Deal-Breakers

Here are deal-breakers for me when it comes to photographers.  All of the things listed below are either things I’ve seen, or things I’ve dealt with during communications, at a shoot, or after a shoot.  Post-shoot deal-breakers mean I won’t work with the person again, nor recommend them to others.

Turnoffs In Profiles:

  • Rants about models
  • Flake lists (extra points if each model’s listing has a rant/reason after it)
  • Equipment lists and itemized cost detail
  • Holier-than-thou attitude

Turnoffs In PMs & Prior To Shooting:

  • Insulting people I’ve worked with and/or images in my portfolio
  • “I’d love to work with you… my rates are…”
  • Hitting on me
  • Insisting we shoot something I’ve no desire to shoot, even after I turn it down
  • Insulting me for turning down something, or for offering to discuss my rates if a trade isn’t beneficial
  • Telling me I’d be prettier if I changed my appearance in one way or another
  • Asking me to email them nude photos they “promise no one else will see”
  • Telling me I’m stupid for modeling, because I’ll never go anywhere with it
  • Telling me I have to shoot X with them because I shot it with someone else
  • Attempting to become my manager in one way or another
  • Changing shoot details at the last minute (i.e. “oh by the way, there are going to be 3 other photographers there, cool?”)
  • Insisting I bring an escort
  • Lecturing me when I opt not to bring an escort
  • Insisting that I should be ok with something I’ve no desire to shoot, because we’ve worked together before
  • Providing no guidance as far as what to bring when it comes to wardrobe

Turnoffs During A Shoot:

  • Insulting people I’ve worked with and/or images in my portfolio
  • Hitting on me
  • Insisting we shoot something I’ve no desire to shoot, even after I turn it down
  • Pressuring me to do something I’m not comfortable with
  • Insulting me for turning down something
  • Telling me I’d be prettier if I changed my appearance in one way or another
  • Telling me I’m stupid for modeling, because I’ll never go anywhere with it
  • Telling me I have to shoot X with them because I shot it with someone else
  • Suddenly requiring me to pay for something not previously agreed upon (i.e. chip in for MUA or studio costs)
  • No feedback at all during shooting
  • Asking me to shoot nude photos they “promise no one else will see”
  • Attempting to become my manager in one way or another
  • Lecturing me for not bringing an escort
  • Insisting that I should be ok with something I’ve no desire to shoot, because we’ve worked together before
  • Touch-posing me, and touching me without asking first
  • Complaining about the wardrobe I brought, after providing no guidance as to what to bring

Turnoffs Post-Shoot:

  • Not sending edited images as agreed upon prior to shoot
  • Complaining if I opt not to upload a photo of theirs to MM (or other modeling sites)
  • Attempting to become my manager in one way or another
  • Hitting on me
  • Insisting that now that we’re “comfortable together” we can shoot something I’ve no interest in shooting/am not comfortable shooting
  • Becoming offended and/or insulting me for turning down a shoot/concept/something I’m not comfortable with
  • Telling me I’d be prettier if I changed my appearance in one way or another
  • Asking me to email them nude photos they “promise no one else will see”
  • Telling me I’m stupid for modeling, because I’ll never go anywhere with it
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2 Comments to “Deal-Breakers”

  1. Interesting, although most of it SHOULD be obvious, apparently it’s not.

    It’s kinda sad that expecting people to act professionally and decently excludes a significant portion of the population from one’s potential associates.

  2. As the other poster wrote, I think this is all pretty much common-sense and predicated on the simple concept of having at least a modicum of respect for the person who is modeling for me (the photographer/client).

    I have corporate and industrial video shooting experience that helps on the technical end of making images. Learning to work with models who are helping me to realize a vision is a totally new direction for me.

    Thanks for sharing these insights!

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