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ElyseBear Photography & Art Designs

Creative Market: https://creativemarket.com/ElyseBear
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElyseBear?ref=l2-shopheader-name

While this isn’t a photographer per se but I am listing it because this woman has been stealing photographer’s images for her company since 2015.  She has never asked permission and very rarely credits.  Often her own watermark is over the image.

You may want to take a glance at the actual overlays themselves if you shoot skies or any of the things she sells.  Many of those may also be stolen but sourcing is a bit trickier – especially with anything sky related.

Update @ 4:15PM EST:

The Creative Market site has been taken down.  Here’s hoping the Etsy shop follows.

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Platinum Photography LLC aka Expressions Photo & Design aka Expressions by Aaron in Des Moines, Iowa

Website 1: https://www.expressionsphotoanddesign.com/
Website 2: http://expressionsbyaaron.com/index.html
Website 3: http://desmoinesweddingphotographer.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Photo-1552624121673737/ (he changed the name and has deleted all of the images)
App: http://myapp.buzz/expressionsphotoanddesign/
Newsletter 1: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Fall-Bridal-Shows-Are-Upon-Us–Come-See-Us-at-Bridal-Forum-.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=bYMNVFmQCT0
Newsletter 2: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Summer-Special-Wedding-Photographer-and-DJ-For–1995-00-.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=ZnO9Vn39XHE
Newsletter 3: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/You-don-t-want-to-miss-this-wedding-sale.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=uBgj7yRl8rA
Newsletter 4: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Pre-Bridal-Show-Specials-and-Upcoming-Bridal-Forum-Information.html?soid=1112168023966&aid=JGCkaqnYXz4
You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikFZ7nylFjo&feature=youtu.be
Current Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/expressphotogroup/
Wedding Wire: https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/expressions-photo-and-design-des-moines/ad0388bd2a22dc27.html
The Knot: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/expressions-photo-and-design-des-moines-ia-661088
Website 4 (rebranded): https://platinumphotographyllc.com/
Website 5: https://platinumphotography.godaddysites.com/

 

Last night I received a tip that one of the photographers listed here in 2015, A&K Photography, was back up to his old tricks and using stolen images in his portfolio.  Not only that but he’s been pulling no shows at weddings as well.  I wonder if he’ll blame the former partner again?

Here is a link to the news story that aired last night about two weddings he no-showed to.  http://www.kcci.com/article/newlyweds-say-photographer-scammed-them-on-their-wedding-day/8677634

Also of note is that right when all of the shit started to hit the fan there was a sudden influx of 5 star reviews on his listing on The Knot.  Now you have to dig to find the negative reviews.

Of course most of the client reviews on his website are plagiarized.  Color me shocked.

Updated 2/16/17 – New Facebook Page has been added.  More plagiarized reviews have been added to his Facebook and Website and the original sources are linked below.

Update 2/26/17 –  There’s a few updates that I’ve done but in the past week haven’t had the time to properly document so I am adding those here now.

  • On 2/18/2017 PlatinumPhotographyLLC.com was registered anonymously on Go Daddy.  The website not only showed Expression Photo & Design’s images with the same name used to title the images but the phone number for the new company also is linked to Expressions Photo & Design.  Since the proof is in the pudding, all of the proof is shown below the cut.
  • On 2/19/2017 I received a slew of fake reviews across various platforms for my business.  One of those reviews had also given Expressions Photo & Design a glowing review… which was plagiarized from another review on a different photographer.
  • Since 2/21/2017 (my birthday, well done!) I’ve been getting increasingly angry emails, phone calls and texts from a “Gary” claiming that Platinum Photography LLC has no affiliation with Expressions Photo & Design and demanding that I remove the added link to this listing.  I even received a Cease and Desist from a law firm that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

 

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Kristia’s Clear Images in Bryant, Arkansas

Website: http://www.kristiaimages.com/431709347
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KRISTIAIMAGES/
Craigslist: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/bab/5873270891.html

Life pro tip: don’t Google her phone number at work, the number brings up some listings for someone at that number who is/was an escort.

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Mandi Payne Photography aka Mandi Lei Photography in Omaha, Nebraska

Website:  http://mandileip.wixsite.com/mandipaynephoto
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MandiPaynePhoto/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandipaynephoto/

Mandi recently underwent a rebranding of her website to reflect her new style of photography.  Unfortunately that new style is made up of mostly stolen images that show the film style editing which she aspires to shoot but isn’t quite nailing yet (based on her actual images she’s taken which remain).  This is a huge reason why I have this website, she’s selling herself based on beautiful images which she hasn’t taken.

One should also note that there are a ton of stock images she’s using as well on her Facebook and Instagram.  I am not listing those images as there is no way for me to know if she’s purchased them legally or not but I still find it unethical.

She also may be in the process of rebranding to Element photography based on an Instagram.

I started this post before my wedding yesterday (and posting it as I’m heading out for my second one today) and some things have been taken down after being called out by the original photographers but not all.

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