Los Angeles

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Open and wild
Free to act like a child
Bask in the glory
This mountain’s true story
Things heard and seen
Life’s true memory
Alone I sit
Contemplating all of it
They come, they go
Only for moments though
All this time I’ve got
To enjoy life in thought
Serene and peaceful
Los Angeles is beautiful

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Ebony Magazine stole from me!

Ebony Magazine stole from me and won't pay me for what they stole. Help!

Hello,

my name is Amanda. In 2012, I was hired to help someone shoot a promotional video of themselves. Being nice, I also provided the client with photos from the shoot that were watermark with my DBA information so that they were not stolen or published without my knowledge. In May of that year, that is exactly what happened. Ebony magazine edited the photos, published them in their June 2012 issue and ran a story featuring my photos. I didn’t receive credit as the photographer, I wasn’t contacted by them, nothing legal happened, from their end. I contacted them about this issue July 2012. I have sent them several invoices and have been bounced around, by email, since then.

I was promised a resolution by Brandy M. from Johnson Publishing (the owning entity), who no longer works there. I was promised resolution from Lena M., Felicia C., Nicole D. and Dudley B. (head photographer) from Johnson Publishing.

One time, I was sent a check directly to my DBA (which is clearly written to not send a check to the DBA on the invoice) that I was unable to cash because I do not have a bank account under that name. I was told another check would be reissued to resolve the matter.

Another time, I was promised by Dudley B., via a telephone conversation, that if I didn’t get resolution by February 27th, 2014 that I would get the amount I assigned in my second invoice to them, in full. On February 21st , I received an email from Nicole D. that had an agreement that was not what was agreed to with Dudley B.. I contacted her on February 24th and have yet to hear back from anyone in the company since.

The reason I’m telling you is simple. I’m a single mother of 3, living on someone’s couch as an alternative to being homeless, while my children live with my sister. This company could have helped prevent me from being homeless by paying what is owed to me. I have no money for a lawyer and have no money for court costs. I have been lied to and stolen from and the remedy is for them to ignore me and hope that I go away. I won’t go away. Ebony magazine stole from me.

I’m asking you to share my story and let people know that Johnson Publishing are rip off artists.
If you have had the same situation with Ebony Magazine/Johnson Publishing without resolution, let’s get together and form a lawsuit. If there are enough of us, I’m sure a lawyer would finally take them on for us. Please share this story.  I would appreciate it deeply.

Thank you.

Images below are the ones being referenced.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

I’m retracing steps here, but here are two images for unfocused that I absolutely love!

 

This is my black and white shot on a 35mm with a 100 iso.

Shot on my T3i and corrected in lightroom but still, I love the look and feel of it’s unfocused nature.

Weekly photo challenge – together

I realize, this is probably one if the first posts I’ve done this year.  Life has been moving along so quickly and I’ve been changing, mentally.  Thank goodness since people trust me enough to give me the chance to take a hold of projects and move forward.  Today’s submission has pictures of teamwork!  We do it all,.together!

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Thanks for visiting!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

I’m so happy to announce that I bought the Canon Rebel T3i and was able to catch this image today, of my friend indulging in the sweet sound of music through the $150 Skullcandy Aviator headphones that I want.  I just refuse to spend that much money on them, but they look beautiful.

Indulging in a pair of Skullcandy Aviator headphones.

Did you get a chance to check out the information I sent you about that short film I produced?   Please don’t forget and I hope you enjoy this week’s picture of indulgence.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Today, I’m submitting 2 photos for this week’s Photo Challenge!  But, before I get to that, I want to explain the significance of what you are seeing.  Yesterday, was a very emotionally draining day.  I went from being in a hurry, trying to get my kid’s ready for school and get them breakfast, to feeling threatened, to being harassed/yelled at/cussed out, to feelings of happiness/excitement/flirtation back to the depths of a crummy day overall.  So, taking a look at that day, here’s how you can go from drowning down in the water….

to taking a few steps

and taking in the view of something beautiful!

Thank you for reading and please visit the website for the short film I produced, which will be screening in April, at Fallback The Movie.