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:

Oscar de la Renta SS14 075
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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Spring 2011 Fashion and Editorial Internships

I’ve been taking it easy and focusing a bit more on my personal life since fracturing my foot late last month. But I’ve managed to find a bunch of awesome spring internship opportunities to share with you. As I always say, for anyone trying to break into the fashion or publishing industries, interning is THE BEST way. Do as many as you can, as early as you can! I got my start in the magazine industry by doing an internship, and got a freelance editing job about a month after it ended.

Don’t forget to follow the application instructions. : )

Internships Via Ed2010.com:

SELF Magazine Fashion Internship
Paid Internship (!!!)
New York, NY
Self Magazine is seeking detail-oriented, hard-working fashion interns for spring semester. Candidates must be undergraduate students of accredited universities who can show proof that he/she will receive credit. Interns are responsible for keeping an accurate inventory of all samples coming into the closet, returning loaned items promptly and assisting the fashion team – including editors and directors. Fashion experience is a plus, but not necessary. This is a great way for someone seeking a future in fashion to get his/her foot in the door at a successful, busy magazine. Interest in fashion is a must. Interns will receive a $12/day stipend for a maximum of 49 internship days. Candidates must be able to work at least three days a week.
Posted 12/13/10
Contact:
If interested, please send your resume to ola_matulaniec@condenast.com.


W Magazine Features/Editorial Intern

Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
W Magazine is looking for smart, savvy, well-organized, and
culturally-fluent undergraduates for an editorial/features internship
beginning January 2011, through the spring semester.
Interns will be asked to conduct research, pitch ideas, transcribe
interviews, and otherwise assist the editors. There may be opportunity to
write or blog for the website.
Candidates must be able to receive school credit for this position.
W is published by Conde Nast.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
fan_zhong@condenast.com

Harper’s Bazaar Spring Fashion Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Harper’s Bazaar magazine is looking for interns for the spring 2011
semester. School credit is required. Responsibilities include sample check
ins/returns, prepping for photo shoots, managing the fashion closet, photo
research, creating story boards, faxing, filing, administrative tasks and
assisting the fashion and accessories market team with general duties. The
internship is structured for students looking to become fashion
editors/stylists. There is no writing involved.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please submit resume and cover letter (stating your availability and confirming you are able to receive school credit) to sconly@hearst.com

Seventeen Magazine Art Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Seventeen’s art department seeks motivated, detail-oriented, organized interns beginning ASAP and continuing through the spring semester. Internship is unpaid and college credit is a must! Must have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and be extremely comfortable using InDesign.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please contact Emily Addis at eaddis@hearst.com with resume and cover letter.

INTERVIEW Magazine Photo/Art Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Currently INTERVIEW is looking for interns available for a Winter/Spring internship. We are searching for reliable individuals to work in the Art and Photography departments of the magazine. The internship offers extensive responsibilities such as working on location, performing creative research, location scouting etc. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in production and publishing and allows for a very hands-on experience publishing industry experience.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please contact photoassist@brantpub.com with resume and cover letter.

VOGUE Magazine Spring Features Intern
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
The VOGUE Features department is seeking an exceptional student to intern in the office three days a week. As an editorial intern for VOGUE, you will be part of the inner workings of the magazine and required to balance several projects at a time. The ability to multitask and to work with enthusiasm and discretion is essential.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please submit a cover letter, resume and any writing samples you believe will support your application to voguefeaturesintern@gmail.com

Glamour Magazine Accessories Internship
Paid Internship (!!!)
New York, NY
Glamour magazine is looking for 2-3 bright interns to help the accessories department during the Spring semester. Ideally, the candidates would be able to start right away, as they are extremely short handed. The internship is for credit and a $12/day stipend is also rewarded. The best candidates are extremely organized, dedicated, have a great memory and ability to multi-task.
It is not an easy internship, but it is very
rewarding and exciting all the same! They are looking for people who can work 2-5 days per week, while days begin at 9 AM and end anywhere from 6-8 PM.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
If you fit these qualifications, love accessories and editorial work and want to be part of a great fashion publication, please email Alison at accesories.glam@gmail.com!

Cosmopolitan Spring Beauty Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Cosmopolitan magazine is looking for a beauty intern for the Spring
semester. This is a great opportunity for beauty savvy students and
newcomers as well who want to get tons of hands-on experience. Your duties
will include organizing the beauty closet, filing, researching stories,
blogging for the website, calling in product samples, and pitching online
and print story ideas. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the subject
matter (experience a plus), be highly organized and proactive, and MUST be
able to receive school credit. We need someone who can work 2-3 days a week
beginning in January.
Posted 12/11/10
Contact:
Please email cosmobeautyintern@gmail.com with your resume, cover letter and availability.

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