The Great Pretenders.
all seen it over the years. We just didn’t have a name for it until
now. Our model scam researchers have defined a new kind of scam, and it
just happens to be the outer skin of most types of scams. Introducing
the “Pretense Scam”.
Fake it until you make it
How many times have we heard that? Well, lot of so-called professional photographers out there seem to live it. They pick up a camera for the first time, and within a week of shooting pictures of strippers and schoolgirls claim to be professionals with decades of professional experience and top modeling industry connections. Those who don’t bother to evaluate the quality of the work in their portfolio and don’t bother checking references fall for the lies and often pay good money for pictures that they cannot possibly use. More common, and my personal favorite, are all of the self-proclaimed professional photographers running around shooting models free of charge (Also known as TFP/TFCD). What could they be up to? I’d have to question any professional who does nothing but free work and do not seem to make any money at their claimed profession. I could accept a professional photographer who gets paid 90% of the time and selectively chooses to collaborate with professional models at no charge, but if all that you do is at no charge, I’d have to really question what they are doing and I wouldn’t be wrong with the conclusion that it is too good to be true. Often, such free professionals are either lying about their credentials and experience, have some unprofessional motives, or both. It is quite pathetic to see all of these guys try to trick models into bed with their cameras and their lies. It is even more pathetic to see these liars try to trick models into doing things that are bad for their careers. Just remember, ladies, pictures are forever, and some venereal diseases are incurable or even fatal. Did you really become a model to help some con artist photographer reproduce? There is not a photographer in the world worth compromising your professional integrity and principles for. If they have to lie and cheat to get work, regardless of if it is free or for a fee, what could they possibly do for you and your career? Even if they are the real deal, do you honestly think that they will respect you and help you with your modeling career after you have become their toy?
a flip side, too. We often find photographers out there who actually do
good work and have the references to back it up. It doesn't necessarily
mean that they are ethical or professional, however. Some of these sleazy
characters spend years stealing from professionals and copying their work.
The lack of talent is camouflaged by lots of practice, and although they
remain relatively low talent, they turn out work that looks good because
they are well practiced copying others. These photographers are single-minded
sociopaths who do not know when to quit and weather years of getting their
asses kicked by the genuine professional photographers that they are ripping
off. They scam their clients and molest models, too, knowing that there
will always be a percentage of suckers out there who will either not learn
of their bad reputations or don’t believe what they hear until it
is too late. Determination keeps them in business, and they find a niche
on the underbelly of the industry.
~ Danielle Cooper, Editor
Tampa Bay Modeling
Clearwater Beach, Florida
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