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Sara-Anne Photography

This photographer is a mentor and leads workshops.  She teaches a class called “Behind the Lens” to photographers.  Part of this $600 course Sara-Anne teaches includes a workbook in PDF form that she has handed out to her students.

I am only showing here what sources were used in the workbook from the internet.  A vast majority of the workbook was plagiarized from another photographer’s ebook and it isn’t right to put it out there for free.  Out of respect for the photographer I am asking you all to trust me on the source.  Thank you!

Onto the 92 page PDF that I’ve spent the past month sourcing!  Today alone it’s been about 6 hours because I wanted this done.  I think a cocktail may be in order this evening.  She has also stolen images, those are below the PDF.

PS: Thank you for your donations, it was fun to be able to use them to pay for Copyscape for this case!  

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Plagiarized from an ebook from this source, snippet below

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Pages 3-8 , snippet below

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Plagiarized from here.

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Pages 8-9, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 14-15, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 18-19, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here (Copyscape can’t pull up the page on compare, sorry)

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Pages 20-21, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here.

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Pages 24-25, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 27-28, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Plagiarized from here

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Plagiarized from here as well (various parts not just the top)

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plagiarized from here again

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 59-60, snippet below

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Article called “Exceptional Customer Service in Portrait Photography” from The Dedicated Photographer, now offline.

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Pages 60-61, snippet below

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Article called “Portrait Photography Tip – Ignore the Competition” from The Dedicated Photographer, now offline

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Pages 63-65, snippet below

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Article called “Tips and Tricks for Photographing Children and Newborns” by The Dedicated Photographer, now offline

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Page 67, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 70-21, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 74-76, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 76-81, snippet below

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Plagiarized from here

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Pages 86-90, snippet below

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Photos and text from here

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At least one of her blogs is also plagiarized.

Value and photography blog post.

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The original source (which has been ripped off so many times).

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Update 01/31/2014 @ 1:16PM

Sara-Anne has taken down her Facebook Pages and her website.  She now has this on her website:

It has also came to light that in 2012 Sara-Anne won a contest for a year rent-free in a space in Downtown Burlington which she opened a year ago.  The contest also included $3000 in marketing and $15,000 in upgrade funds.  While it may not have much to do with this case, I still thought it was an interesting side note to this whole story.

Yesterday with all of the pages and pages and hours and hours I spent I didn’t get a chance to source images because I didn’t have time to honestly.  No one said anything about her stealing images so I didn’t even search because I was burned out after that whole mess.  Luckily someone else had the smarts to start looking and found that Sara-Anne also had images that weren’t hers along with the plagiarized text.

Blog:

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Edited, originally located here

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Inspire Guide originally located here

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Facebook:

Original source unknown, both are costumes for kids.

  • Cracker Jax

    The splash page has changed again. It now says this: “Thank you for your interest in Sara-Anne Photography! We look forward to working with you in the future. We are sorry for the temporary status of our site. We are taking a few weeks off for personal reasons and to make some much needed changes. Thank you so much!”

  • Cracker Jax

    Surely there are plenty of people who don’t know about this yet! For example, Jennifer Gilbert. Her blog post is an interview with the artist:

    “MY FRIEND FROM THE SOUTH, SARA-ANNE!

    Posted in: Guest Photographer

    I’m very excited to have Sara-Anne of sara-anne photography from North Carolina providing a guest post today!

    I first came across Sara-Anne’s work two years ago through Flickr. I really admired her beach sessions, and she inspired me to hold my own summer beach sessions! Not only is she a fabulous photographer, but a wonderful teacher and role-model. She provides various types of workshops as well as mentoring sessions to photographers from all over the world!

    I really admire Sara-Anne’s willingness to share knowledge and help out her fellow photographers. She truly values the photography industry and wants to see people succeed! (Love That!!)

    Thank you, Sara-Anne, for providing me with this interview, and for being my first guest photographer interview!

    How did you start, and how long have you been in business?
    I have an art background and was teaching classes at a local scrapbooking shop. I found over and over that people were drawn to my images, and with my desire to own my own business, my background and encouragement from family and friends, I gave it a go! I started photographing friends families part time. In March of 2009 my mom and grandmother were killed in a car accident, and I realized that life was just too short for me to be spending the day doing a job that I didn’t find rewarding. With the support of my husband and kids I left that job and never looked back.

    What do you think sets you apart from your competition?
    There are several things that I think have helped me stand apart from my competition. The first is that I absolutely love being in business. I almost love it more than I love the photography aspect. I love coming up with new ways to market Sara-Anne Photography and love looking for ways to separate myself from other photographers. I also think my style has a huge part…I am not a Lifestyle photographer per se, as I do love to pose my clients, but I am contemporary and offer bright and colorful images to them. I love to capture connection among my clients I also feel that my customer service helps set me apart! I send my clients goodie boxes of cookies after a session with me, I love to pamper them and show them how much I truly appreciate them as clients.

    Your beach sessions are lovely! When did you start doing them? What do you love about them?
    I started doing beach sessions two summers ago after a client asked me about it. I fell in love with them and feel that they offer me a niche in a very saturated market. I also love that I get to photograph clients that I would never come into contact with on a regular basis. This year alone, I photographed clients from Alaska, Ireland, Texas and many other states. It’s amazing how small the world is with the Internet.

    What inspires you to want to teach other photographers?
    I really believe that what I have been given is a gift! Not only do I get to do what I love, but I make a living at it! What a huge blessing! I feel that part of the way that I can “give back’ is by encouraging other photographers. I also feel that so many photographers are doing things the hard way and not really charging for their work, not providing a quality product etc., and that hurts the industry. I think that if I can help a few photographers who are “shoot and burners” become full-fledged business owners, then it’s better for all of us. I love also watching photographers grow! It makes my heart sing when I see a photographer who has taken one of my classes or workshop establish a full-fledged business! I LOVE that and feel that in some way I have helped them!

    What’s in your bag?
    I’m a very simple shooter. My bag consists of a Canon Mark ii, and 85L (which is on my camera about 90% of the time) a 50mm and a 70-200 IS. That’s it!

    What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to someone who is just starting out?
    The advice I would give is to plan! If you don’t have a plan you wont go anywhere. Plan how many sessions you want in a year, how you will go about building a good portfolio(which is extremely important). How you are going to educate yourself, your online presence, the investments you will make? All those things take loads of planning. I set every year in motion with a personal retreat where I plan out my entire year.

    Thank you so much, Sara-Anne, for sharing with us! And because this post wouldn’t be complete without some of her work, here are some of her lovely images!”

    • Michael Goolsby

      I don’t mean to be too snarky, but I have to love the answer to the question about teaching other photographers:

      “I really believe that what I have been given is a gift!”
      (Stealing your teaching materials is not a gift. It’s theft.)

      “Not only do I get to do what I love, but I make a living at it!”
      (But not an honest living.)

      “What a huge blessing!”
      (Not exactly a direct endorsement of religious faith, but ironic nonetheless that one who profits from stealing would publicly call themselves blessed.)

      “I feel that part of the way that I can “give back’ is by encouraging other photographers.”
      (The proper thing to “give back” are the ill-gotten gains profitted from the sweat of others.)

      “I also feel that so many photographers are doing things the hard way”
      (Yes. The “hard way”. Like actually spending the time, effort, and money creating something rather than stealing it. Why go through all that stuff “the hard way” when you can just steal it, instead. It’s much easier!)

      “…that hurts the industry.”

      (I appreciate when honest people want to help our industry prosper. I detest the hypocrisy of the very person who hurts the industry saying that is what they want to do.)

      THIS INTERVIEW WAS A LIE.

      • anonymous

        The irony is that her husband is a minister. I suppose she never paid attention on Sundays.

  • Meg

    I’d like to point out that her text from the “let’s talk copyright” was swiped from the below website. http://socialmediatoday.com/rebecca-swift/1596901/understanding-image-copyright

    • Danielle Kizziar

      Oh, the irony…

  • Paula

    For goodness sake – she’s not just a thief, she’s an idiot! I hope you take her to the cleaners.
    Her Facebook pages are down and her blog has a notice
    “Thank you for your interest in Sara-Anne Photography! We look forward to working with you in the future. We are sorry for the temporary status of our site. We are taking a few weeks off for personal reasons and to make some much needed changes. Thank you so much!”

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  • Amber D

    So after reading this article, I log back into FB and it’s newest “suggested post” is Sara-Anne Photography’s facebook page… “would I like to add as a like?” Um – No Thank you!

  • Jenn M

    Her sneak peek blog is still up on network blogs. I just found one of my daughters

    Typographic prints on there. Some people!

    http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/sara_anne_photography_sneaks_and_peeks

  • Craig

    Has PPA gotten involved in any of this?

    • Photo Stealers

      Sadly PPA rarely does much to help photographers that have been stolen from.

      • notsospammy

        PPA is aware. No response yet. Call expected tomorrow.

  • Nameless in Burlington

    From way back when….
    http://sastudios.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/08/picasa-tutorial.html
    http://sastudios.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/05/picasa-photo-ed.html
    http://sastudios.typepad.com/my_weblog/

    The sastudios.typepad.com site has archived blog posts from March 2007 through September 2008, at least until she takes all that content down as well.

    • Californiiiibeachtug

      and some of that is stolen

    • Joseph Philbert

      Wow she was doing this for a LONNNNNG time

  • Barcelona

    It appears that Google has noticed all the people searching on the phrase “Sara Anne Photography steal.” If you have not done so already, try it now.

    Wonder if locals will notice this URL when searching for her “services.” Que sera sera.

  • UpandADAM

    the use of the word INTENTIONALLY means she KNOWS SHE DID IT! period.

  • OkieSpokane

    they have lazy, attention seeking, money grubbing disorders.

  • Craig

    We delivered images to the Burlington Chamber of Commerce yesterday and they asked us about it….so the word may be getting out…it has appeared on several boards and discussions.

  • another local

    She is back up and running…her Blog is reset…no Facebook yet, but we are sure that it’s next….no shame here

    • Joseph Philbert

      We can only hope she changed..

      • C Sab

        Doesn’t look like she has.

  • Bhig Bhad Wolf

    Well I guess that those preparing lawsuits will have the ability to show how unrepentant she is, even after her cover has been blown. I hope she gets taken to the cleaners financially.

  • Michael

    I am sorry to hear of these Sorcerer’s Apprentices trying to steal your workshop knowledge and brand it as their own.

    Sadly, it’s a consequence of teaching. You shared knowledge because you were paid to. That they think ‘that’s it’ and think they can pass themselves off as experts up to the level to which they were instructed, well, you can’t stop that. Selling your written work is another matter. Bring the hammer down on them hard.

  • Michael

    Religious people are the worst. They seem to think that going to church for one morning a week gives the right to be arseholes the rest of the week.

  • Local

    Sara Anne must have a warped sense of reality if she thinks stealing copyrighted material for her own use is in keeping with the statement that appeared on her site today: “As a photographer and a business owner I have always strived to do things that would bring joy and light to my industry.”

  • Oneofherclassfools

    Well, when your convinced your a saint….you have no shame about relaunching your Facebook and going on about how great you are and how you are helping the industry. What a hibecrite…. If you have taken her classes, or are thinking of it…remember she is a thief. She only cares about taking your money.

  • Michael Goolsby

    I see that both the Facebook and the website are back up. Since she benefited so tangibly from her deception, it really bothers me to see her in operation again.

    • C Sab

      Round 2. Begin!

    • Local Disapointed Photog

      as someone that spoke to her often and thought a lot of her before everything started all just pouring out, as someone that has been in an honest business for more than 8 years not too far from her this bothers me so badly. Not because she is close to me, I don’t see her as my competition I never have. Our styles are nothing alike and she is very inconsistent with her work. I have seen her produce good work and some “ok” work. What bothers me is she has such a large following yet she is just a fake. I wish locally there was something I could do about this. All the posts that were on her blog about “Copyright” ect ect. Its just so sad

      • Another Disappointed Local

        I too am a local photographer, just 20 mins away, friends with her on FB, but have never met her in person. I was so disappointed to hear of all that she did, especially since I looked up to her. Her work lately has just gotten so unpredictable since she got the studio. It’s like she stopped trying outside of the studio. She was advertising her business on her personal FB page once she started it back up again a week or so ago, got her website back up and now her photography FB page is back up. I don’t get it. How can you even think about doing that just a couple weeks after being exposed? I’m all about forgiveness, but I’m also all about being humble, making atonement and proving that you’ve learned your lesson. I’ve seen nothing mentioned about any of this since the couple of days after she was exposed for a fraud. I’ve since unliked her FB page. I can’t support that.

        • Maddie Smith

          I’m not sure what else she can do besides what has already been done. Her family depends on that income so she cannot just quit. She made a mistake and (on her blog) made as much of an apology as can be made while legal action is pending. What do you people want? You want to put her in the stockades and stone her to death? Burn her at the stake?

          She made a huge mistake and it is extremely disappointing that she did something like that. I’m just not sure what she could do at this point to satisfy the chorus of people here shouting, “off with her head”.

          • Melinda Potter

            “What do you people want? You want to put her in the stockades and stone her to death? Burn her at the stake?” lmbo no. Looks to me that people just want to continue to discuss, and share how they feel about what she did, what she continues to do, and how it affects them either directly or indirectly. Calm down, just words/thoughts on a blog, and no one is shouting “off with her head!” They are simply sharing how they feel, and rightfully so

          • Melinda Potter

            And unfortunately for her, she cannot go back in time and do things more legitimately and lawfully, so “satisfying” people who are upset by her actions isn’t going to happen. She’s forever tainted herself by what she has done. It is what it is

          • YetAnotherMadLocal

            My OPINION: You aren’t sure what she can do at this point? Can I walk into your yard and steal your car and then just apologize or maybe apologize and then say, nevermind, I don’t apologize, I had every right to your car? NO. Can I walk into your business and take the things that you make your living with and then apologize, or maybe retract that apology and everything is then A-Ok? No. It’s not that anyone wants her to quit her photography, but she needs to be able to pay the artists stolen from and make a living…. PAYMENTS to the approximately 30, yes, 30 photographers and authors she stole from according to what is posted. She should no longer teach those workshops with the stolen information. She didn’t take a sentence, she didn’t take a paragraph from ONE person or even 2, she took pages and pages and image after image AND MADE that living you talk about through CONSCIENCE theft. It was done WILLFULLY, not by accident, in an effort to make a living through fraud. Her current claim is that she did NOTHING wrong. That’s not a mistake and that certainly isn’t an apology.

          • Melinda Potter

            She shouldn’t “teach” at all. Anyone that has to steal teaching material, doesn’t at all have a clear understanding of what they are teaching. Blah, it makes my stomach turn

          • Another Disappointed Local

            Like I said, I’m all about forgiveness. That’s what I supposed to do as a Christian. BUT I also expect people to accept responsibility and consequences for their actions. She left that rather poor ‘apology’ up for less than a day – it didn’t seem very sincere at all. By the time she took it down, most of us were just now finding out days later. She still taught a workshop AFTER all of this went down (I know someone who attended). How can you teach a workshop with materials you stole (although she did tell the attendees about the whole thing)? It just seems like a blatant attempt at ignoring what was done wrong so quickly after she was exposed as a fraud. No apologies have been made publicly on her FB page or anywhere else since that brief few sentence apology on the website the day she was exposed (and it never mentioned what she actually did). No one ever said ‘off with her head’ – I believe people can change and can learn from their mistakes, I surely hope she does. But ignoring what happened as if it never happened is what irks me. She wasted no time getting back to her ‘life as usual’ and right back into business. I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing and will chose a better role model to follow in the area now, as I obviously can’t consider Sara-Anne a role model anymore.

          • C Sab

            She should have thought about that before she became a sleazy thief.

      • C Sab

        Sadly a lot of these fakes have a following of people who are blind to their bs and support them no matter what.

  • Another Disappointed Local

    Be great without the wait! Why wait and pay your dues when you can do things this way?

  • Burlington Cover Up

    The town of Burlington covered this whole thing up so as to not get in any trouble re: the grant that benefited their town. There is the bigger story here.

    • Joseph Philbert

      Well I love lifting the lids off cover ups.

      • Burlington Cover Up

        Well, go for it. As of now even the reporter that was looking into it was made to hush hush. There are a few more thing in the works, we will see if they pan out.

        • Joseph Philbert

          That’s a shame… No one can make me shut up :p

        • C Sab

          That alone is a good indicator they covered it up.

    • Justin Case

      Uh, some details? Links? Pretty serious allegations… can you back them up a little?

    • LocalAndPissed

      Any more details on this??? I don’t think locals ever really found out about this whole scandal. The whole thing was swept under the rug and it’s absolutely disgusting. She had a sad few days or so feeling sorry for *herself* then just seemed to carry on as usual. No remorse, no consequences.

  • Nameless in Burlington

    I find it humorous that she recently shared a photoshop tutorial on her blog. Sure hope none of that is plagiarized!!! Seems like a slap in the face to all she’s stolen from that she’s ‘teaching’ openly on her blog so soon. Would love to hear from some of the photographers affected if she has any plans to make restitution for profiting from your hard work!

    • C Sab

      Oh I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s stolen.

  • Katy Perry

    How is the coverup story going? Any updates?

    • Another Disappointed Local

      Haven’t heard anyone mention anything about her lately. But she did just release a promo video — http://sara-annephotography.com/blog/?p=9933

      Seems like she’s trying to gain more business since this is their only income source it seems, which I understand, but still seems like she never really made any apology to anyone and Burlington is still rolling with it as if nothing ever happened to their downtown photographer.

      • Nameless in Burlington

        She has uploaded several videos recently on her YouTube account, probably an attempt to ‘re-brand’ herself out of a potential public relations nightmare! However, judging by her ‘Liked Videos’, she should be more concerned with whitewashing more than just her own personal image!
        https://www.youtube.com/user/sacaudle77/videos

  • Meghan

    Not only is this a waste of resources she received from the community but her husband was no better at the church he was pastor at in Saxapahaw, NC. Can we say they deserve each other?