Let’s talk about watermarking!
We are often emailed by our lovely clients asking to have some of the images we have taken of our walls without our watermark. We can understand why – people want to start promoting and showing off their gorgeous wall straight away!
But we’ve had a policy for a while now that we don’t send out un-watermarked images. So why do we do this?
Well, a long time ago when we started making flower walls, we sold them without the logos on, and to be frank, our images got copied and used for other companies benefits. Countless times we have seen our images on Alibaba, other flower wall company websites, photo shopped into to promotional shots and more. Thankfully, since we have become vigilant about watermarking, we don’t tend to see any of our newer stuff out there, but that doesn’t stop people trying!
We even know that some businesses on Alibaba send out our images to customers pretending them to be their own. We categorically do not sell via Alibaba, nor do factories create our walls. Here’s some prime examples of our flower walls that we created a few years ago being mis-represented on various sites as if it is their own work:
And of course, as it is quite well known that if the images are stolen such as the ones above, the flower wall you receive will not be the same as the image! Of course watermarks can altered and removed, but it’s a lot of more difficult and time consuming to do so, so acts as a fabulous deterrent.
Even here, you can see our old water mark just under the one from the company that has stolen our image, and beneath that you can see the actual flower wall you will be sent. It is totally different and if we are honest, a much lower quality:
These are just some examples of our images have been used – we also see our flower walls from our lovely clients being used by other businesses pretending it is there own. Frequently we see this on Facebook and Instagram so it really pays to watermark your images to protect your work!
We can’t control what un-watermarked images customers take of the walls themselves, but we definitely recommend applying a watermark to all your images or you too could find your hard work and design talents being used by other companies pretending it is their own.
If you can’t wait to take the images of the wall yourself, we are happy for you to either send us your watermark, or if you don’t have one, we can simply write your company name in a font of your choice across the image!