My name is Gene, and I am a professional photographer; however, I do not work full time any longer. Currently my goal is to work with up and coming models to help with their portfolios.
If I am helping a model with a photo shoot that is specifically for her needs, I do not expect to pay. However, if I ask the model to have a photo shoot, and it is for my needs I have no issue in providing the model with some financial compensation. I figure that it is me who is wanting to use time of the model, so I will compensate for that time.
I have been an avid photographer for many years, and have went back and forth on model/studio photography, and landscape/outdoor photography.
I try and have fun at the photo shoots, and to make it an enjoyable time.
I will not refuse for a model to bring an escort to a photo shoot since the safety of anyone is my primary concern; however, I will ask they not interfere with the shoot or make you nervous. But, I would assume that since you know the person you are bringing as an escort that you are comfortable having them around. My philosophy is that if a model is not comfortable, we will not get good results, so for your safety comfort zone, if you feel the need for an escort, bring them with you. Anyway, sometimes I will actually put them to work with lighting and such. So, it is actually like having free help. lol
Anyway, lets collaborate, get some fantastic photographs, and have fun at the same time.