NORTH CANTON, Ohio - Corey Ann Balazowich is a North Canton photographer who is extremely proud of her work, so you can image how upset she was after she found some her pictures posted on another photographer's website.
Balazowich is warning consumers to use caution when shopping for a photographer online. She said that not all photos posted on a photographer's website may be the actual work of that artist; some pictures may have been stolen.
Balazowich, who owns Corey Ann Photography, outlined how she confronted the photographer using her work via email and social media.
"I was very stunned, and I got very angry, especially when she refused to take the images down. I got more angry," said Balazowich.
Balazowich told NewsChannel5 her pictures were posted on the site of a photographer in Toronto, Canada. The pictures in question were of a couple walking along some railroad tracks that run under a bridge in Brecksville, a long way from Toronto.
Balazowich reports she was forced to use extreme measures to get her pictures removed from the Canadian photographer's website.
"I then went ahead and sent another email, and then I made the post on photo stealers," explained Balazowich. "Then I contacted her on Facebook, she still wouldn't take them down. So I eventually contacted her website host, which then removed images."
Balazowich believes photo stealing is a growing problem, and she's responded by creating her own photo stealers blog , where she posted detailed information about her incident with the Canadian photographer.
The blog was designed to warn consumers about photographers who steal the work of others, and try to pass it off as their own.
Balazowich urged consumers to make plenty of background checks before choosing a photographer.
"Reviews online, word of mouth is huge," said Balazowich. "You want to make sure you know somebody who has used the photographer, or if you haven't, ask them for references. Make sure that one of two people can vouch for them and say 'yes they're a legitimate photographer, and the images I got are reflective of the work they're showing on their website.'"
Balazowich explained how consumers can run a reverse picture search on Google or Bing by simply right clicking on the image. This allows consumers to find the website where a picture was originally posted
More information on making a reverse picture search can be found on this website.
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