Sometimes to get ahead in the the business, you have to fake it till you make it. Right? Isn’t that how the saying goes?
So, what do you do if you’re just starting out in the wedding photography business and you only have a few wedding photos to show, not near enough for a good website or solid portfolio?
These days the trend seems to be to steal someone’s photos, crop out their watermark and call them your own. The Internet is a big place and who’s going to know? Except when you’re called out on sites like Stop Stealing Photos, then you can just blame it on your web designer. (Oh yeah, that actually happened to me last week. Someone took my image, cropped out my logo and put it on her website. Then blamed it on someone else).
Well, one “wedding photographer” (and I use that term loosely) decided that it wasn’t moral to STEAL someone’s photo and so he (or she) figured they’d just buy some on Craigslist. Because, where else would you get wedding photos for your portfolio?
Just to make it clear, this person won’t actually put THEIR logo on YOUR photo. Don’t you worry, he/she will just deceive some poor, unsuspecting bride into thinking that he/she’s a good wedding photographer.
Instead of STEALING and then LYING about it, they’re just going to LIE and pass off your image as theirs (technically, if they buy the copyright, it is theirs, right?). And you get $150 out of the deal. Sounds like a win.
What the heck is this industry coming to?![Via Facebook tip; Lynn Cartia]