Trying to decide if I'm being too harsh on this guy, would love your thoughts. Got a phone call from a new design-build contractor asking for a meeting to discuss a "strategic alliance". As always I googled him before calling him back and was fairly impressed by the depth of his portfolio. I'm talking pools, decks, lighting, outdoor kitchens, all really high-end projects and pretty surprising for someone out of landscape architecture school only two years. I start looking a little more critically and I notice that a lot of these are clearly not shot in VA. And the vast majority of the photos have pavers and the lighting and staging looks like a paver catalog... so I reverse image search a few of them and they're images that LOADS of companies have on their sites. All but a handful of the photos in what looks like a damn impressive, deep, diverse portfolio came from Belgard pavers and one of the lighting manufacturers. To me, this is shady. The kid can tell me "well those are just there for marketing purposes" all he wants, but they're presented as work he and his partners have done. Nowhere does it say inspiration photos, or images by Belgard, or whatever. To me this says it's all about the hustle. Or am I being too harsh? Thoughts?