I am continually amazed to hear some of the horrors that some “models” have endured, at the hands or the Dodgy and the down right criminal, people who abuse, social networks, to fullfil their sick twisted fantasies.
So now what are we to do, Should models rather sign on with reputable agencies and forever kill the amatuer market?
I think not, but maybe some safety tips might be in order, and yes to some of you this may seen obvious but from the comments that i have heard from the models i have worked with, maybe not.
So then a photographer contacts you for a shoot, what do you do? And if you are shopping for a tog, follow the same guidelines.
Check his/her work, ( just because its a girl don’t be think it can’t be dodgy) check who they have worked with, contact them, not just one. all of them, just drop em a mail, “Hi i saw you shot with so and so, how was he/she?”
Make sure you are clear in your questions and that way there is no room for interpretation, ask outright on a scale of 1 to Rapist how would you rate the tog.
Now something to also bear in mind, not everyone will like everyone and one person might have some personal issue against the photographer for reasons other than he / she is dodgy,( ok i’m gonna stop with the he/she and just use he,. but i still mean both… k)
it might mean that he did not get the edits done quick enough, or or or, lots of reasons, but if you get the same story from more than one person, chances are its true, ( where there is smoke there is fire).
Make sure that you have agreed at the begining, what is expected of you and wardrobe, or lack there of is clearly comunicated. And if there is a concept that the tog has, and you are not happy with it, Tell em straight up, you are not prepared to do that, also if you see that for example the tog has lets say, there is a recurring theme of restraints or bondage, or nudes, if you are not comfortable with that tell em upfront, I make aneffort to tell my models exaclty what is expected from them at the outset, and yes sometimes i get an idea in the middle of the shoot, but generally i stick to the original plan. If you are to be nude i tell you, if i want you painted red wearing a tutu and a pigs head mask i’ll tell you.. long before the shoot. Generally when contacting models i already have the concept that i feel that they are perfect for.
Make sure that you have a clear understanding of what the tog will expect and also make sure that he has a clear understanding of your limits, and what you are prepared to do and more importantly what you are not prepared to do. And if during the shoot the tog starts asking you to do things that you are not confortable, be clear that you are not prepared to do this, and if he continues end the shoot, ( this is where its helpful having a companion.)
3. Don’t go alone…
Now some togs have issues with “spectators” especially boyfriends or mums and Dads and for the most part they tend to interfere in the flow of a shoot, I have experienced this before, but conversely have had boyfriends attend and they have been an absolute pleasure, so I would say, if they have never been to a shoot with you before, and especially if you are doing a nude, implied nude or even lingerie shoot, it might be best to leave em at home.
But still bring someone along.
If you can’t bring someone with you. Hire a bodygaurd,…( have had a model pitch up with one of those too) that was interesting 😛
I know that this makes everything sound all scary an is making you think twice about doing that shoot.. well, dont be alarmed there are far less weirdo’s than genuine togs, looking to expand their portfolio.
As long as you use your head, and dont be too trusting, you will be fine.
Be safe, be smart and be careful, it can be a pain to paranoid, but its a hellava lot better than being a victim…