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Keeping photos safe: A guide to NOT losing your digital photos for the non-tech-savvy!

Ways to save your digital photos from disappearing forever

 

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This is the last thing you see before he snatches your pizza…

I’m old enough to have learned photography on film cameras – not because I’m a hipster but because digital didn’t exist back then!  I still have almost every photo I’ve ever taken… from a cute kitten when I was 11 to my teenage family holidays, my son as a baby and of course my gorgeous bunnies!

If you are from an era when mobile phones didn’t exist then this simple guide is for you!  Or perhaps you have recently married and purchased only a DVD or USB of your wedding photos?

We all have these precious memories and many people don’t really think about how to keep them safe.  Or they mean to do “something” but don’t get around to it before the unexpected happens.

I have many conversations every year with people who are distressed after losing treasured photos and videos of their children and family events.  Obviously, as a professional wedding photographer I have a duty to safeguard not just my own precious memories, but those of my clients.

This article is an explanation of my own backing up procedures that can be easily replicated by anyone, even if they are not very technically minded.

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One of my backup drives. Lots of brands to choose from, Verbatim is the brand I use.

Clients images are cloned to Verbatim USB portable external hard drives and the laptop hard drive.  I usually have three copies on site at Ollievision Photography.  One copy is sent to Backblaze in San Francisco in case all on-site copies are lost.

I remember the tragic case of a photographer who lost everything in a house fire a couple of years ago, his home was destroyed along with all his electronics.   Tonight I’ve been chatting to a photographer in the USA who has been burgled.  She lost everything, including all her equipment, when she went out for a couple of hours.  She had no online backup service either.

I’ve been using Backblaze Online Backup for around 4 years now.  The service runs in the background constantly, sending new and amended files to their servers.  My laptop broke down a couple of weeks ago and the first thing I did was log in to Backblaze and look at all my photos safely sitting on their server!  Backblaze costs $95 for a 2 year subscription or $5 a month.

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Putting crystals on them to make them look pretty will not make them last longer – honest!

A Word About USB Flash Drives (the little ones!)  Some people recommend these for backup but they are not designed for long term storage.  One of the most misleading trends in the wedding photography industry is for photographers to supply images on “fancy” USB drives that look like something the client would keep.  USB drives are for transporting digital content from the photographers computer to your computer. Everything you get on a USB or DVD that’s important should be copied onto a PC straight away.

 

According to the Backblaze drive testing data, 80% of computer hard drives last 4 years.  Which means that 1 in 5 hard drives are destined to fail over a 4 year period.  If it hasn’t happened to you yet you have two choices:

  • do nothing and wait for your drive to fail or
  • take action now to secure your data

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I have two backups for my Samsung phone.  The videos and photos are automatically uploaded to my Dropbox account.  It syncs them when I come home using my wireless network.  This only takes a few minutes to set up.  Sign up here for a Dropbox account then install the Dropbox app on your phone.  You should find an option to upload all new photos to Dropbox in the settings.

Recently I bought a Meem.  This is a USB phone charger that has built in memory.  All you have to do is use it instead of your usual phone charger after installing the app.  It’s so easy to use!  Prices range from £60 to £110 depending on your phone. It copies your contacts, texts, photos & videos.

Another simple safeguard is to keep your phone in a case.  This reduces the risk of breakage when it’s dropped.

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My friend Jen has run over her iphone and lost years of memories.  Apple say the data on it can’t be recovered.  Jen didn’t know that icloud has to be configured in order to work, so there’s no copy of her family photos and videos.  We have been advised that it is not currently possible to extract the data locked inside a dead iphone.  If you’re in the Yorkshire area and think you can do it let me know!

The Meem charger I have for Samsung is available in an iphone version.

My aim was to keep this guide short and sweet in the hope that you’ll take some of the measures I’ve outlined.  Then when something happens to your phone or computer you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you remember the steps you took in 2017 to ensure a copy was made.

Happy backing up!

If you have more simple tips to share please add them in the comments section.

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Save money on your wedding. Budget maximising ideas for brides & grooms!

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As I sit here at my desk I can see it’s a glorious day to get married.  The sky is an amazing blue and the sun is shining.  Yet there may be no weddings in the UK today… you see, it’s a Wednesday in March.  Who would get married on a Wednesday in March?  The most super savvy, money saving bride, that’s who!

This article is about how you can save money on your wedding budget.  I meet couples every day online who are seeking money saving ideas.  The problem is often that they set their wedding date for a peak summer Saturday without realising how that would impact on costs and availability of suppliers further down the line.  The more market demand there is to marry on a certain date the harder it is for you to negotiate discounts or get special offers.

I want to help you build in cost saving ideas at every stage of your planning process, not be left trying to save on the little things after you have committed to the main costs.

So where do we start?

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1 Select your target month.  I’d suggest March because the weather is often pretty good and wedding prices are low.  Other months to consider are early April, October & November.  You need to avoid anything near the Easter holidays and any half term holidays that occur in your area.  Check for those on the local school websites.  Remember to check the private school holidays too as they may be different.  January and September are popular months for corporate conferences.  As a general guide, if you were looking at pre-Easter savings you’d marry about 3-4 weeks before Easter as that is guaranteed to be in school term time everywhere.

2 Select your target day. If you really want to save then go for a weekday.  I don’t mean a Friday because lots of weddings happen on Fridays.  Consider Tues/Weds/Thurs.  You might be wondering what’s wrong with Monday?  My reason for avoiding Monday is that you need to give suppliers like the chair cover hire business time to turn around the cleaning of the chair covers, table cloths etc from the weekend hire.  Your wedding is intended as a welcome extra “bonus” for the suppliers you choose, not something they have to rush to cover.  Monday is likely to be  day when hotel staff are exhausted from working weddings Fri, Sat & Sun!

3 Choose your ceremony time.  A few years ago I noticed some Yorkshire brides were booking ceremonies very late in the day, eg 4pm.  This was designed to save money on catering costs as guests would only need feeding once.  I believe there may be benefits to other costs, such as room decor, as the company has much more time to get ready in the morning.  Less stress for the supplier means a potential saving for you!

Caution: If you book a late ceremony in winter/spring then it’s essential you check your photographers portfolio for winter weddings.  You need an experienced photographer who knows how to capture the group shots and bridal portraits outside in the dark or in a spare room at the venue.  Read about how to choose a wedding photographer here.

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4 Guest numbers.  Before you can book a venue you need some idea of how many guests you will have.  The advantage of a weekday wedding during term time is that there will be fewer children to pay for!  Also, guests who you are not particularly close to but felt obliged to invite may be unwilling to take a day off work.  A venue normally will look for two figures: a) Number of guests at wedding ceremony & reception  b) Number of guests for evening party.  You only need rough numbers, but it’s important to have an idea because some venues may have a maximum or minimum number of guests on a particular room or package.  For example, I know of one hotel that has a lovely ceremony room which only holds a maximum of 60 people.  I know of others that have a minimum requirement, eg you must have 50 guests to the sit down meal.  If you have fewer than 50 you still pay for 50!  These minimum guest numbers are much more flexible on off-peak dates.  A hotel that insists on a minimum of 50 guests on a summer saturday may have no restrictions at all on a wednesday.

5 Wedding insurance. This should be purchased BEFORE you book your venue or other suppliers, but after you have a fair idea of the date.  Read more about it here.  It’s recommended for all couples who can’t afford to pay twice for suppliers.

Now you’ve thought through the options above you are ready to start choosing and booking your venues.  There’s a whole host of other things to consider about what you need from your venue, but that’s for another article!

Church weddings – the Church of England has a central tariff for wedding fees.  These may be added to by the local church to cover things like heating, bell ringers etc.  The local church committee (PCC) set their own fees and collect the central tariff fees.  This can lead to a variation in price between churches.  One church may quote £750 and another £500, depending on what their own church council fees are, so it’s worth checking the rate with different churches if you haven’t got a particular family link to one.

save money on your wedding, wedding planning, advice for english weddingsCaution: If you would like photographs taking during the wedding ceremony (most people do!) it is vital that you ask the minister what the photography rules are for their church.  If the minister says photography is allowed by the official photographer get the rules in writing and make them a condition of your booking.  Most churches allow the minister to make up their own photography rules, so unless you check you could end up booking your wedding in a church where photography is not allowed during the ceremony!  The reason for getting them in writing at the time of booking is that the minister could change before your wedding and the new one might not want photography.  You need to ensure that your original agreement is honoured. The photography community is aware of many cases where nothing has been said about a photography ban until the photographer arrives at the church.  One photographer friend of mine had a church warden allocated to “guard” him during the ceremony to make sure he could not take any photographs!

Hotel weddings – Be straight with the wedding coordinator about your budget and expectations.  Ask if there is any other way of reducing the cost, eg by moving to another day or week? Check how minimum guest restrictions vary from date to date.  Ask about corkage fees should you decide to supply your own alcoholic drinks.  Check what their cancellation policy is, and whether you might be able to change your date if that became necessary.

Ollievision-479-I45B0092Case study: Michaela & Sam booked their wedding at Great Victoria Hotel in Bradford for 15th December 2013.  Sam is in the army and a change to his deployment dates meant the wedding had to be moved.  Great Victoria Hotel allowed a switch to 22nd December. Fortunately, myself and other suppliers were also able to accommodate the change in date so the couple didn’t lose any money.

Registrar costs – couples are often surprised to discover how much it costs to have the registrars attend a hotel wedding.  If you’re having a weekend wedding then bear in mind you have to pay double time for two registrars to attend the hotel.  It’s bound to be more than if you go to where they are (the register office) on a week day. One possible way of saving registrar costs is to have a minimal ceremony midweek.  Leeds Town Hall does a £75 legal ceremony on a Wednesday for the couple only.  Once the legal stuff is sorted you can book a celebrant to cover the formal wedding at a hotel or anywhere else you wish to marry.  Using a celebrant means you are no longer restricted to venues that have a marriage licence.  You can have the ceremony in a forest if you like!  The legal part of the ceremony will have already been carried out by a registrar in the days before the main ceremony. (Please note that if your legal wedding ceremony is on a different day to your reception you will need to insure both events separately.)

The colour scheme – This affects the price of your flowers so my advice is to start by looking at what flowers are in season and how much they are likely to cost. Silk flowers or even paper flowers may not save you money but could extend your colour choices.

The photographer – If you have chosen an off-peak wedding date then you should find it easy to obtain reliable suppliers. It’s still worth bringing the photographer on board fairly early in the planning process as you then have access to someone who can give you further guidance if required.  They will probably know several good florists, dj’s and venue decorators.  Your photographer may even be on good enough terms with certain suppliers to negotiate with them on your behalf! See this article for advice on how to choose your wedding photographer.

 

save money on your wedding, getting married on a budget, cost saving ideas for bridesThe florist – Select three florists who are relatively close to the wedding venue. Go see them in person and get a feel for whether they are the kind of person you can work with and trust. Ask the florist what they would recommend for a bride on a budget.  Give them the freedom to design something they can be proud of.  Suppliers like florists are creative people and they usually take a pride in their work.  If you give them the freedom to create you will get something better for your budget.

Check what date Mothering Sunday falls on.  Make sure your wedding is not within 3-4 days either side of it!  Valentines Day, Mothering Sunday and Easter are days when flowers are traditionally given as gifts.  Flower prices rise steeply at those times and the workload of florists is much higher than normal.

The make-up artist – To be honest, this is one supplier I would not attempt to save money on!  As with photographers, there is a huge variation in quality and expertise among the hair & makeup artists.  A good one can transform you beyond what you have ever imagined.  An OK one can do a decent job.  Choose this key supplier wisely and look carefully in their portfolio for before & after photographs of previous brides.

The dress – Many brides find that the designer dress they want is too expensive and it’s not long before someone suggests they can be obtained much more cheaply from Chinese suppliers on ebay.  Brides are tricked into thinking that they can “deal direct with the factory” and cut out the profits of the dress designer.  This is not the case.  The copy dresses sold are advertised using photographs of the real designer dresses that have been stolen from the manufacturers website.  The difference in price between the UK shop price and the “factory” price is accounted for by it being a completely different dress!  The special materials and skilled dressmaking staff used by the designer are not available to the copier.  See the site Brides Beware for more information about this.

There are many reputable Chinese factories selling online. Just be certain that you are buying their original design and not a high risk “designer copy.”

bride on a budget ideas, How to save money on your wedding, maximise wedding budget, money saving ideas for bridesThe cake – Go to a professional cake maker and be flexible.  Give them your colour scheme and look at samples of their previous work.  Pick something you like but don’t be too prescriptive.  Brides who want to control every aspect of everything may end up paying more as dealing with them and producing their exact specification takes longer.  Choose your cake maker wisely, pick someone who you can trust to do a great job and let them get creative with it.

Couples usually order much larger cakes than they need based on the number of guests attending the wedding.  I find that as the cake cutting is often not done until around 8pm, by the time the guests get a chance to eat cake they are usually full!  I have seen wedding cakes go almost un-eaten. So if your dream cake in the size you think you need is out of your budget, just downsize and it’s likely it will still be more than enough.

Another good money saving tip for more complicated cakes is to discuss having a polystyrene tier.  These are iced and appear as an exact match with the rest of the cake.  The advantage of polystyrene is the reduction of weight at the top of the cake.  You save a little due to no cake ingredients being required and you get to keep the top tier of your cake forever!

If you can’t afford a professional cake maker, then of course it’s something you could get a friend to do.  However, be realistic!  Don’t ask your friend to make a 4 tier wedding cake, choose something that does not require internal supports.  For example, you could get a 3 tier cake stand and place the tiers onto that separately.  That way, the stand supports the cake rather than the cake requiring a more complicated internal support structure.  I have seen wedding cakes at risk of collapse and it’s just not worth taking the risk of suffering this embarrassment at your wedding.

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Stationery – The best wedding invitation & stationery makers will charge for samples so expect to pay up to £5 for a custom sample making and posting to you.  This amount is often deducted should you decide to place your order with the supplier.  A way to trim your stationery budget is to avoid Save the Date cards.  These are an American tradition that has crept into the UK market in recent years.  If your guests already know about your wedding you don’t need save the dates at all! If your wedding is already booked and you have confirmed the venues then you can issue the wedding invitations at any time of your choosing.

Avoiding wedding scammers – Part of saving money is making the right decisions as to where you can save and where it’s “too good to be true.”  Please read this article about how to buy wedding services safely on Facebook.

Good luck with planning your wedding.  Take time out to relax regularly and ENJOY the process!  See my wedding planning advice page here for more helpful articles.

Article By Paula Brown of Ollievision.  Paula is Chair of The Adel Association, a Leeds residents and consumer rights group.  She is also a full time professional wedding & event photographer in Leeds.

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Avoid Wedding Stress! How to avoid the 10 biggest mistakes couples make when planning their wedding.

Avoid wedding stress by reading up on the top disaster inducing mistakes!

As a full time wedding photographer I live and breathe weddings, just as many couples do in the run up to their wedding.  I’m on hand to give advice and support to my couples when necessary and have noticed that the same problems occur over and over again.  This article is about how to avoid the stress and distress that certain behaviours may bring you.  These are real scenarios that I have discussed when brides have requested advice.

avoid wedding stress, how to deal with wedding problemsPaying the venue a deposit before the venue has issued a contract.  Many couples are so keen to “reserve the date” at their venue that they pay a deposit without even getting prices in writing.  With all your suppliers, a contract should be issued before you pay the deposit.  In the case of venues I see a lot of brides complaining that prices have risen, or that there are some previously unmentioned fees to pay on top of what they originally expected.  Your venue contract should contain all the prices you are paying.  For example, how much is a day guest?  How much are canapes?  Is there a corkage fee?  Is there a fee for hiring a supplier that is not on their recommended suppliers list?  (Some venues get back handers from the recommended suppliers so if a couple chooses a non-recommended supplier the venue may try to recover the lost payment by issuing an extra fee.  This is quite rare but it comes up from time to time.)  Bear in mind that due to the time between booking and your wedding hotel staff may have changed.  It is not enough to simply trust your wedding coordinator – they may work for a different hotel by the time your wedding comes around.

Forgetting to book wedding insurance.  Wedding insurance should be booked before the suppliers.  Don’t wait until after you have booked the venue as most policies only cover a certain amount, eg £1000 of what is paid before the policy is booked.  All the info you need about wedding insurance is here.

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Making a cake like this took years of practice and training.

Booking “friends” or “friends of friends” instead of experienced wedding suppliers.  It might seem like a gift when someone who is an “aspiring” cake maker or wedding photographer offers to help you for a reduced rate.  However, I have seen the results of some of these gifts and they are not pretty!  I have seen collapsing cakes and photographs that broke the brides heart.  On the other hand, I have seen amazing cakes made by the grooms mother. It’s important to apply the same criteria and checks to all suppliers, whether you know them or not.  If you are told that your friend’s friend is a wedding photographer then insist on seeing their portfolio.  Compare their work to that of people you know to be wedding photographers.  There’s more advice on booking a wedding photographer here.  Another point to take into account is that if you have wedding insurance it will not cover you for amateur suppliers.  I regularly find that couples who have been let down by a friend have no budget left to book a genuine supplier with.

Snapping up cheap special offers before booking key suppliers.   If you’re on a tight budget book suppliers in order of your priority.  So if getting the best florist you can afford is more important than getting the best photographer book the florist first.  I have met brides who book suppliers on “special offers” early on then regret it.

wedding planning & advice articles indexLosing money to wedding scammers. It’s understandable when you find a great deal that you don’t want another couple to step in and snap it up.  Wedding scammers take advantage of a sense of urgency.  I deal with many brides who have lost money, sometimes they even purchased items that did not exist or were sold to multiple buyers.  Please read more about how to avoid wedding scammers here.

Talking about the table plan & menu.  You’re probably thinking “How on earth can that be a big mistake?”  Honestly, the number of brides who are in distress about the table plan in the weeks before the wedding is astonishing!  My advice is to keep the seating arrangements secret from everyone else.  Don’t enter into discussions about who is sitting at the top table or who is sitting with who.  Once you go down that route there will be so many suggestions as to why granny can’t sit near Aunt Mary and why Uncle Bob must be next to so-and-so.  The menu can be equally problematic as one relative after another puts their views forward and insists on what they can and can’t eat!


Appointing a maid of honour and bridesmaids immediately.  
Many brides have quite long engagements and appoint various key roles in an excited rush at the start of the planning process.  Maid of honour is an American tradition that is creeping in over here as a result of so many of us seeing US films and reading US wedding blogs.  My advice is to keep all bridesmaids on an equal footing, at least for the first few months of planning.  A very common theme in wedding forums is “My maid of honour doesn’t seem interested in my wedding, should I get rid of her?”  Life will be less stressful if you keep the bridesmaids on the same level so that no one person has a greater responsibility.

avoid wedding stress, wedding problems how to solve them, wedding planningBooking a wedding venue that is too small.  When this occurs I usually see it in relation to the ceremony room.  If a room can’t accommodate your guests it is going to cause problems!  I have come across couples telling friends who have travelled that their children can’t attend the ceremony as there is no space for them.  What are they supposed to do with their children?!!

Trying to be “clever” with the guest list so someone can be excluded.  I’ll give you a real life example:  One bride asked her fiance to agree that there would be no children invited to the wedding.  Later on, this agreement was used to exclude the groom’s own grandchildren from attending!  The bride was surprised when this caused a family feud as the groom’s son complained and said he would not attend if his kids couldn’t come.  If you’re marrying someone who has children or grandchildren then trying to exclude them from the wedding will cause a dispute!

Expecting the wedding guests to cover the cost of the wedding.  The married couple are pretty much guaranteed to be showered with gifts, including cash.  “Money poems” have become more popular in recent years as so many couples already have their homes and everything they need.  It’s quite acceptable to ask for cash or vouchers as gifts… but some couples take this to a whole new level.  **In the interests of your well-being I advise you to put down any food or hot drink before reading on!**

Carrie has recently suffered illness and is currently unemployed.  Money is tight, so when she was invited to a friend’s wedding Carrie bought some nice Champagne glasses as a gift instead of giving cash.  There had been a money poem issued with the invitations.

The day after her friend’s wedding Carrie received a text….

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Mary is marrying for the second time and offers some useful insights….

“First time round (2002) I was much too soft, I got married in a church because his family were religious, I listened to others far too much, I let my sister in law at that time change my mind on colours because red was “too popular” even though I wanted it.  I picked a style of wedding dress to look respectable (was beautiful though), I was made to pick bridesmaids I didn’t really want, I let one of the bridesmaids (a sister) talk me into having straps on all the BM dresses, I let everyone control me in fear of upsetting anyone.  I had to invite people I didn’t want there… yes, we had a lovely day and I went overboard in a lot of ways to put my own stamp on it. We ended up with a lot of debt with having to get loans to pay for it all.

This time – I share very little with anyone, I have decided who is in my wedding party, I stand up for myself, I have the dress of my dreams, I have the venue of my dreams and have a man who respects me. We are only inviting those who are close to us and I’m not going overboard, yet having everything I want for way less than half of what was spent first time around.  Very importantly we can afford it without loans or credit cards.  I’m so glad I grew a backbone!”

I will leave the final words of wisdom to Helen.  My fiance and I have just gone through our wedding plans to ensure we are having what we want rather than trying to please everybody else in our families. We were starting to lose sight of whose day it was and it was making us both unhappy. We’re now much happier and feel much more in control of our day.”wedding planning advice, Avoid Wedding Stress

Many thanks to the members of the Facebook group Wedding Advice & Chat for their help with content for this article.

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Healds Hall Hotel Weddings – Wedding fayre at Healds Hall Hotel

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The early part of the year is a favourite time for wedding fayres!  I only do a couple of fayres a year and this year my first was at the lovely Healds Hall Hotel near Liversedge. Healds Hall is a small privately owned venue with 24 bedrooms.

Their annual wedding fayre is organised by local wedding planner Pamella Dunn.  It gives brides a chance to see the venue and speak to relevant suppliers.  Local wedding dress shop Prestige Bridal supplied dresses for the catwalk bridal fashion show.  After the fayre closed Yorkshire wedding magician Mark Waddington treated the other exhibitors to a short private performance!

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Yorkshire you can view some of my featured weddings here.  Please get in touch to find out how I can help you enjoy your wedding forever!

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How to use iSmartPhoto – a guide for couples and their friends

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Ollievision Photography is an approved supplier of the new iSmartPhoto technology.  This provides a photo and/ or video fusion experience for still images.

iSmartPhoto video fusion, How to use iSmartPhotoYou need a suitable device to use iSmartPhoto, eg an iphone, ipad or android phone.

1 Download the free iSmartPhoto app from Apple store or Google Play.   (You need to go to the app store and type ismartphoto into the search box.)

2 Go to an iSmartPhoto activated photograph in a wedding album or online.  For this example I’ll use one of Irene & Roger’s ceremony photographs.  Please note that iSmartPhoto is intended for printed items but you can test the function by holding a mobile phone over the screen here.  It will not work if you try to view the photo and use the app on the same phone!

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Video by Kathryn Hall at View from the North Productions. Photos by Ollievision. Thanks to Kathryn for her production of this video.

3 Open the iSmartPhoto app on your phone then point your mobile phone camera at this image, as though you are going to take a photo of it.  iSmartPhoto will recognise the image and ask you for an 8-digit passcode.  Each couple have a unique code. Enter 13572468 for Roger & Irene to test this image.  (If you are trying to view images belonging to a different couple then enter the code they give you!)

4 Hold the phone in place over the photo and the download will commence.  The video will start to play automatically.

5 You can move the phone closer or further away from the photo to enlarge/ reduce the size of the video on your display.  It looks better if you hold the phone parallel to the image during viewing and don’t tilt it.

6 To stop the video move your phone away from the photo or exit the iSmartPhoto app.

Ollievision can provide iSmartPhoto as as add-on to wedding, event and portrait photography services whether a videographer is present or not.  If you require a videographer for your event I recommend Kathryn Hall at View From The North Productions who is also based in Leeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to enter the 8 digit code every time I want to view the iSmartPhoto?

No.  Your device will remember it and you will probably find the video automatically starts when held in front of the target image again.

How does the technology work ?

iSmartPhoto have developed a unique and hybrid type of image recognition. The invisible code in the target image that is read by the App is based on almost 1000 points of recognition.

What type of devices can I use the iSmartPhoto App on?

Apple iPhone 4s and later, Apple iPad, Android smart phones.

Another example… this image will be the first dance page in Irene & Roger’s wedding album….

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Wedding Buying and Selling Scams most commonly seen online

Wedding Buying Selling Scams – What to do if you fall victim to a scammer

We deal with multiple victims of fraud every day at Wedding Scammers Don’t Let Them Win and privately in the wedding admins groups.  This article covers the scams commonly seen in wedding groups on Facebook, particularly in relation to Paypal.  It is currently a work in progress!  Please leave any suggestions or corrections in the comments section below.

Please read my previous post on this topic.  Click here to learn how to protect yourself from wedding industry scams by incorporating safe buying procedures into your day to day habits.

There are certain things that I look for as “red flags” when assessing whether someone has been unlucky or has been the victim of a scammer.   Many of the buyers referred to me are confused and don’t know whether they have been the victim of fraud or whether a parcel has genuinely gone missing. They are decent people who don’t want to falsely accuse someone of cheating them.  I usually ask to see the emails and Facebook messages exchanged between the buyer & seller.  Certain patterns become evident.Wedding Buying Selling Scams, wedding facebook groups

1 A request to Paypal via “friends & family” – Early warning sign – this may be put in very reasonable terms, eg the seller can’t dispatch for a month until it clears but the buyer needs it quicker than that.  For me, this is a “walk away point.”  That means, if you are given ANY reason for paying via F&F instead of goods & services you should just walk away.  The way a legitimate seller avoids Paypal fees is they ask you to pay the fees.  That is easy to set up when a business invoice is issued via Paypal.

2 A request to pay via a third party – eg payment must be made to a friend or relative of the seller because of a problem with their own paypal account. NB This is designed to invalidate the Paypal buyer protection guarantee! Walk away! (It is also a feature of the three-way scam detailed in the previous article.)

3 Multiple reasons for postal delay – Once payment has been made under “goods and services” Paypal buyer protection applies.  This used to be for 45 days but is now 180 days.  Because of the fairly recent change many scammers think they only need to keep the buyer waiting until 45 days has passed.  At this point they block the buyer and disappear.

If you are experiencing multiple delays this could indicate a problem with your purchase.  Common reasons given for delays are serious illness or death in the family, eg children admitted to hospital.  This usually causes the buyer to be more sympathetic and patient than they would normally be.

Another recurring reason for non-delivery is that the product was returned to the seller due to the buyer not being in.  This explanation is sometimes genuine but is particularly suspicious if it occurs in a “chain” of reasons.  You can read a couple of “genuine-non-delivery-reason-chains” below.

Two brides contacted a group admin re concerns about non-delivery of second hand wedding items ordered from the same seller.  Neither of the buyers reported a problem until the seller finally blocked them on Facebook.  One bride insisted on paying via paypal goods & services, the other paid by “friends & family.”

Bride 1

  • Payment of £70 made 17th August.  The buyer expected delivery within a few days
  • 26th Aug – Seller is away on her honeymoon. Parcel left with house sitter for Hermes to collect from her house
  • 21st Sept (Monday) – seller forgot to post parcel on return from honeymoon and can only go to post office on Saturday 26th due to working all week.
  • 28th Sept – seller has had parcel returned by Hermes as buyer was not in.  Buyer did not get a missed delivery card.
  • 3rd Oct – seller claims she has dispatched the parcel again
  • 6th Oct – parcel still not arrived so buyer asks for a tracking number and gets no response.
  • 13th Oct – still no response
  • 16th Oct – bride realises seller has blocked her

Bride 2

  • 18th Aug – bride pays expecting delivery within a week
  • 22nd Aug (Sat) – sellers responds to message confirming that she posted the parcel that afternoon. Delivery should be Weds 26th.
  • 27th Aug – bride reports non-delivery and is told seller is away on honeymoon. Check back next week
  • 1st Sept – seller claims Hermes did not collect the parcel so she will take it to Hermes depot tomorrow.  Seller assures bride she is honest and was a victim of fraud herself when wedding planning, so would never do that to anyone else.
  • 4th Sept – Sellers daughter had an accident, broke her leg and needed surgery.  Seller has been in hospital with her for 3 days so could not go to Hermes.  Promises to dispatch parcel that day.
  • 5th Sept – bride checks whether parcel was posted yesterday and is told no, but seller will go first thing tomorrow.
  • 9th Sept – bride messages seller upset that parcel has not arrived
  • 17th Sept – seller claims parcel was dispatched but can’t supply a tracking number as she’s left it at work.
  • 22nd Sept – bride tries again to obtain tracking number
  • 26th Sept – claims her daughter is still in and out of hospital suffering complications of broken leg
  • 27th Sept – seller claims she still has the parcel, possibly due to Hermes returning it (even I’m getting confused reading the messages now!)
  • 4th Oct – parcel has been dispatched again, with some free gifts added
  • 16th Oct – bride realises the seller has blocked her

what to do if you're scammed by a wedding supplierIn both the above examples of brides losing money to the same seller, it was their requests for tracking numbers (indicating they had lost faith in the seller) that led to them being blocked.

I have dealt with traders who tell the buyer that they must claim on the Royal mail insurance.  That can only be done with the tracking number.  However, a common misconception is that the buyer needs the number to make a claim.  That is not correct.  The law states that the seller is responsible for the product until it arrives with the buyer.  Therefore, it is in the sellers interest to take out insurance.  It is not the buyers responsibility to take out insurance because the seller is responsible for any loss in transit.  Therefore, if an order is “lost in the post” the seller simply needs to refund or replace the item.  The seller then uses the tracking number to claim via any insurance or mail compensation scheme.

Good practice is for reputable sellers to build the cost of insurance into their prices and ensure all deliveries are signed for.  If a package goes missing it would be reasonable to wait a couple of weeks and then refund or replace.

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Paypal user T&C’s are here, I’ve covered the most important parts below:

Section 13.4 covers the conditions you must meet to claim your money back under the Paypal guarantee

13.4 b1 – you must have paid the seller directly for the product and not paid via any third party

13.4 b2 – you must have paid in one full payment for the product or service.  If you sent money to “hold” the item, paid a deposit or paid in installments you are not covered by the Paypal guarantee. Bear in mind that some scammers will persuade you that due to other interested buyers you should pay £10 ASAP to commit to the purchase.  They may even generously allow you to pay half now and then half after payday.  Be on your guard for helpful offers like these!

Please note that the 180 day deadline to open a dispute means that Paypal protection does not apply to any wedding services you book more than 180 days in advance of the wedding.

Example 1…  You pay your DJ in full 8 months prior to the wedding and he does not turn up on the day.  After the wedding you can’t open a dispute because it’s more than 180 days since the DJ was paid.

Example 2… You book your wedding photographer and pay £200 deposit via paypal 5 months before the wedding.  Then you pay the final balance by paypal a month before the wedding.  Although all money was paid within 180 days of the wedding there is no paypal protection as you paid in two installments and paypal guarantee does not cover deposits or part payments.

I was recently asked to advise a bride who was considering buying an unwanted £500 voucher for a high street jeweller.  She had agreed to pay the seller via Paypal believing she would be covered in the event of any problem.  I advised her that the Paypal guarantee does not cover gift vouchers or other similar transactions.

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What should you do if affected by non-delivery fraud?

1 Raise a dispute via Paypal as soon as you suspect a problem.  An appropriate time is when there has been one month from the payment date, multiple excuses and/or the red flag of serious illness. Being blocked on Facebook and having no other contact details for the seller is good reason to open a dispute sooner. (13.5b)  You must open a dispute within 180 days of having made the payment.

2 Report to Action Fraud, which is a UK Police service.  Obtain a crime number if you are confident a fraud has been committed.  It may not be of any use to you in getting your money back, though one day your report may help convict the scammer involved.

3 Make a report onto the wall at Wedding scammers don’t let them win. An admin will review your post before it is displayed.  Please include the paypal address that was used by the seller as this can be useful in showing which scammers are involved.  Some scammers use multiple fake Facebook profiles but are limited in the number of Paypal accounts they can use.

4 Within 20 days of opening the Paypal dispute you must proceed to escalate your case to a “claim.”  Opening the dispute gives you 20 days to resolve the issue with the other person.  If it’s not resolved you proceed to the claim stage.  Note that 20 days is a Paypal deadline – do not allow claims of illness or other delay tactics to prevent you moving from dispute to claim. (13.5c)

5 If you are unable to obtain a refund via Paypal or negotiation with the supplier you may issue a Money Claim Online.  There is helpful information about claiming here on Money Saving Expert.

One thing I often have to stress to victims of fraud is that you can go to court and win but still end up with nothing.  Persistent scammers often end up with a string of County Court Judgements against them but rarely pay anything back.  It’s essential to get a “sanity check” from an independent friend before you proceed with a claim… or else doing the right thing can lead to you losing more money.  I support various couples a year on their journeys through the small claims system.  It can be very stressful and fraud victims often feel like the process is taking over their lives.

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Gifting Scams

We see gifting scams regularly. There are three main variations:

1 A bride offers to gift unused wedding items to other brides.  A deserving recipient appears and pleads her case to be the one to “win” the gift.  The gift is then sold on ebay!

2 A bride offers to gift unwanted items and asks for other brides to respond if they would like an item.  All she asks is that the recipients pay postage, which seems very reasonable.  A number of gifts are agreed with different recipients and they pay their agreed postage which is usually not a lot, maybe £3-£7.  A couple of weeks goes by and the lucky recipients discover that nobody has received their item yet.  They don’t like to complain as it was free.  The scammer pockets the postage cost and moves on!  There is no legitimate claim for a refund as nothing was sold.

In my opinion, it may be possible to beat the scammer by insisting you send the postage donation via Paypal goods & services.  Don’t call it postage though.  If you’re expecting a free tiara put “tiara” as though you’re paying for the tiara and getting the postage free.

3 A post is made appealing for help for a deserving couple.  Usually there is an urgent need for donations of wedding items due to illness, perhaps even terminal cancer of the bride, groom or a close family member. Brides and suppliers rush forward to help with donations of goods and free services.  When these posts are made I prefer to refer the bride to charities like Wedding Wishing Well Foundation and Gift of a Wedding.  We have witnessed several scams of this nature, which people find particularly shocking.Wedding Buying Selling Scams, paypal fraud

Collection Scam

This is a very simple scam that takes advantage of the sellers lack of knowledge of paypal protection.  The transaction all appears normal and the buyer sends a friend, relative or courier to collect the item.  After a few days the buyer opens a Paypal dispute for non-receipt of the goods.  Paypal rule in favour of the buyer and the money is refunded from the sellers account.  So the buyer keeps the product and the money.

Why?  Firstly, you don’t have a tracking number to prove it was sent – there is no independent proof of receipt.  Secondly, you did not deal direct with the buyer and will have no proof that the person who arrived is the person they actually sent.

If the buyer wants to collect then insist on bank transfer or cash on collection. Do not use Paypal.

We are aware of a large number of emails being sent from a scammer using the alias Isabella Biggs and saying she lives on an oil rig.

Work from home scam

We see these occasionally in the wedding groups on Facebook but the advertisers are usually banned.  The aim is to find people with spare time who can list and sell things on ebay for someone else.  There’s an article here in the Daily Mirror explaining how this scam works.

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I hope this article has been useful!  You can see my index of wedding planning posts here.

“What to look for in a wedding photographer” is here.


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Photography Leeds – My day photographing The Queen & my visit to Buckingham Palace!

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To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen becoming the longest serving monarch I was invited to take part in a series of interviews made by ITV Calendar.  The 2012 visit that I photographed is currently the last official visit to Leeds by The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh.event photography Leeds, royal photographer Leeds, Paula Brown photography

I’m a full time professional wedding & event photographer and was booked by Leeds City Council to capture the event for the city.

I’ve included some photos and a few of my memories of the day.  When I was initially told that I’d been recommended as the photographer for this event I just couldn’t believe it!  I was due to be on holiday in Wales on the day of the Queen’s visit, so I phoned my husband and told him we might have a holiday problem!

I knew that photographing a Royal visit would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me as a photographer.  We decided that I would accept the booking and drive home from Wales alone the night before.

There were various conditions attached, for example, I couldn’t tell anyone I’d been booked at first!  The Queen’s itinerary is kept secret for as long as possible for security reasons.  The week before the visit I looked up photos of previous Royal visits to Leeds on Leodis.  I found images from 1908. It struck me then that whatever happened next in my photography career, this set of images from the 2012 visit would probably be the most viewed of any commission.

After the Royal visit ended I rushed home to start processing images, uploaded them to my online gallery, then drove all the way back to south Wales!  My images had to be submitted to the press office at Buckingham Palace to be approved, then be sent on to the Press Association to make their journey around the world. An interesting point to note is editing guidance is that The Queen should NOT be Photoshopped to change her appearance in any way. The photos must accurately represent what she looks like.

Her Majesty was incredible at smiling and being genuine with the crowds and people she met one to one. She seems to really enjoy meeting people.  Prince Philip was also amazing, he is really friendly and out-going. He tells lots of jokes and teases the crowds to make people laugh.

Scroll down to see some of my favourite photos from the day.   You can view the full set of Diamond Jubilee images here.

photography Leeds, Paula Brown photographerA few months later, I received an invitation to attend a Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace. I took my husband, Nick.

Guests are not allowed to take cameras to Royal garden parties so we just took a few photos on Nick’s phone and swapped phones with other guests to get a few shots to keep.  The food & drinks were just what you’d expect: pretty white china cups & plates with an array of perfect little sandwiches and cakes.photographers Leeds, Ollievision Paula Brown, Bucking ham Palace  There were two military brass bands playing, one on each side of the garden. The Queen spent quite a while chatting to people, Prince Philip was there too, as well as various other Royals including Prince Andrew.

Scroll down to see some of my favourite photos from the day.

You can view the full set of Diamond Jubilee images here.

If you are looking for a photographer for a wedding or event please get in touch.  I’m not bad, you know!

I cover weddings and events all over the UK and European destinations.

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The Child Friendly Leeds “hand” logo was designed by Leeds graphic designer Andy Stoneman and the visit was used to launch the campaign.  Part of my brief was to capture images of the “hand” and children having fun.

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Wedding Insurance – why bother with wedding insurance? What’s it for?

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If you can’t afford to pay twice for your wedding venue or buy your dress twice then this article is for you! I’m a wedding photographer, I don’t sell wedding insurance and I don’t have any links to anyone who does.  So what I’m saying here is for your own good!  It’s what I’ve learned and seen during my time as a professional photographer.

Wedding insurance (sometimes called wedding cancellation insurance) is an insurance policy.  It’s designed to cover your losses in the event of your wedding having to be cancelled or rearranged, or if you are let down by a supplier. You pay a premium and then may claim for something that is covered by the policy.  Policies from different providers will vary, so make sure you compare the fine detail of each policy.  It can cover damage to the wedding dress (I remember one bride whose mum ironed her dress and burnt a hole through it!) or it can cover cancellation due to serious illness in the bridal party, or the groom being injured on his stag do.

wedding planning & advice articles indexSupplier failure is a relatively common problem and many policies will cover you if a supplier goes out of business and you’re unable to get a refund of your deposit from them.

Over and over again, I see couples who have been affected by something “going wrong”.  I’ll give you a few real life examples:

“Carol” is one of my own friends.  She married in 2008 and suffered some bad luck… unfortunately, they had not taken out wedding insurance.  Firstly, three weeks before her wedding, her father in law died in a freak accident.  They decided to continue with the wedding as planned (however, it’s worth noting that cancellation under these circumstances may well have been covered on an insurance policy).  Then, a couple of weeks before the wedding I was watching the news and the collapse of Wrap-it, the wedding gift registry company, came on.  I’d heard of Wrap-it because that’s where I’d purchased a £125 Le Creuset casserole dish from Carol’s wedding list!  I phoned her and she’d also heard the news.  In the end, Carol got no wedding presents as almost all her friends and family had purchased from the Wrap-it gift list that had been sent out with the invitations.  All we could do was try to claim money back from our credit card companies.

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Your mum told you to always read the small print, didn’t she?!!

I photographed “Alice’s” wedding in 2011.  They had 5 suits on hire from Moss Bros and each of the men had attended a branch of Moss Bros to be measured.  The suits arrived on the Wednesday prior to their Friday wedding. To Alice’s horror, when the men came over to try them on, only two of the five outfits fitted correctly.  Alice phoned Moss Bros and requested an immediate replacement of the three suits that were no good, however they said they could not do anything at such short notice.  Alice and her friends had to go shopping on the Thursday and buy three new suits for the men to wear.

“Sally” was another of my  brides.  She had commissioned a local dress maker to make her wedding dress.  She had a number of fittings, yet each time the dress did not fit correctly.  (Sally is a fairly standard size 12/14 so should not have posed any particular challenge for a dressmaker).  My final meeting with Sally prior to the wedding was the Sunday before – then she left my house to go for her final dress fitting.  Her dress still did not fit, so she arranged another “final” fitting for the Thursday.  That day, she left the dressmakers in tears after yet another failed fitting. Sally didn’t know what to do, she was desperate as her wedding was only two days away.  She went straight to Otley wedding dress shop, “Wedding Belles” and explained what had happened.  The staff at Wedding Belles took her under their wing and found her a beautiful silk dress that fitted perfectly.  Unfortunately, Sally had to pay twice for her dress as the dressmaker refused to refund the money that had already been paid for the first one.

Sam Milburn, of  Hunt & Coombs Solicitors remembers, “My friend’s niece paid a hefty deposit on her wedding dress from a lovely boutique dress shop in her home town. One day they went out of business, without any warning and it wasn’t long after she put the deposit down.  She lost it all as had no insurance. I had a scare myself when planning my wedding. I heard rumours my venue had gone into administration! I checked online and my venue has two businesses, a conference one and a wedding one.  They had put the conference one into administration to pay the debts of the wedding one. The wedding one was continuing, thank goodness. I only found this out after enquiring and to be honest, it was so stressful.  I was on edge about the whole thing up until my wedding but was at least was comforted that, should the worst happen, I was covered by my wedding insurance and I could get all my money back.”wedding insurance for brides, photographers Yorkshire

Cherylmarie McAtamney, owner of bridal shop Ti Adoro recalls, “One bride who bought her dress from me had booked her venue due to the gardens being very beautiful.  Then eight weeks before her wedding, she was telephoned to say the gardens were being removed and the place was full of bulldozers and diggers and there was no road, car park, or even a pathway to the venue.  She was covered on her wedding insurance to book a new venue and managed to have it all moved elsewhere.  The insurers even paid for a re-make of her wedding invites.”

Danielle Donnolly of  The Wedding Hub was booked to provide the table and venue decorations for a wedding.  She was contacted by her very distressed bride with just 3 days to go. “The couple had booked a marquee  for their wedding reception – their marquee hire package included tables, chairs and a few extras.  The bride contacted the company a week before the wedding as she hadn’t heard from them.  The man she had booked with told her he’d sold the company and so she must deal with the new owner.  The new owner denied all knowledge of her booking and deposit, and had booked the marquee out to another client.  So with just days to go she had to find not just a marquee but all the other items that had been booked with that supplier.”

Danielle had another bride who was double booked by her venue.  “The venue contacted her 8 weeks prior to her wedding to explain she’d have to find somewhere else.  It was very difficult as her wedding was booked for a peak weekend in August, they ended up getting married in a venue that was much more down market than they had planned.”

Important points:

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Wedding insurance is charged by the value of your wedding. Add up your total budget and be honest!  If your budget is £10,000 then buy insurance for that but keep an eye on the amount.  If you go over £10,000 you MUST phone your insurer and increase your premium or else any claim could be refused.

You should book your wedding insurance before you book your suppliers.  Take it out before you pay your deposit for the venue.  Suppliers booked prior to your insurance being paid for may not be covered.  In my experience, problems with the venue are some of the most likely and most costly, so it’s essential the venue is covered. (Update: I have spoken to E&L Insurance who say that their wedding insurance does cover deposits put down prior to the insurance being booked.  However, those deposits are limited to a maximum total of £1000 reimbursement, they do not have the same protection as the deposits paid after the policy is taken out.)

Your wedding insurance will only cover professional suppliers who issue contracts and take deposits.  It might seem nice when that “friend of a friend” says he will photograph your wedding for £200 and there’s no need to pay a deposit.  However, these are the type of supplier who are most likely to let you down as they have no legal obligation to deliver and you have no proof you even booked them.  Last year, three couples contacted me for emergency help after being let down by their wedding photographers.  All three couples had the same things in common: they had not paid a deposit or signed a contract.  One bride did not even discover the problem until her photographer failed to attend for the getting ready photos on the morning of the wedding.

Wedding insurance is for one day only.  If your legal wedding ceremony is on a different day to your reception you will need to insure both events separately.  So, if you book a celebrant-led wedding & reception for a Saturday but go to the register office to do the legal paperwork on the Friday you may not be covered for the Saturday event.  If any parts of your wedding occur on different days you must point this out carefully to the insurer in case they require different policies for different days.

So where do you go from here?  Google wedding insurance!  From what brides have told me, the cost seems to vary between £20 – £50, according to the value of your wedding.

Check out my other wedding planning advice articles here.

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How Copyright Law can help a photographer

How Copyright Law Can Help a Photographer

 

If you’re a photographer, it makes sense to go the extra mile to protect your work. The internet age has made it all too easy for others to use images without the permission of the person that created them, leaving to loss of income and various other frustrations. Copying an image without the permission of the person who owns the copyright is illegal, but many people still assume that they are allowed to do what they like with an image, particularly if they have purchased a copy of it. Photographers can be hurt significantly when people reproduce their images without their consent.How Copyright Law can help a photographer, advice for photographers

Don’t Accept Copyright Infringement

A picture is protected by copyright as soon as it is created. Photographers are permitted to reproduce their images as many times as they like unless they hand the copyright to someone else. Others are prohibited from copying, distributing, displaying (online and offline) or creating works that derive from the photos. As photographers rely on their work to survive, it’s clear to see how infringement may compromise the quality of their lives so strongly. Someone reposting an image on the internet may not be as damaging as making copies of it and selling them, but it’s your right to protect and control how your images are distributed nonetheless.

Ask Them Firmly

So, what should photographers do if they discover that their copyright has been infringed? Many online cases of infringement aren’t malicious, and the people who upload the images don’t often realise the severity of what they have done. If you feel that the reposting of one of your images will hurt you, then you may wish to get in touch with the person who uploaded it. Many photographers are happy to let others upload their work as long as they receive a credit, but if you’re still not pleased about your images being used, you should ask them to remove the image. In most cases, you can expect the webmaster or uploader to remove it.

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Get the Lawyers on the Case

If you are unhappy with the outcome, you could tell them that you are considering legal action or even send them an invoice for a reasonable fee. If the person in question still won’t respect your wishes, you may decide to get in touch with IP lawyers. Intellectual property lawyers can give you a in-depth idea about what to do next, and their influence can help you to get the results that you’re looking for.

Don’t Be Left Out of Pocket

If you have been left out of pocket by someone using your image – perhaps they have reprinted your images and made money from them – a lawyer can help you to recoup the money that you have lost as a result of their activities. When you have a reputable lawyer on the case, you can focus on what you do best knowing that you have the legal support you need, whether you’re concerned about copyright or trademark infringement. Your intellectual property is your biggest asset as a photographer, so it’s essential that you do everything in your power to protect it.

If you are the victim of copyright theft we hope that you are able to resolve the issue easily and without too much pain and stress. However if you are unable to then there are lawyers who can help you with you case. London based law firm Waterfront Solicitors LLP are one such solicitor who may be able to assist and prove you with more information. Waterfront Solicitors LLP can help you with copyright claims as well as intellectual property and design Law.

Baron Warren Redfern is another London based firm who specialise in copyright law as well as patents and trademarks. Both of these law firms have a lot of useful information on their website which may be able to help you should you be looking into making a claim and they may be able to assist you.