The information age has brought about significant changes to not only how we do business, but also how we live. It has allowed all of us the ability to find the answer to almost any question we'd like in a matter of milliseconds. The internet literally brings it all directly to our fingertips. I believe that to most, the benefits of this information boom is obvious as we continue to see online companies and services redefine various industries. As with everything, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
With all of the positive changes that this age in day has brought to society, there are also problems that are associated with security and privacy. As a professional wedding photographer, I am writing to you about issues related to fraud within my industry. If you are getting married or have been married, you may realize the endless amount of choices you have when you are picking a wedding photographer. This not only makes picking a photographer difficult but also stressful.
If you are like most brides-to-be, you will find your future photographer one of two ways. The most common way is to ask friends if they know a good photographer. If that method fails, you typically turn to the internet.
But how do you know that the photographer you pick is reliable and trustworthy based-on a nice looking webpage? More importantly, how do you know that the images they display online are actually photographs shot by them?
Recent statistics show that over 85% of the photos used online are subject of copyright infringement.
Of this 85%, there are a handful of wannabe photographers that are looking to con their first client into letting them shoot their first wedding. This has become a huge issue to people like me who struggle to make a living as a professional photographer. Such an issue has become so widespread that Corey Ann launched http://stopstealingphotos.com/ website dedicated to exposing picture thieves by providing daily examples of fraudulent photographers. She states that she believes that as many as 5% of photographers have used images that are not their own.
In this age of deceit, how can you know for sure that you can trust a photographer with one of the most important day in your life? Here are some great tips on how to spot a fake "fauxtographer" from Allebach Photography in Philadelphia.
If you need a talented and honest photographer, and live in the Chicago or surrounding suburbs, sign up an Azalea Test Drive which gives you a free 1-hour engagement session with all digitals included. We believe in peace of mind for all brides-to-be and we earn your trust.
Choosing a wedding photographer can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be if you meet someone who as earned your trust.
James Abril, Wedding and Portrait Photographer, Azalea Photography