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Am I model material?
Modeling Photography and Exploitation Scams
I model material?
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Photography And Exploitation Scams
Well, we’ve already hinted that models whom are dependent also compromise,
and allow others in power over them to take advantage of them.
Models are often exploited, and this is often a result of self esteem
issues, insecurity, and ignorance. Sure, a model can be ripped off financially
by being scammed, but an even greater danger to the model, and their career,
is being exploited. You are, essentially, what you do; an individual is
the sum of their experiences!
This is especially true in the field of modeling portfolio photography.
With high quality digital cameras now plentiful and cheap, and the costs
of film and development, which actually served to keep the photography
industry professional, there are a lot of photographers flooding the industry,
now, and many of them do not have the best interests of models in mind.
Today, anyone can go out, buy a digital camera, take a lot of pictures
of attractive women for free, and then claim to be a photographer. This
doesn’t make it so, however.
Because of the low cost of entry to photography which digital camera make
possible, there are a lot of people out there who claim to be photographers,
but who do not belong in the photography industry. They have not paid
their dues, don’t know what they are doing, and have motives which
are questionable, at best, and dangerous, at worst.
As a model, would you feel comfortable working with a guy who goes to
strip clubs to leer at women and objectify them, or the criminal who takes
pictures up the skirt of a woman without their knowledge? How do you know
that you are working with a professional? With anyone able to obtain a
camera and shoot, how can you be safe?
As many as half of the photographers out there now, claiming to shoot
models, are either lying, and / or are out to rip off models. Many of
those are out to exploit women, and often, they will try to make money
Today, because there are a lot of amateur guys with cameras running around
claiming to be professional photographers, it can be really difficult
to find a good photographer. Or, is it?
Consider the following guidelines when you look for a modeling portfolio
sure that the photographer has invested in their career.
Make sure that the photographer has a professional web site, with a .Com
or other domain name, that they have a printed portfolio, and that they
We’ve heard the half-true advice that the best way that someone
can tell if a photographer is a professional is if they have an occupational
licence, so that they can legally make money as a photographer. This is
just one part of the big picture, however, and it is certainly not the
deciding factor, especially since anyone can go out, pay of an occupational
license, and then say that they are a “professional” photographer.
Remember that photography is not regulated in Florida like a modeling
agency is. It is not regulated by the Florida Department of Business and
Professional Regulation. All that you need to do business as a photographer
is an occupational license, which can be purchased in the Tampa Bay area
for as little as $22.00.
So, according to the logic of a certain photography association, all that
it takes to become a professional photographer is an inexpensive occupational
license? That’s it?
No. You are what you do. What a photographer does is what defines them
as a professional photographer, and being a legally licensed business
is only a small part of it.
When looking for a photographer, are you looking for some knucklehead
to aim a camera at you and click off some pictures, or are you looking
for experience; the experience which enables them to take great, usable
pictures? Photography is far from an easy thing, and you only have to
look at all of the cell phone snap shots cluttering the Internet to see
that. The vast majority of pictures taken by consumers with cell phones
suck, and they are useless for the promotion and the marketing of anything.
It’s obvious that most consumers lack the experience, and the skills,
to take professional pictures, regardless of what kind of camera that
they are using.
We live in a disposable society these days, a society which, enabled by
technology, has low standards. Technology enables anyone to do just about
anything that they want to do, with no cost hurdles or investment required.
Hell, people don’t even write letters anymore. They text each other
crimped text messages which aren’t even spelled correctly. The cheap,
easy way of doing things these days creates an environment where no one
expects, or gets, respect. Few have any incentive to actually acquire
skills, either, since they are content to do what everyone else is doing.
This disposable, irreverent society can be a good thing, however. You
see, if marketed correctly, the work of real professionals shines even
brighter when compared to all of crap that everyone else is doing. When
you have signal, you can rise above the noise.
It’s just that the people who would be customers, who need great
photographs, need to be educated about the value of investing in good
quality. Aspiring models really have no choice but to invest in professional
modeling portfolio photography, especially when they have to compete against
other models for the same modeling jobs, and whom are using professional
modeling portfolios to a market their careers.
With photographers, which of the following would you choose?
photographer who advertises from craigslist, offering photography for
less than $50.00. The photographer tells models that they have to have
sexy pictures in their portfolio for them to get work. The photographer
has a few mediocre pictures to show the model in person, and they are
nothing like the pictures which were emailed to the model. The photographer
also does not have a web site.
The photographer, of course, looks you over, and offers to shoot you for
free if he can take some “artistic” nudes of you at his place.
photographer who markets their business off of a freebie social media
site like facebook or myspace. The photographer does not have a printed
portfolio, but has plenty of awesome pictures on their profile. They don’t
have a web site, either.
When questioned about modeling portfolios, the photographer replies that
he takes great pictures of people, and that good pictures are all that
photographer who has a professional web site with a .Com domain name,
a printed portfolio with great pictures which match the ones that you
see online, has an occupational license, and has been in business for
years. They also have references.
When asked about modeling portfolios, the photographers ask the model
what kind of modeling market that they intend to work in.
photographer who has a professional web site with a .Com domain name,
a printed portfolio with excellent pictures, and everything else that
the third one does.
When asked about modeling portfolios, the photographer tells you that
he will give you a discount if you want to do nude modeling.
photographer who has a portfolio with good work, and other things which
make him a professional photographer by the book, but who offers to shoot
you free of charge if you have sex with him. He promises that he will
be safe, and discrete (and yes, there are photographers in the Tampa Bay
market who do this!)
the best photographer is number 3. Can you explain why?
being able to show an investment into their photography career, and knowledge
about what is appropriate for modeling portfolio photography, ethics also
need to be considered.
For modeling portfolio photography, the following criteria must be used
when evaluating photographers.
sure that the photographer has a real web site, a printed portfolio with
modeling appropriate work, an occupational license, and references.
sure that the photographer has been in business for a while, and can show
that they have built up a clientele. The longer that they have been in
business, the better!
sure that the photographer is ethical.
Who cares if they are a member of a photography association or if they
give to charity? We know of several Tampa photographers who have stolen
content off of Independent Modeling, Tampa Bay Modeling, and Aurora PhotoArts.
They plagiarize our content, and pass off our information as their “advice”
If you see any of our content on the web site of any photographer, please
contact us about it. If they steal from us, what is to stop them from
ripping you off, too? Do you want to go to the source of that information
and experience, or do you want to sell yourself short by settling for
a third-rate, counterfeit knock-off?
sure that the photographer knows what they are doing. Ask them questions.
Make sure that their experience backs up what they tell you. If they show
you a bunch of nudes or “sexy”
modeling pictures in their portfolio when you are in the market for a
modeling portfolio, use caution. If they tell you that you need sexy,
or nude, pictures in your modeling portfolio, walk away. Such photographers
either do not know what they are doing or they are trying to exploit you.
Either way, they are not good for your modeling career, and won’t
be able to give you the modeling portfolio that you will need.
Likewise, if the photographer shows you a bunch of wedding photography
pictures, or portraits of people, they probably won’t be able to
give you the pictures that you will need for your modeling portfolio.
Make sure that the photographer can show work in their portfolio which
is relevant, and appropriate, for modeling portfolios!
brings us to the main way that photographers exploit models.
Remember that pictures are permanent, and once taken, that you can never
undo, or erase, them. We know of many models who have nude pictures all
over the Internet, or pictures of them in “sexy”, provocative
poses, and it has crippled their modeling careers!
If you are a new model, you have no business attempting high risk modeling.
High risk modeling includes, but is not limited to, glamour, boudoir,
nude, risque, modeling in skimpy bikinis, or modeling in provocative poses.
These are specialized fields of modeling, and because of the risk, it
is for experienced, professional models only.
Additionally, the best models have a wide range of looks which they can
obtain. The best models are chameleons, and this flexibility in looks
makes them marketable for a variety of different modeling jobs. AVOID
anything which limits your range of looks!
New models should avoid anything which can limit their looks which includes
breast implants, cosmetic surgery, and tattoos. Career-wise, this includes
things that can limit your marketability and your eligibility for certain
modeling jobs, such as nudes, glamour, and risque modeling work, ESPECIALLY
if this work is photographed.
If any photographer recommends this high risk modeling work in the portfolio
of any new model, thy need to be avoided. Find someone who knows what
they are doing, and who cares about the integrity of your career.
If you are an experienced model, and you wish to specialize in high risk
modeling work, you can do it, but remember that you will limit your marketability
as a model. Once you do high risk work, you may never be able to work
a mainstream modeling job again. Worse yet, if you do work a mainstream
modeling job, and the company which booked you has invested in using your
likeness to market their product or service, and they find out that you
have high risk work out there which conflicts with their company image,
you can end up sued!
Prevention is the best cure. Avoid high risk work if you want to maximize
your marketability as a model.
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