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Remove all my photos of young people and kids so that all the perverts can't add them to their porn galleries.

It's been a pain to try to keep up with blocking a pervert every time one saves my photo to a porn gallery. I'd rather not even share those photos on this site.

So no more kids swimming, gymnastics, dance recitals, playing, or modeling. This proves what I've always said, the good people have to pay for the sins of the bad. You can thank a pervert for that.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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I just don't get it. What is it with foot fetish? How are people aroused by feet? I'm not condeming, but I find it to be rather odd, and to some extent, rather creepy. I had joined a DA group called Fight Night where I was submitting photos of my taekwondo students sparring. I was happy to see the number of favorites go up on those photos, until I noticed that most of the people faving them had galleries full of bare feet. It creeped me out that my 8 - 10 year old students were in a fetish gallery. So I blocked those people just to remove my photos from their galleries. Then I quit the group.

Another thing that gets me in a funk is bondage. How can someone get aroused by a photo of a woman tied up and gaged? That to me is just sick.

I've always been at war with the pedophiles wanting to fav my photos, now its the feet fetish folks. I don't have to worry about the bondage people because nothing I have would be of interest to them.
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I spent the last week of June in Austin, Texas at the 2011 AAU Taekwondo National Championships. I run my own Taekwondo school in the New Orleans area and had 10 students qualify for Nationals, however, only four could make the trip. We did great. All four placed in each event they competed. We came home with seven medals; four silver and three bronze.

While in Austin I really didn't have too much time to tour around and take many photos, but I'll post my favorites of the ones I did take. At the National Championship I was coaching, so either my daughter (Shannon) of one of the parents took the photos of the action.   I was able to take some photos at the competition of my friends from other states.  I'll be posting tournamnet photos soon.

I hope you enjoy them.
Greg
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My house has a ghost. We've had activity since we moved there in 1991.

A few weeks ago I lost something of much sentimental value to me. I had it in my hands that morning and put it in a box for safe keeping. That evening it was gone. I found it last night on a shelf in my den where I would never leave it. No one else in my family put it there. (twilight zone music starts now....).
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To my Nikon photog friends: I bought the Nikon AF-S 50mm F1.4G lens. My first test with it is posted here: www.flickr.com/photos/kicks01/…
Open a thumbnail, Right Click on image, then click on Original Size for detail viewing.
If you have one, let me know your expierence.
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I shot the USA Gymnastics Region 8 Championships over the weekend. I've got some great photos, dispite the terrible lighting in the arena. A DeviantArt member once told me that if I don't want perverts adding my photos to their favorites, then don't post them. So I won't be posting any. You can thank the perverts. But you gotta trust me, the pics are awesome!
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I have removed all my photos of kids, teens and young adult models from my Facebook page. The only two albums are New Orleans scenery photos and an album for my Taekwondo school. Why? Because I have been punished for the sins of others.

Not long after starting to do portrait photography I discovered that many of the  young adult female models had jealous, possessive boyfriends or husbands. This brought a lot of drama not only into their relationships, but also to the photo sessions. In private chats or messages with the young ladies I heard tale upon tale about how awful the male partner was. How he didn't want the girl to model and how he thought I was a pervert for taking photos of females (it doesn't matter that they were always fully clothed). I saw several marriages dissolve and other relationships break up. I was even threatened with violence by several male partners.

I always had a rule that no model would ever have to take a photo he/she didn't want to take or was uncomfortable with in any way. I now added another rule...No Drama!

I then started taking children's portraits, thinking that the kids had no drama to bring into my life, and if any of them threatened me I could probably take them in a fight, LOL.  It started off good and I was making contacts and having a lot of fun. I was even hired to shoot pageants for an entire year. Moms were lining up for me to take photos of their kids, both for pageant head shots as well as special projects I was doing. I became friends with many, and some even consider me a close as family. They said I would be the only photographer they would have take their child's photos.

Then the drama hit. This time it was not the models, it was the moms. Some pageant moms are every bit as eccentric as you've heard or seen on TV. And some are even worst, they praise you, flock to you, and take advantage of you while at the same time spreading false rumors about you; namely that you are a pervert for taking photos of children. Sounds familiar, right?

So I left the pageant photography business and started focusing on sports photography. My daughter goes to an all girls high school and I would take photos at her school's sporting events.  Since I do free-lance photography for NOLA.com (news website)  I started getting recognized by local schools and clubs. I expanded to taking photos at other high school and club sporting events. I was having a great time and meeting some wonderful people whom I have great respect for.

Being the father of three, and an instructor in the sport of Taekwondo, I know what it takes to not only raise a child today, but to also help him/her achieve success in school and athletics. I saw this with many of the young athletes I was photographing. It gave me great respect for them and their parents.

Oh, one thing I didn't mention about me, I'm very friendly. I love meeting people and getting to know them and their background. I'm sort of a history buff too so it interest me how the New Orleans community has evolved and what direction young parents and students see it going. I love talking sports with the parents and the kids. But this has also had a negative effect.

Enter the drama again. Because I seem to equate "client = friend" and my clients don't see it that way, my intentions have once again been questioned. I can't seem to escape this stigma. Why? All I can say is that I'm being punished for the sins of others.

I understand that people want to protect their loved ones. We've all heard of adult males sexually assaulting children, kidnapping, or even killing them. As a parent I was cautious of this too and was protective of my children, but I never accused anyone I knew of being a pedophile or criminal. It seems that my gender, my age, my profession, my friendliness is seen as a suspicious profile. I've asked another photographer if he has had any similar experiences, and he said "yes".  So we must suffer the consequences of those who came before us and committed sins against children, teens, and young adults. Or…we may just choose to leave the profession we love  just to avoid the drama and false accusations that are not needed in our lives.
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I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. There are so many things I'd love to do but I hate that I don't have enough time.

Currently I am setting up my nativity village scene in my house. It takes about 2 weeks to construct. Expect to see photos when I'm done.

I am also still printing Little Angel Chrostmas cards to fill the orders I've taken. See www.kicksphotography.com/cards…

I am also still editing photos from two portrait sessions I did last week.

Tonight I have a Christmas party in the French Quarter.

Friday evening I'll be shooting the Louisiana High School Football State Championships in the Superdome.

Saturday morning I'll shoot a gymnastics meet and then head over to the Superdome for the evening football games.

Sunday morning I'll be back at the gymnastics meet.

Tuesday I'm shooting a men's club Lombardi Party. I'll take about 70 - 100 portraits of people and families posing with the Lombardi trophy (Saints Superbowl Champs).

All that and still do my day job and teaching my evening Taekwondo classes!!!
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I've posted photos from a session I did with a young gymnastics team. These girls were awesome and so much fun to work with. Their coach was so very cooperative. I'm one lucky guy! Enjoy the pics. Don't be shy about leaving a comment or two, or ask a question on how I did these.
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Last month I was hired to shoot the cover of a local magazine. This would be my first magazzine cover if accepted. It was a Back to School isssue so I used the selected child model and props and shot away. We had a blast! She was adorable and very charming. Her first words to me were "You're handsome". I don't care that she was 4 years old, I still blushed, LOL.

The publisher accepted my work for the cover, the cover model insert and even used her picture on the feature article. I made a composite of the pages in the magazine. Check it out in my gallery.
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I spent a week in Fort Lauderdale, FL, so I've got some new photos to post. I was there for the AAU TaeKwonDo National Championships. My daughter won first place in Forms and third in Olympic Sparring. My other student also placed third in Olympic Sparring. I'll post some secenic pics first then some tournament pics.

BTW..tonight I have my first ever magazine cover photo shoot!
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In my last journal "I'll Probably Lose My Account" I told you about a guy who faved my child photos along in his collection of porn, and how I had to block him and warn others of his actions. I received many grateful and appreciative messages. I just checked his account and it is no longer active prikasu.deviantart.com/

I don't know if I had anything to do with it or not. I don't really care. All I did was inform others that their child photos were being faved along with porn, that DA eventually deleted because it was in violation of DA policy. As far as I know, DA doesn't delete accounts, they just deactivate them, but they still exist. So I'm thinking this guy deleted it himself.

HOWEVER, that doesn't mean he isn't going to create a new account and start all over. So, be vigilant if you are posting photos of children or anybody that you wouldn't want to end up in a pervert's collection. Always check on the people who fav your photos.
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I will probably lose this account. I have gone on many people's site and warned them that prikasu prikasu.deviantart.com/ has faved their child photos along with his collection of porn. He does not contribute deviations, he only collects porn and children photos. DA will probably not like that I posted this information on so many people's pages. But I don't care, I am already receiving Thank You's from those people.

I have written DA a couple of times about the issue of perverts on DA and how to keep them off. We all should do so.

UPDATED 6/09/10:
I opened a suggestion on the DA Forum to make blocking easier. You can follow it here: forum.deviantart.com/devart/su…

UPDATED 6/06/10: DA has deleted at least one of the photos in his gallery due to explicite. graphic porn. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!! You go DA!!!!!!!!

Edit/Added: How to Block
At the top of your page mouse-over your Deviant ID. When the drop down menu appears click on the Settings link. On the Settings page scroll to the bottom and enter the names of the deviants you want to block. Enter one name per line. This will remove all your deviations from their favorites and prevent them from faving any more of your deviations or leaving comments on your pages. Send me a note if you want my list of deviants I block.

my block list includes:
530signman
aassbb2003
BeTheMan
canoy07
cjmj1975
cmhmjmh
Crimson-Knight-1981
CuntOfChrist
eaglewhitetiger
FMADragonboy
Fribergjr
gakarr
gmcref
Gogeta126
HeavenlyGateKeeper
HectorAdame
hotforyou
illiniwek
Imperial-Agitator
imti9924
Jazzbastard79
jg323eye
joevegan
Maq214
Naphula
nightscoreman
One74
prikasu
purplebuddhalove
redmangreen
Sick-of-Air
Stormattack
sukumar221
superflyer-ak47
syler82
tennlittepaul
Tigger31314
TR0LLHAMMEREN
x3non317
zwazo
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On May 15 and 16 I did 12 photo sessions with a total of 20 kids. The theme was Little Angels. It was two days of non-stop photography and fun, even when I had 6 kids in the room at one time! I was certainly in my element. I'll be posting some photos this week. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about this project.
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I am so proud of my friend Angelica. She is currently serving in Haiti with the Armmy Reserves. She is a beautiful young lady whom I've had the please of a shoto shoot with, and a very loving person caring for those in need. We miss you sweetheart and look forward to your return home! See kicks02.deviantart.com/art/Ang…
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530signman 530signman.deviantart.com/

Blocked for faving kicks02.deviantart.com/art/Set…

UPDATE 4/14/10: At the time he faved my photo he had no deviations of his own and his Favorites gallery was of nudes and porn only. I left a nasty note on his page why I was blocking him. As of today he has either deleted those images and started adding non-nude favorites or he has taken the option to hide his gallery from public view.


My Rules on Faving My Photos:.....
Like it or not, this is MY account and I manage it the way I want, within the rules sanctioned by DeviantArt. Therefore.......

This is a Pervert Free Zone. If you are a pervert or pedophile, do not fav this photo, and get the hell off my site. I check everyone who favs my child and teen photos. If your favorites gallery looks suspicious I block and report you to DA.

To me, you look suspecious if you have no submitted deviations and only use DA to collect photos of little girl, nudes, or porn. If that's what you do, you'll be blocked.

Do not add any of my photos to your collection of porn or you will be blocked.

Do not add my photos of kids or teens to a gallery that contains nudes or porn or you will be blocked.
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I thank you in advance for faving my photos.

Like it or not, this is MY account and I manage it the way I want, within the rules sanctioned by DeviantArt. Therefore.......

This is a Pervert Free Zone. If you are a pervert or pedophile, do not fav this photo, and get the hell off my site. I check everyone who favs my child and teen photos. If your favorites gallery looks suspicious I block and report you to DA.


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To me, you look suspecious if you have no submitted deviations and only use DA to collect photos of little girl, nudes, or porn. If that's what you do, you'll be blocked.

Do not add any of my photos to your collection of porn or you will be blocked.

Do not add my photos of kids or teens to a gallery that contains nudes or porn or you will be blocked.
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I've gotten a few messages that people have given me a llama badge. What's that all about?
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