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My stolen photo

My stolen photo

Last weekend we decided to have a look at a house being sold a few doors up from us.  During the “Open For Inspection” the realestate agent, Craig Currie, invited prospective purchasers to visit his website for a floor plan and more information.  We are 12 or 18 months away from being in a position to purchase a house, but decided to look at the website anyway to see the floor plan.  I went to and clicked on “Properties” and was shocked to see one of my own photos had been stolen and used without permission.

Realestate website screenshot with my stolen photo


I immediately recognised the photo as one I had taken in 2011 with my first DSLR camera.  I was experimenting with long exposure shots of the Lakeside fountains, Pakenham, at dusk.  I wrote a blog post at the time about shooting long exposures, but back in 2011 I was publishing photos to my Flickr account.  Checking the photo I’d uploaded to Flickr in 2011 against the picture I was able to copy from the realestate webpage confirmed they were exactly the same.

Fountains at Lakeside, Pakenham.

My original photo on Flickr

Realestate website photo

Photo taken from the realestate website

The “Properties” link on Craig Currie’s website actually linked to his page, which is where my photo was appearing, so I wasn’t exactly sure who had infringed my copyright.  A search of other profiles of Pakenham agents didn’t show any similar photos, so I was suspecting Mr. Currie.

When Craig Currie contacted me by text message to enquire if we would like to make an offer on the property, I responded by informing him that he had used a photo that was copyright to me.  I asked him to either remove the picture or compensate me for its continued use.  His response was to claim the photo was supplied by someone called “Photojenik” and to ask how much it would cost to continue to use the photo.  I told him $200 would be a reasonable amount, but he instead promised to have the photo removed.

Craig Currie reiterated several times that he had never heard of Flickr and that the photo was supplied by Photojenik, who he said was a local photographer who specialised in realestate photos.  Mr. Currie said he would pass on my phone number for her to contact me.

To Craig Currie’s credit, my copyright photo was removed, but I haven’t heard from Photojenik.  I know photos are stolen and copyright infringed all the time, but that doesn’t make it right.  If Photojenik is a real person or photography business, then stealing another photographers image is pretty low!  But is Photojenik real?  I cant imagine a photographer without any online presence, however Google and WhitePages searches for that name come up with nothing.

Christmas morning family photo

Our traditional Christmas morning family photo in front of the tree

Our 2015 traditional Christmas morning family photo

At school recently Karla’s class was asked what Christmas traditions their families had.  Karla didn’t didn’t hesitate to nominate our family photo in front of the Christmas tree.  We’ve been doing these family photos for several years now, since I’ve really gotten into photography, so Karla hasn’t known a Christmas morning without the family photo!  It’s also a good way to get the kids dressed before they’re allowed to open any presents!This year we had a couple of guests staying with us, Lee and Steve from Scotland, so we had a second group photo with all of us (this time we closed the blind so it wasn’t so bright in the window behind us).
I don’t post much to our family blog much these days, but I do make sure the Christmas family photo is there every year.
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Our visitors from Scotland, Lee and Steve, joined us for a second family photo this Christmas

The kids

As the kids get older, it’s getting harder to get them all out of the house, together, at the same place, at the same time.  Last Saturday we were on our way to my parents in Mornington and detoured to Frankston waterfront, so I could take some photos for Vic Pics, and managed to get a few pics of the kids as well.

I even managed to get all three kids to line up for a group photo!  If I’d planned the shot better they would have been facing the other way, towards the sun.  The built in Nikon flash didn’t help much, bat at least I could get rid of the shadows in Adobe Lightroom.  If only I could get the boys to smile…

Karla, Brad and Josh Yeo

Karla, Brad and Josh

Santa Photo

Kids with Santa, Christmas 2014

Kids with Santa

It’s that time of the year again, when we get all three kids to sit with Santa for a Christmas photo.  This year everything went really smoothly, 5 year old Karla didn’t cry and the three of them all managed to smile – at the same time!

Josh is almost 15, so we cant help but wonder how much longer he’ll be prepared to sit down with Santa, but we are very happy with out 2014 Santa photo!