When you are bringing someone there as a safety precaution, please convey to them that they are only there for that. They are not there to direct, interject, or assist with the shoot unless asked for. A lot of people have not told the photographer who they are bringing and they end up calling the shoot short due to disruptions and comments made by the other person. Tell your safety person what you are shooting beforehand. That way there are No surprises when the shoot commences. Again, communication is key to make a shoot a smooth success.
References need to be checked when working with a new photographer. You need to know who you are working with. Also, to make sure that they have the reputation that they have given to you in the beginning. If you are unsure of shooting with someone, ask questions. Communicate. If you need to, cancel the shoot but, convey the reasons as a professional. Perception. People can always make fake emails but, also get phone numbers for former models. And at all shoots, take someone to be there on your behalf.
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It has been going on for years, who says that there are not to be chaperones and why can’t I bring someone? I always have brought someone to my freelance assignments. I just wanted to feel comfortable, safe and honestly, I didn’t want to drive. I could relax going and coming back from my shoot. It was simple.
Now in this day and age where people are always pretending to not be who they say that they say that they are, you wonder. When or did the chaperone become taboo? Did we make it that way so we don’t have to address the current issue of having or accepting one?
There was a scam that was going around a few years ago where a photographer, whose name was made up, was going to book a model. They said that they would FEDEX a check to the model and that she would need to deposit it. Then she would pay the other artists that were booked for her shoot. First and foremost, this would never happen. The check is usually fake or stolen and then the model’s account gets overdrawn because she/ he thinks that they have already been paid.
One of the first things that I ask of any model that I consult with is to get a PO Box. They are very inexpensive. They can get packages. You can get mail to be signed for there. You also are given a street address if they need to send something to you that way. You can get a box at one of the mail services places as well. Anywhere but your actual physical address.
There was a story in the new about a celebrity having their house broken into. With social media being posted on where you are and who you are shooting with, you are also becoming a target for thieves as well as stalkers. It is time to be more aware on this.
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