Dangers of Doing Sexy Photoshoot for Female Models
This article shall covers mainly on photoshoot, and primarily sexy shoots (lingerie, nude, implied nude and topless). I may refer the ill-minded photographers as "predators", "wolves" or "black sheep".
Are you thinking of how to become a model? You should read on to find out the dangers.
Singapore is generally quite safe for models compared to other countries, probably due to the strict laws and punishments. The city-state is also so small that criminals are more difficult to escape or hide. The photography/modelling market is also small, such that any indecent act from the photographer can be spread widely fast.
Models from less developed countries do face greater risk when doing photoshoot
This is just a personal opinion from the point of view of a man, partly generated through stories from model friends from other Asia countries. I do not mean to undermine anyone from any country and I do not know much about situations in other (non Asian) countries.
It is not that Singapore girls do not face such risk of being sexually abused or touched during the shoot, but there are probably fewer cases. However, I'm sure not all victims have exposed the black sheep.
The point is if you are from a less developed country, there is a prejudgement from people that you are less educated and more deprived of money. Moreover, people may assume you are less educated and probably will not even stand up against them. The black sheep in the photography community would likely target you since you seem (yes, their assumption) to be an easier prey. It is similar to the wild life where predators would likely target the weakest animal in a herd. Of course, there may be some human predators who may love challenges, but I'm sure the ratio is lower than those who will go for easy preys.
I have to highlight that girls who look or sound more naive are probably the primary targets of wolves. In no country, models can be 100% safe.
The risk of female models doing photoshoot
The photographers may want to adjust the posture of the models during the shoots. It is definitely very much faster to do it compared to simply using words to instruct or personally demonstrate the poses to the models. However, most decent photographers would not touch the models even on their hands, especially during sexy shoots (lingerie or sexier type like implied nude or even full nude).
I'm sure the wolves are likely not going to try raping the models immediately. They may want the models to get into the sexy mood for shooting (which is essential depending on the theme) and pray that the models will lose control eventually. They may also use the adjusting posture tricks to indirectly caress the model or "accidentally" touching their sensitive body parts to turn the models on. Of course, both tricks can be applied at the same time. By turning the models horny, it will be both willing parties and not considered as rape. A few of such photographers may have being exposed in Singapore, but somehow, some good or potential female models would still work with them.
Many naive models are conned into doing nude or sexy shoots with photographers under the influence of easy money. The photographers will promise to keep the photos for personal use (probably usage at night but not mentioned) and thus no third person will be able to see them. Some models and photographers may sign the model release forms with terms and conditions indicated, but they cannot stop the photos being leaked due to the photographers' laptops being "hacked". One photographer has even claimed that his laptop is lost.
In year 2013, many private nude (and sexual) photos in Singapore had surfaced. Many potential young models' lives, including Singapore's FHM models', had been destroyed when the supposedly private photos start circulating in blogs and forums for the whole world's guys to jerk on them. Facebook accounts of these victims started disappearing and I was sure the models were facing great depression.
It was rumoured that the rich photographers who had paid the models for the private nude shoots had been trading (exchanging) nude photos in forums.
"Need to pay some photog charges, the models full time job is modeling & not a lot of modeling assignments these days also so shoot them also not cheap. Especially if you want to shoot nude. Models these days also want to sign nude model release form or else cannot shoot nude. For the high risks need some sort of compensation, I hope bros can all understand." - a photo seller responding to request for more leaked photos in a forum.Do you really think the private photos will be kept private as promised by the clients ("photographers")?
Association with bad reputation
If you think that as long as you are bringing an escort along, you can do photoshoot with just any photographer, you are absolutely wrong. Even if you have stayed safe, doing a shoot with an ill-minded photographer is likely to ruin your reputation. Let's say if the photographer is exposed for tricking his models into having sex with him during the photoshoot, how would other people think of you when they see your photos with the photographer's logo on it? People will start suspecting that you are a victim as well even though they will probably not mention it in front of you.
Real-Life Modelling Stories
Lingerie shoot offer for Singapore girl
I have a friend who is best described as "SYT" (sweet young thing). She is short and thus has found herself most suitable for wearing outfits that would reveal her legs more to make her body proportion looks better. Unfortunately, this does make her a good target for predators. People tend to relate showing skin as "loose".
My SYT friend was approached online through social media network to do a lingerie shoot. As a student, she was quite tempted by the $200/hr offer for it was such easy money. To my knowledge (after being approached by freelance models selling their modelling services), some freelance models do charge much lesser for lingerie shoot for as low as half the amount. I thought the offer was quite suspicious because SYT was actually not a good choice for professional photographers. A good boudoir photographer would probably go for models who have much better figure (big boobs and long legs), unless he has special fetish and also like a fresh face.
The photographer made his intention more obvious when he asked SYT to put on her lingerie to take photos to show him.
Getting the model to take a photo of her in the outfit for the photoshoot is very essential actually. It helps the photographer to identify problem with the outfit and whether it would fit the model to create the mood. In fact, I have encountered problems many times such that the outfits do not fit the models/themes/feel and I only know them during the shoots. For many outfits, it will appear different if you take photos of them laying on the bed, on the hangers and when they are worn by the models. I do not insist my models to put on the outfits when they take photos of the clothes for me to see, but I do judge the attitude of the models from this. Nevertheless, lingerie "sample" (worn on the model) seems too sensitive for young models.
Luckily, SYT was a street-smart girl who eventually turned down the shoot offered. She felt lucky after I warned her that the "photographer" might just call the shoot off after getting hot photos of her in lingerie. I was sure he could be trading the hot photos with other black sheep around forums who found pleasure in innocent girls in less or no clothes.
Conclusion: Anyone holding a DSLR can call himself a photographer. There are also many fake profiles in social media network such as Facebook and Tagged. There may be some real rich photographers who are willing to pay to enjoy the process but are you sure you are so lucky? Always ask to see the photographer's portfolio first!
Adjusting posture or taking advantage
A young foreign friend was new to the photography world. She was very open-minded and cool about doing sexy shoots such as lingerie, implied nude and topless. Most of her photographers were old Caucasians who had probably retired and were just spending their lives in certain Asia countries where cost of living were much lower.
We chatted about her photoshoot sessions and she told me all her photographers would adjust her body to fit the intended postures. I told her she was being taken advantages of but she thought differently. She was even singing praises of one of the old photographers who was chatty and seemed (to her) to be knowledgeable. When I looked at his work, I was stunned because the photos looked just like an amateur using a point-and-shoot camera; in fact, nothing was artistic about the sexy shoot created. The only time she was certain that she was taken advantage of was when one of the photographers hugged her towards the end of the sexy shoot.
Conclusion: Not many models can tell the quality of work and thus some would be blindly admiring the colourwolves in the skin of "professional photographers".
Another foreign friend of mine who was more mature had common experiences with photographers trying adjust her postures, which she did not realise it was quite freaky as well. She was doing modelling as a hobby and was very open-minded. She mainly did photoshoots with her local photographers and a couple of them had lay hands openly on her private parts during the shoots. The black sheep did not get into trouble eventually probably because the victim was too soft. Anyway, from her portfolio, most of the photographers who had worked with her were more of casual shooters and thus I felt were wasting her potential.
Conclusion: Horny "photographers" do hit on mature models and not just teenagers. Somehow, most of the black sheep got to enjoy the processes without getting any punishment in the end.
A young model friend of mine was paid to do her first bikini shoot (sexy style) with another model. She brought her boyfriend along to the photo studio but he stayed outside and did not bother about the shoot at all. Most photographers would not want the model's boyfriend to tag along due to awkwardness, however, not if the boyfriend is totally out of sight.
The photographer lectured the model for bringing her boyfriend along despite he was not even staying inside the studio. He also came up other things to lecture the models about. During the shoot, the photographer tried to adjust the posture of the models but both of them were sharp enough to dodge. The photographer also talked to them about very sensitive adult questions to try to turn them on. After the shoot, the photographer messaged both of the models privately in Facebook. He began by comparing their boobs' sizes. Then, he indirectly asked them to guess whom he would prefer to get to help him with blowjob and sex.
Note: Click on individual screenshot below to open it in larger resolution.
Screenshoot by Model A
Screenshoot by Model B
Anyone who was holding a camera could call himself a photographer. Even though he was a photographer who paid for services, unlike photographers who charged clients for photography services, he should have stayed professional as well. It was perfectly alright for a little sexual jokes sometimes if the person was closed enough but he had gone overboard with new "friends". Moreover, they were (around 20-year-old) likely to be less than half of his age.
After asking around, we realised he was blacklisted by many people and had changed his name. His bad track records included motivating model-wannabes to take photoshoot to a "new level" by doing sexual acts with him.
Conclusion: Some predators play it slow, though not too slow. By lecturing the models, he was trying to intimidate them so that they would become more vulnerable. It was very obvious that he was trying to test how the models would react to sexual stuffs before making the next sexual move or request. Black sheep can easily change their aliases or names after they are being exposed.
If you have real life experience to share with all models and wannabes, do contact me. Your identity will be kept safe.
Tips for models for sexy shoot
Don't look too hungry for money
Money is the source of evil and somehow it is true. If the wolf knows that you are very hungry for money, he may start tempting you with it. The money will bring your status and value down.
Don't behave naive
This is definitely difficult because if you are naive, you probably do not think you are naive. It is not that smarter or smarter looking models can handle predators better, predators just prefer targeting naive ones for easy success. No matter how smart you are, there is still chance of you being taken advantage of and thus it is better to reduce the chance.
You need to let the photographer know you are firm and will not go against your conscience. You need to let them know you will react harshly if they try to lay their hands on you. Stop them immediately if they are doing something you are uncomfortable with.
Research about the photographer first
Google about the photographer because he may be found in the blacklisted photographers in Singapore list of models and bloggers.
Learn to judge photographers' portfolios
Unfortunately, not many models know how to judge good work. Of course, art is subjective. However, most people would love photos that are modelled by hot models; showing deep cleavage usually attract all the LIKEs in Facebook and influence shallow people's judgement on the photo. You need to tell if the photographer is really good at his work or is simply going for special "enjoyment" for his shoots.
Try to bring an escort along for sexy indoor shoot
With an escort around, the photographer definitely can't do too much. However, this has a very huge negative impact because both the model and photographer may be too awkward to perform well with a third party around. The model probably does not want her friend to know how "sexy" she can be during the shoot and the photographer may be worrying that the third party may get the wrong idea during the shoot. Personally, I will even worry about the third party thinking I'm lousy when trying to pose the model or taking time to set up my equipment.
Look out for pinhole camera (applies to all kind of shoots)
If the shoot is done indoor, always look out for cameras, especially if the indoor place, such as studio, belongs to the photographer. If you ever need to get changed in the private toilet or changing room, try to do it like how you would get changed in the public - girls should know how to.
Bring your own drinks
You will definitely need to hydrate yourself during the shoot in order to look good and perform better. No matter how low is the chance the photographer will add anything to the drinks he is going to offer to you, it is best to take precaution. Try to use a water bottle instead of packet or can drinks so that you can keep the bottle inside your bag after taking a slip. Also, remember the position of how you place the bottle inside your bag in case there is any fishy business while you go to the washroom. Of course, you can bring your entire bag into the washroom to "do touch up on your face".
Reduce alcohol consumption
For some models, especially newbies, they may perform better for sexy shoot after taking a bit of alcohol. If you are one of them, make sure you do not drink too much!
Always be ready to dodge from attacks
I rarely (or rather, almost never) see news reporting about models being molested or raped during photoshoot. However, I believe most of the existing cases are not reported because I do have model friends who have experienced it. There was once, the old photographer attempted to hug her and then another tried to finger her. I also have other model friends who have managed to dodge from photographers who try to touch them in the name of adjusting their postures. Singapore may be a safe country compared to most other countries, there is still crime going on.
Don't take any photo that you are not comfortable for others to see
There is probably no secret in this world. Your photos may be "hacked" or seen by the technician who is repairing your harddisk. If you do not want anyone else to see you in lingerie or nude, do not even take such photos for your own memorial.
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