I AM FIRED UP!!!
I don’t get fired up often; if you have met me in person, you know I’m rather laid back. Heck, I’ve booked a lot of weddings because the Bride and/or MOB liked that I am chill. I tend to keep everything in perspective – when people get worked up I say – We aren’t curing Cancer here.
However, there are a few things that just Piss Me Off. I do not like people lying, cheating or stealing.
I loathe, despise, abhor and detest people stealing images of other designer’s work and calling it their own!!! WTF?!?!?
How can anyone think that is OK??
I am constantly in amazement of how many times I will visit a Facebook Page or Website and some designer (who will NEVER appear on Flirty Fleurs) has stolen an image from one of my friends – renamed it, cut off any watermarks, cropped the image a bit and are now call the design/image their own. Again, WTF?!
I cannot even tell you how many people have approached me about being featured on FF, only for me to visit their website and I see stolen images. When I inquiry about the stolen images I am told the website designer did it. Really? Do I like that stupid? Does anyone look that stupid??? Come on!!!
I spend hours surfing floral designer websites, and I know a lot of designers – I recognize work easily. Don’t be put on the black list.
Open Letter to all cheaters out there — Now beyond the lying to yourself, to the original designer, to your friends who follow your Facebook page and tell you how talented you are (talented at stealing maybe) — what happens when you actually have a client come to you and ask you to replicate that exact look? Really, what happens? I’d guess you will fall flat on your face.
Even when a designer legitimately tries to replicate another designers look they can tell you it’s hard. Heck, try freelancing and getting into the groove of another designer’s look, it can be challenging.
Oh, and if you are wondering – the two designers who’s work gets stolen the very most?!
Ovando in NYC and Janet’s from Floral Verde.
If I had a dollar for every time I see their work/images stolen, well, I can tell you I’d be typing this post from my seaside cabana in Belize.
If you truly admire another designer’s work and want to share it – there are *nice* ways to do so.
On Twitter link to their handle when sharing their work.
On Pinterest add their name into the caption.
On Facebook, either share from their page and/or link to their page in your text area.
And to those who will say – but, I don’t have enough images to post on my website. Well, hire a photographer and make up a bunch of your own designs to post on your website.