Got a modeling offer, but am weirded out by it.

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by footballfan993, Aug 20, 2015.

?

Was I right in my decision, or could I have done the shoot?

  1. You were right in your choice to decline the shoot

    100.0%
  2. You should have taken the offer, and then have seen if it was legal.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. You should have done more research and then if it was 100% legal, you should have done the shoot.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. footballfan993

    footballfan993 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2015
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Stevens Point, WI
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    After buying my first DSLR I posted an ad on craigslist saying essentially that I am a photographer, looking for to do shoots with, I specifically specified in the ad that I would do senior portraits, But I am open to a variety of different types of photography.

    Last week, I was contacted by someone that saw my ad, and was interested in doing a shoot for their daughter. Initially I didn't know much about the shoot, other than that it was for their daughter.

    Over the next couple of days I began talking to the interested customer, I found out that it was a father looking for a photographer for his daughter, he said that he wanted "senior photo type photos" but upon talking to him more, he also asked for photos of her feet, because she wanted to be a foot model, I was a little bit weirded out by this, but still I was open to it. After further talking, he mentioned if we could do some shots in a hotel room, I said yes, even though this added to my concern about the shoot, he later went on to ask if I could do some shoots in lingerie, I said yes, but just like the previous requests, this further raised my concerns. After more talking, I asked him how old his daughter was, and if her mother or another legal guardian knew about the shoot, and he said that his daughter was 15, this raised a major read flag, he also told me that her mother knew about the shoot, and modeling. He did also state that the shoot wouldn't be pornographic. I told him that I was a bit weary of this situation and that I would have to look into the legality of doing a shoot with a minor in lingerie, to ensure that we weren't breaking any laws. I did also state that I would have to have both of their IDs and have them sign a release form, stating that the requested my photography service. He was also willing to pay about $250 for a 4 hour shoot, I also told him, that if I agreed to the shoot, that I would have another person be present on my behalf to ensure the safety of his daughter and my own.

    Upon doing some research, I stumbled upon many different forums, on this site, Model Mayhem, and others that stated that this type of photography shoot is in more of a grey area in terms of it being considered a proper shoot, or child pornography. Upon reading that, I decided to decline his offer, as to not jeopardize my reputation or find myself in a legal mess.

    My main concern was if I had agreed to the shoot, what would happen if someone found the photographs on my camera or laptop, would I get into any legal trouble or end up on a sex offender registry, which made me also decline his offer.


     
  2. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    18,476
    Likes Received:
    7,707
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    TBH, there is absolutely no way I would do this without good identification for everyone and the mother present - and a good contract.
    Even then, I would be really, really leary of doing this.
    Nothing about this seems above board.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 2
  3. footballfan993

    footballfan993 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2015
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Stevens Point, WI
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thank You, I was a concerned about this this as well, which is why I ultimately declined the offer. Had this been someone who was 18, I most likely wouldn't have had a problem with it. After learning that my model was only 15, that completely changed my view, and made me put my walls up so to speak.
     
  4. vintagesnaps

    vintagesnaps Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    Messages:
    7,742
    Likes Received:
    2,353
    Location:
    US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Good trusting your instincts.

    Why would her 'father' want to do the shoot at a hotel?? And wants pictures of her feet, and her in lingerie?? I might think about bringing the ad to the attention of authorities or report it to craigslist because I don't know what this is about, but it seems to involve a minor and her 'dad' (who I'd suspect isn't). I say suspect because who knows, maybe it is a daughter, who wants to model shoes??

    Even if she/the father said she was 18, I'd wonder...
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  5. jl1975

    jl1975 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2010
    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    86
    Location:
    Kingston, Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If you felt uncomfortable, then declining it was the right choice. Regardless of whether or not it was legal, or even if she was 18 and mom was going to be there. If you don't feel right about it, it is your choice of whether or not you do something. There are times in any business when you have to make a decision based on nothing more than if you are comfortable with something or not.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  6. jsecordphoto

    jsecordphoto Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2013
    Messages:
    1,493
    Likes Received:
    1,050
    Location:
    new hampshire
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Damn what a creeper, I would consider reporting this too and I never like talking to police. Dude wants photos of his daughters feet?
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  7. dennybeall

    dennybeall No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 13, 2014
    Messages:
    2,267
    Likes Received:
    421
    Location:
    Crystal River, Florida
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Strike One - got the job off of Craig's List
    Strike Two - his 16 yo "daughter"
    Strike Three - lingerie and feet pictures
    and you're OUT
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  8. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    43,810
    Likes Received:
    13,694
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Not with a 20' pole!
     
    • Agree Agree x 4
    • Like Like x 1
  9. runnah

    runnah Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2012
    Messages:
    14,626
    Likes Received:
    7,528
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Did he offer to pay you in subway sandwiches?
     
    • Funny Funny x 7
    • Winner Winner x 5
  10. unpopular

    unpopular Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    9,469
    Likes Received:
    1,989
    Location:
    Montana
    Especially not with an 8' pole.
     
  11. JoeW

    JoeW Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2013
    Messages:
    1,616
    Likes Received:
    730
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    A couple of quick points:
    --weird vibes. Irrelevant of if it's legal, you shouldn't shoot anything you're uncomfortable with.
    --shooting underage means the model can't sign a release form or can't legally consent. So this has to be done by parents.
     
  12. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    18,476
    Likes Received:
    7,707
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit


    If you are very very uncomfortable, you might talk to Childrens protective Services and see what they think.
     

Share This Page