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Las Vegas Photographers Brett & Jizelle PHOTO THIEVES attempt to Silence any who expose their thievery via threat of Defamation lawsuit

April 16, 2014 | By | One Comment

I just received a cease & desist letter from an attorney who says that he represents Brett & Jizelle Photography, Brett Baughman, Jizelle Ashley, and The Brett Baughman Companies. I have posted the letter below in full.

The issue at hand is photo theft and copyright infringement. Sadly, it is shockingly common for unscrupulous “fauxtographers” to steal the photos of actual working photographers, and then to try to pass those stolen photos off as their own.

The photography community is very lucky to benefit from the tireless efforts of Corey Doyle Balazowich, an excellent real photographer, who meticulously documents the nefarious work of fauxtographers before they have a chance to take down (and deny) their thievery.

Her website “Stop Stealing Photos” is a “wall of shame [that] is dedicated to photographers that feel that it’s okay to steal others work and post it as their own.”

The letter below from a William M. Whitman, Attorney at Law, of Whitman, LLC in Lansdale, PA, claims that Brett Baughman has been defamed by those who have shone the light of day upon and exposed his scrupulously well-documented serial photo theft.

There are two very serious problems with this “defamation” cease & desist order.

First, for defamation to hold up in court, the words and accusations against the defendant must be untrue. He has been caught with his hand in the cookie jarBrett Baughman’s wide-spread theft of at least 62 images from scores of photographers is an indisputable fact. True speech is not defamation.

Second, Brett Baughman is currently liable for at least $9,300,000 for the 62 photos he stole, removed the copyright from, re-branded with his own copyright, and then posted as his own work all over various Internet sites like his own website, Craigslist, Facebook, Yelp, Linked-In, Groupon, etc.

Just last fall, Haitian photographer Daniel Morel sued Agence France-Press and Getty Images for the eight (8) images he posted on Twitter that were unlawfully stolen by AF-P, Getty and others, and he was awarded one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000) for their willful violation of the Copyright Act. He won additional awards from other agencies that used his work without authorization. “Several news outlets that published Morel’s images previously settled with the photographer for undisclosed amounts, including the Washington Post, CBS, ABC and CNN.”

Because of his extremely well documented serial theft and misrepresentation of at least 62 photos, Brett Baughman likely faces very serious civil liabilities and penalties. His attempts to quiet those who have exposed his theft by sending bullying cease & desist defamation letters that make veiled threats of DCMA takedowns will not change the fact that he is a photo thief.

His attempts to silence his critics via defamation lawsuit cannot possibly succeed for the simple fact that the charges being made against him are true.

DEFAMATION CEASE & DESIST LETTER RECEIVED TODAY from WHITMAN, LLC

William M. Whitman

Attorney at Law

April 169, 2014

Via electronic mail

Mr. Steven Joseph Fogarty

Re: Defamation of Brett Baughman, Jizelle Ashley,

and The Brett Baughman Companies

Dear Mr. Fogarty:

This firm represents Brett Baughman. The purpose of this letter is to demand that you:

1) cease and desist from further communications on your or other web sites, and

elsewhere, regarding Mr. Baughman, The Brett Baughman Companies, Inc., Brett

& Jizelle Photography, and Jizelle Ashley;

2) cease and desist from harassing Mr. Baughman and Ms. Ashley online and

elsewhere;

3) cease and desist from using, publishing or referencing Mr. Baughman’s, Ms.

Ashley’s, or either of their businesses’ names, likenesses, or images online and

elsewhere;

4) cease and desist from posting fake reviews and negative information online and

elsewhere;

5) remove existing posts and other information, including language and/or images,

referencing Mr. Baughman, Ms. Ashley, or either of their businesses in any way;

and

6) retract any materials naming or using the likeness of Mr. Baughman, Ms. Ashley,

or either of their businesses in any way.

Your defamatory communications about Mr. Baughman, Ms. Ashley, and their

businesses have caused, and continued to cause, significant damages to them and their interests.

In addition to being unlawful and tortuous, they may well be violations of your terms of service

with the domain name registrar(s) and/or web site hosting provider(s) of the web sites where you

are publishing.

326 Silo Mill Lane ∙ Suite 400 ∙ Lansdale, PA 19446 ∙ www.whitmanllc.com ∙ 610-572-2860

Page 2

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This letter is sent without waiver of Mr. Baughman’s rights to seek injunctive and

monetary relief should he deem such action appropriate. Mr. Baughman also reserves the right to

take appropriate action against any third party, should he discover that any such party has

contributed to or induced any of your actions.

Please call me, or direct your attorney to call me, at (610) 572-2860, with any questions.

cc: Mr. Brett Baughman

Ms. Jizelle Ashley

GoDaddy.com Registrar Abuse Contact (via email)

Kara and Patrick at Springs Preserve – the joys of Second Shooting

April 13, 2014 | By | No Comments

Sometimes my photographer friends invite me to 2nd shoot for them. Not only do I consider it a great privilege (thank you Josh Barut!). But I *love* second shooting, because it’s what I hear grandparenting is like – all the fun with none of the responsibility icon smile Kara and Patrick at Springs Preserve   the joys of Second Shooting  LOL

Because I’m not in charge of the timeline I’m able to have a little more fun. I’m there to capture stolen moments, unusual perspectives, details.

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CaterSource Las Vegas 2014

April 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

We really enjoyed photographing CaterSource 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center recently, for our friends Michelle Howard, Debra Newson, and Christine Sanchez.

They asked us to capture some of the flavor and feeling of one of the VIP parties, and to photograph the TableScape competition the following day.

Nearly all the flowers you see below were provided by sisters Michelle Howard and Debra Newson of Flora Couture by Floral 2000 and Las Vegas Floral & Plant Wholesale, respectively.

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Las Vegas Photographers Brett & Jizelle Steal Photos

April 9, 2014 | By | One Comment

I don’t like that I am again blogging on a fauxtographer (Brett & Jizelle Photography) who steals the photography of other, real photographers, removes their watermark, overlays their own fraudulent watermark, posts that stolen work all over the Internet as their own, yet makes no apologies, no confession, and keeps on presenting themselves as an honest, qualified, skilled photographer. But here we go again.

This happens probably much more than you realize. To see the nearly daily documentation of petty thieves who steal photos like Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Brett & Jizelle Photography, all you need do is read Corey Doyle Balazowich’s excellent and depressing blog “Photo Stealers“, a “wall of shame [that] is dedicated to photographers that feel that it’s okay to steal others work and post it as their own.”

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers Brett & Jizelle (brettandjizellephotography.com | Photography) have been very busy promoting themselves all over as the newest Las Vegas Wedding Photographer, Las Vegas Engagement Photographer, Las Vegas Boudoir Photographer, and Las Vegas Headshot Photographer. Here’s an example of where they’ve been busily promoting their fauxtography:

Website: http://brettandjizellephotography.com/

Website 2: http://www.brettbaughman.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brettandjizelle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrettandJizelle

You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoO-CDtTFzo&feature=youtu.be

Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/brett-and-jizelle-photography-las-vegas

Groupon Deal:  http://www.groupon.com/deals/brett-jizelle-photography

Thumbtack:  http://www.thumbtack.com/Brett-Jizelle-Photography-Las-Vegas-NV/service/849376

Scoop It:  http://www.scoop.it/t/vision-by-brett-baughman

Craigslist:  https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/evs/4403940912.html

I have contacted Brett Baughman to let him know that I will advertise his thieving photo stealing until he publicly apologizes and takes responsibility for his actions. Until then, dear reader, please know that one of Las Vegas’ newest and most aggressively self-promoting wedding photographers (“We’re Rock Stars!”) is a fake, fauxtographer, a common unrepentant thief. Caveat emptor.

Las Vegas Event Photgraphy @ Green Valley Ranch

April 8, 2014 | By | No Comments

We love Las Vegas corporate event photography because corporate event photography incorporates many different kinds of photography at the same time: portrait, food, photojournalism, details, environmental. It’s very challenging and rewarding. Bonus – we get to be around some of the most talented and ambitious people in the world. Extra bonus: the chefs usually insist we sample some of their amazing cuisine and libations. So, OK! Yum!2014 4 5 IMG 1706.CR2 Las Vegas Event Photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY STEVEN FOGARTY Green Valley Ranch VIP Appreciation Las Vegas Event Photgraphy @ Green Valley RanchSome of the incredibly talented chefs from Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, NV.2014 4 5 IMG 2374.JPG Las Vegas Event Photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY STEVEN FOGARTY Green Valley Ranch VIP Appreciation Las Vegas Event Photgraphy @ Green Valley RanchDid we mention the delicious and gorgeous pastries?2014 4 5 IMG 2382.JPG Las Vegas Event Photography STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY STEVEN FOGARTY Green Valley Ranch VIP Appreciation Las Vegas Event Photgraphy @ Green Valley RanchOh yea, and world-class Sushi, too! Read More