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Think Photography in Washington DC

Website: http://thinkphotography.us/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkPhoto
The Knot: http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/Think-Photography/Profile/PHO/017/829340/Profile?g=0&utm_source=vendor_website
Wedding.com: https://www.wedding.com/wedding-vendors/md/fort-washington/photographer/think-photography/98692
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/thinkphoto
Zenfolio: http://thinkphotography.zenfolio.com/
Thumbtack: http://www.thumbtack.com/dc/washington/wedding-photographers/wedding-boudoir-engagement-event-photography

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I have work I need to get to so I got the highlights of this listing.

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…and it goes on.  Articles upon articles copied and pasted from Model Mayhem and other sources.  There’s 7 pages, one of me and I have a wedding to finish so I’m stopping here.

 

Facebook:

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There is a boatload here but I’m moving on as most of them were featured above.

 

 

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  • Celine (peaceetc)

    To THINK PHOTOGRAPHY IN WASHINGTON DC,

    Welcome to the world of being outed by Photo Stealers (Stop Stealing Photos). It is our goal to root out and put a stop to photography copyright infringement. Your outing is one step towards that goal. You used photos you were not authorized to use, which is illegal. You’re probably confused and angry, so let us try to help you get a handle on things by giving you a checklist of things you should be doing and not doing.

    Please do NOT do the following:

    1. React with anger, go into denial, or start in with the threats. We already have the evidence against you. The best thing you can do for you is to be honest and to deal with this head on.

    2. Flag comments on this listing. The mods will just put them back, so don’t waste your time.

    3. Lie or offer excuses. We have heard every excuse in the book (really, we have. One guy even blamed Obama.), and you will not come up with something we haven’t heard before. You are not a special snowflake. Nothing you can say will justify what you did, so don’t bother.

    4. Accuse us of slander (because nobody ever figures out it has to be verbal to be slander). We stick to the facts, and if something is publicly available, it’s fair game.

    5. Create fake accounts to defend yourself. We will see through it, and it’s just a waste of time.

    Please DO the following:

    1. Remove any and all stolen images immediately. That means now. Right now. And no, simply hiding them from public view doesn’t count. They need to be completely deleted.

    2. Apologize DIRECTLY to those from whom you have stolen (and tell the truth!), and offer monetary compensation. You used their images in a professional setting to try to make money, so you owe them that much.

    3. Hope they don’t sue you. Copyright infringement is illegal under the law, and you can be sued for thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, for EACH stolen image. Yes, seriously.

    4. Apologize publicly, on all the sites and social media accounts where the stolen work appeared. Again, you owe it to your clients, fans, friends, etc., to be honest.

    5. Learn about how copyright works. Look up the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. What you may think you know and what is actually the truth are probably two different things (as in: no, posting someone else’s photo as “inspiration” is not a valid reason, nor is it good enough to provide credit. If you don’t have express permission to post someone else’s image, then you don’t post it. That’s it, the end).

    6. DON’T STEAL. It’s not complicated — if you didn’t take a photo and don’t have permission to use it from the actual copyright holder, then don’t use it. It’s that simple. Yes, seriously. You claim to be a photographer, so why on earth would you want to use others’ images, anyway? How does that make sense?

    And remember:

    1. If you do it again, you will be caught. We go back and check old listings to make sure they haven’t started stealing again. And don’t forget — Google knows. Anytime someone searched for your business, this listing will come up.

    2. Think about the actual victims here (no, not you) — those whose images you stole. You screwed them over. And frankly, that’s a pretty damned crappy thing to do. And think about the clients you’ve mislead by presenting a false front. They’re victims, too.

    So, Thank Photography — did you really think you wouldn’t get caught?

  • Justin Case
  • U Really That Dumb?

    Seriously? With his alleged “Intelligence” background he’s stealing images and potentially committing fraud? WOW! This will not go over well in any future search for employment within the DOD or the intelligence community!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      About the only option I see, (aside from deleting every page, listing, etc as well as shutting down his entire business) is paying everyone he stole from, making a full public apology, and paying back every client he ever had. Then hope that no one goes after him for fraud. Either way, the internet never forgets and in this day and age, all employers do their due diligence to find out everything about a potential employee. Especially when it relates to the DOD and national security!

      • Melinda Potter

        Ooops

        • U Really That Dumb?

          LOL! Yeh, Oops is right!
          But I’m SURE it was all just some big mistake. Probably one of his associates that did this without his knowledge.
          Who’s got their B.I.N.G.O. card at the ready?

      • xma1e

        Haven’t you ever watched American Dad?
        He’s already got his team planning to “visit” you!

  • Bart

    I left them a message and here is the reply before the started deleting.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      As directed? Seriously? A military intelligence officer can’t remove stolen images without being directed?

    • U Really That Dumb?

      I’m waiting with baited breath to see if he actually takes the advice and makes a REAL public apology as well as pays back everyone he stole from.

      • Christopher C.

        It’s actually “bated breath” FYI.

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Yes, and I used baited in this case because he baited clients by using stolen images.

          • Marc W.

            Bazinga

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Kristopher Malloy of Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania,

    Have you read the advice Celine left for you? It’s important information! It’s not something that’s been randomly thought of just for you.

    http://stopstealingphotos.com/photography-washington-dc/#comment-1775956430

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Excuse me, it’s Kristopher M. Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland. It’s just the business that’s in all of those other places.

  • Christopher C.

    This was posted a few minutes ago, and it cracks me up. It’s a good start, but the tone annoys me because “I have been informed” implies that somehow these images showed up without their knowledge. As we all know, this was a conscious decision.

    • Marc W.

      Yes, he wasn’t aware he put those stolen photos up there.

      • Christopher C.

        “What do you MEAN I didn’t take these?!”

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Hey Kristopher M. Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania, how about you just delete your website, FB, and all of your ads.

      • BigAl

        Just suggested that on the FB page

    • GlennMcQuaig

      Lovely. Same old story. They were all “mistakes” and his FB friends are defending the “mistakes”. It was a mistake to think you could get away with putting your watermark on another photographer’s images, dude. What a creep.

      • Melinda Potter

        Yeah, the defenders always get to me. I swear! A stealer could post to their page and say “Hey everybody! It’s seems some people found out that I was trying to pull the wool over your eyes. I’ve been posting pictures that I didn’t make and pretending I made them to try to lure you in. All my online portfolios and marketing materials are full of images made by other, more talented photographers. Just trying to make money off of you all with as little work on my part as possible.” and then link to the PS blog post about their fraud, and those followers and defenders would still be ok and stand up for their “friend” who has been lying to them.
        It’s a weird phenomenon

    • xma1e

      Seems stolen pictures are like head lice these days.

  • Christopher C.

    Side note: thinkweddingphotography.com is also this same company. The domain just redirects you to the thinkphotography.us wedding page.

    thinkdcphotography.com is also them.

  • Christopher C.

    A lively conversation on their Facebook page, and here comes the blame game: “My old assistant did it.”

    • U Really That Dumb?
      • Marc W.

        “There is no excuse”…. but “My old assistant did this”… wait, what?

      • Savannah

        Notice the cover photo keeps changing….

    • Me, Myself and I

      OH FOR FFS! REALLY!

      It’s your company … everything posted should have your stamp of approval on it.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        At least it was all stamped with his Watermark!

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Someone want to tell her that what Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania did is illegal?

      • Me, Myself and I

        Uhm … HE told her himself!
        I’m kind of surprised!

        • U Really That Dumb?

          Not fully, no. Had to tell only a partial truth.

          • Photo Stealers

            Still, he isn’t shying away from it. We’ll see what happens.

      • You can’t fix stupid

        Told her

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  • Me, Myself and I

    Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania.

    You violated not only the copyright of the artists you stole from but you also violated the DMCA’s (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) provisions on circumvention of right management information.

    The violation of copyright can net you up to 150000$ in court PER IMAGE.

    The violation of the DMCA’s provisions on the circumvention of rights management information is an automatic award of anywhere between 2500$ to 25000$ PER WATERMARK REMOVED.

    The next issue is any contract that you acquired under false pretense (false advertising laws) could result in your clients taking you to court for FRAUD charges … this varies from state to state …

  • Why not shut down all sites clean them up and put them back online..

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

  • Melinda Potter

    Woe! That’s a lot of thieving! Kristopher M. Malloy of Think Photography in Washington DC, be sure to remove any and all stolen content before taking any other steps forward.
    I see that he’s been cleaning, but there are still a large amount of stolen images remaining. I only say this because it takes seconds possibly minutes to delete, and when it takes longer I always think “They are trying to pick and choose which ones to get rid off”. Nope, any content at all that isn’t yours WILL be found, so scrub all of it.
    Another unrelated tip: Now that your port is slowly becoming solely your port… Holy skin tones batman! I’m too much of a novice to know wether this is due to lack of an understanding of white balance, or lack of monitor calibration, or a mix of both. Maybe it’s just you don’t really care, seeing the current way you do business? If it’s not the latter, now’s a good time to make corrections or even offer to send corrected files to your former clients because there’s no way these pictures printed well for them.
    Sorry about that folks, I know this isn’t the topic at hand but, I had to say something. Color management to me is an important fundamental, right up there with focus. No one should be open for business without a good handle on color.

    • Melinda Potter

      Ok scratch all that color managment stuff… It’s even worse than I originally thought. Kistopher Malloy, you are a fauxtographer in every sense of the word. I feel for your clients. Jig is up! Find some other way to scam people, because this scam is over

      • Melinda Potter

        We may have saved this guy from even bigger future lawsuits from disgruntled clients.

      • barque

        I try not to rip the skill level of photographers however I was astounded when I would scroll through his portfolio, going from a shot he stole to a pic he actually shot, thinking, THIS photo could not have come from THIS photographer. His shots look a lot like snapshots in auto mode. Just makes it so easy to pick out the stolen stuff.

        • keca

          I have no problem ripping the skills of a dirtbag like this who is using stolen images to book clients and then provides them with absolute crap.

        • Melinda Potter

          Yes, I try not to too, but sometimes it’s just so BAM! In your face! and I can’t help but think lazy on a whole new crazy lazy level. “You stole AND you give people bad photography?!”.

          • GlennMcQuaig

            Me too. I try to stay away from comments on their actual skills as a photographer, but holy smokes! Going through his FB pics I got excited when I finally found one that was in focus!

            Fauxtographer extraordinaire. How anyone could fall for his line of BS is beyond me.

          • Melinda Potter

            Well… To be honest, I kind of did. My first thoughts were that he seemed capable, but then after realizing the shots that made me feel that way weren’t his… He was good at the bluffing. Talented at stealing, scamming and BSing for sure, just not so talented at photographing

      • keca

        I agree! I noticed that this morning when going through his FB images. It is so glaringly obvious which photos are actually his because they are really, really technically awful. I would be very upset if I hired him and he gave me images like that.

      • xma1e

        Looks like a job for the So You Think You’re A Photographer Facebook page, they’ll love him.

    • Melinda Potter
  • Savannah

    More people finding their images

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Yup!

      Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania – how about you DELETE EVERY SINGLE PAGE? You are a thief!

      Good luck in ever finding work in not only photography, but in the defense industry and intelligence community! YOU did this to yourself! You have no one other than yourself to blame!

    • Savannah

      Oh and another. Both watermarked. My phone won’t let me post Think Photography’s watermarked copy, but I screen shot both.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        He’s deleting comments as quick as they go up. WOW! Signs that he really thinks HE’S the victim!

        • Savannah

          He left only his comments, and the woman defending him. I grabbed most before they were deleted. He went to work quick today.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania, you’re not helping yourself by doing this. It’s causing people to post even more and more on this page, adding the the SEO that will live with you forever! As mentioned, including all future job prospects if they look you up in the web.

          • barque

            I don’t think he realizes how big of an “error” he has made. This is too big for him to cover up and live down. And he’s been at it for quite some time, up to two years of stealing as far as I can tell at this point.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            If you work in the intelligence community you know that the government and employers are constantly looking at your online profile. Especially if you have security clearance.

          • U Really That Dumb?

            One more link for Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania:

            https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristophermalloy

          • I’m so insulted by this former IC fellow brother.. argh. So tempted to write Booze Allen.
            So tempted to make an “what do you expect from an Air Force weenie?” joke.. 😉

          • As a former member of the US intel community, (I work with the UN now), I’m uber cautious putting things online even though I have no plans on ever trying to get a clearance again.. how dumb must this mofo be? Really?!

      • Savannah

        And the other one.

    • Savannah

      Here it is

  • You can’t fix stupid

    So Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania. , when is your old assistant going to come and apologize? That is the lamest excuse ever. It is your site, you know what goes on, you will know if stolen work is on. Just man up and admit that you stole instead of blaming the “assistant”

    • Factitious_Detector

      Apparently Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania thinks we have NEVER, EVER heard that one before!

      Makes me appreciate that guy who blamed Obama even more for his creativity.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        I’m certain that one is soon to follow.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Make sure you screen cap anything posted on his page as he’s deleting the evidence of stolen images with his watermark as well as comments.

    Hey Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania, BE AN REAL MAN and delete your website, FB page, adds, and anything else related to your photography business built on stolen images!

    • Me, Myself and I

      We can;t really complain … that’s what we’ve been asking him to do. :p

      • barque

        But there is sooooo much he should just delete the whole page and start over. He deleted comments I left but kept the photos up. ?? Of course I screencapped them

  • Marc W.

    Not an error. You added your watermark and you lied. Error is uploading an outtake from your session… not other people’s photos with your logo.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    How about you DELETE EVERYTHING! As in your entire page and FB? THAT would be a start in doing the right thing!

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania, if you were truly sorry why are you deleting all of the comments? YOU STOLE! YOU ARE A THIEF! ADMIT IT! Do not hide from it. It just shows that you really don’t care.

  • Melinda Potter

    So I notice he had some booths set up at bridal shows and whatnot, and shared pictures of the booths. Was he using stolen images as finished work to promote his business too? (Away from my computer, and I’m unable to check)

    • Savannah

      I was just looking at that! A few images from that album were missing by the time I got to it.

      • Melinda Potter

        Ugh! This guy is slime.

    • Photo Stealers

      I looked into it last night but couldn’t find anything that jumped out but he did appear to have a digital frame so it’s possible.

  • Marc W.

    He’s giving out 2/5 star reviews on books like “Mastering Public Administration”?

    http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KATDDWIXRHEC

    • barque

      Well, because he’s a genius. That’s what the genii do.

  • Photo Stealers

    Have a feeling I’m about to prove this wrong. ::attached::

  • Me, Myself and I

    So he blames an assisstant for these “mistakes”? Maybe he should chnage his linkedin profile.

    “manage business, advertising, marketing and processes – manage 5 freelance photographers and 2 graphics artists.”

    And how does one “manage” freelance photographers? They are either staff or freelance … if they are freelance, you don;t “manage” them at all, you hire them for a specific job. That’s what freelance is.

    • Justin Case

      …perhaps the same way he ‘manages’ his website, social media accounts and advertising. (In other words, ‘not very well’)

  • DG

    They also faked an award 🙂

    • Melinda Potter

      I’m also assuming a lot of his reviews on thumbtack were forged as well?

  • Henry

    According to his LinkedIn profile, he was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts…Ironic, no?

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristophermalloy

  • Savannah

    Since he keeps deleting comments… Figured she would like to be heard.

  • AK

    It looks like he will need to kiss that TS/SCI clearance goodbye.

    • Was thinking the same. I’m going to write some of my pals in Booze Allen (you know, being an ex-intel guy myself (though not currently stealing photos 😉 )

  • Savannah

    Anyone at a computer to check this out?

  • Michael Goolsby

    Still lots of stolen material.

    One of the things I find particularly repulsive about this fauxtographer is the considerable amount of shameless promotion on his sites where he offers so much professional “advise” about how to hire a photographer. He talks big, but it’s really only so much “copy and paste” of the real experience of the real photographers he steals from.

    • Savannah

      I was thinking the same thing. I was cringing.

      • barque

        yes, keep asking questions. like, for instance, “how long can I expect to get away with posting false galleries if images I’ve stolen from photographers all over the world? I mean, a year? three months? And when the other shoe drops, will I skate if I say it was an old associate or the web designer? I could say I showed them some “samples” and they populated all my web sites and social media with those photos, after putting my logo on them, and of course without my knowledge, and this went on for two years and I never suspected a thing. Will that work? thanks

        • Must be that sneaky watermarking app

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

          • Justin Case

            IT EXISTS?!? Wow, we’ve been waiting for that for months now!

          • Melinda Potter

            Lmao I forgot all about that pesky watermarking app

        • Melinda Potter

          Yes, it’s almost like they’re surprized to find out that they were posting publicly or something. “Oh! SEO and “networking” really works! I didn’t think anyone was paying that close attention to what I was doing”
          I kind of speak from experience hehehe I started posting/sharing my photos and low and behold people other than my Mom and sister actually saw them. My first online sell: “Mom was that you?! No?! Well shit! Wth?!” It made me want to hide, I wasn’t expecting that. Only difference, I wasn’t doing anything wrong.

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  • Ric New

    He must be sitting right next to his computer and deleting facebook comments as they come in. lol

    • Darla Balogh-Aniline

      I’m seeing that as well… GUH. What a piece of work.

      • Marc W.

        Yeah, he is.

  • Darla Balogh-Aniline

    This is unbelievable, and reflects badly on the photography industry and those of us are legit photographers!!

  • V323

    Jeebus…..5000+ likes as well, wonder how he stole those. When your entire business model is based on thieving all content from other sources, perhaps you’re in the wrong business.

    • Me, Myself and I

      Might just be bought likes either through a likes farming outfit or by “promoting” your page with Facebook.

      Those like are normally meaningless … surge of likes with little to no engagement.

  • AbbeLynn

    I am terribly grateful to the photographers who found him out, and then contacted me. I’ve known him through online acquaintance for a year or two now, had been tapped by him to help shoot a couple of weddings this year…and I’m horrified that I almost did so. The things he claims were “accidents” could not possibly be so, given the watermarks that are added to these stolen images. I am so happy with the photography community for keeping people like this in check. I always did wonder about how the quality of his images would go so up and down…and I can’t believe I almost got sucked into it. Thank you for reaching out to those of us who may have been affected. He told me himself that I am not the first of his “associates” to ask to be removed from any affiliation with his business. I have removed him from a photography group that I administer, and I asked him to remove me from his website (which he did). I can’t trust in anything that comes from him any further, and I’m so sad that people do things like this.

    • Jim Martin

      I noticed other photographers listed as associates on his about page:
      http://thinkphotography.us/about/
      If any of them are in your group, you might want to give them a heads up. It would be a pity for them to get associated with this if they were not involved.

      It’s only a matter of days before the enter first page of any Google search for Think Photography and Kris Malloy is going to be nothing but links discussing his photo stealing.

      • AbbeLynn

        Yes, someone has contacted all of those associates (the same person who contacted me), and I heard from Kris Malloy that at least one of them has already also retracted from having any association with him (when I contacted him to tell him to remove me, and that I wouldn’t be working with him). It’s going to get much worse, I’m sure. I’m glad I’m not associated any further.

        • Justin Case

          from the ‘About’ page this morning:

          • Factitious_Detector

            I don’t think I buy the 2,000 clients and 350+ weddings either. 😛 THAT many with such a small portfolio? Come on man….

          • Michael Goolsby

            Ithousht the Same thing, It comes to nearly 40 weddings per year every year he’s claimed to be in operation. That’s a good number for any photographer, but Simply unbelievable for someone with a Completely stolen portfolio!

          • barque

            And did I really see him claim to be a “photography educator”?!

          • Well, he also claims to be a “modern day Renaissance man”, so we can add ’embellisher’, and ‘fraud’ to the list.

          • Me, Myself and I

            Also … math … he apparently founded his studio in 2006 (source Facebook) so:

            2000 client divided by 8 years = 250 clients per year …
            Then add 350+ weddings 43 weddings a year …

            That 293 clients per year … even 43 weddings a year at an average of 23 hours per wedding (assuming) means 43 X 22 = 946 hours a year worked just on weddings. 946 / 37.5 hours a week = 25+ weeks of straight work just on the weddings per year … that’s on top of his government contract work and his other 293 photography clients … then we have to factor in business operations work like wedding fairs, accounting … so on so forth …

            This is assuming he started at full force in 2006 and that there wasn;t a gradual ramp up in work over the years (highly unlikely) … even with some associates (again, later in the businesses ramp up) … that’s a significant workload …

            His website was only registered in 2011 (of course he might have changed domain names so ..). I checked with the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation and Think Photography isn’t registered so I can;t see when he started operations as a assumed name business.

            Also … at that level of client base … I bet the taxation service would be very interested in knowing about his business … so would the department of labor I think …

          • Caroline

            Joining the discussion late but when I met Kris four or five years ago he did not have a photography business. A good portion of his bio is b.s. ….which is why I’m not friends with him anymore. It’s good to see that his fraudulent actions have been discovered but I feel bad for his clients for receiving a crappy product and the photographers whose work he passed off as his own.

          • Me, Myself and I

            So you are saying that the claims he makes on his site are false and misleading?

            The sort of thing that could lead to …

            http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.04.010

            Trimmed down for our purposes …

            RCW 9.04.010
            False advertising.

            Any person, firm, corporation or association who, with intent to sell or in any wise dispose of … service directly or indirectly, to the public for sale or distribution, or with intent to increase the consumption thereof, or to induce the public in any manner to enter into any obligation relating thereto… places before the public in a newspaper or other publication, or in the form of a book, notice, hand-bill, poster, bill, circular, pamphlet, or letter, or in any other way, an advertisement of any sort … service offered to the public, which advertisement contains any assertion, representation or statement of fact which is untrue, deceptive or misleading, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

            [1913 c 34 § 1; RRS § 2622-1.]

            Just saying.

          • Caroline

            I should have said that as far as I know he didn’t have a business when I met him. Not defending, just clarifying.

          • Me, Myself and I

            No, no … don’t get me wrong. I AGREE with you.
            I meant that he could face those charges for falsely representing his experience and skills. 🙂

          • Caroline

            Yeah, there is a lot of embellishment if not flat out lies there. The hubris is strong with this one.

          • How does he justify saying people like Abbe are working for his studio when she says she almost did once, but didn’t? I know, I know, he’s a thief. He has no scruples. But what’s the point of this?

          • barque

            The same way he justifies every single lie and embellishment he whips up to make it look like he is a qualified, successful, talented, busy photographer whiz-bang.

          • We need to contact them..

        • Justin Case

          from the ‘About’ page this evening:

          • AbbeLynn

            So I see that in addition to myself, 2 others also asked to be taken away…at least he honored our requests. Those other two should also wise up and ask to be taken off! Also, there are at least two of the photos marked above as being stolen that are still on his FB page, and CLEARLY marked with one of his water marks. So disgusting.

          • barque

            Well, that house of cards is crumbling.

  • Tru-Graphix Photography

    Yoooooo! This guy took like entire pages from sites and posted on his….wth??

  • Its freaking Amazing comparing their actual work verses the ones that was stolen. Like night and day.

    • Me, Myself and I

      Headshots section of his site … half the shots, the eyes aren’t in focus and that’s just one of the many issues … *shakes head*

      That being said, we should try to stay on track with the theiving and leave the fauxtography to SYTYAP.

    • barque

      seriously

  • I find it interesting that he has a section on his blog that talks about what to do when a client hates their photos. It’s actually entitled “I HATE MY PHOTOS.” Hmmmm…poor, poor clients.

    • barque

      The irony is, part of his advice is to ask the client if they looked at
      your web site and saw all the images in your portfolio and understood
      what to expect from you. Um, yeah, as long as the client sees your
      photos and expects the kind of work you are actually capable of. If you
      are showing the clients a variety of stellar work from a variety of
      world class photographers, they’re not exactly going to be thrilled with
      what you produce for them…

  • Photo Stealers

    Still lots of stolen images on Facebook. Sigh.

    • Melinda Potter

      No, he says it’s clean and he pulled 25 pictures down!!! (25 my ass. More like over a hundred, or more accurately everything that helped sell his services… Minus the numerous images that he hasn’t yet been willing to give up of course)

      • Photo Stealers

        I saw that and laughed, there was more than 25 images. Saw he’s deleted in piecemeal off of FB and the blog but both still have lots of stolen images and content as well. Kris, delete the entire damned blog. It’s ALL plagiarized content.

        • Melinda Potter

          Plagerized and not even close to accurately portraying his business or skills. It’s laughable

        • Some Local wedding photographers are talking about him in facebook Groups and not in a good way … a few DC photographers actually meet him at some wedding DC photography thing.
          Even then they were not impressed.

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      That’s sad. Maybe he’s having trouble grasping the concept and needs a little reminder.

      Dude (is his name Kris?), take down ALL of the stolen images. You know, the ones you didn’t take. ALL OF THEM. After you do that, tell everyone affected by your deception what you did — clients, potential clients, affiliates, and so on. You screw up big time, and now it is time to pay the price. This is your own doing and no one else.

      No excuses, no lies. Just do the right thing. Stand up, take ownership of your actions, and accept the consequences. The longer you wait, the more you fight, the worse it will be. This is your chance to be a decent human being. Take it.

    • Roxie

      There’s at least one of these stolen images still on his wedding price guide PDF. My jaw dropped when I saw his prices. He’s charging $5000 for something worth $500! I saw what’s left of his wedding portfolio on his website. Many photos are out of focus completely, dull/underexposed shots, lots of overly yellow white balance issues, and just plain BORING shots. Stuff that is clearly fauxtography or at least close to it. I’ve only been a professional photographer a few years and I know my skill level far surpasses his with weddings and I don’t even shoot many weddings!

      • Melinda Potter

        $500 is being too generous. I’d think he’d do better to second shoot for a while at cost. Not that anyone would ever hire him to second shoot at this point

        • In Washington DC photography community his name is mud!

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

        • barque

          I agree, he should not be charging a dime for that kind of work. He’s taking snapshots just like everyone else there.

          • After 8 years he is a snapshot pro..

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

  • Celine (peaceetc)

    That’s a great idea, Kristen. I’m sorry he stole from you, but I’m glad you’ll be following up through those channels. A lot of people just let it go, and that just makes matters worse. Good luck, and I hope he doesn’t cause you any further problems.

  • Photo Stealers

    I am so sorry you were stolen from and thank you for the donation. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

    I know some locals are taking it to the bridal shows he’s involved with to make sure the word is out.

    • barque

      Don’t you think this is a story the LOCAL TV AND NEWS MEDIA would totally sink their teeth into? He’s out there still having giveaways to lure brides and displaying at the shows, all the while he is a total fraud and has committed scads of copyright infringement and out and out plagiarism. Can someone please call on the local reporters to get on this creep like right now!?

      • Photo Stealers

        In the past local media has picked up stories so it’s possible it could happen.

  • Send the link please.

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

  • barque

    yeah I commented there with the original photographer’s link AFTER he said he had totally cleaned up his web site and facebook. And it’s still there 5 to 10 hours later.

  • AlleninBellevue

    Stealing photos may be the tip of the iceberg for Kristopher Malloy. He apparently works for Booz Allen Hamilton – a defense contractor. According to his Linked In page,Kris has a Top Secret/Special Compartmentalized Information security clearance. This means he has access the highest level of secret information that the United States has. If there is ever any cause to believe that that his is completely honest and trustworthy, his access to this information should be removed.

    • You have a point … If i was him i would close shop and rebrand. Think photo.us is shot to hell for as long as the internet is functioning.
      Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.

      • Melinda Potter

        Not trying to be snarky, but “rebrand”??? Rebrand based on what? I don’t think it would be possible for him to successfully rebrand without repeating the same unethical, illegal behavior. He honestly shouldn’t be in business at all with his skill set.

        • Michael Goolsby

          Well gee, Melinda… according to his bio, he’s shot more than 350 weddings since 2006. That’s nearly 40 every single year!! When a man charges $7000 per wedding, and has many hundreds under his belt in a very short time… well, he’s simply GOT to have a huge portfolio of simply wonderful images from which to choose for his re-branded marketing campaign! 😉

          • You mean all the awesome snapshots

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

        • barque

          He should “down-brand”

    • V323

      Call me crazy….but someone with a military background & clearance etc doesn’t quite seem the type to professionally thieve to this degree. Is this so called background more material stolen?

      • GlennMcQuaig

        Well, I had the same military background and clearance level and so did the guys I worked with. And you’d be shocked to learn that they’re just people like you and everyone else. Few things will get you scratched from obtaining that clearance. Usually some drug or other illegalities from your past, but background checks generally ignore anything but red flags about loyalty to country or other major mental health issues. No, you can’t have had a felony, etc., but the point is it isn’t that hard to obtain the clearance.

        And I know several former military people who are total scumbags. Service in the military doesn’t preclude people from being thieves, for sure.

        • Melinda Potter

          Yes, I’m with you Glenn, but isn’t it also a no no to go and tell everyone and their brother your security level when it’s high? As in you don’t go plastering it all over the Internet? For one, its uneccesary because job positions that require it, would already know your security level before you were interviewed or even considered. Isn’t it also a security breech to have it all out there “hey! I’m higher than Top Security! I know shit, and you can trust me with your secrets”.

          • GlennMcQuaig

            Yeah, it’s kind of obnoxious to go bragging about it all over the place. It’s ok on a resume though, actually. But probably not necessary.

        • V323

          Not that I don’t believe people in all walks of life, military included, are total asswipes, it just seems to me that this is more likely to be another lie than the one things he’s truthful about.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      It would be interesting to know if someone contacted them or if their internal search algorithm found it.

    • barque

      I think he was laid off at Booz almost a year ago. Good thing his photography hit the big-time in 2014.

    • xma1e

      I call BS. He has lied about photos so maybe being James Bond (or is that Fox Mulder?) isn’t so true after all.

      How many people would brag about having access to secret data? “Come and get me boys, wanna poke my eye out for a retina scan?”

    • xma1e

      Any future employer seeing a potential employee bragging about access levels, would run as it’s clear that person can’t keep a secret.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Hey Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania,

    https://www.facebook.com/ThinkPhoto

    http://thinkphotography.us/

    http://thinkdcphotography.com/

    How’s the SEO going for you? Do you realize that under almost every related search for you this site is either on the first page or in top billing?

    How’s your security clearance holding up?

    Has anyone at B.A.H. said anything yet?

    I LOVE this line of yours! “Mr. Malloy will find solutions to all challenging and complex problems.” You mean like how to get out of trouble for blatantly stealing images? Lying to clients? Fraud?

    Is there a reason you still haven’t taken everything down?

  • Savannah

    Just got in & am way behind on editing, so i’ll source them late tonight if it hasn’t already been done below, sorry if i’m reposting, I didn’t see it. I couldn’t post these from my phone earlier. Not sure which ones aren’t his (obviously the ads aren’t his, they are stock photos i’m guessing..just including since he stated all images on Facebook now are his) Only one I found from my phone was pottery barn which someone said below.

  • barque

    and when did he allegedly re-do his website. He seems to be forgetting that he has been using many of those stolen photos since some time in 2013, stripped of their original logos and with his watermark applied. He also seems to be forgetting many of those photos have showed up not only on his website, but his facebook, his thumbtack gallery, and his model mayhem account. And he’s being called on it but as Roxie said, he’s deleting as fast as he can. I wonder if at some point he just takes a deep breath and realizes he can not empty the sinking boat with a coffee cup; and he’s gotta sleep sometime. So I bet he just axes the facebook and web page(s) and then lays low for the re-boot.

  • Jason

    Another one. The HERO image on his “Real Estate, Commercial & Retail” is sourced to http://softboxmediaphotography.com which is no longer operating, but the image can be found in very high res with their watermark at this site: http://www.bergeronsflowers.com/blog/wedding-at-the-morrison-house-in-alexandria/

  • barque

    ok I have to inject something I found really funny. Remember Kimberly Mallett, the woman in Canada who claimed to have photographed the highwire act over Niagara falls, by photographing her TV screen from the live video feed? Remember her really really really bad moon pictures? Where she photoshopped them so badly but didn’t understand basic planetary physics so she would put the moon in front of clouds, and so on? She also juxtaposed all her awful moon photos that were all blurry blobs, with one spectacular closeup which could only be taken with a 1600mm lens and/or telescope, and in fact we found had been published by nasa a decade back. She did all this because she is such an awful photographer that she simply could not grasp that anyone could see her fakery. She was delusional in believing her fakes were believable fakes. OK, with that said, scrolling back through Think Photography, I saw this photo from 2011:

    Sorry, I just had to.

  • LoLTonelica

    Has anyone else notified the wedding expo he was at on the 4th? He’s listed on their exhibitors using that stolen stock image with the calla lillies. I screencapped it for reference in the event that they pull it. More proof of advertising with stolen images.

    • Just a Girl

      Ooooh dangit! WHO was that Stealer that did that. The Expo was NOT happy!!!!

      • Photo Stealers

        I wonder if that’s the same expo that Mary Wolfe was at last year?

        • Just a Girl

          That doesn’t sound familiar… Remember the young girl and her boyfriend who used someone elses photos at a Bridal Expo. Dangitt I cant think of who it was but can picture their personal FB profile pictures of him in a motorcycle helmet and his family owned a produce stand/farm. I think it was one of the Georgia/Southern States stealers.

    • The local wedding photographers in DC alreadly know.

  • Helena

    Just a little advice Kris, seeing as you appear unable to work out which work is yours and which is not. Nuke everything. Delete every image and blog post. Start again fresh with stuff you know is yours. If you’re not sure, I can help. Your stuff won’t be stored in the “download” folder.

  • He finally got smart and shutdown his Fanpage..

  • Christopher C.

    I appreciate that you want to take action, but in all honesty the BBB is almost entirely a useless organization.

    If you have the ability, please seek bona-fide legal action. That’s the only way to draw real attention to this issue.

    Good luck.

  • Christopher C.

    Website and Facebook are both down.

  • Peter Kelly

    I would have sympathy for your point, except this is clearly not a photograph that has ever been ‘taken’. It is a poorly photoshopped picture, which I believe was the point of the original post.

    Given the nature of the moon, the shot shown is not possible in real life. I’ve certainly never seen it with a black line around it, separating from the corona.

    • Marc W.

      This and the fact that to take a photo with the moon that big with surroundings, a telephoto lens is required, not wide angle.

    • Helena

      Quite. It’s an unnaturally large moon too.

    • GlennMcQuaig

      Don’t you know that the Moon is different in Iraq? It’s definitely bigger and has a line around it. Yep. Sure does.

      And it can remain motionless while everything else has some motion blur. Yep yep.

      • Helena

        The snark is strong in this one. This did make me giggle

        • GlennMcQuaig

          And it really is a bad PS job!

      • barque

        still not as bad as the moon in canada which somehow slips in front of low clouds

        • Just a Girl

          OH! THAT moon was out of this world. Seriously. OUT. 🙂

      • Just a Girl

        HAHA I was so totally sucked into wondering what the heck ya’ll were talking about with this moon until I pulled it into Photoshop and it became so obvious. LOL

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      Exactly. The moon was definitely added to the image. It’s not even a question — it definitely is fake.

      Virginia, everything Kris has done is suspect. This is something he brought upon himself, and has nothing to do with his military service. Where this photo was taken (or part of the photo — since the moon was added, who knows where he got it) is irrelevant. It’s just a picture.

  • Melinda Potter

    I’m so sorry Virginia. This has to be hard for his friends and family to hear about how he’s been lying to everyone.
    He most likely “found” the moon picture on the Internet and pasted it into one of his blurry photos. Also, copyright infringment unless he actually paid for the license and the licence allowed for this type of use without credit given.

  • Savannah

    Facebook is down, or i’m blocked.

  • U Really That Dumb?

    His personal page is still live.

    https://www.facebook.com/kristophermalloy

  • Photo Stealers
    • I’ve got an EXIF Viewer extension for Chrome, and it looks like a few photos on the first link were taken with a 5D Mark II. I’m going to guess that wasn’t him…

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Hey Kristopher M Malloy of Fort Washington Maryland and Think Photography in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, & Pennsylvania,

    Looks like this is one of yours as well. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Malloy-Wine-Bar/323571564368945

    THIS made me LOL! How’s all this working for you? https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=681352648590833&id=323571564368945

    • Marc W.

      SURPRISE!!!!! Reviewed his own page.

      • Helena

        It’s the obvious and classy thing to do Marc!

    • barque

      and this made me lol. Literally, laugh out loud

    • Factitious_Detector

      Probably NOT a good idea to use a registered and trademarked character, from an entity with the time, money, and interest in protecting their brand, but that’s just me, and I’m the type that would have hired someone to do a real logo for me.

      • Caroline

        It’s not an actual bar, it’s his house.

  • barque

    Virginia, thank you for your comment. However, I am not at all upset. While I am puzzled by this ex-serviceman’s complete lack of honesty, and sense of honor, that’s not what this comment was about.

    My comment about the moon photo goes specifically to the fact that it is fake. It is as fake as his “career”. I don’t really care if he clicked the shutter while in a war zone or in his backyard in Maryland, because he didn’t post the photo which resulted from his clicking the shutter. He posted a bizarrely photoshopped imaged. So, the point is, he posted this photo in 2011, allegedly 5 years into a professional photography career about which he boasts he has photographed hundreds of weddings and thousands of people, and about which he has been proven to be a complete fraud. FEW to NONE of the decent photos he has included in his portfolio for years, were actually taken by him.

    I was drawn particularly to this photo because although he as a “professional photographer” might reasonably be expected to take a decent photo of the moon, he concocted a horribly photoshopped joke of a moon image, which as you can see above, reminded me of another photo stealer enshrined in the annals of this blog.

    This has nothing to do with his service to our country. I did not go after a serviceman. There is simply no reference to where he took the original photo, before he butchered it into the image you see above.

    Now, if you would care to carefully re-read my original comment, I didn’t even mention Kris’s image, as I spent my time describing a lunatic from a couple of years ago whose badly-photoshopped-moon images made a great impression on us all. I posted his photo because it is strikingly similar to her moon injection image shenanigans. I did not actually engage in any critique of his image, until this reply. Sorry, but I stand by my statements here: The photo is a fake, and a bad one.

    I was going to end my comment at that but I wanted to address your pathetic attempt to make this about Kris’s service and my alleged attack of a serviceman. Don’t make this about his service. That’s lame. I repeat, there is nothing about the photo, and nothing about my comments regarding the photo or Kris, which have anything to do with his service either domestically or in combat zones.

    • Justin Case

      Bravo. An unnecessary defense, but very well said.

  • Guest

    GEEZ…so the link to his wedding profile in The Knot, (as below), has a review from 2011 that stated he stole photos from other photographers… 2011!!!

    http://www.theknot.com/Vendors/Think-Photography/Profile/PHO/017/829340/Profile?g=0&utm_source=vendor_website&PID=6155458&cm_mmc=CJ-_-6155458-_-10655282-_-none#reviews

    • xma1e

      No I think you misread the “join” date of the person who posted the comment. That comment was posted yesterday, plus it points to this page which only went up the other day!
      Easy enough mistake to make though 🙂

    • Me, Myself and I

      No, no … you missread.

      The comment was added YESTERDAY by someone who registered an account with the Knot in 2011.

      It even has a link to this article in the comment.

  • xma1e

    So I went down to the Tesco supermarket, stuffed some tins of Heinz Baked Beans in my coat pockets and went to leave. The security guard didn’t accept my protest: “I didn’t know they were there!” and would not let me leave with the beans!
    The bloody cheek!

    • Melinda Potter

      It’s ok xma1e,
      It’s not like you purposely set out to rip anyone off. You’re my friend and I know you would never steal, even if you did steal. You made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. I can’t believe that security guard didn’t let you keep the beans. They are just beans!

      • xma1e

        The security guard was big and ugly and smelly too!

        • Melinda Potter

          What a bully!

    • Me, Myself and I

      You all need to stop persecuting xma1e!!! He/She/It is a wonderfull person who goes to church every week and loves Jesus!

      Anyways, xma1e didn;t put those cans of food in his pockets, it was … his/her/its personal shopper (now fired).

      Also, how was xma1e supposed to know he/she/it wasn;t supposed to take those canns, they were right there on the shelf and there was no sign ont hat shelf or on the cans saying that they weren;t up for grabs for free.

      Look, if you guys don;t stop persecuting xma1e right now, I’m goin g to get my big time entertainement lawyer on Fiver to SUE YOUR ASSES!

      … Ok, I’m done here … not going to comment anymore!

      • xma1e

        The Butler did it!

        • You can’t fix stupid

          HAHAHAHAHAHA LOL funniest thing ever

    • Me, Myself and I

      AND ANOTHER THING!

      xma1e is suicidal and you are all putting him/her/it at risk with this constant persecution!

      Ok … done now.

      • xma1e

        And I will tell Mommie dearest!

    • Me, Myself and I

      I, Me and Myself -> xma1e (whenever time ago)

      Hello, I’m a completely different person who has never posted here … ignore my IP Address and email … xma1e is a wonderful person who has done amazing work for us at the soup kitchen. I find it hard to believe he/she/it would ever do something like this … I think it was the work of bizarro world pickpockets!

      Again, completely different person here … see I wear a mustache and have a different screen name!

      *twirls obviously fake mustache between HER fingers*

    • xma1e

      But I found them on a shelf there so they must have been left there!

      I don’t know who Mr “Reduced Price” is but the name was only on the shelf and not on the tins so they must be free to eat?

  • AbbeLynn

    You’re right…this is just getting worse and worse. I don’t know if you had shot with him previously, but I can say I am so glad I did not. I can’t believe I almost gave him RAW photos that I shot…so scary. I just feel badly for those people who have already contracted with him! I hope that someone can find them, or they can hear about this somehow.

  • barque

    Lisa you have cause to sue for copyright infringement even if the infringer takes the image down or only had it up for a short time. The fact is, he has this photo up prominently in many web locations and social media for quite a while. Check into http://www.photoattorney.com to get clarification on your rights as copyright owner.

  • Justin Case
  • Looks Like we need to contact the “VAwenetwork”

    • Factitious_Detector

      Why don’t these events EVER check out ANYONE? It’s not hard!

      • Melinda Potter

        That’s what I always think when a fauxtographer seems established with others. How does that happen?! Just blindly liking a facebook page to gain a like yourself, I can see (silly and pointless, but I can understand how it happens), but I can’t see just blindly taking a fauxtographer on without some sort of background check or portfolio review. It’d take minutes, and just imagine the satisfaction of writing the rejection letter or better yet telling a fraud in person what you know about them and how they didn’t get away with anything. Not to mention all the victims of their fraud you would save.

    • barque

      yeah I noticed as of yesterday or the day before he was listed as the director of one of their group meet locations.

      • Marc W.

        Yeah, not anymore.

    • Seems he’s no longer list.. nice work folks!

  • Ric New

    Good research Roxie. The fact he shoots his camera on auto and uses a popup flash (believe it or not) tells you he doesn’t know what he is doing. Sad.
    Why is everyone trying to break into the business in such a hurry. LEARN photography, work for and with a pro for a while, THEN get into the business if you still want to. I never understood what is so hard about the concept of learning photography before you start charging people for it.

    • Factitious_Detector

      The lay-people see the prices real photographers charge for something as “easy” as “snapping a few pictures” and they think it’s the new get rich quick thing.

      Given this guy’s history, I could see him flat out being one of those people from the get go.

      • barque

        I am just amazed that he’s been faking it for so many years and hasn’t improved one bit. ZERO effort at become a real photographer with knowledge and skills. Sad.

    • Me, Myself and I

      I’m ashamed to admit I was one of those people … I started with weddings at the request of some acquaintances … I really didn’t know what the hell I was getting into.

      My first wedding was a HUGE wake up call … it was bad … not as bad as what is on this guys Flickr but still pretty bad.

      Unfortunately, by then I had another 4 weddings booked … I got better FAST by spending pretty much my entire time from then on boning up on technique so that by my third wedding I was passable … barely.

      I’m lucky I didn’t get sued to oblivion that first year.

      Knowing then, what I know now … I would NEVER had started shooting professionally … I was lucky no one sued me.

      Now I get thank-you cards from clients, referrals … had one wedding this year where 3/5th of the bridal party were past clients … but it was a close thing in the beginning and I could have lost it all … let’s just say that the stress was getting to me by the end of that first year as I realized the precariousness of my situation and how woefully inadequate and unprepared I was.

      My advice to anyone wanting to start as a professional photographer is to find a pro (a REAL pro, not a Fauxtog with delusions of adequacy) willing to take you on as an assistant for a year or two … learn the ropes of the business before you branch off on your own.

      • barque

        I was second shooter for real legitimate successful pros for YEARS, and I paid attention, did workshops, read books, shot and shot and shot on the side. Saved up my pennies for better gear. Always went with backup (backup to my primary’s backup). Went to classes for editing, for workflow, for business, for marketing, etc.. The primaries I worked for critiqued my work (truthfully, harshly, honestly, and after a while, very positively). They also critiqued my manner, my way of dealing with people, my time management, etc. Ultimately, that’s the only way to shoot weddings AND still sleep at night.

        • Me, Myself and I

          Yup! Like I said, if I had to do it all over again I’d not take the same path I did initially.

    • Jim Martin

      Not to tear into his work too much, but given that he had pages on his site giving advise to other photographers, I got curious and looked at the EXIF data on several of his shots… As you mention, it appears he always shoots in full auto. It also appears that he shoots in JPEG and uses Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer 6.1 for his imaging workflow 🙂

      This guy has some humungous stones to be giving any advise.

      • Justin Case

        (but much of the advise doesn’t seem to be his, it was simply copy/pasted from more legitimate sources)

    • xma1e

      It’s the mentality of a lot of wedding togs who tell others to go out and second shoot.
      Fine if you know how to use your camera, but…

  • Factitious_Detector

    Don’t feel too bad. You are supposed to be able to trust those close to you. It’s not your fault, you did what you thought was right. These people are good at the lie part of their lives.

  • Marc W.

    I agree with Factitious_Detector. We’re suppose to trust our friends, but I’m glad you were able to make your own judgement about the facts presented here.

  • GlennMcQuaig
    • Me, Myself and I

      I’m having a lot of trouble not critiquing his work here … wow … so much bad… I pity anyone who hired him … this guys is a rank amateur with ZERO understanding of photography … either the technical aspect (shutter speed, motion blur, white balance, use of flash …) or the artistic aspect (posing, framing, use of light, composition …).

      • Justin Case

        in his defense (kinda, but not really) the only wedding on his flickr was from 2011. It was not good, but it was over three years ago.

        Still, from all that I’ve seen so far, EVERY good wedding image on his website and ads is suspect in my opinion. There is just TOO MUCH difference between the work that is obviously his (poorly lit studio headshots, out-of-focus boudoir, etc) and the quality wedding work that appears in between.

  • Marc W.

    Even better, he’s using an old film budget kit lens for the important first kiss photo. Exif: 1/6s f/5.6 81mm 1600 ISO

    • Melinda Potter

      Blah!

    • Me, Myself and I

      AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! 1/6th of a second?!?!? WTH? Unless they were standing perfectly (like a statue) still and he was using a tripod …

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … the gear doesn;t make the photographer but there are certain situations where YOU NEED THE RIGHT GEAR. A wedding requires two high end bodies (the 50D is passable) and FAST GLASS AND LIGHTING GEAR!

      You don’t shoot a wedding without at least:
      – 2 high end bodies.
      – 24-70 f2.8
      – 70-200 f2.8
      – 50 f1.8 (or better)
      – couple of cheap backup lenses (24-105 f4 for example)
      – 2 HIGH GN shoe mount flashes (or more)
      – enough batteries to choke an elephant with
      – 2 SPARE batteries per camera.

      That is the MINIMUM kit you should have … oh and the knowledge of how to use all that gear properly.

      Anything less should be considered criminally negligent!

  • Jason

    You can also file a DMCA takedown request against Photographer Central. Let me see if I can find their designated agent. If not, you can send it to their ISP. That will give you temporary relief.

  • Jason

    You can find the agent for the PhotographerCentral site here: http://www.photographercentral.com/termsofuse

    And sample of writing a DMCA takedown request here: https://nppa.org/page/5617

    As Barque said – you have the right to sue for infringement (I’m not a lawyer), and he provided the resource link below.

  • Melinda Potter

    Here’s a good resource you may get some help from
    http://picturedefense.blogspot.com/

  • Me, Myself and I

    contact PhotoStealers for documentation.
    contact a lawyer.
    Sue the fuck out of this thief.

  • xma1e

    I’m xma1e’s twin brother and I have decided to follow his footsteps in photography, would you like to book a shoot Chuck?

  • Justin Case

    Looks like everything is down. Keep an eye out for the coming rebranding.

    • I think he will …his Think Photography brand is over. I do not think he will give up doing photography as a business. At least maybe he learned a valuable lesson.
      Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.

    • Roxie

      I googled his name, and thinkphotography.us (one of his former web domains) shows up as an available domain name. Ha ha ha. I guess he took down his website.

  • From think to monumental lol

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

  • Linute

    Apparently Kristopher Malloy of Think Photography has renamed his company to Monumental Photography after being caught stealing many photographers photography and publishing it on his website and displaying at bridal shows. He has a FB page, zenfolio site and website http://monumentalphotography.com, and is exhibiting at bridal shows under his new name.
    » Monumental Photography
    monumentalphotography.com

    • C Sab

      Not the first time a thief has made the mistake of thinking that they could try and hide from this by changing their business name.

    • barque

      Looks like it’s all down again, except the zenfolio site, monumentalphotography.zenfolio.com, which is really just the think photography zenfolio site renamed. If you go to, say, the guestbook page for instance, all the comments from last month outing Think Photography as a stealer are still there. lol.

  • kennethjwoodard

    They stole from Lin and Jirsa? Holy cow! That’s ballsy. IMHO L&J are one of the most recognizable and respected wedding photography studios around.

    • Linute

      Think Photography to Monumental Photography and now to Monumental Arts still has a site up… http://monumentalphotography.zenfolio.com/
      He needs to shut this down once and for all!

      • A for effort…but he will get no where no matter how many name changes he goes thru. Started bad ends bad.
        Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.

  • C Sab

    Definitely do it. The more people we have gathering evidence and helping us expose these people, the better.

  • lauren

    http://www.idophotonet.com/affordable-wedding-photographer/Fort-Washington-Maryland-Kristopher-Malloy/295
    also found this photographer, today, advertising on this site as well with many of the same photos when I was researching a photographer for my own wedding. I thought this site would like to know.

    • Me, Myself and I

      Looks like an older listing. The links in their listing are both dead.