I am often asked what is the best way to keep myself safe when visiting a photographer’s studio?
Should I give out my number… and how soon…?
And other questions of similar ilk…
So, what’s a girl to do?
First and foremost, look at the photographer’s portfolio.
Ask yourself honestly, what is the quality and depth of the images in this portfolio?
What are we looking for here?
- Are there many images of women, obviously shot by this photographer?
- Are the images of a high quality?
- Are there images from a reasonable period of time?
- Are there images of several different models?
- Are there repeated images of the same model taken on separate days?
Women have very highly tuned “creep detectors.”
In order to successfully execute a photo session with a female model or client, the lady in question must have a high degree of comfort with the photographer… or she will freeze. She will not give it to the camera. She will not go back for a second or third session.
So, we will like to see that several different women have worked with our photographer. And some of these women have gone back for seconds and thirds… This is a kind of visual reference check.
We will like to know that this guy has been around for a while, and that the quality if his work is high.
If the answers to all of these questions are yes, great, yes, yes, yes…. pretty good chance the photographer is a swell guy and your experience will be a safe, rewarding and pleasant one.
If the answer is no to any of these, you have more home work to do, and more precautions to take.
Precautions may include but not be limited to:
- Asking for and checking references of women you know he has photographed
- Insisting on taking along a respectful escort, threats about your beef cake boy friend are kind of a turn off… what if you took him to your dentist’s office? The dentist in his nervousness might not give you your best set of dentures… Not that you cannot bring along a strapping young lad, just be respectful, polite and honor the safety and nerves of the photographer, who may be a new-by and kind of nervous himself.
- Having a work cell number where you can block calls from any trolls you meet along the way
What is not acceptable is being unprofessional to any degree.
For instance, by not having a phone. Or not taking or making a call. This is a business. When’s the last time you felt good about a business not having a phone number, or one answered by someone in India or some such.
If you must, ask for and do call the photographer who shares his number… you might block your number initially. You cannot make a sitting appointment with a photographer you will not share your number with… If a photographer does not insist on you being professional… be even more careful. There may well be a reason he is so desperate..
Happy and safe trails …