Photographic Inspirations

Web: http://photographicinspirations.webs.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographicInspirationsMobileStudios

Facebook2: https://www.facebook.com/inspirationsagency?filter=1

If you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar, it’s probably best to a) apologize and b) delete EVERYTHING you took. It’s not a good idea to claim the images are all yours save for that ONE boo-boo and insult the photographers.

PS: Your rants may look silly if you left the watermarks on the images from the photographers you stole from.

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  • Thank you photo Stealer’s, we as photographers put a lot of time, money and effort into becoming a better photographer. I feel for the brides that have booked him on the bases of our hard work, which obviously he can’t deliver even after 30 years with the industry.

  • Melinda Potter

    Oh good God! Do you see what they are left with if they remove all that was stolen?! lol. Sorry, but… I’m giggling over here, and shaking my head. Horrid

  • Polly

    Well done! Also, it should be noted that BIPP have confirmed Ian Keeling is not a member of their organisation, despite his FB page and website displaying their logo

    • I phoned the BIPP this afternoon and they confirmed he was never a member. I send them all the links with pictures and they are taken action against him. 🙂

      • Geoffrey Rowe Lbipp

        Paul,

        Glad you’ve taken action with the BIPP. If I had seen this earlier I would have done that myself. I AM a qualified BIPP member (Licentiate) so I take a very dim view of someone trying to pass themselves off as a member! Grrr!

  • Cheryl Logan

    Their camera takes 12 pictures per second, but they have to steal images to create a portfolio… Hmmm

  • peaceetc

    Be warned — they are deleting and blocking anyone who comments on their page, even those with polite questions regarding the Photo Stealers post. If they are on the up and up, they should be able to answer the questions, not delete and block.

    • We were all blocked once the guy came home with all our messages deleted. I did go into his account and find which wedding related group his was in, and post warning with the groups with a put of my photo on his site, and then a link to my blog post. So then future brides are warned about him. 🙂

    • C Sab

      A true sign of guilt if I ever saw one.

  • shane

    she was quick. blocked me in 2 seconds. stock photo my ass

  • Jim

    BIPP logo and images are all still there

    http://photographicinspirations.webs.com/

  • They need to steal some punctuation.

    • amber

      My head hurts trying to decipher her post becuz it was so badley spelled and ‘punctuated’.. Ha 🙂

  • peaceetc

    Their first FB page is down, but the other one is still up, and is quite laughable. They’re trying to make it look like they are behind the scenes at big TV productions, but they clearly are not. https://www.facebook.com/inspirationsagency

  • If it was ONE photo that was snipped off the interwebz I might give him/her the benefit of the doubt. But the entire FB page consisted of stolen images. Wow. I have been dealing with hundreds of people infringing my photographs for the past week and I am in no mood for thieves. Too bad there isn’t jail time for stealing photos like there is for stealing cars. Stealing my photographs and using them on a website without compensating me deprives me of income. That’s theft.

    Thank you very much for the work that you do.

  • Lori Hoddinott

    What is BIPP and IVRPA ? Are they really members ?

    • BIPP is governing body of professional photography (British Institute of Professional Photography) still not really sure what the other is.

    • peaceetc

      IVRPA is the International VR Photography Association http://ivrpa.org

  • I contacted photo stealers, because he barred me from his personal account, and his business facebook page. I contacted the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography)
    and the IVRPA and both aren’t happy about it and will be taking further action.
    I can’t thank Photo Stealers enough, I only contacted them a couple of hours ago 🙂

    • peaceetc

      Photo Stealers rocks. I’m glad they were able to help you.

    • Joseph Philbert

      It’s what they do!

    • Corey and the work she does with this site and the help she gives to the people that have been stolen from is where it really counts! Lets get these thieves outed, then go on to support the people they stole from!

    • C Sab

      Well done sir.

  • Karen C

    From Photographic Inspirations = Ian Keeling
    Ian Keeling on FB = https://www.facebook.com/ian.keeling.14 Note where photo comes from
    Leads to: https://www.facebook.com/inspirationsaccountants Note where photo comes from

    • peaceetc

      Inspirations Accountants? What the heck? And there’s also this: https://www.facebook.com/ian.inspirationsgroup

      • Bhig Bhad Wolf

        I’ve seen people do this before. Typically they are nickel and dime con-artists, and open a web of similarly named business that are easy to “open” like publishing, publicity, photography, and gee… accounting, and then when they get caught scamming people, the “business” mysteriously vanishes along with the owner who often has several different, yet similar aliases.

  • Joseph Philbert

    People like this are pathetic .. 30 years my ass!

    • C Sab

      lol Some people don’t realize it takes more than a bit of text to make claims like that legit.

  • doncalifornia

    This photo which on their page they caption as “Behind the Cameras” from this past week, is an image off the blog page of a production company in the U.S. who did all the camera production work for BBC America’s live broadcast of Obama’s inauguration in January 2013. While there is the faintest possibility that they were in Washington DC over a year ago shooting behind the scenes shots for the American production company… haha, ok, never mind. Stolen.

  • Amber Kost

    Haha their web page is now ‘under construction’. Hmmm. Also, what’s with all the photo thieves having .webs. sites, instead of real pages? After 30 years, you can’t afford a domain? Hmmm

    • Amber Kost

      On a side note, why is my profile picture a turkey??

    • Big thumbs up 😀

  • Bhig Bhad Wolf

    So it’s the PUBLICISTS fault this time! Not “we”, huh? Sounds like a pretty HUGE operation. I mean, heck as a small business owner myself I would LOVE to be as big and important as they are… enough to hire a publicist to run “our” facebook even! It must be awful that “they” had to come home all exhausted from their huge long day of photography to see that their professional publicist, who one would assume does publicity for a living and knows it’s illegal… let alone kind of strange to steal someone else’s work and pass it off as their own…
    SOUNDS LEGIT.

    • peaceetc

      Especially when he claimed they didn’t need to advertise because they were all booked up. So that advertisement was for… what, to boast about how they didn’t have any openings? I’m confused.

      • He was posting in wedding groups that day looking for business, not sure he would have received much after my comments/pictures showing brides & grooms he was stealing images. lol

        • peaceetc

          Trying to drum up business he doesn’t need, right? 🙂

          • must have been to fill those last few wedding dates 😛 haha

    • He charges £250 ($410) for an all day wedding. I charge 5 times that and can’t afford a publicist! lol

      • Joseph Philbert

        Ain’t that something…they must live in a low income neighborhood leaving with there parents

    • Joseph Philbert

      It’s always the butler that did it.. Pass the blame game. “I never look at my website”

    • me.

      I didn’t know photogs had publicists. I want a publicist. Oh, wait, shouldn’t a publicist know copyright law? Ok. No. I guess I don’t want a publicist.

  • AYP

    These people don’t believe in using commas either.

    • C Sab

      Anti-Grammar Nazis? 😛

  • C Sab

    HAHAHA I always laugh my ass off when the accused tries to blame it on the non-existent jealousy of the accuser towards the accused. As soon as someone uses that as a counter-argument, you know they’re guilty and can’t even think up a decent lie.

  • Eric Lefebvre

    I’m kind of surprised no one is commenting on this “Our cameras take 12 pictures per second” … no proper wedding photographer would point that out … are they a spray and pray operation? I shoot less photos now than I did when I started because I have gotten better at anticipating and planing shots … only time I’d use 12 FPS is … well, never actually … at least not for a wedding. I guess it could be useful for the bouquet toss but then again my flash would never be able to keep up.

    • Michael Goolsby

      Well, I read that little rant to my wife, and although her eyes were already big during most of it, her jaw dropped at that point. After that, all the “we were the first” stuff just sounded outright weird.

      I have no doubt that this is just yet another fauxtographer living in an utter fantasy world. He laid down his credit card and bought a buttload of gear and then, after taking pictures of the cat in his house and the ducks at the nearby pond, realized that he had nothing to take pictures of. And so, emboldened by Amhurst how-to books and glossy advertisements in the endless stream of photo magazines (which thrive on such people), he fancied himself a “professional photographer”, created a website with stolen photographs, and then began inventing stories about publicists, long shoots, and endless clients in order to sell his utter fictitious persona. The reality is more likely that he only carries his over-the-top pro-level gear to family reunions and church fellowships when he should be studying, practicing, and developing a genuine self-shot portfolio.

      This guy is just using ownership of pro-level gear to try and persuade others that he is pro level, too. If he were, his website wouldn’t have been stolen.

      Notice, by the way, that his name was ever identifiable. This probably indicates that he feared being seen by those who knew him to not be what he was claiming to be. Remember how he claimed to have 30 years in the business? Someone who knows him in real life may have seen the site and questioned why they never knew him to be a photographer at all… until he spent so much money last year on all that pro gear!

      • C Sab

        lol Classic fauxtographer indeed.

      • Eric Lefebvre

        If only he was using something other than a webs account we could have probably found his real name with a whois.

        • paul keppel

          His name is Ian Keeling

      • paul keppel

        We found his name (Ian keeling) he was posting adverts in wedding groups 🙂

  • Martin C

    Exactly Eric.

    The really funny thing is that when one of the original photographers contacted him, he tried to convince the copyright owner that the photo was copyright free because it was a stock image.

    The ‘photographer’ also runs Inspirations Accountancy and Inspiration TV & Media. He’s a busy busy man.

    • C Sab

      Lots of people to steal from.

  • mr.tug

    hahaha “anyone can pick up a camera, OURS shoot at 12 fps”

  • What else could have crack me up any better in this wonderful morning ,than reading their Facebook statement??? 🙂 We are the first in everything, our cameras can take 12 images per second 🙂 Oh dear. All I can say guys, I am so glad we have you , busting these “people” .

    • Joseph Philbert

      Yea I remember that statement it had us cracking up for weeks

  • Sarah

    this company is now operating as inspirations photography on FB. I was about to book him for a wedding, when I came across this. Am very glad I didn’t pay the deposit now.

    • Me, Myself and I

      So happy this helped you.
      You have to love their comment on Facebook about the outing here … shows their level of professionalism and competence.

      http://i1.wp.com/stopstealingphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/PhotographicInspirationsUK_0013.jpg?w=474

      • keca

        HOW does someone get through high school without being able to use elementary punctuation and grammar?! It’s so frustrating, and I would NEVER give my business to someone who communicated this way.

    • keca

      And that’s why this site exists! If even one client can be saved money and heartache, I consider that a success.

    • Kristy

      So glad ive just read this I was about to pay deposit this morning.

      • Marc W.

        You should let them know why you’re not putting a deposit down.