So I’m in hot water for mentioning the ABIA awards given to Allure Makeup. So let me clarify a few things. I was never claiming she won the award based on my photography. My blog readers are sophisticated enough about the industry to know that clients vote on many aspects about vendors and with enough “votes” they win.
What I’m saying is that WE get clients from photographs on our website… so the chain of events starts with ME and MY makeup artists. Not only did she steal OUR images she even retouched the main images makeup, it’s been darkened and re-contoured it. So, to add insult to injury she didn’t like the image enough to leave it as is (oh wait, she took out my watermark).
So No, ABIA doesn’t give out awards based on photography, they give it out based on the vendors clients. The clients she got under false pretenses that is.
Part of my post below and ABIA’s response to me. They have certainly put some time into it now, looking up everyone’s email who posted under the blog post. Wish I could of gotten this kind of effort two years ago. I guess the post got the reaction I was looking for.
Congratulations to Me. Based on this website I photographed most of the images that won her the honors of being voted #1 Australian Makeup Artist. Hummm… only problem is it isn’t true.
It has come to my notice that you have accused the Australian Bridal Industry Academy of wrong doing. This accusation has been made due to one of ABIA’s Award winner’s placing your photographs on their website. Over 31,600 wedding suppliers across 40 different wedding categories have been nominated for the ABIA’s over the years. It is not ABIA’s responsibility to “police” the commercial modus operandi of each of these suppliers.
I wish to bring to your attention that your statement “At least I was voted #1 … whoot whoot” is incorrect, misleading and deceptive. Had you been more diligent in your research you would have discovered that Allure Make Up was NOT awarded the ABIA based on photographs. Each ABIA award is determined by past brides who have used a wedding supplier to provide products and services for their wedding. Each supplier is rated (out of 100 points) by their past brides for quality of product, quality of service, value for money and attitude of staff.
I draw your attention to the statement on the ABIA website in relation to how the ABIA’s are determined.
This service is achieved via information collected from over 50,000 newlyweds. Participating brides supply invaluable information relating to the ‘Quality of Product’, ‘Quality of Service’, ‘Value for Money’ and ‘Attitude of Staff’ of each nominated wedding supplier. The bridal ratings are collated and used to determine who were, in the opinion of the voting brides, the best suppliers of their wedding products and services. These suppliers are then publicly acclaimed at the Annual Bridal Industry Awards, held each year in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland
I request that you immediately withdrawn you’re Statement “At least I was voted #1 … whoot whoot” and that you immediately delete any reference to the ABIA brand from your website or blog and further, cease any assertions and allegations which may tarnish or corrupt the ABIA brand.
Please note that this email has been forwarded to all contacts who have made a comment on your blog. This incident occurred 2 years ago and appropriate disciplinary action was taken by the Academy.
I hope this will be the last time that I have to address this issue.
So what is the moral to this story?… there isn’t one
Am I being fair? Stupid? Pig Headed? Blind? Insensitive? Silly?
(Maybe I should make a pie chart!?)
The response I’m waiting for and hoping to get is that she will not be able to use the ABIA banners anywhere on her website (all five of them) or her literature.
What do you think I should do?
And yes, I’m on ABIA’s side, they have been wronged, but they have the power to do something, not me.