Well. I have started watermarking photos again for this reason. Please (I beg you) read this blog post over at "A Sorta Fairytale" about watermarking and WHY (& how) you need to do it. This Mama has 2 young adorable sons and posts many pictures of her boys (like we all do!!). Someone actually stole her pictures from her blog of her older boy, and created a facebook page about him saying it was HER own son!! How super freakin creepy is that? That freaked me out enough to immediately start watermarking again. Right away. It takes more time but it's worth it. I love sharing my photos of Julianna too much to sht down all together, so for me, I will watermark from now on no matter what.
One key point about watermarking, which Mandy at "A sorta fairytale' points out in her post: When you put the watermark on the photo, make sure to put it close to your child's face or body, so it cannot be cropped out easily. I used to hide the watermarks in the corner or bottom of the photo, and looking back, I realize those are way too easy to crop out by someone that wants to use the pictures of your babies for no good. Can you imagine someone stealing your child's photos and saying it's their child? And then posting photos over & over of your child??? That would drive me off the deep end.
Protect your little ones and any family members (or pets!) you care about. Watermark. Here is the link to Mandy's blog again for you to read what happened to her and how to watermark.
The way I used to watermark last year - If you notice, the watermark is at the bottom and can easily be cropped out by a bad-doer.
Now... I try to get the watermark near my daughter's face or body to make it much harder to crop out. I don't worry so much about landscape or nature shots since I could care less if someone takes one of those. It's not the same as my child.
I am linking up to the PAPER MAMA for her challenge called "EYES" with my above photo.
I just love Julianna's eyes in this shot. So expressive and deep!
Another example of watermarking near the face. I would like to hope this protects her from most evil people.