What has your wierdest photo request been?

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  1. Rhys

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    What has your wierdest photo request been?


    So far I've had one that I quite frankly think is some voyeur pulling my leg.
    It started with somebody asking if I did funeral photos so I said yes I did.
    Then there was a pause then they asked if I'd mind photographing the body in its casket in the funeral home.


    I've had no reply since then. I'm reckoning it might be genuine but could be either a voyeur or somebody trying something else on.


    Of course - I have no objection to photographing dead bodies - I've seen plenty. Back when I was living in the country, I found a dead foal and took weekly pictures of it in different stages of decomposition - until I got bored and forgot the project (it takes months for a body to decompose).
     
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    I had a guy email and ask if I did sexy/nude pictures... because he wanted some of his wife. He then said he didn't want to be contacted just to send him an email of samples and he'd contact us. I didn't do it. If it isn't willing to talk to me and neither is his wife they can't be legit. lol
     
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    I had someone ask me for 3 photos. I'm in Colorado, she's in Texas. She wanted me to have them framed, behind glass, and shipped to her (oh, and the 3 photos in 1 mat).

    I tried to kindly explain to her that it would cost her a huge amount of money for me to have them framed here and then shipped with all the extra weight. And that there are framers everywhere. Eventually she got it.
     
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    In some families it is the norm to photograph the body in the casket. I find it odd but to each his own. I have done this type of "session" once kinda creepy but easy to do. I found it more odd that they wanted me to do family portraits at the wake since that's when everyone is there and dressed nice. You bet there were big smiles with that one. Just think everytime you look at your family photo on the wall you remember it was taken the day you buried dad. ICK!
    Other than that I have a wedding all set for this next OCt 31st with photos being taken in the cemetery. That should be fun and different.
     
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    Dracula's getting married again? :p

    Seriously I have no problem with strange and unusual requests - they all mean money and money is good. Plus I love to do different things.

    What I do have a problem with is people not answering my questions when they want to have me to perform photographic services. "Where are you located" generating no response tends to indicate to me a lack of intention of an intention to do business as does use of free email addresses.
     
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    Well, it turned out - as I expected - that the person that emailed me from a hotmail account and gave only a surname and an initial was a timewaster.

    He/she/it emailed tentatively asking whether I did photos of the deceased as they had a terminally ill relative. I suggested photos of them while still alive and asked where they were located.

    There was a pause of a few days and then further enquiries about photographing a corpse in a casket. Then after asking again where they were located, they gave the name of the funeral home (well almost). It was a two-barreled name and they got the second part hopelessly wrong. At the same time as that they said their daughter was getting married and named a city in another state, asking if I was interested in the wedding photography. I replied certainly.

    After a few days they replied again, stating they wanted to see more photos than were in my online portfolio. As I have no intention of putting photos in my portfolio of people without their express permission, the answer was plain and simple: "due to contractual limitations this is not possible with older portraits however my new contracts will allow this".

    A day passed and they responded that it was their niece (nice change of daddy there) that was getting married and that as there was no online portfolio that she could see, they'd go elsewhere.

    It all begs the question of exactly what jollies the person was after. Did he just want me to send him photos of beautiful women, photos of corpses or just the feeling that he was giving somebody a hard time? It's utterly bizarre why some people do this and to be quite honest I really wish I understood people better. Sometimes I think it would have been fun to study psychiatry in university rather than history and geography.
     
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    I once had a crossdresser contact me because he wanted to do a whole series of photos of him dressing up in his women's clothing. I'm pretty liberal and thought it might be an interesting assignment. I told him I would meet him at a restaurant so we could discuss the specifics in more detail about what the session would entail and so I could make sure he was legit and not a creep. (I meet potential brides all the time at cafes and restaurants so thought this would be fine). Unfortunately, he ended up being a little too interested in just hanging out with me like I was his gal pal and we could talk shop (i.e. women's clothing). I could not get out of there faster. I tried to steer the conversation to just talking business, but no dice. I was sooooo bored. I do not think it's fun to talk about hosiery and panties and bras with a complete stranger, cross-dresser or not!
     
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    Lol. I can imagine.

    It seems that although I'm getting contacts I'm getting oddballs at the moment. Good job I don't take them personally :d

    My wife just tried to hire herself a new assistant. The assistant interviewed well and had just qualified. My wife thought she could train the new assistant the way she wanted and gave her the job. The new assistant missed the first day and turned up the next day drunk and on drugs. Needless to say my wife fired her on the spot and then - believe it or not - the newly fired assistant demanded wages for the non-work and refused to leave the office. The police were summoned and escorted her off the premises and down to the local clink. I rather suspect the assistant lost her license later that day.

    Oh well, I guess it takes all sorts. I used to get a lot of timewasters when I ran a business in Britain.
     
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    I remember being assigned to photograph a property for a school board. It sounded pretty boring, until I discovered that it meant climbing over a barb wire fence into a car wrecking yard that was guarded by very vicious doberman pinschers.

    skieur
     
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    Wow you guys have had much more interesting experience than I have.... I'm kinda glad about that! lol
     
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    Today's experience wasn't really weird - just inconsiderate.

    A restaurant wanted to put my photos on their walls. They arranged a meeting then didn't attend. About 90 minutes after, they rang to rearrange. I just said no. It doesn't bode well when first contact is via Craigslist and then it's a no-show so they go onto my blacklist.
     
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    Let's see, the weirdest assignment I can remember happened about 20 years ago. I was a freelancer in Los Angeles and got a phone call from a British tabloid wanting shots of Sebrina Aset. Now Sebrina Aset had just been indicted for using her "church" as a house of prostitution. She had this scam going where you could join the church of Isis (Egyptian goddess of sex/love/whatever) and for a donation, you had sex with the alter girls.

    So they called and wanted shots of her in her home. This being a Brit tab, they also wanted a topless shot of her. I called and set up an appointment.

    When I got there, I kind of felt weirded out, but went on with the photo shoot. I had brought some portable lights which I set up in her bedroom after we had shot some photos of her in her "sanctuary". So now, with some trepidation, I asked the question of a topless shot, figuring she would say no way. To my surprise, not only did she say yes, but proceeded to strip naked right in front of me.

    So, I'm doing the shots for her from the waist up and then her husband comes in the room and proceeds to strip naked and lay down next to his wife. I took a couple of photos of the both of them, again from the waist up and decided it was time to get myself out of there. I'm packing up my gear as fast as I can and they are "playing" on the bed. Then she asks me if I "want to make a donation" to the church! I think they were laughing at me as I beat a hasty retreat out of their house, but at that point, I really didn't care.

    Unfortunately, I had to ship the whole take to Britain and didn't have time to make copies so don't have any of the photos for my collection.

    Too weird.
     

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