Wait for it...
I was in a meeting with a client (by invite) and a publisher/marketing firm rolling out their grand plans for a monumental print and social media blitz. The rep from the marketing firm got up at one point and approached and even touched the images of the models I had shot (there are about 30 of them) mounted and hung on the walls of the office. She asked who the photographer was, my client began to say, but I also chimed in and said me.
Here it is...
She turned and said, "Are you a photographer"?
Model: "Hey, great portfolio, let's schedule a shoot."
Me: "Cool, any ideas you want to add to your port?"
Model: "ummmm. Not sure. What concepts do you have in mind?"
Me: "<Model>, let's shoot this concept, maybe wear this wardrobe."
Model: spoken with a strange, you're a perv look - "NO, I don't shoot in that kinda stuff (i.e lingerie)."
Me: "Ummm, your FB & MM profile is FULL of pics of you nude, implied nudes or wearing nothing more than pasties in PUBLIC."
Model: "What are you? You're one of those "creepers" huh? …"
Me: "Kick rocks, psycho" …
Model: "What about pay?"
Model: runs to her FB/MM friends for sympathy & empathetic shoulder rubs …
"bad man with a camera asking you to wear more clothes. WTF is wrong with that photographer?"
A K wrote: I'm compiling a list of things to never say to a photographer. These are for a blog post. These are from the point of view of the model. My blog is about nude photography, but the phrases don't need to be strictly about nudes. So far I have:
I do nudes (when you only do topless or implied)
I'm taller in heels
It can easily be photoshopped (easy by who, are you offering your services?)
Anyone want to add any phrases they hate to hear?
I may have put on a few lbs since my portfolio shots.
Can you photoshop out the stretchmarks but leave my belly tattoo?
I got a little burned in the tanning booth but that will be ok right?
Is it ok if my boyfriend watches - he's a photographer too?
I may be a little late as I'm not 100% sure of my ride yet.
K I C K H A M wrote: "I don't shoot nudes. I respect myself too much for that."
I was at a group shoot last night. One of the photographers told one of the llamas that he doesn't shoot nudes because he isn't into porn. I told him politely but firmly that nudes and porn are two different genres. I didn't suggest he get his head out of his butt, although I was sorely tempted.
"I don't want to talk, I'm here to work" ..... on the 45 minute car ride as I drove her to the location... seriously.
"I forgot some stuff in your car, can you bring it to my house?" (also actually happened) and as I drive away after dropping it off at her house I look in the back seat and theres still some of her stuff back there. I threw it away. She was terrible during the entire shoot too.
"I dont wanna get wet" ... at the beach
"Sorry, i had an acne outbreak" ... for the past 10 years...
Who seems to be a big deal here (and maybe he is) to verify his claims that the amazing photos of an editorial layout that he claims are published in a magazine.
But the imagery which is nice just didn't quite jive with the copy that looks like it
was PS'd in a font from the early 80's! Which was simply my opinion!
Several 500 word emails later I still didn't receive a link verifying the work and got every excuse in the book..Including his mother just had cancer surgery and he was getting medicine for her and i upset him by simply asking to verify the publication.
Odd just because i thought a font looked a little strange to me....
It could be that it was his work and published in a real non e- magazine.
Now I see several links have been sent but i can't open most of them due to content.
None of them from what i can tell include the layout that i had originally mentioned.
This may all be nothing and he could well verify his claims.
But why can't i simply ask the question and request verification?
I hear that more from commercial clients scamming for freebies than models ...
The models are usually really young, so I try and remember that when I hear the more outrageous stuff.
You're right, though--the people looking for pictures usually want to use them in advertising....without any type of compensation. Makes me want to go medieval. I used to shoot a lot of athletes, and the only time one of their sponsors offered to pay from the first email was Hammer Nutrition. So, go buy their stuff.