FB: https://www.facebook.com/maryandcatherine (she has deleted this or hidden it)
URL: http://www.see2otters.com (not active yet)
This photographer claims she’s been showing these images on her Facebook to PROMOTE the other photographer. Sure, and the watermarks were eliminated to help promote them right??? Suuuurreee. It appears she’s starting to remove the stolen goods but who knows how long she’ll stay clean.
Also, she forgot that she had this gem when she started the inspirational posts with her first image, “So its a New Year, and I promised you guys I would stay committed to putting up a photo every day for 365 days. This way you can see my growth and development and it will keep me motivated to always be shooting and challenging myself. Enjoy!” Sure sounds like she is claiming these were hers… not ones she admired.
Here’s her Facebook and image gallery.
She has changed her business name to 2 Otters Photography
**Update below with even more screen shots**
Her page is now down but I’m not sure if it’s hidden or been taken down by Facebook. Before the portrait photographers received a mass email from one of her fans outing her theft, some wedding photographers found out she had stolen images and were already on the case so there are more images that were stolen before I found out that she had quietly deleted.
Her excuse has been that she found the images on Pinterest and shared them since she was so inspired by these other photographers. The problem with that very flimsy excuse is that she never posted the images that are so inspiring to Pinterest, nor are they online anywhere with the watermarks cropped out like they were on her Facebook. The images on this page that are on Pinterest all still have the original watermark and cropping in place.
One of the photographers she stole from posted an album that has some more information behind what happend to her.
Mary Catherine is rounding up the carts and having her friends and other photographers send some pretty nasty hate mail and leaving voicemails for Lisa and other photographers she stole from. I’ll never understand why after stealing images the thieves attack those that they stole from but they do it often enough for it to almost be a pattern. So fair warning if she stole from you, she may be lashing out at you herself or via her network. I’m attaching the original screen cap below of the start of her “Daily Inspirations” from her Facebook. They most definitely did not say anything about being from other photographers.
This is one of the first stolen images in the gallery.
This is originally from Lisa Holloway, seen here in I Love Photography. Note the watermark that is on this image that is missing from Mary & Catherine’s image.
Yet another image in the gallery.
This image is also stolen from Lisa Holloway at LJ Holloway Photography.
Yet another image from the gallery.
Yep, stolen again from LJ Holloway Photography.
Another image from the gallery.
This is stolen from Nicole LaDonne Photography via Ruffled. Notice again that the watermark is missing.
Here is another image from her gallery.
The original photographer is Velvet Owl Photography, seen here on Confessions of a Prop Junkie. Notice the cropping that happened to remove the watermark.
Another image from the gallery, here with a story behind it. Sure doesn’t sound like promoting a photographer to me?
This image is originally from Dinofa seen here on their blog. Notice the watermark which was cropped out.
Another image from Mary Catherine’s gallery.
This is an image by Barrie Thompson, seen here on Digital Photography School.
Another image in the gallery.
This is by Tony Hewitt.
Another image in the gallery. Again, the story accompanying the picture is not promoting and is actually giving the impression she took this. Again, notice the cropping.
This image is by Kristen Joy Photographer, seen here on Project Wedding.
Another of Mary & Catherine’s images from her gallery.
This image is originally from Rosa Joy via flickr.
Another image from the gallery of Mary & Catherine.
This image is originally from Jessica Lorren, seen here on Once Wed.
Yet another image from the gallery.
This image is originally by Elizabeth Messina, seen here on Kiss the Groom.
Another image from the gallery, you may recognize the child from above. Notice the cropping.
It’s another image from the same session from Dinofa.
Another gallery image.
This is originally from the Chrisman Studios but their blog is not working so you’ll have to take my word for it.
This is another image that a wedding photographer recognized as one of their friends around the same time that the portrait photographers started getting wind of the theft.
This image is originally by Brittany Esther Photography.
There are more that I couldn’t find sources of but it appears she’s deleting like a mad lady. Interesting behavior for someone that was just innocently promoting another photographer?
Here’s a tip: when promoting another photographer’s work GIVE THEM CREDIT. Oh – don’t remove the watermark either. Why would you specifically look for images without watermarks to promote? See conversation below.
Again, I have been unable to find the images Mary used on her Facebook with the same cropping anywhere on the internet.