What Happens When a Supermodel Violates Your Copyright

This post is something I’ve struggled with for months, and debated even writing. But it’s time to share my story, and explain why I’ve been absent.

Basically, the short version is Karlie Kloss improperly used one of my images. It showed up on her instagram account last September, without credit. (Point of reference: many of the images before and after mine are credited.)

As readers of my blog will know, I shoot as a house photographer for Oscar de la Renta’s social media accounts and Pinterest page. On September 10, 2013 I took this photo of Karlie Kloss taking a “selfie” backstage at the SS14 Oscar de la Renta show:

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No other photographers were in the makeup area at the time, guaranteeing this was an exclusive shot.

When I got home, I posted it as part of my daily “sneak peek” show recap.

The next night, backstage at the Anna Sui show, I approached Karlie and showed her the image on my phone. She seemed very excited, and mentioned how much she loved it. When she asked where she could find it, I gave her my business card with my blog’s address.

A few days later, Karlie instagrammed the image, leaving out a photo credit.

Karlie Kloss instagram

Not knowing any other way to get in touch with her, I commented on Karlie’s instagram hoping she’d see it in the sea of many many other comments. After a few days, she did, writing me an apology for not crediting me initially.

Karlie instagram apology

By that time, 14,000 people had liked the image. That’s 14,000 people who would have seen my name attached to it.

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Summer 2013 Press

As you may have noticed by my lengthy absence, things are crazy here in hot, humid, NYC. I’ve spent my summer being quite the busy little bee, and am now about to once again begin prepping for fashion week— just over a month away!

Along with some truly wonderful shoots I’ve been able to take part in, two very very cool things happened this spring/summer:

I photographed 5 bridal market week shows for BRIDES Magazine. Two of which ended up being featured as full-page images in the current Aug/Sept ’13 issue!!

Cover: BRIDES aug/sept '13 - feat. Rachel Scroggins Photography

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(L) Carolina Herrera Bridal (R) Oscar de la Renta Bridal

Now that the issue is out, expect more photos from each of the 5 bridal shows to debut here soon. In addition to Oscar de la Renta Bridal, which can be seen here.

In more ODLR news, I was absolutely overjoyed to find out two of my Resort ’13 show images were featured in this inspiring mini-documentary about Oscar himself. Filmed as an introduction to the exhibit currently on display at the Clinton Library, in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can catch my photos near the end of the video, at the 8:12 (runway finale) and 8:14 (oscar clapping with model) marks.

Photos ®2013 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost. Magazine scans ®2013 BRIDES/Conde Nast Publications.