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Art by D’Artisan in San Diego, CA aka Seaside Boudoir aka Enchanted Realm Boudoir aka Enchanted Realm Images aka Dark Realm of the Fae aka Vivid Vixens Photography

Website: https://www.enchantedrealmimages.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/boudoir007
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/enchantedrealm
Instagram (faeportraits): https://www.instagram.com/faeportraits
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Dark.realm.of.the.fae
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivid.vixens.photography
Bio Site: https://bio.site/aellis
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/art-by-d-artisan-san-diego-5
Twitter: https://twitter.com/seasideboudoir
Cylex: https://www.cylex.us.com/company/seaside-boudoir-36129797.html

It’s been a while since I’ve had a website full of almost all stolen images. There are a few images that I didn’t find sources for but it’s not many.

Since there is *so* much here I am just sticking to sourcing the photographers stolen from that I can find. I also didn’t bother with the stock photos, of which there are dozens. There is SO much that I had to narrow it down somehow.

Also, he used some of these images in his article with Canvas Rebel. He’s a rebel alright… there’s also at least two stock images credited to him in a Medium article he wrote.

There’s also not an insignificant amount of plagiarism at play on the website as well and at least one source of the photos he also took copy from.

It’s worth a look at AEllis’ website to make sure your own work isn’t there as some are collaged and hard to source.

Update 1/12/24 @ 4PM EST:

If you haven’t been on the Facebook Post about this listing, you may want to pop over there first because… it’s giving Billcie vibes.

Then another person that has a history with Ellis came in and posted a link to his Instagram highlight reel on the deep dive he’s done into Ellis and… holy shit. From the terrible interactions with a model (more than one), to him not returning his daughter to the mother on time, to his ex’s restraining order and his eventual probation for beating her friend up shortly before his ex was murdered in a hit-and-run… just a whole lot of WTF.

Ellis has a lot of aliases: Aellis Obtenebrix is what he’s currently going as but he’s also known as Lahlan Rotscreck, Ellis Templar, Jason Bourne (I’m serious), and what his real name appears to be is Ellis Warner. Larry Ellis Campbell Jr.

I’m hoping to pull some of the past screenshots I was sent from his infractions as Seaside Boudoir and add them to the post soon.

Update 2/25/2024 @ 11AM EST:

Well last night I got “served” via email (which isn’t legal in Ohio without consent) by Larry/Ellis.

Since I’m already in the lawsuit, I’m just going to go all in and post everything I’ve got that he’s stolen.

After 7 hours of working on this I’m calling it quits after sourcing around 100 images/text sources from his product photography pages. Tomorrow I’ll dig into the rest.

Update 2/25/2024 @ 11PM EST:

I finished up the boudoir portfolios and in total added 151 new sources to the post and I’m not close to being done. I’ll add more tomorrow.

Update 2/26/2024

I’m bound and determined to finish sourcing all the photos today. I believe this is the most content I’ve ever sourced??

It’s very interesting that many of these images were flipped so that they weren’t easily found by searching online, I had to flip many back to find the original sources for the images.

It’s almost like he did that intentionally…

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Heather Slattery Photography in Dayton, OH

Website: https://heatherslatteryphotography.mypixieset.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherslatteryphotography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherslatteryphotography1
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@heatherslatteryphotos

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Ugh.

This isn’t how I wanted to start off my Monday but here we are. Stolen images, stock images, plagiarism, “inspiration”… where my bingo card??

If you know of the source of any images I couldn’t find the original creator for let me know.

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Adam and Keli AKA THE SPANIERS in Cincinnati, OH

Website: https://www.thespaniers.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpaniersPhotography/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SpaniersPhoto/

First some site business – my website went down at the beginning of February. Thankfully the company I hired was able to use a backup from June. There are posts missing from June through January of this year, some images missing and random things amiss but at least the website is functional again.

You may recognize this name… they were featured here back in 2019. It appears that they just cannot help themselves because they are back to plagiarizing AGAIN. I guess they really weren’t that sorry.

Since they were caught at it again this morning many pages on their website are down so I’m working with what is left. If you click around their website you’ll see what else was likely plagiarized. Some of these may have been in the first round of their outing here but since they remain here they’re being included again.

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Magdalena Studios in Ocean City, New Jersey

Website: https://magdalenastudios.com/

In 2013 I went viral with the worst photos I’ve ever taken in my career.  To this day, 6 years later, it still amuses the hell out of me.  They were featured from everywhere from PetaPixel to Rangefinder to the Today Show and a million other places.  The blog text also got a lot of traction and I even ended up being in the New York Times about it.  It was pretty wild!

However, with going viral comes copyright infringement and since that blog went viral I’ve dealt with photographers over and over that can’t seem to credit me for my blog post.  I keep getting told by the photographers I email it’s “not a big deal” but it is to me!  There are some photographers who have been kind enough to ask before reposting and I’ve always been pretty generous with allowing photographers to repost the blog with credit.

Today’s photographer plagiarized my viral Unplugged Wedding blog post.  She did rework it a but but it’s plain what the original source of her copy is.  She even kept the bride and groom’s name the same and wrote the blog as if she was there, which is really unsettling to the bride (AND me). No credit is given to me for the source text.

The icing on the cake is that the images included in the blog post are not hers either, and of course no credit is given.  They aren’t mine (guess they were too bad to steal!) so those are also sourced below.

I am having a cocktail tonight.

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Adam and Keli Photography AKA The Spaniers in Cincinnati, Ohio

Website: https://www.adamandkeli.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdamandKeliPhotography/
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/adam-and-keli-wedding-photography-newport-6

As you may know, stealing photos pisses me off but plagiarism really pisses me off.  At least for me, writing doesn’t come naturally and writing out my blog posts, hell even THIS blog post, doesn’t just fly off the tips of my fingers with ease.  I’ve had a lot of my own blog posts stolen and so I know how these photographers feel, especially since the majority of their original sources are local photographers.

Do your own work.  Say your own words.  Stop stealing shit that isn’t yours.

Onto this disaster.  These idiots have taken a shitton of blogs so I may not get them all as they’ve started deleting since they’ve been called out.  From my understanding this isn’t their first case of crappy behavior, probably won’t be the last either.

Typically I would highlight the text but you’ll see why I didn’t because of the massive undertaking that would be.  Pretty much everything is lifted directly with a few words here and there swapped out for different pronouns/names/quirks.

Update 4/16/2019

There’s been a lot going down with this company but I haven’t updated for various reasons.  Mostly because the court system is now involved and I was happy to let them take it from here.  Then Keli started emailing me… so here we are!

What I didn’t add to the original post was that after shit hit the fan it was discovered that Adam & Keli also plagiarized their boudoir text  from another local competitor along with stealing at least one of her images.  When everything hit the fan they were quick to delete everything but some of it still was able to be pulled via web archives.  More plagiarism came to light as well.   Everything new has been added below with the sources linked.

Adam posted an apology to their Facebook Page which was a decent apology as far as those outed here go.  No blaming someone else.  No hackers.  No interns.  He owned the mistake.   It was a lot of why I decided to let sleeping dogs lie and decided to not add the additional incidents that came to light to this post.  The apology was deleted.

Adam & Keli have changed the name of their company a few times in the time since this post.  I’m not sure at this point what name they are using but have gone from Spanier Photography to Making Memories Photography and I believe back to Adam & Keli Photography.

It died down for a while until last night when I received an email out of the blue.

“Hello,

I wanted to write you about your post about us, Adam & Keli Photography. Firstly we’ve apologized profusely to those we plagiarized. Secondly, we are facing a lot of consequences from doing what we did. I don’t want to defend what we did, because we realize our mistake, but I’d like to explain it from our point of view. 

Many of the information that was plagiarized is readily available with a google search. The way we looked at it, was putting all of the information for our wedding couples in one place, so they didn’t have to search it all out. It was in no way meant to hurt anyone. It was just convenience, and we realize that this was a bad decision. Our business grew very quickly and we lost the time to make creative posts, and we know that we needed to make the time.

A lot of misinformation has been posted, as though we’ve stolen more than 2 equipment photos and blog text. We’ve verified every single one of our reviews, and updated our press info (we actually have been featured in even more now than what was posted.) We’ve gotten death threats that our wedding photos were all stolen. As a family of 4, death threats are pretty scary. I know you aren’t the one causing them, but because of the hugeness of the post, we are in fact getting a lot. 

Many, many keywords with wedding photographers are the same: elegant, timeless, heirloom, etc. So it’s very hard to write things that don’t sound the same as others. No one books a wedding through us without meeting in person. Definitely not from a blog post.

Since we are getting sued, the legal system will indeed punish us, especially since we’ve publicly owned up to it. We’ve lost clients and business, and we’ve learned our lesson. We do have two daughters that are not far from college accounts, and this is our income. I’m sure that these photographers would not want you to remove the post, because they wouldn’t be happy unless we were run out of town and lost our home.

We’ve been completely transparent and feel terrible about doing this. We are positive that the right steps are being taken on both sides. We’ve taken everything down and edited all text, and we still have a pretty robust website. I hope that you’ll consider both sides to this.

I’d also like to ask that you don’t share this note, as anything we’ve posted has just escalated the situation, causing more threats and more mocking of our response. That is why we have just been trying to do work as usual. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Keli Spanier”

As always, if you are indeed getting death threats, GO TO THE POLICE.  I can’t protect you.  I’m not the one sending them and this website isn’t the only place posting about the incident so the removal of this post won’t stop it.  GO TO THE POLICE.  

I have a lot of thoughts about this email but the bottom line is this: you fucked up.  Full stop.  I don’t care if it’s on Google or if everything sounds the same – you stole.  They didn’t just sound the same, they were word-for-word copy and paste jobs.  If your site is so robust that you don’t need the plagiarized blogs, blurbs and reviews then why steal them?  But steal them you did and not just one but dozens and dozens.  There is no excuse.

Also there’s still plagiarized content on your website.

Keli, you and/or Adam chose to plagiarize and steal images.  That was your decision NOT mine.  Those actions have consequences.  IF you would lose your home and/or college funds it is not my fault and frankly trying to blame me for that pisses me off.

Originally I did NOT share this email, but I did send a message to one of the victims laughing about the “it’s readily available on Google” and the keywords are the same excuse.  BECAUSE THAT SHIT IS FUNNY!  Again, I didn’t share the email, just that quip, because the excuses people come up with amuse me.

Apparently that tidbit I shared made it back to Keli so this morning I received another email from Keli:

“Since you’re sharing — 
Why have contracts if people can just get out of them? Our lawyer advised us not to give the deposits back. We’re going on the advice of our lawyer.

WE took the Knot & Wedding Wire reviews down, so that we could investigate further if we had reviews that weren’t ours. We’ve also been on the phone with both of them trying to make sure that nothing is fraudulent. None of them “looked fake” – they were all from our brides. We still don’t think any of them WERE fake. We think one of our brides may have copied a review out of laziness.

Thanks for considering both sides, and starting up the death threats again. Is it really necessary? What will make everyone happy – we kill ourselves?” 

I am in the process of trying to get their local police to do a wellness check because I don’t play with suicide threats.  My brother committed suicide and I’ve done this in the past with other thieves.

Regarding the whole contract thing – I hear that they have some clients trying to get out of their contracts in light of all the recent events.  That is beyond the scope of this blog and it is between Adam & Keli and their clients.  Personally I would refund any clients that were wanting out of a contract due to something like this because wedding days are very intimate and I can’t imagine spending the day with a client who at the very least didn’t trust me but that’s just a personal opinion on what I would do in this situation.  This is a matter for the courts.

The reviews I sourced were testimonials from their own website.  NOT Google, The Knot or Wedding Wire.  There were three, not one.  So I’m supposed to believe that THREE different clients were lazy and sourced their reviews from THE SAME PHOTOGRAPHERS?  Who they ALSO plagiarized their investment blurb from? Come the fuck on.

Finally this is the last email I just received from Keli:

“If you have any suggestions on what we should do about this situation, please give me a call [redacted]. I know that talking to me will humanize us and everyone wants us dead, but I’m open to suggestions. We really don’t know what to do. None of these people will just have a conversation with us. We’re not going out of business. We still have plenty of clients who stand by us and have told us they didn’t book us for the blogs. If you want to Q&A me, you sure can.”

NO ONE WANTS YOU DEAD.  

If you have plenty of clients then what was with the “woe is me our children may not have a home or a college fund” bullshit from the first email?  Pick a lane.

So here’s my suggestion: don’t piss me off.  I dig deeper.  Found at least one more blog that’s plagiarized that’s still live on your website from TWO different sources and a blurb from the investment page that is stolen from the same photographers the reviews came from.

Also don’t send harassing texts and Facebook messages to people talking about this incident and to the photographers who your clients have now booked after this mess.  It doesn’t help your case at all and makes you look worse.

If you were really sorry you would be doing everything you can to make things right.  Instead you stirred things back up with the email to me and have been sending messages to people talking about this case on Facebook and photographers who booked the clients who decided to leave your service.  You are not doing yourself any favors.

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