Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
Based out of Conway, Arkansas, Meg Kunert Photography has been exposed as a fraud who was stealing other photographers photos, whole weddings even, and watermarking them as her own photos and blogging them. She thought if she stole Canadian work she wouldn’t get caught. WELL SHE DID!
It was disgusting, she stole photos and changed names of the people. It makes me sick.
Stay away from Meagan Kunert Photography…
link to articles: (since Meg’s website was taken down, her Facebook and twitter was deleted… and she’s basically hiding).
Post # 3
You can find more about both Meagan and 2 others who did the same thing around the same time. Info in the following 2 articles:
The most imortant message about this is to check a full portfolio. A ‘photographer’ who stole images off a web site will not have a full wedding to show you during a consultation. If they only show their highlight sample “best shots” and have nothing else, then walk, no run!
Also look carefully at a style. A real pro will have developed a certain style and look to thir work over time. It will evolve but it waill aslo have some consistant themes or a consistant look. If the work varies too much, then thats something to make you wary.
Finally look at locations. If they are located in Idaho and the shots look like California, well another red flag.
Post # 4
Holy smokes! That is a scary thought! I would have never fathomed the idea that someone would illegally steal someone’s other photography work like that!!! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 5
@eagle: :-O Who does this?! Ugh–humanity!
Post # 6
Our wedding is four months out and my fiance just called me in tears. I am deployed to Afghanistan for a year and have been helping my fiance plan for our wedding in Sept. Here is the e-mail Megan sent us. I am glad that she had the guts to send this out 4 months before our wedding and not four days.
May 16, 2012 14:11:48 CDTSubject: Wedding Photography
I hope this email reaches you well. I have been trying to get in touch with you, but I think I have the wrong number. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to reach you! I wanted to let you know that I am stepping down from my photography business for the time being. I made a stupid mistake which I regret, so I am taking a hiatus and focusing my attention on my girls and my family.
I wanted to let you know that you are entitled to a refund of your retainer fee, OR I can refer you to other photographers who will apply the retainer fee you have already paid towards another package with a different photographer. If you are interested in the latter option, let me know and I will get you a list of the photographers that will work with you on that. They are wonderful photographers and I would hire them to shoot my own wedding (if I were getting married). If you’d just like to get a refund on your retainer fee, that is fine, and I will get it to you as soon as I possibly can (will probably be 1-2 months). I’m not going to be one of those photographers who closes shop, moves out of town, and takes your money. That is not in my character and I want to ensure you that you will be taken care of.
I’m sorry this isn’t the news you were expecting to get. If you have any questions at all or if you’d like to chat, feel free to call me.
I wish you the best and pray God’s blessings on your marriage.
Post # 7
that’s just wrong i had a florist do the same thing to me but i got lucky found out and was able to cancel the check before it was cashed. I feel really sorry for all her couples that are now left trying to figure things out and fast. I wish them all luck
Post # 8
@jonnylewis76: I don’t agree with what she has done, but I probably wouldn’t leave her phone number or email up for privacy reasons.
Post # 9
@jonnylewis76: You should repost with the number and her personal info blacked out. There are many people who are hounding her…still….
Post # 10
Both of them are public on her website.
Post # 11
I feel like this is all a bit harsh. She acknowledged her mistake, apologized profusely, and is doing everything to make amends. Just my .02 cents. People mess up, they learn, and they move on (hopefully learning from their mistakes).
Post # 12
@jonnylewis76: Should still delete them. It would be the right thing to do ..
Edit: well shoot. Looks like the hour edit time us up. Where are you mods!!!???
Post # 13
I am not sure how to edit my post.
I guess I should not worry about this.
Our wedding is less than 4 months away.
Money is abundant nowadays and waiting 2 months for a refund is fine I guess.
That should give us plenty of time to pay another person.
That’s if we even get a refund. She wants to credit us with other photographers. lol
I’m sure there are plenty of openings with other photographers.
She even talked about watermarks and people stealing people’s work when my fiancé had coffee with her.
A bit harsh? Are you kidding me? I am warning other people so they don’t make the same mistake we did with her. She is probably packing up and moving out of Conway AR as we speak.
Post # 14
What privacy reasons? She had them on her site.
If you owned a web site and had your phone number and e-mail on there. How is this a privacy issue?
Maybe she should have called and left a message instead of sending a cop out e-mail.
Post # 15
@jonnylewis76: I thought you were in Afghanistan? From what I know, you then would be unable to recive any calls, excepting certain times.
Post # 16
We have removed the personal information. Thanks.