Memories For Life Wedding and Event Photography AKA MP Sports Pics in Loganville, Georgia

Website #1:  http://www.memoriesforlife.zenfolio.com/
Website #2: http://www.mpsportspics.com/
Facebook #1: https://www.facebook.com/MemoriesForLifeWeddingPhotographers
Facebook #2: https://www.facebook.com/MPSportsPics?fref=photo

Another mini session ad with images that weren’t taken by the photographer led me to another image that wasn’t theirs.  Of course, Georgia.  I realize this isn’t a lot but any images is too much especially with the watermark being cropped out of the leaf image.

Facebook – MP Sport Pics

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  • peaches for free

    oh snap, georgia is back!

  • Snicker

    what is the Florida vs. Georgia score again? Roll tide! LOL!

    • Joel A

      I am so glad that Georgia is getting the heat again!

  • Melinda Potter

    I like how on her wall she has an ad (yes, the one using stolen photos) for $30 sessions, and right bellow it there’s a post she shared about why good photography is so expensive lol Bipolar marketing?

    • Amber Kost

      I noticed that too, and left my opinion on it in a comment lol

  • Amber Kost

    I wonder how long it will take for my comments to be deleted? Also, did anyone else notice the post where two people said they had paid a year prior, and STILL hasn’t gotten their photos? Doesn’t sound like this girl takes her “business” seriously at all

  • Doh!

    She sure is concerned about cell phones at weddings! Barf! Why do newbs always do so much bitchin and moaning?

    • Photo Stealers

      Hey now, I had an article I wrote about Unplugged Weddings go viral last year 😉

  • Photographer1

    I know who this scumbag is. Her name is Melinda Pease. She is a fraud in the photography industry and has been screwing with photographers for years now. She is a disgrace and has already been blackballed by many. I am extremely thankful to see that Photo Stealers has found more proof to showcase the fraud that she is.

    • C Sab

      I don’t see how she could be getting any business at this point if all this is true.

      • Photographer1

        Me neither; but she has already been fired from a couple jobs. I just don’t want to go too much into detail. She is known to threaten other photographers and she’s been in prison before for fraud & threats. She just got off parole in 2012 and has been causing more trouble ever since.

        • C Sab

          Oh I enjoy when these hacks try to threaten us. Nothing she can do anyway. Go into as much detail as you can. lol

          Also, fired from jobs. Not surprised.
          In jail for fraud….WOULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED THAT! XD
          Doesn’t learn from her mistakes. None of these idiots do.

          • BullShite

            OH the pattern never ceases to repeat itself, with only a few variations it’s always the same!

          • C Sab

            Oh I’ve noticed.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Why does this sound so familiar?!?!?!

        • Justin Case

          Interesting that none of this shows up in any web searches. So, either she is very good at reinventing herself or this is hearsay. I wouldn’t mind just a l i t t l e bit of proof (other than that at the top of the page, of course)

  • Doh!

    it’s pretty easy to identify her own work….everyone has really really really white eyes……aliens in Georgia……a lot of them.

  • Amber Kost

    So either the fb is down, or I’ve been banned 🙂

    • Joseph Philbert

      Its down..

  • captain-confuzzled

    “Please do not edit, crop, or alter in anyway”…..priceless

  • Just a Girl

    HAHAHAHAHA! WOW…Anyone else see this off of the Sports page!

  • Just a Girl

    Not sure why this didnt post with my comment! Off the Sports page

    • captain-confuzzled

      OMG!!!!

      • Just a Girl

        Im STILL laughing!

        • BullShite

          I think this might be gone now, I don’t see it up there.

          • captain-confuzzled

            I thought so too at first, but it is from 2013 and is still there, someone added a nice PS comment at the end lol

          • Justin Case

            post is there, as is your comment. Hard to notice, since comments are hidden, but I doubt she’ll find it for awhile.

    • BullShite

      Are we sure this loser isn’t from Canada? 😉

      • OY! :p

      • C Sab

        Nope, they all come from America. :P(Well most of them.)

    • doncalifornia

      LOL again!

    • Justin Case

      I really didn’t know that maxing out the saturation, heavy-handed vignetting and a liberal use of ‘artistic’ filters could be referred to as ‘amazing athletic art’ and a ‘definitely unique style.’ I learn something new every day here at PhotoStealers.

    • Melinda Potter

      lmao! Priceless

  • captain-confuzzled

    no words needed….

    • doncalifornia

      LOL

    • Justin Case

      total bullshit. I really hate empty threats coming from people who don’t understand the modern world.

    • “They are copyright embeded, this tells me when a photo has been dowloaded and reposted.”

      SAY WHAT!??!

      I WISH there was something like that out there but there isn’t sunshine. Learn a bit about your industry.

      • Justin Case

        actually, there is. There are two services I know of, but they are very expensive, and you actually have to be a professional, charging professional rates to be able to afford them. NOT something a hack like

        MD Sports Pics would be able to use.

      • Photo Stealers

        Digimark is the one i know of but it isn’t cheap and can be removed.

        • Justin Case

          that’s one, didn’t know it could be removed.

        • peaceetc

          If she did use Digimarc (which I doubt due to the cost), depending on how she uploaded her photos to Facebook, chances are pretty good the Digimarc data would get stripped due to compression. http://blog.digimarc.com/2011/10/maintaining-watermark-integrity/#.UHcC4VGQnms

          • Joseph Philbert

            Yea digimarc has some limits

        • peaceetc

          Also, she makes it sounds like she would be notified if her images are downloaded and reposted elsewhere. It doesn’t work like that.

          • That’s what I meant … it wouldn’t notify her when they are downloaded or uploaded …

        • Michael C

          Excuse me, but I disagree. (1) yes, it can be removed, but it is not easily removed. I’ve run tests on this, have you? (2) $50 a year or $100 a year is expensive? Second cheapest insurance I know of. For $50 a year, you get to add up to 1,000 images per year to your list of protected photos; make it $100 a year and that’s up to 2,000 photos per year, plus you get their web crawler actively looking for infringements.

          I use the Digimarc system with everything I post online. It makes it simple when you find one you want removed, and the DMCA notice comes back with a “prove it’s yours and we’ll remove it” demand. My answer: “check the Digimarc watermark using the read filter in Photoshop and tell me whose watermarked name comes back.”

          • Justin Case

            Thanks for sharing your experience, Michael. I agree, $50 or $100 dollars a year doesn’t sound like a lot. What happens after that year? Do you have to continue paying to keep the watermark registered? Or does it disappear if you don’t renew? And is it 2,000 new images per year?

            Also, what strips the watermark? Is it certain social media like facebook, or does it have to be deliberately done? I really appreciate your input.

          • Michael C

            It’s 1 or 2 thousand added each year. If you subscribe one year, mark your photos and don’t re-up, the images you marked do not become un-marked, you just lose the ability to mark more. If you re-up the second year, add a new 1 or 2 thousand to the marked files.

            And sites do not strip the watermark. You have to shrink the pixel count a lot as well as compress the hell out of them. A simple crop and resample won’t do it. Even adding text or a new watermark won’t render the original Digimark watermark unreadable. You might be able to do so by stretching a vertical image into a banner, but that will distort it too much to be useful for most things.

          • Justin Case

            Well, it seems quite a reasonable price as a safeguard for someone who wants to keep their portfolio images safe and semi-trackable. If you are only making your very best images public, it seems a totally acceptable business expense. Not foolproof, but as you say, a good insurance policy.

            For someone like our photo stealer Melinda, however, who was dumping hundreds of images a week onto Facebook (which even Digimark points out is untrackable ), even with the digital watermark it would still be an empty threat.

            All good information and thanks for taking the time to add your view.

          • Michael C

            Facebook (and other membership-required sites) are not tracked by Digimarc’s web crawler. I mark my images, however, more to make it simpler to prove who they belong to as mentioned above, and also because the various “orphan works” laws, passed recently in the UK, and under consideration in the US, may make it essential in the future to have a really persistent identifier in your online work.

            And yes indeed, dumping hundreds of images a week onto the web (my god, does she have a life?) would be unmanageable as well as not covered under either of the two Digimarc plans I cited.

            So, yes, her threat is certainly an idle one.

            And, for what it is worth, I am a PPA member as well as an officer in a state affiliate, and I have pointed out this gal’s dubious honor of being posted here to the PPA. We shall see what, if anything, comes of that.

          • Photo Stealers

            http://www.digimarc.com/discover/pricing is what I was going off if its $3.50 – $25 per image or a subscription of at least $3K per month. From what I’ve been told Facebook removes the digimarc but that was a while ago.

            I see now that there’s a separate one for just images but no pricing is available. I will have to inquire and see what it is.

      • Melinda Potter

        shhhhhhhh… don’t give away ALL her secrets! This is about photo stealing and fraud. Her magical abilities are NOT in question here

    • Joseph Philbert

      Falls down laughing

    • Joel A

      The pure irony of this one is just jaw dropping. Just think about it, the thief is scared of her own work getting stolen. I believe thats pure guilt manifesting itself.

  • Just a Girl

    Looks like, just from doing a Google search under her real name, she does alot of sports photography for local newspapers and the Braves minor League baseball team. Shes also a member of PPA

    • Then we should be reporting them to those organisations. Anyone here a PPA member?

      PPA Code of Ethics

      As a requirement for admission to and retention of membership and participation in this Association, each member and participant shall agree to use the highest levels of professionalism, honesty and integrity in all relationships with colleagues, clients and the general public.

      PPA’s Code of Ethics is enforced by the Bylaws, Rules and Ethics (BRE) Committee, which is composed of PPA members. One of the BRE Committee’s responsibilities is to conduct preliminary investigations and due process hearings as necessary for referred matters regarding perceived violations of the Code of Ethics.

      Source: http://www.ppa.com/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1574&navItemNumber=2297

      • Justin Case

        PPA is a money-making business which sells it’s accreditation and seems to do absolutely nothing about this kind of behavior. Trust me, I have tried on several occasions.

        Claiming PPA accreditation isn’t much better than claiming to be a professional because you could afford a DSLR

    • Photo Stealers

      I’ve also been told she’s been published in Sports Illustrated but I don’t know if that’s true.

      • Joseph Philbert

        No way is that true.

      • doncalifornia

        The Braves minor league shots are all “courtesy of” the photographer. So, people go to the games with their long lenses and give their shots to the online site for a photo credit. Now that’s a living.

        • What? People make a living off photography? How? It’s all free online isn;t it?

      • Justin Case

        yup, that’s actually NOT a lie. It wasn’t like she was on assignment or anything, but she DID actually have an image published:https://twitter.com/mpsportspics/status/339925208683143168/photo/1

        • C Sab

          I doubt it’s even her photo. Or they’ll take pictures from just about anybody that happens to bring a DSLR to a sporting event. lol

    • Photographer1

      She’s no longer with the minor league team. Currently she only shoots for her sons school….Loganville High School.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Fake togs always say they are part of the PPA almost never true.

  • Justin Case

    Did anyone notice that the wedding side is actually a duo? Their Memories for Life page refers to ‘Ana’ and ‘Melinda.’
    Now that we know who Melinda is and familiar with ‘unique style,’ wonder who Ana is and what else she might be up to?

  • Justin Case

    can’t you see the resemblance?

    • What? You mean those don;t look anything alike?!? That’s just because … you know …. uhm … the client wanted a different style! Yeah! That’s it!

      • Justin Case

        yeah, I thought so.

    • Melinda Potter

      I once had a confronted stealer say to me that she personally preferred her style, but she knew that others would view it as wrong, or not as good and that’s why she used stolen imagery. The closest anyone has ever came to being truthful lol

  • Just a Girl

    Sports page is down.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Yea I posted some links 🙂

  • Justin Case

    here is her partner on the wedding site: Ana Muñoz Cochran
    https://www.facebook.com/ana.m.cochran

    strange how she’s suddenly hidden everything, but Melinda Pease was the first friend on her list.

    (proof can be found in attached pdf) http://memoriesforlife.zenfolio.com/memories-for-life-wedding-photography.pdf

    • Just a Girl

      Makes ya wonder if her partner knew the photos were stolen. If not she had to have wondered about the quality difference. My guess is though that she knows.

      • Justin Case

        wonder I do. And why is there no mention of the partnership on her Facebook site? Her ‘partner’ mentions her by name in her tweets: can there REALLY be two Ana Munoz Cochran’s in Lucasville, Georgia?
        https://twitter.com/mpsportspics/status/26230633313

  • Justin Case

    MP Sports Pics is up to something. You can still access some of it, but no images are loading.

    • Just a Girl

      And her personal page which was pretty locked down is completely cleared now. Its incredibly funny that shes a member of a Facebook group called “Stop Theft in our Community” LOL

      • Joseph Philbert

        HAHAAHAH IRONY !

    • Justin Case

      I put money on this one going with the ‘I was hacked-by-a-jealous-rival photographer’ defense. Anyone want to give me odds?

      • Joseph Philbert

        <—– Coin Flips!

  • Justin Case

    wow. This is a woman who is going to SERIOUSLY regret having to take her facebook company offline. Judging by her twitter account, she was doing the majority of her business through posts on Facebook.

    And she REALLY should have know better than to try to pass off images she didn’t take as her own: https://twitter.com/mpsportspics/status/326813260567433216

    • C Sab

      lol She’s just like all the other clowns that insist on going down swinging instead of just making it easier for themselves.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Sad … 99% of the time they are so predictable.

      • Justin Case

        yep. Totally f-ing unoriginal, in every possible way.

        • BullShite

          I just WISH someone would sue her. What a douchebag.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Twitter account is gone or deleted .. I swear they never learn,

      • Justin Case

        good thing I’ve got screen grabs:

        • Joseph Philbert

          WOW so she knowingly supports her partners lies…smh

  • Justin Case
  • Michael Goolsby

    The website must be clean, because all that I see there now is pure crap. Once again, it’s obvious WHY they stole: their actual photography lacks even basic professional competence: No understanding of composition. Zero understanding or even awareness of lighting. Posing? Never heard of it. Kit lenses and pop-up flash seem standard capture tools. “Clarify” and “saturation” tools seem their favorite for post-production. Random special effects. Not a single BEAUTIFUL wedding photo.

    Memories for Life Photo of Loganville GA aka Melinda Pease describes her wedding photography business as “upscale”, but it’s really just low-rent. Here is a woman who steals beautiful photography to use as her own in order to deceive clients into believing they are hiring a skilled and competent professional, but it reality all they’re getting is clueless, incompetent asshole.

    Now that the stolen wedding pictures seem to be down, I wouldn’t imagine too many potential clients would be impressed enough to hire her. Let’s hope that those who already have find out how they were duped and demand their money back before it’s too late. Memories for Life Photo of Loganville GA aka Melinda Pease is a crook, a charlatan, and a fraud.

    • Wes Jones

      Harsh light+poor composition=crappy photo
      crappy photo+strong vignette+max saturation=upscale photographic GOLD!

  • Norman Beer

    Georgia Department of Corrections has a VERY select membership policy!
    Melinda Pease from Memories For Life Wedding and Event Photography AKA MP Sports Pics in Loganville, Georgia is one of them!
    http://www.mpsportspics.com/
    http://www.memoriesforlife.zenfolio.com/

    INCARCERATION DETAILS
    MAJOR OFFENSE:FORGERY 1ST DEGREE
    MOST RECENT INSTITUTION:METRO STATE PRISON (W)

    STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCESCASE NO: 409831
    OFFENSE:INFLUENCING WITNESS
    CONVICTION COUNTY:GWINNETT COUNTY
    CRIME COMMIT DATE:N/A
    SENTENCE LENGTH:10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
    CASE NO: 409831

    OFFENSE:THEFT BY TAKING
    CONVICTION COUNTY:GWINNETT COUNTY
    CRIME COMMIT DATE:N/A
    SENTENCE LENGTH:10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
    CASE NO: 409831

    OFFENSE:FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
    CONVICTION COUNTY:GWINNETT COUNTY
    CRIME COMMIT DATE:N/A
    SENTENCE LENGTH:10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS

    • Justin Case

      …and there it is. Once again, just as I was starting to have hope, the TRUE nature of the fraud emerges. This one is actually truly scary. You don’t just get 10 years as a white woman in Georgia for an error in judgement.

      • Michael Goolsby

        It is as I learned long ago… photo stealing is typically just a small part of the personality that it is inclined to commit other crimes or have other issues in the first place.

        Good job, Norman, digging this up.

        • Justin Case

          Very true. And don’t forget, she works with another woman named Ana Cochran for the weddings, although it looks like the MPSportsPics is all Melinda.

    • Joseph Philbert

      I think by my recollection this is the 4th or 5th photostealer that has been outed that actually has a record and served time for some type of forgery related crime.
      10 Years is a long time … it had to be serious.

    • BullShite

      What a loser.

    • captain-confuzzled

      so, looking at this info, she was sentenced for 10 years and served a whole whopping 8 months, wow.

      • Rick New

        That is typical. Ohio is much worse.

      • C Sab

        Murica

        • Just a Girl

          YEP! A very screwed up Murica! Where I live some woman decided to get into her car all drugged up and hit and killed a little kid who was actually standing 40 feet off of the road…. she got a whopping 3.5 years! By the time it all went to trial she was a few months away from being released on good time.

      • Justin Case

        I’ve got to say though, 8 months is still 8 months. You screw up bad enough to be thrown in jail, be separated from your kids and family, have the stigma of probation/parole and a criminal record and STILL manage to have a use fraud to do business… you really only have yourself to blame, Melinda

      • It’s the cost of keeping an inmate … the total per-inmate cost averaged $31,286 and ranged from $14,603 in Kentucky to $60,076 in New York.

        Source: http://www.vera.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/Price_of_Prisons_updated_version_072512.pdf

        In 2009 there were 2.3 million prisoners in US prisons (son;t quote me on that).

        Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

        2.3 million prisoners at 31000$ = 71,300,000,000$ a year.

        I don’t agree with 10 year sentence = 8 month a actual time served but I see where the government is coming from on this issue.

    • Norman Beer

      I see no mention of this alleged pardon.

  • C Sab

    Her Twitter seems to be down or I got blocked.

    • Justin Case

      she took it down within an hour of my first post about it here, so she is paying attention. I have more than a year of it in my cache, though. My guess is she will HAVE to rebrand if she wants to keep her sports business alive, and since she was doing all of her business through facebook and twitter, that’s the place to watch for her reappearance.

      • Joseph Philbert

        I agree.

      • Just a Girl

        You can always run but ya can’t hide! I thought about letting this sit for a few days before she starts Flagging it but with the Internet having a plethora of email addresses available… let her… the most they can do is pull it and Ill repost it!

        • Jim

          This needs to be in the ATHENS area. Closest to her..

          • Just a Girl

            When I searched Loganville this is the section that came up. Its in both place now or will be as soon as Craigslist refreshes.

  • Semper Fi Mother F

    You low-life no-life individuals on here have just gotten into a world of troubles. You may think that you are having a good ole time and doing the world a favor, but in reality, what you are doing is relishing destroying lives. Over 1 stupid mistake that was made, you have harassed, embarrassed, bullied, and now in 2 days time, driven a woman (my sister) to a desperate attempt to end her life. Well Mother Fkrs, feel good. Enjoy that good feeling because it won’t last. There are laws about Cyber Bullying, and though not strictly defined yet, every court in the US is looking to set a precedence. You have just crossed the line and I am stepping in to take action. All over a fking ad meant for her friends and friends kids. Yea, I have been on her computer and have seen all the comments, posts, guestbook remarks, threats, and fake emails. Not one of us knew she was being put through this, until 3 hours ago when I got on her laptop in a desperate attempt to find out why a woman who was just enjoying her youngest son’s prom and even putting out his graduation banner today would all of a sudden collapse from an overdose of drugs that were prescribed to her as pain management because of an illness she has been fighting for a couple years. Surely it was an accident, or so we thought.

    I am gonna set you straight on a few things, then I will sit back and watch you continue to hang yourselves. 1st off, seems you are having the most fun with her criminal record. Well if any of you scumbags had access to a real background check, you would have seen that the convictions were actually pardoned, she served less than a year on a 10 yr sentence, and has worked very hard to build her life back up. Why less than a year? What she did, what she was convicted for, showed the real person she is. You jokers, looking at what you think is a jackpot find, don’t see what she really did, which was done to save the life of her youngest child, yea, the one whose graduation she has been excited these last few weeks to celebrate. The last of 3 that she has helped every step of the way through high school and then on to graduate from Ga Tech with Highest Honors. That is not the work of some slimebag criminal you think you have found. That is the work of a mother who will do whatever it takes for her kids, no matter what the threats. Say what you will but what the hell did she do to deserve this? She slapped a couple photos grabbed online somewhere into an ad, in a hurry, and that’s it. She didn’t put her logo on them, she didn’t make a habit of this. How do I know this? Well, I just finished reading her Facebook messages that she sent last night to whoever is in charge of the photostealers facebook page. In her messages, she tries to explain, apologize, and assure that what she did was stupid and wrong and she realized how harmful it was. She also assured the moderator that it had never happened before and that of course it would never happen again. She also explained that the 1 other photo in question was a share not a snag and she never meant it to be construed as her own work. She is not a fraud as you say, there is not a damned thing anywhere else, her websites, her facebooks, nowhere, that is not her work. No where! Never was, never will be.

    So you righteous clowns get your jollies from tearing people apart before you even know what may have really happened, or what kind of mental shape these people are in once you start your terror.

    Why didn’t the moderator let on that she did communicate and respond? That will be found out, trust me on that. And so will the identities of each of you that has participated in this. You just woke up a sleeping giant. You have no idea the govt connections I have as well as 20 years with The US Marines.

    You clowns took a 50 plus year old woman who had built herself back up, raised 3 successful kids, has been actively involved in her community for years, is loved and respected in her community even by those that know her past. Because they know her, you jokers are nothing but a bunch of vultures waiting for your prey. Well, you have screwed with the wrong mother fucker this time. I will not stop till everyone of you answers for this. Be warned, there is legal recourse and I am not talking lawsuits since most of you apparently don’t have real jobs or money. I am talking jail, prison, the whole works. Then lets see who has fun posting and plastering your arrest records.

    Authorities have been notified and have begun their investigations, and now while we sit here and wait for news on her condition, I am compiling every bit of information from every source possible, from every post, comment, share, ad listing, you name it, I am getting it together. The detectives will be back to the hospital soon to get this information from me, and are working their ends as I type. Her computer is now in their hands and I am sure they know what they are doing much more than you clowns do.

    There will be no more responses from me, no responding to your justifications or comebacks, it is now up to the authorities to handle, and they will handle it and it does not matter how anonymous you think you are. One hope I do have is that the first one they nab is “photographer 1” and she knows why. We told Melinda a year and a half ago she should have taken legal action against this person and she decided to just let it go. Well, now I hope they get her first, for her role in this and her role now in spreading it around.

    You see, you think you are safe from liabel and slander and maybe you are, but you have crossed into cyber bulling and now have possibly cost someone their life. Think about and research what your legal responsibilities could be now.

    Think about that when you lay your heads down. Picture your own sisters, mothers, wives, daughters. Think long and hard and then decide “Was it worth it?”

    Semper Fi Mother Fkrs!

    • photographer1

      Build her life back up? Are you kidding? You must not understand what Melinda has been doing the past few years to other photographers. It’s not just about stealing work. She has been causing nothing but trouble for others and trying her best to take down other businesses for absolutely no reason. She belongs back in prison for what she has been doing. I’m sorry she has decided to take things to serious measures as you mention, but she can blame nobody but herself for her actions of recent. You can’t put the blame on people who brought the information forward.

      • Semper Fi Mother F

        Ok so this one I will respond to because you Miss Photographer 1 are so special. Name 1 photographer, other than yourself, that would be willing to coborate your allegation that “she has caused nothing but trouble for”. Please, go right ahead. And keep in mind my dear clown that it will be checked.
        The reality is that you, Lacey Summers AKA Lacey Larissa AKA L & L Photography by Lacey, have done nothing but harass, threaten, and defame Melinda. You my dear are the one that is despised by others in your profession. You my dear are the one known as The Black Widow in the photography industry. I spent many hours talking with Melinda about you, researching you, and praying she would follow through with legal actions. But truth be told she did not have the strength emotionally to fight back. And she had support of friends and family and just wanted you to go away. But sweetheart, not this time. I did not waste time in turning everything, past and present, over to the authorities, including yours and others web fingerprints on sharing this all over. You see my dear, you and the others did not just bring this forward, you maliciously made sure by all means possible to spread it and keep spreading it.

        • Paul G.

          No joke, if a photographer presented themselves to me/had the nickname of “The Black Widow” in the photo industry I’d probably hire that person right away, because that’s a bad ass nickname that most likely has an awesome/hilarious/possibly hilarious awesome story behind it. Also, “Web Fingerprints” sounds like an awesome name for a noir spoof of some Facebook PI (Or possibly Marine Cyber Bully Detective) would you be upset if I used that as a working if not final title?

          • Lori

            Melinda my dear, I was just directed to this site. You are the lowest form of a human being. You are the one who has been threatening photographers, you are the one that accuses other photographers of stealing. You are the one that has been reported to walton county sheriffs office numerous of times. I have know idea who photographer 1 is, but I do not hide as you know.

        • barque

          Semper Fi:

          You seem to have a very detailed and comprehensive overview of a difficult and adversarial relationship Melinda has been having with Photographer1. You say you have “spent many hours talking with Melinda” about an alleged, long-running series of threatening, harassing, and defaming gestures against Melinda. I guess your suggestion is that this is driving Melinda to her wits end, maybe even contributing to this attempt on her own life…

          So, OK, then why in your first comment did you say “Not one of us knew she was being put through this, until 3 hours ago when I got on her laptop in a desperate attempt to find out why….” ??

          You are contradicting yourself. Maybe you shouldn’t make any more exceptions to your oath not to respond anymore.

      • BullShite

        Photographer1, if this really is you below, and you ARE really having problems with these people SCREEN CAP THIS. SAVE IT. It’s more evidence on your side if they try anything against you, and creates a “case” and a “history” of vile behavior.

    • Curious George

      Just so everyone knows, I’m pretty certain Melinda wrote all of this herself.

      • Joseph Philbert

        I second that.

    • Paul G.

      I admit, that crossed into TL:DR territory, but I feel like with this post alone someone could get bingo. Someone should check while we wait for the Marine Cyber Bully Detectives to arrest us. On a completely unrelated note, you missed at least one of those mother fucker censors, might want to fix that up if you’re trying to avoid swearing, wouldn’t want you being embarrassed in the Marine Cyber Bully court hearing that we’re all apparently going to be dragged to soon.

      • Justin Case

        it’s very hard to get overly serious about a single message that hits so many of the usual BS:
        • victim
        • threats
        • no real photographers here
        • battling an illness
        • jealous photographer
        • cyber-bullying
        • you’ll hear from my lawyer (‘authorities have been notified’)
        • you don’t know me
        • multiple personalities same IP
        • you don’t know me
        • didn’t put my own logo on (a double: ‘I found them like that’ and ‘Never claimed they were mine’)
        • slander libel
        • Georgia
        • phoney apology (excuse in message to moderator)

        thankfully, no Jesus, Hackers or Google images, no plagiarism or intern-blaming.

        I am barely able to see this one as funny so I won’t bother posting the bingo card. I will just point out that it is hard to
        take anyone seriously who has hit so many tired excuses all at once.

        • Joseph Philbert

          You forgot about contemplating suicide

    • barque

      Dear Marine with a lot of government connections:
      I sincerely hope your sister recovers soon. I don’t care what the reason might be, but it’s truly heartbreaking when anyone tries to take their own life, or has an accident for that matter. With that said, I am not sure your anger is well-founded. Ms. Pease, according to public records, was sentenced to 10 years for 1st Degree Forgery, and attempting to influence a witness, and theft. It may very well be that she was pardoned; none of us can see that online. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t do it. What it means is there were some extenuating circumstances, which someone took into account and pardoned her. Even with the pardon I imagine that year must have been a harrowing experience! By what you’re saying, also, she felt justified in doing what she did, to protect or save one of her children in some way. So her instinct to protect is clearly strong, and whatever the punishment was coming to her she felt it was worth it, right? Ok, then, so my point is, how can you say that a web site exposing a small amount of copyright infringement would somehow drive that woman to attempt suicide? It doesn’t make a bit of sense. I am sorry, again, that she may have attempt to kill herself, but my honest opinion is that being outed for misappropriating images for high school prom pictures, is not the driving force.

      So let’s talk about your attempt to minimize what she did. Yes, I can see that there were not a lot of photos stolen and used by Melinda – it looks like four altogether. But note the article up top actually says that. Either way however, clipping 3 photos from sources around the internet and putting them onto an ad, is indeed copyright infringement, and it is false advertising. You claim that it was just meant for her kids’ friends, as if it was a private message. That’s just BS. The card is clearly an ad, for a photoshoot for students going to the Loganville High School Prom. It has pricing and it lists what a buyer will get in the package. It says not to hesitate because of the expected large response. That’s not a private message. The pictures are on there to fool whoever sees the card into thinking this is the quality of photography the people are buying when they send their dressed up high-schooler to the botanical garden. But those buyers will be sorely disappointed, and according to the law they would be well-within their rights to sue her. HOPEFULLY, enough people in Loganville will have heard about or read this PhotoStealers post, so all that heartache can be avoided. That’s what PhotoStealers is attempting to do. It’s not for fun. Copyright infringement and false advertising are serious business. About that “share” you spoke about. It was not really just a share, like “oh look at this photo from so and so, I love it.” She never said anything about the real photographer, or ‘finding it’ somewhere. It is intended to look like she took the shot. For instance, the real photographer’s watermark was cropped out, showing willful infringement. It was in a folder on facebook called “MemoriesForLife Wedding and Event Photography’s Photos.” In other words, if you are a photographer and you upload a photograph with no identifying marks, no explanation as to its origins, into a folder of your own work, it looks to any reasonable person like it must be your work.

      Posting up here the truth of what she actually did, shown in the screen-grabs above, and giving opinions of all that like we are doing down here, is in no way “libel” or “slander” – I think any investigators looking into this site will tell you that. I believe your anger it driving you to the point of threats and bluster, and I’m not going to hold it against you. In fact, I will address your suggestion that we think of how this would affect our own sisters, mothers, wives, daughters. For me, yes, I can see it would be hard on them. But, honestly, if my mother or spouse or sister had been convicted of forgery, and been sent to prison for it, and then pardoned, I would find it pretty surprising to see them stealing photos, even just a few, to promote their new photography business. I would ask them to tell me truthfully what in the world were they thinking committing fraud, consider their experience! I would not go online and minimize it, and I would not spray angry threats around either. I would instead consider how to help her stop the behavior. Just my two cents. Now, I will post this somewhat anonymously in case this angers you too. Sorry!

      • Justin Case

        well reasoned and well said. This issue often brings out a lot of anger in people, and sometimes we don’t come across as dispassionately as we would like to. I’m glad to see you found the distance to so clearly make your points.

    • Joseph Philbert

      YAWN…..WHAT ever I will not even bother saying a thing to you …except to say if you really her mother tell to come clean publicly and all this will disappear, but we know that will NEVER HAPPEN!

    • Just a Girl

      *Yawn* I think this falls into “Frankly my dear- we don’t give a
      damn!” The excuses you come up with are old, tried many many times and
      ineffective. Telling the TRUTH as has been done on this site is no way Cyber Bullying, libel or slander. Its TRUTH.
      Melinda Pease with Memories For Life Wedding and
      Event Photography AKA MP Sports Pics in Loganville, Georgia stole photos
      off of the Internet and claimed them as her own. AND she got caught.
      You just cant work around THAT little fact. ALL she had to do was go to
      the REAL Photographers apologize and then make a public apology on her
      Facebook page letting her past, present and future clients know that
      shes been a fraud. Apologizing to the person behind this website doesnt
      cut it. She doesn’t own the photos. Thats like bitching to a friend
      about your dog. Feels good but isn’t going to change your dog. Sounds to me like her mental issues were around long before Photos Stealers revealed that Memories For Life Wedding and Event Photography AKA MP Sports Pics in Loganville, Georgia is phony!
      Maybe while you aren’t paying attention to anymore posts on here you
      should read the archives for this site and come up with something
      alittle more original for your excuses! And, really, shouldn’t you be
      tending to your sisters every need right now instead of posting to a
      website.

    • Joseph Philbert

      BTW my name is “REAL” so is my online contact information feel free to let the authorities know about me. I look forward to it.
      Time to blog again.

      • Justin Case

        Oddly, I can’t reply directly to SFMF, so I would just like to add one thing instead of replying to all the same excuses, accusations and threats all over again.

        Melinda has/had two facebook accounts, a twitter account, and a google+ account as well as two websites.

        She was following what was going on here and reacting NOT by making a public explanation or apology for her ‘mistake’ but by hiding and ignoring the controversy. This is NOT what an innocent person does.

        Don’t bother coming here and making your sad threats, you just look silly and make people more angry. Fix it. You’ll be surprised how quickly you, Melinda will be forgotten.

        • Joseph Philbert

          I see a military tribunal in our future.

      • BullShite

        I hope you finally get that letter from the “lawyer” that you have been dreaming of. 🙂 I seriously think this person has almost filled out a bingo card in her rants alone: Fake threats, fake calling the “authorities”, pretending to be someone else, something wrong with the kid, cyber bullying, suicide attempt….. this has almost everything but Jesus!

  • Photo Stealers

    Someone was posting here using Melinda’s personal email address from an IP in her city while claiming to be a family member. The posts have been removed.

    • Dammit, I missed them. Anything interesting?

      • Justin Case

        scroll down to ‘Semper Fi Mother F***cker’ at teh bottom of the page for all the fun and games. It’s a long rant, so pour some coffee first, Al

        • Ah they were “moderated” so I couldn’t see them.. now I do.. WOW.
          Oh my. Wow. I so wish he (if he’s real, and I doubt it) had put his actual information down so I could contact him and compare cocks.. uh, I mean Gov’t connections.
          What a loser.
          Maybe I’ll write her since he claims to be reading all her stuff now.
          PS we all know the whole “oh my she’s so distressed she ended up in the hospital” is total BS.
          Hey Semper Fi, my real name is right there. Come at me bro.
          I’m saying flat-out, IF you’re real, you’re a pussy. And you won’t contact me at http://www.alborrelli.com
          Ranger Al

      • Joseph Philbert

        Yea u missed a military blow up by her mom (supposedly)

        • Hehe, I see now.. the replies were hidden. Well, if her mom is a marine, even though a woman, it’s ok to slap her square in the face. 😉 All Marines are due a slap or two.
          Ranger Al
          inter-service rivalry is always fun, especially with dumb ass Marines. 😉

          • Norman Beer

            To SFMF:
            Was she charged and convicted of a crime? Yes!
            Does GDOC show that? Yes
            Does it show a Pardon? No
            Is it a false statement that she was convicted and did time? No
            Please have the DOJ contact me. I’d love for them to explain why your statement against me are not threats while my factual statement are.
            Yes, please do have your “friends” list published! I’m SURE they would all appreciate the association with the threats.

          • Not only that, no where have I seen a SINGLE threat.
            If any one actually threatened her Semper Fi, create another fake account and post screen shots of it.
            You won’t. You know why? It didn’t happen.
            You want to hear a threat? If I ever met you in person, I’d probably bitch slap you square in the face for being a coward hiding behind internet anonymity.
            I’m not. Bring on the feds. 🙂

        • Justin Case

          Don’t think anyplace it said ‘mother’ (except ‘Mother-F***ers’).
          SFMF actually claims to be her sister.

          • Joseph Philbert

            man I got confused …. its so hard keeping up with “crazy”

          • Justin Case

            haha. Well, I like the challenge. And since I’m a ‘non-photographer who doesn’t have any money anyway’ according to SFMF, I have plenty of time to follow crazy around.

          • Photo Stealers

            I thought it was brother?

          • BullShite

            She probably doesn’t even know who she is trying to pretend to be. 😉

          • Justin Case

            my mistake, SFMF just refers to Melinda as ‘my sister.’ She’s clarified that in her response above.

    • Michael Goolsby

      Seriously, does ANYONE legitimately post public messages using someone else’s email account? That has to be the lamest friggin’ attempt at a “I’m not me, I’m someone else” I’ve ever heard of.

    • doncalifornia

      I didn’t even see this post, sorry. So may I ask, why were the fake brother posts removed? Fake or real I think they tell us something. I don’t see any reason for them not to remain here as part of the record.

  • Photo Stealers

    The reason I didn’t reply to her messages is because I’ve been out of town for the past two days photographing sessions. My business will always take priority over PS. Sorry-not-sorry.

    • Just a Girl

      🙂 And you shouldn’t be sorry! Hope you enjoyed what little bit of free time you had!.

      • Photo Stealers

        Was driving all over the state so not free time but I did do a lot of jamming in my car to music that was a bit too loud LOL

        • Just a Girl

          I love road trips…. Busy ones or not so that would still be downtime for me! Must have some decent 80’s blaring too!!

    • Joseph Philbert

      Some of is are full time photographers 🙂

    • C Sab

      Don’t worry, we can handle it when you’re not around. Your source of income is more important than a site you manage in your spare time.

  • Melinda

    Ok, this is Melinda and this is being posted in my own email. The post(s) last night were from my very hot-headed brother and he is who he says he is, he just does not want his name associated with this site not because of the integrity of the site but the questionable integrity of a few on the site. If you choose to dwell on that, dwell away but I am sure many of you have family members or co-workers that would not approve of the way some of you handle your vigilantism. Oh, and it makes perfect sense that his ip from his posting was from my city since he was in my hospital room. First off, should any of you be concerned, I will be fine and released this afternoon. No other details are necessary in this public forum. Now on to what you really want to hear/see….
    It is true, I had sent a message to the facebook page for this site and my intentions were to come on here and make a public apology and yes explanation (not excuse) as soon as I received a reply from the page owner. I did not receive the reply until this morning. In the meantime, I was fielding posts and comments all over social media and also trying to read through some of the other listings and the responses on here. It did not look, to me, like it would be a good thing for me to post on here. All I could see was bashing and cruelness and judgement and no evidence of anything to the contrary. As I stated in my message to the owner, I did not want to get into a tit-for tat battle with anyone. And then, once my DOC sheet was posted, I just lost it and could not see any of this ending well or even ever ending. Just briefly addressing that, it was a long time ago, not going to excuse or justify anything. It is what it is, but it is not me now. Ok, hold on, I know you will jump in and say but you stole photos……So on to that….
    At the time, I did not see it as stealing, because I did not think it through. Trust me, now in retrospect, I see it differently. I was trying to throw together a post, in a hurry, my only prom photos that I had taken in the past were from my other son’s prom in 2007 and that hard drive was crashed. So, yes, I ‘snagged’ 3 photos through either google or pinterest, not sure now where. They did not have watermarks on them (so I guess I felt that made it ok) and I clipped them in to the template. Was it the right thing to do and am I trying to make excuses? Absolutely not. I am only pointing out my thought process at the time, or rather, lack thereof. I am now, as soon as I post this, emailing or calling Toni Lynn Photography and Kelly Saur photography to let them know what I did and to ask them what I can do to make it right. The third photo, the one of the peach blossom dress, I do not know who the photographer is. It was an ad apparently for the dress and I don’t imagine the dress company would mind photos of their dress passing around. If any of you do know who the photographer is, please email me with that information.
    The one and only other photo in question was meant only as a share and since I did it from my phone, I really don’t know why it didn’t show that way here. I had tag and a comment after the share pointing someone else to the PS Actions that it was an advertisement for. I am trying to contact Magdelena Berny, to no avail yet. I did receive a comment on my website from someone posing as her, but the email address used and the very clear English language used tells me that it was not her. I don’t think she uses the same email address as the Chief of Police. I know where/who that comment came from and the owner of the email address used will be informed. Many of you have plowed thru all my online presence and so will know that there has never been an incident of this prior and there was never anything on my websites that were not my own. Not one thing has been removed from my websites, contrary to what someone posted here.
    I know you will all pipe in now and tear this apology apart and so be it. I will take my licks as they are doled out, but it is a sincere apology and acknowledgement to what I have done and I will make it right with the parties involved.
    I left this, before sending, and have called and spoken with Kelly Sauer, owner and amazing photographer of the picture of the couple. I will say, I thank God that not all photographers are cruel or vengeful. She reaffirmed my faith in people. I told her everything, including where she can find this listing. Her responses were so uplifting, I can’t begin to tell you. I am sure some of you will reach out to her to verify what I am saying and I am sure she will confirm with the same beautiful spirit that she spoke with to me. And yes, I was even open with her about the DOC info that has been shared here. I will be calling the other photographer that I have hurt, although Kelly does not see it that way, and will speak her now. Then I will continue this post. I want everything I have to say in one post because after this I plan to put on my big girl panties, take my licks that you feel I should, and move forward. As much as many of you are hoping, I will no longer let this set me back any more than it has. A very hard lesson has been learned, I assure you of that.
    Ok, so, I have not been able to find a phone number for Toni yet, but I have sent her

    • Justin Case

      Honestly Melinda, it is not US you need to apologize to. You should have posted a sincere apology on any of your own sites immediately and owned up and this never would have become such a train wreck. You can still do that now, and begin (again) rebuilding your reputation.

      I would also suggest you do whatever it takes to make amends with your local photographers. As you can see, bad blood does not wash away easily.

      • Awful Truth

        Melinda will always make excuses to try and save her business. She’s been doing this for years, and it’ll never stop. She is a disgrace to photography.

        • C Sab

          Disgrace to humanity.

    • CrackerJacker

      The third photo, the one of the peach blossom dress, I do not know who
      the photographer is. It was an ad apparently for the dress and I don’t
      imagine the dress company would mind photos of their dress passing
      around. If any of you do know who the photographer is, please email me
      with that information.

      So it is up to you to decide what the copyright holder wants done with their intellectual property? And/or it is up to US to find out whose IP you infringed? This is not taking responsibility for your actions, Melinda.

      PS — I’m glad your brother lied about you trying to kill yourself. That said, it seems like familiarity with the truth is a trait lacking in your family.

      • MLee Kneer

        Yeah, I am extra confident that the Marine Corps is NOT going to come
        hunt anyone down over this. I think a familiarity with reality is also lacking.

    • BullShite

      It is not “bashing” when it is true. You were incarcerated, you have a HISTORY of stealing photos, and your work is not up to the par of someone who should be charging money for their efforts. All of these things are not lies, and to bring them up is not “bullying” you might want to look up the term online. Don’t worry I will wait. If anything your “brother” made the posts that could be considered the most threatening/bullying.

      ………But that is not the point. The point is, you got busted, and didn’t think it would go this far, because before, your thefts were only local, and known only by local people. Now they have been seen by THOUSANDS WORLD WIDE. They have been exposed and recorded, and if you keep offending, one of these days you are going to hit a person who is going to SUE YOU, and they will WIN because there is more than enough evidence here against you.

      Also, give it up with the investigation by “authorities” garbage. As someone who dated a cop for a few years, seeing how stretched she was, the idea that police would be spared to “investigate” online harassment/bullying/whaaa-whaa or whatever you want to call it is laughable. They cant even do anything about death threats if the person is not local to you for the most part, or you don’t have an order against them. They have REAL things to investigate, like pedophiles, fraud, and internet drug sales….. and any cop reading this would see, not only your criminal history, but that EVERYONE has valid points for being pissed. Plus your criminal record, and personal information are pubic. So seriously, enough with that side of the story, we’ve heard it all before.

      This apology (minus the snarkiness) would have been great when this FIRST happened, instead of the insistence that other people were stealing from YOU (I noticed this detail was omitted from the apology, thought I would mention it) wether or not it was your “partner”…. you both are a part of the business… but like I said, you thought that just like your other thefts, this would blow over and go away. I will believe your “apology” when no one here hears about you doing this again. I am sure the local photographers who seem to know all about you would keep people here informed.

      If you are really that sorry, take this as not only a lesson in why bad things happen when you do bad things, and that bad things follow you forever so you should STOP…. but take it as a lesson that you are NOT ready to take money for your photos. Get out of the business… it’s not for you, and your skill level being what it is, will only get you to reoffend by stealing photos again to drum up business.

      REALLY being sorry not only means making amends, it means CHANGING, and it means moving away from that which caused you to do bad things in the first place. It also means admitting to yourself that you just can’t cut it yet as any kind of a pro.

    • “As much as many of you are hoping, I will no longer let this set me back any more than it has. A very hard lesson has been learned, I assure you of that.”

      We’re not hoping that it will “set you back”. We are hoping that you will stop stealing photos, contact clients who may have hired you under false pretense (false advertising) and come clean.

      It’s great that you NOW understand that what you did was wrong. Hopefully the photographers you have wronged won’t sue you but in all honesty … if it was me you had stolen from? You’d have already received documents from my lawyer. Does that make me cruel and vengeful? No it makes me a responsible business owner protecting my IP and my industry.

      You say that posting on here would have done nothing good? We’ve had people apologize UNCONDITIONALLY on here before … total comment count? Less than 100. Half assed apologies on the other hand with conditions and accusations just get us going harder.

      One last thing. You mention that your convictions were a long time ago but couple them with copyright violation and fraud (false advertising) and you see a pattern.

      I hope you’ll clean up your act and come clean as you;ve said you would. If you do? I wish you the best of luck.

    • Melinda

      Just realized that my post did not post in entirety. Here is the rest of the response….
      Ok, so, I have not been able to find a phone number for Toni yet, but I have sent her an email and hope to hear from her soon. I will close this out, send, and proceed to move forward.
      I realize this is not a forgiving group of people here and that’s ok. It truly not you who I need forgiveness from. I don’t mean that to be smart-assed, I did and do feel you deserve and explanation and acknowledgement. The forgiveness and or need for restitution is reserved for the individuals I personally affected. I mean it for the truth it is. I also realize that I am opening myself up now to even more bashing, attacks, and so on, but again, it is what is and I’ll take it. Please don’t construe my silence prior to this or after this as hiding etc…It is self-protection and a person cannot move forward, personally or professionally if they choose to stay in the mud pit.
      As far as my brother’s temper tantrum on here, I am sorry for that. I have been spoken to by the authorities that he brought in and I am not looking for revenge or anything of that sort. Bottom line, I made bad decisions in the past, and made bad decisions now, including the decision I made yesterday. I have and will suffer the consequence, but refuse to let it destroy me any further.
      If anyone would like to call me, or email me, that is fine. I will respond to you individually. I will not respond to threats, attacks, or any other abuse, deserved or not. I am sure you have all the contact info, but here it is anyway.
      My email is MPSportsPics@gmail.com My phone number is 678-222-8066. Not good about answering calls right away, especially now, but if your call is not a vicious one, I will return it. I do want to say Thank You to the few of you that have sent positive emails. They meant a lot.
      And so ends my response.

      • Awful Truth

        Your “brother” never posted that message. It’s obvious that you were behind it. You’re just a bad liar, that’s all. You’ve made bad decisions in the past, the present, and they will only continue in the future. Your pattern of fraud in the industry is a never-ending trail.

      • I’ve written you. Politely (though harsh), so I hope you live up to your words and write back. I’d prefer that you reply to my post above, but an email will do.

    • The third photo, the one of the peach blossom dress, I do not know who the photographer is. It was an ad apparently for the dress and I don’t imagine the dress company would mind photos of their dress passing around. If any of you do know who the photographer is, please email me with that information.

      Another note … the company might not mind the photo being seen but the photographer might as he is most likely the copyright holder. He might also find serious offence with the fact the you CLAIMED TO BE THE CREATOR OF THE IMAGE AND CROPPED OUT HIS WATERMARK!

    • sunflower girl

      I call complete BS on the whole “I wasn’t thinking” thing. She has been around for a long time and would call a local photographer out on any and all media if they had used one of her photos. I have seen her call people out for not giving her photo credit for a newspaper photo. How do you make an ad for photography and use someone else work and say “I was in a hurry and did not think I was really doing anything wrong?”
      I agree with the post about who she needs to apologize. Do it on her websites and social media and let the public decide if they want to use her again. I do believe she is sorry she got caught and did not think anyone would check to see if she was using others photos. In my opinion, that is what she was not thinking about.
      I saw some of her prom photos, meh, not the same as her advertising.

    • Photo Stealers

      Since you are going to go there with the whole brother thing…

      The IP address comes back to a house using AT&T U-Verse and the email address comes back to you as well. You used it for your work contact with Action Inc. (easily Googled) and this job is verified with your Linked In account.

      https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=102962469&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=bJ4d&locale=en_US&srchid=496980011398703983197&srchindex=1&srchtotal=4&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A496980011398703983197%2CVSRPtargetId%3A102962469%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary

      You also have the cover of Sports Illustrated uploaded to your account there yet the images for the cover of LeBron James are credited to Greg Nelson for SI.

      http://nba.si.com/2013/05/29/lebron-james-sports-illustrated-cover-miami-heat-nba-playoffs-2013/

    • C Sab

      Yeah it’s gonna take more than your word to make it true that your “brother” is who he says he is. Anyone can go on the internet and say they’ve done this, or know this person, doesn’t mean it’s true.

    • Michael Goolsby

      It is encouraging to hear you admit your behavior and show a willingness to make things right. No doubt, a lesson learned hard.

      Please realize, however, that your apology belongs less to to us or this site and more to your clients, associates, photographers from whom you stoke, and others witnesses potentially deceived by it.

      Please realize, too, that your message delivers a rather back-handed insult to the people who outed you in the first place. Referring to participants of this site as unforgiving and cruel just comes across as an attempt to mitigate your own actions by assuming the role of a victim. Indeed, whatever your are, good or bad, and whatever the explanation for your behavior, you are NOT a victim. Is this a tough group? Sure. But, from my observations, they are only tough on those who show no remorse. Those who have shown genuine remorse have not only been forgiven, but praised, too.

      Again, your apology is unnecessary to this forum. Rather, it is due to the people who were directly deceived and injured. This site just watches closely to see if that actually happens, and takes seriously its self-appointed duty to publicly shame those who do not.

      • Just a Girl

        Nailed it!

    • sunflower girl

      Funny that your brother is talking about the integrity of anyone all the while taking up for your actions and threating people. Says a lot about your family and thought process Melinda.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Seems like you learned your lesson and trying to make amends so I applaud you for making this step. It seems genuine good for you.

    • OK Melinda, let’s see just how REAL you are about apologizing to all you’ve hurt. Take your “apology” comment above, and post it on your FB and any other website you have. AND, not only that, ALLOW us to reply to it.
      You want full and open discourse and you want to show true contrition, then post it! And accept our challenges to the words you say.
      As long as we’re not using foul language or threatening you, you ought to allow whatever we write.. ON YOUR FB Page. And leave it up for the next month or so. THAT would make most (if not all) of us here happy.
      So, will you?
      We know you’re reading, so please answer me. I’ve not been rude or threatening, just harsh.

  • Guest

    LOGO Theft? Your thoughts? I realize this is NOT a photo theft however I need your advise. Here is a conversation from November. Today I see she made a logo. Almost exactly like mine. Paw prints and all.

    • BullShite

      As someone who does logos on the side, and who more than respects the hell out of copyright, and refuses to “copy” even remotely the work of others for my logos or webgraphics… I don’t think you have a case. Aside from putting a circle around it….there are even differences with the circle… which lots of people use, and I imagine is part of a PS or AI tool, there is really no similarities. The font is different, as are the dogs.

      If a client came to me, showed me your logo, and said I want the worlds around the circle like this, and my logo in the middle of the circle like this, so long as the logos were highly different, as was the font business name, and basic design (one is cartoon, the other “realistic”) I would have no problem creating the other logo for her.

      I know maybe that’s not what you wanted to hear, but from a professional stand point,(at least mine) it’s not similar enough. The similarities are unfortunately ones that can be found in a bunch of logos, and in basic logo design, however it just so happens you are both using dogs and both (I am guessing) in the same line of photography work.

      • MPR1776

        I agree, I do websites also and I don’t think they are identical.

    • CrackerJacker

      I don’t see any similarities that make me think “copy” at all. Your dog is a cartoon, your paw-prints are used as stylized “o”s. The other person has a realistic dog silhouette and the paw-prints are embellishments in the border.

      Oh, and this should be in the About Us section, if anything…

    • Jorkaborka

      Nope.. Loosely inspired by maybe, but that´s as far as I´ll call it…

    • Joseph Philbert

      I agree this is not a copy

  • Guest

    Melinda brought back both of her pages, just a fyi

    • Justin Case

      great. now let’s see if she takes our advice and admits her mistake to those really affected by it.

      • Lori

        If she apologizes it will not be sincere, she will continue to steal, harass, threaten and lie about other photographers. She has done this for YEARS!

        • BullShite

          Hopefully being exposed internationally will do SOMETHING to stop this. I fully believe given her history on paper that what you are saying is true, but before her theft was home-town, now it’s around the world. I certainly don’t buy that it was a mistake or a thoughtless action, nor do I buy any of the “pity me, look how sincere I am” act, because I’ve seen it again and again. She flat out got busted, and at this point is just lucky no one sued. She might not be lucky next time…. especially using the photos of people who shoot professionally.

    • MLee Kneer

      She’s feeling confident now that her brother got the Marine Corps after everyone for cyber bullying her.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Marine Corps Online cyber bullying
        division 🙂

        • C Sab

          It’s the only thing they’re good at.

        • MPR1776

          Marines are honorable, seems to me they wouldn’t condone, lying stealing and cheating.

          • which is why his comments are so insulting. Yes, you defend your family and friends from injustice, but as a real military man you also teach your loved ones how to be accountable for your actions and be a “man” and do the right thing.
            This is clearly not what this former “Major” in the Marines feels. Sad

      • C Sab

        Yeah, her “brother.”

  • Melinda

    I just received an email from the poster named ‘Lori”. Her email points out to me that neither she nor Lacey Summers AKA Lacey Larissa AKA L & L Photography by Lacey were or are ‘photographer 1’. She goes on to say that they had never heard of this site until Sunday. Since today seems to be a very humbling day for me, I will apologize, here on the forum, for their names ever being brought up on here and for the quick judgement arrived at that they were somehow involved. It should never have happened and they certainly should never been dragged through the mud with me. Lori and Lacey, I am sorry for that. And, I do mean that, not just because of your email, but I actually thought about it earlier when the owner of this site told me in a message that it did not appear that the info matched up for the photographer 1 post(s) to have come from you. Contrary to what you posted earlier about the sincerity of any apologies coming from me, it is sincere. I have had no contact with you in a year and a half and certainly do not intend to have any in the future.
    In fact, I encourage you others to check out her page. Her children’s photos are adorable fun and unique. The quality of her work has never been in questioned. Lori and Lacey, I wish you Godspeed.

    • Justin Case

      For once I agree with Melinda. L&L Photography has some stunning images. Lacey has a great eye for light and setting and most importantly they look honest and genuine. She also has testimonials on her website from people with FULL NAMES, her watermarks are mostly discreet and subtle and I found no negative posts or over-the-top marketing.

      Most photostealers could learn a lot from sites like hers.

      All in all a class act and a photographer Georgia can be proud of.

      • Joseph Philbert

        Word.

      • Lacey

        So I was not going to get on here at all. But I have to say thank you to Justin for the comments above, I appreciate your kind words.

        • Justin Case

          My pleasure, Lacey. I often wonder about the ‘innocent bystanders’ who get brought into the madness around here. I imagine it must be quite hard not to respond when someone tries to drag you in. I think you made the right decision. Just keep your head up and keep doing what you do.

  • doncalifornia

    I think the “low-life no-life” posts should stay up. That way when someone comes to read these 10 months down the road they will have a better picture of what transpired here.

    • Justin Case

      Don, I completely agree. Strongly. Although I have my doubts that any future photstealer will bother to read this, I think someone looking into hiring MP Sports Pics or Memories for Life Photography just might.

      Regardless of who actually posted the message, it shows quite clearly which side the threats and insults were coming from. I think most of us have pretty thick skins by now, but other people should know just what they are in for if they happen to get on the wrong side of an agreement with Melinda and her family.

      She has said her peace, and if she lives up to it I doubt anyone will have any reason to look up this page. But if they do, it should be here to act as a warning.

      • doncalifornia

        So, now that she has obviously fleeced everyone here with her non-apology apology, again I ask, why in the world are there any posts hidden on this page? The brother persona post, real or not, should be here to stand as an example of Melinda’s and/or her family’s complete disregard for ethics and reason. When people come here in the future it should be readily apparent the world she is living in! My two cents!

  • When I told Melinda that the truest way to show contrition would be to post an apology, not only on here but on her FB page, this is the reply I got:

    “Al,

    First off, No, I am no longer watching the page and I even have it filtered in my email so that I do not see the emails that are sent when someone replies. The only reason I went on to post what I did last night was because I had received a direct email asking me to do so, and I felt that since I had only my initial suspicions and no proof, it was something I needed to do, the right thing.

    My contrition or repentance is not defined by you. I have taken the steps that I feel necessary. I have contacted the photographers personally. I have acknowledged my wrong doing on the page, and I have sent private messages to the parents of each of the 12 kids in my son’s prom group letting them know that I felt that I had deceived them by using photos in my posting that were not mine and that because of that I would not take any money for the pictures from prom and they will be able to download the photos full-res. The replies from the parents were overwhelmingly positive and many even stated that they just saw it as an ad and didn’t think it was my work because everyone here knows everyone and the people I photograph.

    Of course, I am human, and as so, I will not start bashing myself on my page to everyone out there, people that were not affected. What I did was the wrong thing to do, but contrary to what the portion of my background that you can see says, it is not something that is a regular practice. I have taken a road to follow something that I truly love and I will continue to do just that.

    The very forefront reason for my denying your request is because I have children and they don’t need to see all the links posted in their faces and on their newsfeeds, but moreover, they do not deserve to be embarrassed in front of their friends, classmates, and teammates in a public forum. You cannot control the group there and had I not seen the cruel, vicious, and heartless comments plastered on pictures of teenagers, I may have considered it. So to protect my children as much as I possibly can, I am denying your request.

    Anyone that consciously chooses to humiliate a child, whether young, teen, or young adult, is scum and will unfortunately face something as undesirable if not worse in their life somewhere along the way.”

    I think the fact she’s not willing to post on FB shows she’s truly not sorry. But then, we knew that already with all the BS she’s spewed including her hospital visit.
    Grrrr.. I so badly want to shame these people into oblivion for them thinking we’re such stupid fools to believe this shit.
    Even a simple, “I just want to announce that in the past I’ve used images that were not my own to represent my work. I’ve been shown how this is both illegal and immoral (from a photography standpoint) and wish to apologize to all I may have mislead. You can be assured that from now on, any work shown on my FB page or website will be only work that I have created myself”.. now THAT is true owning up to your mistakes.
    Fucking hack. 🙁

    • Just a Girl

      What pictures of kids is she referring to? This just makes you respect the thieves who really are sorry and are interested in fixing that more then saving ego.. I was going to pull the craigslist ads but now I think I’ll post one in rants and raves and the section where people sell their sporting goods!

      • Joseph Philbert

        None she is deflecting

    • MLee Kneer

      Love how she turns that over as if the world is trying to degrade and humiliate her children. Um, NEWSFLASH, LADY! YOU DID THAT.
      No one here has talked to her children. HER behavior is what is humiliating them.
      Ignorance breeds ignorance. Considering the brother it seems a predominant family trait.

      • BullShite

        Considering the fact that her kids could EASILY just type in her name and see everything, no one would HAVE TO say anything to them in the first place. So typical of someone who is NOT SORRY. I fully believe the people that have come in here and said she has done this again and again. She is one to keep an eye on.

        • Lovestolurk

          Well if you are posting referrals to this list then yea they would all have it broadcast to their own friends. Prob be banned for this but that is where I would draw the line too. It’s one thing to prove to all of us that she is sorry and remorseful it’s another to slap your kids in the face trying to do so.
          Melinda, I applaud your apology here and anywhere else and I commend you putting being a mom before anything else.
          [climbing back into corner covering head]

          • Brett

            Looks like Melinda has created another persona.. I call BS on lovestolurk…

          • Joseph Philbert

            I smell rebrand in the future

          • Nah … it takes death threasts or seruious spamming to get banned from this site. The admin doesn’t delete inconvenient comments like most fauxtographers do on their Facebook page when they get outed.

          • BullShite

            Who’s fault is that?
            This is the world we live in now. if you act like a criminal, and an ass, and you get caught for your whole little town to know about, and your kids…. it isn’t the people that outed you who are at fault… it’s the ONE DOING THE CRIME. Do we blame the police that arrested her? The Lawyers? The judge? NO.

            If you act like a criminal, and a thief and a loser, then you will be treated like one. And if that means you have to explain that you are the type of person who always thought it was “ok” to take the shortcuts in life by taking from others, and that is why your name is plastered everywhere for eternity as being a criminal, and now a photo thief…. THAT IS ON YOU.

            Maybe you should not bring “kids” into the world, and then proceed to be a bad example their whole life. Got caught once, and it wasn’t ENOUGH….. got caught AGAIN…. maybe this time will be the “ah-ha” moment… but I doubt it. If you can’t be a decent human being from day one when you have other people dependent on you, and looking up to you, and wanting you to do the right thing, chances are you never will.

            WELCOME TO REALITY.

    • Joseph Philbert

      True.

    • Lovestolurk

      I need to pipe in on this one. I believe she is talking about all the kids in her sports photos. I’m a mom and I would not open the door and welcome people, no matter what I had done, to make comments putting me down on my page that my kids are on or their friends.

      I can respect that and think lines should be drawn when it comes to that. I don’t excuse the usage of photos not belonging to her, but it took a lot for her to come back on here and apologize like she did and to make it right with the actual owners of the photos. Guys gotta give a little credit, sit back, and see if a lesson was really learned.

      Question, were there any other pictures on her website or Facebook that weren’t hers?

      • Sun Flower Girl

        As far as we know she has not apologized to the photographers. She said she did but we know she has been and currently is a fraud so why would we take her word for anything. The only thing we can know from her is what we can see. Unless she makes a real, public apology, it means nothing. Hiding behind children is always a good reason not to do the correct thing.
        To say that her parents did not think anything of the ad except it was just an ad is ridiculous. She knew what she was doing and it is so funny to see what she says about it now. If you make cakes do you post an ad with someone else’s cake in it??! Of course not. That is pure fraud.
        Her ad was for all of LHS’s prom students. She posted it to get business from as many of the prom goers as possible. Now she acts like it was just for a small group of friends and EVERYONE knows her photos. I have seen some of those photos and they were nothing like the photos posted in her ad. They were not great photos.
        At one time she worked for the Gwinnett Braves. There was something that went on there as well. One of her photographers accused her of trying to frame him on getting paid for work when it was against the rules. I don’t know the outcome. I don’t even know who was telling the truth about it. I do know it is more drama though.
        She has trivialized her actions, blamed the bullies and hid behind parents and children. Does that sound like someone who is sorry??!! No, that sounds like someone who has been caught.
        And what about the suicide attempt? Her “brother” said he was worried for her life? She is back to business as usual. I would think she would have been held for a period of time to make sure she was OK. In and out in less than 24 hours is pretty good. Right?
        Oh well, life goes on for her. I hope she gets better with everything in her life. Here is wishing you well.

        • Joseph Philbert

          Who looks at an AD made by a photographer and says “I know they did not create it but I will still hire them anyway”
          That’s like seeing an a AD for a BMW and buying a honda THINKING ITS A BMW.

        • Lovestolurk

          Yea, because I am the only coming to the defense, not defending the actions, but trying to defend the death sentence or caning, I must be a multiple personality. Oh, and yea, I know who Melinda is and because of the Melinda I know and have known in this town for many years, I was shocked to see everything on here. I too am a photographer, wanna be of sorts, and she has taken pictures of my children playing baseball. She will continue, I don’t care about the rest, she knows what she needs to do. Some of us judge (for lack of better word) people based on how they have treated us and not on what we can google alone.

          Oh, and Sunflower Girl, I do believe you are from here too. Maybe just the next town over? Looking through her Facebook friends, I am pretty sure. Sounds like you have a big heavy axe to grind yourself. Would you really want your babies face rubbed in your dirt in front of their friends? Think of something, anything in your past, I am sure it’s there, and then think about what it would do to your kids if it were broadcasted to all their friends and friends parents and team mates and so on.

          Life goes on people, there is life after PS, as much as many of you want to believe differently and try to make true. You outed her, ok. Kudos. Now let’s stop being so sure all the time of the worst outcome and let’s watch. I believe she will surprise you.

          And everything sunflower girl and photographer lady say, could all be related to the same axe, maybe not even a female axe. Do y’all ever stop to think things through without such a hater bias? Give the woman some credit, she never denied what she did do, not once. She owned up to it. Should she go into the town square and announce for all, hell no. She didn’t torture little puppies.

          You would be surprised what a patient and forgiving spirit may bring to pass.

          • captain-confuzzled

            and this, ladies and gentlemen is a perfect example of how the fraudsters continue to do their thing, with the *love* and appreciation of those who blindly follow and apparently have similar values. sigh. apparently the bar for bad behavior is at torturing little puppies. My bar is a bit higher than that. Things like not behaving in a way that will shame my own children – we only reported it, we did not do the actions. Teaching them values, not how to scam the system. Dealing with the world in a straightforward way, not with dances that skirt past the truth with words like “it seems like this is a humbling day”. It either is humbling or it isn’t. If she doesn’t actually know whether it is humbling, I’d say that she isn’t humbled at all, so why even mention it. I find this troublesome and not at all “owning up to it” and again we see gullible people like you carrying their torches of righteousness. I believe that there is good in all people, but blind faith is just blind.

          • It’s why we need photographers to say “ENOUGH!” and sue these fraudsters into oblivion!

          • Sunflower Girl

            I don’t have an Axe to grind just an opinion of what she did and how she reacted. I do not have a criminal record or things I would like to hide from my children. Children and babies are 2 different things, hers happen to be grown. Mistakes are different than doing something with intent. If I am not mistaken, her fraud charge had something to do with her photography business. No one is caning her or giving her a death sentence. More over the top speech to make what she did ok and our opinions wrong.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Fraud is Fraud what you do in the past can come back and haunt you if you do it again. Just like a rapist 20 years ago is usually a rapist now. Its a behavior or more problem.

          • Melinda Potter

            So you love to lurk here on ps and you just so happen to know this fauxtographer personally. Wow! Small word. That would be VERY shocking.
            No more shocking than saying what is being said here is comparable to a death sentance though. Come on! She stole photos and passed them off as her own. I’d hardly call asking for her to make amends with the people she attempted to defraud, and with the photographers she stole from a freakin death sentance.
            I’m gonna go ahead and pretend that she really DID contact everyone involved and made amends and paid restitution, and then skip over everything she has said here in the comments that insults my intelligence, and attempts to make me out to be the bad guy because I have participated in the discussion here that talks of her fraudulent, unethical behavior and comical business practices.

            I give up. This chick is too hard headed, and it’s not likely she will be in business taking advantage of people much longer anyway, unless she decides to take Angel touch’s approach to things and decides to get even more delusional about her professional business dealings.

            So there you go Lovestolurk,
            You convinced me.

          • I’m going to skim over your whole excusing her actions bit and say, yes, if you are someone that’s not her, or her brother, yes, you ARE the only one defending her. All other accounts/comments were linked to her.

      • Hmmm. how much we want to bet she’s physically closely located to Melinda?

        • BullShite

          This just gets more and more amusing… 🙂

      • Photo Stealers

        I watch pages like a hawk after posting a person here with a Facebook Page. I’ve yet to see anyone attack any children’s looks and same holds true here. People post this page and ask about the transgression over and over but thus far I’ve yet to see a single attack on the looks of anyone in an image. The worst I’ve seen is something along the lines of “this is what your real work looks like, not good”

      • doncalifornia

        No one is attacking the kids. The truth is Melinda Pease doesn’t want to be embarrassed in front of her community. The problem is, she deserves to be embarrassed in front of her community. She did it. She’s guilty. Hiding it is not going to make it all better. In fact, I am shocked that by this point in her life, she has not realized that stuffing the truth under a rug has much worse consequences than admitting it now, promising to not make that transgression again, and going on with a clear conscience. She is only setting herself up for a steady stream of discoveries by her kids’ friends, parents, other school people, total strangers. If she’s interested in being the target of whispers and gasps, she’s doing exactly the right thing.

  • Justin Case

    So, lets get a little perspective on all this, shall we?

    We start off with a small post about FOUR images on an advertisement for a local photographer who didn’t make or properly license those images. Photostealers looks into it and also finds an single image cropped and posted without credit on said photogrpher’s facebook page.

    Proper reaction: take down the advertisement, remove the image on facebook, make a post pointing out that this was improper behavior and do your best to rectify things with the photographers whose work you used without payment or recognition.

    Melinda’s reaction: admit to nothing. Delete comments without acknowledging

    anything.

    Reaction here: people post on her facebook page. Post here, air their opinions not just on her business practices, but also on her professionalism and quality of her work.

    Melinda’s reaction: shut everything down, go silent.

    Reaction here: people get annoyed, start digging deeper. Dirty laundry is aired, past indiscretions are made public, anonymous posters with personal issues with Melinda show up and bring up other questions about her character.

    Melinda’s ‘BROTHER’S’ reaction: gets all macho, makes threats and accusations, claims people here have threatened her family and driven Melinda to attempt suicide.

    Reaction here: general laughter and yawns going all round

    Melinda’s reaction: Rambling ‘apology’ and promise to make things right.

    Reaction here: split evenly between ‘seen it all before’ disbelief and ‘benefit of the doubt.’ Prove it, and you’ll soon be forgotten.

    Melinda’s TRUE response: I’ve tried with you people, that’s the best you’re going to get, so stop trying to embarrass me in front of my kids.

    Reaction from me: Stupid, stupid, stupid. It wasn’t the crime that did you in Melinda, it was the cover-up. I’m guessing your kids already know what kind of person you are, and since plenty of locals are posting here, I’m sure the whispers have already begun. And you really can’t blame anyone here for that.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Yep sums it up nicely

    • Michael Goolsby

      Great summary.

      Reminds me of Oliver Stone’s NIXON, in which Dick (as played by Anthony Hopkins) explains to Henry Kissinger how Alger Hiss went down not because of the crime itself but because of the lie designed to cover it up. Ironically, this little speech in the film has a prophetic undertone, as Nixon himself would later be the first US president in history to resign, all because of the Watergate scandal. And, as we know, it was not so much the crime that brought him down, but rather the unrepentant cover-up.

      In the end, Melinda was no different from all of the others: steals as an adult, but then tries to avoid consequences like a child. Funny how she tries to use her children as a tool for avoiding consequence. Hey Melinda, try this: instead of hiding the truth from your children, why not use it to teach an important lesson? Rather than shying away from the truth, how about owning it? Now that would be something worth showing to your children.

      • Not again!

        It also sounds like Chris Christy…
        What? Too recent? 🙂

    • Guest

      Nailed it

  • Just a Girl

    I’ve been thinking about this since Melindas response. My thoughts are based on her response being truthful– which I think by now most of us are skeptical about.
    In her response she said she contacted one of the photographers that she stole from and the reaction she received was gracious and not hurt at all. Which brings me to my thoughts. When photographers that have been stolen from blow it off as not hurting them they become part of the problem that gives these thieves, like Melinda Pease, the idea that it’s ok, it’s no big deal blah blah blah….so maybe some kind of education needs to come from the photographers that mentor, use 2nd shooters to help them learn and any other way the message might be conveyed. Clearly, the message needs to be that it’s never ok to have your work used without your permission. The trick is how to effectively convey the message strong enough that when it does happen the people who get stolen from get pissed and take legal action. Something else I thought of- I thought the REAL photographers were contacted when the listings were put up… How could an obvious one not know of this site?

    • BullShite

      I pretty much call bullshit on the idea that someone is “ok” with their work being stolen. I’ve never seen a legit photgrapher come in and say, “oh this was taken from me, it’s fine.” Sure, some forgive, but the REAL emotions are always shock and anger. I know, because I did have work of mine stolen (not photo) and that is EXACTLY how I felt.

      • Justin Case

        I agree. I think most people are simply polite, and when approached, don’t know how to react, so they simply offer a ‘thanks for letting me know, don’t do it again’ kind of response.

        I bet later, when it all sinks in, they think again and wish that they had done more. And if it happens more than once, like it did with the artist who Dana Nicole took her blog art from, they get a bill and NO sympathy.

        • Melinda Potter

          Yeah, their prior experiences or lack of, would effect their reaction. I had an image of mine misused by a lay person (don’t know how else to describe it, she was not a photographer or artist of any sort) It was blogged incorrectly. Fellow artists found it and others, and already contacted her about it. By the time I contacted her she was intemidated as hell, and really scared. There’s no way I would have read her the riot act. I spoke softly, and linked to good information about blogging and copyright. I think she still might have took it as an attack of some sort, but I got thanked for it.
          I know I would have reacted differently if she had been claiming my image as hers and/or it was used more commercially (it was a personal blog, and I didn’t mind her using my picture if it was done properly. She chose to take it down along with the others though) , but… Maybe not too differently ya know? I kept thinking of how she must feel, and not really about my feelings. I definitely wouldn’t react that way if there’s a next time, especially if they weren’t a lay person

          This is another reason why this blog is so important. It displays their behavior in a more realistic light.

    • Melinda Potter

      I think if there was an exchange, it could have went well, but only because of the blog. Melinda already knew the reaction, and how she could not ignore, not get defensive, not BS her way through etc so the photographer could say their peace, be listened to, and Melinda would behave because she had already been told. Does that make sense? BUT I can almost guarantee, that if the photographer had contacted her first with a cease and desist and spoke their piece, Melinda would have behaved just as she did here. Ignore, belittle, get defensive, lie, what have you.
      I’ve talked privately a few times to photo stealers that I have caught, just before notifying the original artists, and I am met with vial stubborn behavior each and every time, BUT when the original artists get in contact, they are very pleasant and comply with the photographer’s demands. (There have been a few exceptions of course. That’s why the PS blog exists) It’s the messenger that gets treated like crap, and gets hit with stupidity and horrible behavior.
      I had one girl go completely nutso on me because I said “I notice you have some photos in your port that you yourself did not create. I have taken screen shots and contacted the original artists. Please read these links” and linked to copyright information. That’s all I said. Short and sweet, and she called me every name in the book, messaged me repeatedly, swore, and fussed, threatened, and blocked. But, all 10 of the owners said she was nice, very apologetic, and complied. Only three charged her and she paid them without a fuss. But I was an evil monster. It’s strange, but it happens. I’d say more often than not. BTW I don’t go searching for them. I find them asking for critique on forums and in groups that I frequent. (Only three were found on fauxtography outing pages. Hey don’t judge lol) So when a photog asks for critique, don’t just assume they are on the up and up. Really look at their website, really pay attention. Look at those abouts and blogs and what not. Go to all their social media pages. Find them, get them, stop them.

      • Melinda Potter

        When I say only three were found on fauxtography outting pages… Only three were found by me. Those pages are littered with them. I think the same type of mind that thinks “Hey I have a camera I’m going to step all over this” is the same type of mind that doesn’t value photography enough to even think of NOT stealing it

        • BullShite

          It falls in with that strange pathology of needing praise and pats on the back so badly, that they are willing to take huge risks to get a bunch of strangers to compliment work that is not theirs. Even those that steal other’s work, simply to convince potential clients of their “talents” seem to have this need. I think that this is why, almost 100% of the time, the thieves have a history of crime, and of fly-by-night business ventures… it’s not just that they lack talent, and are “ok” with taking shortcuts…. it’s that they want the prestige of SOMETHING. Wether it is to get praise for creating things, or being able to call themselves business owners or self employed…. it’s like a separate fantasy life they live out that becomes them, so when they are “outed” it’s like they are losing themselves along with what should be an easy thing to apologize, shut down, and back away from, and perhaps use as an impetus to learn and grow in their field.

          Instead they fight tooth and nail for the delusion.

          • Justin Case

            I think that describes quite a few of the people featured here. But really, I’m starting to care less and less about WHY people are so OK with claiming work they didn’t create. I just want this shit to stop.

            It’s a really sad point we’ve come to where now when I go to ANY photographers site or post I have to reverse image search to make sure the image is actually their’s. How sad is it that my default mode is now suspicion instead of trust?

            Shame and embarrassment is really the best tool to show people we are just NOT OK with this behavior.

          • Joseph Philbert

            You are correct… the problem when someone new gets caught they dont take into consideration that we seen this pattern before. Most times it flows the same way down hill… so when we take things a certain why it is because of the accumulated experience and a lower TBS -“Tolorence for Bull Shit”

    • Justin Case

      As far as I’m concerned, Melinda’s letter to Al is all the proof that I need that she is totally insincere about wanting to come clean and make amends. She wants to do the least possible with the least transparency to just make this all go away.

      IF (and that’s a big ‘if’) she actually contacted the photographers in question I’m sure she did the same as she did here: a half-assed apology out of the blue while admitting the minimum amount of guilt.

      i doubt the real photographers blew it off so cavalierly. My guess is that they were blindsided by all this and simply didn’t know how to respond. Next time I hope they know better.

  • Michael Goolsby

    A writer plagiarizing text, a composer plagiarizing music, a photographer plagiarizing another photographer’s photographs… these are the worst offenses a professional in these given fields can commit against a fellow professional.

    When confronted with their offenses, our thieves here have reacted in a variety of ways… blaming others, lame excuses, hatred and venom, indifference, avoidance. Only about 2% of offenders actually accept full responsibility for their behavior, and, in my observance, at least, these were the people who genuinely did not understand the gravity of what they were doing at the time.

    This woman understood. She touts her years of experience and expertise. Indeed, whatever the quality of her own work, she’s been around it long enough to have fully understood what she was doing at the time. And that is why it is all the more appalling to me that she has chosen to serve only what lip service she deemed necessary to make it all go away rather than truly confront her behavior with the same public energy as the offenses themselves. Did she rape a baby? Of course not. But did she commit the worst offense possible that one professional can commit against fellow professional? Absolutely. And by so doing, also lied to her clients and the public. As such, her behavior to rectify the matter should be sufficient beyond question. Instead, she merely glossed things over and then walked away. This tells me that Memories of Life AKA Melinda Pease of Loganville, Georgia is not serious about righting the wrongs she committed against her clients, her fellow photographers, and the photo community in general. Offering such mediocre quality in the first place (her theft of intellectual/creative property in the first place is virtually her own tacet admission that she understands this), anyone in need of photographic services is probably better served elsewhere.

  • BullShite

    It’s interesting that now you have to “register” to see the photos on the site. That isn’t very comforting….

  • Sunflower Girl

    Up until now I have not seen anything at all that could be connected with this site and what has happened. Melinda has been very active on FB today though. She has been talking about beach wedding season and commenting on some of those prom photos that started everything. She is not sorry, she will never be sorry. My only regret is that the good people of Loganville will be none the wiser of what Melinda does through her business. I saw this site info on only one person’s page. Right now the only person keeping it going is Melinda. I thought it was over but then this.
    Melinda’s post on FB today.
    I have been amazed by the pure hate and cruelty in some people, even people that profess to be Godly people. If they can be this hateful, cruel, and judgmental from behind a keyboard, I wonder what kind of person they are when you see them in person. All I can say is, If you feel you must judge a person, judge them by how they have treated you. Now, time to do a spring cleaning on my Facebook.

    • How unsurprising. F’ing lying PoS!

    • MPR1776

      This should give better odds that she doesn’t get to fool ppl like she has in the past

    • Justin Case

      I guess she got over her fear of exposing her kids to the embarrassment of seeing her ‘bash herself publicly.’

      Oh well. not to worry, her character shows quite clearly through the quality of her photos.

  • Chris Jones

    Soooooooooooooooo…Doing a random read and found this post and one of this ladies clients contacted me a couple of weeks ago to redo a shoot she had done with this lady… i thought you guys might get a kick out of that. I declined for the record.

    • Big Ron

      Why would you decline? A paying job is a paying job.

    • doncalifornia

      Someone should tell her to buy a lottery ticket.

    • Why decline … it’s a paying job and while we had issues with your ethics your work actually was good.

  • Norman Beer
    • Norman Beer

      One would think that this would have been pulled by now considering…

  • Justin Case

    thought I would move this discussion back over here, I think this is where it belongs:

    • peaceetc

      Now, that is interesting. Nice catch, Justin.

      • Justin Case

        And…. it disappears.
        HELLOOOOOOOOO, Melinda!

        • Justin Case

          results for Facebook posts Jazlyn Jamison

          • BullShite

            CNN IS GOING TO BE SO PISSED.

          • Helena

            All JJ’s posts are being liked by “Jeff Arnold” who works for “CNN.”

          • captain-confuzzled

            bwahahaha, and Jeff Arnold’s profile pic is from “The Avengers – the Reunion” gotta love the creativity! if not the stolen comic book art. wonder why this photographer for CNN doesn’t have any photographs on FB, hmmm.

          • Melinda Potter

            lol oh no! lol I tried to stay out of the silliness that this JJ person is spewing, but THIS is way too funny. Did you notice too that he studied at Harvard? I wonder if he’s a lawyer as well?

          • Helena

            Obviously. A lawyer/photographer for CNN/masked avenger.

          • Just a Girl

            Who also just joined Facebook on April 5. What reporter in this century isn’t already on Facebook!!

          • Helena

            It’s just another facet to the fake profile and fake world being set up. Scary really that someone would go to these lengths. I don’t have to hide behind a fake profile or stolen images.

          • Helena

            Oooh, it says April 5th 2011. I wonder if it’s an old fake account that’s undergone a name change.

          • Just a Girl

            Ooh I missed the 2011! Good catch!

          • Joseph Philbert

            I think the changed the date in Facebook

          • Helena

            I wouldn’t be surprised by any shoddy attempt at deception at this point. I can’t wait until CNN contact us all! 😛

          • BullShite

            If she’s been doing this for a long time, she probably has several older, fake accounts. Definitely something wrong with this chick.

          • Guest

            Melinda also posted as JJ on her memories for life Facebook page. How ignorant can you be?

          • Justin Case

            you sound surprised. Perhaps it’s all a big conspiracy to pin the blame on Melinda. I better check in with the cult leader just to be sure.

          • Guest

            Melinda has been using fake accounts for years now. She has an identity issue where she believes she can hide her problems by pretending to be other people and she’ll use these accounts to threaten others who have tried to bring her problems to light. I don’t know exactly what is wrong with Melinda, but she definitely isn’t very smart at all because she is caught EVERY SINGLE TIME. Then she’ll pull out her book of cheap excuses and try to deny everything, even if the proof is put right in her face. She really needs to finish serving that 10 year sentence; It’s well-deserved.

          • Norman Beer

            That’s the thing. IF she is connected to this in any way, she could be looking at not only having to finish the sentence, but additional points under federal sentencing guidelines. Potentially she could finish her life behind bars. Don’t forget the underlying crime that’s still hanging over her head…
            If someone else is doing this to ‘protect’ her, they could be behind bars for upwards of 10+ years. Since it now crosses into multiple jurisdictions they could face charges in both federal and state courts including USVI.

          • Guest

            Oh trust me, I can tell you with 100% certainty that it is Melinda. I’ve had my own dealings with her and have recognized the same pattern with her over and over again. It’ll never stop.

          • Norman Beer

            I think it’s hilarious that JJ can’t figure out how to post on this page. For someone who claims to be that intelligent, I just have to LOL.
            Oh, and this is even funnier!

          • Helena

            The irony of this post is not lost on me.

          • Joseph Philbert

            Wonder if they removed the watermark

          • Joseph Philbert

            Hmmm 7days for a trip … O-Boy is this idiot going on a cruise ship? Pretending like it was some intended mission?

        • Norman Beer

          I still see it…

          • Justin Case

            check out the timestamp… she reloaded it! Pathetic!

          • Norman Beer

            Because that’s not traceable…
            She really isn’t all that smart.
            Has no idea how to use IP’s
            Has no idea that everything on the web is traceable.
            Has no idea that the words said on the other post are actionable in court and could land them in prison.

            The threats of ‘where I’ve been’ are hilarious! Jaz, do some research and find out where I’ve been! You will ‘blow your mind’!

          • Joseph Philbert

            She/he/it is stupid.

          • Helena

            I can’t see it! 🙁

        • BullShite

          It’s funny, the other photographers and people that had knowledge of this woman when the story “broke” over here, predicted this ridiculous behavior. Not that I didn’t believe them before, but if there was ANY previous doubts about wether or not they are lying….it seems pretty clear this woman has some mental stability issues.

          The fact that she just keeps coming back to kick the hornets nest FOR NO APPARENT REASON makes that pretty damn clear.

          UH OH was that libel? Slander? Oh hell…. do I have to worry about CNN now? Oh man, I am so FREAKED OUT.

    • PORTRAIT ORIENTATION FOR VIDEO!!!! AAARGH! RAGE RISING!

  • Sunflower Girl

    What I want to know is why the school system still allows Melinda to shoot school related functions. Why oh why?

    • Guest

      Maybe we should all contact the school and let them know about her issues:
      http://lhsweb.weebly.com/

      Or maybe post links to this page onto the schools facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loganville-High-School/428399033919000

      • Norman Beer

        My question would be do they know about her past? Did she for some reason not have to obtain a fingerprint card? No background check?
        I would hope they know!

        • Guest

          To my knowledge they do not know. No background check or fingerprint card. Her son is graduating from the school this month, everyone is hoping she will go away after graduation.

          • Norman Beer

            Does her husbands job know?

          • guest

            I doubt the husbands job knows, never knew he was involved in her shenanigans until recently. I have no idea if they are traveling. Sorry!

          • Joseph Philbert

            Dam it’s that bad

          • Norman Beer

            Are they, or he, traveling right now?

    • Lindsay11

      I don’t think she’s going as an official photographer or anything. She shows up to games and takes pictures like any other parent and then tries to sell them. I could be wrong.

  • JP photo

    and she is a PPA member? wth
    also, don’t say ‘of course Georgia’ we all are not thieves…

    • JP, the ‘of course Georgis’ thuing is just because we had like 3 or 4 of thm exposed from Georgia in a row. 🙂

      Don’t worry, they’ve had their stabs at Canadian Photographers as well (I’m from Canada) 🙂

  • BullShite

    Look out guys! CNN is coming to expose us soon!
    (see attachment)

    • Helena

      This would actually be hilarious in terms of journalism if it actually had any hope of happening.

      • BullShite

        I wonder how much talking to himself he did before anyone thought to go look at the page again? It’s “clean” but for what you see there. How many conversations with no one about nothing were deleted, when no one cared?

        Such a sad, silly waste of time. If Melinda wasn’t such a scumbag, I would ALMOST feel some pity for the patheticness of it all. Almost.

        • Helena

          Haha, I know. I bet there was loads we missed simply because *yawn* Jazlyn is a bore.

        • Lindsay11

          Flat out, there was at least a month or so of nothing. There was some time there when I was reading Joesph’s page everyish day* so pretty often when I typed in the J, Jaz’s page popped up and I’d look. I think he** got bored with that fake account and played around with something else. Now he’s back to pretending again.

          *Yeah, that makes me sound like a stalker! But you all know how good Joesph is at irritating trolls, his page is a fun read!

          **I refer to Jaz as “he” because that is what “he” has selected on facebook. I have no idea if it is a man or women but I am all about letting people define their own pronouns! ;P

    • Lindsay11

      I would love love love for CNN (or anyone really) to actually cover PS. Think of the eyes and clicks Corey would get! Think of the people who would come to join the cult and help expose stealers! What if it got people thinking about copyright and pinterest and they learned something.

      Too bad Jaz made it all up in his head 🙁

    • U Really That Dumb?

      What an absolute nut job!
      Seriously, Jazlyn, wake up and realize you need psychological help!

    • I thought they gave up the fake expose crap

  • Guest

    Melinda Pease, MPSortsPic, Memories for life Wedding and Event Photographer. Glad to know her alias Jazlyn Jamison likes Photo Stealers! Plus lots of other incriminating pages that I want share here YET!

    • BullShite

      LOL! Well “he” has to get the updates to feed to “his” CNN spy for the eventual broadcast that will expose us all somehow right? I mean it’s been HOW LONG since we were threatened with exposure?

      The longer this goes on with this “identity” the funnier and more absurd it becomes.

      • KimJ

        Hey that is this month — woo hoo – don’t hold your breath

        • BullShite

          I can’t wait to be outed as a cultist “cyber bully”! (I would prefer Chris Hansen, but oh well.)

          Though what the authorities SHOULD be looking into, is this mysterious group of hackers that seems to be targeting innocent photographers…..you know the ones that delete the photographers photos on their website, and replace them with stolen photos… sometimes going so far as to put new water marks on them?

          From all of the innocent photographers that get mistakenly posted here that have claimed to have been “hacked” by unknown people, you would think CNN would be all over that!

          • Anyone gotten a call from CNN? Corey? Anyone? YEah, there’s no exposée.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Perhaps that was the missed call from Atlanta, GA… Oops, I guess since they couldn’t reach me they canned the story. Sorry!
            🙂

    • Guest2

      I just find it sad that she really believes people are fooled by these pages she makes up. Melinda really is a nut job.

      • BullShite

        I have a suspicion it might be her husband or someone similarly related. (Son?) The text checks out as ‘male’ on a program (which has a slim margin of error) and this person is WAY, WAY too articulate to be her. She writes like a fool in her facebook postings going way back, so I don’t think she would (could) change her ability to articulate for this fake profile, when she should be doing it in the first place as a “businesswoman” if she had the capability.

        I’d bet anything she’s fully aware of it “Jaz” though as he likes her page, comments on it…. and there is no way she doesn’t monitor this entry.

    • Justin Case

      I hope you cleared this post with our cult leader.

    • HAHAHAHAH this how she follows what is going on. Certifiable.
      Further proves that Jazlyn talk about CNN was just smoke… well we already knew it would never happen.

  • Guest

    Melinda Pease’s other Alias! She makes all these fake pages, then likes all her hometown vendors. Who does that? Oh wait, that’s right a dumbass criminal that’s really psycho…

    • Justin Case

      already down… looks like you’re on to something

      • Guest

        No worries, I’ve got everything photographed and screened shot of Melinda Pease and all her alias’s…Lots more info on this nut job that I can’t divulge at the moment! I can divulge that I have all of her transcripts of her criminal activities that I think would make for great reading all over the internet.. After all it is public information.. Boo ya!

        • BullShite

          Man, she is weird.

        • Lindsay11

          … why can’t you divulge it at this moment?

          • Helena

            Yeah enquiring minds want to know! :p

        • Lindsay11

          So it’s been a week, any update?

  • guest

    Melinda Pease, MPSortsPic, Memories for life Wedding and Event Photographer.. Yep, Melinda Pease the faux photography has yet another fake account. Can’t wait to see the next one, this is quite entertaining. I’m sure just as entertaining as it was for her IHOP manager she stole checks from and was busted for!!!! HA!

    • captain-confuzzled

      smh, just have to wonder why bother? love the “Forensic photography” category. Nice of her to entertain us.

    • Really whats the point?

      • guest

        She has no point, she is psycho!!! Not only is CNN going to do a report on PS, we’re going to have a write-up done on us! How exciting, publicity is always welcomed! Melinda Pease saw this post and had to make another fake facebook page just to respond to this post! (poor thing, finally ran out of the old ones and had to make a new one) I imagine she made all the fake accounts to go after PS, but then got it in her nutjob head that we had something to do with it.. I guess we’re taking one for the PS cult! Keep your harassment up on my business, my daughter and myself and I will post the entire court transcripts next! It is public information and I’m ready to post it. (it’s all up to you) Oh yea, forgot to tell you, we talked to Gary and Linda! I guess you didn’t realize we’re dear friends of theirs! 🙂 And to the ones that asked for an update, it’s almost complete! Here is her latest page with the post she posted to our business page. She posts, deletes and hides, just as any cowardly cyberbully, cyberstalker does.
        ****************************************************************************

        Lori wrote: “BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got you now!!!!!!!!!!!!! Didn’t think that last one through now did you? Oh, the waiting is tough but so worth it. So soon now. Block all you want, every review site, craigs list, social media, your own website (dumbass leaving the gateway open), every online source will very soon be sharing a very very enlightening write-up on YOU. All at once and it will be there long before you realize it. Oh, and legal. Yup, helps getting the media to bear the weight of legalities for you. What we have is NEW news, your old news has really gotten old. You have succeeded in making yourself (yourselves) look like the ugly witches that you are. You really should see what people are saying about you, step out of your little click and you just might. Nah, just sit back and wait, not much longer and you will see. Tick Tock Tick Tock…”

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Crazy!

        • 0_0 wowness

        • BullShite

          This is awesome.

        • Lindsay11

          So… Lori is the fake account and she posted this on… your page? Your friend’s page? I feel like we are getting 1/3 of the information. I understand wanting to hide from crazy but I’m also a little lost.

    • Justin Case

      Well guest, since you’re not familiar with how to do screen grabs, I’m guessing that you are not a member of the cult and that this is personal for you.

      Can you give us a hint of how you know this is Melinda? I see the similarities with the Jazlyn Jamison fake profile, but what is the proof that this is Melinda?

      I’m not accusing you of anything, but you seem to have some knowledge of all this that most of the rest of here lack. I can certainly understand not wanting to give yourself away to whomever is behind all this, but not knowing who you are either makes me curious how you’re finding this information.

    • Lindsay11

      Dear guest, here’s a page that will help you take screenshots no matter what the platform. http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Hi Melinda. Can we come visit you on Thursday?
    http://www.waltoncountyga.org/Sheriff/jailrosterframes.htm

    • U Really That Dumb?

      How’s all this working out for ya?

    • peaceetc

      I don’t take pleasure in seeing that she was arrested. But from what I understand, it was a long time coming. I hope the person she was allegedly stalking can get some peace, though if there’s a trial, that might take some time. And I hope this will be enough of a shock to Melinda’s system that she’ll finally get the help she desperately seems to need.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Exactly! Hopefully she gets some help!

    • BullShite

      I’m glad they finally arrested her. Now we KNOW that some of the claims of the people in here were true, as to her behavior. Hopefully whomever she was harassing will get some relief. Frankly they should put her in a loony-bin somewhere, but I don’t think those exist anymore.

    • Just a Girl

      Awwwww no huge CNN Expose! Dangitt!

    • KimJ

      Wow, today just seems to be full of surprises. Jaw dropping stuff here. So when is the TV show coming out?

      • U Really That Dumb?

        They are trying, but Joseph is refusing to answer the door so they are stuck… 🙁

    • captain-confuzzled

      Dang! How the heck did you investigoogle that so fast! WTG!!! Amazing news!

      • peaceetc

        Publically accessible records are interesting things. 😉

    • Oh Dam and it keeps going!

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Wait, you are alive? How did you escape? I thought CNN had the compound surrounded after they cut off all communication ties!

    • Lindsay11

      The only thing shocking about this is the fact that it’s her first offense. Wasn’t she arrested before?

      • peaceetc

        I don’t remember it if she was. It’s honestly hard for me to keep track of all these people, but Melinda being arrested before doesn’t ring a bell. Maybe someone else has better info.

        • Lindsay11

          Sorry! I have to run out the door but of course I had to check PS just one last time! haha Anyways, I don’t have time to dig and I don’t want to get distracted reading all the posts from her “Marine brother”, but I did find this one post mentioning her needing to finish her 10 year sentence. Will look more later, must run! http://stopstealingphotos.com/memories-life-wedding-event-photography-aka-mp-sports-pics-loganville-georgia/#comment-1376091931

        • guest

          Her mugshot was posted in earlier comments from a previous arrest where she served time in prison.

          • peaceetc

            Was that her? I guess I was thinking it was someone else. Thanks for the clarification.

        • Lindsay11

          Here it is in fact, she spent 8 months in jail for a 10 year sentence. I don’t know the legal system except what I watch on tv (and even then, I’m not really into police/court dramas), but I imagine being arrested again doesn’t look good for her.

          (Also, no kidding, it is hard to remember details of every person here, especially when you binge read the entire site in a huge gulp!)

          INCARCERATION DETAILS
          MAJOR OFFENSE:FORGERY 1ST DEGREE
          MOST RECENT INSTITUTION:METRO STATE PRISON (W)

          STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCESCASE NO: 409831
          OFFENSE:INFLUENCING WITNESS
          CONVICTION COUNTY:GWINNETT COUNTY
          CRIME COMMIT DATE:N/A
          SENTENCE LENGTH:10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
          CASE NO: 409831

          OFFENSE:THEFT BY TAKING
          CONVICTION COUNTY:GWINNETT COUNTY
          CRIME COMMIT DATE:N/A
          SENTENCE LENGTH:10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS
          CASE NO: 409831

          OFFENSE:FORG 1ST BEF 7/1/12
          CONVICTION COUNTY:GWINNETT COUNTY
          CRIME COMMIT DATE:N/A

          SENTENCE LENGTH:10 YEARS, 0 MONTHS, 0 DAYS http://stopstealingphotos.com/memories-life-wedding-event-photography-aka-mp-sports-pics-loganville-georgia/#comment-1357664600

          • KimJ

            Wow, this might be too good for her as it will be a second offence.

          • Justin Case

            It’s also a question of WHAT she was arrested for: in this case, the charge is ‘stalking.’ (Something people here are often accused of).

            I am more concerned that we – as commenters and individuals –are involved in this yet are only getting partial information. Screen grabs are posted anonymously and connections are inferred, but no real hard proof has been delivered. This does bother me as the power of this site comes mostly from Corey’s diligent research and her ability to always post proof to back up any allegations made.

            Don’t get me wrong, I think that Melinda has shown us very clearly what kind of person she is. By her own admission, she has gone to prison before. Now she has been arrested for stalking, but as far as I know she has not yet been proven guilty – either here or in Georgia.

            I would just like some further proof of the connections between the threats made by Jazlyn et al and Melinda, Lori and the stalking charges.

          • Lindsay11

            I agree, on this page and on Tina’s page, we are getting half stories and bits of information and some times no proof. It makes me uncomfortable as well. I can understand the reasoning but I’d prefer to have clear cut evidence.

          • KimJ

            I doubt if we will ever know the whole truth. We can only take what has been published.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            JC, et-al,
            The charges stem from her ‘photography relationships and what’s been laid out in subsequent comments below. Reminder, she was accused of harassing other photographers. Yeh, I know, reading everything would take a while. But it’s all there.
            As for ‘our’ connection. Again, this goes back to the original incident.
            Re: Jazlyn, CNN, EPA, FAA, PTA… Eh, whatever. There has been no activity on that FB page since July 1. IF we see something while Melinda is in Jail, then we know someone else is involved, and subject to the crime. If not, again, who knows, but it certainly increases the odds. We do know that her locations (posted pics on FB, IP addresses, etc.) matched those of Jazlyn multiple times.
            As for this “Guest” person that’s been posting recently, and doesn’t get the whole screen capture thing, no idea. Most everyone else is accounted for. Check with any of the mods and they will confirm that.

          • U Really That Dumb?
          • Justin Case

            just been reading that. crazy doesn’t seem to cover it. Despite all the allegations, there seems to be no proof on facebook that any attacks on Melinda/MP Sports pics happened…

          • U Really That Dumb?

            To use an old phrase: the proof is in the pudding.

          • Just a Girl

            HAHAHA Did you notice that Melinda and Kim both spelled “vindictive” incorrectly but the same way.

          • good catch

          • Just a Girl

            there are 3 people who spelled Juvenile incorrectly also. But that one is possibly valid cause I almost spelled it the same way they did! Haha

          • Just a Girl

            Joseph when crazy girl posted the Rip Off Report on you did it give you the option of getting the Data info?

          • Yea it did for $2000 to me there is no point to it.

          • Lindsay11

            HAHA I love that ripoff report site is, in itself, a ripoff. I think it’s pretty obvious Melinda has been behind a lot of shady stuff! And I love that we have at least two places where Jaz has made a ripoff report about people who upset her! I bet there are more she has made…

          • Just a Girl

            WOW. I seriously doubt that Melinda spent that kind of cash to get it then. If she did shes probably wishing she had saved it for Bail! 🙂

          • Justin Case

            I agree with everything you’ve pointed out. There is no question in my mind that there is a feud going on between local photographers and Melinda is a part of it. It may even be completely a one-sided attack on her part. I just don’t want to see this site being used for someone’s personal vendetta.

            By all means, anyone with information or documents, – like the one URTD posted above – please share. But unsubstantiated/unsupported attacks leave this site open to exactly the kind of accusations Jazlyn Jamison has accusing us of.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Exactly!

          • I agree..

          • peaceetc

            Excellent points, Justin. I will say I am the one who found the detention center roster URTD posted, and can verify it is legitimate. I could even post the publicly accessible link to the site where I found it (and she is still listed as a resident of the jail), but I’m not sure if that’s appropriate.

          • Just a Girl

            Great post! It’s always wise to remember that there is “he said, she said and somewhere in between is the truth”. I’ve never been totally comfortable with some of the personal accusation stuff that this site seems to bring out of people accused and people who have had dealings with the people accused. But what do ya do!? People are people!

          • peaceetc

            I’m not down with personal attacks, either, and hope people would refrain from going there. I’d prefer to stick to facts, and it is better for everyone and the reputation of this site if we all do so.

          • I agree … I hate personal attacks they can attack me all they want.. I dont care to stoop to their level.

          • Lindsay11

            I don’t think anyone who is a regular here would ever ever stoop to personal attacks. 🙂

            (Gosh and if someone did everyone else would make sure they knew that was not acceptable! This is a group of the most honest and hardworking people I’ve ever met! I love you guys, more kool-aid (btw did you know that the Jim Jones group didn’t use kool-aid, they used flavor-aid because it was cheaper!? Random fact for the day!) and bacon flavored vodka popcorn for everyone on me! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_the_Kool-Aid)

          • Just a Girl

            I had a Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary on Friday. It was ok. I’d probably like popcorn better!

          • Lindsay11

            Oh Glob! That sounds really really good, honestly (well, if you leave the bloody mary out of it, blech tomatoes). My husband is at the store right now so I’m going to ask him if he can get some bacon (that ish is expensive!). At least I have the vodka. I refuse to put it on my popcorn though because that is mushy! Blech! Unless someone invented some form of vodka salt…

            ETA Nope, in my mind I’ve made a delicious BLT that included some kind of vodka salt. And also avocados. It is amazing you guys! Now just to figure out how to get the popcorn in there.

          • Lindsay11

            OK I figured it out! You know how some times people put potato chips on their sandwiches? (I’m thinking Liz Lemon sammiches!) So instead, you get those popcorn chips and use those. But those are a little dry so you’ll need a GOOD olive oil and some EXCEPTIONAL balsamic vinegar.

            (This is in keeping with our Photo Stealers theme of GOOD people who take EXCEPTIONAL photographs.)

            So! A THE INTERN DID IT bacon with JESUS tomatoes and FREE ON PINTERST lettuce on a nice soft buttered JUST PLACEHOLDERS sourdough. With OMGHACKERS vodka salt, OMGSUICIDE ATTEMPT popcorn chips, GOOD olive oil and EXCEPTIONAL balsamic vinegar.

          • Just a Girl

            hahaha!

          • Just a Girl

            It was ok. I wouldn’t try to talk someone out of trying one but I doubt I would deliberately order another one. With a salted rim glass it was just to much salt.

          • Only served 8 months … dam then she is on probation ..oopps not anymore. Committing another crime usually breaks that and you have to serve that sentence in full unless you get a kick ass lawyer.
            Her “photographer” salary is not enough to get one.

          • peaceetc

            The screen cap someone posted on the Rip Off Report posted here in this thread shows the sentence date as being in 1999. So I would think she’s no longer on probation, but maybe not.

            http://www.ripoffreport.com/d/r1151879-ospy5v-idrqi1ahou/pease1.jpg

          • Oh darn…

      • U Really That Dumb?

        First offense for Stalking. There could be countless other offenses that she has prior for such as check fraud, fraud, theft, murder, etc. that are out there.

        • peaceetc

          Good point. I don’t quite know how that stuff works, but I think you’re right.

    • peaceetc

      For the record, she apparently posted bail and has been released. The web site no longer has her name, and earlier it was showing a $4,000 bail had been set.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Interesting that when you clink on the “Click Here for Official Charges” you get “Stalking/First Offense”

    http://www.georgiainquirer.com/news/georgia/suspect-charged-for-dui/12015310.html

    • peaceetc

      That’s a weird web site. It appears to just be a front for paid records searches. It’s probably automated and uses publicly accessible records to create the entries.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Is this news or did I miss it before? Read it all for more links to her past.
    http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/mpssports-pic/loganville-georgia-30052/mpssports-pic-melinda-pease-memories-for-life-wedding-and-event-photography-felon-photo-1152773

    This I know we have, but here it is again to save people the time of searching.

    http://www.dcor.state.ga.us/GDC/OffenderQuery/jsp/OffQryForm.jsp

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Melinda,
    FYI: Bond is not escaping.
    Also, I find it interesting that you and your cousin have similar business names. Who copied who?
    https://www.facebook.com/MemoriesForLifeWeddingPhotographers

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Uh, yeh.

    • BullShite

      LOL!
      I just hope she learns her lesson, and winds up having to pay out to whomever it was she was stalking so it will stop. I can’t even imagine what poor person wound up in her crosshairs.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Unfortunately I doubt it since this isn’t the first time.
        There were a number of people that she did similar things to.

        • BullShite

          Well she is watching the page, since the FB changed.

          Still waiting on that CNN expose Melinda!

  • U Really That Dumb?

    I’m on pins and needles waiting anxiously for this to come out! Just 16 more days left in July so it could be any day now!
    I know the rest of the regulars are as excited as I am!
    So who’s taking bets on which ‘affiliates’ picked this up?
    We’ve been told CNN is all over this story! I HOPE it’s Anderson that covers it! That would be AmazingSauce! Speaking of sauce, perhaps they can get Anthony to do a cameo or ‘special report’!

    Jazlyn, won’t you give us at least a few hints? PuhLeeeeeeeZzzzzzzzz!

    https://www.facebook.com/JazlynJJ/posts/1440914026159572

    • I’m considering canceling my camping trip just so I don;t miss the cutting exposé she’s put together about us …

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Don’t worry, their investigative team will find you!
        If they don’t, then I would guess they will have to cancel it again. 🙁
        So I guess you’re right, cancel your trip! 🙂

    • BullShite

      Oh look a pre-view!
      (attatchment)

      • Lindsay11

        WOW! This is the best thing ever…

      • And before she flips out about the use of images (her and CNN) this is covered by fair use: satire.

        • BullShite

          Publicly accessible mugshots of adults are considered public domain anyway. I think only minors and certain cases do not have this distinction.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Bwaaaahaaaaahaaaaahaaaaahaaaahaaaaaa!

        • U Really That Dumb?

          OMG!
          I only saw the picture on my phone at first. Seeing it on the computer and reading all of the subtext, I am ROFLMAO! That is AWESOMESAUCE @pakefrofile:disqus!

          • BullShite

            LOL I’m not a photographer so I gotta use photoshop for SOMETHING!

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Note to self, outsource all of my editing to @pakefrofile:disqus!

      • Helena

        Hahahahahaha! I laughed so hard at that I thought I might go into labour!

        • Marc W.

          Me too.. oh wait. um. Actually, people at work might give me looks.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Congratulations! I guess I missed the announcement but should have guessed by your other profile picture. When are you due? By the looks of it I’d say any day now!

      • Just a Girl

        HAHAHAHA HILARIOUS!

    • Lindsay11

      I get a page not found when I try to look at Jaz’s page.

      • peaceetc

        It appears to have been removed.

        • BullShite

          Well now we DO KNOW that there was a connection. Not that there was too much doubt. How shocking.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            I’m guessing someone doesn’t want the prosecutor to know this page even existed. OR perhaps there is a court order to eliminate all but the primary account…

    • Lindsay11

      Also, I highly doubt CNN moves this slowly on stories. Especially one so very easily researched!

  • Justin Case

    Well, the Jazlyn Jamison account has finally been completely removed along with all the comments associated with it. Perhaps the person behind it finally realizes they were doing more harm than good.

    • BullShite

      Personally I hope this is the last we hear of her doing anything to anyone. If she hasn’t learned her lesson from this, she never will. If she just goes home, leaves people and other people’s pictures alone, does her thing in PEACE……maybe this can be tucked away in the caverns of Internet Past in a few years.

      • Cm

        As a photographer and member of the same community, I must say that I have never seen or heard of mpsort or mem for life involved in any squabble or dispute with anyone except 1 photographer that has themselves been involved in several disputes including one with me about 4 years ago. I urge this forum to stop allowing this to become a place to air dirty laundry for the sake of airing it. I can spot at least two commenters on hear that are doing just that by how they keep saying she has done this to so many. If that’s true where are the so many. If it is to be settled in the court then let it be settled on the court. You are allowing 1 or 2 new commenters (new since this listing appeared) to damage the reputation for this forum that you have established.

        • Of you are talking about Jazlyn well that is different and they brought on themselves. It’s quite a large history of the crap they did. No hearsay we do have proof.

          • BullShite

            I think this is Jazlyn. In fact, I would bet my life on it.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Odds are you will live a long and healthy life free of bars, unlike Melinda/Jazlyn.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Hmm…
          I’m guessing either you’re keeping your head in the sand, or related to her because there is more than enough on both.
          Also, the writing style matches that of another one this morning that got deleted.

    • Yea I verified that. Our source of entertainment is gone.

  • Guest

    Oh, hey Melinda.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Hey, there she is!
      Let’s see how long it takes for her to flag this comment for removal.
      Please pick a time slot of no more than 2hrs at a time. Ex: Saturday July 26th from Noon – 2PM GMT. (Please remember to calculate it to GMT)

      • Lindsay11

        Uhm… duh… now!

        Also, am I the only one thinking of “The Room” and “Oh hai doggy” when you see this post? Just me? OK! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mMyV2YQgAA

        • Melinda Potter

          Oh my gosh Lindsay! I realize you posted this months ago, but this is my first time seeing it. I’m a HUGE The Room fan! It’s fantastic!!! lol thanks for the giggle

    • Johnson Smith

      Any updates on this one? Curious to know if this is one of the ones that Photo Stealers group had a hand in.
      I am learning a lot in reading past entries on this blog, wow! Just Wow!

      • Lindsay11

        Hi Johnson! As far as I know there aren’t any updates, but there will be eventually. There always is with this one!

        Have you read about our friend Aries/Tasha? That’s a good read. http://stopstealingphotos.com/charming-photos-aka-aries-photography-cross-lanes-wv/

        • Johnson Smith

          I’ll have to bounce over there now and give it a read. I suppose I should get notification now if this one is updated anytime soon? Still trying to figure this Disqus out. Seems quirky at times. Thanks Lindsay.

          • Lindsay11

            You probably won’t unless someone responds to you. What I do is follow people and watch and see who is posting where. I just happened to see you had posted this comment recently and got lucky it hadn’t been pushed off the “recent post” section of the page!

            And thanks for making me think of Tasha, seems she’s up to her old tricks!

          • Justin Case

            HAHHAHHAHAHHHAHHA! “Seems quirky at times.”

            (You’re new around here, sorry)

          • BullShite

            It is SUPER QUIRKY.

            You might have to refresh to see attachments, even when you post them.

            Sometimes the posters name will show up wrong if there are a bunch of people posting at once, so again, you have to refresh.

            I’ve had things happen, like all of the lower posts appearing up above on top.

            Yeah, it’s a pain. 😉

  • U Really That Dumb?

    I SO want to be a fly on the wall when Melinda Pease stands before the judge and they ask her about her involvement with Bill (William) Scott and Stacie Klein of Delray Beach Florida. Since they have the power to seize all of her electronics, she would be totally screwed if there was even a trace back to them or anything on this page!

    http://stopstealingphotos.com/sjk-photography-aka-picture-stacie-klein-delray-beach-florida/

    • Christopher C.

      What’s the link between them?

      • U Really That Dumb?

        If you look at the responses coming from Bill & Stacie you start to wonder if they are getting fed ideas by Melinda. We already know that she has a stalking charge, and that she’s tried other games in the past.

        I SO can’t wait for the judge to order all of her and her husbands electronic devices turned over. The funny thing is the court has the ability to subpoena work devices as well. I’m SURE his employer will be SO pleased!

        If there is any attempt to contact the person she stalked, or anyone on this page in an effort to influence the case, she’s looking at a substantial amount of time behind bars.

        • Savannah

          I’ve been busy & missed a lot apparently. Is she friends with SKP’s Bill & Stacie?

      • U Really That Dumb?

        The other thing to remember is this isn’t her first OP charge. It’s her third. That’s something Judge Parker has to take into consideration. Especially if she DID come to this page and if she had any interaction with any others. Especially Bill & Stacie.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Melinda,

    Did you see that your friends got featured again? Really classy people I tell you! Oh I SO can’t wait for part 3! I wonder what other gems will appear. Especially ones that could sway judges…

    http://bullshizer.tumblr.com/post/110877244019/billcie2

  • barque

    Melinda Pease is now friends on facebook with Pamela Wade of Trueview Productionz at her new Pleona Photographics fb page.

    • captain-confuzzled

      birds of a (stealing) feather stick together

      • Stefanie

        I wonder who friend requested who? And what was going through her head at the time?

        “Oh..she’s on my level..she will totally understand why I like what I do.”

    • Stefanie

      WHY does this not surprise me? They’re both from Loganville, maybe they’re creating some sort of “photo stealers redemption” league.

      We can only hope. But then again..there’s a better chance of my dog waxing her own ass tonight so..
      I’ll just leave it at that.

  • keca

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they both become friends with Stacie Klein and Bill Scott of Delray Beach, FL. And that dirtbag King Cure or whatever his name is from Austin.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Hey Melinda,

    We know you’re watching the other page but you should probably know that when the judge finds out you’ve violated your restraining order you’re going to jail and likely taking your husband with you if he knows of your actions. Lest we forget Bill and Stacie joining you if you’re involved with them.

    http://stopstealingphotos.com/sjk-photography-aka-picture-stacie-klein-delray-beach-florida/