March 6, 2019

my philosophy

I’m so excited for Rex and Mallory’s wedding this June and I love that she brought photos of her grandparents as inspiration for some of their engagement session.

March 6, 2019

my philosophy

March 6, 2019

my philosophy

Back in August of 2017 I stumbled upon a young woman in Utah that had recently changed the name of her Facebook business page to my exact business page name (a Facebook flaw if you ask me).  I had a similar experience happen in 2013 with a young woman in Atlanta and politely asked her to change her name as well. The Atlanta woman’s name was not Chelsea and she ended up being accidentally tagged by a prominent wedding blog company in a Facebook post in which they were crediting her with my work. I asked her to change her name and she did.

However, in 2017 when I asked this Utah woman, whose name is literally Chelsea Mitchell, because she married a man named Levi Mitchell…don’t get me started on how the correlation to my Levi and I is just more than a little strange, none the less, she changed her name when she got married. – side note, when you have a successfully built brand, you don’t change the name of your company when you get married.  You are far better off to leave your business and brand as is. Personal name change post marriage is a different story.  When I discovered this, I asked that she do something to delineate her from myself because I had been in business operating under my name for quite sometime now.  She responded and said she’d be happy to if I showed her my copyright, which I didn’t have at the time.

After that interaction, I proceeded to get my business name Trademarked™ as it has more teeth than a copy-write©. If you don’t know, my Levi is an attorney, but we had only been 7 months at the time and our relationship was still pretty new and I didn’t want him to think I was dating him for free legal advice, so I worked very hard and got Trademarked™ on my own. – Trademarks don’t happen overnight. You fill out forms, pay lots of dollars, and wait. Wait for it to be accepted or rejected – and if they reject it you don’t get your money back. It took an entire year for all the i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed. When I received my Trademark™ I shared the paperwork with this woman to prove I did indeed have it and she flat out refused to change anything.

I have spent the last several years fielding emails here and there that are meant for her and I had a strong feeling she was most likely receiving business that was meant to be mine. I have reached out periodically as these inquiries come in to ask her to please delineate her name a bit, by adding her location or something to the page and received no response. All of my fears were confirmed this weekend when I received an email from someone who thought they had hired me to photograph their wedding but indeed, had hired her. He and his wife got married in May of 2018 and in March of 2019 still had not received their images. Not only is this person stealing business, but they are also tarnishing my name and brand in the process.

Levi and I began searching for an attorney in Utah and then realized we have more power than we thought. I left a review on her Facebook page and went public with the fraudulent intentions and behavior. – In case I forgot to mention, she only has a Facebook page, no website, no blog, so when people google her, they find mostly me, but her Facebook page link is there too, so it looks as if she is me/vice versa. How advantageous for her, to be mistaken for an established photographer that has years of training and and education to back it up.

Within the hour, she responded and ask that I remove the review, and all of the sudden I had leverage in this situation that has mildly haunted me for 2 years.  I can say that our names are no longer the same but I will forever check, given the repeat offenses I have had with people like her.

The email I received last Saturday.

The response I got after asking if he and his wife did/did not think they were hiring me.

 

I feel heartbroken as I have worked so diligently for the greater part of a decade to build a successful business and to know that my attempts have been sabotaged leaves me at a loss for words…okay not so much given the length of this post.

I write this to encourage everyone to do their due diligence and make sure they are hiring real people, with real experience. Don’t let the darkness in the world prevail.

February 4, 2019

my philosophy

A little sneak peek of Gracie Girl and her almost 3rd Birthday Photoshoot! Gracie loves dresses with pockets [she know’s what’s up], Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and has some pretty sweet dance moves. Needless to say, we had a blast! Happy [almost] Birthday Gracie Girl!

June 14, 2018

my philosophy

Margie was in need of a few headshots so she stopped by the studio a while back.  We had such a fun time and took more than headshots.  Some of the best images come about while you play.  No stress, not particularly posed, all natural, relaxed fun. We had a great time and I think she walked out with more than a nice headshot, we made art!

January 9, 2018

my philosophy

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January 8, 2018

my philosophy

“Be Strong and Courageous” is repeated again and again throughout the book of Joshua (4 times in Joshua 1 alone!). The past year (November 2016 – November 2017) has been full of wonders beyond my greatest expectations and incredibly difficult challenges.  But I keep heart and stand strong with this reminder that is stated over and over again in Joshua, Be Strong and Courageous!  I have felt like Joshua more often than not this past year, which has been a scary yet beautiful experience.  The one thing I have had to continually remind myself of, is that no matter the challenge, God delivered Joshua from tyrannical rulers and gave him the strength and ability to fight when necessary and the courage to do so.  This project is far from over and although I grow weary at times, I am encouraged at the thought of being led by the one who commanded the walls of Jericho to fall and gave Joshua the power to do so.

Quick note about renovations:
-I spent 2 weeks + the trash company’s largest dumpster to clean out the building and all its trash (my dad helped me fill the dumpster after I had gathered all the trash)
-I did all of the demo work (my dad helped on occasion, my mom helped me clean after demo, my dad helped me load it all in a second dumpster)
-I did all tile + grout work, carpet, mudding, taping, & painting
-I sanded, stained, & sealed the wood floors (my mom helped stain and poly)
-I hired a contractor to remove all metal siding and the metal awning since it could not be recognized as a historical building with the metal coverings.
-I hired an electrician rewire the lights like they were in the bank image below + rewire original lights that I found in a wall while in the demo process + add 4plex out lets on
the north and south walls
-I hired a contractor stud and sheetrock the newly ADA compliant bathroom + 4 ft high wall on the south wall
-I hired a plumber fix the leak in the bathroom plumbing and redo the fittings on the main line into the building.
-After 11 months of researching + writing I was approved as a Historical Building in Kansas and will hopefully have a confirmation for the National level soon!

November 10, 2016

my philosophy

we too, seek light in darkness. 
…with light and love, we press on through uncertainties.

February 2, 2016

my philosophy

October 23, 2015

my philosophy

There is still time to book your fall portrait session — just a handful of available dates left.  To schedule your session call 805.722.9920 or email me here –> chelsea at chelseamitchellphoto dot com.