Wow, just as I come back and commit to posting sessions again, I was alerted that one of my past senior images was being used by another photographer to represent HER work. I was messaged by a photographer that I didn’t even know. She used a feature of Google Images to track down the rightful owners of the photos that were being used.
I had just relaxed my use of watermarking my images. I hated that I had an obnoxious watermark that took away from the beauty of my photos. I thought to myself about the photographers that do have their images stolen, and they’re all pretty high profile. While I am very well known in my own community…on a larger scale, I’m pretty obscure. I thought, it wouldn’t happen to me…I was wrong.
The photographer…and I use that term loosely since she was falsely representing herself to her potential clients was based in Pennsylvania and runs under the name Zoe Belle Photography. I’m not going to bother linking to her site as my photo has now been removed. She got it as a free stock image. 😉 I don’t sell to stock companies, and free stick isn’t usually permissible for commercial use. I’ll just leave it at that. I have the whole story on how it unfolded on my Facebook page if you want to see all the details. Besek Photography on Facebook.
So, because of that incident that clearly happened to me, I have started back with a watermark. I tried not to make it too obnoxious, but it will at times go right through someone’s face. I apologize for that, but I don’t see another way if I am to continue sharing my work with you. Thanks for your understanding.
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