Mandi Payne Photography aka Mandi Lei Photography in Omaha, Nebraska


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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Jasmine Star, Part Two

Three years ago it was discovered that Jasmine Star was plagiarizing quotes on Instagram and Facebook and shortly thereafter it was discovered that some of her blog posts were also plagiarized.  Unfortunately, I’ve received multiple submissions that she is doing it again.

Jasmine Star’s Blog “Inspiration is for Amateurs” (which is also shared on Instagram and Facebook) is awfully similar to a quote from Chuck Close.  Some of it is verbatim, some of it is heavily inspired by the source quote much like her blog posts were the last time.  Below I’ve highlighted the words that were identical.

Update: there’s also at least one more quip that wasn’t Jasmine’s original words and you’ll find that added below.

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