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Pretty in Pink Photography aka First Love Photography in Anchorage, Alaska

Web:  http://www.prettynpinkphotography.com/

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

Wedding Wire:  http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/pretty-in-pink-photography-anchorage/10bdf69d83db2e74.html

Groupon:  http://www.groupon.com/deals/pretty-in-pink-photography

Google +: https://plus.google.com/app/basic/108016650370308612171

Yellow Pages:  http://www.yellowpages.com/anchorage-ak/mip/pretty-in-pink-photography-483309250

My Wedding:  http://www.mywedding.com/vendors/pretty-in-pink-photography-227652

First Love Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FirstLovePhotography

I started this on Friday and due to lack of time I wasn’t able to fully source but I am able to finish up now thanks to feeling a tinge under the weather.

Katelyn has apologized in the comments but of course I’m finding more and more locations where these images are still advertising her site.  These three employees she’s claiming did this sure had a lot of reach!

Here’s her excuse:

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I had to leave while I was sourcing these so some I was able to go deeper into than others.  Showing the original sources I could find from top to bottom, left to right.

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Closer look at images in this wedding, note the copyright notice and watermark.

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  • Michael Paul

    Ahh, the classic “It wasnt me, it was my employees/someone I hired” excuse.

  • David in Sydney

    The excuses from everyone, top to bottom, in the industry are – sorry about this. It’s terrible. It wasn’t me. So I can’t really take any personal responsibility. Oh yeah, if you dare say anything about this then you’ve got the problem.
    Well excuse me.
    It doesn’t wash anymore. If it’s your page, blog or your website, it’s done under your name. Futhermore if you post, that means you personally vetted the information, the words and pictures. You wear responsibility. The cost is yours to bear. You were happy to take the compliments that someone else earned, you can suck up the punishment that everyone will mete out to you.
    Having had many of my images stolen by irksome little deviants looking to make themselves look better than they ever were or will be I can tell you it’s not flattering, it hurts, it costs, it demeans me to be associated with you. You are no better than an out and out thief.

  • Gene Whooppee Essel

    That was quick. I got blocked from her facebook page

  • Katie | Dreamlove Photography

    Thank you so much for exposing this! We were one of the photographers whose work was stolen. Somehow, I feel better knowing it wasn’t just us, although I wish that wasn’t the case. What a bummer.

  • Becky

    Thank you!!!!!!!!! My work was stolen as well and I’m so grateful that this was exposed!!!!!

    • helpful minnie

      If you’re Becky Young Photography – her profile just shows that in the last 1 hour she Liked your business page

  • ErikaSudz

    She’s full of crap.

  • azmerm

    Please don’t stop posting and don’t get frustrated. The service StopStealingPhotos is of immeasurable value to our industry!

  • somebody call her the wambulance…

    • and yes folks, I am THIS funny in real life. But seriously, all this crying about “It was not my fault” needs to stop. Man up (or women up) and say sorry, delete your page and learn from your mistakes

      • C Sab

        Most of them don’t have the guts to admit they did wrong.

  • Bhig Bhad Wolf

    …..because photographers can typically afford a staff of three people or more, to completely take over for them, who will then go on to post STOLEN images on all of the photographer’s sites, with out the knowlege or permission from the boss photographer. SOUNDS LEGIT.

    • Cinobite

      I have 5 people that work for me 🙂 Particularly lately as I am quite ill. However, I’ve had a legitimate, registered company for 4 years come April and I don’t charge $100 a session lol

  • Justin

    I wasn’t even mean and I got blocked. Just know that her family is more important that her business so she will be deleting photos , ya know, whenever she gets around to it. :/

  • Paula

    Wow, that’s a lot of stolen content for one photographer! I hope the owners charge her for commercial use.

  • William Long

    And yet she still has her Valentines Special up – including the images that are not hers ! I am really losing faith in Facebook taking any appropriate action. Interesting she built her new FB page in OCT 2013, and this was the first message she posted “Well
    facebook has been at it, Bear with me everyone my older page got deleted
    thanks to facebook. So i will be adding everything back on here dont
    worry!(:”

    BTW I have followed her wishes and sent her a message highlighting that despite her assurances that shes removed all stolen images that she has failed to remove the Valentine special images. Because as her message stated, we dont want to start a drama. Seriously ? You didnt know that the images werent yours ?

    Seems nothing is ever her responsibility. Yup got banned – “wasnt her fault etc, she’s trying to delete everything”, and apparently she then told me she works in law enforcement and she is making a list of everyone that writes to her, so she can take legal action. Katelyn – please go right ahead !

  • Gene Whooppee Essel

    And the page is gone. SMH

  • Becky

    She called me and yelled at me for “harassing” her. She said she worked in law enforcement and could press charges against me for slander? What?? She apologized once on behalf of the “people that worked for her” but refused to take any responsibility for allowing this to happen. She called me a 3 year old and then I hung up on her. 🙂

    • Bhig Bhad Wolf

      Of course she did. Her husband is probably a lawyer too, and will be suing us ALL for defamation.

    • C Sab

      She’s all talk. I dare her to try and press charges, then you can show them this page and they’ll turn around fast.

    • Cinobite

      Clearly she doesn’t have a clue what she is doing in that area either. Slander is spoken, we’re all writing – that’s libel.
      She’s just digging

    • Michael Goolsby

      Press charges for slander? Is she an idiot? Slander is not a criminal offense. And what is she doing being a sick, pregnant photographer if she also works in law enforcement. Some of these people are just too full of crap.

  • helpful minnie

    “Life is like a camera, focus on what’s
    important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if
    things don’t work out take another shot.” Katelyn’s FB page 16th Jan

    I think Katelyn may have misunderstood this quote, “take” doesn’t mean take from someone else – take in this sense means produce/create something that’s your own 😉

  • Brittany Olson

    I think it’s kind of sad that she even MADE UP fake names for the people in her fake sessions.

    • Christine Moore-Berube

      I feel kind of violated that she put a different name to my body.

    • Mikhari

      Exactly what I was thinking. That takes some creativity there!

  • Marek Dziekoński

    Her facebook page is down, but she still has one of my photos on her home page. Though I’m sure every single one of those is stolen…

    Sketchy thief!

  • Joseph Philbert

    The standard excuse bullshit. Here is the thing is not hard to screenshot the other admins on your page to prove that you not the only one.

  • barque

    By the way everyone: I just noticed on her web page that all her text appears plagiarized too. Woops I bet the 3 assistants did that too. Her “About Us” page begins:

    “​- You’ve come to the conclusion that you want pictures done. Great! You’ve started your hunt for the perfect photographer and somehow it’s brought you to me. Yay! Now what? For someone who has never had professional custom photography done before this probably seems like a spinning mess. No worries, it’s all pretty simple.”

    and goes on from there.

    The ENTIRE “About” page is lifted verbatim from Amanda Bailey Photography in Texas: http://www.amandabaileyphotographyblog.com/how-does-it-all-work-what-to-expect-from-a-custom-photography-session-with-abp/

    • Guest

      WOW. That is insane. Although, not much with this girl is all that surprising I guess…

    • barque

      Screen Captures of Pretty In Pink and Amanda Bailey (original source)

    • Joseph Philbert

      Its always funny how they pass blame on someone else that dont exist. Pathetic!

  • barque

    Her listings at WeddingWire and Weddings.com have all the same stolen imagery as her web site and facebook page. And the plagiarized “About Me” info too. So, those 3 assistants apparently went on a rampage!

  • Cinobite

    For someone who apparently has 3 other people doing all of the work, she only talks about herself in the about me page of her website…
    http://www.prettynpinkphotography.com/about-us.html

    • peaceetc

      Holy moley, trying to read anything against that zigzag background is nauseating. I’ll have to take your word for it. 🙂

      • Cinobite

        That was my first thought, I couldn’t see anything!

  • Cinobite

    She states that it is a company, in the UK we have a government register of .. registered.. companies that you can look up. Anything like this over in the States? Also, I heard that she said she had no facebook page access until today, yet the screen shot shows her posting personally to it yesterday

  • Tanya Bee

    Pathetic excuse- your a thief!!!

  • Cinobite

    There is one thing I always notice when these PS posts come up. Everyone complains about copyright infringement and suing for copyright, commercial use etc. Let’s not forget that using someone elses works to advertise your own services when they aren’t representative of what the client will get is *False Advertising* which in many countries is also very illegal.

    Certainly in the UK these cases can be submitted to the Advertising Standards Authority: ASA http://www.asa.org.uk and/or Trading Standards

    • Joseph Philbert

      RIGHT!

  • cfw

    Jeez Louisa! How many of these creeps are there. Seems like this stealing and lying in this profession is happening at an alarming rate. What would really be useful is a page(s) listing all the different thieves you’ve uncovered by alphabetical name only, linking to the particular write-up on the blog; something that could be accessed easily, for future reference.

  • Preston

    She has also stolen work from me.
    My original post is here:

    http://www.brovadoweddings.com/blog/2012/02/kjerstin-matthews-mn-winter-wedding-photographs-part-2/

    see attached. She put it on here home page slideshow!!!!

  • Christine Moore-Berube

    This person is a nut case! Thanks for catching this!

  • cfw

    When these creeps threaten lawsuits over having been exposed, they all seem to forget (or don’t know) that, at least in all states in the U.S., “truth” is an absolute defense to charges of libel and slander (and if they sue you and lose, they will likely end up owing you money for your attorney fees and the costs of defending against the libel/slander charges).

  • Michael Goolsby

    To the owner of Pretty in Pink Photography (Alaska)… thank you for removing the offending photographs. I see that your Facebook page is down and that the main site now has no photographs at all. I’m sure this has been difficult for you, but I hope you understand the source of everyones’ anger. Speaking only for myself, I have spent 20 years in this industry, following my father whose business was in operation for 53. It has grown much more difficult to actually make a living, in large part, I believe, because of so many newcomers who simply don’t “play by the rules”, including using others’ photographs as a short cut to marketing. I have PERSONALLY been the victim of theft, not just with photographs but with other materials, as well. Several years ago, for example, a newcomer posed as a potential bride in order to get my booking packet. Later, when I saw an advert that closely resembled mine — and even had some of my photographs — I investigated further and found that they had copied almost verbatim my entire booking packet, including bio, faq, and even my contract! What they could not duplicate so easily, however, were the skills which took me years to acquire, and thus they produced horrible work and were out of business the very next year. But, the left the industry CHEAPENED and DAMAGED, and we photographers who have actually made a career of it have been left to not only pick up the pieces, but to also contend with yet more newcomers who seem all too willing to break the rules and try to profit quickly with shortcuts.

    And so I am going to ask this of you. In your original reply, you claimed that three EMPLOYEES (in whole or part) used stolen photography without your knowledge or consent. If that it the case, then why should YOU be punished alone? Why not IDENTIFY these photographers, both here and on Facebook, so that they can take your place and be accountable for the wrong-doing? I would even urge you to consider it a MORAL OBLIGATION. There are, of course, many who doubt your claim, believing that you acted alone. So prove them wrong at the same time. If others are responsible, they NEED to be identified publically so that they might not do the same thing again.

    • CrackerJacker

      “In your original reply, you claimed that three EMPLOYEES (in whole or part) used stolen photography without your knowledge or consent. If that it the case, then why should YOU be punished alone? Why not IDENTIFY these photographers, both here and on Facebook, so that they can take your place and be accountable for the wrong-doing?”

      Ummm… because then SHE could be charged with libel? 😉

      • Michael Goolsby

        My suggestion was based in part on the suspicion that there are, in fact, NOT three photographers who were responsible for stealing and posting the photographs in question.

        But *IF* there were, and *IF* any one — or all three — of these photographers are responsible, then libel would not be an issue, for to successfully bring a case of libel, all THREE of the following elements must be shown:

        1 – A statement was published
        2 – The statement was false
        3 – The statement caused damage.

        If any one of these elements are missing, a finding of libel cannot be made.Thus, even if she were to publically identify the individuals in question (presuming they do exist), and even if they could prove damage occurred as a result, libel could not be found if she proved that the statements she made were true.

        So again, I suggest to the owner of Pretty of Pink… consider publically holding the offenders accountable so that you can continue with your business efforts.

        • CrackerJacker

          Sorry, Michael, I was being snarky and NOT giving her the benefit of the doubt that either a) these “employees” exist or b) if they do, that they operated without her knowledge. You are definitely being the more mature person. 🙂

          • Michael Goolsby

            No problem. Snarky is better than violent! And honestly, sometimes the things I think are a bit more snarky than what I write. Somewhere between head and hands, a bit of restraint seems to find footing. Of course, I knew that there were no employees, too. But sometimes, people need to be guided as they recognize and acknowledge their mistakes. I am glad to see that the photographer has indeed finally acknowledged her actions and apologized for them. I really felt as if it was sincere, too. She might still face legal consequences (and who knows, maybe she should), but forgiveness cannot happen without repentance, and she seems to have taken those first steps. And since we see so many photographers who, to the end, make excuses, blame others, and refuse to acknowledge their misdeed, I have to give this lady credit for being the exception to these situations rather than the rule.

          • Melinda Potter

            I guess we didn’t read the same apology? The one I read she was still blaming “Wendy and Thomas” for stealing images and text on her behalf and then blocking her from all her online accounts so she could not see what they had done.
            “I Would like to apologize on my behalf for everyone including the 2 others Wendy And Thomas Who Were the main one’s at fault.”
            She’s blaming made up people for her actions, and then saying “sorry”. That’s not an apology, that’s continuing to deny, and trying to sway people into believing the fantastical story she chose to tell to try to cover her own wrong doings. Then she goes on to try to flip the situation into a story where SHE is being victimized.
            Maybe it’s because my daughter had a very naughty imaginary friend that lived with us a couple of years, that I am able to see through Katelyn’s “apology” and excuses, and you are not? I’m not sure, but in any case. The post above is not an apology as far as I’m concerned and to accept it as such won’t help anyone including Katelyn. Neither will perpetuating her denial, lying, and “Im a victim!” stance she has taken. As a loved one or someone who cares for her, I understand supporting her and defending her, but to truly help her, it would be best to be honest with her, help her understand she needs to own her actions, before she is ever able to learn from this and move on from it. (Most of this reply isn’t necessarily meant for you Michael, because I see that you “get it”. Just for maybe some other readers and posters to ponder)

          • Michael Goolsby

            I read an awful lot of “I’m sorry” in between a lot of incomprehensible rambling. But I actually didn’t catch at first the blaming on “Wendy and Thomas”… probably because the message’s run-on sentencing, rambling tone, and general brutalization of grammar. This is not intended as a put-down; many online posts are in a more “speak-written” style. Blaming others is certainly what I hoped she would NOT do, hence my challenge to her to identify the “real” wrongdoers.

            With that in mind, and since she has now volunteered “Wendy and Thomas”, and said that they are the “main one’s at fault [sic]”, I hope she will bother to tell us who Wendy and Thomas are so that they can be properly acknowledged by the online community trying to stop this sort of thing.

            (Please note… I’m NOT holding my breath!)

    • Joseph Philbert

      Wow I could not say it even better!

    • annoyed customer

      not all the photos were taken down. I’ve noticed there are 3 left

      http://www.prettynpinkphotography.com/price-list.html

      look at the bottom of the page

  • Katie | Dreamlove Photography

    Groupon was informed of what’s going on (as she’s sold 6 groupons) and here was their response, what essentially sounds like they are fully behind her. Takeaway – Don’t trust vendors on Groupon!

    “I apologize for any inconvenience and thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with us. I’ll make sure that your feedback is communicated to the right people who can address your concerns directly with the business.

    I want to assure you that we review the companies we feature by checking places such as Rip Off Report and the BBB for any negative ratings. We also check Yelp, CitySearch, and local media for user and editorial reviews as well as Facebook, OpenTable and other social media sites. While recently posted negative reviews may not have an immediate impact on already scheduled deals, they are taken into account when we decide which merchants to work with in the future. We do our best to feature businesses that see Groupon as an opportunity to gain loyal customers as well as advertise their services, and I’m so sorry that you feel let down by this particular business.

    We stand by all of the businesses we feature and the deals we offer, but if you ever have a bad experience with the service you receive when using your Groupon, we’ll be more than happy to work with you toward satisfaction. If you haven’t already, and feel it’s necessary, you can also provide your feedback on ratings sites like Yelp or Citysearch.

    Again, I’m sorry for any trouble or frustration, and we truly appreciate your feedback. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help.

    Regards,

    Kashif A
    Groupon Customer Support”

    • Photo Stealers

      The first person I ever outed was on Groupon. Groupon only took it down and refunded when it made the news.

    • Michael Goolsby

      In other words…

      “Unless you bought a Groupon package from her and are displeased, we don’t care. Our job is to make money, and NOT police the conduct of our vendors so long as it does not affect our bottom line.”

      Two years ago, I photographed a wedding for a couple who had previously purchased a photography package from Groupon. The package was not actually for wedding photography specifically. Rather, the photographer was selling deeply discounted portrait photography by the hour. The couple called and asked if they could purchase multiple Groupons and combine them for enough coverage, and the photographer said it would be fine. But in the weeks prior to the wedding, the photographer had disappeared. The day before the wedding, the couple called me and I ended up shooting his wedding very much to their satisfaction. Afterwards, they explained the situation and even provided me with the website of the original photographer. Almost immediately, I could tell the website was a fake. That is, it was comprised almost entirely of stolen work. Impressive, but stolen. I shared this with the couple, who still had to go about getting their money back. They eventually caught up with the photographer. It turns out that Groupon sold HUNDREDS of these “too good to be profitable” packages. The photographer had more packages than he could actually redeem, and they were so cheap to begin with that he wasn’t even getting minimum wage after expenses. It was then that I learned that Groupon typically gets about HALF of a sales price. Combined with a cost to customers that is frequently half off the normal prices, vendors end up getting about 20% of their normal price. This can be fine for those businesses who have a chance to up-sell to their customers and build upon the profit. But for all-inclusive products, such as a photography package that includes both prints and digital images, there’s no chance to up-sell. Anyway, they eventually got their money back through Groupon, but I mentally run the numbers in my head whenever I see photography advertised and figure out that most photographers who use Groupon are likely getting screwed just as badly as their unsuspecting clients.

      And yes… if Groupon had just performed a simple image search, they would have discovered that their prospective photographer was using stolen work, and might not have contracted with him in the first place. In that respect, Groupon deserves just as much feedback as the photographer.

  • Travis

    you guys know that she got over 300 harassing emails / calls/ texts/ and threats from you guys? and it is illegal? very illegal. she at least got rid of it so stop messaging her than. i was on the phone with her while some random ass guy last night called her more than 5 times interrupting the dance class she teaches at night time she volunteers for. not exactly okay people. She deleted all before 24 hours. and said sort. i don’t think lawsuits need to be fired. Becky young you should be ashamed your a adult and yet you expect her to be nice to you when she did exactly what you asked and you think it makes you look cool by hanging up? Okay….. and moving on. Secondly this army wife Christine you are CRAZY… you know maybe her husband might be military as well? or anything your not the only cagy army wife on this site take it down a notch she deleted your shit so cool your pants take a midol and keep calm and eat a MRE. Everyone else yeah she will eventually post the crap about the other 3 people give her a damn break you guys all harassed her and threatened her! Do not go cyco and comment on her stuff same goes for u crazy army wife your husband should be ashamed and the army would never approve of your behavior good think your not a officers wife. But she deserves time to get everything back upload her own photos without you people commenting on her own work. you guys threatened her someone even threatened her kid and told her to die now come on is that really okay? thats way to far considering we all were dicks and harassed and threatened her.

    • Photo Stealers

      You can sue for copyright infringement regardless if the image was taken down or not.

      • Preston

        That is correct.

    • Michael Goolsby

      It is my understanding that the MISSION of this site is about EXPOSING photography theft. To that end, all participation should remain true to that spirit. Accordingly, any genuine threats and harassment would be WAY OUT OF LINE.

      Having said that….

      Travis, it was VERY difficult reading and understanding your message above with so little attention paid to basic grammar and punctuation. And when chastising the behavior of others, you actually discredit yourself when you call people “crazy”, tell people to “take a midol”, and calling people “dicks”. Between the difficulty reading the post, and the derogatory language, I became totally confused as to what kind of argument you were trying to make.

      EVERYONE…

      Let us converse and conduct ourselves, even when in discord with others, with intelligence, patience, and rationality. Yes, image theft is a serious problem. No, it does not justify discarding good sense of judgement OR grammar!

    • Photo Stealers

      Also every single time someone is caught they claim that they’ve been threatened. I’ve yet to see proof. Real proof. Not “Facebook letter” proof.

      If that is true, I deeply apologize and I warn all of you to not harass the thieves.

    • captain-confuzzled

      you were on the phone with her while someone interrupted the dance class she teaches, how is it that you were on the phone with her through that time? guess that means you were interrupting the class too. can’t even begin to decipher the rest of the ‘cyco’ stuff. sigh.

    • Becky Young

      Yeeaaaaaahhhh….I’m not ashamed of myself at all. I hung up on her because she was accusing me of harassment and slander. When SHE was the one who was stealing MY photos. So no, I won’t apologize for hanging up on her.

      • peaceetc

        To me, that’s a sure sign of guilt, when one reacts the way she did.

        Did you happen to notice the offender and all her friends have the same inability to spell correctly or use proper grammar and punctuation? Makes me wonder if they really are multiple people.

    • Christine Moore-Berube

      Wow! 1. How am I crazy exactly?? For telling someone that it’s NOT OK to use images of me without my consent? 2. I never called this girl. I never emailed her. I never texted her. I never threatened her. So…… how am I crazy again?? Sounds like I’m “crazy” because I’m the only one who complained about having their wedding pictures plastered on her fake photography website. That MUST make me crazy. 3. Yes, I AM an Army wife, but first and fore most I’m a United States Veteran! I did my time, I spent 8 years in the Army so don’t call me just an “Army Wife”….. If you read the blog post from which my photo’s were STOLEN, you would of known that. 😉 Sounds like you’re the one that might be a little crazy.

    • Ada

      It’s really amazing that you post, write and omit punctuation in exactly the same way as everyone else backing up this fauxtographer. Funny that.

  • Travis

    Dude She deleted it get the hell over it its been off of groupon for weeks!

  • Balinda Reeves

    Thank you Pretty in Pink for deleting the pictures, my picture were never stolen but i understand that being threatened isn’t okay. its over and done with I’m sure these people can understand that like human beings.

  • Preston

    She is using my image as the cover of her weddings.com directly listing! OMG! The nerve of this woman!!!!

    http://www.wedding.com/wedding-vendors/ak/anchorage/photographer/pretty-in-pink-photography/218061

  • Melanie

    Look again its been deleted dumb ass you half to give wedding websites time. You lies Also we know your harassing her since your number we have your area code as 612 she deleted everything and yet you wanna file a lawsuit on a minor? when its all deleted? Do i need to speak more?

    • Preston

      Copyright was violated regardless, even if the image was deleted. We have screenshots on file of its misuse. The damage is already done. Melanie, you must be an associate of Katelyn. Thank you for providing us this information.

    • captain-confuzzled

      a lawsuit on a minor? huh?

    • CrackerJacker

      You’re going to throw attitude? You don’t need to speak more. You didn’t need to speak to begin with. Katelyn screwed up – big time – and the people who were affected have every right to be angry and to pursue legal action, even if the images have been since removed. The best choice for you and “Travis” would be to keep your mouths shut and let Katelyn hope her mea culpa is enough to appease those whose work she used illegally, because otherwise, she’s got some expensive months and years ahead and you are not helping smooth the tempers.

    • Photo Stealers

      How is she a minor? She’s married with one child and another on the way?

      • Lorraine

        you can have a kid at 15- 16 any age under 18. and you can get married as a minor to.

        • Photo Stealers

          a) She appears to have a 2 ish year old. So we’ll say she’s at least 16.
          b) Once you get married as a minor, you are legally an emancipated adult in the United States.
          c) Her about page claims that she’s been a photographer for 9 years. So she’s been a photographer since she was 7???

          • Unhappy customer

            Her daughter is 3 actually and she pregnant with a boy. She is also not a minor, She is 20 years old

            How do I know this. Well I did buy the groupon photo shoot and she showed up for the shoot, she looked familiar but i couldn’t figure it out. After our photo shoot was done she disappeared; she never gave me my photos. I’ve sent her numerous messages and have called her, all of which I’ve kept a record of (as well as my groupon receipt), It’s been a week now and she hasn’t responded. I’ve now lost money and some really precious memories. THose photos that I hired her for were really important to me, but it seems that I’ll never be seeing them. I will be making calls to groupon to report her.

            Irony of all Ironies, After doing some research on her name I’ve come to remember where I know her from. I’ll not be posting all her personal information on her because I do think it’s inappropriate. But in a summary I’ve met her before.. through other channels and unrelated to photography.

          • Marc W.

            She’s a porn star, isn’t she?

  • Katelyn O

    To Becky Young ( sorry if i spelled your name wrong)
    Bravado Weddings (http://www.brovadoweddings.com)
    Flame Heart Studios, Nikita Gross Photography, I think its Lets Shall Photography (http://letsshall.blogspot.com/2012/01/army-family.html), Dziekonski Photography, Miller + Miller ( http://www.chicagoillinoisweddingphotography.com), Dear Lillie blog, Alley Kat Photography, http://juleswiegand.com/shannon-nathan-louisville-wedding-photographer-kavanaugh/, WB Photography, Sources unkown for the ones that could not be found for photographers, Rachel Gray Photography, Dream Love Photography, Charisrowland Photography, ( And Anyone else who i missed I’m sorry if i do not have your name or business.:

    I Would like to apologize on my behalf for everyone including the 2 others Wendy And Thomas Who Were the main one’s at fault. Not taking any road out i would just like to apologize to all the photographers and the people out there who I’ve hurt or my business has hurt or any of the 2 employees. Im very ashamed for what has happened. And i am truly sorry this will never happen again. I do understand what its like building up a photography business from the ground up it sucks. Really it is its expensive and you guys have very beautiful and very nice pictures. Please Let your clients know who were int he pictures i am deeply sorry and to forgive me. I meant no harm on any one or business/ photographer’s. I will not steal any photos from any one and post anything without a business/photographers permission. I would really appreciate if a lawsuit was not filled on me for i deleted everything under 24 hours. And i believe there is nothing left. If you see anything please let me know i will take it down immediatly. Christine (She was in a wedding album By Dream Love Photography i believe correct me if I’m wrong) Im sorry you feel this way i am truly sorry please let your husband know that i am deeply sorry i don’t know any one else really but your photographer did a great job on your photos you looked stunning on your pictures. Im sorry they were taken meant no harm on you or your family. Just wanted to make sure everyone has seen this apology and i am deeply sorry once again. No words can describe how it must feel to have your hard end taken work from you stolen and pated on pages all over the internet. But i have deleted the website pictures, Facebook pictures its Unpublished till i get all of my stuff back in it. Same goes for weddings.com Its been deactivated, And wedding wire pictures i believe are gone as well. If you see anything else please please let me know i will take it all down myself as fast as i can. But i understand the hate and everything i do But i am deeply sorry and i just ask if i could stop getting the threats on my phone also on my emails and on everything ” saying i should go die” “My daughter should go burn and have her throat slit” ” I deserve to be burned n a cross and hanged” ” Also another was asking saying to hope i have a still born” I am TRUELY SORRY. I AM. I wil Get to writing everyone personal contact messages apologizing as well. If everyone does not see this. Thank you. And Sorry.

    • Michael Goolsby

      I could be mistaken, but your apology on this board may be unprecedented for its sincerity. You probably learned a lesson the hardest and most painful way possible. Although you did not steal from me personally, our industry is hurt whenever photographers steal from each other, and to that extent your apology is certainly accepted by me. I hope that it is by others, too, particularly those who were more directly affected.

      But I believe other apologies are due, too. To those who may have threatened or harassed, or engaged in any of the alleged behavior you described… such conduct is no less severe (and perhaps even more so), and thus no less justifiable, and thus warrants a public apology here, as well. And I don’t mean “I’m sorry, BUT….” Threats are unacceptable. Period. And I hope you will apologize accordingly.

      • Lorraine L

        I think your comment was very well said. yes there are a lot of apologies to be made for sure its if they can stand up for themselves and accept it for them .

    • Photo Stealers

      I updated the blog with a more through list of whose images and words you used without credit or permission. I highly suggest you send this apology to their emails.

    • Becky Young

      Thank you Katelyn. All I wanted was the removal of my photos and an apology. You have done both and I commend you for that. While I wish you had this tone with me during our phone conversation (instead of accusing me of threatening and harassing and slandering you) I appreciate this gesture. Looks like many valuable lessons were learned through this experience. My hope is that you can move forward embracing honesty and integrity in your future endeavors.

    • Katie | Dreamlove Photography

      Katelyn, thanks so much for your apology, and we appreciate you taking down our photos. We couldn’t agree more with Becky Young in the hopes that you can learn from this experience and move on to live a more honest life…

  • Melanie

    I don’t even work with her. But your also being rude as well. So just stop. Has our humanity not learned anything? We forgive the bad even if we don’t want to or think they don’t deserve it. But we shouldn’t sink so low to were we have no dignitity at all and just make death threats and pray she dies. How would you feel if you were in this case? Probably not very good. Since you can’t act like a human being.
    ” The First to Apologize is the Bravest, The First to Forgive is the Strongest, And the First to Forget is the Happiest. ” I think thats a good quote we should all remember. Its all gone and off the internet right? Lets move on with our lives and spend time with our family and friends who deserve our love and who we love to spend time with even if its clients. Even if its by yourself taking pictures go live life. Not dwell on something in the past that has been taken care of. Sometimes we don’t forgive people because they deserve it, We forgive them because we cannot move forward without it.

    • Photomedic

      apologies aside, which i am SURE are of the utmost sincerity….
      did
      she offer ANY sort of compensation to any of the photographers she stole
      from? she had pictures on her site for how long? how many clients did
      she get because of those pictures? she made money on other peoples work,
      gave them zero credit, blames other people for her “business partners”
      actions, and then the only thing she does is remove the photos and place
      the blame onto someone else. classy.

      if she were REALLY, TRULY
      repentant for this, and willing to actually take responsibility for her
      companies actions, she would have sent emails to EVERY photographer she
      stole from asking for an invoice so she can PAY THEM for using their
      photos for commercial usage.

      • Photo Stealers

        FWIW Melanie and Katelyn have the same IP address. Take that as you will. I’m sure it’s going to be her “sister” but all the same I thought I should post that info here for all to see

        • Photo Stealers

          Kately and Melanie’s comments and IPs

          • Michael Goolsby

            Oh, for godsake. This is ridiculous. Even after all of this, the deception continues…

          • Ada

            Not very bright is she?

    • Krista

      Melanie….calm down and be quiet. You’re just making noise”

  • Darren

    Why does it seem that everyone who gets caught is functionally illiterate and incapable of writing a complete sentence without proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling?

    • Darren

      *with 🙂

    • Preston

      I was thinking this exactly!

    • MLee Kneer

      Yeah, I am seeing a pattern here.
      Or maybe that’s part of the best defense. If they pretend to be illiterate or handicapped there’s an excuse, right?

  • Peter

    Not Harassment right? I believe this is just a small portion of the huge list of emails i saw on there. Lets remember she did take it all down under 24 HOURS! Thats even less than 48 hours like one person told her. She was nice about it. Yes copyright is illegal But she took it down and i do see a apology below me as well. It takes a person some guts to stand up in front of wolves and admit they did something wrong. But yet we can be civil and forgive and move on? Thats not being a good person its lying and cheating. She took it all down before 24 hours as well. I give her credit for at least apologizing I’m sure someone forced her to do it since they threatened her and still want to file a lawsuit I’m going to assume cause they can’t be a decent human being and just forgive like we all should in life.

    • Darren

      Am I missing something? I don’t see any violence in there. Only threats of legal action by offended/injured parties, which seems appropriate considering…

      • Andrew

        Thats not all of the emails theres 235 more to go. and a lot of it is texts on her phone and voicemails. Either way threats ,harassment is not acceptable.

        • CrackerJacker

          I dunno… if it were me, I’d be posting ones that were actually harassing in nature, rather than the ones who have a darn good reason to email her demanding she remove their pictures from her site. The other few are blunt and a little rude, but I’m not seeing anything egregious. What are you and Pete waiting for?

    • peaceetc

      Most of those are people who are upset their work was stolen, or those who are upset on behalf of those whose work was stolen. I personally don’t feel insults are the way to go and we should be civil, but people’s emotions get involved when something is taken from them. I can’t blame them for that.

      And yes, she has now taken down the images (though that pesky stolen ‘about us’ page is still up), but it doesn’t mean she didn’t profit from them when they were up… not to mention the Groupon ads. Those whose work was stolen have the right to seek reparations. That is the law.

      • Ada

        Exactly, if someone stole your wallet and you noticed, you wouldn’t walk up and say “excuse me old chap, there seems to be some misunderstanding regarding the wallet in your hand that you are passing off as your own”.

    • Bhig Bhad Wolf

      You know what solves all of this???
      DON’T BE A DOUCHEBAG AND STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S HARD WORK!!
      These people DESERVE every last nasty, email, phone call, lawsuit, and destruction of their business that they get. If you can’t earn a living being HONEST, you can certainly earn a lot of hell for being a thieving BUM.

      Where does the pity for these LOSERS come from?? It’s EASY.

      DON’T TAKE WHAT DOESN’T BELONG TO YOU…. NOTHING BAD HAPPENS!! Derp!

      • Photo Stealers

        Peter/Melanie and Katelyn’s IP addresses are all the same.

    • Ada

      So the true photographer contacting her and threatening legal action is harassment? You really believe that? Ok.

  • Yelena Haveens

    Thank you Katelyn for deleting the images, I accept your apology i hope everyone else does to. It takes a lot to apologize i haunt seen any one else on here stepping up to do so. But thank you.

  • Melinda Potter

    Ok all you crazy photostealers fans/participants who send feces, wish for death, and turn this all into a personal vendetta to feed your obvious insanity, and only read here to try to inflict pain on people who are featured, all while trying to completely and conveniently (for the stealers that is) discredit the reason for this blog, and all the work that goes into the service it provides. I have a question. Why is it that you only behave this way sometimes and not with ALL of those that have been featured on this blog? Always behind the scenes? So behind the scenes that I believe you have found a way to only make your micheivious ways, and insanity visible to the offenders. They are unable to screen shot or photograph or prove your dubious actions and/or words in anyway. Why?! How?! I guess it will always be a mystery.

    • CrackerJacker

      What are you talking about? There are several unregistered users who have conveniently posted here for the first time today (and I’m sure have been just lurking until today) who are TOTALLY all about forgiving and forgetting. Especially the forgetting. This is not the photo thief you are looking for…

    • Photo Stealers

      I still HIGHLY doubt the feces was ever sent. CJ claimed it was sent from the USVI on Friday afternoon and arrived at his doorstep on Monday the week of Christmas. I’m sorry but I can’t even get a letter to my neighbor that fast, much less a package of poo from a tiny island to the mainland.

      *If* anyone is sending threats of violence you are ruining this for everyone. I’m trying to do a service to protect consumers AND photographers.

    • Lyn Tindell

      I think what she is questioning is the fact that these stealers are always saying that someone is threatening them but yet have never provided proof such as a screen shot or even copies of e-mails sent.

  • Darren

    After lurking on here for a while and watching, I agree that there’s definitely a pattern.

    Thieves guide to how to react once you’ve been caught:
    Step 1 – Ostrich approach. Ignore it. It’s just a few whiners, right? How many people are on the internet, anyway?
    Step 2 – Delete stolen photos, or at least some of them. But just the ones that have been noticed. Otherwise, you won’t have ANY photos to put on your website.
    Step 3 – Issue half-hearted apology. Blame others. Accept no actual responsibility. Remember, it was always an intern/web designer/former employee. Or the photos were stock. Also, be sure to cite your strong Christian faith.
    4. Delete Facebook page.
    5. Play the victim card, citing harassment / threatened violence / foul language /slander / libel / bullying. Again cite your strong Christian faith.
    6. Issue second half-hearted apology. It is OK if this apology contradicts previous claims of innocence and whatever excuse was used earlier, but it still should not accept any actual responsibility. Don’t forget to mention God and forgiveness again.
    7. Threaten lawsuits (after all, the best defense is a good offense, right?).

    NB: Be sure that all correspondence issued after getting called out will be written in a completely incoherent manner, full of spelling and grammatical errors, and free of any discernible punctuation. This will help to make it even more obvious than it already was that you not only stole the photos on your website, but all of the text, as well.

    • CrackerJacker

      Don’t forget enlist friends/invent personae to come to the person’s defense and help execute step 5.

    • Sharon

      I run a sales page in the Anchorage area and this is not the only thing she is scamming people on. She has artists create custom items for her photography business and then when they are done, say she can’t afford them with one excuse or another. I am sure that this is a way to get things cheap.
      Also, all over her personal facebook page is her negativity to other local businesses around town. “They didn’t even refund me”, talks about other businesses opperating fruadualently, and doing “shitty job”. Her pictures of her studio setup in her living room could not even possibly create the photos that she is claiming.
      She is not a minor as she has like a 4 year old and currently pregnant. She knows what she is doing is wrong, she just does not care. I feel bad for the customers that bought her Groupon thinking they were getting one thing and I am sure getting something completely different.

  • peaceetc

    She blames some so-called employees (I looked, and neither of the two she named have Facebook profiles) instead of taking responsibility herself (she even posted on her FB page before it was deleted: “i had nothing to do this”). The fact remains that her business others’ work was used to make money. In doing so, she and her business broke the law. It is perfectly within the rights of the photographers whose work was stolen to see legal action against her. She may not like it, but she has to accept and deal with it.

    Even if she did have employees who did this (and apparently they did it everywhere, according to the latest updates from Photo Stealers), she is ultimately responsible for what happens in her business. There are laws which must be followed, and her business did not follow them. It is now up to those from whom she stole to choose what they will do.

    • It doesn’t matter if her employees did it or not. She knows what her work looks like and none of that was hers!!!

      • peaceetc

        Exactly. And that work which wasn’t hers was all over the place. She’d have to be pretty damned irresponsible if she didn’t notice.

        • Photo Stealers

          They even bought a Yellow Pages ad on her behalf and used those images!

  • Tee

    “I’m a lifestyle Portrait & Wedding Photographer. I’ve been serving the JBER/ Anchorage community for 9 years and can’t imagine not doing it. I absolutely love my clients. I want you to love your session just as much as I love it. Custom Photography is all about having fun.”

    9 years? Someone stated she was a minor. So lets say shes 17. So she has been serving the Anchorage community since she was 8? Okay wait, maybe say 20. So 11? That’s pretty young………..dot……dot…..dot…….

  • Christie O {Mounatinside Bride

    First, THANK YOU so much for creating this site. My stomach hurts just looking at this! One, she stole from images I published on my site from one of my favorite CO vendors (whom I’ve emailed with this post) and two, she’s in Alaska, which means she’s in MY advertising market. I’ve noticed that her site has no content and her SM pages are gone. Good! The other thing is, brides would be hiring her for work she likely cannot produce! Can you imagine paying thousands and getting crap photography.

    Stop Stealing Photos should be given a metal or and ward or something. Bravo!!!

    • So, you’re going to help make an example
      Out of her by sending her a bill for usage of
      Your images and then sue her when she doesn’t pay? Please say yes.
      If nothing happens to these assholes, others will keep doing it!

  • Nikita

    My mind is blown. She has 4 of my sessions on this screenshot of her site, barely changing the names if my clients. I’m sick about this. Why on earth would you ever want to steal work? In the end you are only hurting yourself. An apologie is not enough, your business better be shut down!

    • So, you’re going to help make an example
      Out of her by sending her a bill for usage of
      Your images and then sue her when she doesn’t pay? Please say yes.

  • Karel

    It’s kinda funny how they always go “it wasn’t me, it was my [fill in the blank].

    If someone screws up the repair of your car, you go the garage and the garage is responsible for it. You don’t go to the repair guy who screwed up, that’s the garage’s job.
    If you got a problem with a piece of clothing you bought, you go back to the store, complain to the store. You don’t go attack the sales clerk whom you paid your stuff with…

    People are big enough to take stuff that doesn’t belong to you, but too cowardly to take responsibility of their actions.
    Good that Karma’s the bitch, so we don’t have to be. I.e. being exposed like this is already bad enough. If people whose work has been stolen want to take action, it is THEIR choice to do so. The rest shouldn’t take matters in their own hands.
    If we start threatening and calling the thieves names on their pages, that makes us as bad as them. Let it be.
    They get what they have coming without our interference.

  • MLee Kneer

    It’s always the employee/intern/web designer/SEO person. Man is that shit getting old.

    • Marc W.

      Yes, these scan artists really need to study their previous fallen scam artists to learn from them.

  • Darren

    The thieves and their friends always act as if they’re the victims and are surprised by the reactions of the community against them. That’s likely because they don’t really see what they’ve done as a big deal, or something that warrants the reaction they’ve received from others.

    “Yes, I stole my neighbor’s car. But actually, I didn’t actually steal it. Some guy just gave it to me. I don’t remember his name. But I thought it was OK. And besides, I brought it back as soon as they discovered I had it. So what’s the big deal? End of story, right? Why are you still yelling at me? Stop harassing me!”

    • Ada

      They don’t see it as being a problem because they’re not real photographers, have no comprehension of the time, effort and professionalism required to run a business effectively and wouldn’t know one end of a camera from the other.

      There is no way anyone who is really a photographer could take any pride in using another’s work to promote themselves. I’d rather smash my camera up with a hammer than fraudulently use another persons Intellectual Property.

  • Photomedic

    To katelyn O (I hope I spelled your name right)

    I would like to apologize on behalf of my buddy that used my account without my knowledge to send you such a disparaging email. even though i allow him free access to my computer and internet, it was still mainly his fault. I am apologizing for him, because he has been banished from my household and therefor cannot get on here to make amends himself, since it was him (and not me) that actually did something wrong.

    I totally understand what it is like to take the blame for other peoples misdoings, and i want to make it absolutely clear that even though it was my house, computer, account, and internet….HE was the one responsible, NOT me. I have deleted the terrible emails on my computer so that they may never be used for evil again. This, I assume, will square everything out and make everything better.

    Again, I apologize for the incident, and I assure you that it will never happen again since the actual responsible party is no longer allowed access to my computer.

    • Issuereportpa

      Your making fun of apology is pathetic and disquisting

      • Photomedic

        please. MY apology was just as sincere as HERS was.

        and I took JUST as much responsibility as SHE did.

        i really don’t see where your problem is.

        • Lyssa

          Wow I’m pretty sure “Issuereportpa” is Katelyn!

          • Photo Stealers

            This is a different IP than Katelyn/Melanie and Peter who are all from the same IP address however this IP is a cell phone so it’s possible it’s another alter ego.

      • leigh

        Your Katelyn for sure…^^^^^^^

    • Joseph Philbert

      WOW this is insane … mental problems…

  • This is insane! It would take nearly as long to falsify this much crap as it would to have actually gotten off their butts and done the work themselves.

    Well if they were capable of this type of photography that is. Not just trying to scam people out of their money.

  • Jessi

    Hi, I’m Jessi from Big Bang Photography, Some of my images were stolen by this “photographer”. When I called the “contact” phone number she said It was Katelyn’s sister. Then said they’d have them removed by 5 am and when I hung up she then texted me and said, “which ones were yours?” UMMM…. How about just removing EVERY PICTURE YOU DIDNT TAKE!!!! The creator of this website is a saint. <3

    • Photo Stealers

      Awwww thanks! I hope she removes your images soon. You can file a DMCA if she doesn’t.

      • Issuerrport

        She already did since the girl can’t be nice on the phone she asked a simple question just to make sure your images were off. Go to college for photography people. Do none of you people know how to use a computer? She took it all down literally. She has rights to have her own business as long as she dosnt take copyright or steal images she posts up her own it dosn’t mean we bash her for her posting her own work up. Shame on you people. You guys are becoming more lower than her. Leave or alone already I don’t see any of these other thieves apologizing . Atleast she did. That’s more than what the harassers can talk except for this guy making fun of her literally above me in his apology. Atleast she said it. Don’t become a low person. Move on to your business take your pictures and quit.

        • Charlene

          I’m beginning to think you katelyn lol… chill…..

          • leigh

            I totally think so too lol

          • C Sab

            lol Alot of us are thinking that.

        • katiecurrid

          Where is this apology, though? She didn’t apologize, actually. Every person I have read that has called her, she has lied and said she was an FBI agent and was going to press charges. Or she has said she would take them down, but I have seen nothing of an apology. Even on her Facebook and her website, which is still up, she hasn’t apologized — she tried to blame it on other people.

          She’s tried to erase all semblance of this on the internet by deleting all negative reviews on her business Facebook page, contesting reviews on other websites, and by simply removing the images on her personal website. But no matter what, this post can’t be erased. She just needs to start fresh, accept that she did wrong, and try and move on.

          Most of these people did “go to college” — for photography. And they know the technical ins and outs, as well as the legal ones.

          • katiecurrid

            I’m sorry! I didn’t see her apology way down at the bottom. Good on Katelyn, that’s great that she posted that.

          • Michael Goolsby

            Claiming to be an FBI agent is a federal crime. And in many (all?) states, claiming to be a law enforcement officer when one is not is typically a felony.

        • Photo Stealers

          You know how many times she’s “taken the images down” so far? First she took a few off Facebook. Then she took the ones on her website down and then all the images were said to be down. Then there was the Wedding Wire ad. Then the Google + page. The Yellow Pages ad. The Groupon Ad. Every time “all of the images are down” more are found out there.

        • Matt

          You are obviously either her or a friend. And speaking of college, if you went to one they sure didn’t teach you about run-on sentences. Do you know how to use a keyboard to type? Do you know that “atleast” is actually two words?

        • C Sab

          Maybe you should be telling this advice to someone who needs it. Like say…the thief. Not us.

    • The Pixel Police

      Hi Jessi, You and your fellow photographers who have had your work stolen AND also the people depicted in these photographs/your clients (I take it Pretty in Pink doesn’t have model release forms or consent from these people to use their image for advertising purposes) have a very strong case for legal action against this charlatan. You should all band together and make an example in this case. I was astounded at how many photographs this company is claiming as there own. I also feel sorry for any of there actual clients as they have also been deceived. I strongly recommend you all watch the film “Catfish” Im still not sure if its a mockumentary or not, but that is not the point. Good luck, I hope you get paid what your deserved for this injustice.

  • Not only are you generally a douche for trying to scam folks out of their hard earned money, you’re a special type of mouth breather for trying to do it to military families.
    I don’t wish you harm, but I hope this is especially emotionally painful to you.
    Sincerely,
    Ranger Al

    • Issuereport

      If she never even got money she didn’t make any money off of pics smarty. Come on . She hasn’t made any money off of the stolen images.

      • Photomedic

        “not making money” does NOT mean that monetary compensation is not owed for using another photographers copyrighted images illegally for commercial use. (and thats what posting other peoples images in your business website is…commercial use) I REALLY hope you are not trying to justify image theft by claim of “they didnt make any money”. also, how do YOU know what they did or did not make?

      • Photo Stealers

        Um, Groupon anyone?

      • elisa

        actually she has. I paid for groupon photos and never received my photos. I’ve been trying to contact her for days, she has blocked my number and refuses to answer my messages. She has stolen money.

        • guest

          I need to retract this post. She did finally get back to me, She had been really sick and couldn’t contact me. She also has emailed me all of my photos.

          • Michael Goolsby

            I’m glad you got what you paid for. It’s a shame, however, that she did not have any of her three “employees” take over for her when she was sick. Perhaps she fired them for manufacturing her fraudulent website.

          • Marc W.

            Yeah, you’d think they could do the edits that have been promised, rather than upload other people’s photos.

          • Marc W.

            Were they up to par with what she advertised?

          • Ada

            Guest replies to Guest? They’re not necessarily the same person. Well played!

        • Ada

          She used someone else’s images to generate interest in her photography. Unless she provided her photography free, to those who booked her as a result of her stolen images then she did make money.

      • C Sab

        Bullshit. And it doesn’t matter if she didn’t make any money off of them, it’s still stealing and needs to be dealt with.

  • Nick

    Found out this Katelyn child is now going to be taking her OWN pictures now. Will Pretty In Pink be coming back? Would love to see what your work truly looks like.

    • Issuereportpa

      You still shouldn’t be harassing her for her posting her own stuff. Atleast she isn’t stealing it. So I think you need to go back to your camera room and work with your own clients. Not bashing others you guys made this story the worst one on here none of you ever commented on the others. Talk about disquisting.

      • Nick

        Tell her that as well. Go back to her camera room and work with her OWN clients. Instead of stealing others.

      • SOMEONE

        Issuereportpa, are you the owner of pretty in pink? From what I can see you are the only one who is defending what she did. You don’t think using other people’s images for a website portfolio to book clients isn’t making money?!? Everyone is upset that someone went through such an elaborate scheme to better their portfolio to fool her clients into thinking how amazing she is. Not only should the photographer’s who had their work stolen be upset, but what about their clients who were tricked into thinking they were getting a better photographer. I think more people are upset because we know how much time and energy goes into photography. Issuereportpa, people like you are what’s wrong with the world today….

  • C

    I realize she’s stolen photos and breached
    copyright but isn’t this also a form of fraud?

    • How so? She isn’t lying about people stealing photos. She’s providing screenshots as proof and links to the offending material. And the fair use doctrine of copyright law covers commentary, criticism and teaching, all of which are purposes of this website. No fraud here.

      • Joseph Philbert

        must be her friend.

      • Melinda Potter

        I’m pretty sure C was referring to Pretty in Pink being fraudulent

    • peaceetc

      I’m not following the logic. What’s fraudulent about telling the truth? It’s not libel, if that’s what you’re thinking, since it’s all true (libel only applies if what is being written is false).

  • Terry

    Simply put its deceptive conduct and this is easily pursued through the courts for the inured parties.

    As for those calling for forgiveness you are all thats wrong with the world today, you hand wringers desperately call for forgiveness in all levels of crime. Endlessly falling over yourself with calls for forgive and forget, whether its an image stealer or a rapist or a murderer you flail about calling for leniency and simpering about they have rights too meanwhile victims of crime get the middle finger time and again.

    Grow up a crime is a crime theft or otherwise and constantly turning the other cheek and forgiveness leads to contempt. I used to work with criminals and here’s a newsflash for you they laugh at you simpering, weak, PC brigade buffoons, actually laugh when they see you coming your a joke to them and they use you relentlessly to see what they can get out of you.

    They tolerate your existence because they want you to get them out of the place they are in, once you have been bled dry they couldn’t care if you died the instant they left. The moment people stand up for themselves I’m sick to death of you people shrieking about how heartless I am or nasty I must be. Justice is a simple concept and it must be seen to be done, this is a great site and proof of people power if you’re crying about its concept and what it does your shouldn’t be on here bugger off and help a criminal escape yet another jail sentence.

  • Juli

    I don’t buy her excuse at the top – no way ! Too many photos, too many places… AND THE NERVE regarding the photo with the ultrasound !!! REALLY??????

  • Joseph Philbert

    Well Godaddy took her site/domain down. Too many DMCA’s

    • C Sab

      Owned.

  • The Pixel Police

    I know its not fair but we have locks on our doors because we know people are dishonest. And yes its unsightly but a giant big unique logo watermark (not just the word copyright or (c), right in the middle of your online website profolio will be the only way to stop this in the future. *sigh*

  • karenunderstanding

    It seems to snow a lot down there in Central Texas!

    • Laura Shepherd

      On WeddingWire it says she’s in Hawaii, I dont think she knows where she is!

    • Amanda

      Im in central Texas, she stole my bio’s & introductions. 🙁 It doesn’t snow much here 🙂

  • Brittany

    Thankful that her website and everything is shutdown!! Liar and a thief!

  • Todd Barnett

    Wow!!!! I never thought I’d ever know (ok…met one time at a group photo shoot) someone in my community that would be lucky enough to be featured on this site. I was wondering how this young lady was creating such great photos with little to no experience and in such a short period of time. She literally went from ZERO online presence to Groupon ads in the matter of months. I had no idea about the other ads and profiles listed here. I could tell from many of the photos posted that it took expensive equipment (decent body, >2.8 aperture lens, OCF, light modifiers, etc…) to create those images. It’s taken me many years, countless hours of research and a lot of money to build up my “What’s In My Bag” list! LOL.

    While I’m an advocate for what stopstealingphotos does and offers our photography community, the hate and bullying by some of the users is 100% unnecessary. Exposing fraud, theft and distrust is perfectly fine, but do it with a little class. Remember we are the true professionals, right? I truly do get it though, I’d be rather upset if my images were being passed off as someone else’s as we’ll.

    http://www.toddbarnettphotography.com

    • Joseph Philbert

      I could not say the last paragraph better …
      As for your first point some photographers try the easy way to get notoriety.

  • Wow! I thought it seemed odd that her Pretty in Pink page was popping up in my Facebook newsfeed and sidebar as a sponsored ad all winter…and then it vanished. I, too, was alarmed by the quality of these “beginner” photos that were on the page. Now, I’m bombarded with ads for her new business page…First Love Photography or something. One of the maternity poses was actually quite similar to a plagiarized one flagged above. Seems like this girl has an excuse for everything. Hopefully she’s learned her lesson and will work on her skills instead of piggybacking on others’ hard work.

  • Chris Pickrell

    She’s right, I would hate it if someone tried to ruin me.

    But that’s because I don’t steal photos 😀

  • Lindsay11

    Here’s something weird about her new website http://www.firstlovestudio.com/about.html If you search her “about” page, there’s a ton of hits that come back, and all the web pages look like they have the same layout and similar writing. I guess it’s a template of some sort? https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22my%2Bbest%2Bfriend.%2BIn%2Ba%2Bsimple%2C%2Bsmall%2Btown%2C%2BI%2Blearned%2Bto%2Buse%22&cd_min=1%2F1%2F2000&cd_max=1%2F1%2F2015&source=lnt&tbs=cdr%3A1 I wonder how many photo thieves are in this search!

    • Lindsay11

      At least one! One photo thief! Ahahaha!
      /Count von Count

  • doncalifornia

    The link you have at the top of the article for First Love Photography on facebook (First Love Studio) is not correct any more. Whoever has that page, is not Katelyn.

    • Someone else must have taken that name when she shut down