This isn't a religious forum... but I think many of us know people who go to Church... not for the god... not for the bread... not for the circus... but for the presumption of being a god fearing person.
Having followed this thread and contributed once or twice I think the whole scenario has stemmed from an amateur photographer being excited and flattered about someone being prepared to pay for his work and so the moral standards have slipped a bit.
Reminds me of a saying in different circles - "There's nothing so reckless as a standing p**** "
Call me cynical, but...
I lean toward Spor -- fundamentally I see a big, "LOOK at ME -- I'm so good they want my pictures instead of the ones done by a professional photographer!!!" Look, ma, no hands!! All the business about price and selling and blah, blah, blah are just window dressing.
As for the "god fearing person" (sic), I can't imagine why anyone would offer fealty to a "god" who needs to be feared.