(Closed) Is it Okay to Fake Portions of a Photography Portfolio and Pretend They are Real

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think it’s perfectly fine to do editorial shoots, and call them what they are … editorial shoots. Lots of popular blogs out there, including Style Me Pretty, do this all the time. And if a photographer is starting out, it’s a good way to show off your work if you haven’t done a lot of weddings yet.

However, I think it’s wrong to call staged shoots real weddings. I’m a wedding vendor, and I would be really upset if a photographer I worked with did this without me knowing. Especially since there’s no shame in using editorial shoots in your portfolio!

Post # 4
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1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No. Why would you think that would be ethical? What you are describing is fraudulent, and fraud is illegal and will only help to make you look like someone that people want to avoid at all costs.

Post # 5
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yup, I agree with the above.  There are ways to get photos for your portfolio, starting with doing them for free or a VERY small fee in return for using them in your portfolio.

That… is an interesting blog.  Didn’t I see something on here earlier about the same photographer??? 

curious….

Post # 6
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Joseph Groom: Promoting your own blog violates the self-promotion policy of the website. I also think it is really unethical and makes you look small and petty to join a forum for the sole purpose of furthering a vendetta against a vendor.

Plus your blog is laughable at best. 

Post # 7
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I think this post is meant to stir up trouble. Flagged!

Post # 8
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459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second all the previous posts!  It’s just not cool to do something like that.

Post # 9
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Gemstone: I already flagged it as well.

I do feel bad for the bride and groom because they are disappointed, but I think they need to really move on from this business, maybe get a puppy or take up knitting of something.

It is super petty to waste hours of your time to make a blog to make a vendor look bad, not to mention after about 1 post you look like a psycho and no one will trust you anyways … 

Post # 10
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@Ms Mini: Agreed. I don’t trust anyone who takes that much time just trying to bring someone else down. I say they leave their comments in the review section and let it go.

Post # 11
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4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is def. going to stir trouble. Another bee posted this link the other day and the “moderators” of this blog edit everyone’s comments and accuse people of being “false.” They also posted a lot of images complaining about how horrid they were because a sliver of the moms dress was cut off, and what not.

Apparently, @Joseph Groom: and his wife have made it their full time jobs to bring this photographer down, and I would say it’s borderline. Honestly, they need to look out because 1) People are thinking they’re just crazy so if there are legit issues they may be ignored, and 2) if things are “too far” they are opening themselves up for a legal situation.

Flagged. 

Post # 12
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1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you have to pass something off for something it’s not, you shouldn’t do it. Just call it an editorial shoot and blog about it that way. I would hire someone with great work that was done with models instead of a real couple. It’s not like because you’re photographing a model your pictures are going to be that much better than during a real wedding.

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