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Glamour Photographers: A danger to models?
Could the photographer
who wants you to take it all off, and who insists that you need sexy pictures
for your modeling portfolio, be the same kind of person who gets arrested
for voyeurism? What ARE THEY going to do with those pictures of you?
Director, Tampa Bay Modeling
Lead Photographer and Designer, Aurora
PhotoArts Tampa Photography and Design
note: This article is not meant to condemn glamour modeling, as it
is a legitimate field of modeling. It’s high risk modeling, however,
so the drawbacks must be explored, and this type of modeling is NOT for
new models; glamour modeling is for experienced models only!
If a model is aware of the risks, and this is the type of modeling that
they wish to specialize in, by all means, there’s nothing wrong
with it. Just keep in mind that being a glamour model will make it much
more difficult, if not impossible, to book mainstream modeling jobs.
If you are a model who’s self worth and self esteem depends upon
being perceived as “hot”, or “sexy”, don’t
do glamour modeling. As with all types of modeling, but especially with
glamour modeling, good self esteem is a must, and you have to have a professional
frame of mind in order to maintain a career in this field. If you have
self esteem issues, modeling is not a good way of building up your self
esteem! Modeling is a tough, competitive career, and your judgement must
be balanced in order to build and maintain your career.
You are defined by what you do.
Additionally, remember that pictures are forever. You can’t undo
photographs. Once taken and published online, your pictures will live
forever. Could you imagine your children coming up to you one day and
asking why mommy was a whore? That’s not to say that their observation
is accurate, but that’s what they perception would be if they found
a bunch of tacky, nude pictures of you online. What about men leering
at your pictures online, thinking that you’re cheap and easy? Do
you think that anyone will respect you? You’re going to find out
the hard way that you will not be able to control you is able to view
your pictures. You also won’t be able to stop people from taking
your pictures and emailing them to people.
If you are not sure about this, read this article, but don’t pursue
glamour modeling. Maximize the marketability of your modeling career by
avoiding high risk modeling.
All of this said, this article is about glamour PHOTOGRAPHERS. It is very,
very difficult to find a glamour photographer whom you can trust, and
whom will be able to handle high risk modeling pictures appropriately
and professionally. Make sure that the glamour photographer is established,
that their portfolio shows good work in other fields of modeling, and
that they have REPUTABLE references. Also, never do a TFP/ TFCD for a
glamour photographer, and ALWAYS get paid for ANY high risk modeling photography
such as this.
Glamour modeling photographs have NO BUSINESS being in a standard, mainstream
modeling portfolio, as it is a conflict. Glamour modeling photographs
are often used as soft pornography, which is also a concern.
Regarding other high risk modeling, such as fetish modeling, that’s
a subject for another article. That kind of modeling is higher risk than
glamour modeling, and it’s almost as risky as outright pornographic
“modeling”. Such extreme risk modeling is beyond the scope
of Tampa Bay Modeling, and we do not recommend such “modeling”,
at all, if you wish to have any kind of modeling career.
This sounds kind of obvious, but glamour models should never sleep with
any photographers. Photographers who get models to “take it off”,
and who then proceed to hit on the model, are unprofessional. If the photographer
ever makes you feel uncomfortable, stop the shoot immediately, tear up
the release, and leave! Better yet, NEVER sign ANY modeling release until
the shoot is over.
As a photographer, at the time of this writing (02/15/11), I have never
shot any glamour pictures, I have never shot any models in provocative
poses, and I have never shot a nude. I never felt comfortable doing that
kind of work. I also just turned down a photography job shooting pictures
for an adult web site which would have paid very well. I know what I’m
doing, and will not do work which is frankly outside of my profession.
I’ve been a professional photographer now for over ten years.
I’m well known as one of the best modeling portfolio and talent
headshot photographers in Florida. Throughout the past decade, I even
avoided shooting a lot of swimsuit modeling because I was afraid that
those pictures could be easily taken out of context, and that they would
reflect badly upon the model.
I’m only now at the point of my career where I feel confident that
I can navigate the career minefield that glamour photography entails,
for both myself, and the models.
I have no choice but to get into photography which caters to high risk
modeling, as I feel that I have to offer an ethical, professional alternative
to what is available now (In my opinion, most glamour photographers in
the Tampa Bay market are sleazy and unprofessional, and are only doing
glamour photography to see girls nude). This said, know that I will have
a long talk with any model who wants this type of work to make sure that
they are aware of all of the risks. I will also try to talk them out of
Also note that, with such work, I will do something called “segmenting
my market” to avoid any conflicts. This work will not be offered
by my Aurora PhotoArts company; I will operate another company under a
separate brand with any high risk photography services.
C. A. Passinault
Director, Tampa Bay Modeling
the “mayhem” (pun intended. Some sites, such as freebie portfolio
networking sites, have perfect names, and branding, which reflect on the
professionalism of their participants. We are more powerful than any portfolio
networking site, and have a louder, credible, more relevant voice) in
modeling portfolio networking web sites today, we see a lot of misconceptions
about modeling which aspiring models do which completely destroy their
careers before they have a chance to begin. Models need to be aware of
the dangers of modeling, especially in a market such as the Tampa modeling
Our topic for this article, exclusive to Tampa Bay Modeling, is Tampa
glamour photographers and the dangers of glamour photography to models
and their modeling career. We are sure that this article will be controversial
among glamour photographers, but it’s irrelevant to us. We’re
models, they don’t have pictures if we don’t participate with
their shoots, and they answer to us. Hear us roar.
For the purpose of this article, allow us to define what the term glamour
means in the context of this subject. “Glamour” refers to
any number of genres of high risk modeling and photography, which includes,
but is not limited to, nude photography (including “artistic”
nudes), boudoir photography, lingerie modeling photography, modeling in
skimpy bikinis, and modeling in provocative poses.
To be concluded on
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