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Nikolin Studio in Los Angeles, CA

Website: https://www.nikolinstudio.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_ivan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_photography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_wedding/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikolin_newborn/

To be honest I don’t know what the hell is happening with this company.

The website just seems off. Some plagiarism, some stolen images. I think there’s more stolen on the website but I couldn’t find sources for it all.

The one Instagram account (Ivan) seems like a bot account with bought followers?

The maternity Instagram is full of AI images along the stolen ones.

The wedding Instagram has a “Backdropville” icon.

Very weird but they are advertising with the stolen images so are trying to get clients.

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Whitney Slusser Photography in Lancaster, PA

Website: https://www.whitneyslusserphotography.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whitneyslusserphotography [
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1037237566984504
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whitneyelizabethknott/

Past Business Names: Whitney Elizabeth Photography, Whitney Jones Photography, Whitney Smith Photography, Irish Twins Photography, Don’t Blink Photography

Past Locations: California, Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

PS Facebook Page Discussion Post

Holy moly.

Whitney has been submitted to me a few various times over the years but generally when I’ve had her dumped into my lap I’ve been too busy with the job that actually pays me to invest time into unraveling the mess that is Whitney Slusser / Whitney Slusser-Smith / Whitney Elizabeth / Whitney Elizabeth Knott / Whitney Elizabeth Knøtt.

There is some photo stealing here, she does like her some inspiration pics! However, the bigger picture here is the problematic history that Whitney has as a professional photographer.

I prefer things to be told chronologically so I’m going to attempt to tell this story in a timeline format so the sourcing format for stolen images will be a bit differet.

While I tried to mostly stick to things related to photography there are some other parts of this story that play into the photography parts so I’ve included it.

Grab your popcorn. It’s a (long) ride below the cut but I promise that it’s a story that needs telling.

Summary: In the past ~8 years of being in business that I can find online, Whitney Elizabeth Knøtt / Whitney Elizabeth / Whitney Slusser Photography (aka Don’t Blink Photography and Irish Twins Photography) has cancelled or no showed to many weddings and sessions. If she does show there has been problems getting photos and/or prints. Refunds are few and far between. She has also at times used images that were not her own to represent her business.

Canceled/No Show/Undelivered Sessions: 14+
Canceled/No Show/Undelivered Weddings: 22+

Trigger Warning: infant loss, child loss, cancer, sexual assault, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt

Last Updated 11/9/2023: Ugh. I wish I could say that I’m surprised to hear that Whitney is up to her shit again this fall but I’m not. I’m mostly sorry for the clients she’s burned, yet again.

• Added four more weddings for 2023. One from July with photos and a refund that weren’t delivered until this week after the client posted online, three for October that she cancelled last minute on (as per usual, two were for the same date).

• Here’s hoping that maybe she’ll be prosecuted like CP Family Photography who has a similar history to Whitney (but with less clients affected).

Update 7/14/2023:
• Added another client who Whitney sent in a last minute replacement for on 10/22/2022

• Added a post of Whitney needing last minute second photographer coverage for a wedding 5/27/2023

• More proof Whitney is still pursuing photography despite her claiming to be stepping back

Update 5/10/2023: Whitney is back to replying to ISO’s and posting ads for her photography business.

Update 2/20/2023 @ 10AM: even more receipts including a rebuttal from Whitney via email and Facebook (spoiler alert: she doesn’t refute anything with the sessions, only asserts the medical history is factual). Also included a chat message from Whitney telling her friends that she’s stepping back from photography in 2023.

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Jen Pierce Photography in Columbus, GA

Website: https://www.jenpiercepics.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenpiercephotos
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenpiercephotography/

PS Facebook Page Post

If you’re an educator (or call yourself that) in this industry you know better than to post anything on your page that you didn’t photograph yourself. It appears Jen has an extensive backlog of work so why is she using photos that she didn’t take for her model calls and workshop ad?

Yes, the workshop ad had “inspo” and in tiny letters “not my photos” but it doesn’t matter. If you’re hosting a workshop and charging photographers those damn well better be YOUR images that you’re posting. I also double checked to make sure that permission wasn’t granted before publishing this post.

There are quite a few more images I couldn’t find sources for.

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Kaley Toth Photography in Youngstown, OH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaleytothphotography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaleytothphotography/

PS Facebook Post

I was minding my own damn business when a post hit my Facebook feed from a photographer advertising mini sessions in a wedding group. I pinged right away they were stolen images so I searched to verify, then went to her Facebook Page and saw a shitbrick of stolen images advertising various sessions.

I replied and said, “These aren’t your images and it’s copyright infringement to use someone else’s work to advertise your own. This goes for ALL of the photos on your Facebook Page advertising sessions with images that aren’t yours.” and went along with my Sunday, not intending to make a post.

Then Kaley replies back saying, “If you read the entire post it’s stated it is an example of the set up. Thank you for your concern 🙂

Ma’am. You did NOT just try to gaslight me. No, no siree.

Her original post, as shown below, states NOWHERE that these aren’t examples. She slyly edited to say that after I called her out then tried to gaslight me by saying her post stated that. EVEN IF IT DID, since we’re all here we know better than thinking that makes copyright infringement okay but she didn’t say that originally.

I replied again and also called her out on her gaslighting. She deleted the post and then blocked me. Curiously, she did NOT delete her ad.

So, here we go.

To make it CRYSTAL clear: even *if* you say “inspiration photos” unless you have permission from the photographer/original content creator you cannot just use the images. Even if you have THEIR permission your clients have a case against you for deceptive advertising if your images do not compare in quality to what you posted.


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