It is common in our industry to befriend those who seem to most understand our passions and dreams. It’s reassuring when you meet someone who can laugh with you about the struggles we have. Building relationships in our industry is a necessity. I get my greatest inspiration from those artists around me. However, I have been victim of a Photographer Snake, one who acted my friend, listened to all my dreams of this business, learned my business process and then tried to completely duplicate it. Has this hurt me, NO! Absolutely not! I quickly realized that I did not want to have my company associated with someone who copies other people’s business plans, ideas, themes, blog posts, etc. because that could possibly mean they are copying other unsuspecting people as well.
I am also not alone. I receive emails from other photographers asking how I handle these types of situations. Whether it’s a local photographer running around stealing your every idea or campaign, having a friend who stoled your entire business plan and is now making a carbon copy, or having your very own photo stolen and placed on the portfolio of another photographer you never met. My best advice is to not let those business bumps make you fall! PUSH PAST THEM. Do not ever let someone take away your dreams!!! People who copy can’t be successful for long. At some time they will be exposed because people will realize! Keep plugging along, keep dreaming, keep creating, keep befriending other’s within your industry.
I am SHOCKED and OUTRAGED by this latest trend of STEALING the work of talented photographers, taking their images and putting watermarks on them, stealing their blogs word for word, STEALING – WHY?!!! We are all talented people. Your success comes from your dreams being made, not being made by others. Let’s make it a point to watch out for these things, be aware of them, be mindful of them and stand up and say ENOUGH! Let’s be inspired by what people are doing, get idea’s and make them our own. Let’s help protect our work!
Rock My Edit’s is giving a FREE “Protect your images” action set. Use this to make a watermark paintbrush. It won’t guarantee that someone won’t take your images and call them their own, but it will help, hopefully, to detour them. Unfortunately my Photographer Snake learned all my business idea’s, business plans, now and in the future I will have a copycat out there but hey I’m still doing what I love and they will run out of my ideas
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