I am out of town for work (again). After my day of teaching, I grab a bite to eat and do some prep for the next day. Once that is done I crack open the laptop to get some personal stuff done and maybe peruse a blog or two. Or twenty.

My readings this weekend have spooked me a little. I keep reading about these situations where people have had their photographs stolen and used on other peoples’ websites. Cases in point:

1. Kerflop linked to this entry by Sweet Juniper.

2. Notes From The Trenches (She has SEVEN children! And I thought I was busy. I clearly have nothing to complain about.) posted this entry today about her photos that were stolen. She now watermarks her photos.

3. SAJ posted on twitter that someone had stolen her images.

4. I forgot about Y at Joy Unexpected until she was sweet enough to grace my site and my comments. Bad Angella.

It’s an epidemic, people.

FOR THE LOVE!

This made me start to wonder if I should stop posting photos. I set the Flickr photos of my kids to be seen by Friends and Family only. Except? I often post them here. I don’t post nude photos of my children (to keep the Creeplors away). You can add “right-click” html to prevent people from downloading, but people are smart these days. And unethical. And hateful.

I thought through this issue more and really? I’m nowhere near the calibre of blogger that those four are. I don’t get nearly the traffic that they do, and so maybe that means every one of you that do come here is sweet and non-jerk-like? Or maybe I’m as naive as I think I am.

However. I came to the following conclusion.

I am not going to let a handful of jerks ruin my (and your) fun. I don’t want to get so paranoid that I keep my kids locked inside our house and start making them wear head to toe clothing and big hats. People can see my kids when I’m on the street and in the mall and at the park. This is the same idea.

And also?

If you steal photos of my children I will hunt you down and maim you. Badly. You don’t want to make me angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry. Consider yourself warned.

After I had this epiphany, I did something that was recommended to me by one of my closest and dearest friends Christy (She is the most amazing photographer. Her son Ben is also Graham’s BFF, Nathan is betrothed to her daughter Meghan, and Olivia is one of Emily’s best buds. We’re tight.) Christy uses Adobe Lightroom to edit her photos and has often told me to try it. There’s a 30-day FREE trial.

So? I just downloaded it. And played a little. Here’s what I’ve done so far.

Graham:

Graham

Nathan:

Nathan

Emily:

Emily

Wheeeee!

Then I played with a photo of myself. I’m in need of a new profile photo; the one I use everywhere doesn’t even look like me. Problem is, I can’t decide whether to use a black and white tone or an antique tone. I’m leaning towards the antique, but need some help deciding.

Black and white:

Black & White

Antique:

Antique

Thoughts?

Now I’m off to edit more of the billion photos that I have. Peace.

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  1. LVGurl September 29, 2007 6:17 pm edit

    Black and white!!

  2. Karen September 29, 2007 6:53 pm edit

    Both are great! (how much help was that?!?)

  3. whoorl September 29, 2007 7:26 pm edit

    I like black and white. Antique makes you look a little more, um, antique. ;)

  4. Ashley September 29, 2007 7:47 pm edit

    They’re both good but I agree black and white! It makes your eyes have this really cool mirror effect and they stand out.

  5. Angela September 29, 2007 7:53 pm edit

    I like the black and white one too!

  6. Jill - GlossyVeneer September 29, 2007 7:55 pm edit

    I’m leaning toward black and white as well.

    That really makes me sad and angry that so many weirdos out there try to ruin people’s fun. I’m glad I get to share in the photos of your cute kids, they are adorable (of course, you don’t need to be told something you know!).

  7. Kami September 29, 2007 7:57 pm edit

    Black and White! You look hot as always but the black and white one has more wow factor.

    Grrr. I hate hearing stories like this but I think you hit it right on the money. Creeps can see our kids out on the street too. We just can’t let them ruin our fun.

    Happy photo editing!

    Ps I almost had to fill in at a FFIS. THAT would have been humourous considering I have never done one ;-)

  8. christy September 29, 2007 8:02 pm edit

    WOOT! I love lightroom. It is the only reason my pictures look so pretty. Thanks for the wicked compliment.
    I don’t understand the twisted minds of some people. Seriously.

  9. christy September 29, 2007 8:03 pm edit

    Oh yeah. B&W! orrrrrr maybe antique….
    nope B&W!
    BOTH!

  10. Amanda Brown September 29, 2007 8:08 pm edit

    Lightroom definitely looks like a step up from my trusty Picasa. Have fun and maybe Matt will give it to you for Christmas.
    I vote for B&W. You look great!

  11. Dana September 29, 2007 8:22 pm edit

    Black and White and I echo everyone else. You look great! Yea, the photo thing….I have really thought about someone doing something with mine. I need to protect them somehow….but what can we do short of taking them off? Maybe youc ould post about that on your photo Fridays? Something to think about…

    Dana

  12. bethany actually September 29, 2007 8:50 pm edit

    black & white!

    I share your fear about the photos-of-kids thing. Scary world. But I’m glad you aren’t letting the fear rule your blog. :-)

  13. little miss mel September 29, 2007 9:09 pm edit

    b/w baby!

  14. Jennie September 29, 2007 9:38 pm edit

    I love the B&W photo (of you). I’ve heard great things about Lightroom. What about it do you recommend?

    Also, Christy (of Heigh Five) floors me with her photos. Between the two of you, I may actually make this camera purchase worth it.

  15. Melanie September 29, 2007 10:02 pm edit

    great pics, thanks for the hot tip….. I think b/w but only by a smidge!!!

  16. Y September 29, 2007 10:07 pm edit

    For the first time, I’m really conflicted.

    Last week, one of my readers emailed me to tell me that a picture of my children was being used in a fake “testimonial”.

    I went there and sure enough, a testimonial signed by some chick on Rochester NY and there was a picture of my children.

    (Here’s the link if you’re interested.)

    Anyway, after seeing that, it freaked me out and I just don’t know what to do now.

    Ugh.

  17. Y September 29, 2007 10:07 pm edit
  18. Michele September 29, 2007 10:21 pm edit

    Great picture! I like them both, although I was leaning towards the antique one!

  19. Hannah September 29, 2007 11:56 pm edit

    Oh my goodness, that is sickening! I can’t believe people would steal photos. What is the world coming to??

    I like the 2nd photo of you the best :-)

  20. Loralee September 30, 2007 2:25 am edit

    I haven’t loaded Flickr photos for awhile, mainly out of laziness. (For some reason, my photos won’t embed on my site from there, so really…what’s the point?)

    It’s always been a worry of mine, though.

  21. Randi September 30, 2007 8:08 am edit

    The whole stealing pics sickens me!! Just a few days ago I was reading a fellow “famous” blogger and it happened to her. So what did I do? I changed ALL my pictures of Landon to private on Flickr. I just got freaked out! But I have a few set to public b/c they are on the blog. I need to fix that too, change them to photo bucket so I can change those few public to private. It just scares me to death, ya know? This crazy world we live in!!!

  22. Sharon September 30, 2007 1:13 pm edit

    My vote is for black & white!

  23. Jen September 30, 2007 1:15 pm edit

    I had to set my flickr and photobucket pics to private as well. Some people these days have NO MORALS which comes from NO MORAL TRAINING. This world is corrupt.

    SO, my photos are safe. But, my blog ones are not. I’m in the same boat as you though, I’m not gonna hide my kids Michael Jackson style!

  24. Keri September 30, 2007 2:54 pm edit

    I like the black and white. Lovely pictures and thanks for sharing them.

  25. Tanneal September 30, 2007 5:55 pm edit

    Wow…it feels like forever since I’ve sat down to look at blogs! I hope all is well with you and your fam =)

    I’m not going to say which I like better…it’s a GREAT pic of you though! I downloaded that trial for Lightroom too…SOO neat!! Also, I just finished my first photo course…I feel a little info-overloaded, but I’m diving in for more!! The prof also teaches an 8 week Photoshop course that I’m considering taking. Some of the stuff he demonstrated for us in this last class I took was BEYOND anything I ever knew was possible to do with your pics. I think the courses are definitely worth it if you can ever get the time! It’s amazing what I never knew I didn’t know…if that makes any sense!!

    Good to ‘see’ you again…and your cute little dumplins =)

  26. Amanda Franks September 30, 2007 7:25 pm edit

    My vote is also for the b/w one. I love the antique look on kids pics, but I’m not sure why b/w does more for us. I think I will have to download that free trial and play a bit. I have some potentially great photos. Also I may have to learn a bit more html coding, my problem is family members taking my pics off my blog and splashing them everywhere. I think your conclusion is right though, creepy strangers see our kids in real life as much as they do online, you just have to chose to live inspite of it.

  27. Kristin September 30, 2007 9:59 pm edit

    Oooo, I love the pics of the kids, soooo cute!!
    The pics of you are great too. :) My first vote was for the B&W but then as I looked closer I leaned more towards the antique.

  28. Shawna October 1, 2007 12:39 pm edit

    Black & White! Beautiful pictures of you and your children!

  29. Robyn October 3, 2007 3:52 pm edit

    I like the black and white.
    Creeping out about the photo stealing…ugh.

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