There is a “photographer” in south Florida who recently had a Craigslist advertisement looking to purchase the copyrights to “some good looking wedding photography” to add to their website. This photographer further went on to say that any images received, the sender must be able to prove that they own the images and he/she will not add their logo to those images.
As a wedding photographer, I do believe that there is plenty of room in this industry for others to join and grow. But using deception to grow your business at the expense of unsuspecting couples is incomprehensible. You are being trusted by couples to provide a lasting memory for one of the happiest days of their lives and that trust is being repaid with deception.
We all have to start somewhere and it may take a little longer for some to build a meaningful portfolio. Use your downtime to improve your skills and create your signature style. Also, you can volunteer to assist an established photographer in your area or become a second or even a third shooter but don’t deceive couples by passing off someone else’s work as your own.