Another day, another thief. I actually have quite a few to post but I had a double header this weekend so they’ll come along in due time. HQ Phan Photography hasn’t stolen a lot of images which made this submission easier to work through. Still, there are stolen works on their page – at least three to my count so far. There should never be ANY images on your site that your photography business did not take unless otherwise credited. No excuses. Ever.
The image gallery on the website has this image a few into the series.
The image was originally taken by Daniel Jafari.
The next image in the series is another eye catching image.
This image is stolen from Andrew Collings Photography.
The next image is also a beautiful image…
…which was also stolen from Andrew Collings.
UPDATE: They’ve been outed and I know you’ll be shocked, SHOCKED!, to hear they are blaming their web designer for the snafu, stating that they had been told they were stock images they were free to use as placeholders in their gallery. Beyond the fact that tune has been sung so many times I could have bet on that excuse, I knew that some of these images had popped on their old WIX site gallery so they are not telling the truth about that nasty web designer. So… more proof and more stolen works that weren’t carried over to the new site.
The Wedding Gallery on HQ Phan’s old WIX website, which you will not is NOT their new site, nor the same designer.
The first image in the gallery on the WIX site is from this page of Andrew Collings Photography.
The above two images are both from this gallery from Andrew Collings as well, both stolen and used on the Wix website for HQ Phan Photography.
UPDATE #2: The original stolen works have been removed from the site (original link) and they have removed their old WIX website (don’t you worry, I have screen caps!).
Apparently HQ Phan Photography recently presented some of these images as their own work at a portfolio review for WPPI-U. That is a new level of low! So beyond just selling these works to clients as their own they are also showing them at workshops as their own. Just wow.
UPDATE #3: They are still claiming the website zombie did it, but now the plot thickens, the logo is ALSO stolen (shock! dismay! oh wait, this is usually the case isn’t it?). The designer has requested its removal and so far it is MOSTLY gone. It’s still appearing here and there but they removed it from most of their Facebook page.
The logo as seen on their Facebook page.
The request from the original designer for its removal, his original blog post can be seen here.