(Closed) Confused. Potential photographer’s photos are on 2 separate websites. ???

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Some photographers and I hate to say this…"steal" other photographers images…I’ve heard of it happening which I think is SHADY…


The other thing that could’ve happened is one photographer was used as the second shooter for the other’s wedding gig.  Some times when a photography studio is trying to establish themselves, they hire on second photographers for certain gigs in which it is needed.

I hope this clarifies it for you.  If you not you just might want to ask. 

Post # 4
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Ask the photog that had the whole wedding album if there was a second shooter because you’ve seen the images on another website.

If the other photo did steal them images, the photog should know.

Post # 5
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i would definetly bring it up to the other photographer but i honestly think that it could be the work of a second photographer or the assistant of the main photographer. especially if you think ones work looks a little different than the others. i know plenty of brides who have hired two photogs and plenty of photogs who hire assistants to shoot around.

Post # 6
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

I agree with both of Joannathan’s thoughts  either stolen or 2nd shooter.  maybe you can also ask the photographer for client references and they can provide you with a few brides they worked with for you to speak to.

Post # 7
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I had a similar thing happen to me with our videographer.  I found someone who I thought was great – but then I realized I’d seen something from his portfolio before… sure enough, he’d stolen someone else’s work and posted it as his own.  Apparently this is very common in the industry for both photographers and videographers.

Post # 8
7 posts

could you please provide us with the websites? I am a photographer myself and I’d like to offer my honest opinion. Thanks

Post # 9
51 posts
Worker bee

It can’t hurt to ask either or both for an explanation. If they are the EXACT same photos, then likely one photographer was contracted by the other one. Usually in this case the photos will be tagged something like "Photo by John Smith for Sally Jones Studio."

If they are SIMILAR photos of the same client, then it’s likely that it is simply a second photographer at the same wedding.

But… there’s always the possibility that even though they were both at the same wedding, they may have been there separately and unbenownst to each other. Perhaps one was a new photographer attending his cousin’s wedding and is trying to build a portfolio. You never know! But it can’t hurt to mention to both that you noticed the same/similar photos and see what they say.

Joe Milton
Int’l Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

Post # 10
54 posts
Worker bee

Almost certainly a 2nd shooter thing. Probably nothing to worry about. There’s a good chance the photo may be edited different on each site, according to each photographer’s style. 

  I just shot as a 2nd photog in Memphis for wedding on New Years day.  I’ve posted several of my favorite shots on my own website.  There’s a chance the company I shot for could post some of my photos on their website, but they will be edited differently.    Some photographers will post photos which their 2nd shooter shot, and some wont. I don’t post my 2nd shooter photos, although it would be fine to do so, as that does represent what a client gets when they hire me.

   So….it’s probably nothing to worry about.

Post # 11
1403 posts
Bumble bee

No photographer should be posting another photographers images on their blog or website (2nd shooter or not) unless proper credit is given via watermark or text.  That just isn’t right….PERIOD!

Post # 12
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@USER876: +1 I don’t care if it’s legal or not (and I know it is in fact legal in some cases where a contract was signed) but I would never post a second shooter’s work in my portfolio. Since I don’t have a full-time second shooter that works every wedding with me (barring husband/wife teams very few people do) I feel it is a misrepresentation of what the client could get by hiring me, and just plain dishonest. I do however post one or two second shooter shots on the blog, usually groom getting ready photos, just to give the B&G a full glimpse of their day and credit the 2nd photographer at the bottom of the blog.

However, if it looks fishy, I would ask the photog with the full collection if he had a second just to be sure the images arent stolen. Couldn’t hurt to be sure, it does happen often.

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