BEWARE of Gina Triolo Karlsson Platinum Magazine and Simply Elegant Platinum Weddings Magazine and Simply Elegant Linens and Platinum Weddings Gala and The Couture Linen Collection and Platinum Weddings Group. She has shown her dishonesty and lack of credibility in so many ways I don’t know where to start. She and Platinum Magazine owe me and my team more than $3200 for the editorial shoot we were contracted to perform. She has also effectively stolen that drive from me which is valued at more than $400. They have yet to pay anyone for their work although I over-nighted ,via UPS, a Lacie portable hard-drive with all of the images from the photo shoot. She has become a ghost by never answering phone calls and hiding from emails and texts from both my hair and makeup artists as well as myself.
I was first contacted by Gina Triolo to photograph her “new” magazine Platinum Fashion Magazine. I found out she works out of her home at 32 Colonial Farm Rd Haverhill, MA 01832. She contacted me initially on Facebook and then it moved onto calling me on her caller id blocked phone. When I asked her about this she told me that she was being stalked and harassed by models who wanted to be on the cover of her magazines. She talks way too much and way too fast all the while patting herself on the back. However I have met editors like this in the past so I simply appeased her. She constantly talked to me about all of the people she knew and how much money she had. She talked with me over 20 times in the weeks prior to the shoot, many times 10pm and later, about the look she was wanting, locations, models, agencies, hair and makeup artists and rates for all of them. I could clearly see, many times, she was a novice at these types of shoots. However I just thought I knew so much more having been in the fashion editorial business for nearly 30 years. I helped her and suggested multiple model agencies, did card pulls, called and booked hair and makeup artists, all on my credible reputation. I let her book a hotel I suggested, The Mondrian in Miami Beach. Thank goodness I did so I wasn’t stuck with that bill.
Gina has the following know aliases.
Known Aliases: Gina M Durgin
Gina M Sgarano
Gina M Karlsson
Her birthdate is October 6, 1973
About a week prior to the shoot date Gina Triolo Karlsson requested invoices from the hair stylist, makeup artist, and myself, the photographer. She told us she wanted the invoices early so she could get them to her accounting department so we could be paid a few days after the shoot. Of course this sounded very good to all of us so we complied to her requests and got her the invoices immediately. The invoice I sent her was on June 18 2014, a few days before our shoot. The makeup artist and hair stylist both sent their payment information a few days before I sent her my information.
On the day of the shoot, I arrived about 45 minutes early, a practice I have always done since the beginning of my career. After all I wanted to make sure I had ample time to scope out locations throughout the hotel since Gina told me that we had open access to the hotel. When we arrived she was hesitant to tell us the room number since she was not even out of bed yet. That was the first bank of lies she told me to my face. After the models and hair and makeup artists congregated in the lobby Mrs. Triolo – Karlsson arrived, full of many excuses. My opinion is that of excuse making and lies are her MO and you will see this throughout this story. Gina Triolo Karlsson has given me many different names of people that don’t exist. The last person she has made up is Kathleen Humphrey but she has also used the alias Linda Ellis as well. They are supposedly at the same phone number(781-526-1906) which always goes directly to voice mail. I have never spoke with anyone other than Gina. I have left messages and have never received a voice call back. Usually what has been happening is a day or 2 later I get a BS email from her.
As I usually do, my assistant and Gina Triolo Karlsson walked around the hotel looking for shot locations. Once again she told me that she had full run and authority to shoot anywhere in the hotel. This was another lie that was uncovered during the shoot.
As I have demonstrated Gina Triolo is a scam artist masquerading as a magazine editor and multiple business owner. She claims to have been in business for many years all the while what I have learned is that she preys on those who don’t do their research or have no research to glean info from. This is what I hope those who find this on-line will get from my experience. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate calling me. I will fill in the blanks for you.
As for Gina Triolo Karlsson, my attorneys have been alerted and are in attack mode. I will get paid!