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Photographer

M E S K E R

Posts: 29

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I've seen some pretty poor concepts in my time but I thought I'd throw it open and ask the question...

What was the worst idea/concept that a photographer has ever pitched you for a shoot, and... did you actually end up shooting it?

Jul 18 12 09:46 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

Shooting commercial work (ads, catalog,images to be used on products,  website content, etc.) for free.

I'm very open to TF, but not in cases where the end result is going to be used commercially

Jul 18 12 09:53 pm Link

Photographer

Rik Williams

Posts: 3495

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Slightly off topic but related to Paige's post above.
I had a lady on here wanting me to TF for her online clothing store.
Using my studio, shooting over a dozen llamas, with hundreds of variations, then retouching the entire shoot to her spec's.
Lol the funniest part about it was that she seemed offended when I asked for a minimal rate on the project.
Some people must be on drugs or something.

Jul 18 12 10:14 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

Rik Image wrote:
Slightly off topic but related to Paige's post above.
I had a lady on here wanting me to TF for her online clothing store.
Using my studio, shooting over a dozen models, with hundreds of variations, then retouching the entire shoot to her spec's.
Lol the funniest part about it was that she seemed offended when I asked for a minimal rate on the project.
Some people must be on drugs or something.

Considerate people are a dying breed.

Jul 18 12 10:19 pm Link

Photographer

M E S K E R

Posts: 29

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rik Image wrote:
Slightly off topic but related to Paige's post above.
I had a lady on here wanting me to TF for her online clothing store.
Using my studio, shooting over a dozen models, with hundreds of variations, then retouching the entire shoot to her spec's.
Lol the funniest part about it was that she seemed offended when I asked for a minimal rate on the project.
Some people must be on drugs or something.

That's classic! I love that it was supposed to be in your studio and everything. She literally brought nothing to the table!

Jul 18 12 10:24 pm Link

Model

Jordan Bunniie

Posts: 1693

Los Angeles, California, US

Rik Image wrote:
Slightly off topic but related to Paige's post above.
I had a lady on here wanting me to TF for her online clothing store.
Using my studio, shooting over a dozen models, with hundreds of variations, then retouching the entire shoot to her spec's.
Lol the funniest part about it was that she seemed offended when I asked for a minimal rate on the project.
Some people must be on drugs or something.

That woman is insane.

Jul 18 12 10:35 pm Link

Model

Porcelinna

Posts: 447

Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile

hm...this is fun to think about lol!

Shooting girl/girl scenes (tacky ones though) for free.
Some make out session thing on the beach with a muscily dude (not my thing)
A strap on.
Erotica-for free and the guy is clearly a gwc with no experience.

Strap on-yes, yes I did.

Jul 18 12 10:37 pm Link

Photographer

Leopard Noir

Posts: 364

Fremont, California, US

Kuma satra with photographer in it.

That was the quickest block I've ever made.

Jul 18 12 10:48 pm Link

Photographer

AlishaRenee Photography

Posts: 74

Twin Falls, Idaho, US

I've had some bad ideas before, but luckily realized how bad they were before contacting a model lol

There was one model that contacted me and her only interest was fairies and being turned into one. Seriously. She already had like twelve pictures of her as a fairy so when I suggested we try something else she stopped talking to me. Weirdo.

Jul 18 12 10:54 pm Link

Model

Porcelinna

Posts: 447

Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile

AlishaRenee Photography wrote:
I've had some bad ideas before, but luckily realized how bad they were before contacting a model lol

There was one model that contacted me and her only interest was fairies and being turned into one. Seriously. She already had like twelve pictures of her as a fairy so when I suggested we try something else she stopped talking to me. Weirdo.

ahahaha, awesome. She a fairy dork. I used to be one, but not hardcore....

Jul 18 12 10:58 pm Link

Photographer

M E S K E R

Posts: 29

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Constanza wrote:

ahahaha, awesome. She a fairy dork. I used to be one, but not hardcore....

You were cured of your fairy dork mentality?

Jul 18 12 11:02 pm Link

Model

Porcelinna

Posts: 447

Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile

le smick wrote:

You were cured of your fairy dork mentality?

Well...I  still draw and paint them sometimes ( painting major...I like fantasy and surrealism)

But I don't have them all over my room. And I don't wear fairy costumes....but maybe...if I had a baby girl...........hmmmm

Jul 18 12 11:06 pm Link

Photographer

1472

Posts: 1059

Pembroke Pines, Florida, US

Rik Image wrote:
Slightly off topic but related to Paige's post above.
I had a lady on here wanting me to TF for her online clothing store.
Using my studio, shooting over a dozen models, with hundreds of variations, then retouching the entire shoot to her spec's.
Lol the funniest part about it was that she seemed offended when I asked for a minimal rate on the project.
Some people must be on drugs or something.

lmfao i get this about once a week .. i ask what the budget is and that takes care of them ... unless they have a good budget

Jul 18 12 11:33 pm Link

Model

V Laroche

Posts: 2746

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

AlishaRenee Photography wrote:
I've had some bad ideas before, but luckily realized how bad they were before contacting a model lol

There was one model that contacted me and her only interest was fairies and being turned into one. Seriously. She already had like twelve pictures of her as a fairy so when I suggested we try something else she stopped talking to me. Weirdo.

I was about to say the worst idea I've had pitched to me was being photoshopped into a fairy. Wait no, someone wanted to 'shop me into a centaur lady. F NO.

Jul 18 12 11:40 pm Link

Photographer

P and L Photography

Posts: 32

Melbourne, Florida, US

Constanza wrote:

ahahaha, awesome. She a fairy dork. I used to be one, but not hardcore....

LOL a "fairy dork" i love it ! haha

Jul 18 12 11:49 pm Link

Photographer

P and L Photography

Posts: 32

Melbourne, Florida, US

V Laroche wrote:

I was about to say the worst idea I've had pitched to me was being photoshopped into a fairy. Wait no, someone wanted to 'shop me into a centaur lady. F NO.

Yeah, ive seen alot of these !, i live in florida and instead of fairys it always mermaids, i cant tell you how many botched fake looking mermaids ive seen in my time lol

Jul 18 12 11:52 pm Link

Photographer

Rob Photosby

Posts: 2979

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Rik Image wrote:
Slightly off topic but related to Paige's post above.
I had a lady on here wanting me to TF for her online clothing store.
Using my studio, shooting over a dozen models, with hundreds of variations, then retouching the entire shoot to her spec's.
Lol the funniest part about it was that she seemed offended when I asked for a minimal rate on the project.
Some people must be on drugs or something.

How could you pass up such an opportunity? 

Didn't she tell you what great publicity it would be for you and how you would become a household name who would photograph none but the rich and famous after being allowed the privilege of gracing her on-line clothing store?

Jul 18 12 11:53 pm Link

Photographer

Just Shoot Me Photograp

Posts: 976

Chattanooga, Tennessee, US

I have a lady now wants to do a couple shot with her man in b&w but wants her lips and rose to be bright red. I have not emailed her back with my rates. I will pass.

I had someone call me a mid night wanting to know what it would cost to have a few pictures. When you call at mid night my rate is $1000 a hour day time rate is $300. Then the dumb ass called back at 1 am wanted to know what he got for that. My rate went up to $2000 a hour for stupid tax. Never heard back.lol

Jul 19 12 12:06 am Link

Model

Ronin_LLC

Posts: 2012

Louisville, Kentucky, US

"Calvin and Hobbes", the idea sounded freaking ridiculous when I first heard it but it actually turned out pretty good.

Jul 19 12 03:28 am Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

AlishaRenee Photography wrote:
I've had some bad ideas before, but luckily realized how bad they were before contacting a model lol

There was one model that contacted me and her only interest was fairies and being turned into one. Seriously. She already had like twelve pictures of her as a fairy so when I suggested we try something else she stopped talking to me. Weirdo.

lol

Jul 19 12 06:50 am Link

Photographer

Dan K Photography

Posts: 5466

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

Ronin_LLC wrote:
"Calvin and Hobbes", the idea sounded freaking ridiculous when I first heard it but it actually turned out pretty good.

my fave cartoon. got a link to the shoot?

Jul 19 12 06:55 am Link

Model

Dekilah

Posts: 4890

Detroit, Michigan, US

Two ideas have been pitched at me that I absolutely would not consider, they both involved the same dress. This one:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100421/17/4bcf9a26d5dfd_m.jpg
When I purchased the dress at a vintage store it was so tiny it would not zip over the dress form it was hanging on, but fit me perfectly. The woman told me it was late 40's/early 50's. It has a lot of lace (also at the hem which you cannot see) and somewhat of a train.

Concept one was from a photographer who was a problem from moment one. He would not give me any concepts at first. Then mentioned goth and some MUA he knew who then became unavailable because she got addicted to cough syrup or something similar. Then he got mad because I did not respond to his messages on Thanksgiving. Finally, he angrily told me his apparently secret concept: I would be in an old bathtub with water and green apples, wearing my dress and a pair of much too large old, dirty combat boots. I declined, mainly because the way he described the concept came off as very cheesy and because I really would rather not expose that dress to a dirty bathtub or wear something something so pretty with combat boots that were both too large and beat up and dirty. You can do some pretty with ugly concepts and they work, but that just sounded like a mess.

Concept two was more recently and the photographer wanted to do a trash the dress. Obviously I declined that. If it had been a cheap, modern dress I got of Craigslist or something, maybe, but not a vintage dress. I think she had failed to really look at my port or did not realize the dress was vintage, maybe.

Jul 19 12 07:29 am Link

Model

MatureModelMM

Posts: 1171

Detroit, Michigan, US

The worst idea I was approached to do involved a medical fetish photo session in which a friend of the photographer would be dressed as a doctor, and another female llama wearing only a nurses hat and stockings would play the nurse, while I was to be the patient. It involved some very explicit physical examinations and the doctor getting undressed during the course of the photo session.

At the end, we were all supposed to reverse roles and the other llama and I were to examine the doctor. Even though it was well paid and the photographer had references from another llama who had done a similar photo session with him and the doctor friend I didn't care for the idea.

Jul 19 12 07:45 am Link

Model

Victoria Elle

Posts: 463

New York, New York, US

I've had multiple photographers propose a shoot where they "follow you from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep".  Not as fake/set up shots of someone doing day to day activities, but real documentary style.  None of them ever seem to consider:

How they'll get into my apartment to shoot me waking up.
I don't want images of me without make-up before I've had coffee to exist.
If I'm not doing a shoot, what I do all day is work out, then sit at my computer scheduling more shoots.
There are very few people I would want to spend every single waking minute of my day with.

Jul 19 12 07:49 am Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

VikyL wrote:
I've had multiple photographers propose a shoot where they "follow you from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep".  Not as fake/set up shots of someone doing day to day activities, but real documentary style.  None of them ever seem to consider:

How they'll get into my apartment to shoot me waking up.
I don't want images of me without make-up before I've had coffee to exist.
If I'm not doing a shoot, what I do all day is work out, then sit at my computer scheduling more shoots.
There are very few people I would want to spend every single waking minute of my day with.

What's even more bizarre than the idea is multiple photographers suggesting it. oO;

Jul 19 12 08:10 am Link

Model

Rachael Bueckert

Posts: 1121

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

I had a photographer ask me to model for her for tf, and when I asked what the concept would be and what it would be for, she said it would be portrait style shots with various costumes and locations (cowboy, farm, family picture, grad picture ect.) and it would be used to advertise her business. There were a lot of shoots described, none of which would benefit my portfolio, and when I mentioned pay she blocked me...

Jul 19 12 08:39 am Link

Model

Miss AY

Posts: 8166

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Shooting stills and video to demonstrate "tantric massage", where the photographer would massage my entire body, including genitals. He also wanted to have a rehearsal first before the cameras started rolling. I ended up reporting him tot he mods I think.

Then another one who wanted me to wear adult diapers and pose with baby toys etc. The photographer also said he likes to cross dress and asked if it would be cool for him to wear a cocktail dress and heels while they shot me. I stopped replying to that one.
Nothing against cross dressers but wearing a cocktail dress and heels to a shoot is just stupid.

Jul 19 12 08:49 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 22606

Salem, Oregon, US

we did a fairy shoot once but the model went home with our wings and that was the end of that :-;

Constanza wrote:
ahahaha, awesome. She a fairy dork. I used to be one, but not hardcore....

Jul 19 12 08:52 am Link

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Koryn

Posts: 36712

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I once got paid to shoot in different colors of silk robes, holding plastic roses, in matching colors, up to my face.

It was ... well...



                       ....yeah...

Jul 19 12 09:17 am Link

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Koryn

Posts: 36712

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Augustine York wrote:
Shooting stills and video to demonstrate "tantric massage", where the photographer would massage my entire body, including genitals. He also wanted to have a rehearsal first before the cameras started rolling. I ended up reporting him tot he mods I think.

Then another one who wanted me to wear adult diapers and pose with baby toys etc. The photographer also said he likes to cross dress and asked if it would be cool for him to wear a cocktail dress and heels while they shot me. I stopped replying to that one.
Nothing against cross dressers but wearing a cocktail dress and heels to a shoot is just stupid.

I'm pretty sure that first guy contacted me at the end of 2008, but on a different website.

Jul 19 12 09:18 am Link

Filmmaker

ButchArri

Posts: 53

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

V Laroche wrote:

I was about to say the worst idea I've had pitched to me was being photoshopped into a fairy. Wait no, someone wanted to 'shop me into a centaur lady. F NO.

So what's your prejudicial feeling against fantasy creatures, did you see/like Avatar? (lol)

Jul 19 12 09:38 am Link

Photographer

Blue Ash Film Group

Posts: 9539

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

I hope it is ok that I post from the reverse point of view. I've had models (more than a couple) ask me about shooting them and asking if I can be in some of the shots with them (not interested in that at all). When compensation is brought up, they act all indignant.

Jul 19 12 09:40 am Link

Photographer

Jeffrey M Fletcher

Posts: 4344

Asheville, North Carolina, US

Would it be too far off topic in this thread for someone with a bad idea or two to ask for advice on how to make them worse?

Jul 19 12 09:46 am Link

Photographer

DWShoots

Posts: 300

San Antonio, Texas, US

I had someone contact me through a Craigslist listing that was a pretty basic listing of looking for models.

The guy that contacted me was from Brownville, TX which is as far South as you can get here.

He asked me if I would be willing to both film and photograph him and his fiancée while they were making love in the desert. Sure it sounds simple but I replied telling him that I wasn't really looking to do shots like that. Plus, I didn't believe it to be safe because deep South Texas is full of large rattlesnakes and such. Never mind the border problems that close to Mexico...

I also envisioned getting out in the middle of nowhere, beat over the head, and being tied to a cactus.

When I told a friend about it, he said, "Cool! Live porn shoot!"
*sigh*

Jul 19 12 10:24 am Link

Model

Venessa Baez

Posts: 616

Tampa, Florida, US

Covered in fake blood, in a bathing suit, while holding their pet snake.


No pay.

Jul 19 12 10:36 am Link

Photographer

GMP Photography - Heinz

Posts: 1710

Hopkins, Minnesota, US

I had a guy call for a nude, male shoot.  He went on to explain that in some of the shots he wanted to have an erection and then went on to ask if I could help him with that.  I explained that I much prefer to stay behind the camera.

Jul 19 12 10:45 am Link

Photographer

Eros Studios

Posts: 690

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Augustine York wrote:
Shooting stills and video to demonstrate "tantric massage", where the photographer would massage my entire body, including genitals. He also wanted to have a rehearsal first before the cameras started rolling. I ended up reporting him tot he mods I think.

Then another one who wanted me to wear adult diapers and pose with baby toys etc. The photographer also said he likes to cross dress and asked if it would be cool for him to wear a cocktail dress and heels while they shot me. I stopped replying to that one.
Nothing against cross dressers but wearing a cocktail dress and heels to a shoot is just stupid.

We have a winner!

Jul 19 12 11:46 am Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 27978

Dearborn, Michigan, US

The ideas in this thread are unbelievable!     big_smile

Jul 19 12 11:48 am Link

Model

Babalon Salome

Posts: 3499

Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

A fantasy concept of me riding a giant water snake (or dragon?) bending forward so that both the brown and the pink eye are showing. TFP. (WTF?)

Nudes with one of my boobs painted blue. TFP. (WTF?)

Angel wings. TFP.

And the top three concepts I really, really hate photographers pitch to me over and over again, always TFP:

Me paired up with a 5'0, 85-90 lbs model, nude.

The Saudek cellulite monster.

Evil queen, topless. Or evil whatever, really, as long as it's evil and topless.

Jul 19 12 01:23 pm Link

Model

Laura A Shodire

Posts: 1158

Rancho Cucamonga, California, US

Babalon Salome wrote:
A fantasy concept of me riding a giant water snake (or dragon?) bending forward so that both the brown and the pink eye are showing. TFP. (WTF?)

Nudes with one of my boobs painted blue. TFP. (WTF?)

Angel wings. TFP.

And the top three concepts I really, really hate photographers pitch to me over and over again, always TFP:

Me paired up with a 5'0, 85-90 lbs model, nude.

The Saudek cellulite monster.

Evil queen, topless. Or evil whatever, really, as long as it's evil and topless.

"As long as it's evil and topless" XD So brilliant.

Jul 19 12 01:46 pm Link