photographing a minor

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  1. msf

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    The studio I use to work for had a policy not to photograph anyone under the age of 18 that were not accompanied by someone that was 18 or older. This seems a bit silly, but they must have had a reason for this.

    I was just wondering how the pro's here handle this sort of situation. Do you require some sort of parential permission? This would be for a regular portrait.
     
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    These days, that sounds like a wise policy.
    If you are alone with a child and even a hint of impropriety arises, you would be defenseless.
     
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    ALWAYS, I repeat, ALWAYS have someone else there, preferably a parent or guardian. I only shoot if it's a parent/guardian, older friends do not cut it. It's not worth the risk.
     
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    Parent/guardian, plus maybe an assistant.

    The legal reasons behind a policy of having an adult there is only that they can be a witness. A parent/guardian can also sign a release, which is useful and necessary depending on how the photo is used.
     
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    We live in a sick society, where some people try to make a living off frivolous law suits. So, having an assistant with you is a must. If you are a man, having a woman with you during a session with a female model or a child is a great safety. Stupid, but necessary. At least in the US. People are a bit more normal in Europe, but not by much... I'm not a photographer, but work one on one with people in my profession, and strictly observe the above rules.
     
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    Well im just starting out, and dont have the funds to hire someone. I will be working next to a studio so most of the time there will be someone else in the building, except for one day a week when it will be just me in the building.

    I guess I should encourage the minors to come back with a parent/guardian.

    What about a security camera in the room, that way you have video documentation?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Just starting out doing what? Photography as a business?
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You are starting out - investing several thousand dollars into your business, do you really want some 17 y/o **** ruin your life? Video camera - sounds nice but will it also record audio? Prosecutors can do so much now adays.
    CYA at all times
     
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    Look at katie price she claims that her photographe, when she was 13, asked her to go topless, there is nothing the guy could do, he had no witness against it.
     
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    Just starting out as in the studio part of my business. : ) Ive been photographing for many years, wasnt able to work for a few years there, then starting earlier this year started my business up in this location. Ive been doing portraits at location, but now that winter is almost here, I need a place to go when the weather outside isnt that good. :)
     
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    You really do not have much choice. Have a witness or decline the job. Prisons make lousy photo subjects.
     
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    When shooting minors, it would be wise to have both a contract (already signed by their parent or guardian) and a chaperon.

    I went to a seminar from a photographer who shoots a lot of high school seniors. He told us about how this one girl almost ruined his reputation with some false accusations. She wasn't even trying to get money out of it...apparently she was just being a ****disturbing teenager. The girl's mother was at the shoot, holding a reflector. :roll:
     

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