Guest

            Now I’m craving breadsticks. But I really have had some horrendous og servers. Why are you fighting over an innocent remark? I get angry when I’m hungry too. Group hug at the Olive Garden?

          • Aaron Lee

            I’d die before I ate there

          • Guest

            You can just drink wine!

          • Aaron Lee

            What might The Olive Garden Sommelier recommend? Les Deux Franc Charles?

          • Photo Stealers

            Go for their Berry Sangria. I am so not a foodie or fancy pants and I love that stuff so much.

            Jason, Aaron and I know each other, he’s cool. Promise.

          • Aaron Lee

            Before this JA gets booted 😉 Let me agree that I don’t look down on hard working people in any vocation. I delivered food in my car for minimum wage plus tips (4.25 and hour back then)… I’m just suggesting Megan get a job…

  • Photo Stealers

    The website is finally offline.

    • Just a Girl

      Do you think its possible that she cant pull the Reviews? I was on at least one of the sites that still had the Reviews but not the photos. The Bump is still up.

      • Photo Stealers

        I don’t think you can remove reviews as a vendor (at least on the Wedding.com website) but they had to create accounts to post those reviews and I’m sure they could log back into those to change/delete the reviews if necessary. They’ve also logged into that account to remove the stolen images but not the stolen bio in the FAQ.

        • Just a Girl

          That makes sense. She could also delete the whole account and everything goes with it which at this point makes the most sense.

      • heartsoul

        We don’t have reviews on Thebump.com. We typically cannot remove ads from the digital magazine on thebump.com unfortunately. (It’s a replica of the printed book and one full piece rather than individual pages) though we are doing our best to pull out a miracle and make that happen.
        In order to remove reviews from theknot.com/weddingchannel.com we need to determine that they are false and if so, we can.
        If there is proof of this, please direct me and I’ll pass along.
        thank you.

    • Justin Case

      Excellent. Looks like the message finally got through. Let the healing begin.

      In the short time that I’ve been hanging around here, this seems like the closest thing to a resolution we can expect.

    • Michael

      “our site is having a hiccup, please check back later”

      • Joseph Philbert

        Lol!

  • Just a Girl

    DANG! I wonder if she knows Lala and BoBo… this is some insane stuff!!!!One would think that with the amount of time that shes spent trying to convince everyone to feel sorry for her that she would have everything down. Looks like shes pulled photos but none of the Reviews or stolen text. ( That I could see) There are times where guilt by association is just as bad… I wonder how many of her sidekicks photos are legit! I wandered around his Flickr and it doesn’t seem like any are watermarked – tsk tsk tsk!

  • MPR1776

    Photo Attorney has a great site on copyright infringement- http://www.photoattorney.com/

    INVALID Excuses to Infringement- http://www.photoattorney.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Excuses-excuses.pdf

    First one on this list is “I didn’t post the image my web designer did” very informative

    • I think @photostealers:disqus should do an interview with PhotoAttorney on here.

  • MPR1776

    And this gem for those who have not registered their copyright through the gov’t

    Watermarks can be music to your ears

    http://www.photoattorney.com/2007/07/watermarks-can-be-music-to-your-ears.html

  • Joseph Philbert

    If they were smart this is what they should have done many moons ago.. There would have been less issues.. Live and learn.
    How the rebrand and rebuild in a honest fashion.

    • grrr

      I will place money on the fact that they are not done and not looking for new careers ,only trying to figure out what to change their name to and try and not get caught. (waiting for the hiccup’s to stop)

      • Joseph Philbert

        I pretty sure that’s whats on their mind.

      • doncalifornia

        Yep, and of course that being the case, place money on the fact that they have no idea how intensely they are going to be watched from now on.

      • doncalifornia

        Well, there you go, 10 days on and they are back as Boeckelmann Studios. And of course Boeckelmann leaving messages here saying please remove reference to this company because they are not affiliated with MD Photography. LOL.

  • Just a Girl
    • Marc W.

      Working with a company and being self-employed at the same time, in the same field… um, isn’t that a conflict of interest. I know it is where I work.

    • Melinda Potter

      A quote from the last link you shared “You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” Ahhhhhhhhhh I see he he he he

      • Just a Girl

        LOL I had a good laugh at that one!

      • captain-confuzzled

        bwahahahahaha, thanks for the morning giggle!

      • barque

        Apparently so quietly it’s as if you didn’t ask at all.

    • Justin Case

      There is LOTS of web presence with these two. Honestly, if they had just put all that effort into their photography instead of trying to market themselves, they could have saved everyone a lot of drama.

    • barque

      You know, it looks to me like we’re not giving enough “credit” to Mr. Daniel Boeckelmann in this whole story. We’re talking a lot about Megan but this guy is just as bad. In Just A Girl’s links I clicked on one randomly and in a bio piece in the St. Louis Egotist one of the samples of Daniel’s work is stolen from St. Louis Photographer Paul Hohmann. Neither MD Photography nor Megan are mentioned, meaning, Daniel sent that photo in all by himself. These two both seem to have spent a lot of time over a long period representing themselves fraudulently.

      Daniel Boeckelmann:
      http://www.thestlouisegotist.com/members/danielboeckelmann

      Paul Hohmann:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/8164714104/

      • barque

        And yes it’s the exact same photo. See the throw pillow in the same position ON THE FLOOR next to the couch in the center, in both photos. Notice the ceiling fans in the same positions in both pictures.

        • grrr

          Ya, I thought surely he had to know about lots of this, their MD Studios Portrait Photography on Facebook looks like it was his creation and had equal amounts of stolen images. The description on this site kind of says it all…… http://festivalnet.com/fno/members/344806/info.php

      • CrackerJacker

        Hate to say it, but if you check the EXIF on the original photo on Hohmann’s Flickr: Copyright Notice = MD Studios Photography.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Yea I found that out too and the use google pisica to edit all the images… Coincidence???? Nope the low life searchs for images saves them and edits it online smh

          • barque

            Also, the Paul Hohmann pic was uploaded to his Flickr November 2012. The Boeckelmann profile was uploaded after January 2013.

      • Justin Case

        interesting, anyway. Did anyone let Mr Hohmann (sounds kinda strange when you say it out loud) know?
        But seriously, when I saw this on the original link, my first thought was why would anyone use this in their portfolio? Doesn’t get much more boring than this.

  • Photo Stealers

    Someone from Missouri just spent the past 12 hours trying to break into this site. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, maybe it isn’t but I turned it all over to the government and will let them handle it.

    • captain-confuzzled

      interesting….

    • peaceetc

      They had 12 hours to waste on something clearly illegal. Seems to be a pattern with them. I’m very glad you’ve turned it over to the authorities.

    • Marc W.

      Do you have good back ups, in case?

      • Photo Stealers

        Of course.

    • grrr

      Not the brightest bulbs, people don’t understand how traceable that is. IF it is them, the boiling water they are in just got a lot hotter.

    • Justin Case

      Please be sure to post any updates to this story. These two clowns should not be forgotten.

    • Web of Lies

      Not a coincidence since the company is based out of St. Louis.

  • doncalifornia

    Does Daniel Boeckelmann even know Megan tried to throw him under the bus last week? Well kind of. She claims he mistakenly used her “inspiration folder.” That despite the fact that they have a zillion web sites, all with stolen photos very prominently displayed. What a couple of clowns.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Deny deny deny…

  • Joseph Philbert

    Almost all Megan’s sites are down.
    Good time to take a break and rebrand some day in the future. Lesson learned I hope.

  • Mad Bride

    I booked this company to do a photo booth for my wedding 4/26/2014. Is it save to say that I am out my $370 I paid them. Looks like I am getting a lawyer and getting my $370 and more out of them!

    • captain-confuzzled

      gee, just what you need more stress right before your wedding! Have you tried calling her, if only to ask for your money back? would be interested to know what she says. Phone number from screen shots above 314-802-8831

      • Mad Bride

        I called and left a message. I doubt she will call me back. I noticed that they rebranded so I will call the new number on their “new” site tomorrow. I will go to 5 on Your Side about this if they refuse to refund my money.

        • Good luck with this and keep us posted … the more info we have here, the more chance future brides might find it and avoid them.

        • Also, try these numbers … it;s from their domain name registration.

          Registrant Name: Daniel Boeckelmann
          Registrant Phone: +1.3149325671

          Admin Name: Daniel Boeckelmann
          Admin Phone: +1.3148028831

          Tech Name: Daniel Boeckelmann
          Tech Phone: +1.3148028831

          http://www.whois.com/whois/boeckelmannstudios.com

    • Photo Stealers
      • HAHAHAHA! I click enter HTML site and it sends me to a Flash site and I click Flash site and it sends me to the HTML site. LOL

        And who in the hell still uses FLASH! It doesn’t work on tablets and phones!!!

    • Thank god it’s just for a photobooth and not for the entire wedding!
      Try contacting her and seeing if she plans on showing up.

      • Justin Case

        They might do a fine job. But who the hell would even want the stress of working with these two after all the crap that has been posted here?

        The dignified thing to do would be to call ‘Mad Bride,’ offer to refund the deposit in full and apologize for the hassle. This would avoid lawyers and maybe even show some good will for the new company they are trying to start.

        Still a hassle for ‘Mad Bride’ to have to find someone else, but at least it would be the right thing for them to do.

    • Justin Case

      get out of it. They claimed earlier that they couldn’t afford to pay the photographers they stole from because they only had $27 dollars in their bank account. I would demand the money.

  • Mad Bride

    So I may be taking this to a whole other level but I took a look at their new website http://saint-louis-bestwedding-photographers.blogspot.com/p/real-brides.html and looked at weddings they claimed they photographed. I tried reverse image lookup and couldn’t find any copyrighted images. So I found the bride in one of their images on facebook and messaged her to see what company photographed her wedding.

    • Photo Stealers

      I’m fairly certain the images they are using now are their own.

      • Justin Case

        Here is the problem as I see it now.

        There are some fine, professional quality images on a well-designed website which for all the world looks like a fine company to photograph your wedding.

        But they have poisoned the well. They used such deceptive tactics, have lied and hidden and mislead people so badly that a bride who hired them now wants to cancel a contract and might even have to resort to legal means to get rid of them. And more power to her – she can always claim that they used fraud to deceive her.

        Why, oh why, Megan did you go this route? And why continue the charade? http://boeckelmannstudios.com/ most definitely is the same company and same owners and photographers as MD Studios.

  • Mad Bride
    • Love how they filled the page with one picture posts with only their domain name as content … that’s not suspicious at all.

  • Mad Bride

    Here is a copy of their contract. I had to resize it to upload it. Someone in photography please decipher this for me to see if I can get a lawyer involved to get my money back or I am just screwed. Thank you.

    • Where is the contract?

    • Please note … not a lawyer.

      — Service period —
      They don;t guarantee 100% uptime on the booth, only 80% of the time you booked (in case something happens and they need to fix the booth).

      — Payment —

      Non refundable retainer of 300$ … wow, that’s a hell of a retainer for a 375$ contract!!! Normally it’s at most 50%,. not 80%! By calling it a retainer they save themselves from jurisdictions that don’t recognize non refundable deposits.

      10% penalty per day? HOLY SHIT! No way in hell that rate is legal!

      I also love how they switch between retainer and deposit … this contract was written by a bunch of monkeys!

      100$ an hour for extra hours to be paid on the spot or they pack up … again, slightly insane.

      — ACCESS, SPACE AND POWER —

      For some reason they bundled their cancellation policy under this heading … I blame the monkeys again … if you need to reschedule and they are available they move the retainer to a new contract … if they are not available they keep the retainer … that’s actually a standard practice. Still, not sure why it’s under ACCES SPACE AND POWER.

      — DAMAGE —

      You break it, you bought it.

      God breaks it? You bought it.

      — INDEMNIFICATION —

      A- They don;t want to be responsible for anything … probably no liability insurance.
      B- They aren’t responsible for what people do with the pics … and the rest of the sentence doesn;t make any sense … again, monkeys.

      — MODEL RELEASE OPTION —

      Why the hell would that be in a contract for equipement rental?!?

      Who the hell is Encore Photo Booths? Again … Monkeys … plagiarizing ones at that apparently.

      Basically they want to be able to use the photos on their website for promotional use but if they have an OPERATOR for the booth, they don;t even need a release as potrfolio work is considered editorial use … not sure what they are thinking having this here unless they also want to sell the images to stock and a blanket waver like this wouldn’t hold up in court anyways. The bride and groom can;t eneter their guests into a binding contract like that … again, Monkeys … apparently law school drop out monkeys!

      And now it;s Fun PHoto Booths instead of Encore Photo Booth. More Monkey Mistakes.

      — MISC TERMS —

      If the monkeys screwed up and wrote a clause that’s pure and utter shite that is either illegal or doens;t make a lick of sense we’ll just ignore that so it doesn’t complete invalidate the contract. *shakes head in derspair*

      Apparently you can;t sue them over the terms of the contract and have to agree to arbitration. *shakes head again*

      If they can;t cover at least 80-% of the event they’ll pay you back a proportionate amount of money.

      If their printer (notice the singular use … not a good sign when they don;t have backups a Selphy Dye Sub Printer is like 100$ … shakes head) doesn’t work they’ll put them on a site so your guests can order prints for free and download.

      ————————————
      This contract is a MESS! They use something like 3 different company names in the contract (MD Studios LLC, Fun Photo Booth and Encore Photo Booth).

      Their penalty rate is completely illegal! At least in Canada it would be (max 30% for a 30-day period). They would reach that percentage in 3 days!

      This is Canadian law so might not apply to the US but still an interesting read.
      http://www.piac.ca/downloads/GarlandUpdate_FINAL.pdf

      Page 16 fits your situation.

      This whole contract should have been a clue to walk away!

      • Not again!

        I would bet their contract would fall apart in a heartbeat. I’d have your attorney review it and send them a demand letter as they are no longer the company as listed. Be sure they ask for fees!

      • Joseph Philbert

        God breaks it? You bought it. Hahhahaahahahaghaahahhaghh

      • Just a Girl

        The new website says it’s 600. for the rental. I wonder if the 375. is actually the deposit on the 600

        • AH! That would make sense. Mad Bride further down quoted 370$ (so if the contract said 300$ why did she fork over 370? Whatever.) since the 2 numbers didn;t line up I assumed her number was the total amount.

          • Mad Bride

            It was a photo booth deal for $349 plus taxes under a popular coupon deal site. I don’t want to put down which website because it’s not the coupon deal site’s fault that a company misrepresented themselves as a business.

          • Ah!!!! Have you considered going to the coupon site to get reimbursed?

            Check with the coupon site.

      • Justin Case

        The multiple names is a stolen contract of a stolen contract (see my reply above). Hence the need for monkeys.

        PS: that’s a good one for the bingo card ‘monkeys did it!’

    • doncalifornia

      I am not a lawyer either but I don’t see anything in this contract about “liquidated damages.” In other words, I know that if I have a contract where I take a “non-refundable retainer” – my contract stipulates that this retainer is a fee for reserving the date, and that once we get to within x days of the event, if the client cancels or fails to live up to the terms of the contract, they retainer will be forfeited to me as liquidated damages. Otherwise, the retainer can not be considered “earned” and technically can not be considered non-refundable. It must be given back. This is how I understand it. I might be wrong, check with an attorney. On the other hand, I don’t see how on God’s Green Earth, one could hold a $300 retainer completely on a $375 job. If the contract is cancelled, especially for cause (this company gained contract for services via fraudulent misrepresentation of their abilities and experience), you should get back all if not 90% of the fee. They didn’t earn it.

    • Justin Case

      reading the contract closely, you realize that you have given ‘Empire Photo Booths’ the right to use all images created, right? (check under ‘Model Release Option’)

      also, just wondering how they can fit an entire photo booth into a 12-inch by 12-inch space? 🙂

      • Just a Girl

        HAHA They are making their clients responsible for “acts of god”
        “…….or b) Any theft or disaster (including but not limited to fire, flood
        or earthquake). ” Thats just nuts!!!

        • I know right … they pass ALL liabilty on the client even theft but they have an employee on site!!!! It’s insane!!!

          Its like they dint have any liability insurance or something.

        • Joseph Philbert

          It’s a valid legal document … But it’s complete shit.

          • Actually, I’m fairly certain half the clauses in there are not enforceable.

            1 – The model release grants copyright to someone who isn’t a signatory of the contract (Encore Photo Booth)

            2 – They agree to hold harmless a company not signatory to the contract (Fun Photo Booth).

            3 – I’m 80% certain that 10% per day penalty is illegal but I’m not a lawyer.

            4 – Theft and damage liability on the client when you have a staff member operating the equipment? Seriously?

            5 – They have a blanket model release for the guests … that’s not how model releases or contracts in general work. You cannot bind someone else to a contract (unless you have power of attorney or other rights over the individuals affairs).

            All of this makes the contract, in my own non lawyer opinion about as legally useful as a paper napkin covered in piss.

          • Justin Case

            righty oh. and can you imagine trying to hold someone else to a contract that you didn’t even bother to read?

            I say get out of it. I wouldn’t go near anything to do with these people ever. They have proven themselves completely unprofessional and untrustworthy at the very least.

          • Joseph Philbert

            The contract is legal more or less.. but its full of shit..

          • Joseph Philbert

            Good point then again they can’t afford a good lawyer or they have no idea how to use a search and replace to remove plagiarized text 🙂

      • Joseph Philbert

        Wait thy copied and pasted legal mono jumbo without proof reading …. So ummmm legally they don’t own their own images lol

        • Justin Case

          It is not per se illegal to copy a contract. But when someone – a business, in this case – can’t be bothered to get a proper attorney or even to proof their own ‘borrowed’ legal document, I don’t know how they could expect it to hold any water in court.

          ‘But judge, I know I obviously didn’t really READ this contract that I’m asking my client to sign… that’s THEIR job.’

  • Grrr

    http://boeckelmannstudios.com/ Knew it wouldn’t be long before they removed his name Daniel Boeckelmann and her name Megan Boyd from a newly branded site minus stolen images they used to get previous clients. They obliterated http://mdphotoonline.com/ SAD cause they haven’t learned anything and will continue with shady business practices.

    • Melinda Potter

      Yeah, now it’s Dane Boeckelmann and Meg Boeckelmann (just had to throw it in there)

      • captain-confuzzled

        bwahahahaha, that is tooooooo funny for words!

      • Joel A

        WOW, SHHHHH!!! No one will notice…I’m hunting Wabbits!

  • Photo Stealers

    Hmmm, updated their post to reflect the name change and someone is trying to hack in again.

    • Idiots … hope they get caught.

    • Mad Bride

      Which website? Facebook? Please post the link.

    • Just a Girl

      and they just don’t learn!

    • Not again!
      • Not again!

        He’s using a personal page for his business.

      • doncalifornia

        And it’s gone.

    • What do these efforts involve? DoS attacks? Or simply efforts to log in?
      I find this hilarious!

      • Photo Stealers

        Trying to login to the blog.

        • Oh my, that’s serious. I hope they haven’t figured out your password is “password1234″…oops.
          Dumbfucks.

    • Joel A

      What a coincidence, That someone is trying to hack again…after you submitted additional info, like before. Could you get anyone to investigate it? Last I heard it was illegal to hack…like FBI illegal.

  • Not again!

    This listing needs to be the FIRST hit on Google when searching for “Boeckelmann Studios”

    • Justin Case

      Done.

  • Not again!

    Oh look, he has another one!
    https://www.facebook.com/bo.eckelmannstudios

  • please remove our name

    boeckelmann studios is not affiliated with md studios photography

    • captain-confuzzled

      Wow, guess this couple had a lot of photographers for their wedding. Pretty sure I remember them as clients of md studios…

    • Joseph Philbert

      Hmmmmm

    • doncalifornia

      Bwahahahahahahahaha!
      Ohh
      Bwahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      No not affiliated, MD Photography just happened to consist of exactly the same Megan Boyd and Daniel Boeckelmann who now make up Boeckelmann Studios. Oh and who have re-edited the video of their “real clients” Derrick and Megan Cob to make it look like they’re talking about Boeckelmann Studios when actually they are talking about their wedding photographers, MD Photography. This is way too funny.

      Question about this real couple, who got married on Oct 12 2013 in St. Louis: Did they hire MD Photography or did they hire Boeckelmann Studios? Meaning, were their two photographers Megan Boyd and Daniel Boeckelmann, or were they Daniel Boeckelmann and Megan Boyd? LOL.

      I won’t be asking them, will not bother them ever, because anyway I already know the answer. They hired MD, and now that MD has been shamed into oblivion you two are claiming that Boeckelmann Studios shot that wedding. But you’re claiming you’re “not affiliated” eh? Even though Boeckelmann Studios is now literally claiming as clients the people shot by MD Photography.

      So congratulations on the start of your new business, with a bald-faced lie.

      And please nobody nobody nobody bother that absolutely delightful wedding couple, they are cute as hell and happy about their photography, they would not deserve being dragged into this freaking circus. They should never be punished by Megan Boyd’s and Daniel Boeckelmann’s FRAUDULENT misrepresentation of themselves.

      My point of bringing up the Cobs is, just two weeks ago I pointed out that the “real clients” video which was on MD’s youtube channel, showed these two people suggesting that they chose you based on your website… MD Photography’s web site. And as it turns out, a large percentage of the images on that site were stolen; you were defrauding people. So I gave you crap about it, right here in this comments section. Now, Boeckelmann Studios claims no relation to MD Photography although you are the same two photographers, and you now have that exact same video up with this couple claiming they chose Boeckelmann Studios based on their web site. Only difference is, where the script lines show up “asking” them questions, Boeckelmann Studios is inserted in the locations which used to say MD Photography. So now it appears they are answering “Why did you choose Boeckelmann Studios?” when just a few weeks ago it said “Why did you choose MD Photography?”

      For shame, liars, for shame 😉
      This just couldn’t get any funnier, you two.

      • Justin Case

        Oh, I wouldn’t be so quick to think it can’t get funnier. Or worse. These two just don’t know when to throw in the towel.
        My money is on more fun and games. They’re in a big, fat, deep hole and somehow the only solution they can come up with is to get more shovels.
        Dig, kids, dig.

        • doncalifornia

          Maybe if they succeed at hacking this site they can turn it all back and it never happened.

      • Melinda Potter

        But it’s Dane Boeckelmann and Meg Boeckelmann now, according to their new website. Not the same people at all

    • doncalifornia

      Bwahahahahahahahaha!

      Ohh

      Bwahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      No not affiliated, MD Photography just happened to consist of exactly the same Megan Boyd and Daniel Boeckelmann who now make up Boeckelmann Studios. Oh and who have re-edited the video of their “real clients” Derrick and Megan to make it look like they’re talking about Boeckelmann Studios when actually they are talking about their wedding photographers, MD Photography. This is way too funny.

      Question about this real couple, who got married in Oct 2013: Did they hire MD Photography or did they hire Boeckelmann Studios? Meaning, were their two photographers Megan Boyd and Daniel Boeckelmann, or were they Daniel Boeckelmann and Megan Boyd? LOL.

      I won’t be asking them, will not bother them ever, because anyway I already know the answer. They hired MD, and now that MD has been shamed into oblivion you two are claiming that Boeckelmann Studios shot that wedding. But you’re claiming you’re “not affiliated” eh? Even though Boeckelmann Studios is now literally claiming as clients the people shot by MD Photography.

      So congratulations on the start of your new business, with a bald-faced lie.

      And please nobody nobody nobody bother that absolutely delightful wedding couple, they are cute as hell and happy about their photography, they would not deserve being dragged into this freaking circus. They should never be punished by Megan Boyd’s and Daniel Boeckelmann’s FRAUDULENT misrepresentation of themselves.

      [I deleted my comment and edited out the name of the married couple, just so no one bothers them]

      My point of bringing up this couple is, just two weeks ago I pointed out that the “real clients” video which was on MD’s youtube channel, showed these two people suggesting that they chose you based on your website… MD Photography’s web site. And as it turns out, a large percentage of the images on that site were stolen; you were defrauding people. So I gave you crap about it, right here in this comments section. Now, Boeckelmann Studios claims no relation to MD Photography although you are the same two photographers, and you now have that exact same video up with this couple claiming they chose Boeckelmann Studios based on their web site. Only difference is, where the script lines show up “asking” them questions, Boeckelmann Studios is inserted in the locations which used to say MD Photography. So now it appears they are answering “Why did you choose Boeckelmann Studios?” when just a few weeks ago it said “Why did you choose MD Photography?”

      For shame, liars, for shame 😉

      This just couldn’t get any funnier, you two.

    • Justin Case

      Just curious: what ‘intentional award’ have you won exactly? I try to keep up with these things, but I think I missed yours.

      “Boeckelmann Studios is an International award-winning studio offering a more personalized and boutique experience for your wedding day. With limited availability, you will be working directly with Meg or Dane Boeckelmann.”

    • Photo Stealers

      So all of your images were stolen from MD Studios and you also stole MD Studios leaflet for their photo booth?

      • Joseph Philbert

        They stole from themselves lol

      • Joel A

        No way can they be serious about this. I mean come on….my dog can tell its the same people. Who do they think they are fooling? This is Kindergarten tactics. Its like they didn’t even try to re-brand it. This has to be the laziest re-branding attempt I have ever seen…..EVER!

    • Of course they don’t … that’s why your source code for your site points to this url for it’s content : http://72.29.89.77/~mdphotoo/

      MD PHOTO ????

      It’s also why you have a testimonial video using the same couple from the testimonial video that was on MD Studios website and YouTube channel?

      It’s why the pictures you have on boeckelmann studios are the same that were left on MD studios site after your purged all the stolen content?

      Of course boeckelmann studios isn’t affiliated with MD Studio … after all it;s not like it;’s the same people running it right?

      It’s not like the 2 studios have the same phone number right?

      It’s not like MD Studios is plastered all over your photobooth flyer right?

      Honestly!!!

    • Not again!

      I’m curious… How do you explain this one?
      “Registrant Email: Md_Photos@yahoo.comRegistry Admin ID:
      Admin Name: Daniel Boeckelmann
      Admin Organization: Boeckelmann Studios”

  • It’s funny that when you do a search on boeckelmann studios photographer on Google, his link (boeckelmanstudios.com) comes up, but the google search description notes “MD Studios Photography: best st louis wedding photographer” as the site description.. but yet, “boeckelmann studios is not affiliated with md studios photography”??? Hahaha, um, no.
    Oh, and stop stealing photos comes up first. Well done folks!

    • doncalifornia

      It’s what you get when you lie and cheat. They are not in for an easy ride.

  • Justin Case

    http://saint-louis-bestwedding-photographers.blogspot.com/ is STILL using plagiarised text:

    easy to spot, since it has correct grammar, syntax and other stuff most people learn in grade school.

    *** You can’t afford not to hire us. Yes that’s a double negative but I’m a positive girl, so somehow this sentence makes sense to me”

    (for original source see links above)

    • Joseph Philbert

      Lol!

    • Joseph Philbert

      They have not learned a thing but guess what … It will be removed / reword it as soon they see this post. Also I am curious if they will rebrand again or come clean?

    • Photo Stealers

      Same on their website, they kept that line and basically reworded the rest that they originally plagiarized verbatim.

    • Melinda Potter

      It’s hard to talk honestly of yourself/your business when you’re business is not honest to begin with. Much easier to take other more honest people’s hard work as your own. I get it. It’s not like they can say “You pay us, we show up or not, we take pictures, or not. Your pictures may or may not look similar to the pictures in our portfolio. Buyer beware”

  • Web of Lies

    http://saint-louis-bestwedding-photographers.blogspot.com/p/photobooth.html

    Can someone tell me where they stole these photo booth pics from?

    • Joseph Philbert

      We are not sure if its stolen as yet.

    • Justin Case

      I don’t think anyone is claiming that anything on their current website is stolen. There is plagiarised text, but the images may well be all Meg and Dane Boeckelmann’s work.

      The issue here is all that came before, and the fact that they are trying to hide all evidence of their past fraud and haven’t yet made restitution with the photographers they stole from.

      • Deny Deny!

        I just can’t wrap my head around just why they didn’t just use their own pictures in the beginning. Could they not find clients? So what? Do what everyone else does in the beginning of their photography career, photograph your family..pets…nature. Anything besides stealing someone else’s work. Their integrity is ruined. There is no way but down after this for them.

        • Joseph Philbert

          What bothers me more is the current images posted is not bad so why steal anything ..

        • Hire models to do shoots, offer to tag along with another photographer as an assistant to pad up your port …. there are so many better and legit ways of doing this! Based on the images they currently have, it’s not like they aren’t talented … it boggles the mind!

        • Actually, going through their galleries … I’ll let you decide.
          http://72.29.89.77/~mdphotoo//site_images/galleries/

          http://72.29.89.77/~mdphotoo//site_images/galleries/gallery35/edit90.jpg

          Bad lighting, very awkward pose, poorly framed …

          • Joseph Philbert

            The work is not consistent … Like one of them is a much weaker photographer

          • Deny Deny

            Lighting is so bad! I took a look at those galleries and wow haha. Looks like they used an iPhone to take the photos

    • Photo Stealers

      There’s a HUGE difference between their shown photo booth work and the images shown in the leaflet but thus far I haven’t found a source.

      • Justin Case

        which again, makes one question their entire output. Still looking for sources!

        • Getting close!

          Thank you Justin. Keep digging! These fools can’t do this twice to hard working photographers!!

      • captain-confuzzled

        they may have purchased it from Galler.ee

    • Joel A

      Looks like they removed the leaflet from the site. Is that guilt I smell?

      • Joseph Philbert

        Yea they are… They are in monitor mode..

        • Justin Case

          so are we!

  • Web of Lies

    Horrible picture.
    http://72.29.89.77/~mdphotoo//site_images/galleries/gallery37/done.jpg

    I hope this Bride didn’t pay much for this. This is a mess. Photoshop gone wrong.

    • Wes Jones

      Isn’t that Amelia Earhart in the upper right corner?

  • Question

    Does anyone know if their new website is hosted by their own domain in which they pay for it or hosted on a blog? The old one was hosted on a domain correct and not a blog?

    • Not again!
    • Joseph Philbert

      Domain Name: BOECKELMANNSTUDIOS.COM
      Registry Domain ID: 1851061667_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
      Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
      Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
      Update Date: 2014-03-19 13:54:49
      Creation Date: 2014-03-18 23:23:45
      Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-03-18 23:23:45
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  • Joseph Philbert

    What’s interesting is that they purchased the new domain to rebrand their company a day after they were caught..

    • Not again!

      What’s “Interesting” is they are stupid enough to come here and claim they are different companies.

  • Not again!

    Oops, looks like this may be another link between companies:
    The pic on your page here: http://saint-louis-bestwedding-photographers.blogspot.com/p/contact_31.html

    Is also here:
    http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/us/mo/saint-louis/na-reviews-7890143.htm

    Text from you on Angie’s list:

    255 st st
    Saint Louis, MO 63128(312) 252-2454
    Contact: na, na na
    Business Description: My name is Megan Boyd, and I am MD Studios Photography Design. If you’re looking for a top St Louis professional photographer, well, you came to the right place. For me, professionalism is as much an attitude as it is a final product; from your first email and phone call to your final post-purchase follow-up, I am dedicated to top-notch service and complete satisfaction. If you’re not happy, I’ll bend over backwards to make things right and leave you with a smile on your face. I believe in flexibility – in the world of wedding photography, it’s a huge asset to be able to roll with changes when things go wrong, and to make opportunities out of what others may see as challenges or difficulties. Rain on your wedding day? Bust out the umbrellas and make some awesome photos out of it. Three year old throwing a tantrum during your family photo session? I’ll give ‘em some candy and make everything all right (kiddingmoms… I have a deep well of patience for stressful situations). Think you can’t afford my prices? There’s a thousand creative solutions, and it’s rare that I can’t come up with something that will work for everyone. The bottom line is it’s my job to find out what you want and even more importantly, what you don’t – and use that knowledge to everyone’s benefit. You can’t afford not to hire me.Yeah, that’s a double-negative. But I’m a positive girl so somehow that statement makes sense to me. You can easily find less expensive photographers, but in the end, it’s the photos that matter. I can’t tell you how many clients of mine came to me after already suffering through the process of working with cheaper services – ultimately costing them more in the long run. If you’re reading this page, you already know I have the skills and enthusiasm to make you look your best. The only thing left is price and availability. My general pricing is below (current wedding package pricing must be requested – click “contact” at the top of this page), but much of what I do is the result of custom proposals. Just contact me and provide as much info as you can and I’ll get back to you with an estimate within 24 hours. Want to see if I’m available for a specific date? I maintain an online schedule of all booked photography jobs that you can check out any time. If it appears I’m already booked, contact me anyways and I can either find a trusted professional in my place or let you know if I have a cancellation. I’m extremely responsive via email, but feel free to call anytime: (314) 802-8831. As I’m often traveling or shooting I can’t always pick up, so please leave a message.
    Services: Muralist, Photographers
    In Business Since: 2001
    Service Area: Chicgao, IL, St Louis, MO
    On Angie’s List Since: 6/28/2013
    Warranties: YES
    Free Estimates: Yes
    Office Hours: Mon 11.00 AM – 04.00 PM, Tue 11.00 AM – 04.00 PM, Wed Closed, Thu 11.00 AM – 04.00 PM, Fri 06.00 AM – 11.00 PM, Sat 06.00 AM – 11.30 PM, Sun 06.00 AM – 11.30 PM, By Appointment
    Excluded Services: N/A
    Licensed: Yes, I am appropriately licensed for my trade.
    (All statements concerning insurance, licenses, and bonds are informational only, and are self-reported. Since insurance, licenses and bonds can expire and can be cancelled, homeowners should always check such information for themselves.)
    Senior Discount: No
    Cities Served: Affton | Alton | Arnold | Baden-riverview | Ballwin | Barnhart | Bellefontaine Neighbors | Belleville | Benton Park | Berkeley | Bethalto | Bismarck | Bloomsdale | Bonne Terre | Breckenridge Hills | Brentwood | Bridgeton | Cahokia | Carondelet | Chesterfield | Clayton | Clifton Heights | Collinsville | Columbia | Creve Coeur | De Soto | Des Peres | East Alton | East St. Louis | Edwardsville | Ellisville | Eureka | Fairview Heights | Farmington | Fenton | Ferguson | Festus | Florissant | Glen Carbon | Godfrey | Granite City | Hazelwood | High Ridge | Highland | Hillsboro | House Springs | Hyde Park | Imperial | Jefferson County | Jennings | Kirkwood | Lake St. Louis | Lemay | Madison County | Manchester | Maplewood | Maryland Heights | Mascoutah | Midtown | Monroe County | Normandy | O’fallon (il) | O’fallon (mo) | Oak Hill | Oakville | Olivette | Park Hills | Penrose | Pine Lawn | Richmond Heights | Saint Francois County | Saint Mary | Sainte Genevieve | Sappington | Soulard | Southhampton | Spanish Lake | St. Ann | St. Charles | St. Charles County | St. Clair County | St. Louis – Downtown | St. Louis Place | St. Peters | Swansea | The Ville | Tower Grove | Town And Country | Troy | University City | Valley Park | Washington Park | Waterloo | Webster Groves | Wellston | Wentzville | West County | West End | Wildwood | Wood River

  • Deny Deny!

    Also they mysterious took down the name of the company they supposably had a photo booth for. Now this makes no sense. “On March 21, 2014 we photographed and were so
    incredibly moved by their thoughtful speeches, swanky dance moves and
    photobooth skills. Today we are announcing the photobooth winners for that
    night! These two blew us away with their sweetness! What
    did I win? A complimentary engagement session. Message us for
    details on how to redeem or gift. Great expressions!” Too bad they didn’t blur the girl in the blue, Erin’s name tag very well.

    • It’s epic fail after epic fail with these guys.

    • doncalifornia

      Please tell me Erin’s name tag doesn’t say 2011 on it…

    • Joseph Philbert

      They are lowlifes

  • Randi

    Can someone help me find these two? My friends didn’t see this website before hiring MD Studios to video and photograph their wedding in January. They even paid Megan in full a week before the wedding. The MD Studios contract, which obviously was not created by an attorney, makes the bride and groom acknowledge that it can take up to six to eight weeks for the video to be completed, without giving an actual deadline for completion. We can all do the math and realize that it’s now three months later, and Megan claims she’s 30% through the video. My friend has contacted an attorney to file suit against MD Studios for breach of contract and fraud, but we’re having trouble finding where they actually are so that they can be served. My friend just had a miscarriage last week, so she’s not really able to handle anymore stress, especially regarding this matter, which is why I am trying to help out. Any help you all can give is most appreciated.

    • Big Ron

      If the contract doesn’t state that the video will be completed by a given date, then there has been no breach of contract. It’s not unreasonable for DVDs to be delivered six months after the wedding, and some wedding videographers take even longer. The 6- to 8-week acknowledgement does give your friends some leeway, but you’re really better off giving them more time to finish the video. If they know they’re going to be sued, they may rush through the process and not deliver it the best that it could be. Just my thoughts.

    • Grrr

      I recommend you/her contact investigates@kmov.com It’s time these people start getting more coverage as to not defraud others. http://www.kmov.com/news/investigates funny to me since they featured them previously http://www.kmov.com/great-day-st-louis/MD-Studios-Photography-184443861.html

    • Grrr

      They are now operating under Daniel Boeckelmann or Boeckelmann Studios or BöEckelmann Studios
      1600 Locust st. Loft 513
      St Louis 63105
      3149325671
      3148028831
      Boeckelmann Studios
      info@boeckelmannstudios.com

    • Joseph Philbert

      Man shit like this PISS ME OFF!

    • Joseph Philbert

      BTW if you still have problems reaching them with the info below, then let us know.
      Once we do that we will let the hammer down and trust me after that they will call you LOL.
      (We did this before its called pressure.)

  • Joseph Philbert

    How did you find ??? BTW the photobooth images are pretty dame good … WHY STEAL… Photobooths make MONEY!

    • grrr

      Notice how she is now spelling the name Meg Boecekelmann….these people are Crrazzzyyy. I will say one thing I live in the Saint Louis area and I’m not sure when she is claiming these photos were taken, but it has NOT been this year, we have had an especially cold winter and NO days nice enough for people to dress like they are in these photos.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Check out the EXIF data.

      • Joseph Philbert

        The photobooth is a canon but they shoot with a Sony DSC PS???!?!
        “Sony Cyber-Shot DSC”

        • Justin Case

          They’ve had the Sony for awhile. It shows up in Daniel / Danes architectural image from 2012 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vanishingstl/8164714104/in/photostream/

          More telling is that the info on the images is ALL over the place. They have images with Nikon and Canon image numbering, then Sony DSC number. They are using multiple colorspaces (Profoto, several sRGB versions, only ONE in Adobe1998) and all kinds of software (Photoshop, Lightroom, Picassa, etc)

          I use lots of cameras myself, but I don’t change my workflow for every shoot. Something weird still going on here.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Yea I notice that also…. my workflow is the same as its been from 2000 just added a step here or there … nothing major and switching back and forth with software.

          • barque

            The confusion might come from the fact that this architectural photo is not Daniel’s, it is stolen.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Sony DSLR-A850

  • Randi

    Legal counsel has read the contract, and MD Studios breached the contract. The issues I mentioned aren’t the only issues. In addition, there are emails from MD Studios that constitute additional agreements, and MD Studios also breached those agreements. In addition, they agreed to give my friend the raw video so that my friend can pay for a professional to edit it, yet more money that they shouldn’t have had to spend had it not been for MD Studios. When they finally realized my friend had their contract legally checked out, that it won’t fly in any court in the State of Missouri, they finally saw the light and decided to give them the raw footage and the photographs that MD Studios previously claimed wasn’t paid for (even though canceled checks and the receipt from MD Studios show that MD was paid IN FULL a week before the wedding).

    • Shit like this makes me so angry … happy your friends are getting their final product.

      Out of curiosity … did the lawyer start laughing uproariously when he saw the contract? IT was such a mangled piece of CRAP. (see further down).

    • Marc W.

      Any updates?

  • grrrr

    Rebranded AGAIN…..Groupon AGAIN…. http://www.boeckelmannphotography.com/ http://www.groupon.com/deals/boeckelman-studio Does look like it “might” be their own work this time.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Outed photographers believe that by re-branding their company means that we will not eventually find out … smh

  • If they’re having such a difficult time surviving, and from their actions and words it seems they already realize that it’s a result of poor quality photography, then perhaps they should find a new endeavor.