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Apr 8, 2009

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery?


Moi on the right! WHAT was I thinking with the blonde hair and Genie In A Bottle top??


Back in college when I had bleach blonde hair, I had people tell me all the time that I looked like Tori Spelling. I never knew whether to take that as a compliment or an insult. If anything, I was trying to look more like Britney, Christina, Jessica or Mandy, the blonde pop tarts who emerged on the scene in the late 90s, before I realized, ok, God made me as a brunette, I just need to stick with that and be myself.

Now as a photographer, friends continue to email me and point out other photographers who have copied my work or my website. At first, yeah, it annoyed me, but now I'm just trying to look at it as a compliment, I guess? As my wonderful Mark would say "It's like water on a duck, babe, just let it roll off of you." :-)

Today I got sent a blog entry from a friend showcasing someone who recreated a promo video very very similar to mine:

http://bladeronner.com/?p=353

Then I googled the photographer, Lauren, and found it further interesting that her blog is very similar to mine as well. I'm not doing this to point fingers or diss the girl, she is super cute and does great work, but I did want to blog about this to simply encourage us as photographers to be individual.

I found it funny too that someone in the comments compared me as a knock off of the fabulous Jessica Claire (who BTW just got ENGAGED! Congrats girl!). Ha! I think her work is amazing, and I totally love her ShootSacs, but this reminds me of story on this exact topic. When I was first starting out, my old logo under Captivating Studios used a font that I used for years as a graphic designer before I ever picked up a camera. Very distinctive, I thought I was one of the rare people who bought and owned this font. Then I started my video business, and created a logo around this particular font and things were off to a great start. Then a friend asked, "Do you know who Jessica Claire is?" I was just starting out, so I had no idea what a rockstar she was. They showed me her website and wow, she had the same font I had used in my new logo, and her main color was hot pink like my website was too.

Great minds think alike?

Fast forward to what led to the rebranding of things under Scarlett Lillian Photography because I didn't want people to think I was copying Jessica. As much as I loved the font, it was more important for me to sacrifice it in order to find a distinctive branding look. I turned to pale pink stripes, something inspired by my dining room wall, and chose a whole new font. I stayed up extra hours creating a unique blog template going through the headaches of HTML to get it just right and perfect and different from anything I had seen out there. I was set and ready go.

Next thing I know, over the months, I began getting more emails from friends suddenly seeing pink stripes everywhere and rips from my blog design.

Arg.

All that effort to be unique down the drain.

Since then, Jessica also changed her branding to green, and I went back to hot pink for my colors because that truly has always been my favorite color. I'm not saying anyone can own or trademark a certain color, font, look, etc, but there are a plethora of ways we can use those elements to make ourselves stand out, rather than blend in.

This is also one reason I stopped looking at other people's blogs for the most part. Yes, I'm totally thankful for all of you who read my blog, and I hope it can be an encouragement to you not only for photography but life as well, however I realized early on, I wanted to find my own style of shooting and not subconsciously recreate something I might have seen in passing on so and so's blog. It's one thing to be inspired by others, but there's a fine line at being influenced where it turns to imitation. There is always a way to make something your own.

I guess to look at it on the positive side, it's better to be copied than to copy someone else. But I do believe as creative artists, we need to differentiate ourselves as artists. What I love about photography is that each one of us sees the world a different way through our camera and it is such a blessing to be given the opportunity to use that creative gift to create such a beautiful and memorable product in our clients' lives. So I encourage each of you to ask yourself, what makes YOU unique and build upon that instead! :-)

And funny enough the timing on this whole topic, last night was another all nighter for me as I worked on updated branding for a new portfolio website I'll be launching soon! I'm soooo excited about it and can't wait to show you guys!!!

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Blogger Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography said...

We all read different blogs and are bound to be influenced by people, but to blatantly copy someone is just sad! I know you don't want to point fingers, but there are just too many elements of what that other photographer is doing similar to you that it's clear she's a copycat. I don't see why she needs to be. Her work and style can stand on its own merit. Is it just laziness??

I had someone follow my blog and then she announced the relaunch of her website with a new design... identical to mine! I think I commented that I liked her design and she stopped following me. Hmmm...

Coincidences do happen, though. I was talking to Ginger at one of the PUG meetings and we discovered that we had very similar blog designs... black and white damask with Tiffany blue. I don't know who had it first, but I offered to change mine up a bit to differentiate. I was in the mood for change. I tried every color I could think of and settled on hot pink. I do miss the blue sometimes but the pink gets me pumped up!

I did copy you on something, though. I ordered a custom strap from Trendy Camera Straps! Two, actually! I thought it was such an amazing idea and I needed something more exciting than my solid black or Nikon straps. But I think Jenny designed my straps to be quite different from yours, so hopefully not too much of a copy.

Face it... you're a trendsetter. People like you and admire you and some are going to want to BE you! It's a good thing you called attention to it. I'm sure you aren't being mean, but it is important for all of us to find out who we are and market that. It isn't easy to do sometimes, so I guess some people just take the easy route and copy.

April 8, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger justme said...

Yikes. That's not cool. I love your work Scarlett, and I think you are super talented, but I don't want to be you! (I mean that in the best and nicest way possible!)

April 8, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Marta Locklear Photography said...

You have NO idea how much I feel your pain! Luckily (that I know of, my blog and stuff are still mine) but I was the original designer for the Baby Cocoons used in newborn photography and several other creations, that have since been ripped off and sold. I have even had MY images stolen and used for the sale of these items. No matter how many times you tell yourself that it is flattery it still suck ROYALLY. Just like you said, all that hard work, thought process, designing, marketing, to be different and unique just wiped out from under you! It is extremely frustrating!

Keep your chin up, and push forward, you are in the top now, and this unfortunately will not stop, creative ethics are very rare these days! Love you and your work!

April 8, 2009 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger jessica said...

great post--this has been on my mind a ton lately as well. isn't the internet fascinating? fwiw, i have NEVER thought of you that way, and i think you've done an excellent job of creating and LIVING your own brand.

xoxo

April 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Leah Stafford said...

I've looked @ both of your work before and it never clicked. Now that it's side by side- WOW. Amazing work on both ends though.

Also- I put the same song on my new boudoir site and now am thinking of changing it. Hmm.

April 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Monica Z. said...

Wow, I love your positive attitude, I hope that if I am ever(lucky? enough to be)copied like that that I take it with the same positivity:)

April 8, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Tracy Henley Photography said...

Hi Scarlett, You are truly fabulous and try as anyone might, there is only one you! I think her blog, even the wording, sounds like yours. But, she will never be you. You are genuine and sweet and I love reading your blog and seeing all the amazing images you capture. You have a God given gift and it is evident in all of your work. You rock!

April 8, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger pink coffee photoart said...

this post reminded me of a girl in high school who copied everything i did. i was all about being "different", so it made me crazy! sometimes it's hard to see it as a form of flattery b/c it's just insulting when you feel ripped off. keep doing what you do though. you are truly an individual and you inspire hundreds of people daily. how cool is that?!

April 8, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Teresa Ribeiro said...

WOW.. DEF BLATANT.. THATS NOT COOL. SCARLETT IS SCARLETT AND EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONALITY AND OWN STYLE. COPYING IS SO HIGHSCHOOL. WHATS GOIN ON HERE? WEIRDD..... CAN WE SAY BLOGSTALKER GONE WILD? MUCH LOVE GIRL!!

April 8, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Such a great attitude to have Scarlett! But couldn't she have changed the verbage a little? Keep on being awesome!

April 8, 2009 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Kayleen T. Photography said...

It's one thing to bite off someone's style and website but someone's words too is a little much. I've been thinking of not looking at any other photography blogs anymore and just looking at fashion magazines but it's too tempting when I open my google reader to see what all my fave photogs have been up to!

April 8, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I think in school you get in trouble for that. It's called plagiarism.

Water on a duck babe!

April 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Kudos to you for posting and sharing your "reinvention" process. It's part of the creative process and, whether it be because of personal envelope-pushing or marketing necessity, is part of what keeps things fresh.

Those who truly separate themselves out in this over-saturated market are continually engaged in the process of reinvention, and are always working to stay one step ahead of the game. I believe that all that hard work pays off in the end because it helps photographers to revitalize their work and avoid the pitfalls of complacency and stagnation that so many creatives fall prey to.

I do believe that our industry encourages "sameness", whether inadvertently or not, and that unless we truly educate photographers in the dynamics of the creative process, the homogenization is going to continue, and we might as well all just start working for Bella Pictures!

Needless to say, this is the last thing I want to see happen, so thanks for sharing your creative process with us, and hopefully reminding other photographers that it takes HARD WORK and continual re-evaluation to make your creative mark in this world...

Okay, I'll get off my soap-box now! ;-)

April 8, 2009 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Regina White said...

Dang girl just when i was going to switch over to pink and white strips.....Got ya! Just kiddin. I love you and your work. Would not want to copy anyone. I love looking at blogs for motivation...I love talking with fellow photogs for inspiration and encouragement to achieve a dream we all share. Too bad they would use your creativity for their own.
Keep on rockin girl.

April 8, 2009 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Being a copycat of celebrities, fashions and character as a teen is okay. But, when you get into the business world, it is a different situation all together. You get into issues of copyright infringement and put those you're copying in a position of being accused of being the copycat...and could end up in a legal battle. As evidenced in the blog, you had certain concepts first and it is obvious who the copycat was. I hope that everyone who read this understands the importance of obiding by the laws....and being an individual. We'll always want to dress like the celebrities and follow the fashions, but this should not carry over into our businesses.

Peace!

April 8, 2009 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Ruby Slippers said...

Nice post. I think there's a line between "Wow, I love the feel of so-and-so's website; I must do something with the same feel", and actually direct out and out copying. Another blog I follow once had a link up to someone who had plagiarised, almost word for word, an article she'd written about the type of photographer she was. Haha. That is soooo sad.

Either way, it sucks to be copied and ripped off, but at least you can rest assured that you rock!

April 8, 2009 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger North Carolina Wedding Planner said...

Hi Scarlett! I understand why you are posting about this - I am not a well known photographer (or a photographer at all for that matter!) and I still find sites with the exact same wording as my own.

I just wanted to ask if you ever contacted this photographer to give her a heads up that hundreds of people would now be visiting her site (and not in a good way).

Obviously intentionally copying/ripping off someones branding is wrong, but maybe she would have changed a few things if you emailed her to let her know how you felt about what was going on.

I know you weren't the first to point this out (Ron Dawson was), and you can't control RD bringing this up... but you can control drawing more super negative attention to this other photographer.

I completely feel that copying/plagiarizing is wrong, but I have to say I actually feel really bad for the other photographer in this situation. If you did give her a chance to change things before you posted then I totally understand your reason for this post.

Love your work, love your blog... keep the greatness coming!

April 8, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Great feedback from every and discussion going on here.

NC Wedding Planner- I appreciate your perspective, however I wasn't being negative. I even complimented her and I'm not upset about it, I'm just continuing the discussion that was already brought up on the other blog, and was trying to positively encourage individuality in our industry as a whole. I wish nothing but good things for the other photographer! :-)

April 8, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger danielle said...

I completely agree with NC Wedding Planner. I feel that by you calling her out and linking her blog to your site you are only making yourself look bad.

April 8, 2009 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Boybarian Dad said...

Wooooaaaa there NC Wedding Planner and Danielle, you two are off your rockers. Wow what kind of spin is that. What did Scarlett ever do wrong? Did you actually read what Scarlett had posted? It's talking about being an individual, setting yourself apart and creating an unique distinct look for yourself as an artist. She never once dissed this other photographer, she paid her compliments even.

I think this is a great post and I thank Scarlett for writing this. Job well done. I love your work Scarlett, keep it up.

B Dad

April 8, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger I've got a LOVE JONES... said...

Scarlett I love and admire your work as well as that of other photographers. I get inspiration for new poses to try but try to put my own spin on it! (although one pose you did of a couple i used when I did my sister's engagement photos...hope you don't mind!) But yes, there are a lot of biters out there! I agree that you have to let it roll off your back and although it doesn't always seem like a compliment, you can let the person know in a nice way (which I think you did) that it is not cool to blatantly copy someone else's hard work. If they have good intentions then they will revamp their site/work to reflect themselves instead of those they admire. Can't wait til our Spend the Day!! -Faith

April 8, 2009 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

Scarlett, I am trying to be objective, and I must say I agree with NC wedding planner's comment. Even you phrase it as nicely as possible, the action of posting Lauren's copycat sin for your blog community to read speaks louder than any gentle words of quasi encouragement. Also, now that Rachel has opened the legal subject for discussion, I would be just as concerned for a libel/vilification suit from Lauren as I would copyright infringement. As far as opinion goes, I think your blog/brand/pics are still way better.

April 8, 2009 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Wow, this topic has sure drawn a lot of attention. I think Ron & Scarlett both raise great points. Individuality seems to have taken a dive in this business. There are so few trend setters and so little originality. Scarlett, and a few others are the true trendsetters, and thus, they will be and are followed and admired. I can feel Scarlett's point of view that after all the hard work and long hours laboring (herself) over her perfect blog, it's just ripped off by someone else. I could see if there was subtle similarities or an influence seen from Scarlett's work, but this other site is just so obviously copied. Flattering, sure, but also disappointing I'm sure, to see what was once original, is no longer.

Scarlett, you just remember how talented you are and rejoice in the fact that you're able to inspire others, even if to the point of being copied. Many great people before you have been copied. Rembrandt lighting is called that for a reason, because we all copied a man far greater than ourselves. People will mimic your work for years to come, because it is great. You inspire so many around you. You inspire me to be a better photographer as well as a better man. Stay PHabulous!

April 9, 2009 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger April Hollingsworth said...

That website brought up a fact that I've been bothered by for quite some time. You used copyrighted music for your video. You, among others also use it regularly for your slideshows. You don't like it when people copy you and would really hate it if someone used your images for their benefit w/o your permission, so why do you use artists' music?

April 9, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Very good points all around.

I've had a couple of similar situations.

I was dating another photographer when I was just starting out, that happened to be a little more adept at web design, so I had him create my first site for me. About 4 months later I was contacted by another (local) photographer that I'd never heard of at the time. She pointed out that both our sites had very similar wording, and though I don't publicly advertise all my pricing, she did, and I found that our pricing and packages were almost identical as well. Total foot-in-mouth moment, and I didn't know what to be more embarrassed about, the fact that it was unknowingly identical, or that my piece of crap boyfriend had done this! :)

Needless to say I changed EVERYTHING immediately and apologized to the other photographer, eventually ditched said loser boyfriend, and NOTHING is similar between myself and this photographer anymore, other than the fact that people have pointed out to me that she has become keen to some of "my locations" now and shoots in some of the same places roughly a week or two after I do, in rapid succession. I just laugh now, because like Mark said, water on a duck!

As for them being "my locations"... I don't agree with that mentality and I actually enjoy seeing how other photographers/artists create their vision in the same spaces.

About a year ago, someone pointed out that a local girl with a point and shoot was claiming that she was studying under me! Big fan apparently... That was pretty bizarre to hear, so of course I immediately spoke with her about it (she denied it but the public evidence was blatant), then I publicly addressed the matter via blog in the nicest way I possibly could. I don't claim to be or think of myself as a master photographer capable of teaching anyone to have an "eye", and she was leeching concepts and ideas left and right, claiming that I had taught her all of these (poorly imitated) shots. When someone throws your name out there in a way that could professionally harm your image/brand, I feel you have every right to call them out.

April 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Prudence said...

Although I have commented on your blog before. I tried do this one anonymously...but that's not an option but I'm truly, genuinely interested in the responses so I'll post anyway, perhaps the feedback will be helpful. Please bear with my naivety. I am truly, genuinely ignorant about the photog world.

First of all, I LOVE Lauren Harris' work. She REALLY is talented. Her blog, however, does have a feel that is really similar to yours. I almost felt like I was reading the same blog. She has a similar style/taste/format. That said, I am new to the photography world. Really, really, new and really, really green and definitely a work in progress. I am finding though that the resources are somewhat limited. Actions are sold to EVERYONE. There are only so many fonts available for purchase. There are only so many color combinations. Blog sites are somewhat all similar. Some may have a different background color. Some have a side bar. Some don't. But most photog as they get really good want large photos (a trick, I haven't yet figured out but I see Mark has finally learned). So there are really only a limited amount of options. What's a creative mind to do when he/she finds that she shares a similar taste with another photog? Copying is not a compliment (or is it????) but I also like hot pink...

I'm rambling but I'm new, VERY new. No website. A cheesy blogspot blog and a used Canon 20D. I want to upgrade everything and be a respected photographer....but I don't want to step on anybody's toes either. A few months ago, in an attempt at flattery, I quoted a photographer on my blog....and gave her the credit. Put a link on my blog and everything. She nicely asked me to remove the content. I guess my work wasn't "up to par" to use her name lest someone google her and get to my site?????

But I had no intention of being offensive.

I guess my question(s) are simple....

How does a photographer create an entirely unique persona in the vast, wide and yet limiting world of technology? Any ideas????

Help...
"a newbie in search of direction"

April 9, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

April- Great point! Actually, since this video, I've been learning more about the importance of not using copyrighted music and starting to use royalty free music from TripleScoopMusic.com in videos instead. I'm also trying to make that transition with slideshows, but it's tricky when clients really want a personal song that is their first dance song or something meaningful to them and that balance between keeping a client happy or using a generic song.

Prudence- Good questions. I know it can be tricky to find your own look, but there is always a way to make it you. For instance, look at kellymooreohotography.com and www.shylaphotography.com. They have the very same template for their website, but they have made it so distinctly theirs. If you really are stuck, you might want to consider hiring a graphic designer who can help you think of new ideas!

April 9, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Snap! Photography said...

I never comment, but was inspired. My husband always says that no idea is original, seems unlikely but kind of true. Just when you have the most fabulous idea someone else has already had that same idea. Or as soon as you implement your said idea all of a sudden it seems like all kinds of other people have the same idea. It can be sad when you work really hard to create something new.

So what I have learned is that I just have to work even harder to stay ahead and keep plugging away with my ideas and just be me. Especially since photography is a creative thing, no two can ever be just alike, but finding ones own niche can be hard too. But you have absolutely done that and it's impressive.

Although someone may have copied your text and super saturated the colors and tried some sexy poses, it's not Scarlett's work. There is something different in your photography. Your work is refined and you are obviously very clear on what your vision is and you have a lot of talent.

You would probably be the first to say that we are all unique individuals, so even if you were copied down to the letter it would still be easy to tell which was yours.

So that's my two cents on that. Good luck to everyone... Trish Gilmore

April 9, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Amy Hutchison said...

This is interesting... should I go back and delete my comment about trying to model my photography style after yours? Seriously, though, I think there's a difference between (particularly someone new to photography like me) looking at the work of other photographers to grow ("Wow, they got that shot... how did they do it?") and looking at the work of other photographers to piggy back and grow a business.

Personally, I see blogs as being so hard NOT to copy. You can get blog templates, set things in the same order, etc... I'm about to redesign my work website, and I'll probably even be using a template for that, just to simplify. But the thing is, at the end of the day we all have to grow and reinvent our own style, or else it becomes just a price war, not brides picking their photographer based on style.

April 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Melissa Lee Photography said...

I agree with what some of the others have said above.

Too bad you did not just contact her and allow her the opportunity to change her stuff.
You called her out nicely, but it was still a call out.

Otherwise you could have just blogged about the topic of individuality without linking and mentioning her site and name.

Now she has been humiliated.
Does she deserve it?

Maybe, but it would have been nicer of you to handle photographer to photographer than to air her wrong deed not only to the world but also amongst her peers.

Ouch!

April 9, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Melissa- I totally understand we all have different perspectives on the situation, but the way I saw it, we were both called out unwillingly as a case in point, and I was simply continuing the discussion here on my blog that Ron started. I was never trying to humiliate her which is why I started by complimenting her first. :-) The bottomline of the message is not an attack on her, which is why I didn't feel the need to contact her personally, but instead, I wanted to encourage our industry as a whole to proactively change because a lot of people are being affected by it on all levels.

April 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Melissa Lee Photography said...

The topic could have been addressed without the link or even the link to Ron's blog where it all started.

You know what a backhanded compliment is right?

I agree with what the topic of your post regarded but not the linking to her site.

I've always considered the passage in Matthew 18 to be very applicable (and equally difficult to carry out) in situations where others have wronged us.

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother."

I realize this has probably caused more of a stir than anyone intended so I am completely okay if this comment goes unpublished.
No more fuel needs to be thrown on the fire.

Despite my disagreement I wish you the best. I think we have all learned something regardless of the differing of opinions.

April 9, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

I published it. :-) I think it's great to hear other people's perspectives, whether or not we agree. That's what makes for a great discussion about it. And I appreciate how graciously you have expressed your disagreement. Great verse by the way. But I didn't feel like she faulted me which is why I didn't feel the need to personally contact her. The point of the message was addressing the industry as a whole, not her.

Also for the record, I've been hearing that people are saying I've been rejecting their comments, but I haven't been rejecting any of them. I must have never got them for whatever reason. However, if someone is down right rude, then yes, I would reject that because there is no need to dignify it by making it public.

April 9, 2009 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

can i say you just rock.

i posted something similar to this about 2 weeks ago?? anyways....i have several people in my area that have kindof taken my stuff and "recreate" it, and it makes me SO MAD! i know. . .water on the duck, etc.?

anyways. i had some REALLY negative feedback from other photogs. . .of course they all remained anonymous, so i deleted the comments that i made!

they also decided to post about me on a flickr group so TONS of people were linking to my blog. oh well, more exposure i suppose.

be your own person is what you are saying, and you SO TOTALLY ARE! you are so "out there" for us to see. if i saw you on the street, i'd totally come up and talk to you!

anyways. i think you rock, and i LOVE this post! i'm proud that you said it. i was a chicken and removed it once i started getting bad feedback!

April 9, 2009 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Laura Lu said...

you weren't rejecting comments...something quirky was going on with the blog. i tried to leave my comment and it wouldn't post either. i just wanted to say thank you yet again. you are always so willing to encourage other photographers. this post was a huge encouragement to me to continue being confident in who i am as an artist. i don't have to try to be someone. i can be confident with the talents God has given me. thank you for being the inspiration that you are! this post was very well said. you weren't attacking...you were encouraging, and i thank you for that.

April 9, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Wow, sorry to hear you have been going through the same thing Jessica. I've been getting a lot of similar emails with everyone's personal stories. It's so sad that our creative industry is turning into clones. And yeah, isn't it crazy how people hide behind anonymous comments. Like if you are going to say something mean, at least own up to your own name. Regardless of what they say, I have more respect for people who don't coward behind being anonymous. That's why I've stopped accepting them. I just don't get mean people.

April 9, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger April Hollingsworth said...

This has gotten so crazy. Scarlett, don't worry, it didn't start with you anyway. The blog about the video was first. As far as using music is concerned, I'm sure your clients will understand if you tell them you can't post songs on your blog slideshow since they have copyrights. I suppose if they pay for the song via iTunes, it's legal to use it on a personal CD slideshow for them. I hardly think you would lose clients based on that fact. They love your work, music or no music.

April 10, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Yeah isn't it crazy how out of hand this whole thing got? I'm just waiting for someone to start a perezhilton.com for wedding photographers. So much unnecessary drama in this industry. It feels like an episode of Gossip Girl. ha!

April 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
OpenID rizkun said...

Wow! I'm glad I'm in Japan...ha ha ha!

Scarlett, if I start seeing kimonos..heck, if I see you with Japanese clients, I will call you out :)

Love ya, girl!

April 11, 2009 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Stacy Cross said...

yuck, yuck, yuck. did you see her blog?!?!?!

April 14, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Studio222 Photography said...

I don't know if the other girl changed her blog design but I don't really think it looks like yours. Her photography style is similar and her video is similar but not enough to merit the type of negative attention I'm sure she is getting. With blogs, (in my humble opinion), unless you have them custom designed by a professional, they will all look pretty similar. There's only so much you can do with a template. Ya know?

I hope you contacted her before this post went live. She might not even know how you are (like you didn't know who Jessica Claire was in the beginning).

April 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger April Hollingsworth said...

Studio 222, did you read her intro to her blog? It was almost coppied word for word.

April 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Studio222 Photography said...

April,
No I didn't. I was just going off the looks of it. Well then I guess she knows who Scarlett is. :)

That is frustrating. I've had it done to me as well. Still, I feel bad about how much negative attention she has gotten now.

April 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Scarlett,
I now what you're going through. It's very frustrating.Back when I spent the day with you we discussed how I was having this same issue with a photographer in my area that was just getting started. Well, after being nice & professional behind the scenes with no luck, I too posted something along this same topic on my blog without mentioning her name. I noticed she backed off for awhile, however this week she's BACK. Again without mentioning her name, I highlighted a portion of her post and receive a couple anonymous comments that were very unprofessional. Amazing...I agree this form of flattery is sometimes hard to swallow. Thanks for being my inspiration, once again you're posting and the feedback from fellow photographers made my day!
Thanks again Scarlett...you're fabulous!!!!

April 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

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